The Reading Theater Project is a locally-focused, professional theater company, based in Greater Reading/Berks County, PA.
We produce new theater with a focus on the creative process for the artists involved, resulting in a unique production for the audience.
We value collaboration and creative challenges and believe theater is an inclusive experience that can reveal our shared human condition.
Risk-taking and art-making are at the forefront of what we do.
All are welcome here.
Theater is transformative. As such, and with a spirit of shared humanity, we stand for an anti-racist community of artists and audience, and we renounce all racism, xenophobia, transphobia, homophobia, sexism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, classism, ableism, and hate speech or actions that aim to silence, threaten, or degrade anyone.
Creative Leadership of the Reading Theater Project
Jewell A. Brown is a 2010 graduate of Governor Mifflin Senior High School and a 2013 graduate of Reading Area Community College. After graduating from RACC, Jewell continued her education at Temple University where she played clarinet and tuba in the Diamond Marching Band. At Temple University, Jewell majored in Media Studies and Production with concentrations in Recording Arts and Emergent Media.
After leaving Temple University, Jewell was eager to find a new creative home and has found one with Reading Theater Project. Jewell has been involved with Reading Theater Project since 2018 as a stage manager and sound designer.
Jimmy Damore (production manager) is an educator and theatermaker. With RTP, Jimmy directed “The Mockingbird’s Nest” and “Adaptations,” as well as the piece “Skepseis” for their 2021 Fringe Festival, which he also wrote. Jimmy is also a teacher and music director at the Yocum Institute.
He holds a B.A. in Performance Studies from Brown University and a teaching certification in Language Arts from Point Park University.
Joel Richard Gori is the artistic director of the Metamorphosis Performing Company which creates and tours interactive, issue-oriented programs. He has been a rostered movement-theater artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for over 30 years.
He founded the Reading Theater Project in 2003 and is a member of their creative team. He is a theater teaching artist at Yocum Institute for Arts Education, where he also directs plays and performs.
Vicki Haller Graff (artistic director) is an actor, writer and director.
In addition to RTP, she has worked at the Yocum Institute in Wyomissing, TheatreWorks in the Silicon Valley, Touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem, studied at the Patravadi Theatre in Bangkok, and graduated from the University of Evansville with a BFA in Theater Performance.
Chris Heslop (music director) is a saxophonist and composer. His compositions have been performed by big bands, salsa bands, choirs, orchestras, and opera companies.
He performs with diverse groups including early jazz, salsa, and modern improvised music. He is also active in jazz-education programs throughout his community.
Adam Richter (literary manager) is a journalist and playwright from West Reading, Pennsylvania. His plays have been performed by the Reading Theater Project and Barley Sheaf Players.
His play “Eye Contact” was a winner in the Phillips’ Mill Community Association Emerging Playwrights Competition. His plays can be found on the New Play Exchange. He can be found on Twitter as @richterific.
Megan Rose is an actor, writer, and artist. In addition to RTP she has worked with Cirque du Soleil, NYC Fringe, FringeArts, and most recently with Allen’s Lane Theatre and People’s Light. She holds a BFA in Acting from Lindenwood University as well as a MA in Theatre from Villanova University.
Sean Sassaman is a 2016 graduate of Albright College (Arts Administration/Theater) and native of Reading, PA. He has worked with Reading Theater Project as a stage manager, director, and infrequent actor since 2017.
Along with Reading Theater Project, he has worked with Market Road Films and LAByrinth Theater on their 2017 project, This Is Reading, as well as the Yocum Institute for Arts Education.
Board of Directors
- Jennifer Reimer, President
- Katie Hannon, Secretary
- Sara Smith, Treasurer
- Tracy Schott
- Brad Gale
- Suzanne Cody
- Amy Heichel