Platt Student Performing Arts House offers a supportive programmatic home for creative exploration and expression. We advise and train students pursuing their extra-curricular passions for the performing arts and those preparing for a career in the arts. Platt Student Performing Arts House is named for 1979 graduates Marc E. and Julie Beren Platt.

In accordance with the latest Public Health Guidance, all campus visitors are required to wear a mask while indoors. Specialized masks and barriers for breath instruments are available from our staff during work hours. As of August 25, we do not allow eating in our space. Please contact our team at, or email a staff member directly with your questions!



Welcome Class of 2025! 

Welcome Class of 2025 message in the graphic of a ticket

Get to know Platt Student Performing Arts House

Check out our site to learn more about the students performing arts at Penn!
Sign up for our student performing arts weekly e-newsletter
Follow us on Instagram @pennplatthouse
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Check out our amazing Performing Arts Council Technical Shop


9/13: Register for PAC Con now!


Registration is now open for the 2021 PAC Conference, featuring campus tours, board training sessions, arts equity conversations, and – not to give it away – a few give-aways. RSVP before Wednesday, 9/22. 

PAC Con runs Thursday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 26th. PAC groups attendance quotas and requirements for essential sessions. Visit the registration form for details.

9/2: Experience SPAN online


Student Performing Arts Night, 

originally scheduled for Friday, September 2 at 7 at the Annenberg Center, has sadly been cancelled due to dangerous flooding conditions.

Instead, enjoy learning about Penn’s student performing arts clubs  – including dance, music, poetry, and theatre – through last year’s video showcase, and find their audition information online!

>> Learn about groups, auditions, and alternate plans for SPAN 2021

7/30: Farewell to Program Coordinator James Grant

It is with a mix of pride and sadness that we announce the departure of our Program Coordinator, James Macon Grant, as he moves onward to pursue a new career path in the vital fields of psychology and clinical therapy. We are so grateful for the pivotal contributions James has made in steering our Community Ticketing Program, leading us through a maze of virtual streaming rights, and co-authoring Platt House’s value-driven programming.
Always armed with pertinent idioms, calm in the face of licensing jargon, and a true champion of equity and inclusion in the arts, James has made his mark on the community at Platt House and across Penn! We’re lucky to have had him along on this ride.
Please join us in wishing James good luck on this new journey!

4/6: Anonymous Feedback Form for Students of Color

We’ve just launched the Anonymous Feedback Form for Students of Color as an anonymous space for students of color to name issues, express concerns, and offer suggestions to help Platt House, the PAC Shop, and the student performing arts at Penn community become more equitable and racially just entities and spaces. This resource is intended to provide a space for students of color to offer feedback, create accountability and transparency around problems and responses, and release the continuous burden that falls students of color to enact equity and racial justice. 
If you are a student of color interacting with the performing arts at Penn, we’d love to hear what’s on your mind! Access the form here: Anonymous Feedback Form for Students of Color

4/9: Panel Discussion on Graduate School Performing Arts programs

We had such a fun time talking big picture with eight talented alumni! View the recording of this event on our website or on Youtube.


Recent Messages

Restarting and Reuniting – In Person Performing Arts (July 6, 2021) 

Message from Platt House and the PAC Shop Regarding Anti-Asian and Anti-American Acts of Violence (March 17, 2021)

Outdoor Rehearsal Reservations and Guidelines! (February 5, 2021)

Fall 2020 Follow Up (August 14, 2020)

A Message to the Platt House Community – Black Lives Matter (June 5, 2020)

A Note from Platt Student Performing Arts House in Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Updated March 20, 2020)

View all recent messages from Platt House here.

Virtual Resources

Production Tools

What do you need in order to make a show, remotely and online? Visit these resources from our staff and campus partners.


Platt House Programming

Stay tuned to our online events by following our Facebook page, and get weekly updates to your inbox by joining our Platt House Newsletter or our Student Performances Listserv

Looking for PAC Con, career talks, or a Town Hall? View archived recordings of our past events by visiting our Events Page!

Our Podcast: Backstage @ Platt House

Over the course of the pandemic students and staff have devised, produced, and published over a dozen episodes of a brand new podcast on the arts – at Penn and in Philadelphia! Listen to the latest installments of our performing arts podcast, featuring staff, alumni, and current students, on Spotify, Stitcher, and Apple Podcasts.


     Click here for more episodes of Backstage @ Platt House

Platt House is home to student performers, visual arts groups, and more!

Performing Arts Groups

Performing Arts Groups

Platt House is home to The Performing Arts Council, an umbrella organization for 46 student-run comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, singing, and music organizations staging about 100 events each year.

Visual Arts Groups

Visual Arts Groups 

Platt House advises a handful of visual arts groups including the Penn Art ClubWomen in Art Initiative, and Penn Create.

The Shop

The Shop

The PAC Shop is the place all scenery, lights, and costumes are created for the student performing arts community at Penn. Learn, practice, and hone your skills in design and stagecraft, stage management, and more!

Engage, Give Back and Learn

EngageGive Back, & Learn

The Greater Philadelphia Area is alive with the arts, as is Penn’s campus.  Platt House works to make arts engagement easily accessible for students through campus engagementservice to the community, and learning opportunities.


Announcing an expansion to our Community Ticketing Program!

Announcing the expansion of our Community Ticketing Program

DACA and Undocumented Student Resources

For more information, please visit DACA and Undocumented Student Resources

Sexual Misconduct Policy, Resource Offices, and Complaint Procedures

For more information, please visit Seuxal Misconduct Policy, Resource Offices, and Complaint Procedures

Vice Provost for University Life Calendar

For more information about events around campus, check out the VPUL Calendar 

VPUL Emergency & Opportunity Fund Form

For more information about Emergency & Opportunity Funds and to apply, please visit the Emergency & Opportunity Funding page