When my 10th grade teacher told my class that we’d begin our new history unit in partnership with Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and that we’d all be submitting original plays of our own to their annual festival, I was a bit intimidated. I had never written a play before, let alone read or watched one, so as this inexperienced 10th grader, plays were abstract foreign concepts that only smart, creative people could produce. Although I knew that I possessed some smarts, I felt that I was not nearly smart or creative enough to write a one act play. I silently doubted myself by questioning my abilities as I thought, “Can I do this?” Yet despite my apprehension, a strong feeling of curiosity blossomed within me and I became very eager to explore playwriting and all Young Playwrights had to offer. As my classmates and I began the playwriting process, many of my doubts and fears were replaced with new emotions, including an immense gratitude and admiration for our Teaching Artist Kate McGrath. She helped cultivate our ideas into wonderful well-written plays with her thoughtful feedback, encouragement and wealth of ideas. Soon, I began to eagerly await history class so that I could release all the creative ideas that bubbled inside my head after every feedback session with Ms. McGrath. Playwriting lost its intimidating qualities as I started to have fun. I loved how Young Playwrights gave me the freedom to express myself creatively however I wanted, as it gave me a sense of empowerment. With my newfound passion for playwriting and confidence in my ability to write a play, I began writing God Makes No Mistakes with the intention of raising awareness on a current issue in Nigeria concerning gay rights and exploring what it takes for an individual to change. I had a vague idea of how I wanted my play to turn out, but over several months with much help from Ms. McGrath, (and tons of revision), I was able to craft a piece of work that I felt extremely proud of. Since then, I’ve had the great experience of coming in first place in the Annual Playwriting Festival and later having my play performed at Temple University’s Tomlinson Theater. I was so thrilled and elated to know that all of my hard work had paid off and that I could share it with others. Today, I am proud to say that I am still a part of Philadelphia Young Playwrights as an active member of the Youth Council where I can continue playwriting, and promote the program in my school. I’m a huge advocate of Young Playwrights who loves to share with students all that the organization has to offer. What I love most about Young Playwrights is that by exposing students to playwriting, they open a world of possibilities for students to be able to creatively express themselves in ways never imagined. Most importantly, Young Playwrights gives students a creative outlet while empowering their voices. In the words of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, “A good thing is happening every day in our schools, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights is making it happen.” I’m glad to be a part of this organization and continue advocating for the amazing work that it does.
It is always a privilege for board and staff leadership to share this introduction each year with a Young Playwrights’ student leader, and this year is certainly no exception with Gina Dukes. Gina’s talents as a writer and poet continue to inspire and move us, and her vision, input and advocacy as a Young Playwrights’ Youth Council member are invaluable. Gina expresses her appreciation that Young Playwrights offers “a world of possibilities for young people to creatively express themselves in ways they never imagined.” It is we, though, who are awakened to new possibilities each day through our interactions with Gina and her peers. More than ever, Young Playwrights is guided by the voices and contributions of young people. Members of the Youth Council, founded in 2011, are central participants in all areas of organizational life. Their ideas and the inspiration they provide drive the direction that has our community discovering something new every day. Young Playwrights continued to perform strongly this year in a challenging financial landscape. Despite the uncertainties of economics and politics affecting school districts, we saw our core program’s durability in delivering desirable outcomes for students and schools, and have continued to tailor and diversify service to greater numbers of students. This is highlighted by the more than 1,400 submissions to the 2011 Playwriting and Monologue Festivals. Recent assessment outcomes show that 80% of program students reflect that playwriting helped strengthen other writing skills and more than 80% say the program helped them explore others’ points of view. 100% of teachers reported seeing in their students strengthened creative thinking, problem solving and self-confidence. These outcomes not only advance each young playwright’s academic and personal advancement, but also contribute to the current and future economic and creative vitality of our region. We invite you to read more about our amazing students, and to review the past year’s programmatic and organizational achievements in the following pages. We invite you also to join us at an upcoming Young Playwrights event and to reach out to play your role in underscoring the importance of every young person’s voice.
Joseph Conners, Executive Vice President and CFO, McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union, Board President
OUR MISSION: Philadelphia Young Playwrights taps the potential of youth and inspires learning through playwriting. In executing our mission, Young Playwrights focuses on improving students’ writing, thinking and interactive skills; enhancing students’ sense of agency, responsibility and self-esteem; modeling new and effective ways of teaching; reaching students of diverse backgrounds and abilities; and engaging students, their families and communities in the creation and production of theatre, while building new audiences within these groups.
