Board/Collaborators

Board

Staff

Core Collaborators: Lee Ann Etzold Daub – Creative Consultant, Dolores Gmitter – Educational Consultant, Mary Smull – Comptroller, Lesya Popil – Dancer/Choreographer, Eun Jung Choi – Dancer/Choreographer, James Sugg – Composer, Stephen Shuster – Carpenter, Andrea Campbell – Videography, Alban Bailly/Chris Davison – Web Support
Apprentices and Interns: 
2014
Margot Lawler, Sara Outing, Adrian Poole, Tessa Young
2013
Diana Balderson, Janette Chien, Anna DeCaria, Anamaya Farthing-kohl, Christopher Gage, Watsuki Harrington, Alison Hoban, Jean P. Swalm
2012
Rayhan Blankinship, Bailey Chick, Natalie Covert, Amy Harting, Alison Hoban, Amber Martin, Emogene Schilling
Funding/Support/Affiliations: Lenfest Foundation, Dolfinger MacMahon Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding.  White Box Theatre is a member of Pennsylvania Performing Artists on Tour, International Performing Arts for Youth, and CultureWorks of Greater Philadelphia.

Board

Jean ByrnePresident, is a senior management professional skilled and experienced in leading teams to develop, apply, and evaluate effective arts and education programming. She is the former Director of Learning and Community Engagement Programs for the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania where she led strategic planning development and implementation as well as all aspects of public programming including lectures, events, and all K-12 outreach programs. Jean has also been the Director of Programs at the Franklin Institute, and a project manager and afterschool coordinator at the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Jean has developed and taught theater programs throughout Philadelphia and New England.  She received her BFA in Theater from NYU (1982) and her MS in Library Science from Drexel University (2002).  She is currently a freelance consultant for interdisciplinary education programming.

Kate CarrTreasurer, graduated with a BFA in modern dance performance from the University of the Arts in 2002.  During that time, she had the pleasure of studying Kabuki Dance and Theatre under Isaborough Hanayagi and participating in the reconstruction of a notable Jose Limon work, A Choreographic Offering.  Kate has had the pleasure of working with Sebastienne Mundheim/White Box Theatre since 2006.  She teaches yoga through out the city of Philadelphia.

Tom MilesSecretary, is an artist and a real-estate developer at Miles & Generalis, Inc. He has 36 years of experience in the Philadelphia business community and has served on various volunteer boards including: The University of the Arts, Avenue for the Arts,  Philadelphia Game Lab, and Philadelphia Photo Arts Center,  The American Red Cross, and the Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial. Tom is perhaps best known for his work of public art, Big Ben at Franklin Town, that presides over Interstate 676.

Staff

Sebastienne MundheimFounder – Artistic Director, is an interdisciplinary storyteller, installation artist, and educator. Mundheim has been creating arts-based interdisciplinary performance and community events for 20 years. She began her arts career as a painter and writer, earning her BA and BFA at the University of Pennsylvania in 1990.  Wanting to get away from the solitary practice of studio and get out into the world to make work with more clear social impact, Mundheim began creating interdisciplinary community arts programs and events in Philadelphia and New Orleans, designing and implementing parades, installations, and arts-based learning experiences through museums, cultural organizations, schools, and community centers. In 1994, Mundheim began to include performance into her practice.  Since then, she has created 21 interdisciplinary performances, performed nationally and internationally. Works include: A Potable Joyce: A Watered-down Ulysses The Story of James Joyce and His Manuscript, Under the Hat: The Life and Works of Marianne Moore, Currently Franklin: The Story of a Paper Boy, Sea of Birds, Paris Wheels and The Ready –Maids.  Works have been commissioned and/or presented by: The Rosenbach Museum and Library, The University of Pennsylvania, Franklin and Marshall College, Keene State University, Vermont Performance Lab, Marlboro College, The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts, The Irish Ministry of Arts and Culture, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts. Mundheim has collaborated in the works of other artists including: Whit MacLaughlin, New Paradise Laboratories,  Kate Watson-Wallace, Anonymous Bodies, Thaddeus Phillips, Lucidity Suitcase, and Stan Heleva, Walking Fish Theatre, and Hua-Hua Zhang.  Mundheim’s work has been supported by the Dolfinger McMahon Foundation, Lenfest Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, Pennsylvania Performing Artists on Tour, and numerous commissioning organizations. Mundheim has study puppetry at the ONeill Center, Sandglass Puppetry Institure, and with Hua Hua Zhang.  In 2010 she received a Philadelphia Theatre Initiative Fellowship to study with the Handspring Puppet Company in South Africa.  In 2011, Mundheim was finalist for the Pew Fellowship in the Arts.  She received her EdM from Harvard in 2000.

