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PAC Con 2020

October 9, 2020 All Day @ Zoom,

Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11

Logo for PAC Con 2020

Platt House presents the 3rd Annual Performing Arts Council Conference

PAC Con is an online gathering for performing arts groups to learn, share, and build community. 

PAC Con 2020 will be held remotely, via Zoom. To attend PAC Con sessions, register here by noon on Thursday, October 8:


Watch recordings of the PAC Con sessions below!


Conference Sessions

Friday, October 9

4:30pm-5:15pm ET Treasurer Training (CANCELLED) This session has been cancelled, and is no longer mandatory for Treasurers of all PAC groups.
5:45pm-6:30pm ET Writing a Land Acknowledgement
Featuring Connor Beard, PAC-Exec Community Service Coordinator
How to develop, and present Land Acknowledgement statements for in-person and virtual events
7:00pm-7:45pm ET Keynote: Racial Justice & Art Making
Featuring Chaz Howard, Vice President for Social Equity and Community & Mamta Accapadi, Vice Provost for University Life
A space for reflection, resolution-making, and community healing featuring the Vice President for Social Equity and Community, as well as Mamta Accapadi, the new Vice Provost for University Life. This session is mandatory for all PAC groups.

8:00pm-8:45pm ET Meal Hour
With students and staff
Unwind with peers and share your thoughts about today’s sessions

Saturday, October 10

1:00pm-1:45pm ET Marketing & Social Media
Featuring Andrea Alhadari Patton, Development and Alumni Relations Associate Director; Megan Edelman, Platt House Associate Director; and Hannah Lottenberg, PAC-Exec DAC Chair
Tips from staff and students on how to make your online presence engaging, inviting, and inclusive

2:15pm-3:15pm ET Virtual Pre-Production (Video Production & Editing)
Featuring James Grant, Platt House Program Coordinator & Amanda Labonte, Student Performing Arts Technical Director
A walkthrough of the technical resources available for groups who are recording, streaming, or collaborating online. This session is mandatory for a Producer or Chair of all PAC groups

3:45pm-4:30pm ET Untangling Rights
Featuring James Grant, Platt House Program Coordinator; Kushol Gupta, Penn Band Assistant Director; & Caroline Leipf, Annenberg Center Assistant Director for Education and Engagement
Guidelines on how to request rights for the use of copyrighted music, text, or choreography on different platforms

Files: PAC CON Licensing Cheat Sheet

5:00pm-5:45pm ET New to PAC
Featuring PAC-Exec
An introduction to the Performing Arts Council’s student governing body, PAC-Exec, and the compacts that PAC follows. Recommended for new group members

6:15pm-7:00pm ET Meal Hour
With students and staff
Unwind with peers and share your thoughts about today’s sessions

Sunday, October 11

1:00pm-1:45pm ET Connecting Virtually 
Featuring Louis Lin, C’20
An info session on soft skills, strategies, and social considerations to make Zooming more fun and more effective
2:15pm-3:00pm ET Hazing Prevention
Featuring Katie Hanlon Bonner, OSA Executive Director
Guidelines on what constitutes hazing, how to address it, and how to devise more inclusive practices for new member engagement. This session is mandatory for PAC groups.
3:30pm-4:15pm ET Ice Cream Social
With PAC-Exec
Unwind with peers and share your thoughts about today’s sessions
4:45pm-5:30pm ET Tech Hour
Featuring Amanda Labonte, Student Performing Arts Technical Director & Hannah Paquet, PAC-Exec Tech Chair
A meet-and-greet with Tech Supervisor Amanda Labonte, and Q&A on tech roles, production management, and design for the virtual semester

Presenter Biographies

Mamta Accapadi (she/her) is the Vice Provost for University Life at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to this role, Accapadi served as the vice president for student affairs at Rollins College. She has held administrative and teaching positions at Oregon State University, University of Houston and The University of Texas at Austin. She has also served as a consultant on diversity and inclusion efforts, specifically focusing on the development and empowerment of employee resource groups. Known for her service within student affairs professional associations, NASPA and ACPA, Accapadi has been recognized for her sustained focus on leadership pipeline development and mentorship opportunities for historically underrepresented communities. She has received multiple awards, including the Zenobia Hikes Award for her commitment to the advancement of women in higher education, and has been recognized as a Pillar of the Profession by NASPA. She served as an ACE Fellow in 2016, specifically focusing on the pathways to best support community college and four-year institution partnerships in service of students. As a scholar practitioner, her research interests include Asian American identity development, social justice education and issues impacting women of color. She attended The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, as well as a master’s and Ph.D. in higher education administration.

