Simpatico Theatre | About the Company
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Our Mission

Simpatico Theatre explores stories that celebrate, challenge, and expand our definitions of community and compassion. We stage thought-provoking work that’s grounded in social justice, civil rights, and community service. Our grassroots dedication to bridging communities fuels our work, reveals avenues of advocacy for our audiences, and leads to transformative collaborations in our city.

Our Company


Allen Radway

Producing Artistic Director

ALLEN RADWAY (Producing Artistic Director) has worked as a theatre artist, educator, and arts administrator in Philadelphia for nearly two decades. For Simpatico he has directed Watership DownMilk Like SugarThe Black MonkThe Cryptogram, and Evie’s Waltz. Allen is a Barrymore Award-nominated actor, and has performed in over sixty productions, including appearances with the Wilma, the Arden, Theatre Exile, Lantern, Azuka, CCTC, People’s Light, and PlayPenn. He holds a BFA in Acting from the University of the Arts, where he now serves as an Assistant Professor. Allen is also an advocate for people with intellectual disabilities, and is an annual participant in the Buddy Walk which celebrates National Down Syndrome Awareness Month in support of CHoP’s T-21 Program.


Christine M. Bater

Managing Director

CHRISTINE M. BATER (Managing Director) is a Jersey girl, born, raised and living in South Jersey.  She received her BFA in Technical Theatre from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.  While at Rutgers, she studied abroad in London, interning at both Shakespeare’s Globe and The Royal Court Theatre.  After freelance stage managing for several years in the Philadelphia theatre scene, she transitioned to administration and has held several positions within Simpatico.  She is active in her hometown community and is committed to raising her two beautiful little goofballs, Lucy and Camille. 


Polly Rose Edelstein

Director of Development

POLLY ROSE EDELSTEIN (Director of Development) has been living and working in the Philadelphia region for the past five years. In addition to her work at Simpatico Polly is a freelance director/teaching artist and is the Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival (PWTF). BFA Stephens College; MA Villanova University. Other organizations Polly has worked with include: PWTF, The Coterie, Columbia Gorge Repertory Theatre, InterAct Theatre Company, Steel River Playhouse, Theatre Horizon, the Darlington Arts Center, East Coast Recording, International Ballet Classique, The Pub Theater and Crack the Glass Theatre Company.


David Fertik

Director of Marketing and Public Relations

DAVID FERTIK (Director of Marketing and PR) is an award winning multidisciplinary artist and designer with specialties in experiential graphic design and marketing. In addtion to Simpatico, he has worked with Barrington Stage Company, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Sinking Ship Productions, Hear Again Radio Project, ReVamp Collective, Mazeppa Productions, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, and The University of the Arts, of which he is a graduate.


Jarrod Markman

Associate Artistic Director

JARROD MARKMAN (Associate Artistic Director) is a Philadelphia based arts-administrator, director and connector. He recently directed the Barrymore-nominated, world-premiere production of TIME IS ON OUR SIDE by R. Eric Thomas and will be directing Hir by Taylor Mac this spring. In addition to Simpatico he serves as the Fringe Festival Coordinator for FringeArts and the Executive Director of DVAA. He is a graduate of the University of The Arts. 

Our Board of Directors

Michael Gumbel, JD - Board President

Owner - Bainbridge Law Center

Evelyn Thompson

Director - Genesis Care Transitions, Genesis Healthcare

Kristina Vagen

Vice President - Michaels Organizations, University Student Living

Janet Riser

First Vice President, Investments - The Riser Hartman Group, Janney Montgomery Scott

Melissa Hewitt

Tax Manager - Fujirebio Diagnostics, Inc.

John Kozemple

IT Consultant and Specialist - Various

Marilyn Golden

Teacher, Challenge Consultant - Cheltenham Elementary, Gifted Program, retired)

Members ex officio: Christine Bater, Allen Radway