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Public Reading: Mary Ellen Driscoll: The Smartest Kid in the Room

The Smartest Kid in the Room

Sharp, funny Congressional aide thinks she has it together – until events lead to a night in the D.C. drunk tank and show her and boss Congresswoman Chris Nolan that’s not the case. Chris orders Bernadette home to her blue-collar Philadelphia neighborhood for a six-month “rehabilitation assignment” as interim program director for a small non-profit, which forces Bernadette to confront family expectations, her fears about herself … and the man she left behind 18 years earlier.

Mary Ellen Driscoll

Mary Ellen Driscoll

Philadelphia native Mary Ellen Driscoll is an award-winning writer and business communicator, actress and a former game show champion.

Currently, she is the editor for PJM’s Inside Lines, the external blog for the nation’s largest electric grid operator. PJM operates the electric grid for all or part of 13 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 65 million electric customers.

In 2003, she was honored by the International Association of Business Communicators for her work on The Connection, a bi-weekly 12,000-employee circulation 16-page print and electronic newspaper for Exelon Energy Delivery. The honored work was a special section on the difficulty of obtaining work-life balance in a 24/7 business.

Prior to working in the electric utility field, Driscoll was a legislative aide for the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee and an award-winning sportswriter.

Among her voiceover appearance is a series of videos for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare. She has appeared in The Mighty Macs as the Mississippi State Assistant Coach and The Happening, as the woman passenger who witnesses the lions ripping apart a man’s arms. Saying “Mother of God, what kind of terrorists are these?” to Mark Wahlberg is her big moment.

At one point, she was the all-time leading female money winner on Tic-Tac-Dough, winning $54,450 in cash and prizes. Game show victories afforded her the chance to travel. She especially recommends the Air France cuisine en route to Tahiti.

She did, however lose on Jeopardy.

Like her parents before her, she is genetically wired to understand that the Philadelphia Phillies exist only to break her heart.

Her favorite actresses are Barbara Stanwyck, Myrna Loy and Dame Judi Dench, whose hairstyle she strives to imitate.

Driscoll is currently working on several screen and television projects, including Maggie Sandwich, a limited-run television series, and The Heart of the Order, a story of minor-league baseball.

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John Caperton from The Print Center

John Caperton

John Caperton


JOHN CAPERTON, Jensen Bryan Curator

John Caperton has curated more than forty exhibitions for The Print Center since 2007, which have included the work of Edna Andrade, Jennifer Bornstein, Lucas Foglia, Katie Grinnan, Demetrius Oliver, Justine Kurland, Gabriel Martinez, Hirsch Perlman, Emma Wilcox and Bill Walton. Recent publications include Emma Wilcox: Where it FallsEdna Andrade: Color Motion. He was on the curatorial team and in the publication of Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious, a citywide contemporary art festival. Caperton oversees a number of The Print Center’s public programs, including its Artists-in-Schools Program, which places teaching artists in classrooms in Philadelphia public high schools. He moderated the keynote panel for the 2010 Southern Graphics Conference and participated in the Curatorial Intensive program of Independent Curators International. Caperton received his BA in Art History at the University of Chicago and was the Exhibitions Coordinator at Locks Gallery, Philadelphia where he organized exhibitions with artists Virgil Marti, Polly Apfelbaum, Thomas Chimes, Eileen Neff and Clare Rojas. He has also held positions at the Association for Public Art, Philadelphia and the Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA as well as guest curating exhibitions in Philadelphia.

Terra Hall
Connelly Auditorium, 8th Floor
211 S Broad St,
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Spring 2018 Variety Show

Join us for an evening of readings, performances, and art presented by our talented students.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will  be served.

CE Variety Show Spring 2018
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