The Marketing Accelerator Program provides marketing resources, advertising support, and tools for audience engagement to companies in the Philadelphia region. Meet this year's MAP resident companies, and stay tuned throughout the year to learn more!
New Light Theatre
New Light Theatre is dedicated to improving the human condition by partnering each production with thematically connected charitable causes, while also placing a special emphasis on providing opportunities for student and emerging theatre artists to work in a professional setting. New Light Theatre is committed to bringing light to the darkness of the world, to raising awareness and support for organizations that illuminate, and to deepening our empathy and connection with one another through meaningful artistic work. LEARN MORE
Applied Mechanics is a visionary, multiracial collective of queer and genderqueer theater artists. We make performances that surround you: in theaters, warehouses, galleries, schools, punk rock venues, in the streets, online, and in your own home. Our work creates lush, layered spaces that envelop the audience. Multiple histories unfold there, and each weaves a different perspective -- you choose which thread to follow. At every turn, there is an invitation: you might choose to join a dinner party, dance at a concert, start a protest, or spin the dial on a radio station. Seating is optional, accessibility is primary, and each audience member creates their own experience. Welcome! We’re so glad you are here. LEARN MORE
2022 Content + Criticism Cohort
Theatre Philadelphia's Content + Criticism Cohort is supported by PA Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This year's participants will attend a series of workshops and create a portfolio of work geared towards Philadelphia theatre. Select content will shared with producers, included on Theatre Philadelphia’s website, or compiled for archival use.
Carl(os) Roa [they/them] is an interdisciplinary creator, writer, and performer. An alumni of the Headlong Performance Institute, (os)’ work explores the marginalized within the marginalized, and alternative communities living alternative lives. They are currently the Program Manager for the Painted Bride, and a contributor for HowlRound and American Theatre Magazine.
Krista Mar (she/her) is a theatre enthusiast, avid reader, occasional writer, rookie photographer, novice dancer, life long learner, and activist. She seeks to center and amplify voices of the global majority, decolonize frameworks, advocate for justice, and build community. You can follow her theatre adventures on instagram @krista.reviews.
ISH Muhammad is an emerging Afro-futurist poet and playwright based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ISH is a member of the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive, a PERIPLUS Collective Fellow, an alum of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Advanced Playwriting program, and a Miranda Family Fellow. The twice cursed sea-hag Sycorax is ISH’s patron saint.
Frank Deane-Schierloh is a queer theatre artist based in Philly, who has been working in the industry for over a decade. Their experiences both onstage and off have filled them with a love and respect for theatre and a want to champion theaters committed to diversity, experimentation and inclusion.
Mackenzie Raine Kirkman
Raised in North Carolina, Mackenzie got her BA in Theatre and BFA in Creative Writing at the UNCW. From there she went to Miami University where she earned a Masters of Art in Theatre, Performance, and Practice. Mackenzie is a playwright and part of the inaugural Rising Writers cohort at Azuka Theatre. When she’s not writing she can be found at her day job; a preschool theatre teacher (it is as fun as it sounds).
Kirsten Bowen is a dramaturg who has written for Broad Street Review, 3Views on Theater, HowlRound Theatre Commons, Breaking Character, and Playwrights Canada Press. She holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University and a BA in English and Theatre from Smith College.
Max Vasapoli, M.Ed. is an Advisor and Adjunct at Drexel, having previously held advisory roles at Penn and UArts. He’s adjudicated dancers across North America for the last ten years, including the Season 8 Finale of Dance Moms. Prior work includes Opera Philadelphia, Cirque du Soliel, and Impact Dance Adjudicators.
Natalie is a multi-faceted international Latine artist who is thrilled to be a part of this program! As a new resident, she looks forward to exploring the Philadelphia theatre scene for all it has to offer. Professional credits include directing, acting, costume design and construction, sound design, stage management and more.
Gauri Mangala (she/her) is a first-generation Indian-American queer multi-hyphenate theatre artist and an aspiring grown up. She is drawn to stories that, even in their various levels of fiction-hood, pull out an honest candor about what it means to be human. Gauri is currently a Resident Fellow at Hedgerow Theatre. Follow her on instagram: @hiimgauri
Nora Gair (she/her) is delighted to be part of this exciting cohort! A director, teaching artist, and intimacy choreographer proudly hailing from the mountains of New Hampshire, her work has been seen all over including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Compōs-it Opera Festival, Shakespeare in the Woods, and the Strides Collective. Alumna: Carnegie Mellon, the Tepper Semester @ Syracuse, and the WST Apprenticeship program. cutt.ly/noragair
Caity Cook is a dramaturg, writer, and arts administrator based in Philadelphia, PA. Caity has a focus in new work development and has worked with not-for-profit theatres across the country, including Pig Iron Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, WP Theater, and Cleveland Play House.
Our first C+CC Workshop was held on Thursday, August 4th with Karin Suni and the Free Library of Philadelphia's Theatre Collection!