Penn State Performing Arts Council Launches This Semester

A new organization has found a home on campus this semester: The Penn State Performing Arts Council. Organized last September, the council aims to unify the performing arts organizations on campus and serve as a community for Penn State performing art groups.

Brian Gutierrez, treasurer of the council and president of No Refund Theatre, said that the PAC that the organization plans to give these groups a platform to communicate with each other.

“There are currently 82 registered performing arts student organizations and even more unofficial groups at University Park, all passionate about performance,” he said. “Because these groups are generally small, the university is enormous, and student leadership has a rapid turnover rate, there aren’t many opportunities for the groups to interact.”

The dynamic organization already has multiple events planned for this semester. Small organizations within the council will stage various performances during the THAW festival in March.

“To kick off the festival, on Feb. 26 we will be taking over the HUB. Every one of the 15 tables will have a different student arts group promoting its club, and there will be regular performances on the stage on the first floor,” Gutierrez said. “There will be many other performances and programs throughout the rest of the weekend, including a children’s show and tango lessons for beginners.”

Other exciting performances will occur throughout THAW, including slam poetry on Thursday, Feb. 26, sketch comedy by Full Ammo Improv Troupe on Saturday, Feb. 28, and No Refund Theatre will stage its latest show of the year, “A New Brain,” all weekend long.

“Our stretch goal,” Gutierrez said, “is to expose every student at Penn State to some experience with performance art before graduation.”

The Penn State Performing Arts Council sends a biweekly newsletter listing all of the different events, auditions, and programs that the various member organizations are hosting. If you wish to receive the newsletter, send your name and e-mail address to [email protected].

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