Arts House Dance Company
Description: Arts House is a student-run dance company known for its strong technique, innovative student choreography, and vivid stage presence. AHDC primarily performs jazz, contemporary, ballet, tap, and hip-hop, but our members come from diverse training backgrounds.
Description: Atma is UPenn’s award-winning, all-female South Asian fusion a cappella group. Since the inception of the group at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002, Atma has been most noted for bringing together a wide variety of genres to create a deep and unique sound. Today, the ladies of Atma continue to develop musically, exploring new sounds and ideas, and driving performances with expression and personality.
Description: The Penn Band was founded in 1897 and ever since has been one of the University’s most progressive traditions. The organization, typically ranging between 80 and 100 members every year, is among the largest and most active student-run organizations on campus, performing upwards of 100 times during the academic year. The organization boasts a rich history of performance, including several performances with the renowned band leader John Phillip Sousa. The Penn Band was the first collegiate band to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The band has countless recordings, national broadcasts and concerts, and has performed at the pleasure of numerous American presidents and state leaders. Today, the group is a perennial bastion of music and mirth on the Penn Campus.
Description: Counterparts is Penn’s premier pop and jazz a cappella group. Now in our 35th year, our group remains true to our musical roots and produces a show each semester.
Description: Penn Dhamaka is the University of Pennsylvania’s first and only all-male dance troupe. Created in the Fall of 2001, Penn Dhamaka combines Western and South Asian dance styles, aspiring to present a fresh, unique, and innovative fusion of these cultures. We typically have our annual show in February and also perform at various events on and off campus.
Front Row Theatre Company
Description: Front Row Theatre Company (FTC) is the University of Pennsylvania’s only student group dedicated to performing socially relevant theatre. As a member of the Theatre Arts Council (TAC-e), Front Row works within a vibrant community of artists and performers committed to putting on high quality shows with a purpose.
Description: Founded in 1862, the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club is the oldest continuously running Glee Club in the United States and the oldest performing arts group at the University Pennsylvania. The Club stepped out of the formal lines of choral performances in 1928, performing its first fully staged production – Hades, Inc. Since then, each year the Club writes and produces a fully staged, Broadway-style production. This annual performance accentuates the notion that this Club is like no other Glee Club in the world.
Description: The Inspiration is a co-ed a cappella singing group founded in 1989 for students of the University of Pennsylvania. It serves as a musical outlet for individuals with a desire to celebrate the legacy of the African Diaspora. The organization concentrates on music written and/or performed by artists of African descent with the purpose to educate as well as entertain its audiences. This purpose is accomplished not only through musical productions but also through the development of community service programs both on and off the campus of Penn.
iNtuitons Experimental Theatre
Description: iNtuitons Experimental Theatre is Penn’s only student-run experimental theatre group. We were chartered to “attract people with diverse artistic interests and in order to provide an outlet for creative people whose ideas are too Classical or Avant-Garde to be supported by existing groups.” Our “taste” is broad in scope. iNtuitons has produced work by such diverse writers as Vaclav Havel, Sarah Kane, Euripides, Joseph Conrad, Sam Shepard, Milan Kundera, Caryl Churchill… just to name a few. Each year we present a student-directed mainstage production in the fall and spring, our annual Alternative Theatre Festival featuring student submissions (part of Philly FringeArts Festival), plus participating in the Theatre Arts Council’s One Acts Festival each winter. We’ve also had bonus shows (winter & spring), play-readings of original work by Philadelphia artists, and guerilla theatre experiments. Come check us out!
Description: Penn Masala is the world’s first and premier South Asian a cappella group, founded in 1996 with the desire to create music that traversed traditional cultural boundaries and captured the experience of growing up with both Eastern and Western cultures. As the first group in the world to bring the sounds of the Indian subcontinent to a cappella, we’ve consistently been at the forefront of South Asian-Western fusion ever since. Since we started off in ’96, we’ve performed in India, at the White House, the Indian International Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, and we were featured in the Hollywood feature film and soundtrack for Pitch Perfect 2.
Mask & Wig
Description: Since 1889, the Mask and Wig Club’s primary purpose has always been and continues to be, “Justice to the stage and credit to the University.” Today, Mask and Wig maintains its position as one of the premier extracurricular activities on the Penn campus. Its yearly free student tour over spring break brings the show to alumni clubs across the world, including Montreal, California, and London. So sit back and enjoy a tradition over a century in the making, and still going strong. “There’s Only Room for One!”
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Pan-Asian Dance Troupe
Description: The only dance troupe of its kind at the University of Pennsylvania, the Pan-Asian Dance Troupe seeks to celebrate and educate the community on Pan-Asian culture through traditional, modern, and fusion dances, and to establish an organization in which people of all nationalities can learn to express themselves through the art of dance. The Pan-Asian Dance Troupe performs on campus and in the greater Philadelphia community throughout the year at cultural celebrations and in guest performances for other performing arts groups. Our troupe was formed at the end of the 2000-2001 school year with the merging of a Chinese and a Filipino dance troupe. Since then, our repertoire has grown to encompass dances representing a multitude of ethnicities and minorities, including Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Mongolian, and Thai. We showcase original pieces choreographed by our dancers that incorporate elements of Asian traditional, Asian folk, and modern styles such as contemporary and hip-hop. Through dance, we continue to seek greater diversity and promote the appreciation of all Pan-Asian cultures.
