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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 (she/her)
President and Co-Founder

Christine Petrini is a performer/writer/teaching artist/arts administrator in the Philadelphia region.  She has an MA theatre and a certificate in nonprofit management from Villanova University.  She studied musical theatre at The Catholic University of America and earned her BA in communications and theatre from Temple University.  Christine writes and performs interactive music theater for kids with the Big Idea Committee.  She sings for cabarets and special events and has appeared on stage in her one-woman musical, I Can Dress Myself (2016 DNC, Villanova Theatre, Ritz Theatre), as a vocalist at Tokyo Disney Resort.  As a theatre teaching artist and children’s musician, Christine is committed to promoting the value of arts education. She is the Program Director for Lyceum Studio for the Performing Arts, a theatre arts education program in her hometown of Burlington, NJ.  Also, she teaches and directs for West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts.  Christine is a proud arts advocate with a particular commitment to women+ artists, parent artists and youth.  As Co-Founder and Managing Director of Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival, Christine is committed to creating opportunities for women+ in theatre as storytellers and valued creative thinkers.  She has a great love for collaboration, theatre-making and arts for social change.

Polly Edelstein (she/her)
Vice-President and Co-Founder

Polly Rose Edelstein has been living and working in the Philadelphia region for the past five years. She works as a freelance theater director, teaching artist, and administrator and currently resides in West Philadelphia. Polly received her BFA in Theatre Arts from Stephens College for Women in Columbia, MO. She is also a graduate of the Masters of Arts in Theatre with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management program at Villanova University where she worked as a graduate assistant for two years. She has been a featured speaker at Villanova’s TEDx event (Theatre Beyond Theater), the Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium, and the Villanova Showcase. Other organizations Polly has worked with include: Columbia Gorge Repertory Theatre, InterAct Theatre Company, Steel River Playhouse, Theatre Horizon, the Darlington Arts Center, East Coast Recording, International Ballet Classique, Old Academy Players, The Pub Theater and Crack the Glass Theatre Company.


Alyssandra Dougherty (she/her)

Alyssandra Dougherty is a Philadelphia-based lighting designer originally from Vernon, NJ. After graduating from DeSales University, she continued her training as an apprentice at Goodspeed Musicals in the 2010 season.  She went on to spend five seasons as the Lighting Supervisor at Philadelphia Theatre Company.  Aly has toured internationally with Koresh Dance Company and BalletX to stages in Belarus, Mexico, Bermuda, Serbia, Italy, and all across the USA. Recent credits include: Noises Off, Man of La Mancha, Plaid Tidings (Delaware Theatre Company), Here You Come Again (Goodspeed Musicals, Studio Tenn, Pittsburgh CLO, Delaware Theatre Company), The Play That Goes Wrong (1812 Productions), Carmen Suite (Philadelphia Orchestra with Brian Sanders’ JUNK), Winter Series at The Wilma (BalletX), The 39 Steps (Virginia Stage Company).  She has also designed for Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Hattiloo Theatre, and Florida Repertory Theatre, among others.  Her designs have been recognized with Barrymore and Ostrander Award nominations in Philadelphia and Memphis respectively.


Adrena Williams (she/her)


Adrena Williams is a freelance dramaturg and theatre maker based in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in English Language and Literature from Temple University in 2016, Adrena went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Theatre at Villanova University in 2019. Her regional production history includes collaborations with Hedgerow Theatre, Simpatico Theatre Co., Inis Nua Theatre Co., Drexel University, and Villanova University. Adrena is also involved in new play development, evaluating submissions for the Kitchen Dog New Works Festival, the MITTEN Lab, and the Bay Area Playwrights Foundation, among others, and serving as a festival dramaturg for the BAPF virtual festival in 2021. She is currently engaged as the coordinator/producer for Inis Nua’s staged reading series.

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