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Nora E. Quinn (Director of Theatre Programs) Mrs. Quinn is the Director of Theatre programs at the National Constitution Center and has been with the Center since 2003 when she was brought onboard to help produce and manage the award winning show Freedom Rising. She heads the department as Artistic Director of all theatre programming and is the original creator behind Living News, the Gallery Theatre Series, The Fall 2011 theatre Exhibition hybrid Fighting for Democracy and produces several other performing arts programs at the museum year round along with creating curriculum based performing arts and civic learning programs. She is a professional Theatre Artist, Manager and Museum Educator. Nora’s work includes Directing, Dramaturgy, Design, Acting, Teaching and Theater Management. When not at the Center, she has been a professor of theatre arts at Arcadia University, Community College of Philadelphia, a guest lecturer at University of the Arts in both the Museum Studies and Theatre programs and serves nationally as a consultant on integrating theater and museum programming . Nora was named one of Philadelphia’s top 76 creative connectors by Leadership Philadelphia in 2011. She has worked extensively in the Philadelphia, East Coast Professional Theatre, and Folk Music communities including Radio City Productions, Arden Theatre, Wilma Theatre, Theatre Exile, People’s Light and Theatre, Mum Puppettheatre, Center Stage, Americans For the Arts, Broadway on Broadway, Folger Theatre, Azuka Theatre ( Co-Founder), White Pines productions, Philadelphia Folk Song Society, National Folk Alliance, Canadian Folk Alliance, TEA, NERFA, USITT and others. Nora is a graduate of the nationally recognized Arden Professional Apprentice Program. She is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association, American Association of Theater and Education and the International Museum Theatre Alliance. She currently sits on a committee for defining best practices in Museum Theatre and presents frequently at the Annual American Association of Museum Conference. Nora holds a B.F.A. from Penn State University and a MA from Villanova University both in Theater Arts Performance, Theory and Management.

David Bradley (Director and Artistic Director) is a Philadelphia-based director and arts educator whose work includes directing classic and contemporary plays at regional theatres and leading a variety of boundary-crossing collaborations with theatres, museums, universities, historic sites and communities. He’s been Artistic Director of Living News since the project began in 2006 and in addition to directing the piece has helped create its curriculum and teacher training materials. He was also Co-Artistic Director and performance director for the NCC’s exhibit/performance hybrid Fighting for Democracy. A long-time company member at People’s Light and Theatre, David has directed more than 30 productions there and was Associate Artistic Director, jointly leading its arts education programs. People’s Light productions include Of Mice and Men, Doubt, The Crucible, The Giver, Young Lady From Rwanda, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Holes. He’s directed frequently at Indiana Repertory Theatre and Philadelphia Young Playwrights and this season directs The Exonerated at Delaware Theatre Company. He’s currently directing the development of A Fierce Kind of Love, a new play inspired by the intellectual disability rights movement, commissioned by Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities. David is co-founder of LiveConnections, which creates interactive, boundary-crossing music programs and education with partner venue World Cafe Live. He’s been a consulting artist for the Animating Democracy Initiative of Americans for the Arts, the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage and CultureWorks Philadelphia and Outside the Wire Productions. David has led events on art, civic dialogue and education in the U.S., Mexico and the Middle East. He is President of the Board of Shakespeare in Clark Park. David teaches at University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is a graduate of Yale University.

larryLarry Loebell (Scriptwriter) is a Philadelphia playwright, screenwriter, dramaturg, and teacher. His feature film Dostoyevsky Man premiered in the 2012 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, was subsequently screened at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute and elsewhere. His most recent play, WHAM BAM is in development for a future Fringe Festival debut. His 2008 play, House, Divided was nominated for a “Best New Play” Barrymore Award after its premiere production at InterAct Theater Company. His produced full-length plays include Girl Science, Arcadia University Theater 2011, La Tempestad, which premiered Off-Off Broadway at the OHIO THTR in New York in 2005, produced by The Resonance Ensemble, The Ballad of John Wesley Reed, which was produced by Theatre Catalyst in Philadelphia also in 2005, and Pride of the Lion. Published full length plays include La Tempestad in the anthology Playing With Canons: Explosive New Works from Literature by America’s Indie Playwrights, NYT Books, Girl Science, published by Indie Theater Now, and Pride of the Lion, published by Playscripts.com. Published short plays in regular production include Angie and Arnie Sanguine, But Who’s Counting, and Just Before the War Between the Plates, all published by Playscripts.Com. Monologues and scenes from his plays have been published by Applause Books, Smith and Krauss Books, and Playscripts. He has been awarded four Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships in Playwriting, an EST/Sloan Science Foundation grant for his play Girl Science, and he was awarded a new play commission for House, Divided from the National Council for Jewish Culture. He has written film documentaries on historical and scientific subjects, and has also written (and received Emmy recognition) for work on the children’s television show Rugrats. He teaches playwriting and dramaturgy at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA, and film history and creative writing at University of the Arts where he is an adjunct full professor.

Daniel Kontz (Sound and Media Design) is a Multimedia Designer from London, England, based in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from West Chester University in 2011 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts, the JP Adler Award for Excellence in Theatre, and the Maverick Award for Excellence in Theatre. His Sound Design credits in Philadelphia include productions with Simpatico Theatre Project, Azuka Theatre, Plays & Players, The Renegade Company, and Matchbox Theatre. He is the Art Director for Revolution Shakespeare and the Director of Marketing for The Renegade Company. Outside of Philadelphia, his work has been seen and heard in the VI São Carlos Videodance Festival in Brazil, Columbia University's New Plays Now Festival, the NYC Fringe Festival, The Left Out Festival, and the American College Dance Festival.