Andrea Alhadari Patton (she/her) is a Miami, FL native who now calls South Philly her home. Before joining Penn as the Associate Director for Development and Alumni Relations in VPUL, she spent almost a decade working in higher education. Previously, Andrea was at the headquarters of her sorority Delta Phi Epsilon where she worked with over 100 institutions across the U.S. and Canada on communications, leadership programs, growth, and oversaw the organization’s international Centennial celebration. She is FGLI, holding a B.A. in Psychology from Florida International University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Organizational Dynamics at Penn. When she isn’t studying or working Andrea can be found cooking, propagating plants, or traveling with her husband and their very spoiled goldendoodle, Lacey.

Connor Beard (he/him/his) is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Communications and Native American Studies. Heavily involved in both performing arts and Natives at Penn, Connor is passionate about bringing Indigenous issues to the forefront of campus life.

Katie Hanlon Bonner (she/hers) serves as Executive Director of the Office of Students Affairs, home to student organizations, student government and major campus events and traditions. Prior to returning to Penn in 2008, she worked at the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign. She attended Miami University (OH) for undergrad and Penn for her Master’s in Higher Education Administration. She’s now subjecting herself to the challenge of being a part-time student in the doctoral program at Penn GSE. Outside of work (and during work these days) Katie shares her time with her husband, 4 year-old twins and dog in South Philly.

Megan Edelman (she/her/hers) is looking forward to another exciting year of student performing arts at Penn! In addition to serving the students of Penn through PennArts, scheduling, communications, and more, she is an actor, performance artist, and board game enthusiast. Megan is grateful for the opportunity to apply her passion for the arts to her work each day.

Danielle Fike (she/her/hers) is a Financial Coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs for PAC groups as well as SPEC, GAPSA group funding, and 2 dozen other SAC-funded groups. Outside of work, she is a mother of three elementary school kids (currently attending school via Zoom) and her favorite way to relax is sewing a handmade wardrobe.

Adam First (he/him/his) is the Chair of the Theatre Arts Council (TAC-e) on the Performing Arts Council Executive Board. He is a senior in the college majoring in Visual Studies and minoring in Theatre Arts and is also on the board of Penn Players. Adam is also an editor for the satirical newspaper Under the Button, and loves all things theatre, theme parks, and animals.

James Macon Grant (he/him), Program Coordinator, Platt Student Performing Arts House. James, who holds acting degrees from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, just celebrated his 2nd year as part of the Platt House team. His areas of expertise for student groups include: rights and licensing procurement,  engagement with Platt House’s Community Ticketing Program, and guest artist hiring practices. Please feel free to contact him with any questions you may have at jamgrant@upenn.edu!

Kushol Gupta (he/him/his) is a Penn alum (CAS 97, BGS 03) and is currently a faculty member in the School of Medicine and Assistant Director of the Penn Band. He majored in Biochemistry and Music as an undergraduate and has been with the Penn Band for 27 years. He is an avid arranger, as well as a tuba and trombone player, and leads the Band’s regular outreach efforts, including its high school summer camp. As an undergraduate, he was involved with Penn Band, Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and pit orchestras with Penn Players, Penn Singers, and Quadramics. He currently serves on the board of the local nonprofit Rock to the Future. He has accumulated extensive experience navigating the licensing realm with the day-to-day activities of the Penn Band, including album production, arranging, and social media.

