Bon Voyage, Dani Bryant
In the summer of 2017, former education director Katherine Perry announced she was moving on, and so we opened a search to replace her. When Katherine and Ben interviewed Dani Bryant they knew they had found someone special. Moving from Chicago to Philly, Dani dropped into Bright Invention (then, White Pines) and began overseeing all our education programs, teaching classes, and leading our summer camp. "Dani was my right-hand," says Executive Director Benjamin Lloyd. "She was at the center of every major decision we made. Her insight, creativity, humor and leadership will be sorely missed."
"Working with White Pines (& Bright Invention) was a gift, says Dani. "I found in Ben a true working parter and confidante. Bright Invention and Ben always 100% supported my interests and graduate schedule and allowed me to bring my creative ideas for the organization to the table. I will take with me the playful memories and beautiful artistic work of our campers, studio class students and storytellers. Thank you for giving me a creative home base! Onwards!"
Dani lives now in New York City with her partner Mike Durkin, as she completes her graduate studies in Drama Therapy. Soon, she will begin her practice there, but we can't let go of her completely! She will stay on as "Drama Therapy Consultant" at Bright Invention, advising Ben on the Ability in Action program, curriculum design, and teaching techniques.
After a month-long audition process we welcome three new extraordinary citizen artists to our ensemble!
Carlo Campbell is a Philadelphia native. He is a founding member and Artistic Director of Theatre In The X as well as a member of SAG-AFTRA, he has been in a number films and commercials. He has also worked with theatre companies all throughout the Delaware Valley including Go Kash On Stage, Ego Po, Simpatico, Pennsylvania Shakespeare, Delaware Shakespeare, First World Theatre, and Curio Theatre. He has worked with children and young adults of all ages, from kindergarten to 12th grade as a teaching artist and director. Also a Poet an MC (AFLOE), Carlo has published a book of poetry entitled Afloematic.
Kaitlin Chin is an independent performer as well as the co-owner of the touring aerial show Draiku and the director of the immersive performance company The Night Circus, born out of the You Are So Lucky production company. She has been studying and performing dance since the age of three. She began training at the West Side Performing Arts Academy in Middleton, WI, and later trained with Monona Academy of Dance under JoJean Retrum and briefly danced with the Madison and Monona Ballets in shows such as “Sleeping Beauty”, “The Nutcracker”, and “Winter Fantasy”. Kaitlin appeared in Shakespeare in the Summer’s production of Twelfth Night last summer as Viola, which was co-produced by Bright Invention.
Born in Nashville, TN, raised in Lancaster, PA, and currently living in Philadelphia, Josh Kirwin is farm-to-table. Aside from his expansive work as a singer/songwriter/bassist in the studio and on the road, he is known for playing many broody boy roles, like Melchior in Spring Awakening, Biff Loman in Death of a Salesman. Philly work includes producing a short run of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui underneath the South Street Head House, and a string of bizarre staged episodes of the animation show Bob's Burgers inside Tattooed Mom's. He is a founding member of Liberty City Radio Theatre, which performs in various locations along South Street.
Look for these three in Bright Invention shows beginning in February, like . . .
Saturday February 9th #phillytheatreweek