Virtual Learning Platform Planning

Philadelphia Young Playwrights will identify new technological tools that maximize the impact of its programming for its 1,700 playwriting students, 25 teaching artists, and 50 teachers. Working primarily with Nathan Solomon of Philadelphia Game Labs, and consulting with Daniel Renner, director of education at the Theatre Development Fund, the organization will augment its traditional educational techniques with collaborative online writing spaces, gesture recognition software, or real-time streaming of theatrical events. Philadelphia Young Playwrights expects to develop a range of options for students and teachers alike, all of which will allow for quality instruction and individualized attention, regardless of location or scheduling issues. The hope is that easier access to teachers and more efficient communication will result in higher quality work from budding playwrights engaged in the program.1

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Management grants, through the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, were awarded through 2013 following which a new funding category, Advancement grants, was introduced to support substantial long-term organizational development. Learn more>>.

Now at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, illusionist and performer Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson unpacks the material components of memory.

We asked Philadelphia theater artist Mary Tuomanen to comment on the notion and nature of time in performance.

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance created a full-time controller position to manage a wide range of departments.

Choreographer Jonathan Burrows and composer Matteo Fargion lead a master class investigating choreographic and compositional process, performance and philosophies, questioning how a performance can be made and what it might communicate to someone watching.

Two Center-funded performance projects presented by FringeArts at the 2015 Fringe Festival—Available Light and After the Rehearsal/Persona—have gained positive reviews in The New York Times.

Collaborators & Colleagues

David Allison is manager of onsite programs at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, where his most recent projects include writing and developing a multimodal show on the science of flight.

FringeArts president and producing director, Nick Stuccio, talks with us about organizational growth, new audience development, and risk-taking as a presenter.

The new FringeArts space on Columbus Boulevard opened last week with Elephant Room, the premiere of which was funded by the Center in 2011.

Questions of Practice

For the conclusion of Act I of our Push Me, Pull You series, we posed some remaining questions about (co-)authorship to Gordon, the 2011–13 Visiting Artist at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Grants & Grantees

Since 1993, Headlong Dance Theater has created over 40 works under the leadership of founders David Brick, Andrew Simonet, and Amy Smith.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Tony Kushner is a renowned playwright perhaps best known for his two-part epic, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993.

Grants & Grantees

In 2003 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 63 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.