STAFF

Polly Edelstein (she/her)

Artistic Director

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.

Christine Petrini (she/her)

Managing Director

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.

Anne Goodman (she/her)

Development Director

Anne Goodman founded the Statera Mentorship Philadelphia chapter for women and non-binary people in the arts. Anne has been working in various administrative roles in the theater for the past 15 years, including Development Director at the Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival (Philadelphia, PA), Development Associate at Two River Theater (Red Bank, NJ), Marketing Manager at Southern Utah University (Cedar City, UT), Assistant Stage Manager at Long Wharf Theater (New Haven, CT), Stage Manager at Brevard Music Center (Brevard, NC), Assistant Stage Manager/Company Manager at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (Center Valley, PA), Production/Company Manager at the Neil Simon Festival (Cedar City, UT), and Production Manager at the Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival (Philadelphia, PA). Anne received her MFA in Arts Administration from Southern Utah University in 2010 and her BA in Theater Design/Technology from DeSales University in 2006.

Kristin Curley (she/her)

Marketing Manager

Kristin Curley is a Philadelphia-based Arts Administrator, PR & Marketing Manager, Dramaturg, Director and Teaching Artist, currently working as a Media Relations Associate at Villanova University and head of Marketing for the Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival. She earned a B.A of Theatre & English at Lafayette College in 2016, and M.A in Theatre with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management at Villanova University in 2019. She is also a Freelance Photographer and Graphic Designer.

www.kristincurley.com

Emily Cross (she/her)

Managing Assistant

Emily Cross is a Philadelphia based arts administrator and technical theater artist. She got bit by the theatre bug at a young age, performing and eventually teching with Methacton Community Theater in Collegeville, PA. She graduated from Temple University in 2016 with a degree in film & media arts, and currently works as an administrative assistant for the tech department of the School District of Springfield Township in Montgomery County. She also enjoys working as a tech director for the theatre program at St Hubert Catholic High School for Girls, encouraging young women to become interested in the technical aspects of theatre.

PARTNERS

 

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.