OUR VALUES: We believe that every student has something to say worth hearing, and they share their voices through collaboration with professional educators and Teaching Artists for the purposes of perseverance and transformation through playwriting. We also maintain a strong commitment to serving students attending public schools in our city alongside those in suburban and private schools throughout the region.
“Hopefully, more schools will see the value of integrating arts as a rigorous way of engaging students academically at high levels.” – Pedro Ramos, Esq., School Reform Commission Chairman
PROGRAM AND SERVICES The Classic Program takes place in classrooms during the course of the school day from November to June. In our workshops, students interact and collaborate for at least 25 hours with their Artistic Team, comprised of a professional Teaching Artist and a classroom Teacher. This year, 40 Teachers were paired with 20 Teaching Artists in the program to introduce students to playwriting concepts including conflict, dialogue and character and encourages them to write and revise their scripts multiple times. As students write multiple drafts, the Artistic Team and peers provide feedback for how their plays can evolve. More than 1,700 students challenged themselves to write more creatively and effectively in our program. Out of 46 classes in 30 schools, 29 were classrooms in the School District of Philadelphia. Although met with an ever-changing curriculum and budget cuts, Young Playwrights was still able to reach over 750 SDP students. Suburban, parochial, home schools and special sites account for the remainder. Young Playwrights’ enhanced program supplements the Classic Program with additional Teaching Artist hours, classroom visits by professional actors and other theatre artists, trips to see professional theatre and in-school mini-festivals of student work. We also offer weekend playwriting retreats and an Advanced Summer Playwriting Ensemble for students from across the area to gather outside of the classroom to workshop their plays in the company of peers and Teaching Artists. This summer’s ensemble, called Re-Vision, took students and Teaching Artists on a journey across Philadelphia and into personal histories, providing insight into their city and lives, and informing their revising and creation of plays. Annual Playwriting Festival When students complete their plays, they are encouraged to submit to the Annual Playwriting Festival, an opportunity open to elementary, middle and high school students from within and outside our Classic Program. A record-setting 1,400 plays were submitted to the 2011 Festival (including plays written by multiple authors). Every student submitter receives individualized written feedback from the Literary Committee made up of theatre professionals, program alumni and educators. Select winners of the Annual Playwriting Festival are invited to workshop their plays for public readings. Please see Page to Stage for more information about our Play Development Series and other productions. Professional Development Multiple professional development opportunities throughout the year, driven by Classroom Teachers and Teaching Artists, support student playwriting. Teachers and Teaching Artists came together at our October Artistic Team Retreat to explore the playwriting process first hand. Teaching Artists participated in a series of interactive preparatory workshops, and also met with their Teachers to plan the year. Annually, we support two Teaching Artist Apprentices to foster new theatre artist-educators. This past year, Young Playwrights hosted an exciting opportunity for students, Teaching Artists, and professional playwrights to attend a 2 day workshop with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and master Teaching Artist Paula Vogel (pictured bottom right with former student Quiara Alegría Hudes). This workshop has further established a framework for multigenerational collaboration and learning that Young Playwrights upholds throughout all of its work. We have also continued our collaboration with The Wilma Theater on Creating Impact, offering theatre-based workshops to strengthen innovation, team building and leadership techniques for the workplace. Numerous corporations, non-profit boards and other organizations have leveraged this innovative professional development approach, including Beneficial Bank, Comcast, Drexel University, The Marengo Group, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, WXTU and Community College of Philadelphia.
