Staff

Glen Knapp, Executive Producing Director

Glen Knapp is executive producing director of Philadelphia Young Playwrights, celebrating twenty-four years of tapping the potential of youth and inspiring learning through playwriting. He is a senior lecturer in theater management at University of the Arts, board member of Mauckingbird Theatre Company, board member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, two-term board chair of the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, and advisory board member for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Philadelphia Program. Glen’s career in theater, arts administration and education spans twenty-five years. Prior to moving to Philadelphia from... Expand

Mindy A. Early, Director for Education and Program Services

Mindy A. Early has a B.A. in Drama from Washington College in Maryland, and she did her graduate work in Theatre at Miami University of Ohio with a concentration in Directing. Formerly the Resident Teaching Artist and Education Associate at Philadelphia Theatre Company, during her six-year tenure there she taught over 500 workshops at nearly 40 schools. Additionally, Mindy is a director and playwright. From 2004 – 2009, she was the Artistic Director of the Cardboard Box Collaborative (CBC), a company devoted to producing emerging playwrights. While at CBC her plays Profiling, Now Serving, and “says Eugenia” (a... Expand

Lindsay Mauck, Development and Communications Manager

Lindsay Mauck is a graduate of Temple University with a B.M. in Music Education. Now in her fourth year at Young Playwrights, she manages all Development, Communications, and Special Events for the organization. In 2008, Lindsay co-founded and currently serves as Managing Director for Philadelphia’s Mauckingbird Theatre Company which, now in their fifth season, is committed to producing professional gay-themed theater. She also spent time as Assistant to the Producer and Company Manager at Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon, MO.  As a performer, Lindsay has been seen in many regional theaters including Act II... Expand

Judy Adamson, Finance Director

Judy Adamson has worked with Philadelphia Young Playwrights since 1999 helping to guide and develop the financial systems for the transition from a founder driven organization through the rapid growth of the last 10 years. She also assists with development management and other administrative functions. She has over 35 years experience in business and non-profit administrative management. She also works as a financial consultant with a range of non-profit organizations, including Research for Action, Women’s Medical Fund, and the Community Education Center. Expand

David O'Connor, Resident Director

David O’Connor has been a teaching artist and director with Philadelphia Young Playwrights since 2004. David came to Philadelphia to pursue his MFA in Directing from Temple University, and now calls Philadelphia home. David has directed for the Arden, PlayPenn, Hedgerow, the Philadelphia Fringe and the Lantern, where he was nominated for a Barrymore and named Philadelphia Weekly’s Director of the Year for his production of “Master Harold”…and the boys. He is also a lighting, sound and projection designer, as well as an adjunct faculty member of both Temple University and University of Pennsylvania. David is husband to theatre... Expand

Clare Hughes, Operations Manager

Clare Hughes holds a Masters in Arts Administration at Drexel University and a BA in Theater from DeSales University. She serves as the Secretary of the Lansdowne Arts Board, which seeks to promote Lansdowne as an arts destination through advising the local government, hosting and supporting arts events, and developing a new artist residency program. Clare also serves on the Celebration Theater steering committee as programming and artistic staff. Expand

Mitchell Bloom, Development and Communications Associate

Mitchell Bloom graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in English and minors in History and French. He is currently pursuing an M.A. Theatre at Villanova University where he is the first year Acting Scholar. Additionally, Mitchell is the Director of Development for Mauckingbird Theatre Company. Before joining Young Playwrights as the Development and Communications Associate, Mitchell served as a reader on the 2012 and 2013 Literary Committees for the Annual Playwriting Festival and as an actor at Saturday Playwriting Retreats. Expand

Donnell Powell, Executive Producing Associate

Donnell Powell graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media with a minor in Art.  He considers himself a conceptual and mixed media artist, who intertwines different mediums such as painting, photography, sculpture, and digital media. Through his art, Donnell focuses on social themes such as diversity and oppression, classicism, and the notion of informal versus formal. Donnell’s work has been featured at several galleries in the Philadelphia region including the Top Hat Gallery, The Dr. Ross Beitzel Art Gallery, and Philadelphia City Hall. He was introduced to Young... Expand

