About

Our Mission

The Bridge Initiative is women-led artistic collective in Phoenix, Arizona that uses theatre and media to build bridges.

Our Vision

Theatre is a mirror and a window. The Bridge Initiative envisions an equitable industry where women and other historically and systemically marginalized groups are safe, represented, and valued. We aspire to a healthy, multi-tiered professional theatre ecosystem in Arizona that provides just compensation and the highest quality artistic opportunities. We want to build a community of safe and brave spaces where artists and audience use artistic work to spark dialogue, inspire reflection, and grow a better world. 

 Core Values

  • Access
  • Accountability
  • Antiracism
  • Consent
  • Gender Parity
  • Shared Power
  • Vulnerability

Executive Leadership

Brenda Jean Foley (Producing Artistic Director) moved to Tempe from New York City with her husband, Brian, who completed his MFA in Directing at ASU, and child, Robyn. Brenda hosts Broadway Curious for The Bridge Initiative. Brenda has worked with Arizona Theatre Company (The Diary of Anne Frank, The Music Man), Jewish Ensembler Theatre at Scottsdale Center for the Arts (The Diary of Anne Frank), Tempe Center for the Arts (Orange Flower Water – scheduled March 2020), iTheatre Collaborative (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Love Disorder), AC/TC (Now.Here.This.), Mesa Encore Theatre (Carousel, August: Osage County,The Full Monty, Zoni nom), the Don Bluth Front Row Theatre (The Sound of Music), and readings with Phoenix Theatre, Stray Cat, and Class 6. She started the popular monthly Second Sundays play reading series with Mesa Encore Theatre. Previously, Brenda performed off- and off-off-Broadway, on tour, in regional theatre, and internationally. She founded CEO Theatre who were the first to revive John Cariani’s Almost, Maine in NYC. Also a writer, her screenplays have placed in national contests, and she wrote the book and contributed lyrics to an original musical, To Find Happy, which was part of the Emerging Artists Theatre New Works Festival in 2013. She is currently putting together her first documentary film, See Jane Run, as executive producer. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in English from the University of Michigan, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

 

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Artistic Leadership

Natalie Andrews, Daniela Crispo, Lindsey Gardner-Penner, Maren Maclean Mascarelli

Artistic Affiliates

Marina Blue Jarrett, Brian Foley, Angela Celes Kabasan Gonzalez, Lydia Corbin, Megan Holcomb,  Justin Hosten, Melody Knudson, Mona Swan Lesueur, Elaine ‘E.E.’ Moe, Taylor Moschetti, John Perovich,  Seth Tucker, Lesley Tutnick-Machbitz, Avery Volk

Members of the Board

  • Acting President: Brenda Foley
  • Secretary: Amie Bjorklund
  • Treasurer: Rob Greenspan
  • Members-at-Large: Daniela Crispo, Sally Jesse, Christi Sweeney
  • Co-founding Producing Artistic Director Emeritus: Tracy Liz Miller

Additional Support

  • Photography: Laura Durant, Durant Communications
  • Web Administration: David Dickinson, Will Rogers