“[PYP] gave me self-confidence as a writer and a person.” – 9th grade playwright, J.R. Masterman School
“I love working with Young Playwrights; I love working with the organization and I love working with playwrights who are young. I think theater is a great way to investigate the world, and so I... really enjoy watching young people investigate the world through their work, and I get to help them do that.” – David O’Connor, Young Playwrights Resident Director
WHO WE SERVE Our Students in 2010 - 2011:
1,700 STUDENTS AGES 8 - 18 46 CLASSROOMS 29 in Philadelphia School District 30 SCHOOLS
5 COUNTIES MONTGOMERY
PHILADELPHIA CHESTER DELAWARE
WHERE WE SERVE 2010-2011 Participating Schools and Sites Alain Locke Elementary School Bartram High School Beverly Hills Middle School Cedarbrook Middle School Central High School Cheltenham Elementary School Cheltenham High School Constitution High School Drexel Hill Middle School Elkins Park Middle School Fitzsimons High School Glenside Elementary School Grover Washington Middle School Independence Charter School J.R. Masterman High School Lincoln High School Meade Elementary School Morrison School Myers Elementary School Norristown High School Northeast High School Northwood Academy Overbrook Educational Center Parkway School Peace and Social Justice Science Leadership Academy South Philadelphia High School St. Francis de Sales Catholic School Strath Haven Middle School Vare Middle School Wycote Elementary School
YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS STUDENTS ARE: 5%
“You can’t put into words the value and importance of children expressing themselves through the written word. And they can carry that out to the next step, with expression through the performances,” – Sue Tischler, Director of Education for Cheltenham School District “My greatest accomplishment is knowing I did something I never thought I’d have a chance to do.” – 10th grade playwright, Science Leadership Academy
PAGE TO STAGE Philadelphia Young Playwrights’ Play Development Series features student voices center stage through productions of Annual Playwriting Festival winning plays for the public in collaboration with local theatres and universities. All programming is accompanied by post-show talk backs with student playwrights about their experiences writing, revising and work-shopping their plays. All public performances are free, and over 4,000 audience members attended a reading or production over the course of the year. PLAY DEVELOPMENT SERIES READINGS, WORKSHOPS AND PRODUCTIONS The New Voices Workshop Productions with Temple Theaters featured 8 one-act plays from winning high and middle school students. The plays were staged at Temple University’s Tomlinson Theater in November, directed by professional theatre artists and performed by Temple undergraduate actors. The Young Voices High School Monologue Festival was produced in collaboration with InterAct Theatre Company in March and featured 15 winning monologues by high school students. The performances were directed by David O’Connor and brought to life by professional actors. 14 Winning elementary and middle school plays, aimed at younger audiences, were produced in our Saturday Reading Series, staged monthly in collaboration with Temple’s Department of Theater and the Philadelphia Art Alliance. Hosted at the Art Alliance, these plays were directed by Peter Reynolds and performed by Temple and University of Pennsylvania undergraduate actors. 4 other winning middle and high school plays were directed and produced with major regional theatre companies as part of the Play Development Series. All of these productions and workshops would not have been possible without the support of the following Play Development Series partners: 1812 Productions – InterAct Theatre Company – Philadelphia Art Alliance – Philadelphia Theatre Workshop – Temple University Theaters – University of the Arts – The Wilma Theater
“Nothing’s impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible,’ – 7th grade playwright, Elkins Park Middle School
“[PYP] has reminded me of the importance and value of real world connections as a crucial piece of learning and engagement.” – Young Playwrights Teacher
OUTCOMES Students, Teachers and Teaching Artists, and communities represent the three major constituencies that benefit from this program. Young Playwrights supports academic, personal and professional growth for students and teachers while introducing new and creative ways to experience theatre for diverse audiences across communities. VOICES FROM THE CLASSROOM Our program is designed to help students master state literacy and theatre standards. Furthermore, at a time when many young people feel disenfranchised or alienated, Young Playwrights offers them a chance to explore their ideas and express themselves. In the wake of racially-motivated violence at their school, a group of South Philadelphia High School drama students worked in collaboration with 1812 Productions, The Wilma Theater and Young Playwrights to produce a play that celebrated the school’s rich history while tackling the problems that the school was facing. Without Young Playwrights, such voices might have been lost. Knowing that there is a safe, nurturing place for them to communicate their fears and hopes has helped students commit to graduating and excelling in school and out. See our “Fundraising and Events” page for an excerpt and picture from their piece We Write South Philly High. VOICES FROM THE STAGE Part of the Young Playwrights experience is to introduce students to live theatre. We are committed to improving arts accessibility, fostering community and developing diverse, aesthetically-aware new audiences for the future. Young Playwrights exposes our students to a variety of live performances throughout the year, including student matinees at local professional theaters and minifestivals within their own schools, as well as our Play Development Series productions. Thousands of students experienced these interactive productions, making the connection between the page and the stage.
