The Reading Theater Project is a locally-focused, professional theater company, based in Greater Reading/Berks County, PA.
We produce new theater with a focus on the creative process for the artists involved, resulting in a unique production for the audience.
We value collaboration and creative challenges and believe theater is an inclusive experience that can reveal our shared human condition.
Risk-taking and art-making are at the forefront of what we do.
Joel Gori (artistic director emeritus) 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.
Vicki Haller Graff (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.
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.
Kathleen Godwin is an actor who works as Controller at Topos Mondial Corporation and spends her free time narrating and producing audiobooks, practicing classical guitar and ballet and working as an actor when local opportunities arise. Blessed with a curious nature, Kathleen enjoys reading, thinking and learning about humanity.