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Special Programs

Artist-in-Residence text Brownstein Residency for Artistic Innovation

The Negro Ensemble Company and Rennie Harris serve as artists-in-residence for the 22/23 season.

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Alice & John: A Coltrane Festival

Explore the immense impact this duo had on American music, with an exciting emphasis on Alice’s important and often underrepresented contributions.

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ListenHear Series

Our ListenHear series profiles significant contemporary musical voices, illuminating artists who are creating new work across the musical spectrum.

Film Series text Film Series

Continuing our long history of offering cinematic presentations, our series of independent films complements and amplifies our season programming across all disciplines.

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Accelerator Program

Furthering our distinguished history of supporting and presenting new work, our Accelerator Program formalizes this significant investment in our artists and their future.

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Philadelphia Children's Festival

Our annual Philadelphia Children's Festival takes place in late spring and features family-friendly performances as well as hands-on activities and more fun in the outdoor PLAYground.

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Student Discovery Series

Our weekday Student Discovery series allows students to see professional dance, theatre and music artists and make connections to lessons in the classroom.

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INSIGHTS events occur before and/or after many shows and explore the themes presented on stage. FREE for ticket holders, INSIGHTS can feature Penn faculty members or Penn student performing arts groups, and sometimes, the artists themselves.