“I couldn’t believe someone took the time and care to wrap their arms around my daughter’s play and really paid attention to what she wrote.” – Mother of an elementary school playwright
VOICES FROM ALUMNI Quiara Alegría Hudes, a 1993 alumna and current Board of Directors member, was recently awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her latest work Water by the Spoonful. Before that, she wrote the Tony-nominated book for the Broadway musical In the Heights and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 (Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue) and 2009 (In the Heights). She is living proof that when young people’s voices are treated and promoted seriously, they can reach great heights in whatever careers they pursue. Similarly, 1999 alum and former Young Playwrights staff member Genne Murphy saw her latest work Hope Street and Other Lonely Places premiered by Azuka Theatre Company. After graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Genne served as Office Administrator and then General Manager of Young Playwrights until 2011. Alumni success is not limited to the world of theatre. Kevin Robinson, a 2001 alumnus, began the MBA program at Dartmouth College in 2010 and currently serves on our Board of Directors. Kevin credits Young Playwrights with providing the tools necessary to succeed both on and off the stage. To learn more about our alumni, visit the Alumni page on our website: www.PhillyYoungPlaywrights.org VOICES FROM TEACHERS AND TEACHING ARTISTS Teaching Artist Dwight Wilkins, a recipient of the 2010 Adele Magner Memorial Award, said it best: “It excites me to see how the students learn to persevere by sticking with their plays for the course of an entire school year and finally submitting them to the festival in May. Sometimes the road is rocky – they get stuck, threaten to quit, start a number of different plays – but in the end, they learn the importance of finishing what they start. They learn not to give up.” Our teachers share similar sentiments about the transformative power of Young Playwrights on their students, as well as on their own teaching. Says William Penn Charter School teacher Ruth Aichenbaum, “Young Playwrights has helped me to value the strength and power of each student’s voice and more successfully teach to students’ multiple intelligences and various learning styles. It has helped me become an even more reflective practitioner, gain new perspectives about my teaching and students, and refine my teaching to teach more effectively and better meet the needs of my students.” VOICES FROM THE COMMUNITY Our impact reaches far beyond classroom walls and theater stages. Audiences, parents, friends and other community members are inspired by the young voices we help share with the wider public. Councilwoman-at-Large Blondell Reynolds Brown has said of Young Playwrights that “this City is privileged to have such a wonderful institution inspiring our young people to give their best.” 2010-2011 Student Evaluation Survey From classrooms surveyed, students said writing and revising their plays was some help or a great help in:
96% - Developing my ideas 95% - Organizing my ideas 96% - Helping me become more confident about writing 92% - Strengthening my self-confidence as a student 93% - Exploring others’ points of view 96% - Revising my work after thinking about how to improve it 92% - Communicating my ideas 85% - Helping me with other school assignments
AN EXCERPT FROM WE WRITE SOUTH PHILLY HIGH We write the milestone of our lives. We write a school that accepts everyone. No matter where they come from. We write together. We write a school filled with respect, joy and laughter. We write a school that has stubborn, yet artistic students that deep inside want to try. We write who we are and who we want to be. We write our pursuit of happiness. We write a school that takes pride. We write the future. We write a school that can go down in history. We write South Philly High!!!
FUNDRAISING AND EVENTS EXPANDING GIVING CIRCLES Individual Giving: In FY 08-09 the Board of Directors and staff launched the Producers’ Circle to secure “major gifts” (with emphasis on multi-year commitments) from individual contributors. These contributors are given the opportunity to meet students during special events throughout the year. Producers’ Circle renewal rates remain high in subsequent years and the Circle now boasts more than 35 members. Foundation and Corporate Contributions: Young Playwrights continues to be recognized as a leader in arts education – demonstrated by ongoing strategic investments from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Charitable Trusts, the Philadelphia Foundation, William Penn Foundation, Citizens Bank and Lincoln Financial Group, among others. As we continue to leverage corporate contributions through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program, we remain cautiously optimistic about a fairly steady level of corporate support, and we continue to seek new regional and national funders.
The photo above captures a scene from On the Way as presented at Write On! 2011. Written Lyn Huong Nguyen, the play about a Vietnamese family’s world disrupted by the Vietnam War was professionally produced in our 2011 Professional Productions. Events like Write On! generate funding to foster more young talent like Lyn.
