Welcome to Lively Arts

Lively Arts Ticket Office

Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance of the show to limit face-to-face contact. The link to purchase tickets is below. For patrons who have questions or need assistance, please call the Lively Arts office at 724-357-2787 Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. when classes are in session for assistance. 

to LIVE events in the 2021–22 season.

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Throughout the coming months, IUP's Lively Arts and departments from the College of Arts and Humanities will be announcing various events and performances. Please continue to check our Events Calendar and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information. If you purchase tickets, please be sure to provide us with your correct contact information so that we may reach you if needed.


Upcoming Events

Kandace Springs

Kandace Springs
Live, In-Person Event

Gorell Recital Hall, second floor Sutton Hall

Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 8:00 p.m. 

Once described by the late musical icon Prince as having “a voice that could melt snow,” Kandace Springs will present an evening of jazz not to be forgotten. This singer, songwriter, and keyboardist’s refined mix of R&B, jazz, and pop has been showcased on three albums released on the legendary Blue Note record label.

Germán López

Germán López
Live, In-Person Event

Gorell Recital Hall, second floor Sutton Hall

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

Brilliant young star of the “timple,” Germán López touches audiences with original instrumental music from the Canary Islands. On stage with guitarist Antonio Toledo, Germán López harnesses the grit of Spanish flamenco, the structure of West African rhythms, the flourishing spirit of jazz, and an innovative twenty-first-century approach to performing “island music.” His principal instrument is one of the grandfathers of the ukulele and part of the same instrumental family that includes the cavaquinho, the cuatro, and the charango. Germán López’s music has been praised for “entrancing” performances of “delicately rippling notes” (Huffington Post), notes that flow from musical traditions uniting Spain, Africa, and the New World.

Bunraku Bay Puppet Theater Presents: An Evening of Traditional Japanese Puppetry

Bunraku performer
Live, In-Person Event

Fisher Auditorium, smaller audience invited to be seated on stage to watch performance

(Please note that seating will be limited due to unique seating arrangements).

Friday, April 8, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

Company members from Bunraku Bay Puppet Theater will present an evening of traditional Japanese Bunraku puppetry. Bunraku Bay Puppet Theater is the only theater in the United States that performs the traditional Japanese puppetry known as “ningyo joruri” or Bunraku. 

The performers of the Bunraku Bay Puppet Theater have been trained in Japan by artists from the 170-year-old Tonda Puppet Troupe of Biwa-cho in Shiga Prefecture, northeast of the old capital of Kyoto, and the Imada Puppet Troupe and Kuroda Puppet Troupe—both more than 300 years old—of Iida City in Nagano Prefecture in central Japan.

PUSH Physical Theatre

Push Theatre Logo
Live, In-Person Event

Fisher Auditorium

Thursday, April 21, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

Seeing the award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre is like watching a live-action movie. This talented group of performers inspires awe with physical illusions and gravity-defying, dance-infused, acrobatic high-jinx. It’s cool, it’s athletic, it’s a perfect metaphor-in-motion; the narratives of our lives played out with hope, strength, and optimism. These masters of physical storytelling captivate audience attention and ignite their emotions. Once you’ve experienced the myth and magic of PUSH, you will know the strength of the human soul expressed by the power of the human body.


Refer to our Lively Arts Calendar of Events as new programs are added throughout the year. We wouldn't want you to miss anything spectacular! 

Lively Arts Venues

View the Interactive Art and Performance Venue Map

The IUP Performing Arts Center, 403 S. 11th Street, Indiana, PA 15705-1008

  • Lively Arts Ticket Office (first floor lobby—staffed one hour prior to show time only for face-to-face sales)
  • Lively Arts Business Office (Rm. 202)
  • Fisher Auditorium
  • Waller Hall (Theater-by-the-Grove: Waller Mainstage and Waller Studio Stage), 401 S. 11th Street, Indiana, PA 15705-1065

Cogswell Hall (DiCicco Hall), 422 S. 11th Street, Indiana, PA 15701-1008

Sprowls Hall (Kipp, Annex, and Miller Galleries), 470 S. 11th Street, Indiana, PA 15705-1044

Sutton Hall (Gorell Recital Hall (second floor) and University Museum (first floor)), 1011 South Drive, Indiana, PA 15705-1046

Zink Hall (Zink Hall Dance Theater), 1190 Maple Street, Indiana, PA 15705-1059

Series and Programming

Each year, the Lively Arts presents nearly 200 performing and visual arts events through its Ovations and College of Arts and Humanities' I❤IUP programming. For well over a decade, the Ovations series has brought world-renowned performances to our local stages with a lively lineup of Broadway hits, world music and dance, live theater, classical symphonies, jazz and blues artists, and contemporary musicians. As is the College of Arts and Humanities tradition, the I❤IUP series presents all of the astounding performances from our students, faculty, and their guests. Students and faculty from the college's Department of Music, Department of Theatre, Dance and Performance, and the Department of Art and Design work endlessly to provide artistic offerings with their Sound Choices performances, Theater-by-the-Grove productions, and Kipp Gallery exhibitions. Add to this mix the incredible collection of fine art displayed within the walls of the University Museum and the talented musical ensembles of the IUP Community Music School, and it becomes evident that the Lively Arts definitely keeps the arts alive within our community.

Educational Outreach

With each of its Ovations events, the Lively Arts provides an outreach activity for students, local schools, and community members through its ArtsPath program. In addition to this collaboration with the incoming performers, ArtsPath provides artist residencies to communities, senior centers, and schools within a five-county area, taking the arts to well over 5,000 additional students and thousands of other community members.

Lively Arts Sponsors

The support of many individuals, organizations, and corporations is what makes the Lively Arts' series and programming possible. Feel free to email Lively-Arts@iup.edu or call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) to discover how you can support the Lively Arts at IUP.


Summer Band Concert in the Oak Grove

The 75-piece University Band of the IUP Community Music School and IUP Music Department will present a free concert in the Grove on the Fisher Auditorium outdoor patio at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. The program will feature marches, patriotic music, and other outdoor band favorites. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music of a full band concert outdoors!

IUP Community Music School Summer Semester

The IUP Community Music School summer session is in full swing with over 60 students taking private lessons, and with a planned summer band concert in the Grove during July. There is still plenty of time to participate in both lessons and to dust off your instrument and play in the band!

University Band Debut Performance

The newest music ensemble at IUP, University Band, will present their debut performance as part of a combined concert with the IUP Music Department's Symphony Band at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in Fisher Auditorium. The University Band combines the resources of the IUP Music Department and IUP Community Music School into a unique combination of non-music major IUP students, IUP music majors on their secondary instruments, and community members.

IUP Community Music School End-of-Year Recitals

The IUP Community Music School will be presenting three recitals as the semester begins to draw to a close—one by IUPCMS flute instructor Cynthia Hayhurst and two by nearly 35 current students taking private lessons in the IUPCMS.

Department of Music Presents Two Recitals Following Residency of Acclaimed Opera Conductor

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s voice, choral, and piano faculty will join forces to showcase their talent with two free evenings of music—operatic music on April 1 and art songs on April 2. Both performances begin at 8:00 p.m. and take place in Gorell Recital Hall, located on the second floor of Sutton Hall.