Mindy A. Early is a writer, theatre artist, and educator who fundamentally believes that everyone has a creative voice that the world needs to hear, and that everyone deserves a safe and supportive environment to cultivate that voice. In service of this mission, she facilitates experiential workshops for students ages seven through seventy seven at schools, community centers, corporations, and non-profits inside and outside the arts. Within theatre, Early’s classes focus on playwriting, directing, and performance. Within writing, she facilitates workshops about the fundamentals of storytelling, revision, poetry, and discovering the creative voice within. In addition to teaching over 1000 workshops at a multitude of schools in the Greater Philadelphia Area, she has worked with numerous organizations including InterAct Theatre, the Wilma Theater, 1812 Productions, Theatre Horizon, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, National Novel Writing Month, and Washington College, to name a few. Formerly Resident Teaching Artist and Education Associate at Philadelphia Theatre Company and Program Consultant for Arts Holding Hands and Hearts, she is currently the Interim Executive Director at Philadelphia Young Playwrights where she holds a permanent position as the Director of Education.
Early has also facilitated professional development sessions for scores of community professionals, teachers, and teaching artists. Topics have included tactics for clear communication, instructional methods and pedagogy, fostering a supportive creative environment, arts integration, and theatre education best practices. Through her work in professional development she’s been fortunate to work with organizations across multiple sectors, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the Stockton Bartol Rush Foundation, Leadership Philadelphia, Philadelphia Academies, and the School District of Philadelphia, to name a few.
Early is also a professional director, author, and blogger. As a director of theatre, she has worked with numerous theatre companies large and small on productions and developmental readings. Her directing work is focused on new play development, largely in support of emerging artists and writers of all ages. She is the former Artistic Director of the Cardboard Box Collaborative (now disbanded), a small Philadelphia-based theatre company which focused exclusively on producing plays from emerging playwrights. As a writer, she is a published poet, a produced playwright, and a published author. Her notable plays include “says Eugenia” (co-written with Liam Daley and Stephen Spotswood), Now Serving, Profiling, and Be All My Sins Remembered. A regular contributor to The Magic Happens, she is also a featured author in the book Empowered Women of Social Media, released in October 2014. Early’s blog, Create. Communicate. Connect., explores the writing process and provides resources and activities for writers of all genres and skill levels. Currently, she is in the process of publishing her first novel, a work of young adult fiction tentatively titled The Legend of Blossoming. She is also currently compiling a book of theatre games based on her eleven years of teaching theatre.
Early is a 2015-16 Friend of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, an alumna of the 2015 Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange, a participant of the TCG Education Directors Roundtable, and a participant in the National Writing Project’s Making Learning Connected MOOC. She is an alumna of Washington College, and she did her graduate study at Miami University of Ohio. She was also a proud recipient of a Ragdale Residency in 2015.
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