Continuing its long tradition as a presenter of cutting-edge theatre, the Annenberg Center gives two world premieres and one Philadelphia premiere theatre production in the 2017-18 season.
Subscriptions to the Annenberg Centers 2017-18 season are on sale now at AnnenbergCenter.org
or 215.898.3900. Single tickets will go on sale at a later date.CHRISTOPHER A. GRUITS
Christopher Gruits is the recently-appointed Executive and Artistic Director of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the former Vice President and Executive Producer of Presentations, the programming and arts broadcasting division of Interlochen Center for the Arts. At Interlochen he oversaw all live presentations and webcasts, music broadcasting on Interlochen Public Radio, and produced over 600 events per year across all arts disciplines including the Interlochen Arts Festival, one of the largest arts festivals in the United States. He is the former Director of e-Strategy at Carnegie Hall where he created the institution's first digital strategy guiding all content and messaging across digital platforms (a $9 million channel) while significantly increasing audience engagement and online revenue through original web content. Prior to his role at Carnegie Hall, he was Commercial Director for DilettanteMusic.com, the web's first and largest social music network for classical musicians and listeners. At DilettanteMusic.com he created the web's first "Digital Composer in Residence" project with the London Sinfonietta. He holds a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary humanities with a concentration in arts management from Michigan State University, and a master's in business administration with a focus on strategy from the University of Edinburgh.ABOUT THE ANNENBERG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (ACPA) serves as a major cultural destination and crossroads connecting Penn and the greater Philadelphia region through innovative human expression in theatre, music, dance, and film, serving an annual audience of almost 50,000. The Annenberg Center also serves as a key resource for the arts at Penn, connecting master artists with Penn students in support of and as an enhancement to the arts curriculum. Student performing arts groups are also key users of the Annenberg Centers multiple performance and rehearsal spaces, while also staffing many operational roles throughout the academic year. In reflection of Penns core values as a world-respected academic institution, the Annenberg Center emphasizes artistic and intellectual excellence, diversity, and rigor in its presentations; prioritizes broad inclusiveness in the artists, audiences, and groups it serves; manages outstanding performance, conference, and meeting facilities; and stresses comprehensive event planning, production support, and customer service. The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is a major provider of performing arts access for school children and actively engages a broad range of primary, secondary, and post-secondary student audiences and inclusive constituencies from the campus, community, and greater Philadelphia region.