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 and can teach empathy through storytelling. She is a producer with Directors Gathering. She is the Artistic Producer at Theatre Exile. Previously, she worked with The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen. She has also worked directorial at Inis Nua, Philadelphia Artists Collective, Simpatico Theatre, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre, PlayPenn, Lantern Theatre, Tiny Dynamite, and Juniper Productions. She is a graduate of The University of the Arts and was a Directors Gathering Fellow.

Sisi Wright
Director of Membership + Engagement

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.

Christine Freije
Interim (DG) Producer

Christine Freije (she/her/hers) is a director, writer, deviser, dramaturg, nanny and museum educator. Her artistic interests include deconstructing classical work, playing with historical narratives, and exploring innovative processes for creation. She has a passion for experimentation, collaboration, and silliness. Her devised work includes Dream-Rushes (a wonderland trip) (Theatre Contra), The Investigation of Warden Michael Cassidy (Philly Improv Theater & Eastern State Penitentiary), and Shrew (Reject Theatre Project). Other favorite projects include her collaborations with Jimmy Grzelak (Song of My Self-Care and Manual Backup) and live readings of National Treasure and National Treasure 2. She has worked as an assistant director at the Arden Theatre Company, Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company, Theatre Horizon, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective and Berkshire Theatre Group. She is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.

Briyana Clarel
(DG) Jam Co-Producer 2020

Briyana Clarel is a Black queer theatre artist, writer, and educator passionate about musical theatre, mangoes, and memoirs. Briyana is the founder of The Starfruit Project, a platform supporting radical healing and brilliant growth through creativity. They are the Creative Nonfiction Editor for Homology Lit, a member of the sketch comedy teams The Rhubarbs and Mural Outrage, and a member of Ring of Keys. Briyana’s writing is published in TAYO Literary Magazine, cavity, Black Youth Project, MELANINzine, and print anthologies. As a director, performer, and playwright, they have brought stories to life with the Painted Bride Art Center, OUTsider Festival, Shoe Box Theatre Collective, Cohen New Works Festival, Philly Improv Theater, Theatre Evolve, Dixon Place, Broad Views on Broadway, The Bridge PHL, Cabernet Cabaret ATX, Philly Free Fringe, Aroma Theatre Collective, and more. They are a 2016 recipient of the Acts of Greatness LGBTQ Youth Community Award, a 2018 ASTEP Artist as Citizen Fellow, and a 2020-2021 Core Playwright with InterAct Theatre Company. Born and raised in South Jersey, they hold a BA in Sociology from Princeton University. Keep up with their adventures at briyanaclarel.com and @briyanaclarel.

Katrina Shobe
(DG) Jam Co-Producer 2020

Katrina Shobe is a Philly based theatre artist and teacher. Most recently she directed Egoli at EgoPo co-produced by Theatre in the X.  Katrina has directed in the BridgePHL festival (AGAIN; Don't Wanna Dance With Ghost) and has been the AD for Theatre Exile (Buzzer; Really) Theatre in the X (Running Numbers) and AMH Production (Cotton and Gold).  Katrina is passionate about telling stories that are often untold or overlooked. She finds joy in teaching and learning whether it be through theatre or in the classroom. There is always room to learn more and share more.