Penn Live Arts Blog / April 2023

Announcing the 23/24 season

Posted April 26, 2023

Our Next 50 Years

In the 22/23 season, we celebrated our 50th anniversary, reflecting on the thousands of artists who graced our stages and the millions of people brought together by the transformative power of live performance. You are the foundation of this legacy, and we hope you continue to join us as we look to a bright future with the promise of more transformative artistic experiences, meaningful outreach across Penn’s campus and our community, and exciting enhancements to the Annenberg Center, including the addition of the Stuart Weitzman Theatre, the cornerstone of a multi-year capital project. Read more...

It’s time for the 2023 Philadelphia Children’s Festival

Posted April 12, 2023

Children's Festival

At Penn Live Arts, the return of cherry blossoms to our Outdoor Plaza can mean only one thing: the steady approach of our Philadelphia Children’s Festival, entering its 37th year this May 20th through 23rd.

Like all large public gatherings, the Children’s Festival was on extended hiatus throughout the pandemic and had a soft return in 2022. This year, it will look more the way our audiences remember it, with live performances of dance, theatre and music for pre-K to middle-school students. Read more...

Recent Highlights: Jan – Mar 2023

Posted April 5, 2023

Dance Theatre of Harlem, Credit Mark Garvin
On a cold mid-January evening, Dance Theatre of Harlem heated up the Zellerbach Theatre, while downstairs in the Prince Theatre, the Italian experimental theatre company Teatro delle Albe immersed our audiences in an utterly riveting depiction of the last visions of Dante. A week later, noted medieval music specialist Benjamin Bagby brought the epic poem of Beowulf to vivid life, and the month ended with families and hundreds of schoolchildren in awe of Acrobuffos’ magical Air Play.

It was all part of what Penn Live Arts does best: inspire, entertain and transform lives through a diverse array of artistic experiences. Read more...