Charity Performances

SMACdown (each fall). This event is organized and run by Penn's singers, musicians, comedians, and spoken word artists, who perform acts for the student body. The proceeds from the performance each year are donated to a charity chosen by the groups performing.

The Emily Sachs Dance Benefit (each January). This night is a tribute to a talented performer who lit up the stage with charisma, beauty, and grace. Emily Sachs was an accomplished lyrical, modern, and ballet dancer whose awards included Miss Dance of New York City (1994), Miss Dance of Pennsylvania (1992), and Teen Miss Dance of New York City (1991). More than being a wonderful dancer, Emily was also a wonderful person, friendly, warm-hearted, and genuine to everyone she knew. It is in her memory and in the spirit of promoting community among dancers and choreographers at Penn that students from throughout the entire Penn dance community gather to celebrate the legacy of her character through the art of dance. Proceeds from the show support research into asthma, the disease that took Emily from us. For more information, contact the Dance Chair at

Raise Your Voice (each spring). This concert unites Penn's student body and the local Philadelphia community to support Settlement Music School. By coming together and raising their voices, singers at Penn hope to support music students in Philadelphia so they can raise theirs. The concert features all 14 groups of Penn's A Cappella Council on the same stage. 100% of ticket proceeds for this event benefit the Settlement Music School.

There are a number of student organizations on Penn's Campus that combine performing arts with civic part of their mission, they include:

Front Row Theatre
Stimulus Children's Theatre
Sparks Dance Company
Penn Music Mentors
City Step
Penn Art Club
Disney A Cappella

On Campus Partners who specialize in civic engagement are: The Netter Center for Community Partnerships and The Civic House.

For more information about this or other community service initiatives you can also contact the Performing Arts Council Community Service Chairperson.