Productions at the Arden tell great stories by great storytellers. With recent support from the Center, the Arden has integrated visually dazzling video design into live productions (Sunday in the Park with George); featured full, robust orchestrations in its musicals (Candide); and enhanced its work for young audiences, to which the theater devotes the same resources as to main-stage productions (The Flea and the Professor and the upcoming children’s theater consortium with Seattle Children’s Theatre and Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis). Center funds have also allowed the theater to invest in longer rehearsal periods and to develop a residency program for visiting playwrights, which offers audiences behind-the-scenes access to the creative process of a theater production. Producing Artistic Director Terrence J. Nolen has a particular passion for directing the work of Stephen Sondheim, who calls the Arden “the pre-eminent producer of my work in Philadelphia.”
This grant supported planning for a historically compatible lighting system and electrical upgrade for the Wagner Free Institute of Science’s three-story, 19th-century exhibition hall.
We asked Philadelphia multidisciplinary theater artist Aaron Cromie to comment on the artistic responsibilities he considers as a director. “I think it’s the director’s job to create an environment and a world,” Cromie responded. “The director is an arbiter of great ideas.”
EgoPo Classic Theater transforms classic theater and literature into provocative performances, placing equal emphasis on text, vocals, and movement. Its
While in Philadelphia to perform August: Osage County in April 2010, Academy Award-winning actress Estelle Parsons met with local theater professionals at the Center to talk about acting.
In 1996 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 28 dance and theater organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.
Founded in 1982, the Chemical Heritage Foundation fosters an understanding of chemistry’s impact on society.
David Gutkin is a PhD student in historical musicology who writes on philosophy of graphic notation in the mid-20th century, music and politics, and ludic theory.
Travis Macdonald (Pew Fellow, 2014) questions authorship with poems that are lively and whimsical without being frivolous, and which offer critique and reflection of the contemporary moment.
Whitney Kimball, Vox Populi’s third AUX Curatorial Fellow, will give a curatorial lecture regarding her interest in collectivism and the contemporary collaborative urban performance art context in East Coast cities.
San Francisco-based Alan Brown is principal of WolfBrown, a leading researcher and management consultancy in the nonprofit arts industry.
Edgar J. Shockley III (Pew Fellow, 2008) sees his unique contribution to the world as reconciling African and European theatrical aesthetics, making us all more aware of what it means to be human.
Aaron Cromie is a multidisciplinary theater artist working in a range of theatrical styles including mask, puppetry, clown, music, and commedia dell’arte.