Community News and Stories

2023 Student Performing Arts Awards

Congratulations to the Class of 2023! Join us at the Student Performing Arts Awards Celebration:Saturday, May 13th @ 2pm, Platt House Lobby  Join Platt House on

Kalyne Coleman, C’14

Alumni Spotlight on Kalyne Coleman, C’14   Kalyne at Career Mentorship event hosted by Platt House, Makuu, and UMOJA – February 2023   Get to

Black Arts in the Spotlight

We’re reaching across Philadelphia to gather up some of the Black joy, Black experiences, and Black art happening near you! The Black Arts Series is

SPAN poster featuring a backdrop of dozens of performing arts group logos.

SPAN returns to the stage

After two years of virtual presentation, the annual Student Performing Arts Night returned to the Zellerbach stage this fall! Our students held on to the

Daina Troy, W’98

Alumni Spotlight on Daina Troy, W’98   Daina Troy is a Penn alum as well as a proud Philly native! When applying to school, she

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COVID Safety for Audiences

Mandates for Student Performances at the University of Pennsylvania 1. Symptom Screening   Before arriving on campus, all audience members must complete a day-of health

PennOpen Campus

PennOpen Screening

For students, staff, faculty, and members of the Penn community: PennOpen Pass is a daily symptom tracker designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading

Arnab Mishra

Arnab Mishra, W’96

During his undergraduate experience at Penn, Arnab Mishra spent tons of time flexing his creative muscles in and out of the classroom. He shares that

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month! Native American Heritage Month is about uplifting and celebrating the ancestry, traditions, and cultures of Indigenous people. We also

Senior Awards 2021

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!   Student Performing Arts Awards CelebrationSunday, May 16th @ 2pm ET Join us for our final celebration of the

Stopping the Hate and Starting to Heal

Stopping the Hate and Starting to Heal: Living With and Through the COVID-19 PandemicAn Invitation to a Guided Session of Healing, Processing, and Community-Building for

Sara Outing

Sara Outing, C’13

Sara Outing, C’13 is Platt House’s inimitable Administrative Coordinator! She came to Penn from Chapel Hill, NC and graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts. Since then,

Fall 2020 Follow Up

Dear PAC, This week we all learned that the Fall 2020 semester will be fully virtual. While we had been eager to share our provisional plans

Jennifer Weber, C’00

Jennifer Weber, C’00

Get to know our featured alum, Jennifer Weber, C’00! Jennifer is a choreographer living in New York City. She graduated from Penn in 2000 with

Ben Grinberg, C’11

Ben Grinberg, C’11

Ben Grinberg has learned the importance of balance, not only in his schedule, but literally in his work as an artist and educator at the

Ramita Ravi

Ramita Ravi, C’17

Hailing from a small town near Pittsburgh, PA, Ramita Ravi spent her undergraduate years at Penn studying Health and Societies and dancing up a storm!

InVersion Theatre

Interview with InVersion Theatre

Tell us a little about yourselves, your hometowns, and your majors and graduation years. Johnny Lloyd: Asheville, NC; International Relations, 2011. I’m a playwright and producer

Joan Harrison’81

Joan Harrison ’81

Hailing from a family of six children in Westbury, New York, as a freshman Harrison felt a bit at sea. But in her first semester

Jason Butler, C’09

Alumni Spotlight:  Jason Butler, C’09 Get to know our featured alum – Jason Butler! Hailing from Garden City, NY, Jason studied Communications and Theatre Arts

Pamela Hetherington, C’01

Alumni Spotlight: Pamela Hetherington, C’01 Get to know our featured Alum—Pamela Hetherington! Philadelphia native Pamela danced with Penn Dance during her years at Penn. Additionally, from

Lolita Jackson, E’89

Lolita Jackson, E’89  Get to know our featured Alum—Lolita Jackson! Lolita was always a performing artist. She had always played instruments but found that she


Kristin Marra, E’14

“Oh, you play the flute in the Penn Band! How is that? I would imagine it’s a lot of fun.” I heard some variation of


Stephanie R. McNeal, W’91

They say that everyone has a soundtrack to their lives, and I am very grateful that. If I am ever challenged to put my official