Staff

PWTF Staff

Polly Edelstein, Artistic Director    

Polly Rose Edelstein has been living and working in the Philadelphia region for the past five years. She works as a freelance theater director, teaching artist, and administrator and currently resides in West Philadelphia. Polly received her BFA in Theatre Arts from Stephens College for Women in Columbia, MO. She is also a recent graduate of the Masters of Arts in Theatre with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management program at Villanova University where she worked as a graduate assistant for two years. Some of her favorite directing projects include Court-Martial at Fort Devens (Steel River Playhouse) Eurydice (Villanova University), Trappings (FringeArts), Stew You and How He Lied to Her Husband (Old Academy Players) and Eden (Crack the Glass Theatre Company). She has been a featured speaker at Villanova’s TEDx event (Theatre Beyond Theater), the Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium, and the Villanova Showcase. Other organizations Polly has worked with include: Columbia Gorge Repertory Theatre, InterAct Theatre Company, Steel River Playhouse, Theatre Horizon, the Darlington Arts Center, East Coast Recording, International Ballet Classique, Old Academy Players, The Pub Theater and Crack the Glass Theatre Company.

Christine Petrini headshot thumbnailChristine Petrini, Managing Director   

Christine is a singer, actress, arts administrator and teaching artist in the Philadelphia region. In September 2014, she graduated with distinction from Villanova University, earning a Master of Arts in Theatre and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management. Christine has a BA in Communications and Theatre from Temple University and studied Musical Theatre at The Catholic University of America. For her graduate thesis, Christine wrote a performed a one-woman musical, I Can Dress Myself. Her recent credits include The Light in the Piazza (Clara), Everyman (Good Deeds), Salome and The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet van de Graaff) at Villanova University. For the better part of a year, Christine performed as a vocalist at Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan. She was fortunate to perform Bernstein’s Mass at The Kennedy Center and enjoyed touring the U.S. with Babes in Toyland. Other favorite credits include Respect at Society Hill Playhouse, Burt and Me at Act II Playhouse and The Buddy Holly Story at The Media Theatre. Christine owns a music entertainment company, Wasabi Talent, singing and providing musicians for weddings and special occasions. She works as the Membership Services Associate for ArtPride New Jersey, servicing the nonprofit arts of New Jersey. She is dedicated to sharing her knowledge of and passion for the theatre arts so that we all may experience the joy of storytelling, the art of collaboration and the unleashing creativity.

Anne Goodman, Development Director   

Anne Marie Goodman has been working in various administrative roles in the theater for the past 10 years. Her favorites include Development Associate at Two River Theater (Red Bank, NJ), Marketing Manager at Southern Utah University (Cedar City, UT), Production/Company Manager at the Neil Simon Festival (Cedar City, UT), Assistant Stage Manager at Long Wharf Theater (New Haven, CT), Stage Manager at Brevard Music Center (Brevard, NC), and Company Manager and Assistant Stage Manager at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (Center Valley, PA).

 

Austin Stanton, Marketing & Web Manager   

Austin Stanton is a Philadelphia actress and comedian. Philadelphia credits include Arden Theatre Company: Once (Reza U/S); Underbite Theatre Company: Incident… (Amy); Would You Still Love Me, If? (Danya/Daniel); Austin received her B.F.A. In Theatre from Stephens College where credits include H.M.S. Pinafore (Josephine), and Arthur Miller’s Playing for Time (Ester). Austin has also performed stand-up comedy at the Bechdel Test Fest , Comedian Deconstruction, and Funny Females.


Advisory Council

Kimberly Fairbanks, Member, Actor’s Equity Association; Actor & Performer

Tonda Hannum DiPasquale, Hannum’s Harley-Davidson

Dr. Brea Heidelberg, Assistant Professor of Arts Administration, Rider University

Father David Cregan, O.S.A., Ph.D., Department Chair, Villanova University Theatre

Rajiv Shah, Technical Director, Villanova University Theatre

Kati Donovan, Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre, Ira Brind School of Theater Arts University of the Arts

Jess Edelstein, President & Co-Founder, PiperWai

Greg Davidson, Director of Capture Operations, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Interested in joining our Advisory council? See the below guidelines and send a completed application to Christine Petrini at christine@phillywomenstheatrefest.org.