creating artistic community


Reading Theater Project is a collective of professional performing artists who create and present new theater inspired by our community: Reading and Berks County, Pennsylvania.

joel gori

Joel Gori (co-artistic director) is the artistic director of the Metamorphosis Performing Company and is a rostered artist in the arts-in-education program with the PA Council on the Arts. He is a resident artist at the Yocum Institute for Arts Education. He is the founder of the Reading Theater Project and is currently president of their board of directors.

vicki haller graff

Vicki Haller Graff (co-artistic director) is an actor, writer, and director. Besides RTP, she has worked at the Yocum Institute in Wyomissing, TheatreWorks in the Silicon Valley, Touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem, studied at the Patravadi Theatre in Bangkok, and graduated from the University of Evansville with a BFA in Theatre Performance.

Chris Heslop (music director) is a saxophonist and composer. His compositions have been performed by big bands, salsa bands, choirs, orchestras, and opera companies. He likes to perform with diverse groups including early jazz, salsa, and modern improvised music. He is also active in jazz education programs throughout his community.

christine cieplinski

Christine D. Cieplinski (community outreach liason) is a professional actor, director, producer, costume designer, educator & corporate trainer, therapist & advocate for victims of abuse, community organizer, and lover of macaroni and cheese, celebrates each endeavor with RTP's Principal Creative Team and is the proud Director of RTP's Quick & Dirty Improv Troupe.

sue lange
Sue Lange (resident playwright) is a novelist and a playwright. Her latest novel, The Perpetual Motion Club, is available in fine Amazons everywhere.
Christopher David Roche
Christopher David Roché (managing director) is an actor, singer, stage manager, director, and teaching artist throughout the tri-state area. He graduated from Albright College with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Theatre and History, where he also studied voice under Jeffrey Lentz. He has worked on over forty productions and films, serving both sides of the process. For upcoming productions feel free to visit his website. “Always act with honesty.”
George Hatza
George Hatza (literary director) is the former Entertainment Editor for the Reading Eagle (more than 30 years) and now works as a free-lance writer and critic. He holds a master of fine arts degree in theater directing from Boston University. He served as a playwright and director in Reading Theater Project's inaugural 2003 production, Ten Minutes From Reading. George has been a member of the American Theatre Critics Association since 1989.

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