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 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, Office Manager

Clare 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. While at Temple, Donnell dedicated his time to exploring his artistic styles. 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... Expand

Jay Gilman, Education and Programs Associate

Prior to joining Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Jay Gilman served as a director, producer, and coordinator for the Maryland Young Playwrights Festival and their Young Playwrights Festival Tour. Additionally, he held positions as a director, assistant director, and sound designer at numerous theatres in the Baltimore/Washington area. Administratively, Jay has served as the Young Actors Academy Director at Spotlighters Theatre, ushering the program through a period of substantial growth and expanded partnerships. He has held fellowships at Baltimore’s Center Stage and the University of Baltimore’s School of Business Social Entrepreneurship... 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

Kate McGrath, Resident Teaching Artist

Kate McGrath is a playwright, dramaturg, teaching artist and two-time recipient of the Philadelphia Young Playwrights Adele Magner Memorial Award. Additional teaching credits: Walking Fish Theatre, ArtSpace Lansdowne, The Shipley School, Pennsylvania Performing Arts Academy, Wolf Performing Arts Center. Her plays have been produced in NY, Boston, NC, Philly, and internationally. Previously, she served as the Philadelphia Dramatists Center @ IronAge Theatre Playwright in Residence. Her work has been published by YouthPlays.com.  Dramaturgy includes work with Philadelphia Theatre Workshop and InterAct Theatre, as well as... Expand

Julie Anne Evans, Teaching Artist Apprentice

Julie Anne Evans is a teaching artist and director interested in arts integrated education, inclusive theatre, and Sensory Friendly programming. She has previously worked as a teaching artist for Pittsburgh Public Schools and the University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, she received a BA in Theatre Arts and a certificate in Children’s Literature. Julie Anne is a member of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) USA and the Association of American Theater Educators (AATE). Expand

Anthony Martinez-Briggs, Teaching Artist Apprentice

Anthony Martinez-Briggs is a teaching artist, administrator of collaborative projects and multidisciplinarian, focused in: creative writing, acting, vocal performance, design and directing. He received his BFA in Acting with a minor in Creative Writing from UArts in May and is ready to pay it forward to his community. His major ongoing focus has been his band ILLDOOTS (www.illdoots.com), who this summer concluded their second tour. Recent production credits include “Rap Clowns” an original devised performance piece with HazMat Theater Company, Uncle Tom’s Cabin as an actor with EgoPo Classic Theater and Time Machine: The... Expand