Meet our Board of Directors
Caitlin Cieri (President)
Caitlin Cieri is a lifelong enthusiast of theatre, audio drama, library music, and a damn good cup of tea. Her most recent PDC-based projects include the audio drama podcast Philly DramaCast, the 2019 Free Fringe Philly show Fringes of Society Marathon Relay, and the 2020 Philly Theatre Week show A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. She's also written plays and audio dramas performed by The Shoe Box Theatre Festival (The Most Important Meal, 2019), Nee Danse (Holding One's Own: Stories About Living With Breast Cancer, 2019), Barefoot Theatre Company (St. Joseph's Day, 2020, 2020), the Risk! podcast (With Baudy in Brooklyn 1 Interstitial, 2017), Project Y Theatre Company (Scene 6 of The COVIDs of March, 2020), the Walnut Street Theatre (The Concessions Conspiracy, 2007) and Maladjusted's Going Viral Festival (I Can't Remember My Legs, 2020.) When she's not writing, Caitlin likes to spend her shelter-in-place playing The Game of Things, reading to her cousin on Zoom, and cooking every recipe from Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories.
Charles Primerano (Secretary)
Charles Primerano is proud to be an active member of Philadelphia’s playwriting community, and currently serves as a co-moderator at the PDC Playwrights’ Happy Hour, as a board member of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center, and as a Dramatists Guild Ambassador for the Philadelphia Region. He is a former member of the Playwrights Unit at Syracuse Stage. He is the author of seven full-length plays and five full-length screenplays. He has worked professionally as a scriptwriter and as a writer of a wide range of documents and materials. He served as communications director on multiple political campaigns and was editor and contributor of a bi-weekly newspaper op-ed column.
He and his wife Sharon live in in Narberth, PA .
Lewis Trauffer (Board at Large)
Lewis Trauffer is the newest member to the PDC, joining in late fall 2019. A playwright from Philadelphia whose first effort, 'Merry Molech Day,' has yet to be performed. The play, set in the present, exploring the real costs and questionable benefits of child sacrifice, was stifled preemptively by Christmas pageant directors at his church. From this Lewis went on to write several treatments and plays which were presented at the bi-monthly Writers' Circle. Since then his work has received appreciative nods and unforced laughs among his peers, which he construes as some indicia of improvement. Lewis is a writer in residence at his home in Wynnewoood where he also performs light-housekeeping (though less than desired by his wife). He is recognized for his ability to shelter-in-place and is the recent recipient of many wellness calls from his friends and family.
William Burrison (Board at Large)
William Burrison has worked in the New Play Development salt and copper mines as:
Literary Manager, PlayWorks; Projects Director, PDC (early formativeyears), manager or artistic director of Off-Off Main Street (a funded 4 season public new plays reading/discussion series in Manayunk), and the Spruce Hill Community Theater Project, as founder and leader, funded, for ten years.
3 time Pa. Arts Council grant recipient.
Major full-length plays:
"Poor Poe" (a 4 act epic, Act 1 produced by
Nighthawks Theater, Fringe Festival)
"The King of King of Prussia" (T.A.P. recipient, for production at the Carnegie Mellon New Plays
Festival, and residency, 1988)
"Leaving It to Beaver."
Many short plays, and short play collections (e.g.., "Kafkaesque", at Independent
Eye, Lancaster), performed, in Phila. vicinity, even NYC, and Florida.
Presently working on another collection, "The Corona Chronicles."
Also a journalist, fiction writer, poet. You can find my work -- 8 poems -- published in "_More Voices in the Stream", "an Overbrook Poets Anthology", Parnilis Media press, 2018.
Mark Knight (Board at Large)
Mark's agent writes:
"Mark Knight is British & is a great deal older than he looks. He looks dreadful. He has appeared in over 167 stage & radio plays & TV shows. He toured the UK & Europe many times as a playwright, producer, lecturer & director. He was resident Actor/Teacher/Manager at Shakespeare's Globe Education Department, London. He taught & toured locally & internationally on the Globe's behalf for years. In 1997 they found him out. He can't go back there for a while."
I stipulate to my agents comments.
I've been a permanent legal alien since 1997 & I've lived in Philadelphia since the early 2000s. Since then I've been privileged to work with such companies as: Peoples' Light & Theatre, The Arden, Rev Theatre, The Bridge PHL, The Brick Playhouse, Philly Young Playwrights, the Philadelphia Dramatists' Center, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Isis Prodcutions, The Society Hill Playhouse, the Irish Repertory Theatre, Plays & Players Theatre, Walking Fish, Luna Theater, the Philadelphia Artists' Collective (PAC), the BridgePHL, Egopo Classic Theatre & many more in our vibrabt #theatrephiladelphia. I am also proud to have co-founded The MacProud Foundation & the Overknight Theatre program - not to be confused with the upcoming PDC 24 hour playmaking program, the GOTs (Guaranteed Overnight Theatre).
Plays on NNPX - Contact me