Thaddeus Phillips is a theater director, performer, set designer, and 2002 Pew Fellow whose creations often juxtapose the everyday with the extraordinary. An imaginative storyteller, Phillips says he views theater as a “liquid art form” and “the stage as a transformational space.” His work has been presented in the US and abroad at numerous venues and festivals, including the BAM Next Wave Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, the Perth International Arts Festival, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Center-funded work by Phillips includes Red-Eye to Havre de Grace, an action-opera based on Edgar Allan Poe’s final days, which was hailed as “among the most original musical theater works I’ve seen in years” by The New York Times critic Charles Isherwood. In Microworld(s), a solo piece about a Serbian immigrant, audience members powered the lights by bicycling in the lobby. A recipient of a 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, Phillips earned his BA from Colorado College in Colorado Springs and attended Charles University Theater Academy in Prague. In 2016, Phillips received Center support to devise 100 Billion Nights, a visual theater work for children and adults that will blend performance art, pop-up storybook design techniques, and a cinematic score.
Daisy Fried is a poet and a 1998 Pew Fellow.
We speak to poet J.C. Todd, whose current work-in-progress is a collection of sonnets that “complicates and contemporizes the tradition of war poems.”
Founded in 2008, Tiny Dynamite presents theater works by contemporary British and Philadelphia playwrights in both traditional and unconventional settings.
Amada Cruz is The Sybil Harrington Director of the Phoenix Art Museum.
InterAct Theatre Company is committed to producing socially and politically relevant work for theater.
New Paradise Laboratories is an experimental performance ensemble that explores radical means to bend conventional ideas of theater.
Matt Saunders (Pew Fellow, 2014) is a multidisciplinary theater artist whose practice is rooted in set design.
The world premiere of Tony Award-winning playwright John Guare’s Lydie Breeze Cycle, an epic trilogy about an American family, set between the Civil War and the birth of 20th-century industrialism, will be performed in a consecutive cycle for the first time.
Lamont B. Steptoe is a poet and a 2006 Pew Fellow.
Barbara Attie is a media artist and a 2005 Pew Fellow.
Karen Getz developed and produced the world premiere of a text-free comic-actors’ ballet that explored what it means to be human through the behaviors of artificially intelligent robots.
The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society serves the Greater Philadelphia region and the field of music by presenting a rich and compelling variety of chamber music and recital programs performed by exceptional international and Philadelphia-based artists at affordable prices.