Jill Harrison
Founder & Executive Director
Jill Harrison (Founder & Executive Director) is a theatre director and producer. She began her career in NYC, working for 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 Project, the Festival Director for Philadelphia Theatre Company’s PTC@PLAY, and presently, the Founder & Executive Director of Directors Gathering. Select directing credits include: Alessandra Most’s Private Policy, a circus in two acts (Columbia Stages), 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), Jason Platt’s Frontier (UArts), Charles L. Mee’s Big Love & Stefanie Zadravec’s Honey Brown Eyes, an excerpt (Temple Theaters), and Craig Lucas’ Reckless (Theatre Outlet). An advocate for new work, Jill has collaborated with playwrights & directors on over 20 world & regional premieres. She serves as a mentor for The Foundry, an emerging writers’ collective, and directs and guest teaches new work at University of the Arts, Swarthmore College, Lehigh University, Columbia University, Arcadia University, and Temple University. Jill holds a MFA in Directing from Temple University and a BA in Theatre from Lehigh University. She is a member of Lincoln Center Theatre Director’s Lab and an associate member of SDC.
Benjamin Smallen
Director of Communications and Education
Ben Smallen (Director of Communications & Education) earned a Master’s in Theatre from Villanova (2010). Ben has worked as a director, educator, actor, and technician in the Philadelphia area for over ten years. Favorite productions include: Pasek and Paul’s Edges (Philly Fringe); Delaware Theatre Company’s Delaware Young Playwright’s Festival; The Rocky Horror Show and Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone at the University of Pennsylvania; Caryl Churchill’s Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? (Philly Fringe); A Moon for the Misbegotten (Assistant Director, Arden Theatre); Ruined (Assistant Director, Philadelphia Theatre Company); Disney’s Aladdin, Jr., The Montgomery Theatre; and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Villanova thesis). Ben also holds a BFA in acting from Syracuse University where he directed Yes…No…Goodbye for the First Annual Syracuse Stage New Playwrights Festival. Spring 2014: Almost, Maine, LaSalle University.
Jack Tamburri
Director of Programming
Jack Tamburri (Director of Programming) is a director based in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Yale School of Drama. Recent credits: The Complete Works of Wm. Shakespeare (Abridged) (Steel River Playhouse), The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! (Ma-Yi Theater Co/Children's Theatre Co), GAYZE: A Real Live Webseries (Philadelphia FringeArts Festival). At Yale: Iphigenia Among the Stars, Shakespeare's The Tempest and Titus Andronicus, Mac Wellman's Dracula. In Chicago: The Wreck of the Medusa (the Plagiarists), bobrauschenbergamerica (Chicago Fusion Theatre), and Seven Blowjobs (Marry-Archie Theatre Co). Jack is a member of the Chicago-based new works company the Plagiarists.
Tom Snyder
Director of Operations
Tom Snyder (Director of Operations) currently serves as Manager of Operations for The Lang Performing Arts Center at Swarthmore College. Recent collaborations: Arena Stage, Center Theatre Group, St. Anne's Warehouse, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, NYTW, and New World Stages. Technical direction, production management, and stage supervisor credits include: Rainpan 43/The Elephant Room, Columbia Stages, Simpatico Theater Project, Dicapo Opera Theatre, Greenwich Music Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Theatre Outlet. Tom has also worked for a variety of scenic shops, including Hudson Scenic, Brian Coleman Scenic and Brooklyn Guild.
Madeline Charne
Director of Development
Madeline Charne (Director of Development) is a grant writer, teaching artist, dramaturg, and stage manager originally from New York City. After studying theater and English Literature at Swarthmore, she moved to Philadelphia to complete a Grant Writing Apprenticeship at Walnut Street Theatre. Madeline has since worked with several companies in Philadelphia, including the Wilma Theater, ReVamp Collective, Luna Theater Company, and George and Co. She is currently working as a Teaching Artist for Philadelphia Young Playwrights and as the Development Assistant at 1812 Productions.
Amber Emory
Director of Engagement
Amber Emory (Director of Engagement) is a freelance director focusing on new and ensemble-built work. She has a BA in Theater, Directing Concentration, from Temple University. This season she has assisted Lucie Tiberghien (Love in Afghanistan), Moises Kaufman (Tallest Tree in the Forest), both at Arena Stage, and Blanka Zizka (Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq), at the Wilma Theater. She has been honored to work with the Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Simpatico Theatre Project, The Wilma Theater, Temple Repertory Theater, The Renegade Company and Found Theater Company in her hometown of Philadelphia, and in theaters in New York and London.
Claire Moyer
(DG) Gym Producer
Claire Moyer (DG Gym Producer) recently moved to Philadelphia after 3 years in the UK where she directed multiple new works including Penelope, who really cried (White Bear), Dark and Bright (On the Verge Festival), and the world premier of Davy Anderson's Scavengers which toured to Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and Beijing. Since moving to Philadelphia she has been the Assistant Director on Five Kings at the PMA (Revolution Shakespeare), and directed for the One Minute Play Festival and the PYP/Theatre Horizon Autism Playwriting Festival. She has worked extensively with aya theatre in London and has assisted on previous projects for New Georges, Young Mirror Company, and Theatre for a New Audience in NYC. Claire holds an MA in Directing from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, a BA from Drew University, and did her actor training at LAMDA.
Kevin Rodden
(DG) Dialogues Producer
Kevin Rodden ((DG) Dialogues Producer) is a Philadelphia-based Theatre Artist. He has worked as an actor, director, dramaturg, and administrator over the last few years, and is thrilled to continue exploring and learning with Directors Gathering.
Caitlin O'Malley
Communications Associate
Caitlin O'Malley (Communications Associate) graduated with a Marketing degree from La Salle University in 2015, where she was involved in both acting and technical aspects of The Masque for her four years there. Caitlin has participated in theatre for the past ten years. She currently works in Marketing for a publishing company in Philadelphia, and is excited to be a member of the Directors Gathering team.