Jill Harrison
Founder & Executive Director

Jill is a theatre director, producer, and educator.  She began her career in NYC, working for esteemed Off-Broadway companies Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Peculiar Works Project, and Williamstown Theatre Festival.  Since moving to Philadelphia in 2009, Jill has served as the Associate Artistic Director at Simpatico Theatre, the Festival Director for Philadelphia Theatre Company’s PTC@PLAY, and presently, the Founder & Executive Director of Directors Gathering (DG), a start-up non-profit that develops and elevates theatre directors.

Select directing credits include: the world premiere of Alessandra Most’s Private Policy, a circus in two acts (Columbia Stages), the Philadelphia premieres of Samuel D. Hunter’s A Bright New Boise and Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Simpatico), David Strattan White’s The Foundling Wheel (FringeArts), Craig Lucas’ Reckless (Theatre Outlet), Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Villanova Theatre), and David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette (Swarthmore College). 

An advocate for new work, Jill has collaborated with writers & directors on over 30 world & regional premieres.  Some of these artists include Tony Award winning Bartlett Sher and Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas, New Dramatists playwright Stefanie Zadravec, and composer Nico Muhly.

Jill serves as a mentor for The Foundry@PlayPenn, an emerging writers’ collective, a Steering Committee member of PAAL, a national initiative for parent-theatre artist advocacy, and an Artistic Advisor for Juniper Productions, the only independent creative producing agency in Philadelphia.  

Jill holds a MFA in Directing from Temple University and a BA in Theatre from Lehigh University. As a professor, Jill has taught directing and new work at University of the Arts, Swarthmore College, Arcadia University, Temple University, and Villanova University.  Jill is a member of Lincoln Center Theatre Director’s Lab and an associate member of SDC.

Brey Ann Barrett
(DG) Producer

Brey Ann Barrett is a California-born-Philadelphia-based director, dramaturg, and producer with a passion for new plays. She focuses on intimate and familial pieces that address issues of the human condition that can teach empathy through storytelling. She directed Idaho Shuffle at Simpatico Theatre during the Fringe Festival as part of the company’s 4-Solo series. She has directed the first readings of Jeremy Gable’s Glass Ceiling Series: D-Pad (Theatre Exile); Go Ahead (Azuka Theatre)Watch Me Jump (Theatre Exile). Other talented playwrights she has worked with include Jacqueline Goldfinger, Sam Henderson, Brie Knight, David Jacobi, Ian August, and Bruce Graham. She was the Artistic Associate and Director of New Play Development at Theatre Exile before working at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen. She has also worked at Arden Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, PlayPenn, Lantern Theatre, Tiny Dynamite, and Juniper Productions. She recently worked on the successful campaign of PA State Representative Elizabeth Fiedler. She is a graduate of The University of the Arts and was a Directors Gathering Fellow.

Sisi Wright
(DG) Membership + Engagement Lead

Sisi Wright is an artist, arts administrator, educator and advocate for art and its capacity to facilitate empathy.  Fueled by a love of supporting fellow artists and a desire to contribute to the development of the relationships between and opportunities for theatremakers in the Greater Philadelphia community, she comes to (DG) with an open heart and eager attitude!  She values the role of the director and is committed to engaging and supporting the community of directors that (DG) is cultivating.

Concurrently, she is the Business & IT Associate at The Wilma Theater and the General Manager of Simpatico Theatre.  Sisi holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Sweet Briar College as well as an M.A. in Theatre and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Villanova University.


Christina May
(DG) Jam Co-Producer

Christina May...

AKA “The Black Mz Frizzle”

Is a Lover, Artist, & Educator. Christina has been apart of the Philadelphia Theatre Community for more than 15 years...As an Actor, Director & Facilitator Christina has artistically collaborated with companies such as : Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Walnut Street and Arden Theatre Education Departments, Shakespeare In Clark Park, 1812, Theatre In The X, Luke Allen Productions, Higher Than 7 Productions, Play Penn, Theatre Horizon, Found Theatre Company, Ferdinand, Inter Act Play Reading Series, Revamp Theatre Collective, First World Theatre Ensemble , Putty Dance Project & Breakfast Improv Networking Jawn. Christina co- produced the “Secret Show Series “last year at the Painted Bride Art Center with her Fellow Art Doula Pheobe Schaub. There are the Producers for this year’s “DG Jam”.

An advocate for Creative Beings in society Christina continues to use her Light & Energy to Love, Create & Inspire Artist Of all Mediums.

Phoebe Schaub
(DG) Jam Co-Producer

Phoebe Schaub is a Philadelphia artist, teaching artist (Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Theatre Horizon, The Delphi Project for Pennsylvania Ballet), and Operations Manager of Team Sunshine Performance Corporation. She is a co-founder and former company member of Found Theater Company, a co-Art Doula alongside Christina May, and a graduate of Temple University's undergraduate directing program. In all areas of her life, she strives to make and facilitate work that is multi-faceted and empathic.

Pirrone Yousefzadeh
Jam Creator

Pirronne Yousefzadeh is a Brooklyn based director. Recent projects include Utopia Minnesota by Meg Miroshnik (2016 Sagal Fellowship, Williamstown Theatre Festival), That High Lonesome Sound (Actors Theatre of Louisville; 2015 Humana Festival) and We Are Proud To Present A Presentation… by Jackie Sibblies Drury (InterAct Theatre Company). Her productions of The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane by Jen Silverman (InterAct Theater Company) and In The Blood (Theatre Horizon) together received a total of fifteen Barrymore Award nominations, including Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Overall Production for both. And If You Lose Your Way, or A Food Odyssey (Invisible Dog) received nominations for Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Performance Art Production from New York Innovative Theatre Awards. 

She has directed and developed work at The Public/Joe’s Pub, New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, Soho Rep, Playwrights Horizons, Atlantic Theater Company, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Rising Circle Theater Collective, The Woodshed Collective (The Tenant: Best of 2011, The L Magazine), Partial Comfort Productions, Noor Theatre, Rising Phoenix Rep, HERE Arts Center, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Wild Project, Dixon Place, The Living Theatre, The Lark Play Development Center, New Dramatists, The Juilliard School, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, Huntington Theatre Company, Two River Theater Company, Milwaukee Rep, InterAct Theatre Company, On The Boards, Perseverance Theatre, Berkshire Fringe Festival, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, and Hangar Theatre, where she was a 2006 Drama League Directing Fellow.