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Annenberg Creative


At the nexus of media theory and production, Annenberg Creative is a new initiative of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania that seeks to expand the landscape of scholarship by encouraging the integration of media, arts, and technology into Communication teaching and research.

Annenberg Creative aims to increase students’ media literacy, reimagine the limits of scholarship, and expand the reach of the cutting-edge research produced by Annenberg faculty and students. Through institutional partnerships, research support, curricular offerings, and training opportunities, Annenberg Creative celebrates the real-world impact of innovative scholarship.

Annenberg Creative dispels the false dichotomy of theory and practice, inviting scholars to consider the myriad ways that Communication research and production — thinking and making — are inextricably intertwined.


Media Makers in Residence

Hosting Mediamakers-in-Residence brings a wealth of industry experience and expertise to the Annenberg community. These talented practitioners incubate meaningful projects during their time at Annenberg and contribute to the dynamic fabric of our community in a variety of ways, including teaching hands-on undergraduate seminars, offering technology workshops, and collaborating with Annenberg students and faculty members and other Penn partners.

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Maori Holmes

Maori Holmes, Founder, Artistic Director and CEO of the BlackStar Film Festival, serves as Curator-at-Large at the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, where she collaborates with Penn faculty in the curation of campus-wide film programming. As Mediamaker-in-Residence at the Annenberg School, Holmes teaches an undergraduate course, provides mentorship to doctoral and undergraduate students, and advises on CAMRA projects.

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Daniel Gorenstein

A 2019-2020 Mediamaker-in-Residence, Daniel Gorenstein is Executive Editor and Host of the Tradeoffs podcast show produced in collaboration with the Leonard Davis Institute,  Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives, and the Annenberg School for Communication.


Our partners across and beyond campus contribute to the vibrancy of our work and similarly champion ambitious visions of what scholarship can be.