June 4–23, 2024

The Let Out

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion at The Wilma Theater on June 9, immediately following the 2 PM performance of HILMA.

This event is open to all Wilma ticket holders.

The panel is hosted by Kellie Mecleary and features the show’s dramaturg, Jackie Tileston, librettist Kate Scelsa, and Sam McDermott, a member of the research staff in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. The conversation will explore the life of Hilma af Klint, her sources of inspiration, and the mysteries of the universe, and celebrate queer artists.

Meet Panelist Jackie Tileston (she/her) Dramaturg 

Jackie Tileston is an artist who lives and works in Philadelphia, where she is a Professor in Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. She teaches a seminar called Mystics and Visionaries: Art and Other Ways of Knowing that focuses on the work of Hilma af Klint and other artists working with non-ordinary states of consciousness. Tileston’s paintings are heterotopic spaces in which recombinant strategies and nomadic thinking create complex images that investigate the contemporary sublime and states of being. Tileston (b. Manila, Philippines) spent her childhood as an itinerant “Third Culture Kid,” living in the Philippines, India, England, and France, before moving to the US. She has a B.A. from Yale University and an MFA from Indiana University. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions in Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, and Dallas, and group exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum (Houston), Art in General and the Painting Center (New York), and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art. Tileston is the recipient of the Core Fellowship Residency, the Pew Fellowship in the Arts (2004), the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency (2005), the Guggenheim Fellowship (2006), and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2011) and Residency (2017). 

Meet Panelist Kate Scelsa (she/her) Librettist 

BOOKS: Fans of the Impossible Life (HarperCollins, 2015 Indie Next and Junior Library Guild pick), Improbable Magic for Cynical Witches (HarperCollins), Luminary (Simon & Schuster), The Mortal Year (forthcoming from Abrons). THEATER: EVERYONE’S FINE WITH VIRGINIA WOOLF (published by Dramatists Play Service, produced by Elevator Repair Service), New Georges 2017 Audrey Resident, Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation grant recipient for playwriting, performing member of Elevator Repair Service Theater since 2002 (GATZ, THE SOUND AND THE FURY, THE SELECT). MUSIC: “The Witch Ones” (eponymous album) in collaboration with Robert M. Johanson and Gavin Price

Meet Panelist Sam McDermott

Sam is a physicist who is alternately interested in, excited by, and afraid of the imminent future of machine learning and artificial intelligence. He lives in West Philadelphia and has a very cute dog.

Meet Your Host Kellie Mecleary (she/her)

Kellie Mecleary is a producer, director, and dramaturg. She has been a proud member of the Wilma Artistic staff since January 2017. She holds a Master’s Degree in Performance Studies from New York University and a BA in English and Theater from Goucher College. Kellie has worn a variety of hats within a variety of organizations, primarily in Baltimore and New York; including Center Stage, Single Carrot Theatre, Deep Vision Dance Company, the BROS (Baltimore Rock Opera Society), Center for International Theater Development, Pipeline Theater Company, WOW Café Theater, and others. Her writing has been published through Cerise Press and OffOffOnline.com.