“The open-mindedness and curiousness that playwriting requires help me to find multiple approaches to a problem and to constantly question why certain methods don’t work.” – Lyn Huong Nguyen, Winning Student Playwright of On the Way
Dr. Amy Hodgdon, Lyn Huong Nguyen, and Glen Knapp at Write On! 2011
SPECIAL EVENTS Our annual events – Write On! and the Philadelphia Young Playwrights Annual Golf Outing in Memory of Matthew Stuski – are continuing to raise valuable dollars and increase our exposure to new donors. Board and Producers’ Circle-centered special events, such as our special evening at Catering By Design, have proven to be a significant and successful element of our major gifts strategy, driving interest in our Producers’ Circle and introducing new donors to our program. At Write On! 2011, we presented the annual Adele Magner Memorial Award to a Student, Teacher and Teaching Artist team that exemplify the values of Young Playwrights, as well as our Civics Award to State Senator Vincent Hughes.
Winning team of the 2011 Adele Magner Memorial Award: Constitution High School teacher Kathleen Melville and student playwright Kris McCormick (center) between State Senator Vincent Hughes (left) and WPHL host Steve Highsmith (right), emcee for Write On! 2011
A team of golfers from the 2010 Fifth Annual Philadelphia Young Playwrights Golf Outing in Memory of Matthew Stuski. The Golf Outing is one of PYP’s most important fundraisers, and we look forward to continuing to honor Matthew’s legacy.
ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY AND GROWTH Young Playwrights is guided by a strong culture of planning and assessment, regularly engaging stakeholders from across constituencies in strategic planning, course adjustment and goals measurement.
2009-2012 Strategic Plan Goals Goal #1: Continue to build program excellence, assuring the highest quality playwriting and learning experience for Students, Teachers, and Teaching Artists, while exploring ways to grow Young Playwrights’ impact regionally. Goal #2: Develop and implement an aggressive brand alignment strategy that creates market distinction for Young Playwrights, increases overall visibility and familiarity with the brand, and delivers a consistent, clear and memorable branding passage and impact at every touch point of the Young Playwrights experience. Goal #3: Further build human, operational and financial resources in order to effectively sustain the organization’s present and future scope of activity to support goals Not-for-profit organizations, including Young Playwrights, continued to face challenging decisions this past year. Do we cut costs to match the feared contraction in resources or boldly fight against the trend and, in our case, continue the investment in our young people? Through steady leadership and investment from our donor community and careful financial planning, Young Playwrights expended its programming impact, invested in resource development and increased visibility. EXPANDING REGIONAL IMPACT The Classroom: We built our programs and sustained our services in the 2010-2011 school year, maintaining about 1,700 students in 61 classes in 31 schools. Expanding Services: We expanded programming and impacts by providing additional mission-related services beyond the Classic Program, including professional development in education and corporate settings. We also tailored more short-term and non-Classic programs to schools and other sites that may otherwise not be able to afford our programming. Teachers and Teaching Artists: We continued our investment in our most vital resources through our Teaching Artist Apprentice program to foster new talent in teaching artistry. We also expanded professional development opportunities for Teaching Artists and Teachers throughout the year. Page to Stage: We brought our students’ plays and monologues to more stages and growing audiences across the five county area through increased resources from a PNC Arts Alive grant, donations for accessible performances and multiple grant awards from the National Endowment for the Arts. We continued and expanded our Play Development Series partnerships, offering young artists the chance to work intensively with professional theater artists to deepen their playwriting skills and to participate in the public performances of their plays. All public presentations and performances were free for student audiences.
