Tiny Dynamite Announces Kathryn MacMillan as Producing Artistic Director

Tiny Dynamite Announces Kathryn MacMillan as Producing Artistic Director

Tiny Dynamite is thrilled to announce that Kathryn MacMillan will be assuming the role of Producing Artistic Director of Tiny Dynamite, effective July 2017. Current Producing Artistic Director, Emma Gibson, will step down from the position after her work on the production of Perfect Blue that will run from July 14 - 23rd at Christ Church Neighborhood House.

"I am stepping down from my position here at Tiny Dynamite, full of gratitude and joy, to embark on new adventures and artistic challenges. In the last 6 years I have had the opportunity to produce over 20 productions, from world premieres (Emmas Goidel's, 'We Can All Agree to Pretend That This Never Happened'), to a trio of works from acclaimEd Scottish Playwright David Grieg, that were produced in venues as eclectic as a church chapel, and a cabaret space. Our work has garnered awards, sell out houses, and critical praise. It has been an incredible ride and I could not be more proud of the work we have done, or the artists we have had the joy to work with.

Now feels like the right time to breathe fresh air into the company and let a new dynamic female leader take the helm. I am thrilled to be leaving the company in the brilliant hands of Kathryn MacMillan. I know that she will be bringing a whole new serving of delicious plays, pies and pints in the upcoming season. I look forward to supporting her work from the wings, whilst continuing on my own journey as an artist." - Emma Gibson


Kathryn MacMillan is a Philadelphia-based theater director and arts leader who has earned a reputation for directing classical and contemporary works with freshness and clarity, tackling plays about big ideas, and shaping great ensemble acting. She has directed over 30 productions in the Philadelphia area; recent productions include The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare in Clark Park), Grounded (InterAct), and Mrs. Warren's Profession at Lantern Theater Company, where she is a longtime company member and a resident director.

KC's notable productions include the critically acclaimed The Beauty Queen of Leenane (named Best Production of the 2012/13 season & Best Director by Philadelphia Weekly, who called her "sensationally gifted"), The Liar (Best Production Honorable Mention that same season), Arcadia (Runner up, Best Overall Production & Best Director by Phindie Independent Critic Awards), Doubt (named one of the Best Plays of 2015 by the Philadelphia Daily News), The Breath of Life (Barrymore Award nomination: Outstanding Overall Production of a Play), The Hothouse (Barrymore nominations for Outstanding Direction & Outstanding Production of a Play), I Am My Own Wife (Barrymore nominations for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production of a Play and winner of the Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award). She was an actor in the Barrymore-nominated ensemble of Philadelphia Artists' Collective's The Fair Maid of the West.


Tiny Dynamite is committed to expanding the ways in which local audiences experience live theatre and to give Philadelphia artists new ways to create theatre. Their principal project is A Play, A Pie, and A Pint: new one-act plays from the UK and the US served up at cocktail hour alongside a beverage and pizza.

They have produced 3 full length productions (including the critically acclaimed The Country by Martin Crimp), 6 seasons of PPP (20+ productions) and have extended the runs with performances at Fergie's Pub, Milk Boy in Ardmore, The Cosmopolitan Club, The Arden Theatre, The first Unitarian Church, and as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

Their work has been recognized by Philadelphia grant and award bodies including the Wyncote Foundation, the Barra Foundation, the Samuel S. Fels Fund, The Puffin Foundation, The Independence Foundation, The Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Techniculture Innovation Award, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, and the Barrymore Awards (Steve and June Wolfson Award nomination for Emerging Theatre Company).

Most recently they have been working on the award-winning production, Perfect Blue, by G.S. Watson which will be presented at Christ Church Neighborhood House from July 14 - 23rd.


In the 2015/2016 season, Tiny Dynamite developed and co-produced a production called The Lamellar Project in London with UK theatre company Pursued By A Bear through a TechniCulture residency with the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. The Lamellar Project is a play conceived for two actors on two different continents who perform simultaneously together--one live for an audience, the other live-streamed and projected onstage from a remote location.

With the support of the TechniCulture residency, Tiny Dynamite developed live-streaming, video, and projection technology for the show, and successfully co-produced a critically praised UK tour in the spring and summer of 2016. In June of 2016, Tiny Dynamite was awarded a Project grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage to produce the play, under the title, Perfect Blue, in Philadelphia in July 2017. The play has been re-written for a US audience, and has a new creative team, including director David O'Connor and designer Jorge Cousineau.


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