Dr. Charles (Chaz) Lattimore Howard (he/him) is The University Chaplain and Vice President for Social Equity and Community at the University of Pennsylvania. As an undergrad at Penn, Chaz studied Urban Studies and Africana Studies, was involved with Student Government, Greek life, and sang in The Inspiration a cappella group.Since graduating he has served in both hospital and hospice chaplaincies, and as a street outreach worker to individuals experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia before returning to his alma mater. His writing has been featured in such publications as Daily Good, Sojourners Magazine, Chronicle of Higher Education, The Huffington Post, The Christian Century, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Forward, and Slate. He is the author of five books including most recently Pond River Ocean Rain, a collection of brief essays about going deeper with God, and The Bottom: A Theopoetic of the Streets . He shares life with his beloved wife, Dr. Lia C. Howard ’00 and their three daughters.

Amanda Labonte (She/Her/Hers) – Amanda received her undergraduate degree in technical theater from Old Dominion University. An 18th century American theater history nerd, she received her MA in Theater History from Illinois State University. Amanda has made a career in audio, working as both a designer and engineer at various regional theaters and is excited to begin her second year as Technical Advisor at Penn!

Caroline Leipf (she/her/hers) is Assistant Director for Education & Engagement at the
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. In this role, she enjoys creating programs that
engage K-12 students, Penn students, and Annenberg Center audiences. She is responsible for
dance masterclasses, artist residences, student matinees, and the annual Philadelphia
Children’s Festival, the longest continuously-running Children’s Festival in the United States.
Caroline’s oversight also includes management of artist contracts, administration of the Office
of the Executive & Artistic Director, Chris Gruits, as well as the Annenberg Center Executive & Artistic Director’s Student Advisory Council. In seven years at Penn, Caroline has also served on
both the development and marketing teams of the Annenberg Center. Prior to Penn, she
managed a children’s theatre outreach tour reaching over 80,000 children a year for Walnut
Street Theatre; administered event and facility rentals for Three Arts Club of Chicago (now
3Arts); and coordinated entertainment for a 35-acre, 12-stage, 11-weekend outdoor festival.
She also moonlights as consultant Director of Education for the New Jersey Renaissance Faire, a
festival her husband co-founded and artistic directs. Caroline is on the Alumni Association of
Goucher College Board of Directors, is a member of the current International Performing Arts
for Youth (IPAY) Selection Committee, and is a 2017 alum of the Association of Performing Arts
Professionals (APAP) Emerging Leader Institute. She holds a Master of Arts in Arts
Administration from Goucher College, BFA in Theatre and a BA in Communications from the
University of Rhode Island. Her home is in New Jersey, with husband Phil, their 6-year-old
Aaron and 2-year-old twins Ethan and Victoria.

Louis Lin (he/him/his) is a Master of Public Health submatriculant student who graduated from the College in May. He served as TAC-e Chair on PAC Exec 2019-20 and has been involved in PAC since Fall of freshman year. He is currently the Membership Coordinator for Front Row Theatre Company and has served on board for the past 3.5 years. He will be directing the Winter FTC show The Courtroom: A Re-enactment of Deportation Proceedings.

Hannah Lottenberg (she/her/hers) is a double major in Sociology and Communications. She is the Dance Arts Council Chair within the Performing Arts Council. Beyond PAC Exec, Hannah is a member of Strictly Funk Dance Company, on the board of Stimulus Children’s Theatre, and is a Kite & Key Tour Guide. She has also done extensive work with social media and marketing, and is passionate about mental health and deep conversations! 

Laurie McCall (she/her/hers) has been at the helm of the Platt Student Performing Arts House since 2013 and has held other student affairs positions at Penn before that. She is committed to helping students meet their creative and personal goals, manage their organizations, and gain a positive experience through their involvement in performing arts. Laurie hopes that Platt House is always a warm and welcoming place for students to gather, rehearse, and perform. When she is not on campus, Laurie cherishes her time with her family and friends.

Henry Platt (he/him/his) is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying English and Music! Henry serves as the Chair of the A Cappella Council on the Performing Arts Council Executive Board. Henry is also the music director for the Penn Counterparts, a coordinator for the PennArts pre-orientation program, and the performing arts representative for the Student Wellness Advisory Group.

Ayaka Shimada (She/her/hers) is a Communications major and Theatre Arts minor and sits on the Performing Arts Council executive board as the Singers, Musicians, Comedians, and Spoken Word Council Chair. Outside of PAC exec, she is a soprano performing member in Penn Singers and a member of Penn Players. She is classically trained in opera and loves everything musical theatre.

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