Boden & Lloyd returns . . . in Virginia!

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 Josh Boden

Josh Boden

Last summer, Bright Invention Artisitc Director Benjamin Lloyd and Bright Invention member Joshua Boden created "Boden & Lloyd", a two-act longform with  . . .  just the two of them. Inspired by the duet longforms of TJ & Dave, Bassprov, and Razowsky and Bernard, The Deep End is inspired by conversations with the audience occurring just before the show. 

 Benjamin Lloyd

Benjamin Lloyd

Then Joshua up and moved to Virginia! How dare he! But the desire to continue creating is relentless . . . so, come on down to Staunton VA for  the weekend, take in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and swing by The Kettle Saturday night for . . .


The Deep End,

with Boden and Lloyd! 

Tickets at the door only . . . 

White Pines Summer Weekend Intensives

 Doug Wright

Doug Wright

Beginning June 15th, 2018 White Pines will offer seven consecutive weekends of extraordinary training in focused topics for Philadelphia-area artists. Leading off the series will be Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright, who will offer Writing for the Stage the weekend of June 15th. Mr. Wright is the author of I Am My Own Wife (2004 Tony Award Best Play, Best Direction; 2004 Pulitzer Prize, Drama), Quills, and most recently War Paint. Other master teachers include Michael Latini, co-founder of Monkey Boys Productions, who will lead Puppetry in Performance; and Peter Danzig, Executive Director of Theatrical Trainer who will offer Holistic Wellness for the Creative Artist.

“These weekends are meant to offer local artists a unique opportunity to better themselves by working with master teachers on focused topics and disciplines,” says White Pines’ Executive Director Benjamin Lloyd. “We are thrilled to be hosting such a great collection of teachers!”

 Michael Latini

Michael Latini

The weekend intensives will generally run Friday nights, and then during the day Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $250 per person and can be paid in full, or on an installment plan. Discounts are offered for those taking more than one weekend. Registration will be online shortly at the White Pines website.


  • June 15: Doug Wright, Writing for the Stage
  • June 22: Peter Danzig, Holistic Wellness for the Artist
  • June 29: Barbara Dilley, This Very Moment
  • July 6: Benjamin Lloyd, The Acting Teacher's Workshop
  • July 13: Christianne Kapps, Adulting with Money
  • July 20: Michael Latini, Puppetry in Performance
  • July 27: Dani Bryant, Devising with Consent

Improv is the Future of Theatre: panel discussion. Our report!

On Saturday February 17th, Bright Invention Artistic Director Benjamin Lloyd joined an illustrious panel of Philadelphia improvisers and theater artists at Phildelphia theatre Company, to discuss Philadelphia's improv scene, and reflect on the role improv has to play in the future of the performing arts in America. The Panel included Bobbi Block, Artistic Director of Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theatre; Scott Greer, Philadelphia actor; Dave Jadico, Artistic Director of Comedy Sportz; Tara Demmy, teacher at PHIT; and Nick Gillette Artistic Director of Almanac Theater. The panel was moderated by noted Philadelphia theatre critic Mark Cofta. About 50 people were in the audience. Bright Invention, Tongue & Groove and Philadelphia Theatre Company co-hosted the event, which was part of Philly Theatre Week. 

Over the course of an hour, the panel discussed such themes as the differences between scripted and unscripted theater, the experience of the audience at an improv shows, differences between kinds of improv, how improv is used in other theatrical forms (like devised theater), and the effect improv has on performers, audience and students. 

During the Q&A several audience members asked about techniques used by improvisers, and about the future viability of both scripted and unscripted theater in America, from an economic point of view. One woman came from New York state for the panel - and spoke movingly about the transformative effect improv has on her teenaged students. Another young person spoke about the way improv forces actors to abandon the narcissism sometimes ingrained in young actors. 

Watch out for more events in the future bringing Philly's awesome improv community together! 

You can view a video of the panel here:

And here's a slide show:

New portraits and pictures of Bright Invention!

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White Pines has entered into an agreement with Kim Carson Photography, in which Kim gets to use our space at no charge as an indoor studio, and in exchange takes pictures of White Pines events and Bright Invention shows and rehearsals.

Here's what one happy client said about working with Kim: "Taking photos with Kim is a joy. She immediately makes you feel at ease from the moment she says hello, making the experience comfortable and laid back. I didn't even feel like she was taking my picture, which is a feat considering how nerve-wracking being in front of a camera can be." - Luigi Sottile: actor. We couldn’t agree more!

Kim came to rehearsal January 22nd and took pictures of Bright Invention. Check them out! 

Twelfth Night - coming this summer!

 Malvolio with his cross-garters, in front of the lady Olivia, and her maid Maria. 

Malvolio with his cross-garters, in front of the lady Olivia, and her maid Maria. 

 Adam Corbett, Bradley Moore, Gavin Whitt and Jeffery Barg as the Lords of Love's Labor's Lost last summer. 

Adam Corbett, Bradley Moore, Gavin Whitt and Jeffery Barg as the Lords of Love's Labor's Lost last summer. 

 Our company of dancing hounds rehearse under the guidance of Chrissie Leech last summer!

Our company of dancing hounds rehearse under the guidance of Chrissie Leech last summer!

ABINGTON ART CENTER, PULLEY & BUTTONHOLE THEATRE COMPANY, and WHITE PINES PRODUCTIONS announce the return of Shakespeare in the Summer with a production of Twelfth Night to be presented August 6, 7, 8 & 9 2018 at 7pm on the lawn of Alverthorpe Manor at the Abington Art Center. The three arts organizations are excited to once again bring an opportunity for audiences of all ages to experience the beauty of Shakespeare’s language in the beauty of the great outdoors. Instead of a fixed ticket price this year, the performances this year are “Pay What You Will,” in the hopes that this will encourage more people to give outdoor Shakespeare a try.

Shakespeare in the Summer works within the Original Practices style of presenting Shakespeare, meant to simulate the way Shakespeare's own company prepared his plays, and to rediscover a spontaneity, joy, and immediacy in performance. The show is cast, scripts distributed, and lines are learned without rehearsal. The actors will gather weekly to play games, study the play, learn techniques, and create an ensemble.  As Benjamin Lloyd, Executive Director of White Pines says, "we are attempting to imitate the way Shakespeare's actors prepared his plays for performance. It can be scary at first, but brings an unmatched spontaneity to performances." Every performance is a new experience for the audience and the ensemble.

In addition, local musician Alex Bartlett is creating original music and  Chrissie Leech of JENKINTOWN DANCE ARTS will once again work with a children’s corps to create a dance interlude. Bridget Reilly Beauchamp, Artistic Director of Pulley & Buttonhole says, "we adore collaborating with Chrissie--her ideas are fun and challenging. She encourages the children—and the adults—to have physical fun with Shakespeare.”

Abington Art Center is looking forward to once again hosting this band of motley players. Beth Lawing, Live Arts Coordinator of AAC says, "this is the sort of thing we love here. Being able to come together with other local arts organizations to give our neighbors a chance to experience something exciting is what we're here for.”

In Twelfth Night, no one is quite what they seem, and the play asks insightful questions about identity, perception and the meaning of true love, all while inviting us to laugh—and love—along. So bring a blanket, a picnic, and some bug spray and get ready to enjoy an evening of spontaneous Shakespeare under the stars!

Twelfth Night: August 6, 7, 8 and 9 at 7pm (gates open at 6) at Abington Art Center, 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown PA 19046. For information:

 The audience enjoys the show as the day turns into night! 

The audience enjoys the show as the day turns into night!