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WCU Live

The WCU Live! Performing Arts Series is for the enjoyment of the campus and larger West Chester area and surrounding communities and presents internationally acclaimed artists in the disciplines of dance, music, theatre, and family entertainment.

The President’s Speaker Series brings nationally-recognized and award-winning journalists, scientists, political leaders, writers, and entertainers from across the globe to West Chester University for thought-provoking and educational discussions with WCU President Christopher Fiorentino.

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Suzanne Simard

Thursday, September 28, 2023

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6:30 pm Sciences & Engineering Center, Room 108

150 University Ave.


Suzanne Simard is a Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia and the leader of The Mother Tree Project, which researches forest renewal practices that protect biodiversity against climate change. Dr. Simard’s work has been published widely, with over 170 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature, Ecology, and Global Biology. She is also co-author of the book Climate Change and Variability. Her latest book, Finding the Mother Tree, brings us into the intimate world of trees, exploring the ways in which trees learn and adapt their behaviors, remember the past, demonstrate agency over the future, and cooperate with a sophistication typically ascribed to humans. Dr. Simard’s research has been communicated broadly through TED Talks and TED Experiences, as well as articles and interviews in The New Yorker, National Geographic, The Globe and Mail, NPR, CNN, CBC, and many more.

Event Sponsors: The WCU Office of Sustainability, The WCU Division of University Affairs, and the West Chester Green Team


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Jay Pharoah

Saturday, September 30, 2023

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8:00 pm 
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall 

Orchestra Full View: Adults- $35 Seniors/Students- $30
Balcony: Adults- $25 Seniors/Students- $20

Actor and comedian Jay Pharoah is one of the industry's most highly-anticipated leading men.

Pharoah was most recently seen in one of the biggest purchases out of the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, THE BLACKENING, which premiered in their Midnight Madness section. THE BLACKENING sold out of the festival to Lionsgate and was released Juneteenth weekend, making back its production budget in the first few days of release. This year, Pharoah also starred in SPINNING GOLD as Cecil Homes, the right hand man of 1970s record producer Neil Bogart who co-founded Casablanca Records.

In the last few years, Pharoah has appeared in Comedy Central’s OUT OF OFFICE alongside Ken Jeong and Oscar Nuñez and in the independent comedy MORT IN SHERMAN OAKS with Lucy Hale and Jim Gaffigan. He starred in Netflix’s RESORT TO LOVE with Cristina Milian for producer Alicia Keys and in the Lionsgate thriller PRIVATE PROPERTY. Pharoah also co-starred opposite Harry Shum Jr. in Universal’s ALL MY LIFE, in Justin Simien’s critically acclaimed feature film BAD HAIR for Hulu, and in Lionsgate’s 2 MINUTES OF FAME for director Leslie Small. 

On the small screen, Pharoah starred as “J.J. Evans” in ABC’s Emmy Award-winning Live in Front of a Studio Audience version of ALL IN THE FAMILY and GOOD TIMES. He also hosted and produced the hit Nickelodeon gameshow, UNFILTERED. 

Best known for his spot-on impressions, Pharoah spent six seasons as a cast member on NBC’s SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. In 2017, he shifted to his first leading role as ‘Floyd Mooney’ in Showtime’s WHITE FAMOUS, which was executive produced by Academy Award-winner Jaime Foxx and inspired by Foxx’s real-life experiences. 

Additional film and television credits include Sony Picture’s animated feature, THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES, Steven Soderbergh’s UNSANE, Universal’s animated feature SING, CBS Films’ GET A JOB, CBS’s All Access’s REMOTE, FOX Searchlight’s LOLA VERSUS, FOX’s FAMILY GUY, FOX’s THE SIMPSONS, Netflix’s BOJACK HORSEMAN, and Cartoon Network’s ROBOT CHICKEN. He also currently serves as a consulting writer/producer on FAMILY GUY.

In addition to acting and his stand-up, Jay released his first EP titled “Spittin Image” in August 2021. The tracks are a marriage between Jay’s spot-on impressions and his love of songwriting and rapping. All songs are written by Jay and produced by Andrew Hypes. 

Pharoah continues to headline comedy clubs across the country throughout the year.

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Popovich Family Pet Theatre

Saturday, February 10, 2024

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7:00 pm
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall

Orchestra Full View: Adults- $25 Seniors/Students- $20
Balcony: Adults- $18 Seniors/Students- $15

The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is entertainment for the whole family, featuring the unique blend of comedy and juggling skills of Ukrainian circus performer Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. His entourage consists of world-class jugglers, Diamond the Shetland Pony and over 30 performing pets including house cats and dogs (all rescued from animal shelters!), geese, white doves and parrots.

The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater has a rich performance history, presenting thousands of shows in more than 20 countries and is currently in its 15th season at the Planet Hollywood Resort/Casino in Las Vegas.

Popovich’s 2014 independent film “Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West” recently won the Audience Choice Award at the 17th annual Dance with Films Festival in Los Angeles.

His 2nd feature film - POPOVICH - ROAD TO HOLLYWOOD  had its World Premiere at the TCL Hollywood Theater on September 5, 2021.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater has over 1 million views on Tik-Tok, You Tube and Instagram!

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Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming & Dance Troupe

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

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7:30 pm
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall

Orchestra Full View: Adults- $25 Seniors/Students- $20
Orchestra Partially Obstructed: Adults- $20 Seniors/Students- $18
Balcony: Adults- $18 Seniors/Students- $15

Nearly 30 drummers and dancers from Tamagawa University make a return appearance on our campus for an athletic and graceful appearance that includes thundering taiko drumming and Japanese folkloric dance. WCU is excited to welcome Tamagawa back for their 12th year!

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