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Performing Arts Series

Since 1984 the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series has presented great artists and performances to audiences in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, creating an environment in which the value of the arts is recognized and celebrated. Talks and workshops provided free to the public help develop arts awareness and literacy. The Series works to lower barriers to arts access through its partnership with Art-Reach, a nonprofit dedicated to improving arts accessibility for people of all ages and circumstances, and through its low ticket prices.

Past Events

The 2014-2015 Arts at Bryn Mawr brochure is available for download here.

Shakespeare’s 450th: Scenes and Sonnets, Music and Dance with members of Piffaro and Guests

SAT • OCT 4 • 8:30 PM
Thomas Great Hall

PiffaroMembers of Piffaro, the Renaissance band that provided authentic period music for the Globe Theater’s recent productions on Broadway, kick off our evening with music as Shakespeare would have enjoyed it. Jim Christy, known for staging skilled renditions of the Bard’s works, directs leading actors in sonnets and scenes. And just as many of Shakespeare’s plays ended with a “masque,” so our celebration concludes with dances taught by a Renaissance dancing master. Bring your dancing shoes or just sit back and enjoy.

Camille A. Brown & Dancers: Black Girl and Mr. TOL E. RAncE (excerpts)

FRI • DEC 5 • 8 PM
McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall

Camille A. Brown DancerSoul-stirring, show-stopping choreographer/dancer Camille A. Brown addresses the politics of pleasure and contemporary notions of beauty for black women in her newest work Black Girl, seen here prior to its New York premiere. Sharing the bill is Mr. TOL E. RAncE melding comedy, animation and historical dance styles with live music to look at what black performers have had to tolerate from the past to the present.

Master Class with Camille A. Brown
THURS • DEC 4 • 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Pembroke Studio
Free, but please click here to reserve a space.

Art and Activism Roundtable with Camille A. Brown
SAT • DEC 6 • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Dorothy Vernon Room, Haffner
Free, but space is limited. Please click here to reserve your space.
Brunch will be available, free for Tri-Co students with a meal plan, $11 for guests, cash only.
This open roundtable will engage Camille A. Brown and participants in questions related to contemporary arts practice: How do issues become images? What is Brown’s process of sourcing from personal experience and research? How is material from those starting places shaped to become powerful communication? How does feedback from relating with specific audiences help evolve a work? What are the challenges faced by the artist/activist?

Camille Brown's residency made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project.

Wintry Mix/Performance Festival

FRI-SAT • JAN 30-31 • 8 PM
Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall

Chelsea Murphy & Magda San MillanThe Wintry Mix/Performance Festival brings the heat to the black box Hepburn Teaching Theater on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31 at 8:00 p.m. with two different nights of mostly 12-minutes-max sets from edgy Philly and NYC artists. Superlative Cynthia Hopkins (Friday) and wickedly delicious Martha Graham Cracker (Saturday) headline two different nights of adventurous 12-minute sets crossing boundaries between theater, dance, film and music. Each event includes free food and drink and ends with a dance party that features Miguel Gutierrez (DEEP AEROBICS, Friday) and DJ Rekha, the “Ambassador of Bhangra” (Saturday).

FRI, JAN 30: Chris Davis • Camilla Dely • Judy Dennis & Jules Feiffer • Miguel Gutierrez • Cynthia Hopkins • Jo Vito Ramirez • Rucyl • Annie Wilson

SAT, JAN 31: Martha Graham Cracker • Chelsea Murphy & Magda San Millan • Jo Vito Ramirez • DJ Rekha • Peter Rose • Raphael Xavier • Christina Zani

The Jasper String Quartet

FRI • FEB 27 • 8 PM
Thomas Great Hall

photo of Jasper String QuartetThe dark complexity and expressive power of Gyorgy Ligeti’s Quartet No. 1 combines with the sprightliness of Beethoven’s early Quartet in G Major opus 18 and the lush sonority of Dvorak’s Quartet No. 13 in G Major in this concert of emotionally resonant works. The Jasper String Quartet, formed at the Oberlin Conservatory and recipient of multiple honors, plays with sparkling vitality and great verve.

Emel Mathlouthi

FRI • MARCH 27 • 8 PM
McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall

photo of Emel MouthlouthiEmel Mathlouthi’s voice spells revolution and freedom. This young singer/songwriter’s “Kelmti Horra” (“My Word is Free”) became an anthem of the Arab Spring.  Growing up in the suburbs of Tunis and performing from the age of 8, she moved to France at the age of 25 and now performs globally with her band. Her powerhouse presence and inventive melding of rock, Asian and trip-hop come through as she sings in Arabic, French and English.


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  • The address for Goodhart Hall for GPS is 150 North Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.
  • Thomas Great Hall is located at the center of the Bryn Mawr Campus, up the walkway from Goodhart Hall.
  • Parking lots are located at the college's Gateway Building at Morris and Yarrow and at the Campus Center off of Upper Gulph Road.
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  • For accessibility issues or directions when the office is not staffed, contact campus safety at 610-526-7911.


The Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series gratefully acknowledges support from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for its 2014-2015 season.

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