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Philadelphia Fringe 2021.

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We're Here Because You Are

What happens when you mash up a theatrical production, a gallery, and a choose-your-own-adventure story? We're Here Because You Are was developed for the 2020 Philadelphia Fringe as a virtual production because of Covid 19. Audience choose their path through a custom-built website by selecting artwork or following actor prompts

The gallery was curated using a telephone-style game where artists were sent work from previous artists, and made images, sculptures, prompts, or written work based on what they received. Actors created monologues also through this process. Overall we had about 30 to 40 participants from 5 different countries and 10 different states

The Illustrated Woman

Produced in the 2019 Fringe Festival through the University of the Arts,  Vertjanova's The Illustrated Woman, written by Nancy Kiefer, is a constructivist-inspired and design-led exploration of what it means to look to the women of our past for our present strength.

A livingroom drama turned experimental, some key moments of this production include the use of a puppet as a character and the prevalence of non-dance-specific movement as a secondary language. 


Photo Credit: Paola Nogueras

Zachary Hates Everything...

A staged reading, written by Doriane Feinstein and produced by the Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival, deals with mental illness and consent through the eyes of hallucinated classical composers. The play was recorded by "The Upstage" and the podcast can be found here! 


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Photo Credit: Kristen Elizabeth Photography

King Lear Abridged

​A one-act adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear, produced in the University of the Arts Director's Workshop, this version explores the similarities of Cordelia and Edmund's paths in relation to their familial dynamics through dreamlike physicality and a little paint. 

Photo Credit: Lindsey Silver