Barbara HogueConsulting Managing Director, has been working in fundraising, program development, strategic planning for non-profit arts organizations for over twenty years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Christ Church Preservation Trust. Previously, Ms. Hogue was working as a consultant based in Philadelphia with the group Artwork Projects which she founded. She has produced several Off-Broadway plays (including three Obie Award-winners); managed theatrical productions in twenty-five countries; and raised millions of dollars for arts organizations. She has worked with high-profile artists such as Merce Cunningham, Meredith Monk and Ping Chong, but also has an eye for developing young talent and has produced or consulted with a number of younger artists and collectives such as Richard Maxwell, Cynthia Hopkins, Young Jean Lee, Radiohole, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Big Dance Theater, Nichole Canuso and Miro Dance Theatre. Together these artists have won some of the most prestigious performance honors including: Obies, Bessies, Guggenheim Awards, among others.

Advisors

Ingrid Boucherleads the education planning programs at Strategy Arts helping education-related organizations set and meet ambitious goals in their pursuit of improving public education. From her first experience as an educator – as a Teach For America teacher in Baton Rouge, LA – to her most recent work as the Director of Strategic Planning for KIPP Philadelphia Charter School, she has operated with the philosophy that broad access to high quality public education is a necessity for a strong society. As a Program Director with Teach For America and a Director of Teacher Training and Development with The New Teacher Project, she has had extensive experience recruiting, hiring, preparing and supporting teachers who enter into incredibly challenging urban and rural public school classrooms. She has worked at the classroom, school, district, and national levels in her efforts to promote quality in education.  Ingrid is currently focused on supporting and facilitating strategic planning efforts and staff retention at high performing charter management organizations and has a particular interest in both process- and product-driven group training and facilitation. In addition, she has recently worked with nonprofit and corporate clients to analyze and realign workflows, conduct market research, and facilitate stakeholder interviews and meetings.  She earned a dual masters degree in Education Leadership and Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in French Studies and Anthropology from Smith College. She has served on the Alumni Steering Committee of Teach For America in the Greater Mid-Atlantic Region.

Richard Hricko is an Associate Professor of Art at Tyler School of Art of Temple University, where he has held various faculty and administrative positions including the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Graduate Program Director, and Chair of the Art and Art Education Department. He holds a BFA degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Art and Design, and a MFA degree from Tyler School of Art of Temple University. He has exhibited internationally in museums, galleries, and juried competitions including the Glynn Vivian Art Museum in Swansea, Wales, the International Mezzotint Competition at the Pratt Graphics Center in NY, Garton and Cooke Gallery in London, England, and Franz Bader Gallery in Washington, D.C. His work is represented in many public and private, permanent collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Woodmere Art Museum, G.E. International Headquarters and The Delaware Art Museum. He is the recipient of a West Virginia Arts and Humanities Council Artist-in-Residence Grant, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, NEA/Mid-Atlantic Regional Fellowship, Brandywine Institute Visiting Artist Fellowship and several Temple University Research Grants.

Thora Jacobsonis currently Director of Design Review at the Mural Arts Program. She has recently served as a planning consultant to cultural organizations and taught visual arts management in the on-line Arts Administration Program at Drexel University.  She was Chief Operating Officer for both the Mural Arts Program and Philagrafika 2010 and previously served as Executive Director of the Fleisher Art Memorial for 25 years.  Jacobson was a Trustee of the National Guild of Community Arts Education, and a Board member and officer of Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Philadelphia Arts and Education Partnership and the Philadelphia Folklore Project.   She holds a degree in Fine Arts and Art History from Trinity University, Washington, DC.

