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2013 F.Otto Haas Award Nominee — Adrienne Mackey


Today’s podcast continues our coverage of the F. Otto Haas Award Nominees with Adrienne Mackey. No matter what the Philadelphia Theatre community goes through, we have always made time to identify our Emerging Artists. These artists keep our passionate pilot lights burning and we wait with anticipation to experience what they will create next. Some may leave our community but, still call it home. They take us with them when they do. Always remember where you came from. That is why we are here! Stay Tuned!



Adrienne Mackey is the founder of Swim Pony Performing Arts, a company dedicated to works that are loud, strange and never seen before on earth! In the spring of 2010 she directed SURVIVE! – a 22,000 square ft choose-your-own adventure installation exploring how humanity understands the universe and man’s place within it. In Fringe Arts 2011, along with co-creator Catharine Slusar, she premiered LADY M – an all-female take on Macbeth called “a peppery, satisfyingly complex dream-theater stew” by Citypaper – to Philly stages. In 2012, she received a Knight Arts Challenge for “Outside the (Black) Box” to weave the arts into non-traditional spaces including THE GIANT SQUID (a “crypto-zoology-horror-comedy” collaboration with Philly based Berserker Residents) which performed in science lecture halls across the Philadelphia area. The following year brought a second Knight Arts Challenge “Cross-Pollination” which will offer space to creators of different artistic genres to share and explore their creation processes and create mash-ups of original and surprising short performances. Most recently, Adrienne directed THE BALLAD OF JOE HILL presented as part of the curated 2013 Fringe Arts Festival and boasted a completely sold out run and a profile on NPR’s Radio Times. Adrienne is a recipient of the prestigious Independence Fellowship, a former Live Arts LAB fellow and New Edge Resident and creator of more than 10 original theatrical works since 2005. Adrienne is also classical singer of over a decade as well as funk backup vocals for “Philebrity” Johnny Showcase. She teaches voice for both Drexel University and Pig Iron’s school for Advanced Performance Training. Watch for her newest collaboration with Drexel University as part of the Mandell Professional Residency in early 2014.

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