Brind School, Philadelphia Young Playwrights and Kimmel Center Present 'Time Machine' at PIFA

Ambitious theater collaboration features UArts students, alumna April 24 – 26 during Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

April 15, 2013

The Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts has partnered with Philadelphia Young Playwrights (PYP) and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts to present "Time Machine," an original work developed over the past semester at UArts.

This ambitious project will have its world premiere during the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) April 24 – 26 in the Kimmel Center Innovation Studio (300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia). Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at PIFA.org or by calling 215-546-PIFA (7432).

"Time Machine" was developed in the Brind School's new "Approaches to Multi-Generational Theater-Making" class, where UArts students worked with area high school students and professional theater artists throughout the semester. The class is taught by Senior Lecturer Glen Knapp, who is also executive producing director at PYP, and Master Lecturer David Bradley, who directs the production.

Participating UArts students include Steven Albitz '13 (Acting), Cheyenne Barboza '13 (Directing, Playwriting & Production), Molly Barron '14 (Directing, Playwriting & Production), Christiane Boren '16 (Directing, Playwriting & Production), Joshua Campbell '14 (Directing, Playwriting & Production), David Hutchison '13 (Acting), Ainye Johnson '13 (Acting), Tess Kunik '13 (Acting), exchange student Jiwon Lee (Directing, Playwriting & Production), Amy Martin '14 (Theater Design & Technology), Anthony Martinez-Briggs '13 (Acting), Theresa Mittelman '16 (Directing, Playwriting & Production), Rachel Sampley '14 (Theater Design & Technology), Katherine Shelly '16 (Directing, Playwriting & Production), Katrina Shobe '16 (Directing, Playwriting & Production) and Aria Velz '14 (Directing, Playwriting & Production).

Brind School alumna Aimé Kelly BFA '09 (Acting) serves as a teaching artist and performer.

PIFA is a month-long, city-wide arts festival produced by the Kimmel Center that celebrates innovation, collaboration and creativity with over 50 arts and cultural organizations presenting multidisciplinary artistic interpretations of new works, classical performances and exhibits. The 2013 thematic focus, "If You Had a Time Machine…," takes audiences on a journey through time to experience the convergence of art, culture and history in artistic interpretations of great defining moments that continue to influence society today.

Above: Pictured during class are (l-r) faculty member David Bradley, director, "Time Machine"; Abigail Adams, artistic director, People's Light & Theatre Company; UArts student Rachel Sampley ’14 (Theater Design & Technology), lighting designer, "Time Machine"; and UArts students Amy Martin '14 (Theater Design & Technology), Theresa (Terry) Mittelman '16 (Directing, Playwriting & Production) and Ainye Johnson '13 (Acting).

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