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 an N95 or double mask while indoors. We do not allow eating in our space. Specialized masks and barriers for breath instruments are required and available from our staff during work hours. Please contact our team at platthouse[at]pobox.upenn.edu, or email a staff member directly with your questions!

Upcoming

Performing Arts Anti-Racist Workshop Series
Saturday 2/12 & Saturday, 2/26 @ 11am-1pm, Zoom

Please be safe, double mask, and refer to our Recent Messages and COVID Safety pages for full guidelines! For more information about events, visit our Events page and the University Life website

 


 

Recent Messages

In-person student group activities have resumed as of Monday, 1/24. The University’s masking guidance has been updated to require double masks or N95s. See our COVID Safety Page for more details.
 

Anti-Hazing Meeting
Friday 1/21 @ 3pm-4:30pm, Zoom
Mandatory for all PAC groups
A recording of this event will be uploaded shortly.

Student Performing Arts Town Hall Meeting
Saturday 1/15 @ 5pm, Zoom
Mandatory for student performing arts groups
View recording and slides here!

Student Performing Arts Update for January 2022 (January 11, 2022)

Updated COVID Regulations and Guidance (August 30, 2021)

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



Past Highlights


Jaden Cloobeck launches memory project online

December 15, 2021   |   This Covid-19 archive for performing artists at Penn is a memory work proposal created by Jaden Cloobeck, C’22. Its mission: “to document and archive the stories of student-performing artists and arts administrators to heal, remember and celebrate the resilience of the student performing arts community at the University of Pennsylvania.” Click here to explore the student testimonials and learn more

 

 

 

A standing ovation at Carnegie Hall!

December 10, 2021   |   Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC

Our annual student showcase featured Bloomers Comedy, Dischord A Cappella, The Excelano Project, Mask and Wig, Penn Dhamaka, PennYo A Cappella, and Onda Latina in one night of song, dance, poetry and comedy that had audiences humming, grooving, snapping, and laughing along! We relish these opportunities to celebrate the vision of our students, and applaud the generous support of our partners in Campus Health, Penn Live Arts, The Unity Center, and of course, Carnegie Hall! Click here for event details and photos.
Presented by the Platt House Advisory Council Event Planning Committee and The Penn Performing Arts Initiative – Penn PARC NYC

 


Safe and In-Person in Fall 2021 

October 15, 2021   |   Performing Arts Groups planning in-person rehearsals, meetings, and performances during the Fall 2021 semester should register two Health Marshalls, check daily Open Passes, mask indoors at all times, space out whenever possible, and sanitize frequently. This fall we’ve worked closely with Campus Health to also offer a highly controlled masking exception, allowing vaccinated performers to participate in extra testing in order to perform unmasked! Review our full COVID Safety policies for groups and audiences here.

Introducing the Anonymous Feedback Form for Students of Color

April 6, 2021   |   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

A Heart-to-Heart on Grad School Performing Arts

April 9, 2021   |   We had such a fun time talking big picture with eight talented alumni in our Grad School for the Performing Arts discussion panel! View the recording of this event here on our website or on YouTube.


Announcing an expansion to our Community Ticketing Program!

Announcing the expansion of our Community Ticketing Program

Fall 2019   |   Platt House’s Community Ticketing Program has expanded to better serve students as well as community partners, facilitating greater engagement with our performing arts groups by keeping ticket costs from being a financial barrier. Learn more here!



Online Resources

Production Tools

COVID Safety – Rules for student performing arts gatherings, including rehearsals, meetings, and performances.
PAC Rules – View the PAC handbook for policy on how to run your group, and access mandatory forms here.
Virtual Performing Arts –  What do you need in order to make a show, remotely and online? Visit these resources from our staff and campus partners.
The PAC Shop – your center for all things costume, scenic, lighting, sound, props, and other technical elements of your show!

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.

 

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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 Sexual 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