Morgan Jenness spent over a decade at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, with both Joseph Papp and George C. Wolfe, in various capacities ranging from literary manager to Director of Play Development to Associate Producer. She was Associate Artistic Director at the New York Theater Workshop, and an Associate Director at the Los Angeles Theater Center in charge of new projects. She has worked as a dramaturg, workshop director, and/or artistic consultant at theaters and new play programs across the country, including the Young Playwrights Festival, the Mark Taper Forum, The Playwrights Center/Playlabs, The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Double Image/New York Stage and Film, CSC, Victory Gardens, Hartford Stage, and Center Stage. She has participated as a visiting artist and adjunct in playwriting programs at the University of Iowa, Brown University, Breadloaf, Columbia and NYU and is adjunct faculty at Fordham University. She has served on peer panels for various funding institutions, including NYSCA and the NEA, with whom she served as a site evaluator for almost a decade. In 1998 Ms. Jenness  joined Helen Merrill Ltd., an agency representing writers, directors, composers and designers, as Creative Director. She now holds a position in the Literary Department at Abrams Artists Agency. In 2003, Ms. Jenness was presented with an Obie Award Special Citation for Longtime Support of Playwrights.

Whit MacLaughlin is an OBIE and Barrymore Award-winning creator of performance theatre work. He serves as Artistic Director of New Paradise Laboratories. He has conceived, written, directed, and designed 14 original performance works with the company since its inception in 1996. Prior to his founding of NPL, he was a charter member, for 17 years, of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, originally under the artistic direction of famed theatre teacher Alvina Krause. Thus, since 1978, he has acting in, directed, or written hundreds of theatre productions, many devised in collaborations between several producing organizations. He is also a well-known director of theatre works for young audiences and families. He is the Artistic Director of PAPAYA, a large-scaled theatre project for transitional audiences developing in Philadelphia. His most recent original work in this vein includes FATEBOOK: Avoiding Catastrophe One Party at a Time, which was created for young adults aged 18-25. It existed both in real-space and cyberspace. His award-winning projects have been presented at the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis and at the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia.

Thaddeus Squire has been hailed as a visionary voice in the contemporary arts by David Patrick Stearns of The Philadelphia Inquirer, and was named one of Philadelphia’s top 76 “Creative Connectors” by Leadership Philadelphia in 2011. He has also received Philadelphia City Paper’s “Big Vision Issue Choice Awards ‘09” for his work as founder of Hidden City Philadelphia. As a curator, consultant, writer, and producer, Thaddeus has worked across a wide variety of disciplines, from history and heritage to the fine and performing arts. His particular interest is in building creative collaborations and new business models for the cultural and creative industries. Following fundraising and artistic work for the Philadelphia Museum of Art and contemporary music presenter Relâche, Thaddeus founded Peregrine Arts in 2005 with two business areas, multidisciplinary producing and management consulting. In 2010, Peregrine’s consulting practice was rebranded as CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia. In addition to serving as a Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth Speaker, he lectures extensively on cultural policy and practice. Thaddeus has a degree in music from Princeton University with a concentration in the history and philosophy of science and was a J. William Fulbright Scholar at the University of Leipzig, Germany. He also holds an orchestral conducting degree from the Leipziger Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.” He has served on numerous artistic and funding panels, including the Institute for Museum and Library Services, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the American Composers Forum (Philadelphia Chapter), Delaware Division of the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Thaddeus is a member of the Rittenhouse Club, The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, and the Franklin Inn Club.

Mara Zepeda is a freelance multimedia journalist. She reports on healthcare for WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR affiliate. Most recently she produced multimedia for the health desk of Marketplace, a show about business and economics that airs on public radio. Her work has previously appeared in the Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer and Domino, Philadelphia, Philadelphia HOME and City Limits magazines.   Mara graduated with honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism with a focus on digital media. Her thesis examines mortgage fraud and identity theft. She  explores and humanizes complex issues with the medium that will best tell the story: printed narrative, audio, photography, video or data visualization. She has collaborated with photojournalists, videographers, animators, actors, puppeteers, illustrators, historians, archivists, botanists, musicians and interactive designers.  Mara received a BA in Russian from Reed College in 2002. In addition to her work in journalism, Mara coordinated scholarly research initiatives at Harvard University; taught art to Balkan refugee children; and traveled throughout Russia recruiting high school students for a US State Department funded exchange program.   She sits on the board of Pig Iron Theatre Company; the Alumni Board of  Reed College; and the Section of Medicine and the Arts at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Select Institutional Partners

Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of PennsylvaniaServing as a rich cultural resource for students, scholars and the community, the Arthur Ross Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania presents global art and artifacts through gallery exhibitions, scholarship and educational outreach. More than 250 years after its founding, the University of Pennsylvania continues to achieve excellence in research and education. Among its many more recent “firsts,” Penn developed ENIAC, the world’s first electronic, large-scale, general-purpose digital computer. In addition to ushering in new ideas, Penn has also welcomed countless leaders through its doors. Nine signers of the Declaration of Independence and 11 signers of the Constitution are associated with the University. Since 1923, more than a dozen Penn scholars have been awarded the Nobel Prize. In 1994, Judith Rodin became the first woman to be inaugurated president of an Ivy League institution, and in 2004 Amy Gutmann became the first female Ivy League president to succeed another female. The University of Pennsylvania remains an eminent, world-class institution for the creation and dissemination of knowledge, serving as a model for colleges and universities throughout the world.

