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Accelerator Program

Furthering our distinguished history of supporting and presenting new work across dance, music and theatre, our Accelerator Program formalizes this significant investment in our artists and their future. With resources to help finish and bring works to the stage, we foster the creative process and then eagerly present the premieres to Philadelphia audiences before the works go on to tour the world. The inaugural season of Accelerator Program artists are The Crossing, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Negro Ensemble Company, Pam Tanowitz Dance and Rennie Harris Puremovement. These artists represent the crossroads of our programming profile: a mix of genres across dance, music and theatre; Philadelphia-based artists and national companies; and legacy American companies juxtaposed with a newer generation of artistic talent.

22/23 Season Accelerator Artists

Negro Ensemble Company photo

Negro Ensemble Company

Oct 8 | Our Voices, Our Time: One-Act Play Festival
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Feb 15-18 | World Premiere Play
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Pam Tanowitz Dance photo

Pam Tanowitz Dance
Oct 14-15

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Rennie Harris Puremovement photo

Rennie Harris Puremovement
Dec 9-10

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The Crossing photo

The Crossing

Dec 16 | The Crossing @ Christmas
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Mar 24 | with PRISM Quartet
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Dance Theatre of Harlem
Jan 20-21

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About the Accelerator Program

In 1971, the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts was established on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus as a home for experimentation in the performing arts. In over five decades of innovative artistic programming, we have brought countless world premiere performances to Philadelphia as a core aspect of our mission. Now, as part of our 50th anniversary celebration, we reinforce this legacy by launching our Accelerator Program, an annual commitment leveraging resources, expertise and facilities to fuel creative momentum by emerging and established artists and bring new and re-envisioned works to our stage.

The Accelerator Program aims to support artists who are aligned with our commitment to storytelling that reflects the experiences of our community. These unique engagements will generate and share work that brings challenging themes together in conversation, opening a space for artists and audiences to explore and unpack the important issues of today.