Book a Dramaturg
Your PDC membership entitles you to one FREE hour’s discussion with the dramaturg of your choice. Following that hour, you can continue to work with your chosen dramaturg for just $35 an hour. Quite a bargain!
Email [email protected] to book.
Linnea Jean Bond ([email protected])
Linnea came to Philadelphia from Ohio, where she got her MFA in Acting with an emphasis on New Works and Devising. She has written several plays alone and in collaboration that have been produced at Ohio State and the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. She also directs and acts in new works. As a dramaturg, her focus is on asking questions to help the playwright shape their vision and reflecting the perspective of the actor and director in interpreting what is on the page.
Areas of interest: Scholarly research and historic background, Realism, Nonrealism, Family, Apocalypse, LGBTQIA
William Burrison ([email protected])
Bill has been part of the PDC for just about forever. He has been a playwright even longer, and throughout the years has helped plenty of playwrights improve their work. Bill especially enjoys helping writers match and/or juxtapose several of their short works to create a full evening of theatre. He’s done it himself with “Cape May Trilogy,” which was performed by Cape May Stage, and “Kafkaesque,” which was produced by The Independent Eye in Lancaster Pa. He’s worked with the Wilma Theatre, Theater Center of Philadelphia, Big Small Theater and Nighthawk Theater to adapt the works of Camus, Kafka, Calvino and Buchner.
Areas of Interest: Historical Dramas, Adaptation of Classics, Immigrant Perspectives, and he particularly enjoys helping writers with problem scenes.
Kate McGrath ([email protected])
Kate has served as a dramaturg with: Philadelphia Theatre Workshop, Women’s Ensemble, American Music Theatre Festival, Villanova Theatre. She has served as a literary manager (PlayWorks), PDC board member, and is a published (YouthPLAYS.com) and award-winning playwright: Best Play of NC (Seafood), National Women’s Theatre/ Painted Bride (This is my Place), Lovecreek Festival, Edmonton Fringe, and Philadelphia Ethical Society winner (November Women), Phila. Fringe PDC/City Paper project (What Wanda Wants). Her play Up from the Ashes was developed and produced when Kate was the Iron Age Theatre/PDC Playwright in Residence. Kate has worked for 28 years as a dramaturg and teaching artist with Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and has taught playwriting workshops throughout the region to youth and adults. Kate holds a Masters in Theatre from Villanova University.
Areas of interest: I enjoy working with playwrights of all stripes, in particular women’s issues, historical, memoir, performance art, plays with music, monologue/solo performance, interdisciplinary, one-acts.
Raluca Elena Urea ([email protected])
Raluca is a Romanian-born performer, director, and teacher who has created work in Romania, Austria, Germany, and the US. Since 2017 she has lived in Philadelphia, where she is training with Pig Iron Theatre School. After graduating with a BA in Acting in Bucharest, Raluca performed in independent theatre plays, in unconventional spaces, and as a member of a physical theatre company, then trained as a stunt woman for film productions. She obtained an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy and moved to Germany where she taught acting and directing for film. In Stuttgart she produced, performed and directed her first plays in English, which dealt with social and historical issues: the Second World War in Germany and the refugee crisis in Europe in 2015.
Areas of interest: a passionate and avid practitioner of all kinds of theatre, Raluca is keen to read plays that stem from a devising process, that deal with social, historical and political change, the mysteries of human relationships, and how borders and immigration influence the lives of millions worldwide.
Shelli Pentimall Bookler ([email protected])
Shelli has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Playwriting from Temple University, a Master of Arts degree in Theatre Arts from Eastern Michigan University and studied Directing at The Actor’s Studio at New School University in New York City. Several of her original plays have been produced, from her full length play Addicted, based on narratives of young adults recovering from drug addiction, to her one act play Honeydew, where a stripper finds out she has breast cancer and must redefine her self-worth. She wrote the book and lyrics to Snyder v. Phelps, the Musical, based on the controversial Supreme Court case against the Westboro Baptist Church, which premiered at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She has been awarded grants from The Puffin Foundation, the Fellowship of Merit from Eastern Michigan University and was a finalist for the Belwether Award, for developing a collaborative acting project. She was a winner of the New American Voices Playwriting Series by Landing Theatre Company in Houston, Texas, and a finalist in the 2018 Midwest Dramatist Center Conference in Kansas City, Kansas. She is a member of the Witherspoon Circle, a playwriting group based out of Princeton, New Jersey, and proud member of the Dramatist Guild. She is also an actor, director and choreographer in the Philadelphia theatre community.
Areas of Interest: Most of her plays are based in voicing the voiceless and reflect current social issues. She values theatricality, realism, vulnerability and edginess in her scripts and tries to spark dialogue and introspection once the play ends.