It’s really great that [PYP gives] young adults like me the chance to have their voices heard and to explore their talents. It has given me and many others the confidence to know that we have the ability to write so well and that our voices can and should be heard.” – High School Student Playwright
STRENGTHENING BRAND IDENTITY Media: Young Playwrights’ excellence has been recognized with local and national press coverage featuring our students and programs in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Generocity.com, KYW radio, BroadwayWorld.com, Philadelphia Metro, Philadelphia City Paper, Main Line Times, the blog Angry Asian Man and many other local outlets. We have continued use of FlipVideos to capture student, audience and alumni voices on film and to share them on our digital platforms. We are continuing to maximize and update our technological capacity to further spread our methods in visual and virtual mediums. Social Networking: As we place the center of learning with each student, so do we invite students to be active communicators and advocates. Many more students and community members are joining and utilizing our social networking sites, where students can network and workshop ideas with one another and share other creative opportunities. Organizational Recognition through Prestigious Leadership Awards: Young Playwrights is a grantee of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additionally, Executive Producing Director Glen Knapp was recognized as one of the top 76 Creative Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia. Teaching/Sharing Best Practices: Glen Knapp teaches Theater Management as a faculty member at the University of the Arts and Temple University. He and Dr. Amy Hodgdon continue to learn and share best practices in theatre education to regional and national gatherings. Brand Identity Overhaul: Continuing last year’s inquiries into how to effectively brand and use strong visuals to further our message, we have unveiled a new identity keeping with our organizational dynamism and youth-driven energy.
The credit for Young Playwrights’ enduring success must reside with our students, past, present and future. They consistently amaze us with the quality of their playwriting and vision, and their effects on the world through the messages in their plays. With their voices, dedication and talents they are helping Young Playwrights to become known as one of the best theatre education programs in the country, and to more broadly disseminate our staunch belief that every student has something to say worth hearing.
AN EXCERPT FROM “AFTER” BY TATIANA WILLIAMS Philadelphia High School for Girls, Grade 11 Performed in the Young Voices Monologue Festival “I had dreams and goals, unlike the other boys my age. I always imagined being the principal of a law firm. I didn’t need to be down here with this mess. As I was telling my man that I was about to be out, the cops interrupted me and asked for ID. I knew I should have left, but didn’t know it was going to end up like this. The cops repeated, “May we see your ID, young man?” As I reached in my pocket to get my ID the cop starts to yell “He has a gun!” They put me on the ground so fast my wallet fell out of my hand. Next thing I knew I was in the back of the cop car, exactly where I did not want to end up. The whole car ride I was thinking, what am I going to do? I had to be better than my father. He went to jail when he was my age. He always told me to be better than him. Not to get caught up in this dumb mess. I was lucky that night. They didn’t fingerprint or get mug shots because I had no record. When I got to 11th and South that night, I knew there was going to be drama. But I was trying not to leave and look like a punk so I stayed. (To friend) “You told me you had my back, but you was nowhere to be found when they had me in the back of a cop car. You was only worried about yourself, man. I know I asked to be down with your crew, but this is not for me. I was trying to fit in, when fitting in almost took my life from me.”
FINANCIAL NOTES 2010-2011 Young Playwrights sustained strong financial health in FY10-11 and experienced overall budget growth of 2% despite the continuing challenges of the economy. Revenue successes continued in Foundation, Government and Individual giving, while we were challenged to grow Corporate investments and Earned Income from our school districts. Our revenue portfolio continues to include strong regional and national sources including The National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Charitable Trusts, the Philadelphia Foundation, William Penn Foundation, Lincoln Financial Group and Target. Young Playwrights recorded unprecedented growth of 64% in major giving in this third year of our Producers’ Circle major gifts initiative. With the Producers’ Circle successfully growing, we turned renewed focus to our smaller individual givers. With increased outreach, we were able to increase individual giving by 29% - in part thanks to a challenge grant from the Independence Foundation. Our annual special events – Write On! and the Annual Golf Outing in Memory of Matthew Stuski – continue to raise essential dollars and increase Young Playwrights exposure to new donors. Earned Income remains critical to balance the vulnerability of contributed income. Two streams continue to be adversely affected by the economy. Most school districts have not, and are not likely to in the near future, been able to sustain payment of the program fees they have made in the past; although we have expanded our outreach and aggressively sought other support for individual schools by planning for an “adopt a classroom” campaign. Diversifying earned contract revenue (programming outside of our classroom based workshops) has been difficult given that traditional sources have been school districts and corporations. Positively, we implemented a sliding scale tuition for our summer Advanced Playwriting Workshop and in FY10-11 generated $2,000 in new revenue. External threats continue to include the lagging economy and the dire state of urban school district budgets. Internally, our focus is on connecting individual donors to board and staff members to increase stewardship and grow this base essential to sustainability.
