White Pines Summer Weekend Intensives

 Doug Wright

Doug Wright

Beginning June 15th, 2018 White Pines will offer seven consecutive weekends of extraordinary training in focused topics for Philadelphia-area artists. Leading off the series will be Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright, who will offer Writing for the Stage the weekend of June 15th. Mr. Wright is the author of I Am My Own Wife (2004 Tony Award Best Play, Best Direction; 2004 Pulitzer Prize, Drama), Quills, and most recently War Paint. Other master teachers include Michael Latini, co-founder of Monkey Boys Productions, who will lead Puppetry in Performance; and Peter Danzig, Executive Director of Theatrical Trainer who will offer Holistic Wellness for the Creative Artist.

“These weekends are meant to offer local artists a unique opportunity to better themselves by working with master teachers on focused topics and disciplines,” says White Pines’ Executive Director Benjamin Lloyd. “We are thrilled to be hosting such a great collection of teachers!”

 Michael Latini

Michael Latini

The weekend intensives will generally run Friday nights, and then during the day Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $250 per person and can be paid in full, or on an installment plan. Discounts are offered for those taking more than one weekend. Registration will be online shortly at the White Pines website.


  • June 15: Doug Wright, Writing for the Stage
  • June 22: Peter Danzig, Holistic Wellness for the Artist
  • June 29: Barbara Dilley, This Very Moment
  • July 6: Benjamin Lloyd, The Acting Teacher's Workshop
  • July 13: Christianne Kapps, Adulting with Money
  • July 20: Michael Latini, Puppetry in Performance
  • July 27: Dani Bryant, Devising with Consent

Improv is the Future of Theatre: panel discussion. Our report!

On Saturday February 17th, Bright Invention Artistic Director Benjamin Lloyd joined an illustrious panel of Philadelphia improvisers and theater artists at Phildelphia theatre Company, to discuss Philadelphia's improv scene, and reflect on the role improv has to play in the future of the performing arts in America. The Panel included Bobbi Block, Artistic Director of Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theatre; Scott Greer, Philadelphia actor; Dave Jadico, Artistic Director of Comedy Sportz; Tara Demmy, teacher at PHIT; and Nick Gillette Artistic Director of Almanac Theater. The panel was moderated by noted Philadelphia theatre critic Mark Cofta. About 50 people were in the audience. Bright Invention, Tongue & Groove and Philadelphia Theatre Company co-hosted the event, which was part of Philly Theatre Week. 

Over the course of an hour, the panel discussed such themes as the differences between scripted and unscripted theater, the experience of the audience at an improv shows, differences between kinds of improv, how improv is used in other theatrical forms (like devised theater), and the effect improv has on performers, audience and students. 

During the Q&A several audience members asked about techniques used by improvisers, and about the future viability of both scripted and unscripted theater in America, from an economic point of view. One woman came from New York state for the panel - and spoke movingly about the transformative effect improv has on her teenaged students. Another young person spoke about the way improv forces actors to abandon the narcissism sometimes ingrained in young actors. 

Watch out for more events in the future bringing Philly's awesome improv community together! 

You can view a video of the panel here:

And here's a slide show:

New portraits and pictures of Bright Invention!

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White Pines has entered into an agreement with Kim Carson Photography, in which Kim gets to use our space at no charge as an indoor studio, and in exchange takes pictures of White Pines events and Bright Invention shows and rehearsals.

Here's what one happy client said about working with Kim: "Taking photos with Kim is a joy. She immediately makes you feel at ease from the moment she says hello, making the experience comfortable and laid back. I didn't even feel like she was taking my picture, which is a feat considering how nerve-wracking being in front of a camera can be." - Luigi Sottile: actor. We couldn’t agree more!

Kim came to rehearsal January 22nd and took pictures of Bright Invention. Check them out! 

Twelfth Night - coming this summer!

 Malvolio with his cross-garters, in front of the lady Olivia, and her maid Maria. 

Malvolio with his cross-garters, in front of the lady Olivia, and her maid Maria. 

 Adam Corbett, Bradley Moore, Gavin Whitt and Jeffery Barg as the Lords of Love's Labor's Lost last summer. 

Adam Corbett, Bradley Moore, Gavin Whitt and Jeffery Barg as the Lords of Love's Labor's Lost last summer. 

 Our company of dancing hounds rehearse under the guidance of Chrissie Leech last summer!

Our company of dancing hounds rehearse under the guidance of Chrissie Leech last summer!

ABINGTON ART CENTER, PULLEY & BUTTONHOLE THEATRE COMPANY, and WHITE PINES PRODUCTIONS announce the return of Shakespeare in the Summer with a production of Twelfth Night to be presented August 6, 7, 8 & 9 2018 at 7pm on the lawn of Alverthorpe Manor at the Abington Art Center. The three arts organizations are excited to once again bring an opportunity for audiences of all ages to experience the beauty of Shakespeare’s language in the beauty of the great outdoors. Instead of a fixed ticket price this year, the performances this year are “Pay What You Will,” in the hopes that this will encourage more people to give outdoor Shakespeare a try.

Shakespeare in the Summer works within the Original Practices style of presenting Shakespeare, meant to simulate the way Shakespeare's own company prepared his plays, and to rediscover a spontaneity, joy, and immediacy in performance. The show is cast, scripts distributed, and lines are learned without rehearsal. The actors will gather weekly to play games, study the play, learn techniques, and create an ensemble.  As Benjamin Lloyd, Executive Director of White Pines says, "we are attempting to imitate the way Shakespeare's actors prepared his plays for performance. It can be scary at first, but brings an unmatched spontaneity to performances." Every performance is a new experience for the audience and the ensemble.

