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Negro Ensemble Company photo, Brownstein Residency for Artistic Innovation Artist-in-Residence: Negro Ensemble Company

Brownstein Residency for Artistic Innovation
Artist-in-Residence: Negro Ensemble Company

The Brownstein Residency for Artistic Innovation links notable visiting artists to the Penn and Philadelphia communities with a focus on interdisciplinary work and experiences for broad audiences. The 22/23 season Brownstein Artist-in-Residence is the Negro Ensemble Company, a New York City mainstay and “arguably the most successful Black theatre group in the world.” (American Theatre) This exciting residency features a one-act play festival as well as the world premiere of a commissioned play juxtaposing 1960s protest poetry with our current social climate. With the addition of school-day matinees for high schoolers, regular visits to campus classrooms and community outreach activities, this residency elevates meaningful and thought-provoking conversations on the monumental role of Black artists in shaping art and culture in our country.

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

Rennie Harris photo, 22/23 Artist-in-Residence: Rennie Harris

Artist-in-Residence: Rennie Harris

Philadelphia’s legendary hip hop choreographer, Rennie Harris, finds a home base in this 22/23 season residency. With technical support from our Accelerator Program, Harris’ Puremovement will re-mount his most celebrated work, Rome & Jewels, a hip-hop-meets-Shakespeare journey through the streets of Philadelphia, kicking off a tour in celebration of the company’s 30th anniversary. Beyond the debut of this groundbreaking production, the residency will include co-curricular events on campus, a school-day matinee and outreach with West Philadelphia schools.

Dec 9-10 | Rennie Harris Puremovement: Rome & Jewels


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The Negro Ensemble Company Residency is funded in part by an ArtsForward grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, made possible through support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. | Additional support has been provided through an Extended Artist Residency grant from The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation. | The Negro Ensemble Company Residency in the 22/23 season is made possible in part with support provided by the Penn Live Arts Accelerator Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Rennie Harris Puremovement’s Rome & Jewels in the 22/23 season is made possible in part with support provided by the Penn Live Arts Accelerator Program at the University of Pennsylvania.