What Is The

philadelphia thing

Founded in 2019 by Sarah Bishop-Stone, The Philadelphia Thing is an advocacy and producing structure dedicated to the support and promotion of independent performing artists in Philadelphia.


Trade School: PHL/LAX

June 5-9, 2019

Trade School is a festival and exchange platform celebrating the work of Philadelphia performing artists, as well as creating connections with artist peers across the country. The first iteration, Trade School: PHL/LAX, will take place June 5-9, 2019 in Building Bok. Produced in collaboration with Los Angeles Performance Practice, this event will connect artists and audiences in each city, exploring differences and similarities in systems of support for contemporary performance, and discussing issues in self-producing and dissemination of work that resonate with both. Trade School will feature fully-produced performances, along with works-in-progress showings, studio visits, artist-driven conversations, and a hosted program for visiting performing arts curators from across the country.

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Get Involved

Whether you’re an artist, a curator, or audience member, there are many ways to get involved with The Philadelphia Thing.


Attend Trade school

Trade School: PHL/LAX will be June 5-9, 2019 in Philadelphia. Check out the lineup and get your tickets today!

Participate in the community conversation

What is the Philadelphia “Thing”? Join the conversation June 8.

Make a Donation

All donations to TPT are tax-deductible. Thank you for your support!