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Eppchez!

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Foundry (2022)

Eppchez! is a Quaker, gender expansive, Cuban & Jewish theatre maker, musician, and designer. Ey has lived in Philadelphia since 2014 writing plays, performing, and championing self-determination for all trans people. In 2012, while still an undergrad at Wesleyan University (CT) ey started up the production company Alma’s Engine, which develops new work across a variety of genres and media. This process- focused creative ministry seeks to spread whimsical and earnest dis-ease with our status quo. Eppchez’s work is sometimes bilingual, often musical, and always leaves the audience with a party-size bag of food for thought. Eppchez has self-produced 7 original works of theatre through Alma’s Engine and has collaborated with many other local companies. Among them: Pig Iron, Simpatico, Applied Mechanics, Swimpony, and Bearded Ladies Cabaret. Eppchez studied at Headlong Performance Institute in 2017. In addition to theater Eppchez works as an independent designer making affirming undergarments and wearable art for gender expansive people. Apart from art Eppchez is deeply engaged with Quaker organizations. In several capacities Eppchez pushes Quakerism (White Liberal Friends) towards fully embracing the work of becoming an anti-racist faith community. The anti-racist work of unlearning toxic aspects of eir socialization and illuminating patterns of the settler colonialist mindset informs all aspects of Eppchez’s life.

Jonathan Edmondson

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Foundry (2022)

Jonathan Edmondson (he/him/his) is a playwright and director from the Greater Philadelphia Area. His work examines queer relationships by shattering stereotypes and emphasizing universal truths in our shared humanity. His queer two-hander, Whirlpool, premiered at the 2019 Jersey Fringe Festival before playing at The Iron Factory during 2020 Philly Theatre Week. His other work includes Strides, Expressed // Suppressed, Drowning, and Framed. As a director, he has led both small plays and large musicals at theatres throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Currently, he serves as the Development Manager at Arden Theatre Company. He holds a BA in Journalism and Professional Writing from The College of New Jersey and is a proud alumnus of the Arden Professional Apprentice Program (Class 25).

Nimisha Ladva

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Foundry (2022)

Nimisha Ladva is a playwright and storyteller. Her stories has been broadcast nationally on NPR and PBS. In 2019, she performed with RISK! at the London Podcast Festival. She was selected to attend the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive Workshop in 2019. Her solo performance play, Uninvited Girl: An Immigrant Story, premiered in Philadelphia (with the support of a Leeway Foundation Grant) at the First Person Arts Festival in 2016. It debuted in New York at the Women in Theater Festival in 2018. She teaches writing and public speaking at Haverford College.

Keenya Jackson

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Foundry (2022)

Keenya Jackson is an emerging playwright co-founder of Jouska PlayWorks at Simpatico Theatre. Her play Botanicals or Giving it to God, was the recipient of PlayPenn’s professional public reading in 2019. The ten minute version of Botanicals also received a production with Mojaaa Theatre in 2018. Frankie and Johnny – The Play was a finalist in the Todd McNerney Playwriting Contest in 2018. Additional plays have been produced and workshop/developed by Revamp Collective and Philadelphia Dramatist Center. A graduate of Arcadia University, she continues to grow as a playwright and in theatre by studying at such places as PlayPenn in Philadelphia and the National Playwright Symposium in Cape May, NJ.

Robynne Graffam

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Foundry Member

Robynne Graffam is a writer and teacher who grew up outside of Philadelphia, wandered off for about ten years, then came home. She has been in and around theater ever since she fought for—and won—the role of Murphy the Elf in the 4th Grade Christmas play. She participated in the Kenyon Playwrights Institute in 2016, and has studied at both PlayPenn and Walnut Street Theater. Her play Mary Pops In received a staged reading at The Storefront Theater, and her work was featured on the Inkubator New Work Development Laboratory’s podcast in Cohort 5. Her play A Rising Tide (Lifts All Boats) was a semi-finalist for the B Street Theater New Comedies Festival.

 

Megan Schumacher

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Foundry Member

Megan Schumacher is a Philadelphia based playwright, director, dramaturg and educator. Her plays straddle the line between pessimism and optimism as she explores those who are marginalized and their quest for equity and justice. Her one-act play Superlosers was produced by Juniper Productions for the 2018 Philadelphia Fringe Festival and most recently she directed excerpts of fellow Foundry member Alexandra Espinoza’s play, Homeridae, during the 2019 Philadelphia Theatre Week. Currently, she serves as an Education Dramaturg Consultant at Villanova University and a new play dramaturg for The Refinery Workshop at Steel River Theatre. She is directing Marissa Kennedy’s solo piece Out of the Shadows for the 2019 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She has a M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University.

Griffin Horn

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Foundry Member, Program Associate

Griffin Horn’s full-length plays include Our Hopeful Anxious Hearts, Trade, and The Lotus-Eaters, all presented in readings at Temple University, where he just finished his Playwriting MFA. His short plays include Crossfade, and The Safeword is “Pilates,” produced by Hot Metal Arts Collective at the People’s Improv Theatre in New York. His audio dramas include The Akashic Flowchart, and Where the Wheeling Systems Darken, produced by invisibletheatre.co.uk. He has taught playwriting through McCarter Theatre Center, Arena Stage, The Young Playwrights’ Theatre, and Temple University.

Lori Felipe-Barkin

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Foundry Member

Born and raised in South Florida, Lori Felipe-Barkin is a bilingual (English & Spanish), multi-disciplinary artist. She holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College. Lori has worked with a number of companies and directors including INTAR Theatre, Team Sunshine LTD., Third Space, Live Source Collective, Josh Fox (Oscar-nominated director of Gasland), and Lars Jan. She has also performed and self-produced her one-woman solo show, The Funeral of Enerio López, in both Philadelphia and New York City. She is honored to be part of the Foundry and cannot wait to begin working with her peers.

 

Devin Randall

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Foundry Member

Devin Randall is a playwright and performer based in Philadelphia. His childhood love of gay media, fantasy, and theatre has led to an adulthood of sharing queer and black speculative fiction any way he can. Devin’s main contributions to Philly’s theatre scene have been in his self-produced works such as a 2018 production of Lionel Questions the Universe; readings for Lionel, Whine & Waffles, and L.I.A.R.S. Game; performing a one-man show in Philly’s SoLow Fest 2018; a Philly Fringe Festival 2019 production of Whine & Waffles; and his “Salon” series (in which he provides spaces for Philly writers to network and share their works). In addition to his own work, Devin was accepted as a 2019/2020 Resident with the Studios of Key West, has worked with the New Freedom Theater, and thrived as an intern with PlayPenn’s 2017 Summer Conference. B.A. in English, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.

Geo Decas O’Donnell

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Foundry Member

Geo Decas O’Donnell is a playwright/performer and co-runs the ensemble-based company CollaborationTown (CTown), he also teaches theatre at Germantown Friends School. As part of CTown he has been creating and performing ensemble-devised theatre since 2003. His plays include Mutant Water Babies, From Skull To Ghost and The Deepest Play Ever: The Catharsis of Pathos. Grants & Awards: FringeNYC Excellence Award for Outstanding Playwriting (The Deepest Play Ever, 2006); FringeNYC Excellence Award for Outstanding Production (The Momentum, 2010) Otto Rene Castillo Political Theatre Award, 2014; multiple residencies with Robert Wilson’s WaterMill Center and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

 

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