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File #: 170417    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 4/27/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 4/27/2017
Title: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of "Theatre Exile" and honoring Joe Canuso who help found and developed Theatre Exile and continues to contribute to the Philadelphia cultural environment today.
Sponsors: Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Parker
Attachments: 1. Signature17041700.pdf
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Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of "Theatre Exile" and honoring Joe Canuso who help found and developed Theatre Exile and continues to contribute to the Philadelphia cultural environment today.

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WHEREAS, In 1996 Theatre Exile founder Joe Canuso and Trish Kelly, along with a band of artists, looked to rattle the gates of mainstream theatre; and

WHEREAS, Theatre Exile is a non-profit Theatre company dedicated to enhancing the cultural experiences of Philadelphians through the staging of works that engage the imagination. They produced- challenging plays that explore the complexities of the human condition and contain a sense of Philadelphia's grit and passion. They strive to reach new Theatre audiences throughout the community by presenting both new works as well as established plays that are often re-interpreted in original ways; and

WHEREAS, They believe in freedom of expression formulated through innovation, exploration and provocation. At the same time, they provide a safe and creative environment in which local artists can grow, experiment and find their own voice; and

WHEREAS, Theatre Exile produces a three-show season with both world and regional premieres, and introduces new voices to the Philadelphia theatre landscape each year; and

WHEREAS, Theatre Exile produces a new play development program (Studio X-hibition), and works with local youth through their educational programs, including their program in the schools called Paper Wings. This program encourages underserved students to write about their world, and to discover their voices through the art of theatre; and

WHEREAS, In December of 2008, Theatre Exile moved into their current home on 1340 S. 13th street. This building houses their administrative offices and Studio X, their rehearsal/development/ performance studio, thus becoming the only professional producing theatre in South Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, In 2014, Theatre Exile underwent a planned leadership transit...

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