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.
Sunny Bleckinger, Executive Assistant
Sunny provides program support in the PlayWrite office. When not at Playwrite, he writes and directs radio plays, most recently “Four Mondays,” which was funded by a Project Grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. He worked for five years as a journalist in The Netherlands, and is currently working on a new radio drama detective series. The mission of PlayWrite is particularly significant to Sunny as he spent a couple early childhood years in foster homes, after intermittent homelessness with his mother and sister.
Tracy Cameron Francis, Development Associate
Tracy Cameron Francis is a first-generation Egyptian-American director and has directed and developed work with HERE, Atlantic Theatre Co, Red Bull Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Williamstown Theatre Festival, NY Arab American Comedy Festival, Pen World Voices Fest, NY International Fringe Festival, LaMama Culture Hub, and Alwan For the Arts. Internationally with Ubumuntu Arts Fest (Rwanda), Falaki Theatre (Egypt), LaMama Umbria (Italy) and regionally with Teatro Milagro, Corrib Theatre, T.B.A. festival, and Boom Arts. Cameron has created and curated original performances for Bushwick Open Studios Performance Art Showcase, Brooklyn Fireproof Gallery, the W Hotel, Alwan Center for the Arts, JAW at Portland Center Stage, Queens Arts Council, and Hybrid Theatre Works. TCG 2017 Rising Leader of Color. Member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab and associate member of SDC. She is currently the festival director of the Cascade Festival of African Film. BA Middle Eastern Studies and Theatre Arts, Fordham. www.tracyfrancis.com
Brooke Dabalos, Administrative Assistant
Brooke is a writer, artist, and musician who assists PlayWrite with administrative tasks and coaches workshops. She enjoys working with youth, and igniting the fire of creativity within them. As a child and teenager, Brooke experienced many programs like PlayWrite that seek to inspire and empower young artists. Because of her past in arts education, she is enthusiastic about providing the same care and attention she received to our young writers and the program. Brooke completed her BFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry at San Francisco State University. She truly values the positive impact that PlayWrite provides for ‘Youth at the Edge,' and is grateful to contribute to such an altruistic organization.