Mae Early (she/her) is a writer, theatre artist, and educator who lives and works in Philadelphia. As an arts educator, she believes that we all deserve a safe and supportive environment to explore our voice and identity. In service of this mission, she facilitates arts workshops for all ages and ability levels at schools, community centers, corporations, and nonprofits. She is currently the Director of Education at Philadelphia Young Playwrights, a theatre education organization that uses playwriting as a vehicle to increase students’ comfort with writing, literacy, and creative expression. Mae is the creator and lead facilitator of the Bartol Foundation’s 20-hour trauma-informed training for teaching artists and arts education administrators, and a co-creator of Whole HeART Teaching, a resource center with curated materials like lesson plans, activities, and other supplementary artifacts that are healing-centered and place student agency at the center of learning.
Mae regularly facilitates professional development across sectors and ages in the areas of trauma-informed and healing-centered teaching, teaching artistry, arts education pedagogy, creative writing, theatre, and workforce development.Recent recipients of her workshops include Spiral Q, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Dancing Classrooms Philly, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the TempleCares Workforce Program, to name a few. To date, she has completed 150 hours of trauma-informed training through the Lakeside Global Institute, including classes such as Processing Pain and Facilitating Healing and Enhancing Capacity for Applying Trauma-Informed Principles.
A published poet and produced playwright, her blog, Create Communicate Connect, explores the writing process and provides resources for writers of all genres and skill levels. As a director and dramaturg for the stage, her work focuses on new play development, largely in support of emerging artists and writers.