Studio X-hibition New Play Development

Each season Theatre Exile produces a new play development series entitled Studio X-hibition. More information will follow soon about our 2016-2017 series.  Below is the information about our successful 2015-2016 series.  If you're interested in submitting a script click here

Tickets JUST $10 each!


She Wore Those Shoes by Erlina Ortiz
Monday, March 14, 2016 @ 7pm
Erlina is so proud to have her play She Wore Those Shoes presented as part of Theatre Exile's 2016 Studio X-hibition series. She is best know for her work with Power Street Theatre Company where she is Resident Playwright sometimes, actor sometimes, and director often. Erlina went to Temple University where she obtained her B.A in Theatre with an Acting Concentration. These days, she enjoys juggling her artistic hats whether it be directing for the Paula Vogel Mentors Project at Philadelphia Young Playwrights, creating a piece from scratch with her ensemble Power Street Theatre Company, or working on several plays she has in progress. ​​Erlina believes that everyone has a voice no matter, age, sex, race, sexual orientation or any of the other labels we use to segregate ourselves. Her hope is to continue creating work that explores and empowers these unheard voices. Erlina would like to say thank you to Gaby Sanchez for telling her, "You are a playwright goddamn it! Now own it!" #powerstreet #sheworethoseshoes

HEART by Sam Henderson
Monday, March 21, 2016 @ 7pm

Recent productions include 100 (2015 FringeArts Festival) and the Renegade Company's Damned Dirty Apes. Recent readings include The Brownings (PTC@Play Festival, InterAct Theatre's Core Playwright's weekend). He is a second-year member of Interact Theatre's Core Writer's Program and a third-year member of the Foundry, a lab for emerging playwrights.


Sing the Body Electric by Michael Hollinger
Monday, March 28, 2016 @ 7pm
Michael Hollinger is pleased to return to Theatre Exile, where two of his short plays premiered as part of Hearts & Soles in 2008, and where two other plays (Under the Skin and Hope and Gravity) received early readings as part of the Studio X-hibition New Play Development Series.  His other plays include Ghost-Writer, Opus, Tooth and Claw, Red Herring, Incorruptible, Tiny Island, and An Empty Plate in the Café Du Grand Boeuf, all of which premiered at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre Company and have together enjoyed numerous productions around the country, in New York City and abroad.  Work premiered elsewhere includes: Hope and Gravity at Pittsburgh’s City Theatre; a new translation of Cyrano (co-adapted with Aaron Posner) at the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C.; and the musical A Wonderful Noise (co-authored with Vance Lehmkuhl) at Colorado’s Creede Repertory Theatre.  Michael recently workshopped his new musical TouchTones (co-authored with composer Robert Maggio) at the Arden.  Awards include a Steinberg New Play Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, a Mid-Atlantic Emmy, an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award, four Barrymore Awards (including the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Theatre Artist), nominations for Lucille Lortel and John Gassner awards, and fellowships from the Independence Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.  Michael is an Associate Professor at Villanova University, where he received his MA in Theatre, and a proud alumnus of New Dramatists.  He shares a life with actor/educator Megan Bellwoar, and their children Benjamin and Willa.

Developing and creating new fierce, gritty theater.
For our future. And Yours.

In 1996, Theatre Exile began with a production of a locally written world premiere on a small second floor theater on South Street. That commitment to new work has continued and Exile has produced 16 world premieres including the Philly Originals New Work Festival. In 2011 Theatre Exile created a new play development program, the Studio X-hibition Series, which is dedicated to cultivating the future of theater.

Studio X-hibition is focused not only on exporting the newest ideas from Philadelphia to the larger national theatrical community, but also of importing work that can impact the artists living and working in Philadelphia. The program has grown to include not only staged readings, but workshop development programs and writers' workshops, cultivating new, edgy and non-conformist theater. The series brings Philadelphia's own local writers, playwrights who are part of the national dialog and non-traditional theater makers together into one series that seeks to push the boundaries of theater, both in form and in content.