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with Jess Conda and Jack Tamburri

JConda HeadshotCalling all theater artists interested in self-producing! Please join PlayPenn Education for a two-day workshop in self-producing crafted specifically for first-time producers and taught by Philadelphia self-producing veterans Jess Conda (BRAT Productions) and Jack Tamburri (FringeArts, Ma-Yi Theater, Yale). Participants should come prepared to discuss, at least in general, a project that they hope to produce. They will leave the class with the tools to produce that project.


The class will focus on practical information (budgets, contacts at local performance spaces, marketing plans) that will demystify the experience of self-producing. We will also explore the reasons to self-produce and the value of doing so in the Philadelphia theatre ecosystem.



  • Self-producing role-playing game & Getting to know you and your work: What is your show? How do you pitch it to collaborators? How do you create a show on a scale that you can successfully produce? 
  • Jacks headshotBudget
  • Space



  • Marketing / Press
  • Fundraising
  • Production
  • Taking the first steps toward YOUR production


Each class is limited to 8 students. We will run the class twice this summer. Both classes will cover the same material. Running two classes this summer allows PlayPenn to keep the individual classes small while serving a larger number of artists.


You can take either:

Class #1: Only 2 Seats Left!

Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, 10a.m.-4p.m. (includes 1 hour lunch break for eating and informal discussion)


Class #2: Only 4 Seats Left!

Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12, 10a.m.-4p.m. (includes 1 hour lunch break for eating and informal discussion)


For the Sunday sessions, PlayPenn will provide a catered lunch. 


Classes will be held at University of the Arts on Walnut and Broad Streets in Center City, Philadelphia.


Cost: $225

(includes 12 hours of workshop time with Jack and Jess in a small group setting, practical planning materials that you can take home with you, and lunch on Sunday)


Jack Tamburri is a theatermaker based in Philadelphia. He has directed, devised, written, performed, and produced on his own, in collaboration with artists like MJ Kaufman, Jenn Kidwell, and Jess Conda, and with companies like the Plagiarists (Chicago), Ma-Yi Theater Co (NYC), the Yale Cabaret (New Haven, CT), and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Yale School of Drama. Jackx has taught and directed students at the College of New Jersey, the City of Philadelphia Parks Dept's Young Performers Theater Camp, the Dwight/Edgewood Project, and others. He is also the Director of Programming for Directors Gathering, a non-profit serving Philly-area theater directors through community-building, education, and production opportunities.
Jess Conda has been working as a performer, producer, and teaching artist in Philadelphia since 2003. She is currently the Producing Artistic Director of BRAT Productions and is shifting the company's artistic focus toward music-based experimental performance and empowering young emerging artists. Jess produced the popular Rock & Awe cabaret series as BRAT's Resident Artist in 2013 and has performed as a cabaret artist with Peek A Boo Revue, The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, The Bearded Ladies and others.  She is a two-time Barrymore nominee for Outstanding Ensemble in a Play, and was one of Philadelphia Magazine's Best Stage Talents to See This Season in 2013.  Jess has taught with The Wilma Theater, People's Light, Philadelphia Young Playwrights and Shakespeare in clark Park, among others. Training: Pig Iron APT program (certificate), BFA: Arcadia University.

Cancellation/refund policy

As you know, PlayPenn is always working to secure amazing artists to teach our classes and our teachers often go out of their way to fit teaching with us into their busy work schedules. Our class sizes are limited to support individual attention, and as such, we are not able to offer refunds if you are unable to attend. However, please contact us if you are unable to attend and we will try to help you find someone to take your seat.

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