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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 2022–23 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

Bands in Review

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Fisher Auditorium

November 6, 2022, 2:00 p.m.

This concert is our yearly Bands in Review Concert, featuring the IUP Marching "Legend" Band, celebrating its 100th anniversary, and the IUP Wind Ensemble.


Ordnung, An Amish Ballet

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Waller Mainstage, Waller Hall

November 10-11, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

November 12, 2022, 2:00 p.m.

Ordnung is an original ballet by Joan Van Dyke, with devised performance co-directed by Rick Kemp.

The ballet begins in the Supreme Court courtroom in 1972 during the highly controversial ruling of Wisconsin v. Yoder. Lena is a young girl who is seven years old when the story begins. Fast-forward to 10 years later in 1982. Lena, now 17, was born into an Amish family and has been secretly studying her passion, ballet.

In 1972, the Supreme Court decision in Wisconsin v. Jonas Yoder determined that children within Amish communities were only required to obtain up to an eighth-grade education. It has been 50 years since the Wisconsin v. Yoder decision, and we have seen many changes in the Anabaptist and English communities, including the impact of the environmental movement and human disruption of animal and plant habitats on the lifestyle of the Amish. Many Anabaptist people are being compelled into the English workforce without the formal education and training they need to be competitive in the job market.

This project attempts to increase awareness and help facilitate a bridge to education and career goals for the Anabaptist communities.

Finding Gobi:  An Evening with New York Times Best-Selling Author Dion Leonard and his Dog, Gobi


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Jane Leonard Hall, Room #225

November 16, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

When Dion Leonard set off in the Tian Shan mountain range for a grueling race across the Gobi Desert in China, he didn’t expect he would meet Gobi, a loveable stray dog who would go on an incredible journey with him.

Across the 155-mile, seven-day ultra-marathon, the two quickly became inseparable companions as Gobi matched Dion’s stride step by step to the finish line. However, before Dion could bring Gobi home, the little dog went missing, sparking a nationwide search to reunite man with his best friend.

Come join New York Times best-selling author Dion Leonard as he talks about his adventure, and come meet Gobi, the little dog who inspired Dion’s book Finding Gobi.

All proceeds from this event will be donated to IUP's Health and Wellness Promotion Therapy Dog program, Just Paws.


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

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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 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 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. Email lively-arts@iup.edu or call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) to discover how you can support the Lively Arts at IUP.


IUP Lively Arts Opens Season with Inspirational Guest Speaker and his Dog

IUP Lively Arts announces its 2022–23 season by opening with Lively Arts & Ideas inspirational guest speaker and ultra-marathon runner Dion Leonard, and his dog.

Original Amish-Themed Ballet to Premiere at IUP

“Ordnung,” an Amish ballet, is an original ballet by Joan Van Dyke, with devised performance co-directed by Richard Kemp.

Newly Formed Herbert Street Piano Trio to Present Concert

The Herbert Street Trio will present a recital of piano trio music on Tuesday, October 11, at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Hall. The program will feature works by British composers Charles Villiers Stanford, John Ireland, and Samuel Coleridge Taylor.

Music Theater Presents High-Flying Production of Comic Opera "The Elixir of Love"

IUP’s Music Theater will present the comic opera "The Elixir of Love" on October 13–14 in Fisher Auditorium. The opera will be sung in Italian with English dialogue and projected English supertitles. 

Internationally Acclaimed Artists in Residence at IUP

The Department of Music and College of Arts and Humanities at IUP are proud to announce a week-long residency of two internationally acclaimed artists: conductor Leonard Slatkin, and composer Cindy McTee. Thanks to the generosity of the Dr. Edward R. Sims Distinguished Artists fund, these two artists will be giving lectures, rehearsals, and performances with IUP students and faculty from September 26 through September 29.