PWTF is growing tremendously both programmatically and organizationally. We are seeking folx interested in committee work, strategic planning, volunteering and shaping a vision of future sustainability. We are restructuring our requirements to positions on our board to remove any potential barriers, and are giving priority consideration to BIPOC candidates. Fill out the application below to be considered.


Christine Petrini, President

Polly Edelstein, Vice President

Ginger Agnew (she/her)


Ginger Agnew, M.Ed. is a director, teaching artist, writer, actress, photographer, Barrymore Nominator, Philadelphia Independence Awards Adjudicator, Guide Educator for Historic Germantown, and reviewer whose involvement in many aspects of theater goes back to the 1970’s. Ginger's recent performances include: Bernice/Charlotte Cushman/Minnie Madden Fiske in Leading Ladies with Pulley  Buttonhole, Suddenly in NYC as a part of the 2019 Opioid Project with Elephant Room Productions. In 1998 Ginger founded OFF Book Productions as director, theater educator, and producer of original plays. Ginger’s theater education work extends to private coaching, head-shot photography, and numerous youth programs in the Philadelphia area. Ginger is Committee Chair for Play Reading/Play Selection.  Ginger appears in Philadelphia The Great Experiment on ABC, has done a variety of short films, and is one of the many local extras in Creed 2.

Colleen Coffey (she/her)


Colleen Coffey is the Manager of Executive & Donor Relations at the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus. In 2010, she graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor’s in Screenwriting & Playwriting.  Following, she moved to Scotland to study at the University of Glasgow and graduated with a Masters’ in Dramaturgy & Playwriting. Her works have been performed in both Philadelphia and Scotland on numerous occasions.

Shannon Agnew (she/her)

Shannon Agnew is a freelance director and theatrical artist proudly working with industry professionals and students to create creatively affirming, socially responsible, and innovative theatrical experiences. She currently serves as an Artistic Associate for The Millbrook Playhouse, and as the Director of Children's Theatre for The Ocean City Theatre Company, a member of Liberate Artists, and now proudly joins the board for the Philadelphia Women's Theater Festival! She can be seen onstage and off stage as a director, performer, writer, and teaching artist. Favorite directing credits: Mama Mia, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, XANADU, The Marvelous Wonderettes,  Annie, Barefoot in the Park, Menken's A Christmas Carol, Ellis Island: Gateway to a Dream, 8 Track: Sounds of the 70's, Junie B. Jones. Favorite roles include: Narrator, Every Brilliant Thing; Ursula, The Little Mermaid; Yente, Fiddler on The Roof; Myrtle Mae Simmons, Harvey featuring Elinor Donahue; Betty Jean, The Marvelous Wonderettes; Judith, Boeing Boeing; Mud Donahue; My Vaudeville Man (regional premiere); Liza/Barbra/Ethel, Forbidden Broadway; Charlotte, I Am My Own Wife.

Lauren Fanslau (she/her)

Lauren Fanslau currently works as the Assistant Director of the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts and is the Chair of the Events Committee on UArts Staff Council. She formerly served as PWTF's Director of Education and as Theatrical Trainer's Head of Choreography and Dance Pedagogy. A graduate of Villanova University’s Graduate Theatre Program, Lauren wrote and performed her solo piece, ReCalculating, during the 2014 Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium, as her final thesis for her graduate degree, and also performed the piece for PWTF's 2016 Festival Week. During PWTF's inaugural festival, Lauren performed in Wingspan by Arden Kass alongside longtime collaborator, Shannon Dooling-Cain, directed by Brenna Geffers. In 2013, Lauren worked at the Abbey Theatre (Ireland’s National Theatre) in Dublin through a grant provided by the Villanova-Abbey Theatre Exchange and shared her experiences during her TEDx Talk, "Theatre Beyond Theater" in November 2013. She also had the opportunity to serve as Production Coordinator for the Abbey's US tour of Me, Mollser as a part of their 'Priming the Canon Series' for Young Audiences in 2016. Lauren received her B.A. in Theatre / Education from DeSales University in Center Valley and her M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University. 

Molly O'Connor (she/her)

Molly O'Connor is an instructor and PhD Candidate in education at Rutgers University. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Molly did program management, external relations, fundraising, and marketing for various non-profits. She holds MAs in Education from Rutgers University and in International Affairs from American University, as well as a BA in Politics from the University of Dallas, where she worked for the university's drama department, took acting and film studies courses, acted in shows, and served in many off-stage production roles. Her theatre career began at  four years old on stage and continues today through her time and talent support of Philadelphia arts organizations.



Ripples in the Pond Productions, Parent Artists Advocacy League (PAAL), Beacon Theatre Productions, Arden Theatre Company, Jouska PlayWorks, Tribe 12

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The Philadelphia Women's Festival is inclusive of all woman/femme-identifying and gender fluid, as well as trans/queer artists who may not identify with term "women"

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Philadelphia Women's Theatre Company is honored to be a Philadelphia Cultural Fund 2020 Art & Culture Grantee. This grant allows us to further our creative work for the good of our community and for all Philadelphians. We extend our deepest thanks.