Simpatico Theatre | About the Company
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Our Mission

Simpatico Theatre explores stories that celebrate, challenge, and expand our definitions of community and compassion. We stage thought-provoking work that’s grounded in social justice, civil rights, and community service. Our grassroots dedication to bridging communities fuels our work, reveals avenues of advocacy for our audiences, and leads to transformative collaborations in our city.

Our Company

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Artistic Director
Allison Heishman (Artistic Director) is a director and educator who has been a part of the Philadelphia artistic community since 2003.  With Azuka Theatre (former Associate Artistic Director and transitional Artistic Associate): The Arsonists (NNPN Rolling World Premiere), Local Girls (WP), The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, Skin & Bone (WP), Failure: A Love Story, Hazard County, the terrible girls (WP), Azuka One Acts. Other credits: Tartuffe (Commonwealth Classic), Macbeth (Revolution Shakespeare), Rabbit Hole, Eurydice (Ruhl, Arcadia University), No Reservations (PNAA Productions, WP), Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll (Plays & Players), Pinkalicious, the musical (Walnut Street Theater, Kids’ Series), A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity, Spacewang (Tiny Dynamite, A Play A Pie A Pint, Barnes Foundation). Heishman was the Assistant Director under Blanka Zizka for the Wilma Theater’s productions of Angels in America, parts I and II. She has written and directed for Theatre Programs at the National Constitution Center, where she is the director of Living News, a fast-paced show geared towards middle and high school students that discusses current events and the Constitution. Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts and Rowan University. Proud alumna of Washington College, Chestertown, MD. Up next: Ready, Steady, Yeti, Go (WP) by David Jacobi at Azuka. Currently nominated for the F. Otto Haas Barrymore Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist.

Jarrod Markman

Associate Artistic Director

JARROD MARKMAN (Associate Artistic Director) is a Philadelphia based arts-administrator, director and connector. He recently directed the Barrymore-nominated, world-premiere production of TIME IS ON OUR SIDE by R. Eric Thomas and will be directing Hir by Taylor Mac this spring. In addition to Simpatico he serves as the Fringe Festival Coordinator for FringeArts and the Executive Director of DVAA. He is a graduate of the University of The Arts. 

Our Board of Directors

Michael Gumbel, JD - Board President

Owner - Bainbridge Law Center

Evelyn Thompson

Director - Genesis Care Transitions, Genesis Healthcare

Kristina Vagen

Vice President - Michaels Organizations, University Student Living

Janet Riser

First Vice President, Investments - The Riser Hartman Group, Janney Montgomery Scott

Melissa Hewitt

Tax Manager - Fujirebio Diagnostics, Inc.

John Kozempel

IT Consultant and Specialist - Various

Marilyn Golden

Teacher, Challenge Consultant - Cheltenham Elementary, Gifted Program, retired)

Members ex officio: Allen Radway