Queen Village: PACK Students Put A Twist On Classic Theater Productions

Queen Village: PACK Students Put A Twist On Classic Theater Productions

The Performance Arts Center for Kids inspires students one lesson at a time with a unique combination of dance and theater classes. PACK owner and director Jessica Noel teaches students more than just choreography. She creates a safe and encouraging atmosphere, reminding students that this is their “artistic home base.” While the company mostly caters to children, the space welcomes […]

 

Fox Chase: The Actors’ Group Brings Broadway to Local Stage

Fox Chase: The Actors’ Group Brings Broadway to Local Stage

Fox Chase resident Joseph Laub’s love of theater began at age 5 when his parents took him to his first show in New York. “’Coco’ I think it was,” Laub said, “with Katharine Hepburn and that was awesome. I would be humming to the tunes down the street.” Laub eventually went on to major in business administration in […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: “This Is The Week That Is” Aims To Deliver Classic Political Satire to Philadelphia This Holiday Season

Arts & Entertainment: “This Is The Week That Is” Aims To Deliver Classic Political Satire to Philadelphia This Holiday Season

There are very few political discussions that imagine Star Wars characters as Syrian refugees or compare Donald Trump to Jabba The Hutt. However, at 1812 Productions’ administrative office located in the Whitman section of South Philadelphia, Star Wars and other other hot topics in popular culture guide the discussion of politics. With the holiday season […]

 

Rittenhouse Square: Five Things You Should Know About The Philly Improv Theater

Rittenhouse Square: Five Things You Should Know About The Philly Improv Theater

Philadelphia is an undisputed creative hub and the city’s arts and entertainment scene is often synonymous with music, art and film. But tucked away in the Adrienne Theater on Sansom Street, players in the Philly Improv Theater (above) are helping revive a neglected art form and making comedy a part of the conversation. As founder […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: Organizations Bring Dance and Theater to Classrooms

Arts & Entertainment: Organizations Bring Dance and Theater to Classrooms

For two years now, Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite has had heightened concerns in regards to whether Philadelphia public schools will begin classes as scheduled at the start of the academic year, or if increased layoffs and budget cuts will be the best way to ensure that schools open on time. Currently, officials claim the school district is projected […]

 

Olde Kensington: Five Creative Places for Your Artistic Palate

Olde Kensington: Five Creative Places for Your Artistic Palate

Olde Kensington is a close-knit community with a thriving arts and culture scene (watch out, Fishtown). On every street you will encounter anything from an art recycling center to a monstrous exhibition hub. Want to brush up on your photography skills? Grab a cup of premium-sourced coffee? Network at a trendy gallery event? In Olde […]

 

Olde Kensington: Pig Iron Encourages Students to Find Individual Artistic Vision

Olde Kensington: Pig Iron Encourages Students to Find Individual Artistic Vision

The Pig Iron Theatre Company, founded in 1995, has since its inception created over two dozen original works. In 2011, the Pig Iron Theatre Company launched the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training (APT). The school utilizes a two-year program that uses unique teaching methods to train its students in physical- and ensemble-based theatre. […]

 

East Falls: Old Academy Players Reach Milestone

East Falls: Old Academy Players Reach Milestone

The Old Academy Players have been situated on Indian Queen Lane for 91 years as of this year, and have put on performances from lesser-known playwrights to the Bard himself.  They are getting ready to put on their 500th full –length play. The structure itself was built in 1819, when it was originally used as […]

 By Kaitlin Spotts

East Falls: Old Academy Players is a Piece of Community History

East Falls: Old Academy Players is a Piece of Community History

The historic building tucked away on Indian Queen Lane in East Falls may be easy to miss when driving down that small street, but that building now housing Old Academy Players theater is quite notable having stood for nearly 200 years. Before becoming home to the theater this building housed a church, a school and […]

 By Emad S. Khalil and Maria J. Bryant

University City: Local Play Questions History; Brings New Perspective to Shakespeare

University City: Local Play Questions History; Brings New Perspective to Shakespeare

West Philadelphia’s local theater, the Rotunda, hosted the premier of a new musical drama on Sunday. Judith: The Other Shakespeare, written by Kevin Stackhouse, offers a new take of the story of William Shakespeare, where his most memorable work is based on his sister’s life. According to the show’s program, the play “weaves an intricate […]