ABOUT THEATRE EXILE - Founded in 1996 by Joe Canuso and Trish Kelly, Theatre Exile was created by a group of artists who wanted to rattle the gates of the mainstream. In 2013 Deborah Block was named Producing Artistic Director after seven years of serving as Co-Artistic Director.
Drawn to plays that explore the complexities of the human condition and contain a sense of true Philadelphia grit and passion, Exile has produced 64 full-scale productions, including 18 world premieres and 31 Philadelphia premieres. It was the first Philadelphia organization to produce such powerhouse playwrights as Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner Tracy Letts, Noah Haidle, Rona Munro, David Harrower, Annie Baker, Rajiv Joseph, Mike Bartlett, Sharr White and Lucas Hnath. In accordance with their desire to support the development of engaging and thought-provoking theater, in 2010 Theatre Exile established Studio X-hibition, a forum to showcase plays in process. Theatre Exile helps students in 6th to 8th grades find their artistic voice through the Paper Wings education program.
For their excellence in producing theatre, they have received 87 Barrymore Award nominations, with 19 awards total. Theatre Exile believes in freedom of expression formulated through innovation, exploration and provocation, all while providing a safe and creative environment, in which local artists can grow, experiment and ultimately, find their own voice.