About

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 Pennsylvania 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 its board of directors.

vicki haller graff

Vicki Haller Graff (co-artistic director) is an actor, writer and director. In addition to 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 Theater 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 chooses to perform with diverse groups including early jazz, salsa and modern improvised music. He is also active in jazz-education programs throughout the community.

christine cieplinski

Christine D. Cieplinski (community outreach liaison) is a professional actor, director, producer, costume designer, educator and corporate trainer, therapist and advocate for victims of abuse, and community organizer.

sue lange
Sue Lange (resident playwright) is a novelist and a playwright. Her 2011 novel, Tritcheon Hash, was included in Kirkusbest of list for that year. Her award-winning play, “Glass Ceiling,” is included in the Potty Mouth Trilogy of three bathroom conversations. Her latest novel, The Perpetual Motion Club, is available on Amazon
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 theater and history, where he also studied voice under Jeffrey Lentz. He has worked on more than 40 productions and films, serving on both sides of the process.
George Hatza
George Hatza (literary director) is the former Entertainment Editor for the Reading Eagle (more than 36 years) and now works as a free-lance writer, director, playwright 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. Hatza has been a member of the American Theatre Critics Association since 1989 and has retired from longstanding membership in the New York Drama Desk.

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