Tagged Performing Arts

Philadelphia Jazz Tap Ensemble: Library Pop-Up

Jazz up your lunch hour with the Philadelphia Jazz Tap Ensemble!  Are you jazz-curious? Tap dance inquisitive? Throughout American history, tap dancers and jazz musicians created alongside each other and still influence each other…

Philadelphia Jazz Tap Ensemble: Library Pop-Up

Jazz up your lunch hour with the Philadelphia Jazz Tap Ensemble!  Are you jazz-curious? Tap dance inquisitive? Throughout American history, tap dancers and jazz musicians created alongside each other and still influence each other…

Philadelphia Jazz Tap Ensemble: Library Pop-Up

Jazz up your lunch hour with the Philadelphia Jazz Tap Ensemble!  Are you jazz-curious? Tap dance inquisitive? Throughout American history, tap dancers and jazz musicians created alongside each other and still influence each other…

The Why Project's Pop-Up Production Studio

Join students from the Why Project's Summer Media Development Institute for six hands-on workshops focusing on video and music production! Team up with local pros, artists, and college students to dive into the world of video…

The Why Project's Pop-Up Production Studio

Join students from the Why Project's Summer Media Development Institute for six hands-on workshops focusing on video and music production! Team up with local pros, artists, and college students to dive into the world of video…

The Why Project's Pop-Up Production Studio

Join students from the Why Project's Summer Media Development Institute for six hands-on workshops focusing on video and music production! Team up with local pros, artists, and college students to dive into the world of video…

The Why Project's Pop-Up Production Studio

Join students from the Why Project's Summer Media Development Institute for six hands-on workshops focusing on video and music production! Team up with local pros, artists, and college students to dive into the world of video…

The Why Project's Pop-Up Production Studio

Join students from the Why Project's Summer Media Development Institute for six hands-on workshops focusing on video and music production! Team up with local pros, artists, and college students to dive into the world of video…

Acting Up! by Mighty Writers

Do you love the limelight? Is there nothing better than being the center of attention? Are teachers constantly asking you to get back in your seat? If so, this is the workshop for you! Learn how to write and perform for the theater. For…

The Why Project's Pop-Up Production Studio

Join students from the Why Project's Summer Media Development Institute for six hands-on workshops focusing on video and music production! Team up with local pros, artists, and college students to dive into the world of video…

July New Play Reading Series

Join us on July 31st to hear a new play brought to life by actors and afterwards meet the cast and  playwright. You might meet the next Suzin Lori Parks or  Quiara Alegría Hudes!   Good Boy Best Friend by…

Wednesdays of Wonder: Telling Tales with Mama Carla

Attend our final Wednesdays of Wonder program:   Telling Tales with Mama Carla This interactive storytelling program includes movement, call and response, rhyme and hand clapping games! For all ages; camp groups welcome. This…

The Why Project's Media Workshop

Join students from the Why Project's Summer Media Development Institute for a hands-on workshop focusing on video and music production! For middle and high school students. Program runs on Thursdays, June 20th through July…

July New Play Reading Series

Join us on July 24th and July 31st to hear two new plays  brought to life by actors and afterwards meet the cast and  playwright.  You might  meet  the next Suzin Lori Parks or  Quiara Alegría…

Wednesdays of Wonder: Rapping About Prevention

Attend our third Wednesdays of Wonder program:   Rapping about Prevention RAPPING ABOUT PREVENTION delivers a high-energy performance using facts, humor, personal experience, teamwork exercises, and audience…

Opera in a Trunk

Costumes, props, and songs, OH MY! School-aged students work with a Teaching Artist to create a short opera scene that explores the different parts of an opera! Presented by Opera Philadelphia.

Coffee & Conversations: An Open Mic Night

Join us for an evening filled with poetry, storytelling, and good vibes. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy the show. Whether you're a seasoned performer or just looking to listen, everyone is welcome! Enjoy captivating…

Visual Playwriting for Teens

Join the Field Teen Center and Philly Young Playwrights for a free Visual Playwriting workshop, perfect for theater kids, comics artists, animators, and writers. Learn how to bring your stories to life with both words and art. All…

The Why Project's Media Workshop

Join students from the Why Project's Summer Media Development Institute for a hands-on workshop focusing on video and music production! For middle and high school students. Program runs on Thursdays, June 20th through July…

Wednesdays of Wonder: Bollywood Dance Assembly

Attend our second Wednesdays of Wonder program: Bollywood Dance Assembly ​The Bollywood Dance Assembly starts with an audio/visual cultural journey across India, showcasing the diversity of culture, music, and the arts across India.…

LitFinder

Discover literature content from more than 150,000 full-text poems, 840,000 poem citations and excerpts, 7,100 full-text short stories and novels, 3,800 full-text essays published in the 16th-20th centuries, 2,400 full-text speeches, and…

Karen Valby | The Swans of Harlem: Five Black Ballerinas, Fifty Years of Sisterhood, and Their Reclamation of a Groundbreaking History

Featuring: Lydia Abarça, Sheila Rohan, Marcia Sells, Karlya Shelton, and Khadija Tariyan (daughter of Gayle McKinney Griffith) In conversation with Shelly Power, The Dr. Carolyn Newsom Executive Director, Philadelphia Ballet Karen Valby…

