2019 Lead Artists

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Alexandra espinoza

Alexandra is a Philadelphia based theatre artist whose work aims to connect creative power to community voices. Performance credits include work with Orbiter 3 and Azuka Theatre. As a playwright, she is a first-year member of the Foundry at PlayPenn and her plays Homeridae and Delivery have received productions and readings with Juniper Productions. Alexandra practices dramaturgy as community engagement and serves as the inaugural "communiturg" at Simpatico Theatre. Additional dramaturgy and directing credits include work with Azuka Theatre, Inis Nua Theatre, and PlayPenn. She is a resident teaching artist at Philadelphia Young Playwrights and has facilitated the creative work of people aged seven to seventy. She is a graduate of Villanova University's MA in Theatre program where she was the 2018 recipient of the Barbara Wall Award for Feminist Praxis for her performance as research project on Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel.


Magdalene san millan

Magda has been making performance in Philadelphia since she came here to study at the Headlong Performance Institute in 2012. Her work with Chelsea Murphy was presented locally and in other cities by FringeArts, JACK, Joe’s Pub DanceNOW, the Effervescent Collective and NoTheme Festival. She was a recipient of the Independence Fellowship in 2018. Her work romances many genres: dance, theater, stand-up comedy, and lecture/demonstration.  She works collaboratively and in rigorous isolation. Themes that come up again and again are: shame, death, grief, wildness, subversion, childhood and sass. She is currently curating a showcase series around holidays she hates, including Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.


Isabella sazak

Isabella (Izzy) Sazak is a Philadelphia based, Turkish-Colombian-American multidisciplinary creator, clown, painter, collaborative theater maker, singer-songpoet, director, and teaching artist. She considers herself an intersectional ecofeminist, and seeks to create work that heals, empowers, provokes, inspires, moves, amuses, educates and decolonizes; herself, her collaborators, and her audiences. She has discovered through her own experiences that the skills required to make great collaborative theater, or great art in general (from beginning to end) are the same skills required to make a great life, and build strong, loving, healthy, accountable, sustainable relationships, and communities that live in harmony with one another and with nature. She firmly believes that artists should be the loving stewards of their communities, just as we, the greater human community should be the loving stewards of our planet. Izzy holds a BA in Drama from The University of Virginia ('11), and an MFA in Devised Performance from University of the Arts/Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance ('18). She is an associated artist of Applied Mechanics Theater company; and has been lead vocalist for their house punk band, The Bandits, since 2014.