Barnes Foundation The mission of the Barnes Foundation, which dates back to its founding in 1922, is “the promotion of the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts.” In furtherance of its mission, the Barnes Foundation promotes appreciation of the arts and horticultural science, through the preservation, presentation, and interpretation of the collections of Albert C. and Laura L. Barnes. The Foundation will engage diverse audiences through its exceptional collections and related high-quality programs that reflect a broad range of periods and cultures and build on the founders’ innovative educational vision of transforming lives through the arts and horticulture.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania Founded in 1824 in Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania inspires people to create a better future through historical understanding. One of the oldest historical societies in the United States, it is home to some 600,000 printed items and more than 21 million manuscript and graphic items. Its unparalleled collections encompass more than 350 years of America’s history—from its 17th-century origins to the contributions of its most recent immigrants. The society’s remarkable holdings together with its educational programming make it one of the nation’s most important special collections libraries: a center of historical documentation and study, education, and engagement.

PA Performing Arts for Young Audiences (PAPAYA) is a three-pronged organization focused on presenting, producing, and creating engagement experiences in the performing arts for multi-generational audiences and participants.  In partnership with the Painted Bride Arts Center, PAPAYA presents three works a year of the highest caliber, selected from an international roster.  PAPAYA is currently partnering with Interact Theater and Theater Exile to commission and produce two new works. Finally, PAPAYA is partnering with White Box Theatre to create thoughtful, interactive engagement experiences to support presented and produced works.  This engagement includes installations, web experiences, and workshops geared towards school groups, families, and the general public.

Core Collaborators

Lee Ann Etzold Daub is a Philadelphia-based theatre artist, and currently co-artistic director with Brat Theatre Productions, who has also worked in the UK, Spain, Czech Republic, and regionally in the United States. Lee has has created original work with OBIE award-winning physical theatre companies, New Paradise Laboratories (founding member), Pig Iron Theatre Company, and with famed clown Bill Irwin for which she received a Barrymore Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in The Happiness Lecture. She was also awarded a Barrymore for Outstanding Ensemble for The Comedy of Errors at the Lantern Theatre Company, participated in the Directors Lab at Lincoln Centre Theater and is a member of the Young Vic Directors Programme in London. Lee has also directed and choreographed new and scripted work for New Paradise Laboratories, The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Arden Theatre Company, Lantern Theatre Company, Drexel Players, Philly Young Playwrights, and her own work. Lee has been collaborating with Sebastienne Mundheim/White Box Theatre since 1997 as a creator, performer, and consultant.

Dolores Gmitter teaches at Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College & School District of Philadelphia.   She is a school coordinator/dance artist at the Institute for the Arts in Education. Dolores is a dancer with Flamenco Ole Dance Co. She received her MEd from Temple University.

Mary Smull is an artist and educator living in Philadelphia, PA.  Her work has been exhibited at Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia and Daimler Financial Corporate Headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and internationally at Korea National University of the Arts in Seoul, South Korea and Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She received her her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 2009, where she was nominated for the Cranbrook Museum of Art Purchase Prize and the Daimler Emerging Artist Award.   Smull received a University of the Arts Faculty Enrichment Award to study computer-aided woven design at the Jacquard Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina.  She is a member of the Philadelphia cooperative gallery Grizzly Grizzly.  Smull teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, and has taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Lesya Popil received her BFA from the University of the Arts in 2000 where she was awarded outstanding modern dancer and choreographer.  In 2002 she joined Group Motion Dance Company working as a dancer and choreographer.  With the company she has had the pleasure of performing and presenting her work in Japan, Poland, and Lithuania as well as in the US.  In 2003 Lesya traveled to Tunisia with mentor Ruth Andrien (Director of Taylor 2), “to help heal wounds of estrangement left by the Iraq war.” Under the direction of the State Department International Exchange Program.  As a dancer, Lesya has worked with Henry Denton, May Anthony, Akiko Kitamura, Kenshi Nohmi, Silvana Cardell, Sean Curran, and Brian Sanders, among others.  She performed with Sebastienne Mundheim in 2009-2010 tour of Sea of Birds, and was an original cast member, and content collaborator for Paris Wheels and Ready Maids at the Kimmel Center 2011.  Lesya is an adjunct professor at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ and an MFA candidate at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Eun Jung Choi has worked with Mark Dendy, The Limón Dance Company, Allyson Green Dance, Seán Curran Co., Katija Wachter (Germany), Helena Franzén (Sweden), Pulso (Mexico), performing internationally in Asia, Europe, and North America. Her choreography has been presented by Sushi Performance Art, DancenOw, Danspace Project, Mexico Now Festival, Danceworks, Seoul International Festival, Sexto Encuentro de Nueva Danza, nEW Festival and Live Arts. I In 2008, she co-founded Da·Da·Dance Project (currently based in Philadelphia), a dada-inspired, duet repertory company, performing at festivals in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, various states in Mexico and Korea.  As a teacher, she has taught at NC Governor’s School, North Carolina School of the Arts, Rowan University, Bryn Mawr College as well as several private and national institutes in Mexico.  She graduated with a master’s degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU.