In addition, local musician Alex Bartlett is creating original music and  Chrissie Leech of JENKINTOWN DANCE ARTS will once again work with a children’s corps to create a dance interlude. Bridget Reilly Beauchamp, Artistic Director of Pulley & Buttonhole says, "we adore collaborating with Chrissie--her ideas are fun and challenging. She encourages the children—and the adults—to have physical fun with Shakespeare.”

Abington Art Center is looking forward to once again hosting this band of motley players. Beth Lawing, Live Arts Coordinator of AAC says, "this is the sort of thing we love here. Being able to come together with other local arts organizations to give our neighbors a chance to experience something exciting is what we're here for.”

In Twelfth Night, no one is quite what they seem, and the play asks insightful questions about identity, perception and the meaning of true love, all while inviting us to laugh—and love—along. So bring a blanket, a picnic, and some bug spray and get ready to enjoy an evening of spontaneous Shakespeare under the stars!

Twelfth Night: August 6, 7, 8 and 9 at 7pm (gates open at 6) at Abington Art Center, 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown PA 19046. For information:


 The audience enjoys the show as the day turns into night! 

The audience enjoys the show as the day turns into night! 

Welcome our new board members!

We are excited to welcome four new members of the board of directors of White Pines Productions! They represent students in our classes, parents of campers, and the Philadelphia performing arts community. They each share a passion for the transformative power of the arts, and a dedication to sustaining White Pines as it grows its programs and audiences. 


Peter Andrew Danzig, Founder and Movement Coach at Theatrical Trainer; Certified Personal Trainer, Wellness and Life-Coach, Wellness Integration Specialist.

Peter acquired his B.A. in Theater Arts with a focus on Acting through Temple University. Shortly after graduation, he began working nationally as an actor, model and vocalist. In addition, he began his foray into television appearing on One Life to Live, PAN AM and others, soon becoming a member of SAG- AFTRA. In 2012, Peter was awarded a full scholarship to Villanova University as their Acting Scholar, where he went on to attain his M.A. in Theater with a focus on Acting, Directing and Dramaturgy. While in graduate school, he realized his passion for wellness and its integration with theater education, fight choreography and physical theater practice and began to develop his company THEATRICAL TRAINER, an active health collective that furthers research and practice in wellness opportunities for the creative individual. With multiple certifications in personal training, kinesiology, movement coaching and life-coaching he hopes to inform the landscape of theater practice to further include a stronger connection to the body. In his free time, Peter continues to choreograph, perform and collaborates as a teaching artist and professor with organizations such as Drexel University, University of the Arts, Arden Theater Company, SAG-AFTRA, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights.

"I am drawn now to research the ways in which the therapy that people find through the interdisciplinary approach to the arts can be paralleled in clinical approach to result in resolution, healing expression, comfort and community. What happens when you use stage-combat as a means of exploring aggression? Can photography with a worded statement allow people to find the voice and words they can’t bear to utter aloud? Can dance allow someone to be present with their body and escape anxiety and fear? These are the questions that have been fueling my research and passion."

  • Certified American Council on Exercise Master Trainer.

  • Certification in High Intensity Integration Movement.

  • Certified in Health and Wellness Integration.

  • CPR/AED Certifie.


Benjamin L. Jerner, Esquire. Benjamin L. Jerner is the managing partner and a founder of Jerner & Palmer, P.C., a law firm located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. He has practiced law for over 20 years, concentrating his practice on estate planning, probate and estate administration, adoption and legal issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender clients. 

Ben is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, the National LGBT Bar Association, the National LGBT Bar Association’s Family Law Institute, and the Mazzoni Center’s Legal Advisory Board. Additionally, he has served on the boards of directors of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men, the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia and the National LGBT Bar Association.

Ben and his wife live in Elkins Park. Their two children are looking forward to attending another season at the White Pines Young Artist Camp.


Dr. Patricia Gerrity presently serves as Associate Dean for Community Programs at Drexel University’s College of Nursing & Health Professions. She focused her career on providing access to health care for underserved populations through the advancement of nurse-managed health centers. Nationally known for her work in promoting health in diverse urban communities, she received more than $15 million in grants from local, state and federal sources, including HRSA, the PA State Department of Health, the Independence Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts. She also serves as the director of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University, a nurse managed, federally qualified health center in North Philadelphia. In addition to improving the health status of community residents, the center serves as a site for research, education and practice for the college’s faculty and students.  
Dr. Gerrity completed a prestigious three-year fellowship through the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program where she conducted a leadership project to expand the health center into a healthy living center with a strong community-based health promotion component. From 1998-2000 she served as a fellow at the International Center for Health Leadership Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she explored the redirection of health professions education and health services through academic- community partnerships for health.


Jada Jackson is Forest Legacy Program Manager for the Northeastern Area of the USDA Forest Service. A NASA Fellow Scholarship winner, Jada explains that her fascination with biology and agriculture began with her parents, and she persisted in professional success from vet school to biotech and into forestry. Along the way, she earned a BS degree in Biology from Tuskegee University and a MS in Forest Resources from the University of Minnesota. In her reflections about diversity and inclusion, Jada thinks about the talents of her father and many others who have been excluded from using their talents but if they had been given a seat at the table could have solved many of the problems we live and die with today. Jada served as Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, the Religious Society of Friends, from 2008 - 2014.