Black Arts Series

Platt House’s Black Arts Series is a rolling initiative in support and celebration of Black creative expression, performance, and artivism on Penn’s campus. We seek visibility for Black creatives in current, incoming, and graduated classes to find, inspire, and collaborate with each other, and we aspire to repopulate and revitalize those Black affinity student performing arts groups whose membership took a hit over the past years of remote and socially distanced activities. 

Upcoming Events

Let us buy you a ticket! 

Platt Student Performing Arts House subsidizes tickets to paid events upon request and by availability. 

Join an interest track below or email us to attend!

The Inspiration Presents: Karaoke Night
Friday, September 2nd @ 7pm, Platt House Lobby

WAVe (West African Vibe) Performing at the ARCH Grand Opening
Wednesday, September 7nd @ 11am, ARCH Building

An Untitled Love (A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham)
September 22nd – 24th @ 7:30pm Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut St

Wine in the Wilderness (Philadelphia Artists Collective)
September 22nd – October 9th, Poth Brewery, 3145 W Jefferson St

Our Voices, Our Time: One-Act Play Festival (Negro Ensemble Company)
Saturday, October 8th @ 2pm and 8pm, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Black by Black: Black Joy, Uninterrupted Film Festival (Monolith Arts Program) [link forthcoming]
Friday, October 14th @ 5pm, Platt House Lobby

Lakecia Benjamin & Pursuance
October 16th @ 7pm, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Q&A w/ Brandon Dirden of the Negro Ensemble Company
October 17th @ 12pm, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Ravi Coltrane Quartet
October 22nd @ 8pm, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Brandee Younger
October 23rd @ 7pm, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Death of a Driver (InterAct Theatre Company)
October 28th – November 20th, Mainstage Theatre at the Drake

A Hit Dog Will Holler (Azuka Theatre Company)
November 2nd – 20th, Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake

A Workshop on the lineage of African Dance aesthetics by Margit Edwards (Theatre Arts Program)
November 19th @ 2pm, Platt House Lobby

Rome & Jewels by Rennie Harris Puremovement
December 9th – 10th, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

This list is updated periodically. Check back for more and contact us if there are events you are interested in attending!

Black Performing Arts Clubs

Explore the performing arts groups who put Black culture, experiences, and affinities at the forefront of their mission. 

More to explore

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Monolith Arts Program

Makuu Black Cultural Center