Program General & Administrative Development
Individual Corporate Government
2011-2012 YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS CAST AND CREW Board of Directors
Nancy Stuski, Chair# Joseph Conners, President# James A. Geier, Vice President# Debra A. Kahn, Vice President# Brian P. Kirby, Vice President# E. Matthew Steinberg, Treasurer*# A. Taylor Williams, Secretary# Honorable Blondell Reynolds Brown, ex-officio Joellen Brown# Marc Goodman# Shelly Goodman# Karen Y. Greene# Samuel Hirsch# Bernard Hirsh# Quiara Alegría Hudes* Piper Kelly# Alan Magner# Aron Magner# Lori Odum Michael E. Plunkett Kevin Robinson* Antonio Williams
Harvey and Virginia Kimmel, Founders Maureen and Michael Acker Eileen Baird Nancy and Jim Baxter Jolley Bruce Christman Michelle Conners Kenneth and Catherine Dow Helen and Leonard Evelev Jana Magner and Sam Fuchs Linda Galante Sonia Geier Linda and David Glickstein Carole Haas and Emilio Gravagno Cal Greene Lesley Hirsh Sandy Jacobs Judy Adamson and Fred Jackes Jim Kahn Chuck Kelly Mona Kirby Jeff Boyer and Glen Knapp Elizabeth Krones Pat Lane Carol Magner Nancy Posel Carol Saline and Paul Rathblott Dolly Beechman and Nathan Schnall Susan Sherman Rachel Steinberg Kevin Stuski Leslie Kase and Andrew Swinney John Wright June and Steve Wolfson Diane Dalto and Richard Woosnam
Glen Knapp, Executive Producing Director glen@PhillyYoungPlaywrights.org Amy Hodgdon, Director of Education and Programs amy@PhillyYoungPlaywrights.org Sheila Egan, General and Program Manager sheila@PhillyYoungPlaywrights.org Judy Adamson, Finance Director and Development Manager judy@PhillyYoungPlaywrights.org Mindy A. Early, Associate Director of Education and Programs mindy@PhillyYoungPlaywrights.org Lindsay Mauck, Resource Development Associate lindsay@PhillyYoungPlaywrights.org Sameer Rao, Marketing and Communications Coordinator sameer@PhillyYoungPlaywrights.org Foster Longo, Office Administrator foster@PhillyYoungPlaywrights.org Rafael Dueño, Resource Development Assistant rafael@PhillyYoungPlaywrights.org Yuan Liu, Marketing and Web Consultant yuan@PhillyYoungPlaywrights.org David O’Connor, Resident Director david@PhillyYoungPlaywrights.org
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Young Playwrights honors the memory of long-time Board member Nessa R. Forman.
Teaching Artist Apprentices: Janine Merolla and Nathan Wainstein* Interns: Charlotte Dow, Donnell Powell, Joshua Lynch*, Jana Henry, Jennifer Schumann, Katie Phillips *Program Alum #Producers’ Circle Photo credits: Jeff Beers, Yuan Liu, Paola Nogueras
Philadelphia Young Playwrights thanks each of our Annual Campaign individual donors and special events participants, as well as the following institutional funders for their generous support: Anonymous, ArtsRising, Barra Foundation, Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, Beneficial Bank, Beneficial Bank Foundation, Louis N. Cassett Foundation, CHG Charitable Trust, Citizens Bank, Charlotte Cushman Foundation, Ernst & Young LLP, ExxonMobil, Samuel S. Fels Fund, Franklin Mint Credit Union, Elsie Lee Garthwaite Memorial Foundation, Hamilton Family Foundation, Independence Foundation, Kimmel Arts Education Fund, Lincoln Financial Group Foundation, Loeb Performing Arts Fund, Christopher Ludwick Foundation, Walter J. Miller Trust, Leo Model Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, PECO/An Exelon Company, William Penn Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, PEW Center for Arts and Heritage, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Philadelphia Cultural Fund/ Arts for Youth, Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Project of the Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, Philadelphia Foundation, Philly Fellows, PNC/Financial Services Group, Suzanne F. Roberts Cultural Development Fund, Rosenlund Family Foundation, Caroline J. S. Sanders Trust, No. II, Lawrence Saunders Fund, Seybert Institution, Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Memorial Fund, State Farm, Target Corporation, Union Benevolent Association, Verizon, Verizon Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation
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Published on Jun 12, 2012
The Annual Report details Philadelphia Young Playwrights' programming, events and institutional development during the 2011 fiscal year.