The Arden Theatre Company launched The Writers’ Room, a playwright residency program to give audiences behind-the-scenes access to the creative process of a theater production. Initial playwrights invited to the program, Wendy McLeod and Rachel Bonds, received monetary support, as well as six weeks of writing time toward a new play, followed by four weeks of development and rehearsal and a two-week production at the Arden. The Arden offered patrons access to each phase of the residency: attendance at a script reading, an observation of the rehearsal process, and conversations with the playwright and producer. These opportunities to engage with the playwrights were meant to cultivate greater interest among Arden patrons in the production of new plays and instill an overall sense of ownership among general audiences in the work. The new residency program also inspired open exchange within the company, as the Arden’s artistic, marketing, and development departments worked together at each stage of the process, toward the common goal of promoting the project.
Michael Hollinger is the Arden’s third playwright-in-residence. A play he develops during his residency will premiere in the Arden’s 2014/15 season.1
Philadelphia Young Playwrights will identify new technological tools that maximize the impact of its programming and allow for quality instruction and individualized attention.
For the sixth program of the “Schmart World” series, AUX Curatorial Fellow Whitney Kimball presents ESP TV: Live Broadcast of Experimental Performance from AUX.
Located in Chinatown North in Center City Philadelphia, Asian Arts Initiative fosters social change through art.
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education commissions art that more directly fulfills its missions of land preservation, restoration, and education.
Musicopia has taken its education residencies to the next level with this initiative, which incorporates multimedia learning with instruction and performance.
Among the largest art museums in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a pilgrimage site for modern and contemporary art professionals.
InterAct Theatre Company is committed to producing socially and politically relevant work for theater.
Susan Rethorst (Pew Fellow, 2014) is an internationally renowned choreographer and teacher of choreography.
In the first segment of a three-part conversation between Center Visiting Artist Ain Gordon and Center Executive Director Paula Marincola, they discuss Gordon’s role as a conduit between the Center and its grantees.
The staff and board members of Wyck worked with a marketing firm to develop a new marketing plan and brand identity, in order to attract potential audiences.
Emmet Gowin is a photographer and a 1994 Pew Fellow.
In August 2011, the Philadelphia Inquirer hailed Opera Philadelphia’s transformation as a “haven for new opera.”