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2023 Winner

Betty Smithsonian (she/her), Best of Philly Up and Coming Comedian 2019. She is a comic, creator, performer, entertainer and award winning goof. She can be found telling jokes, parading in the streets, confidently speaking on topics she barely understands, and creating stages and spaces for lots of people all over the land. She was once named in the New York Times as a ‘freelance clown.’ She’s on stage regularly at Punchline and throughout the Philadelphia area. She can host your fundraiser, corporate event and/or seder. Her comedy has been described as high energy, life changing, authentic. She is the Co-founder of Free Fringe Philly, a cast member on The N Crowd, and an award winning short form improv comedy.


The story Changers Award is an annual award honoring an outstanding woman/femme/trans/non-binary leader or leaders who exemplifies the mission, vision and values of Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival (PWTF) through their words, actions and contributions to the Philadelphia Theatre community and beyond. 

It is our goal to honor women exhibiting “who we wish to be when we grow up” (no matter how old or experienced we become ourselves). We strive to be leaders and initiators who create opportunities for women, giving a voice to their stories and providing a community that celebrates the creativity of women and their contributions to the larger society.

Winners of the Story Changers award posses these qualities: Leadership, Inspiration, Mentorship, Creativity, Achievement, Support, Partnership, Ingenuity & Passion

Previous Winners

Artistic Honorees - For outstanding leadership and empowering women in the arts in Philadelphia

Social Justice Honorees - For outstanding community leadership and for empowering women to change the story in the city of Philadelphia

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