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Penelope Reed Wins the Theatre Philadelphia Lifetime Achievement Award

In Philadelphia, no one has started more careers than Penelope Reed, and now 25 years later she will be honored by Theatre Philadelphia’s Barrymore Award for A Lifetime of Achievement for her service to Hedgerow Theatre Company, “The Mother of All Philadelphia theatre companies,” as well as the Philly theatre community at large.

Her roots with Hedgerow stretch back into her youth. Along with her mother Janet Kelsey, Ms. Reed studied under Jasper Deeter, the founder of Hedgerow Theatre, in 1962, at the age of 17. Little did she know that many years later she would return to the “intrepid Hedgerow Theatre” as its Producing Artistic Director, reviving the theatre to National prominence and, like Jasper himself, creating new theatre artists along the way.     

A leading actress for 12 years at the Milwaukee Repertory Company, Ms. Reed was also a director and a playwright. As a leading member of the McCarter Theatre for 9 years, her duties included that of Master Acting teacher and director. She has directed over 100 productions at a variety of theatres across the United States.

In 1992, Ms. Reed took the helm of Hedgerow, bringing her years of experience to Hedgerow to return it to its National standing as a theatre of excellence. She represented the next generation of a long line of actors and educators at Hedgerow, as, from its roots, the theatre has focused on the training and creating of future actors. From Jasper and Rose Schulman, Ms. Reed reignited the educational programs and strengthened the company mindset of Hedgerow by reinvigorating the apprenticeship program.

Ms. Reed transformed Hedgerow from a burned down shell of a building back into a professional theatre with an identity both for theatre production and education.  

The Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre are a nationally recognized symbol of excellence for professional theatre in the Greater Philadelphia region, honoring local artists and theatre companies while increasing public awareness of the richness and diversity of our city’s thriving theatre community.

Named in honor of the famed Philadelphia-based first family of theatre, the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre have served as Philadelphia’s professional theatre awards program since 1994. The Barrymore Awards are a nationally recognized symbol of excellence for professional theatre in our region, raising the bar for the work produced by local theatres and individual artists while increasing public awareness of the richness and diversity of our city’s thriving theatre community. Each fall, theatregoers and artists come together to celebrate the theatre season and honor that year’s Barrymore nominees and award recipients at the annual Barrymore Awards Ceremony.

Ms. Reed will join recent winners Sara Garonzik, Johnnie Hobbs, Jr.,Johnnie Hobbs, Jr. as well as friends and collaborators Louis Lippa, Tom McCarthy, and James J. Christy.

Today, Ms. Reed is a Director Emeritus at Hedgerow Theatre, serving as both an actor and a consultant. She has handed the company off to her son, Jared Reed, who is following his mother’s example and strengthening the core company of the theatre.

Ms. Reed will be appearing in the fall thriller, Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, in the role of Madame Arcati.

Hedgerow Theatre is located at 64 Rose Valley Road in Rose Valley (near Media). For more info, call 610-565-4211 or visit www.HedgerowTheatre.org.

Blog: Twenty-Three Reasons to See A Christmas Carol

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  • A Delaware Valley Holiday Tradition for 23-years
  • Experience an 1843 story in an 1846 grist mill
  • See the longest running production of Dickens’ Christmas classic in the area
  • It’s the Most Beloved Christmas Story of all time (yes, we’re talking to you Ralphie)
  • Come see where our modern holiday traditions began
  • Longtime Company Member Zoran Kovcic plays Scrooge for his 15th year
  • A new adaptation from Artistic Director Jared Reed
  • Share the Holiday spirit (Don’t be a hum bug)
  • See the Delaware County Community on stage ACC 2013 (17)
  • Witness Charles Dickens’ authentic story live
  • Complimentary Hot Apple Cider every night
  • Makes a great gift to friends and family (naughty and nice)
  • Participate in our Christmas Raffle featuring Hedgerow win glasses, Christmas ornaments, t-shirts, cookies, wine, and more
  • Join kids and teens from around Delaware County as they make their debut on the Hedgerow Stage
  • Hear all your favorite traditional Christmas carols on stage and from our children’s choir
  • Purchase your very own Hedgerow Theatre Christmas ornament
  • Enjoy our new takes of the Ghosts of Christmas in this year’s production (here’s a hint: really, big puppets)
  • Meet and greet with the Hedgerow Theatre Company
  • Costumes! (Halloween’s not the only time of year with ridiculously awesome outfits)
  • Every night is a new production with actors and company members switching roles each night (The quick change from Fezziwig to Christmas Present is quite a joy)
  • Bring your family to celebrate the season with our family
  • And a partridge in a pear tree

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