Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State


Brushy One String wears a large brimmed hat and sits in front of his guitar with one string.

Brushy One String is Jamaica’s off-the-beaten-path national treasure. He’s so lo-fi, he plays his guitar with one string. He’s far from a rock star, but he turns heads when he plays.

Cullen, dressed as a baker, holds up a loaf of bread from his basket.

Ben Cullen, who graduated from Penn State in 2014, works as a baker, a knife, and a gargoyle. But sometimes he can be a hairy brute and a narcissist.

Delgadillo poses with her hands clasped in front of her.

Lots of young girls dream of becoming prima ballerinas. Alicia Delgadillo was one of them.

Two men and three women stand on a dirt road surrounded by trees.

Most string ensembles are content to perfect their own renditions of the masters’ compositions of multi centuries past.

Orchestra members gather around to play a single ukulele in the middle of the group.

Beginning in the late 1990s, celebrities such as Jake Shimabukuro, Zooey Deschanel, and Eddie Vedder helped to reintroduce the ukulele to America.