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PlayPenn Welcomes Julia Mauro Bumke As New Director Of Education

PlayPenn Welcomes Julia Mauro Bumke As New Director Of Education

PlayPenn, the nationally recognized new play development organization located in Philadelphia, is thrilled to announce new work dramaturg Julia Mauro Bumke as their Director of Education. A graduate of Harvard and Princeton Universities, Ms. Bumke will assume her position full time on August 1, 2018.

"I'm thrilled to be joining with PlayPenn to foster writers at all stages of their professional development," said Ms. Bumke. "In my new role, I look forward to connecting with playwrights in Philly and beyond through our educational offerings."

Ms. Bumke's collaborations include workshops and world premieres with Opera Philadelphia, the American Repertory Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Music-Theatre Group, and PEAK Performances at Montclair State University, among others. She serves as a guest mentor for emerging playwrights at PlayPenn's The Foundry, and has read for SPACE on Ryder Farm, the O'Neill's National Playwrights Conference, the A.R.T., and Williamstown Theater Festival. She is also a nonprofit strategist, with recent clients including BalletX, Directors Gathering, and Emma's Torch. She received her M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard, and her A.B. from Princeton University.

In her new position, Ms. Bumke will oversee PlayPenn's education offerings, including the organization's nationally recognized in-person and online courses. In addition to programming classes, Ms. Bumke will bring her extensive expertise to guide the ever evolving education program to meet the needs of both students and artists.

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ABOUT PLAYPENN: PlayPenn, in its 14th year, is an artist-driven organization dedicated to the development of new plays and playwrights. PlayPenn fully supports the needs of the writer and the demands of the play in an ever-evolving process within which playwrights can engage in risk taking, boundary-pushing work. The organization's flagship annual new play development conference and year-round development workshops in cooperation with producing theatres result in staged readings of at least 10 new plays each year for over 1,800 artists, producers, and theatergoers. Additionally, PlayPenn's rapidly expanding educational programs-which include 17-20 in-person and online classes annually with notable instructors, application assistance, personalized dramaturgy services, plus The Foundry, a three-year membership group for emerging playwrights resident in Philadelphia-serve another 230+ playwrights from the region and across the nation. PlayPenn supports artists at all career stages across a broad spectrum of cultural, economic, ethnic, and gender experience. Since 2005, PlayPenn has helped to develop over 125 new plays from infancy to a state closer to production-readiness. Nearly 60% of these plays have gone on to more than 330 professional productions at esteemed institutions in the United States, Great Britain, and elsewhere around the world, including the London's National Theatre, National Theatre of Israel, English Theatre Berlin, Roundabout Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre, Atlantic Theatre, Second Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, LaJolla Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre, South Coast Repertory, and a host of theatres in the Philadelphia region, in cities across the country and around the world. In 2017, PlayPenn celebrated the first of its developed plays to hit a Broadway stage, and win a Tony Award-JT Rogers' Oslo at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Find out more at

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