Articles by Ruth Rovner

A career ‘alternative’ for former union organizer

After spending years as a union organizer and sheet metal worker, Kensington’s Ron Jablonski has found a new career in alternative medicine.

Fishtown soprano sings her tune in Ava opera

The Academy of Vocal Arts presents “Pelleas et Melisande” by Debussy featuring Fishtowner Chloe Moore.

Feeling Crafty

Fishtown's Mary Folino helps get actors in character as costume designer for Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap at the Walnut Street Theatre.

Displaying their 'Private Lives'

For its current holiday production, the Lantern Theater Company is presenting Noel Coward’s romantic comedy, Private Lives. Performances continue through Dec. 31. 

Northern Liberties Dancer Sparkles (Literally) in 'The Nutcracker'

Pennsylvania Ballet soloist Barette Vance Widell, a Northern Liberties resident, lights up this stage in performances at the Academy of Music

A different war story

For Cody Nickell, a stage play focusing on two slaves, a wounded Confederate soldier and a life-changing Passover seder required some out-of-the-norm research.

Up to the challenge

Kevin Meehan has had roles in varied productions ranging from Shakespeare to contemporary comedy. But his role in the Wilma Theater’s current production is unlike anything he’s done.

A profound experience

For Fox Chase actor David Bardeen, his role in a play about clashing religious ideologies demands a lot of intensity.

Knows her stuff

Becoming a docent at the Museum of American Jewish History requires more than a quick crash course. It’s clear to museum visitors that Laurie Gottlieb has passed the test.

Living in the past

Being a storyteller for the popular ‘Once Upon a Nation’ program demands a lot of Katie Stickney. She’s outgoing. She can be quite dramatic. And she knows her Philly history.