Penn Live Arts Celebrates 50 Years in 2022-23 Season

May 6, 2022

Penn Live Arts 2022-23 Season | Celebrating 50 Years
50th Anniversary Season includes
Negro Ensemble Company (NEC) Residency
Rennie Harris Puremovement Residency
Alice & John: A Coltrane Festival
ListenHear Composers Series
Accelerator Program
10 Dance Presentations
Jazz, world music, early music, theatre, family fun and holiday presentations
complete Penn Live Arts’ 2022-23 season

(Philadelphia – May 6, 2022) — Penn Live Arts has announced its 2022-23 season, curated by Executive and Artistic Director Christopher A. Gruits, and celebrating 50 years of exceptional, multi-disciplinary performing arts at the University of Pennsylvania. Subscriptions are on sale now at or 215.898.3900. Single tickets will go on sale in early August.

Penn Live Arts Presents the 2022-23 Season

Penn Live Arts celebrates its 50th anniversary in the 2022-23 season, a delayed observance of its April 1971 opening, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Annenberg Center opened as a gift to both Penn and Philadelphia, aiming to promote innovation in the performing arts, and in the 50 years since it has championed icons and rising stars, amplified diverse voices, and illuminated adventuresome perspectives on the world. Thousands of artists have enlivened its stages and millions of people have been transformed by the power of live performance. In 2022-23 Penn Live Arts presents a season befitting this major milestone, with 38 world and local premieres, three commissioned works, and 12 artists appearing in Philadelphia for the very first time. The season includes major residencies with the Negro Ensemble Company and Rennie Harris Puremovement; a two-week festival honoring the music of Alice and John Coltrane; ListenHear, a new composer series; the inaugural season of the Penn Live Arts Accelerator Program, 10 dance companies; and jazz, world music, early music, hybrid digital performances, and a cirque series for audiences of all ages. It is a season well worth the wait!

“We are thrilled to announce our 50th anniversary season,” said Penn Live Arts Executive and Artistic Director Christopher A. Gruits. “Penn Live Arts has always been an important curator of innovative and experimental programs for Penn and for the Philadelphia region, and we have long invested in diverse artists and storytelling. These guiding principles are our legacy and we are proud to carry them on in our 2022-23 season. I’d like to thank the many new and longtime partners we’ll be working with who are helping to make this important season especially rich and robust. As we celebrate during the coming season, we welcome all to join us in looking back to honor our past and at the same time looking forward, as we create our next 50 years and beyond.”

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