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Our Staff

Jamie J. Brunson, Executive Director
Jamie J. Brunson has brought storytelling to the stage within different spheres of the arts and cultural community for over 16 years. She served as managing director of New Freedom Theatre and the Providence Black Repertory Company and as Director of Institutional Gifts and Sponsorship for the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. An accomplished playwright, Brunson is a four-time Delaware Division of the Arts/NEA grantee for playwriting and an award-winning playwright who was named a “New Voice in American Theatre” by the Edward Albee Theatre Conference. Her plays have been produced across the country at the Wilmington Fringe Festival (DE); the Kitchen Theatre; New Freedom Theatre; the Harlem Theatre Company, Abingdon Theatre (NYC); Walnut Street Theatre Second Stage (Philadelphia); Karamu House (Cleveland, OH); and Providence Black Repertory Company (RI). Her playwriting awards and honors include a Panelist Choice Award at the Edward Albee Conference and selection as a Chesterfield Film Company Fellowship Semi-Finalist. Brunson holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio-Television-Film from Temple University. E-mail | 267-402-2058

Dan Gasiewski, Director of Production
Before joining First Person Arts, Dan was the Promotions Manager for public television station WYBE-TV, Philadelphia. He is the co-founder and director of the Morris Park Restoration Association, a nonprofit organization restoring Philadelphia’s 147- acre Morris Park natural woodland area. A former puppeteer, he is also the co-founder of Philadelphia’s Puppet Uprising. E-mail | 267-402-2056

Becca Jennings, Marketing and Communications Manager
Becca has worked in Marketing with FPA since 2010, after earning a BFA from Moore College of Art & Design where she graduated summa cum laude with departmental honors and won multiple awards for her work in 2D Fine Art and memoir-driven performance. Outside of FPA, she has served on the Communications Committee and as a 2013 and 2014 grant award panelist for Philadelphia Cultural Fund. She’s also served on the Advisory Board of Girls Star, a 501(c)3 nonprofit mentoring organization that fosters connections between women and girls. E-mail | 267-402-2055

Jen Cleary, Production
Jen is a director, production manager, visual artist, and designer based in Kensington, Philadelphia. Having worked in established theaters and non-traditional spaces all over the world, her credits include shows at REDCAT (Los Angeles), Painted Bride Art Center (Philadelphia), Highways Performance Space (Santa Monica), Lincoln Center (New York City), Westergasfabriek (Amsterdam, NL), Z Below (San Francisco), Contact Theatre (Manchester, UK), and The Bethnal Green Men’s Working Club (London, UK). Jen is a two time Emmy Award winning broadcast engineer and a Lucie Award winning photographer. Additionally, her images can be seen in the California Heritage Museum’s permanent collection. E-mail | 267-908-3230

Upcoming Events
  • Commonspace Airs on WHYY (90.9 FM)
  • Date: April 30, 2017
  • Time: 8PM
  • Venue: WHYY FM
  • Location: 90.9 FM
  • Commonspace LIVE: Woke
  • Date: May 22, 2017
  • Time: Doors at 7PM, Show at 8PM
  • Venue: FringeArts Theater
  • Location: 140 N. Columbus Blvd. at Race St., Philadelphia