Welcome to Philly Children's Theatre
Touring Theatre for Young Audiences company expanding access to the arts for Philadelphia children.
Philly Children's Theatre has been created to provide free, live, family-friendly theatre for children ages 18 months-12 years. Adult performers will travel to the various Philly neighborhoods in order to increase access to the arts.
Sarah noticed while working as a theatre and dance teacher in the Philadelphia Public School system, that many of the children have never seen a theatre performance before. Philly Children's Theatre will introduce children in Philly to theatre and all that it can be.
"We must all do theatre, to find out who we are and to discover who we can become"
Sarah Gordin is a director and choreographer as well as a theatre and dance teaching artist based in Philadelphia, PA. Sarah received her BA in Theatre from Muhlenberg College. She also studied at the National Theatre Institute Advanced Directing Program at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and The Theatre Academy of London. Sarah fell in love with storytelling through reading and now focuses on telling stories in creative and imaginative ways with young people. Sarah has taught all over the world, both in person and virtually, at a North Philadelphia Elementary School with ArtistYear AmeriCorps, Friendship Circle, OutSchool, The Rose Theater in Omaha, NE, and the Creative Arts Academy in India, among others. Sarah focuses on tapping into imaginations while creating leadership opportunities for each student’s voices to be heard and valued.
Assistant Artistic Director
"Without Wings" by Ilana Zahava Abusch
There’s always so much pressure to grow up and do well in school… and become the best tooth fairy in all of history. But what happens when that pressure becomes too much to handle? New tooth fairy Cassiopeia is about to retrieve her first-ever tooth, in hopes of impressing her award-winning mother. Unfortunately, 7-year-old Mia can't bear to part with her first-ever lost tooth, thwarting Cassiopeia's mission and sending fairyland into disarray. With Cassie's reputation, Mia's childhood, and the fate of fairies everywhere at stake, can the two girls work together to save the day? Ilana Zahava Abusch's delightful new play, Without Wings, celebrates the fear and fun of growing into the person (or the fairy) one’s meant to become.
Please submit a 1-2 minute self-tape monologue for Philly Children's Theatre's summer touring production. The production will have six performances in three different outdoor locations around Philadelphia.
Character descriptions are as follows (all actors must be 18+):
MIA: Female. 7 years old. The last one in her class to lose a tooth.
CASSIOPEIA (CASSIE): Female. A young fairy, around 8 in human years. The last one in her class to pass the tooth test.
ANDROMEDA: Cassie’s mom. A veteran all-star tooth fairy. Expects nothing but the best from her daughter.
JACK/ALPHA CENTAURI: Mia’s dad. A goofball. Doing the best he can. ALPHA CENTAURI: Any gender. ANCIENT.
URSA MINOR: Any gender. A young fairy. Ursa Major’s child.
URSA MAJOR: Any gender. Ursa Minor’s parent. A flair for the dramatic.
Philly Children's Theatre is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Philly Children's Theatre must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
To make a donation by check or from a charitable trust, please contact us.
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Erin Gaydos is a teaching artist and director based in Philadelphia. Erin earned her BA in Theatre Studies with a minor in Psychology from Montclair State University. During her time at Montclair, she focused on artistic management, directing, and found her love for drama therapy. Erin’s passion for nonjudgmental spaces for young people to share their stories and experience art began while being a teaching artist at SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young, and has been a constant in her work. Erin is dedicated to fostering environments of acceptance and support while using theatre and other creative arts for students in every community.