Student Performing Arts Hub
are currently underway to create a
Performing Arts Hub at Penn. The new
hub will serve as the center of operations
to support the activities of the Office
of Student Performing Arts and member
student organizations of The Performing
Arts Council (PAC). The hub, to be
located in the lower level of Stouffer
College House, would centralize office
and rehearsal space and offer additional
resources for student performance
and training operations.
PAC represents 43 student-run performance
organizations including: dance, theatre,
music, song, comedy and spoken word; and
occupies three administrative offices in
the ARCH, 3601 Locust, two offices in the
Annenberg Center, and a technical scene
and costume shop at 41st and Walnut Sts.
Student Performing Arts, an office within
the University Life Division, offers a
wide range of performance related opportunities
to students at Penn.
student performing arts groups reflect
a broad spectrum of talent and interests
in the arts at Penn," said Provost
Robert Barchi. "The Performing
Arts Hub affirms the University's
commitment to ensure that those groups
are provided with the resources and
physical space they need to flourish.
We are grateful to The Mario Family
Fund at the Bessemer National Gift
Fund, which has taken the lead by
committing its support at the request
of the Department of Athletics and
Penn Band Director Greer Cheeseman,
C '77, as part of the
band's current fundraising efforts."
in concept to Civic House and Kelly
Writers House, the new Performing
Arts Hub will provide 10,000 sq. ft.
of meeting, office, rehearsal and
work space for the more than 1,200
students actively involved in co-curricular
theatre, dance, music, song, comedy
and spoken word.
Student Performing Arts at Penn, the
core principle is that creative expression
is an invaluable tool for student
self-awareness and development," added
Vice Provost for University Life Dr.
Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum. "The
new hub will serve as a wonderful
resource to nurture formal and informal
student performing arts initiatives."
to Student Performing Arts Director
Ty Furman, "Penn students spend
countless hours in rehearsal and planning
for more than 60 shows a year, and
having much of that activity centralized
allows for the conservation of many
resources and new opportunities to
build a stronger performing arts community.
We also want this space to be a real
model for curricular, CO-curricular,
and campus collaborations."
addition to facilitating rehearsal
and performance activities, the Office
of Student Performing Arts and PAC
sponsor programs such as the annual
Theatre Arts Council One Acts, and
The Emily Sachs Dance benefit performance,
which brings all dance groups together
for one performance to raise funds
for charity. The office staff also
facilitates the Jane Wallace Memorial
Theatre Internship Award, granting
$2,000 to an underclassman to assist
him or her in securing a professional
theatre internship over one summer.
There is also a regular workshop/masterclass
series offering professional training
opportunities in all disciplines,
and the Annual Performing Arts Alumni
Career Symposium bringing Penn alumni
back to campus each April to speak
to students about their careers in
an exciting prospect to have a place
where artists from all different specialties
and backgrounds can come together
for the development of creative expression," said
Jessica Brand, C '04, and PAC
executive board member.
design of the new Performing Arts
Hub will offer much needed rehearsal
space, a library of resources for
performance, training and career opportunities,
a cabaret performance space, a bank
of computers equipped with design
software for music, sound design,
set and lighting design and publishing
software for posters and programs.
of the lower level of Stouffer College
House is scheduled to begin next winter.
A $500,000 lead gift in support of
this $2.25 million renovation has
already been secured from The Mario
Family Fund at The Bessemer National
donors are currently being sought
and naming opportunities are also
available. For more information contact
Ty Furman, ARCH 112, 3601 Locust Walk,
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6224, (215)
898-2312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 32, May 6, 2003