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A theater company grows in Elkins Park

REP Radio podcast with White Pines Productions artistic director Ben Lloyd

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Benjamin Lloyd participates in White Pines's long-form improv dinner theater. (Photo via whitepinesproductions.org)
Benjamin Lloyd participates in White Pines's long-form improv dinner theater. (Photo via whitepinesproductions.org)

On this podcast, we interview White Pines Productions artistic director Benjamin Lloyd. Lloyd, a B.A. and M.F.A. Yale drama grad, has been a fixture as a Philadelphia actor for decades. He founded White Pines in 2009. The company operated out of the Elkins Park Gilded Age mansion Elkins Estate until 2012.

Since then, the company has moved to a storefront in Elkins Park's bustling business district, where they offer classes to adults, children, and people with special needs; produce original work; host a long- and short-form improv-based dinner theater with a three-course meal; host the Bright Invention improv ensemble; and offer off-site training programs. Here, Lloyd discusses his new model for arts organizations, the role companies like his serve in their neighborhoods, and the guiding philosophy behind White Pines's "community-based performing arts studio."

What, When, Where

Please see the White Pines calendar for event listings. White Pines Productions, 7908 High School Road, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. (877) 674-8338 or whitepinesproductions.org.

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