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Jim Hawkins

Jim Hawkins

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Foundry Alumnus, 2018

Jim Hawkins is a native of Wilmington, Delaware who has lived in Illinois, California, the District of Columbia and Maryland before moving back to the Delaware Valley 25 years ago. Jim has been a storyteller throughout his adult life, whether working as a newspaper reporter, pastor, freelance writer or playwright. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and Wesley Theological Seminary, and was a student in the graduate theatre program at Villanova University. His full length plays include American Primitive and Shuffle, which had a staged reading at Villanova in May 2015.

Chris Davis

Chris Davis

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Foundry Member

Chris Davis is a writer and performer residing in Philadelphia, PA.  Recent projects include solo shows Juan-Winfield, Bortle 8 “…a strikingly original writer and performer.” (- The Scotsman), Drunk Lion (“A potent success”★★★★★ – TV Bomb), and Violence of the Lambs (“…absurd comedy at its very best.” ★★★★★ – The Student Newspaper ).  Other projects Damned Dirty Apes!(Renegade Theater), Alias Ellis Mackenzie(Thaddeus Phillips), Anna K (Philly Fringe 2014), Holly’s Dead Soldiers (Philly Fringe 2013), The Post-Show (Berserker Residents), Vainglorious (Applied Mechanics). This August he will premiere Chinchilla Coats, a new hour-long stand-up in the Edinburgh Fringe 2016. He is also currently in process for a new show One-Man Apocalypse Now set to premiere in the Philadelphia Fringe.

Patrick Ross

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Foundry Member

Patrick Ross’ is a playwright and speechwriter at West Wing Writers, where his writing has appeared onstage, in bestselling books, and in the pages of The New York Times. He’s written jokes for pundits and politicians at events like the Gridiron Club Dinner and Shakespeare Theatre Company’s annual “Will on the Hill.” He lives in Washington, DC, but his heart remains in Philadelphia, where he worked as the Writing & Research Specialist at The Wilma Theater. His play Scarlet Letters premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 (“thoughtful” and “immersive” – The Scotsman). Patrick graduated from Swarthmore College with degrees in Theater and English Literature.

Ben Levan

Ben Levan

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Foundry Member

Ben Levan is a Norristown native and graduate of West Chester University with a focus in playwriting and technical theater. He has been living in Philadelphia and working in the theater community since 2013. In addition to writing he serves as the Production Manager for Azuka Theatre and Master Electrician for the Lantern Theater Company. Recent PM credits include: I Am Not My Motherland (Orbiter 3), Brewers Fayre (Tiny Dynamite), Local Girls (Azuka). Recent ME credits include: 36 Views (Lantern Theater Company), Invisible Hand (Theatre Exile), A Fierce Kind of Love (Temple University Institute on Disabilities.)

 

 

Iraisa Ann Reilly

Iraisa Ann Reilly

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Foundry Member

Iraisa Ann Reilly produced her play One Day Old as a part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in 2016. One Day Old is a bilingual play about Operacion Pedro Pan, an underground operation that took place between the US and Cuba in the 1960s. For this play, she received a grant to conduct research at the Cuban Heritage Collection in Miami.

 

Erlina Ortiz

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Foundry Member, Foundry Alumna (2019)

Erlina Ortiz is a Dominican-American playwright, performer, and theatre maker from Reading, PA based in Philadelphia. She graduated with a BA in Theatre from Temple University. Her heartfelt and difficult plays on gentrification, domestic violence, and rape culture have been produced with Power Street Theatre Company where she is proud to be resident playwright. Erlina is a member of New Pages, a professional writer’s group with Azuka Theatre Company and an Alumni of The Foundry @ Playpenn. She has received the Amtrak Writer’s residency, the Signal Fire Outpost Residency, and her play She Wore Those Shoes had a developmental reading at Theatre Exile’s Studio X-hibition Series in 2016.  She has twice been a finalist for the Leeway Transformation Award. In 2018 Erlina’s play Las Mujeres premiered with Power Street Theatre Company to sold out houses and rave reviews picking up a Bonaly Award for Creation of Community Joy, and this spring her play Morir Sonyando was Barrymore Recommended. Erlina believes being an artist is a superpower, she believes in using her powers for good.

Teresa Miller

Teresa Miller

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Foundry Member

Teresa Miller’s full length plays include Freud and His NegroFunky ChildThe Illinois Five (2015 Philly Fringe Festival), The Last Act and Ninety-Nine Shots, and A Requiem for Fred Hampton in One Act.  Her education includes the Walnut Street Theatre as well as The Negro Ensemble Theatre Company (NY).

 

Paige Zubel

Paige Zubel

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Foundry Member

Paige Zubel is an internationally produced playwright, with notable productions in her hometown of Houston, TX (Sunday Flowers$12.50/Hour), NYC (In Full BloomGel Us,The Pull of the Moon), and Scotland (Under Covers). Her play A String Between Man and the World was selected as What If? Productions Best New Play and will receive its world premiere in 2018.enn Education.  Paige received her BFA in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Houston. Her plays and prose have been published through Every Day Fiction, One Act Play Depot, and Hashtag Queer. She currently lives in Philadelphia.

Alisha Beth Adams

Alisha Adams

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Foundry Member, Foundry Alumna (2018)

Alisha Adams’ work often explores community-based, site specific playwriting methods. Her plays have been presented and supported by Padua Playwrights, The Leeway Foundation, Curio Theater, and Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She was an Emerging Artist in Residence at Plays & Players, a Douglas Byers Memorial Fellow with Signal Fire Arts, and a 2016 Resident Writer at 100W Corsicana. Alisha’s plays include Other Tongues (High Desert Test Sites, Philadelphia Women’s Theater Festival), Go Yeri Ston (Temple MFA Playfest), Unring a Bell (Runner up, 2016 Red Theater Competition; Finalist, 2016 Raw Stages New Works Festival), Shelter-in-Place (Philadelphia Fringe), and MEGA.

 

Stephanie Kyung Sun Walters

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Foundry Member

Stephanie Kyung Sun Walters is an emerging playwright in Philadelphia and founding member of the Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists. She’s a second-year member of The Foundry and studies with PlayPenn. Esther Choi and the Fish that Drowned will be presented at the Foundry Work-In-Progress Reading at the PlayPenn Conference and the Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival 2019. Keep Me Posted received a staged reading at the 2018 Philly Asian American Film Festival. Her play, Are You My Father or the dream ballet of north korea, received a workshop and reading with PlayPenn and HBMG Foundation’s National Writers Retreat, as well as a residency with Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists/Asian Arts Initiative. Additional plays have been produced and developed with Dragon’s Eye Theatre, Revamp Collective, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival, and Philadelphia’s Future is Female Festival. She currently serves as the Lead Artist on the PAPA Playwrights Project and Co-Facilitator of Studio 1219. Stephanie is also a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, a Barrymore Nominated actress, and a teaching artist. She is graduate of Bucknell University, the London Dramatic Academy, and CAP21. Stephanie’s whimsical, comedic, curious, and AZN plays can be found on NPX.