With numerous dream roles on her theatrical wish list, Jessica Johnson knows each occasion to contribute to a production will prepare her for prominence. Since early November, the 25-year-old has been gaining priceless experience as an ensemble understudy and extra in “Elf,” the Walnut Street Theatre’s latest Christmas extravaganza.
Having pondered a life as an actor and a lawyer, Andy Kahn can certainly claim his third vocational choice has proven the charm. The pulsating-with-positivity pianist garnered his initial success more than three decades ago and is reveling in a much-appreciated encore with friends as The All-Star Jazz Trio, performing weekly shows at a pair of Center City restaurants.
Allison Heishman enjoys tackling the output of theatrical heavyweights such as Henrik Ibsen and William Shakespeare yet loves striving to help current writers approach the reverence afforded to the time-tested scribes. Beginning tomorrow and lasting through Dec. 15, the 32-year-old will reflect her fascination with fresh material by directing the world premiere of “No Reservations,” a modernization of the birth of Jesus Christ that parodies individuals’ fixations with celebrities and social media.
A devotee of authentic, craft-infused storytelling, Ben Kalina last year felt his next project would meditatively and poetically look at barrier islands and the contention-causing discussion of beach replenishment along the New Jersey Shore.