Greenfield TA Fellows

About the program

Thanks to the generosity and support of the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation, Philadelphia Theatre Company has been able to implement a unique fellowship program geared toward the training, nurturing and cultivation of high caliber teaching artists to serve the city of Philadelphia.

Through selected readings, small group discussions, classroom observations, and one-on-one mentoring the Greenfield Fellowship program serves as the ideal training ground for enthusiastic, devoted and eager artists who are passionate about bringing the arts alive through education.

Meet the Fellows

Christina Binder
A recent graduate of Calvin College, Christina has interned with Creede Repertory Theatre in costumes and with Chicago Dramatists in marketing and administration. Her diverse experience onstage at Calvin College includes playing Horatio in Hamlet, Mistress Stingo in She Stoops to Conquer, and a Chechen terrorist in a new play, The Cries of Wolves by Moriah Ophardt. Christina also worked with the nonprofit Culture Is Not Optional to create a play using interviews with residents of small-town Three Rivers, Michigan. This work united her interests in the arts and community development, honoring local history through a dramatic re-telling.

Justine Brannon
Justine holds a BA in Theatre and English from Muhlenberg College. For the past year she has served as the Production Manager at Pennsylvania Youth Theatre in Bethlehem, PA and now she is delighted to join the PTC family. In recent years, Justine has served as Drama and Improvisation Instructor at The Academy of the New Church Summer Camp and as Assistant Director of Shakespeare for Kids Camp at Tamanend Park. In addition to performing, directing, and teaching at Muhlenberg and around her hometown of Bryn Athyn, Justine enjoys writing plays and poetry, singing, seafood, and Shakespeare.

Adriana Lopez
recently graduated from The University of the Arts, with a BFA in Theater as a Directing, Playwriting and Production major. She was the recipient of the Brind School of Theatre’s Outstanding Creative Project Award for the production of her original play, Vivir Mejor, and one of only 3 students from the university’s 2012 graduating class to a President Award. A native of El Paso, Texas, Adriana is bi-lingual in English and Spanish.

David Pershica
David has worked in the professional theatre for over 25 years from Broadway, to London, national tours and primarily in Philadelphia. Best known as a Tap Dancer and choreographer his experience is in every aspect of theatre from publicity, to directing, writing, lights, sound, house management, box office etc. David is profoundly grateful for the Greenfield Fellowship opportunity. “With all my jobs working in the theatre, I have always felt that teaching is my gift. This will give me a most unique opportunity to work with the next generation of theatre professionals.”

Jessica Wallace
Jessica is a lighting designer and artist with a sincere devotion to theatre education. She has worked as a teaching artist for People’s Light and Theatre’s Summerstage program, has taught Lighting Design at Temple University, and has worked with various children’s theatres. Jessica has a great interest in using design as a tool for education and development. As a designer, Jessica has most recently worked with Wolf PAC, Center City Theatre Works, and Mauckingbird Theatre Company. Jessica holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Maryland and an M.F.A. in Lighting Design from Temple University.