When asked about his sense of ethical responsibility in creating work, Whit MacLaughlin of New Paradise Laboratories responded with a reflection on his place in the performance world. Though he says he’s not “chronicling an age,” he feels a responsibility “to render things as accurately as I can, in terms of what I see my world to be, and the place that I have in it, and that the people that I love have in it.”
Obie and Barrymore Award-winning theater artist Whit MacLaughlin is the Artistic Director of New Paradise Laboratories (NPL), an experimental performance ensemble which he founded in 1996. He recently directed and collaborated on the writing of The Adults, a Center-funded theater piece in the 2014 Fringe Festival that drew rave reviews. He is the recipient of a 2002 Pew Fellowship, as well as other national and local fellowships.
Playwright and Pew Fellow James Ijames talks about how history influences his work, the importance of failure, and more.
We asked Polly Carl, director and editor of HowlRound: Are excellence and accessibility mutually exclusive concepts?
Theater artist Thaddeus Phillips, a 2002 Pew Fellow, will create a new bilingual performance work for theater, inspired by his experience working on Colombian telenovela Alias El Mexicano.
2013 Pew Fellow J. Louise Makary’s works on film combine dance, still photography, and experimental techniques, introducing unexpected, challenging elements into traditional narrative structure.
Pig Iron is a company specializing in exuberant ensemble-devised works. The organization has begun to train the next generation of daring physical theater artists through the Pig Iron School of Advanced Performing Training.
Christopher Mekal specializes in strategic planning and implementation, nonprofit organizational development, and financial management.
Known for innovation, creativity, and preservation of African-American traditions in dance, Philadanco has been dancing in the Philadelphia community since 1970.
People’s Light is one of Pennsylvania’s largest professional nonprofit theaters and is known for its resident company of artists, eclectic mix of productions, and for innovative work with young people.
Jeanne Murray Walker is a writer and a 1998 Pew Fellow.
Polly Carl is the director and editor of HowlRound: A Center for the Theater Commons at Emerson College.
A retrospective of selected dances by Trisha Brown, an internationally known leader of post-modernism and an enduring renegade whose work has rarely been seen in Philadelphia.
Nathalie Anderson is a poet and a 1993 Pew Fellow.