James Sugg began sound designing for Pig Iron Theatre Company in 1998.  Since then  he has designed for Seattle Rep, Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Folger Shakespeare Theater,Wilma Theatre, Arden Theatre, Rainpan 43 and has toured to Peru, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Ukraine, Italy, England, Scotland, Ireland and Germany. Pig Iron’s work all starts from that initial dare, “what are you most afraid of?” or “what have you never done?”  James’ designs carry that spirit as well.  His curiosity in style and form have often led him to work with collaborative artists and companies such as Headlong Dance Theater, Rainpan 43, Lucidity Suitcase International and Subcircle.  These professional experiments have expanded James’ work into the realm of dance and installation and continued to blur the lines between musician/dancer/actor and audience.  His work has also expanded into the realm of composition with the completion of his third musical, Cherry Bomb.  James received his Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory in vocal performance.  He has been awarded an Obie for his performance in Chekhov Lizardbrain, the Barrymore for Outstanding Sound Design four times and was named the Otto Haas Emerging Theater Artist in ’05.  Philadelphia Magazine named James the “Theater Talent” of the year in ’05 and in the same year Pig Iron was awarded the Obie “Special Citation” Award for Hell Meets Henry Halfway, for which James composed music and acted.  James was awarded the Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2010.

Stephen Shuster is a Philadelphia-based carpenter/woodworker.  He studied carpentry at the North Bennett School in Boston Massachusetts and has been doing fine carpentry since the 1990s.  He currently works for Phillip Johnson Construction.

Andrea B. Campbell is an award-winning director, producer, editor and videographer specializing in documentary and personal profiles. Andrea has filmed all over the globe. Projects include:Market Fresh America – a cooking, travel and educational series for television broadcast, web and schools.Village Stories – Profiles of artisans creating fair trade products for Ten Thousand Villages filmed in West and East Africa. Progress and Preservation – A video poem. Camera for The Tsunami’s Wake: Healing from Trauma – A documentary about disaster trauma therapy in Indonesia and how different methods have been useful in rebuilding communities since the tsunami on December 26, 2004.  Campbell directed the series Ethical Markets for PBS broadcast and Circle of Love, a series of programs for WHYY-PBS that document first hand the joys and struggles of family caregiving which garnered many awards including the 2005 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards & Best Television Documentary. Campbell also produced a second series, Circle of Care, exploring the uses of the arts in medicine.  Her fictional, narrative, short film Fake Clouds was selected for presentation at the Sundance festival in 2003. Children in a Jar is an Emmy nominated documentary about the tumultuous social, political, economic and environmental landscape of Central America told through the stories of the children who have been left behind. A work-in-progress, Naked Philosopher is a collection of interviews and footage of religious and philosophical characters recorded by the director during a five-week trip through Northern India. Campbell developed, produced, directed and edited a series of documentary profile programs, People Who Must, featuring people with a driving passion for a particular issue or interest for PBS. One of the programs, Ms. Liberty, earned Campbell recognition as a director/ producer, by receiving an Emmy award for outstanding documentary and a Gracie Allen award for outstanding representation of women in the media. She received Emmy nominations and awards for, XYZ – Examine Your Zip Code, a weekly magazine program, and a series of stories for WHYY examining the new immigrant communities in Philadelphia.