Sarah Bishop-Stone is the Founder and Executive Director of The Philadelphia Thing. She returned to her hometown of Philly to join FringeArts in 2013, taking on the role of Programming Director as the organization expanded from an annual international festival to include year-round programming in anew facility on the Delaware River. From 2011-2013, she worked in Cultural Engagement with Montclair State University's Peak Performances series, facilitating initiatives that brought presented artists together with the student body and the curriculum. She also spent more than ten years as a dramaturg, producer, and arts administrator in New York's downtown theater scene. Sarah has a BA in English from Columbia University, an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama, and was part of the 2015-2016 Graduate Certificate cohort at Wesleyan's Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance.
Sherrine Azab co-conceives and directs A Host Of People’s productions as well as facilitates the ensemble’s day to day workings. She is a director, producer, and educator and has worked in Detroit, Seattle, New York, and Berlin. Sherrine holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and a postgraduate certificate from the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University, and was a member of the 2008 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. She was a 2017-18 UMS Artist in Residence, a 2018 Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellow, and has worked with the Arab American National Museum (Dearborn), The Foundry Theatre (NYC), and the Network of Ensemble Theaters. She is a proud Associate Artist at both Target Margin Theater (NYC) and Ping Chong + Co (NYC). Beyond her artistic/theater life, but woven in and related to it, some additional training of note include participation in the Emergent Strategy Immersion Training in 2018 and as well as intensives with the International Institute of Restorative Practice.
Phoebe Schaub is a multimedia artist, specializing in live performance. In addition to her work with Trade School, she is a Teaching Artist and Mentor of the Resident Playwrights at Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and Operations Manager of Team Sunshine Performance Corporation. She is a co-founder and former company member of Found Theater Company, where she co-created thirteen original works over eight years. She is a frequent collaborator of musical act soleCALIBUR and previously co-produced and curated the Secret Show Series at Painted Bride Art Center. She received her BA in theater, with a concentration in directing, from Temple University.