Bruce has been connecting youth at the edge with theatre since 1996. He established PlayWrite to pursue this passion, combining established theatre practices and neuroscience research with engaged and invested coaches to best serve the needs of youth. Bruce holds degrees from Reed College and the University of Chicago, both in Anthropology. He lived and taught in Shiraz, Iran from the late 60’s until the 1978 revolution. In 1980 he entered the culinary world in Paris, and adventures with food occupied him for the next decade and a half. In 1996, he was invited to write a play for a child in the Haven Project, and ever since has been passionately involved in connecting young people with theatre. He served as Managing Director of the Haven Project from 2000 through April 2003, and founded PlayWrite in November of 2003.
Chelsea Turowsky, Executive Assistant
Chelsea has a cross-disciplinary background in literary arts and social sciences. She holds her BA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where she worked closely with The Poetry Center and graduated as a Frances Jaffer award poet. She has worked as a photographer, an editorial assistant at a publishing house, a copyeditor and chef. Chelsea connected to PlayWrite by chance after relocating to Portland from Brooklyn, NY in 2016. Since first learning of the workshop, she has possessed a conviction in PlayWrite as an attuned program and process, capable of changing the lives of all who witness and participate. She is thrilled to be doing her part. When she is not balancing PlayWrite's day-to-day, you will find Chelsea at the beach.
Elisabeth Geier, Graduate Program Coordinator
In addition to providing development and program support in the PlayWrite office, Elisabeth is a workshop coach, and loves working with young writers as they create characters, explore conflict, and write amazing plays. Outside of PlayWrite, Elisabeth is a writer, editor, teacher, and animal rescue professional. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana, and a BFA in Writing, Literature & Publishing from Emerson College. Elisabeth is excited to be part of PlayWrite's mission and work to empower youth at the edge.
Denise Luk, Administrative and Development Associate
Denise is a writer and performer. She applies her research and writing skills to fundraising and development for nonprofits. Denise is passionate about working with underserved communities and is an advocate at heart. Denise believes in the power of PlayWrite’s process because she has witnessed how creative arts can be a vehicle for personal growth and community development. Prior to development work, she spent about a decade dedicated to national animal welfare law and grassroots community advocacy. She worked closely with nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest around sustainable farming issues and practiced as an animal law attorney fighting the abusive practices of large-scale industrial agriculture. She graduated with a J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law and a B.A. in English from University of California, Berkeley.