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Bryan Buttler

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Publicist

Bryan Buttler’s media relations firm specializes in promoting the best in regional arts and entertainment.  Clients include Arden Theatre Company, Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa, Theatre Horizon, Cirque du Soleil (in partnership with CJM Public Relations), LiveConnections, Simpatico Theatre Company, Tiny Dynamite, and more.

 

Dan O’Neil

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Casting Director

Dan O’Neil is a director, producer, and casting director based in Philadelphia. He is the casting director for Theatre Exile and PlayPenn, and has worked with 1812 Productions, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Act II Playhouse, Arden Theatre Company, FringeArts, Theatre Horizon, Washington College, The University of the Arts, and Villanova University. BFA in Theater, Brind School of Theater at the University of the Arts. www.danoneilcasting.com

 

Sabrina Profitt

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Development Coordinator

Sabrina Profitt is a classically trained stage and film actress and a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association and the Screen Actor’s Guild for over two decades. Her career in Philadelphia has primarily been invested in new play development. She is a passionate supporter of PlayPenn, both on stage, performing in every Conference since 2014, and in PlayPenn’s development office. She received her MFA in Acting from Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory and her BA, magna cum laude, from DeSales University. Sabrina was recently awarded a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from La Salle University, School of Business.

 

Tom Shotkin

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Production and Company Manager

Tom Shotkin has been the production/company manager for PlayPenn since 2011. He is also currently in his 17th season as production stage manager for 1812 Productions, Philadelphia’s all-comedy theater company. Favorite shows include: This Is The Week That Is, Our Show of Shows, I Will Not Go Gently, Suburban Love Songs, The Four of Us, Bat Boy: The Musical, Like Crazy Like Wow and An Evening Without Woody Allen (in which he performed). Other SM credits: People’s Light, Theatre Exile, Arden Theatre Company, Arena Stage (DC), Barnstormers Theatre (NH). Tom has also worked for Opera Company of Philadelphia, Hartford Stage Company, Azuka Theatre Collective, and Boarshead Theatre (MI). He lives in Ardmore with actor MB Scallen and their furry monsters, Brody & Dex.

 

Julia Mauro Bumke

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Director of Education

Julia Mauro Bumke is a new work dramaturg who is passionate about fostering playwrights, composers, and librettist at all stages of their careers. She has collaborated on premieres and workshops with the American Repertory Theater, Opera Philadelphia, Music-Theatre Group, Lincoln Center Theater, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Curtis School of Music, and PEAK Performances, among others. Recent world premiere dramaturgy includes David Hertzberg’s THE WAKE WORLD (Opera Philadelphia; winner, Best New Opera, Music Critics Association of North America); Kristin Kuster and Megan Levad’s KEPT (Virginia Arts Festival); and Matthew Aucoin’s CROSSING (B.A.M. Next Wave 2017). She received her A.B. from Princeton University, and her M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from the A.R.T. Institute at Harvard.

 

Paul Meshejian

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Artistic Director

Paul Meshejian is PlayPenn’s founding Artistic Director.  He has overseen the development of more than 150 plays resulting in over 400 professional productions, world-wide.  In the early 1980’s he was founding Artistic Director of Stage One: Collaboration, a professional theatre producing new and rarely produced plays in St. Paul, MN.  As a director, he has worked regionally and in New York with credits including new plays by Lee Blessing, Bill Corbett, Willy Holtzman, John Orlock, Mia McCullough, Lou Lippa and Eric Pfeffinger, among others.  Since 1989 he has been a company member at People’s Light and has worked extensively as an actor in Philadelphia and regionally with credits including appearances on TV and in feature film. In addition to his professional work, he has taught at a number of colleges and universities including Macalester College, Arcadia University and University of the Arts.  He has served as a panelist for the NEA.

 

Griffin Horn

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Program Associate

Griffin Horn is a playwright whose full-length plays include Our Hopeful Anxious Hearts, and Trade, presented in readings at Temple University, where he is finishing his Playwriting MFA, while his thesis, The Glass Closet, will be presented in a reading there in May. His short plays include Crossfade, and The Safeword is “Pilates,” produced by Hot Metal Arts Collective at The PIT in New York, and his audio dramas include Where the Wheeling Systems Darken, produced by invisibletheatre.co.uk. He has taught playwriting through McCarter Theatre Center, Arena Stage and The Young Playwrights’ Theatre, and is soon to teach playwriting at Temple.