Philadelphia Dance Projects Presents

The Center provided support to Philadelphia Dance Projects to begin a presenting series featuring dance performances, workshops, and “informances” by individual dance artists. The series aimed to provide a platform for the presentation of adventurous contemporary dance. The series continues to run annually, and past performers have included internationally renowned choreographer and Pew Fellow Susan Rethorst, New York-based performance artist niv Acosta, and local dance artists Nichole Canuso and Nora Gibson, among others.


Gordon’s play was inspired by a small, multi-racial collective of women in Philadelphia who took action against social wrongs in the early 1800s.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Beth Whitaker is associate artistic director of Signature Theatre in New York City, where she works on premieres and revivals of contemporary plays.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Tom Hanchett is staff historian at Levine Museum of the New South.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Reggie Wilson is the artistic director of Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group, where he presents his unique blend of African and post-modern dance styles.

AXIS Dance Company performed in residence at Montgomery County Community College, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Jaye Allison collaborated with the 2nd Generation Silver Belles tap group to create a new work honoring the five original Silver Belles.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Mark Russell is the co-director of New York’s Under the Radar Festival, headquartered at the Public Theater.

In 2010, the Center hosted Václav Havel, the late renowned playwright and former President of the Czech Republic, for an interview at The Wilma Theater, prior to the American premiere of Leaving, his first play in 20 years.

Center-supported performance projects and exhibitions continue to have successful presentations after their initial premieres in our region.

Grants & Grantees

James Sugg (Pew Fellow, 2010) describes himself as a bridge—a bridge between music and theater, composer and performer, and traditional and ensemble-generated theater.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jonah Bokaer is a choreographer, media artist, artist space developer, and social entrepreneur whose work integrates choreography with digital media.

Raphael Xavier presents Raphstravaganza, a contemporary circus-style performance featuring street performers, extreme BMX riders, acrobatic contortionists, and live music.