Kimberlé Crenshaw | #SayHerName: Black Women’s Stories of Police Violence and Public Silence

In conversation with Dorothy Roberts One of the country’s foremost authorities in civil rights, Black feminist legal theory, race, and the law, Kimberlé Crenshaw is a law professor at UCLA and Columbia Law School, where in 1996 she…

Sarah Cooper | Foolish: Tales of Assimilation, Determination, and Humiliation

In conversation with comedian Chanel Ali Referred to by Amy Schumer as “the funniest, smartest person I know,” Sarah Cooper is best known for her hilarious lip-syncing videos of Donald Trump sound bites. The author of 100 Tricks to…

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich | Lidia's From Our Family Table to Yours: More Than 100 Recipes Made with Love for All Occasions

In conversation with Heather Marold Thomason, Butcher & Founder of Primal Supply “The cookbook author who changed the way Americans cook Italian food” ( The New York Times ), Lidia Matticchio Bastianich is the author of 15 beloved…

Emily Wilson | The Iliad

In conversation with Sheila Murnaghan, chair of the classics department at the University of Pennsylvania “A cultural landmark” ( The Guardian ), Emily Wilson ’s 2017 translation of The Odyssey was hailed for its fresh and unpretentious…

Bernie Taupin | Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton and Me

In conversation with novelist and musician Wesley Stace Legendary English song lyricist Bernie Taupin has worked with Elton John since 1967 and has written the lyrics for most of the iconic performer’s hits, including “Rocket Man,”…

Sheryl Lee Ralph | Diva 2.0: 12 Life Lessons From Me For You

In conversation with award-winning journalist and broadcaster Tracey Matisak A celebrated veteran of film, television, and the Broadway stage, Sheryl Lee Ralph won an Emmy Award, a Critic’s Choice Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award…

R. Eric Thomas | Congratulations, the Best Is Over!: Essays

R. Eric Thomas  is the author of the Lambda Literary Award finalist  Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul America , a bestselling essay collection that tackles just what it means to be an “other” in the maelstrom of modern America.…

Michelle Zauner | Crying in H Mart

In conversation with Homay King The lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist of the indie rock outfit Japanese Breakfast, Michelle Zauner has garnered wide acclaim for her shoegaze-inspired pop earworms. These works include  Psychopomp…

Adam Gopnik | The Real Work: On the Mystery of Mastery

Featuring magician, Justin Gilmore A staff writer at  The New Yorker  for more than three decades, Adam Gopnik is the author of  Paris to the Moon ,  The Table Comes First ,  At the Strangers’ Gate , and  A Thousand Small Sanities , a…

Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. | Who Hears Here: On Black Music, Pasts, & Present

In conversation with Marc Lamont Hill Professor emeritus of Music at the University of Pennsylvania, Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. is a celebrated musicologist, composer, pianist, and music historian. He is the author of Race Music: Black…

Misty Copeland | The Wind at My Back: Resilience, Grace, and Other Gifts from My Mentor, Raven Wilkinson

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6abc Action News morning edition The first African American principal dancer in the history of the elite American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland is one of the world’s most accomplished and…

Ralph Macchio | Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me

In conversation with Jason Freeman, author events producer and editor Ralph Macchio is best known for his portrayal of Daniel LaRusso in the 1984 film The Karate Kid . This iconic piece of pop culture has spawned a slew of sequels and…

Bo Seo | Good Arguments: How Debate Teaches Us to Listen and Be Heard

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award winning broadcaster and journalist A two-time world champion debater and a former coach of the Harvard College Debating Union and the Australian national debating team, Bo Seo has won the World…

Jeremy Denk | Every Good Boy Does Fine: A Love Story, in Music Lessons

In conversation with Peter Dobrin, classical music critic and culture writer,  The Philadelphia Inquirer One of classical music’s most celebrated pianists, Jeremy Denk has performed with ensembles such as the National Symphony…

Harvey Fierstein | I Was Better Last Night: A Memoir

In conversation with comedienne, actor, and author Catherine "Cat" Cohen An acclaimed playwright, screenwriter, and actor, Harvey Fierstein is the Tony Award–winning author of Torch Song Trilogy and La Cage aux Folles . His play A…

Brendan Slocumb | The Violin Conspiracy

In conversation with Stanford Thompson, founder and executive director of Play On Philly A public and private school music educator for more than 20 years, Brendan Slocumb has performed on violin with the Washington Metropolitan…

Bernardine Evaristo | Manifesto: On Never Giving Up

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Bernardine Evaristo won the 2019 Man Booker Prize and the Dublin Literary Award for  Girl, Woman, Other , “a breathtaking symphony of Black women’s…

Jackie Kay | Bessie Smith: A Poet’s Biography of a Blues Legend

In conversation with Sapphire The National Poet Laureate of Scotland from 2016 to 2021, Jackie Kay is the author of the celebrated poetry collections  Life Mask ,  Off Colour , and  The Adoption Papers , winner of the Scottish Arts…

James Lapine | Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created “Sunday in the Park with George”

In conversation with Benj Pasek, Tony Award-winning songwriter and New York Times bestselling author of  Dear Evan Hansen A celebrated director, playwright, screenwriter, and librettist, James Lapine earned three Tony Awards for “Best…