The Foundry is thrilled to welcome five new playwrights into our membership: Chris Davis, David Jacobi, Erlina Ortiz, Jenny Ruymann, Ben Levan, and Kristin Miller.

These new 1st-year members join second-year Foundry playwrights Brie Knight, Haygen Brice Walker, Alisha Beth Adams, Val Dunn, and Jim Hawkin and third-year playwrights Ian August, Joshua Campbell, Bill D’Agostino, R. Eric Thomas, and Mary Tuomanen.

ChrisChris Davis is a writer and performer residing in Philadelphia, PA.  Recent projects include solo shows Juan-Winfield, Bortle 8 “…a strikingly original writer and performer.” (- The Scotsman),Drunk Lion (“A potent success”★★★★★ – TV Bomb), and Violence of the Lambs (“…absurd comedy at its very best.” ★★★★★ – The Student Newspaper ).  Other projects Damned Dirty Apes!(Renegade Theater), Alias Ellis Mackenzie(Thaddeus Phillips), Anna K (Philly Fringe 2014), Holly’s Dead Soldiers (Philly Fringe 2013), The Post-Show (Berserker Residents), Vainglorious (Applied Mechanics). This August he will premiere Chinchilla Coats, a new hour-long stand-up in the Edinburgh Fringe 2016. He is also currently in process for a new show One-Man Apocalypse Now set to premiere in the Philadelphia Fringe.

DavidDavid Jacobi’s plays have been performed throughout the U.S. and in China, including the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, FringeNYC, and Penghao Theatre. His work has been developed at Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival, RISK IS THIS, Great Plains Theatre Conference, WordBRIDGE, Kennedy Center MFA Playwright’s Workshop, and PlayPenn. He is a winner of the Holland New Voices Award, Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences Award, and has been nominated for the Weissburger. He received a BFA in Dramatic Writing from Purchase College and an MFA from UC San Diego. David is currently a Shank Fellow at Pig Iron Theatre Company.

BenBen Levan is a Norristown native and graduate of West Chester University with a focus in playwriting and technical theater. He has been living in Philadelphia and working in the theater community since 2013. In addition to writing he serves as the Production Manager for Azuka Theatre and Master Electrician for the Lantern Theater Company.


KristinHSKristin Miller is a playwright who believes in the social power of theatre. She holds an M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University and B.A.’s in Theatre Studies and English Literature from Franklin and Marshall College and is a Board member for the Creative Works of Lancaster. Kristin’s work seeks to tell powerful stories and create transformative experiences. She thinks of audience members more as participants than spectators and is always exploring new ways to deepen their connection to the performance. Kristin enjoys working in a collaborative environment and devising with an ensemble.

ErlinaErlina Ortiz is resident playwright with Power Street Theatre Company (PSTC) here in Philadelphia. Upon graduating from Temple University with a degree in theatre, Erlina had her first play, MinorityLand produced with PSTC in Fringe 2013. PSTC again produced Erlina’s original work Morir Sonyando in 2014/2015. This past March, She Wore Those Shoes, a movement play about rape culture in the military was showcased as part of Theatre Exile’s new play development Studio X-hibition Series, and will have a full production at the Iron Factory this October 2016 with Power Street. As a young emerging Latina-American playwright, Erlina’s voice is unique and important to the growing landscape of theatre in America and will only continue to become more relevant. She is excited to continue exploring that voice here in Philly with The Foundry.

JennyJenny Ruymann is a Philadelphia-based playwright and actor. During the 2015-2016 season, she served as a Literary/Artistic Intern at the Wilma Theater. Jenny has worked in new play development and acted as a reader at the Ojai Playwrights Conference and the Kenyon Playwrights Conference. Her work has previously been read and performed at Kenyon College, from which she holds a BA in Sociology. She is currently collaborating on a devised piece for the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.


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