Rosemarie McKelvey (Costume Designer) is a Philadelphia based costume designer. Locally Rosemarie designs for The Arden Theatre Co., People’s Light and Theatre Co., Delaware Theatre Co., The Wilma Theatre Company, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, New Paradise Labs, Theatre Exile, 1812 Productions, The Curtis Institute of Music, Drexel University, Villanova University, Azuka, and Pig Iron. Regionally Rosemarie has designed for The Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Connelly Theatre and 59E59 in NYC. Rosemarie is a five time Barrymore Award Nominee and was awarded in 2007 for Caroline or Change and 2009 for Something Intangible, both produced by The Arden Theatre Co. Rosemarie attended the 2011 Prague Quadrennial Festival of Performance and Design with the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative and was granted a fellowship through the Independence Foundation to travel to London and investigate what new advances in technology and science are being used in various art and design fields particularly textile, sculpture and performance. Outside of her design work, Rosemarie is an adjunct professor at Moore College of Art & Design in the Fashion Design department. For more please visit rosemariemckelvey.com.

robinRobin Stamey (Theatre Programs Manager) Robin has been with the NCC since 2010 and is a graduate of Arcadia University where she earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts. While at Arcadia, she competed in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her lighting design of Samm-Art Williams' Home, for which she won regionally and received an honorable mention at the national level. In addition to working on many shows in various capacities at Arcadia, she has recently worked with Azuka Theatre, Band of Artists, and Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, among others. She is also the production manager and resident lighting designer for The Renegade Company.

claireClaire Berger (Theatre Programs Associate) Claire recently graduated from Arcadia University, earning a degree in Theatre and English. She is proud to say that she is currently working full time in the arts. When not at the museum, Claire is a teaching artist in the South Jersey area, working with companies such as Mainstage Center for the Arts and at local high schools. Claire also works on the weekends with Theatre Horizon, participating in their Autism Drama Outreach Program.

heishmanAllison Heishman (Director) Allison Heishman (Assistant Director) is the Artistic Associate at Azuka Theater, as well as a freelance director. With Azuka she has directed the World Premiere of the terrible girls, by Azuka Playwright in Residence, Jacqueline Goldfinger and is thrilled to be bringing you Skin & Bone the second play in our Southern Gothic trilogy. Also with Azuka: Hazard County, Failure: A Love Story, Azuka One Acts. She has worked for some of the best young companies in Philly including: Tiny Dynamite, Flashpoint Theatre, Madhouse Theatre, Quince Productions, Secret Room Theatre, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights, as well as assisting Blanka Zizka on the Wilma Theatre's production of Angels in America. This season she directed Rabbit Hole at Arcadia University, and the World Premiere of the holiday farce No Reservations (PNAA Productions). She has written and directed for Theatre Programs at the National Constitution Center, where she worked for four years as the Theatre Programs Manager. Recently she collaborated with Chef Walter Staib of City Tavern and the Kimmel Center to present the one-night PIFA event A Taste of History: An Evening with Chef Staib. Up Next: Pinkalicious (Walnut Street Theater, Kids' Series).



Cast


Victoria Rose Bonito (Cast) is thrilled to join the cast of Living News! Favorite credits include Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, As You Like It, Henry V (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre); The Winter's Tale (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival); Reckless (City Theatre Company); Eurydice, Twelfth Night, Cyrano (Theatre of the Seventh Sister); A Midsummer Night's Dream (REV Theatre Company/Scranton Shakespeare Festival); Red Herring, The School for Lies, Muswell Hill, How I Learned to Drive, Salome, Everyman (Villanova Theatre). She received her M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University and her B.A. and education certification in Theatre and English from DeSales University. She is a proud recipient of the Brian G. Morgan Endowed Theatre Award.

Brandon Pierce (Actor) Brandon Pierce is thrilled to be joining the Living News Team. Recent credits include: Eric in Dutch Masters (Azuka Theatre) Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Delaware Shakespeare Festival), Avery in Charlotte’s Web (Arden Theatre), Mercutio/Prince in Romeo and Juliet and the Antipholi in The Comedy of Errors for Shakespeare LIVE! 2013 (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). Brandon graduated with a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of the Arts where he appeared in La Tempestad, Project X, and as Reverend D in In the Blood.

St. ClairIsa St. Clair (Actor) Isa St. Clair is overjoyed to rejoin the Living News team. Favorite credits include Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest, Equus (Curio Theatre Company), Failure: A Love Story (Azuka Theatre), The Bends (Flashpoint Theatre Company), Macbeth (Commonwealth Classic Theatre), Vainglorious (Applied Mechanics), Seek & Hide, A Mystery? (Dragon’s Eye Theater), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare in Clark Park), and The Winter’s Tale (Delaware Shakespeare Festival). She is a founding member of Murmuration Theater, whose first show, Makeshift, premiered in November of 2013. Isa graduated with Highest Honors from Swarthmore College and has sought additional training with Perseverance Theater (Juneau, AK), Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, MA), the British American Drama Academy (London, UK), and cherubs. She is proud to work with Philadelphia youth as a teaching artist with Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Curio Theatre Company, and Iron Age Theatre.


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