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This is the website for White Pines Productions, a live-performance production company located in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Use the links on the left to poke around and learn more about us!


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Our summer camp in action!




Camp White Pines: week four Aug. 25 - 29 just added!

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The cast of "A Rescue Day for Stray: A Play!", the creation of week one campers!

Can't get enough Camp White Pines? 

We will offer camp the week of August 25th if we can get six campers!

Bright Invention ensemble member Ed Swidey will run a week of Camp White Pines the final week of August, called "Family Stories: making theater from where we're from!".  In this week of Camp White Pines, we'll learn about where our families are from, by interviewing family members, learning some stories from our family history, and singing songs from our family heritage. Then, we'll make a play which tells all of our stories in one play: by acting in each other's stories, singing each other's songs, and playing characters from each other's families!
  • Camp White Pines week four is August 25 - 29th, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m, Monday  - Friday, with an extended day option available for additional charge. 
  • $250 with discounts available  for siblings attending together and returning campers. Use "sibs" or "returning" as the coupon code at checkout
  • Campers provide their own lunch.
  • The week ends with a share for families and friends Friday afternoon.
  • We will cancel this week Thursday August 21st if we don't have six campers for it. 
Please note: this is new addition to our summer camp schedule, and can only run if we get six full- pay campers to sign up. Don't wait - let us know soon and put your deposit down!

Ed Swidey is a company member of Bright Invention, the White Pines Ensemble, and a professional actor, director, playwright, and teaching artist with over 15 years of experience in Theatre.  Ed holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Delaware and a BA in Theatre from Boston College.  He has developed Theatre Education programs and taught with the Wilma Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, The Lantern Theater, The University of Delaware, and the Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals.  Ed is also the founder and camp director of Summer On Stage, a Theatre Arts day camp located in Westport, MA.  Ed's professional acting credits include work with Philadelphia's Wilma Theater, EgoPo Classic Theatre, and InterAct Theatre, the Resident Ensemble Players at the University of Delaware, Delaware Theatre Company, and the Pennsylvania, Colorado, Texas, and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals.
Click here to register for week four of Camp White Pines!
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Video from summer resident ensemble Broken Box Mime!



Meet the 2014 Summer Resident Ensembles!

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Presenting the 2014 White Pines Resident Ensembles

White Pines is thrilled to present
our 2014 summer resident ensembles!

Assisted by a panel composed of former Resident Ensemble members, White Pines Productions has selected the 2014 Resident Ensembles, chosen from a nation-wide applicant pool. This year we return to our original ratio of supporting two Philadelphia ensembles and one from out of town.. Each group will receive one week at the beautiful and secluded Mohican Outdoor Center to work on their projects and grow together.
Watch for presentations of the Resident Ensembles at the White Pines Place in Elkins Park this summer!

The Resident Ensemble Program is made possible through the support of the Wyncote Foundation.

Groundswell Theatre Company (Philadelphia) 
July 14 - July 20

Founded in 2010 Groundswell Theatre Company has quickly become one of Philadelphia’s most raucous and innovative devised theatre organizations. With artistic roots in the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, Headlong Performance Institute, SITI Company, Double Edge Theatre, and The Atlantic Theatre Company, their work engages a highly physical, collaborative approach. Performers, writers, and artists excavate complex topics, from contentious historical movements to intractable philosophical questions, via performance research. At White Pines Residency, Groundswell will engage a process of self-reflection on company structure and artistic mission. The residency will culminate with a strategic plan for re-defining and re-branding the company so that the ensemble is poised to meet their ambitious artistic and financial development goals.

RealLivePeople(in)Motion (Philadelphia)
July 21 - 27

RealLivePeople(in)Motion explores human experiences through firsthand stories and unspoken gestures; we focus on the spaces between, the quick look away and the light tap on the shoulder. Our work strives to balance inventive, athletic movement with poignant and provocative interactions that resonate with an audience. We tackle our subject matter from multiple perspectives, bringing in composers, artists and filmmakers to collaborate and even incorporating our audience’s opinions and stories into the work in real time. For us the work is about being human onstage—part performance, part real-life. This year RLPiM is thrilled to have the opportunity to develop their new work, tentatively titled "Under Lies," this summer at the White Pines Residency in Northern New Jersey. Not only will the company have an entire week to focus solely on the creation of the piece, but there will also be opportunities to share the work with local audiences!

Broken Box Mime (New York City)

July 28 - August 3

A couple sentences about BKBX:

Broken Box Mime Theater is an NYC-based ensemble of collaborative artists who tell original stories through mime technique. Our aim is three-fold: to ignite the imaginations of our audiences, contemporize the art of mime, and remind us all of the power of simple storytelling. We believe that great theater requires little ornamentation, only great vision!

A couple sentences about excitement:

Broken Box Mime Theater is incredibly grateful and wildly excited to spend our summer with White Pines. With our most extensive mainstage show to date coming up in the fall, we are all eager to get to work on some innovative new pieces, all the while reconnecting with our mission and digging ever-deeper into our development process in the beautiful woods of Blairstown. 

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Introducing: The White Pines Exchange 


A whole new way to support the artists you love!
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White Pines Launches
Bold On-Line Initiative


The White Pines Exchange

White Pines Productions, Inc. is thrilled to announce a brand-new program, in keeping with its mission to “explore new paradigms for making art and supporting artists”. Think of it as an on-line gift exchange in which our Sponsored Artists offer in-person, face-to-face expressions of gratitude from our artists. The artist you support may show up to sing at your event, paint with you, create a house concert, or teach you some new ways to stretch.

It’s simple:
  • Our sponsored artists name five needs
  • We link those needs to local businesses
  • We ask donors to meet those needs
  • When a need is met, the artist comes to the donor in person to say “thank you”.
learn more about The White Pines Exchange and meet our Sponsored Artists »
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