Description: PENNaach is the University of Pennsylvania’s only all-female South Asian fusion dance troupe. PENNaach challenges its members to reach high standards of excellence and new heights in the development of their craft. We hope to awaken members to the importance and value of culture, history and tradition as well as instill in them the need for experimentation and discovery through new methods and approaches in South Asian Dance. PENNaach hopes to motivate members to develop critical and analytical skills and demonstrate that these are enhanced by creative thinking. Finally, we hope to provide members with the opportunity to actively participate in all areas of production and expose them to various styles of South Asian dance.
Description: PenNaatak is the University of Pennsylvania’s one and only theatre group dedicated to producing global and contemporary theatre.
Description: Penn’s Premiere All-Male A Cappella group. Member of PAC and ACK. We do weddings.
Description: PennSori is Penn’s one and only Korean-interest a cappella group. Founded in 2005, we have performed everywhere from the university’s Morris Arboretum to the White House. Our mission is to create a fun and accessible bridge to Korean music culture and raise awareness for the Asian and Asian-American performing arts.
Description: PennYo is the premier Chinese a cappella group at the University of Pennsylvania. Founded in 2002, we’ve toured around the U.S. and Asia, performing an ever-changing repertoire of songs we select and arrange ourselves. We’ve covered a variety of artists, from Mandarin rock singers to Cantonese pop stars and even to Korean hit bands and Japanese performers. Our goal is to bring a facet of our Chinese musical culture to the United States, and then to rest of the world.
Description: As Penn’s oldest continuously running theatre company (established in 1936), Pennsylvania Players is proud to be the only company in TAC-e that offers the opportunity to work with professional directors in its productions.
Description: Quadramics is a student theatre company at the glorious University of Pennsylvania. Students are our directors, producers, actors, singers, band members and board. Quadramics is also the theatre group focused on enjoying life and getting the best experience possible out of running and working on a production. We are fun-loving, hardworking-more-often-than-not, ridiculous, zany people who share a passion for good times and great theatre—so come join us for the fun, madness, and, as always, the drama!
Description: Quaker Notes A Cappella sings a range of genres at a variety of events both on and off campus. We host a Fall and Spring show each year, and also record our music in a studio.
Description: Penn Sargam is America’s first collegiate organization dedicated to promoting Indian classical and fusion Music. Composed of vocalists and instrumentalists who play anything from sitar and flute, to guitar and bass, and from violin and veena, to tabla and drums, Penn Sargam presents a memorable journey through the musics of India and around the world.
Description: Simply Chaos is the University of Pennsylvania’s first and only stand-up comedy group. We perform at events around Philadelphia, sponsored campus events, and produce our own show every semester.
Description: Penn Singers is a fun, talented family of friends that produces a Broadway-style show in the fall and a Gilbert & Sullivan light opera in the spring. We are always looking for new people to join our family! If you sing, act, play an instrument, build, or design, we would love to meet you. We are always looking for new performers, tech members, accompanists, and orchestra members.
Description: The Pennsylvania Sirens is Penn’s premier female singing ensemble. The Penn Sirens perform a vast array of engaging and diverse music — a repertoire that consists of styles ranging from classical choral, jazz, and Broadway to contemporary pop and rock. The Penn Sirens is not a typical stand-and-sing choir, but an ensemble that prides itself in captivating audiences with originally choreographed dances and self-directed scenes. On campus, each semester culminates with a student-written, Broadway-style production.
Soundworks Tap Factory
Membership: Not listed
Description: Founded in 2001, Soundworks Tap Factory is University of Pennsylvania’s one and only strictly tap dancing group. We are a completely student-choreographed team that performs in and produces various shows during each academic year. Our unique style comes from the broad dance foundation of all our members, which includes rhythm tap, Broadway-style tap, hip-hop, jazz, and more! We bring in master tap teachers to help us continue to grow as tappers, though we consistently challenge each other with our own choreography!
Description: Sparks Dance Company (SDC) was founded in 1989 as Penn’s premiere dance company dedicated to both performing and community service. The company, managed by undergraduate students, maintains a high technical level of many styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, lyrical, and contemporary. In addition to weekly technique classes, each semester culminates with a self-choreographed show. Company members also perform at other popular campus events throughout the year such as the Emily Sachs Dance Benefit and Freshmen Performing Arts Night. Additionally, SDC members have the chance to share their love of dance at various Philadelphia locales, such as the Salvation Army and the Ronald McDonald house, through our philanthropy program each semester.
Stimulus Children’s Theatre
Description: Stimulus Children’s Theatre Company is the University of Pennsylvania’s premier children-oriented theatre group. We perform for elementary schools, community centers, day care centers, hospitals, and elderly care facilities. We supplement our program with classroom workshops before and after each performance, in which we teach our audiences about theatre.
The Excelano Project
Description: The Excelano Project is Penn’s first and only spoken word poetry group. From its foundation in 2001 by Carlos Gomez and Warren Longmire, Excelano has been marching forth in the poetry community, performing on campus, and competing on a national level. In 2007 and 2009, we had the pleasure of taking home the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational title. But EP goes beyond poetry – we are a family. This group is about finding voice. It is dedicated to the power of the mic and using personal experience to touch the lives of audience members. It’s about holding a speaker up to life’s white noise to find that every one of us can be heard.
West Philly Swingers
Description: West Philly Swingers is UPenn’s official swing dancing troupe! We are both a social and a performance group. Members are required to attend lessons once a week by our fantastic instructors Chris and Kira, and perform in at least one number in our show.
Without a Net
Description: Without a Net is Penn’s premier and only improv comedy group. We are co-ed, accept members from all years, and perform both long form and short form improv.