Experience the arts: Vanderbilt and TPAC’s InsideOut Engagement series


Join us this winter and spring for an exciting series of InsideOut Engagement events presented by Vanderbilt University in collaboration with the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Vanderbilt and TPAC celebrated 20 years of partnership and InsideOut programming last year.

InsideOut events often include pre-show discussions with cast members and Vanderbilt University experts, complemented by a catered meal. Following the discussion, enjoy a sneak peek of performance excerpts.

Last fall, a sold-out crowd had the opportunity to hear Vanderbilt brain science expert Lisa Monteggia and Nashville Opera artistic director John Hoomes discuss the artistic approach and scientific research behind the Nashville Opera’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

These Vanderbilt-sponsored events are free of charge and open to the public, providing a unique and enriching experience for all attendees. Secure your spot by registering on TPAC's website. Check out the upcoming InsideOut programs below.


January 30, Noon – 1 p.m.
TPAC’s Johnson’s Theater
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Indecent is a powerful and poignant play inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance. Indecent explores the impact of censorship on art and is a moving tribute to the resilience of artists and the power of art to transcend borders and time. Panelists include director Micah-Shane Brewer, dramaturg Howard Snyder and Leah Lowe, Vanderbilt’s director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy.

Indecent is being presented by the Nashville Repertory Theatre Feb. 2-11, 2024.

photo from Tina Turner musical performance, InsideOut Lunchtime Preview presented by V150 Vanderbilt University


February 14, Noon – 1 p.m.
TPAC’s Polk Theater
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Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is the inspiring journey of a woman who broke barriers and became the Queen of Rock n’ Roll. Join us for a Valentine’s Day Lunchtime Preview of the Broadway touring production. Cast members will be joined by Dr. Bryan Pierce, Curator at the National Museum of African American Music, to discuss and celebrate one of the best-selling artists of all time.

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is being presented by TPAC, Feb. 13-18, 2024.

The Color Purple, InsideOut Lookin presented by V150 Vanderbilt University

The Color Purple

April 12  |  Time and location to be announced

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the hit 1985 movie, The Color Purple has an unforgettable score mixed with gospel, blues, and jazz. The Color Purple is a moving and inspiring story of hope and a celebration of life and the human spirit.

The Color Purple is being presented by the Nashville Repertory Theatre, April 5-14, 2024.

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