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.
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.