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Arts & Performances

For more than 30 years, the Weis Center has presented world-class artists to Bucknell University and Central Pennsylvania audiences.

In our programming and within our community, our goal is always to inspire:

  • Artists to do their best work and to share it with the University.
  • Audiences to recognize the spiritual power of art and its capacity to change lives.
  • Our communities to become active participants, rather than passive spectators, through the deep integration of arts activities between our campus and region.

Through this inspiration, we believe we can transform the nature of the world in which we live. Our hope is that when you attend a Weis Center performance, you share in an experience and moment in time with hundreds of others. When that happens, you'll leave inspired, moved and energized.

Fall 2020 Season Update

Manual Cinema’s “A Christmas Carol”

Manual Cinema’s
Christmas Carol

What's On Stage

In this world premiere online event created for audiences of all ages, interdisciplinary performance collective Manual Cinema takes on Charles Dickens’ holiday classic with a visually inventive adaptation made to broadcast directly to your home.

Virtual Holiday Performance
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Great Performances and Beyond

While on campus, visiting artists participate in a variety of residency activities, including master classes, lecture demonstrations, pre-performance talks and post-performance receptions. Together, these moments increase involvement in and knowledge of the arts within the University, local community and the region.

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Curricular Connections

Weis Center Curricular Connection Spring 2020

Building Curricular Connections

Many of the performances presented at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts feature additional programming where Bucknell’s faculty and students can connect with visiting artists through masterclasses, pre-show talks, class visits, and community meals. These active-learning opportunities support the core values of a liberal arts curriculum as they engage students with real-world problems and ideas, challenge students to think critically and increase cultural intelligence. Curricular Connections with artists are designed to enrich the educational experience at Bucknell by expanding the walls of the classroom.

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Weis Center for the Performing Arts Blog

  • Dec 4, 2020 2:00 p.m.

    Weis Center Sessions #26: Joe Scapellato, “One of the Days I Nearly Died” (Reading)

    Welcome to our 26th installment of Weis Center Sessions! Each Friday, we release a video that features a member of the Bucknell University community. Today, we feature Joe Scapellato reading “One of the Days I Nearly Died,” from Big Lonesome. Joseph Scapellato is the author of the novel, The Made-Up Man, and the story collection, Big Lonesome. He earned his MFA in Fiction at New Mexico State University and teaches at Bucknell as an assistant professor in the English Department. Recorded at and produced by the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. ENJOY! #WeisCenterSessions
  • Nov 27, 2020 2:34 p.m.

    Weis Center Sessions #25: Benae Beamon (Tap Dance)

    Welcome to our 25th installment of Weis Center Sessions! Each Friday, we release a video that features a member of the Bucknell community. Today, we feature a tap dance performance by Professor Benae Beamon. Benae Beamon is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Bucknell. Her research focuses on black queer ethics, which explores moral and social thought surrounding gender and sexuality.  As a performance artist and tap dancer, she uses movement, rhythm, and language as tools to highlight the intersection of identity and ritual, focusing on the way that the mundane can be sacred ritual. As […]
  • Nov 20, 2020 2:27 p.m.

    Weis Center Sessions #24: Clair de Lune, performed by Chiara Evans ’21 and Clare Merante ’21 (dance)

    Welcome to our 24th installment of Weis Center Sessions. Each Friday, we release a video that features a member of the Bucknell community. This week, we feature Bucknell students Chiara Evans ’21 and Clare Merante ’21 in a dance piece choreographed by Professor Er-Dong (Tony) Hu.    The title of the piece is “Clair de Lune” or “Moonlight” from Debussy’s Suite bergamasque. Professor Er-Dong Hu’s piece is a gentle and cerebral meditation on the dual qualities of illumination and beauty as brought to life by Bucknell dancers. During this time of despair and hopelessness, we look to these virtues to sustain us […]