2018 Lead Artists


Nia-Samara Benjamin

Nia is a Caribbean bred, Philadelphia based performance and teaching artist interested in the intersection between culture, identity, and media. A founding member and Co-Artistic Director of feminist performance platform, Ninth Planet, Nia's work is grounded in prioritizing the artistry and experience of womxn of color. 


Maura krause

Maura is the Artistic Director of Barrymore-award winning company Orbiter 3, Philadelphia’s first producing playwrights collective, in addition to being a new work director, dramaturg and producer. She is a former National New Play Network Producer-in-Residence at InterAct Theatre Company, and an Associated Artist with Applied Mechanics. Maura has also worked with the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, EMP Collective, PlayPenn, The Renegade Company, Arcadia University, Hedgerow Theatre, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and Tiny Dynamite, among others. Favorite projects include Lost in the Meadow (PearlDamour), Red Ash Mosaic (Cleveland Public Theatre), Breathe Smoke by Douglas Williams (Orbiter 3), flesh flesh flesh: A Ghost Play by Lena Barnard (self-produced), and Tilda Swinton Adopt Me Please (The Greenfield Collective). Upcoming: This Is On Record (Applied Mechanics) and CANON (created with Douglas Williams).


brett robinson

Brett is an actress, devisor currently based in Philadelphia. She has worked with, The Wilma, Ars Nova Ant Fest, Lighting Rod Special, EST, Pig Iron Theatre Company, The Arden Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre Company, The Flea Theatre, The New Ensemble, Theatre Horizon, Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, Geva Theatre, and Actors Theatre of Louisville