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Performance Garage



"With affordable rental rates, beautiful and clean space, and an efficient staff, the Performance Garage is a leading example of what an arts space should offer."
–Amy Harding, Artistic Director
Alchemy Dance Company

"It’s clear that every effort has been made to provide a comfortable, well-equipped, organized, professional space—the Performance Garage is all of those things and more. "
–Pamela Vail, Independent choreographer, performer, improviser, teacher Franklin & Marshall College, Artist in Residence, and Instructor in Dance

"As someone who has rented and self-produced using a number of spaces and theaters, I think this is a Philadelphia treasure that more artists should take advantage of."
–Habiba, internationally recognized performer, choreographer, teacher and authority on dances of the Middle East.

"We have found the Performance Garage to be an ideal rehearsal space for our 22-member company."
–Dorothy Wilkie, Artistic Director
Kulu Mele African Dance and Drum Ensemble

"It's worth a trip to see what's been done at this old auto body shop off Broad Street near Spring Garden. With more imagination than money, and the advantage of a dancer's perspective, the Garage is being transformed into a first-rate space for performance and rehearsal."
–Janet Anderson / Philadelphia City Paper

"A converted old mechanic's shop, the theater still looks rather like a garage, but with beautiful heavy wooden doors, a good dance floor and theatrical lighting, the wide open space and high, peaked ceiling made a dramatic backdrop for the dance."
–Ellen Dunkel / The Philadelphia Inquirer

"No lube jobs were needed during the superb seventh-season opener of Jeanne Ruddy's Performance Garage, a marvelous rehearsal and theater space she created in the shell of a 1930s Fairmount auto body shop."
–Janet Anderson / Philadelphia City Paper

“If you’ve not yet been to the Performance Garage with its splendid mahogany doors, there’s pleasure ahead.”
–Lesley Valdes / WRTI Radio

“Ruddy and her Performance Garage have become an integral part of the local dancescape.”
–Janet Anderson / Philadelphia City Paper

"This new center will provide a key contribution to the revitalization of Avenue of the Arts, North, serving as a community resource not only for artists, but for the hundreds of schoolchildren and residents for whom exposure to the arts is so vital."
–Karen Lewis / Director, Avenue of the Arts, North

the Performance Garage of one of the "flourishing arts enterprises" drawing newcomers to the city
–Alan J. Heavens / Art for the City's Sake