Jay Gilman, Associate Director for Education and Program Services

Jay Gilman has been fortunate to develop and produce original work with artists ages 8 to 80+. Previous positions include those with the Maryland Young Playwrights Festival at Center Stage, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, The Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, and as a freelance director and sound designer, primarily for premieres and contemporary plays, and Theater for Young Audiences.Jay is currently pursuing his M.S. in Non Profit Leadership, Management, & Social Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). He has trained as an assistant director and observer at LORT theatres; held fellowships at Center Stage and the... Expand

Janine Merolla, Education Programs Coordinator

Janine Merolla received her BA in Theatre from Bucknell University and her MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Once she moved to Philadelphia, she began her work as a teaching artist apprentice with Philadelphia Young Playwrights. Since then, she has worked with Theatre Horizon, Music Training Center, First Person Arts and Walnut St. Theatre. Through these theatre companies she has worked in many elementary and middle schools within and surrounding Philadelphia. Janine also teaches ballroom dance through the organization Dancing with the Students.  Janine is an actor and director who has worked with Paramount Theatre (in... Expand

Aimé Donna Kelly, Resident Teaching Artist

Aimé Donna Kelly is a Teaching Artist, Actor and Playwright based in Philadelphia. Recent Productions: The North Plan with Theatre Exile, This is the week that is with 1812 Productions and Time Machine with Philadelphia Young Playwrights at the PIFA Festival and many more. Her primary focus is “writing with your actor brain”, or writing on your feet, by working through basic actor techniques which catalyze discoveries which can be funneled onto the page. She holds a BFA in Acting from the University of the Arts.  Expand

Jasmine Hammond, Teaching Artist Apprentice

Jasmine Hammond is a teaching artist, director, choreographer, and actress originally from Virginia. While there, she worked mainly in devised and musical theatre, where she created, directed, and choreographed shows with students ages four and up. After graduating with a BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University, Jasmine immediately moved to Philadelphia to join the Walnut Street Theatre’s Dorothy Haas Acting Apprenticeship, and has been teaching and performing in Philly ever since! Recent projects include assistant directing and teaching at Camp Walnut, performing as Fiber in Nick Nutrition and His Wonder Dog Fiber... Expand

Maryruth (MR) Stine, Resident Teaching Artist

Maryruth (MR) Stine is a performer and educator raised in Baltimore and Elmwood, West Virginia. MR’s principal focus is community-driven projects which combine elements of commedia dell’arte, puppetry, and mask to strike a balance of silly stories and social critique. Since moving to Philadelphia, MR has been onstage with the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, EgoPo Classic Theatre, the IRC, Hedgerow Theatre, and Little Fish Theatre, and in the classroom with Theatre Horizon, the Mantua Theatre Project, WolfPAC, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights. Expand

Sarah Stearns, Teaching Artist Apprentice

Sarah Stearns is a teaching artist and actor living in South Philadelphia. Originally from Boston, Sarah studied theater and Spanish at Temple University, where she recently earned her BA. In addition to her apprenticeship at Young Playwrights, Sarah serves as the program director of the North Philly Youth Advisory Council at the Tyler School of Art, where she mentors high school students in creating community arts programming. As an artist, Sarah focuses on movement-based theater and devising, and has worked as an actor with Found Theater Company, Rainy Day Players and Simpatico Theater Project. Sarah has also studied at the Headlong... Expand

Steve Gravelle, Resident Teaching Artist

Steve Gravelle is a teaching artist, director and playwright based in Philadelphia. He teaches in residence for Philly Young Playwrights, Arden Theatre, Enchantment Theatre, and Theatre Horizon, and he runs the Drama Program at Greenfield Elementary School. He was the co-creator of 2014’s SoLow Festival hit ​​sweating/sleeping. Originally from New Hampshire, Steve has called Philadelphia home since 2006. A proud graduate of Keene State College with bachelor’s degrees in Theatre and English, as well as the Arden Professional Apprentice program. Expand