Artistic Team

  •                                                                                                                                  Christine Doidge

  •                                                                                                                                   Jahzeer Terrell

  •                                                                                                                                   Hannah Parke 

  • Christine Doidge (Actor) is a performer and teaching artist based in Philadelphia. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College and has worked with companies such as Saratoga Shakespeare Company, Curtain Call Theatre in Latham NY, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Liberty City Radio Theatre, and Theatre Horizon.

  • Jahzeer Terrell (Actor) is a graduate of the University of the Arts, and has most recently been seen in Azuka Theatre’s Local Girls as Roe. Previous production credits include: Quintessence Theatre Group’s Fall Repertory of Romeo & Juliet/The Mandrake, Arden Theatre Company’s Macbeth, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s Henry V, and numerous productions at the New Freedom Theatre.

  • Hannah Parke (Actor) originally hails from Tennessee but recently graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Acting and with a minor in Musical Theatre. Hannah's recent credits include *Carded at Feinstein's/54 Below in New York City, Claryssa in Moth at Azuka Theatre, Annabeth in the Equity National Tour of The Lightning Thief with TheatreworksUSA, and Mariane in Tartuffe with Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company. Check out her upcoming work at

  • Larry Loebell (Playwright) is a Philadelphia playwright, screenwriter, dramaturg, and teacher. His feature film Dostoyevsky Man premiered in the 2012 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and 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 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 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 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.

  • David Bradley (Original Director and Co-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.

  • Allison Heishman (Director) is the Artistic Associate at Azuka Theater and a freelance director based in Philadelphia. With Azuka: The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, Skin & Bone (WP), Failure: A Love Story, Hazard County, the terrible girls (WP), Azuka One Acts. Other credits: Macbeth (Revolution Shakespeare), Rabbit Hole, Eurydice (Ruhl) (Arcadia University), No Reservations (PNAA Productions, WP), Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll (Plays & Players), Pinkalicious, the musical (Walnut Street Theater, Kids’ Series), A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity, Spacewang (Tiny Dynamite, A Play A Pie A Pint). Heishman was the Assistant Director under Blanka Zizka for the Wilma Theater’s productions of Angels in America, parts I and II. She has written and directed for Theatre Programs at the National Constitution Center, where she worked for four years as the Theatre Programs Manager. She recently took over as director of Living News, and loves that she can continue to help grow and shape this amazing program. In addition to her directing work she is a Barrymore Nominator and on the Executive Committee of the Off-Broad Street Theatre Consortium, a group of Independent Theatre Companies in Philadelphia.

  • Daniel Kontz (Sound and Video 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 The National Constitution Center, InterAct Theatre Company, Simpatico Theatre Project, Azuka Theatre, Plays & Players, The Renegade Company, and Matchbox Theatre. He is the Art Director for Revolution Shakespeare and was a member of Azuka Theatre’s inaugural “New Professionals” production. 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. His work can be seen and heard at

  • Ben Levan (Lighting Design) is a freelance lighting designer, production manager, and playwright living in Philadelphia.  Previously he has worked on the National Constitution Center’s Founding Freedoms Plays, A Republic Madam, and Com[promising] Future.  Other favorite designs include: The Emperor Jones (Iron Age Theatre), Punchkapow (Team Sunshine), and Speech and Debate (Azuka Theatre.)   He is also the Master Electrician for the Lantern Theater Company as well as a proud new member of the Foundry, a Philadelphia-based playwriting lab. 

  • Nora E. Quinn (Director of Theatre Programs) Mrs. Quinn has been with the Center since 2003. She oversees the artistic direction and production of all theatre programming including Freedom Rising, Living News, Gallery Theatre Series, Fighting for Democracy and other performing arts programs at the museum year round. 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 taught at Arcadia University, Community College of Philadelphia and University of the Arts. She 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 region and other east coast professional theatre including Radio City Productions, Arden Theatre, Wilma Theatre, Theatre Exile, People’s Light and Theatre, Mum Puppet Theatre, Center Stage, Americans For the Arts, Broadway on Broadway, Folger Theatre, Azuka Theatre (Co-Founder), White Pines Productions, USITT and others. Nora is a graduate of the nationally recognized Arden Professional Apprentice Program and is a member of the Actors Equity Association, American Association of Theater and Education and the International Museum Theatre Alliance and has presented on Museum Theatre at local, national and global conferences. Nora holds a BFA from Penn State University and a MA from Villanova University, both in Theater Arts.

  • Melissa Erlick (Theatre Programs Coordinator) has stage managed Living News since the spring of 2015. After graduating Suma Cum Laude from Lycoming College, Melissa completed her apprenticeship at Downstairs Cabaret Theatre in Rochester, NY, before moving back to her native Philadelphia. She has worked locally with Theatre Horizon, 11th Hour Theatre Company, Flashpoint Theatre Company, Arden Theatre Company, and Dragon’s Eye Theatre. She has served as Box Office Manager for Philadelphia Artist’s Collective and as a teaching artist for the Arden Theatre Company's Teen Drama Summer Camp.

Theatre Programs Support

Wardrobe Supervisor: Sarah Mitchell

Past Creative Team

Sound Design: Christopher Colucci, Mark Valenzuela
Lighting and Video Design: Terry Smith
Scenic Design: Matt Saunders
Costume Design: Rosemarie McKelvey, Becca Austin, Jamie Grace-Duff

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