2018 PSF Artistic Company in Review

JUSTIN ADAMS*

Kit Marlowe, Shake in Love; Bolingbroke, Richard II

New York: Don Juan (title role), The Pearl Theatre; The Little Shubert, The Acting Company, Drama League’s DirectorFest, HERE Studios, 13th Street Rep, Storm Theatre. Regional: Nicholas Nickleby, (title role), PlayMakers Rep; Amadeus (title role), Northern Stage; Hamlet (title role), PSF; Westport Country Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, Denver Center, Folger Theatre, Portland Stage, Clarence Brown Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Alabama and Texas Shakespeare Festivals; Film/TV: Elementary, The Affair, Unforgettable, Blue Bloods, The Cask, Independence: Beyond What She Expects, Radio Cape Cod. Training: The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. www.justincadams.com

GUILLERMO ALONSO

Antonio, Seacaptain, Twelfth Night

is thrilled to be making his PSF debut! Favorite credits: Pericles in Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Sebastian in The Tempest, Don Armado in Love’s Labour’s Lost, (Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival); the Constable of France in Henry V (Delaware Shakespeare); Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls (Temple Theaters). Guillermo is a proud graduate of Temple University’s MFA program. He would like to thank his partner, family, and friends for their unconditional support!

CARLY HUESTON AMBURN*

Evelyn Nesbit, Ensemble, Ragtime

Carly Hueston Amburn is thrilled to make her PSF debut. Regional:  Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit, Ogunquit Playhouse),  The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy, The Fireside Theatre),  Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie, Heritage Theatre Festival),  Avenue Q (Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut, HTF),  Annie Get Your Gun (Winnie Tate, HTF),  Big River (Mary Jane, Cumberland County Playhouse). B.A. Musical Theatre, James Madison University; The Tepper Semester, Syracuse University. Thank you ATB Talent, family, friends, and CRG for your endless support. Always for you Mom. carlyhuestonamburn.com

DAVID ANDRÉ

Ensemble, Ragtime

is so thrilled to make his debut at PSF this season in Ragtime. Past credits include Victor in Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Dutch Apple Theater), Legally Blonde China Tour (Ensemble, Carlos u/s), Ragtime on Ellis Island (Ensemble), George Smith in The Brontës (NY Workshop). Much love to Mommy, Kapi, and Phil. IG: @da_go

DOMINIQUE JENAE ATWATER

Sarah’s Friend, Ensemble, Ragtime

is thrilled to make her PSF debut! The setting 100+ years old, yet so “now” - Ragtime’s message is pertinent: “Why does nobody care? There is blood in the air! We have voices and souls! There are Negroes out there! There are people out there!” On Tour: Legally Blond (China); Regional: Madagascar, The Toxic Avenger, La Cage Aux Follies, Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar, In the Blood (play). For S+P. Love and light to all. @dominiquejenae 

BRENT BATEMAN*

Willie Conklin, Ensemble, Ragtime

Brent Bateman is delighted to return to PSF having played Jud Fry in  Oklahoma! in 2013. National Tour: Santa in  Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular; Regional: Hartford Stage, Riverside Theatre, Theatre Under The Stars, Alliance Theatre, Triad Stage, Arrow Rock Lyceum, North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre-By-The-Sea, Ogunquit Playhouse, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theatre; Film/TV:  Birdman, Touched With Fire, Blue Bloods, Boardwalk Empire; MFA: Acting FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. For Katie.

EMILY J. BAVER*

Assistant Stage Manager, Shake in Love, Richard II

is thrilled to be “home” for her 7th season here. Some favorite PSF credits include: Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Hound of the Baskervilles, The Little Mermaid, and Troilus and Cressida. NYC: Gelsey Kirkland Ballet, Thank You Notes, An Unexpected Thing Happens, and The Bishops; Tour: Hamlet;Regional: White (World Premiere, Theatre Horizon), and multiple works with Delaware Theatre Company including: Something Wicked (Neil Bartram and Brian Hill). Love to God, family, Andrew, Ali, and Maggie!

MACIE BAZELLA

Little Girl, Ragtime

is thrilled to be performing in her first PSF production! Her favorite previous credits include: A Christmas Story: The Musical (Randy) and James and the Giant Peach (Spider). She also enjoys astounding audiences as a magician with her fluffy chicken sidekicks. 

ALEX BECHTEL*

Music Director, Composer, Sound Designer, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Twelfth Night

is a Philadelphia-based actor, composer, sound designer, writer, director, teaching artist, and multi-instrumentalist. Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Original Music and Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical for Arden Theatre Company’s production of The Light Princess, and Outstanding Music Direction for his work on Walnut Street Theatre’s production of My Way. Bechtel is the creator/composer of The West, Philadelphia Nocturne, and Cheer Up, Dostoevsky.

STARLA BENFORD*

Queen Elizabeth, Shake in Love; Duchess of York, Richard II

Broadway/Off-Broadway: The Little Foxes (MTC), A Streetcar Named Desire (Studio 54), Macbeth (Music Box), The Vagina Monologues (National Tour/League of Broadway Theatre/Best Actress nomination), Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre);  Other: Old Globe, Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, Yale Rep, ART, Shakespeare & Co., Folger Theatre, Abbey Theatre in Ireland; Film/TV: Half Nelson, Delivery Man, A Perfect Murder, United 93, Law & Order, Person of Interest, Nurse Jackie, Madame Secretary, and The Affair. Ms. Benford is thrilled to be making her PSF debut. Love to my family & Bill. @LavaEnt 

ESTI BERNSTEIN*

Assistant Stage Manager, Twelfth Night, All’s Well

is a NYC-based Stage Manager and Production Manager. Recent Off-Broadway credits: The Beast in the Jungle (Vineyard Theatre), Party Face (MTC Stage II), The Stone Witch (Westside Theater), and Later Life (Keen Company). She is also Resident Stage Manager for Broken Box Mime Theater and was on staff at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival summers 2011—2015. Love and thanks to her family, friends, ACL, GVB, and BBB.

AMY BEST

Costume Designer, Alice

has been the resident costume designer for DeSales University since 2000. She is also the Chair of the Theatre Department and the Director of the Summer Theatre Institute. Amy has designed costumes for PSF productions of Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Complete Works, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh, Pinnocchio, The Princess and the Pea, Aladdin, Private Lives, The Little Mermaid, Around the World in 80 Days, Snow White, Dracula, Robin Hood, The Playboy of the Western World, Sleeping Beauty, and Rapunzel.

KYLE MICHAEL BROWN

Ensemble, u/s Booker T. Washington, Ragtime

is ecstatic to join the company of Ragtime here at PSF. He recently graduated from Pace University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Some of his credits include The Drowsy Chaperone, LaChiusa’s The Wild Party, In The Heights, and Guys & Dolls. He thanks PSF, his family and friends, and Pace MT’ 18! Trust Your Journey!

BRANDI BURKHARDT*

Mother, Ragtime

Broadway: A Tale of Two Cities (Lucy), Mamma Mia! (Sophie); National Tour: Jekyll & Hyde (Emma); Regional: Secret Garden (Lily), Mary Poppins (Mary), Camelot (Guenevere), Music Man (Marian); Recordings: The Count of Monte Cristo (Mercedes), Jekyll & Hyde: Resurrection (Emma), A Tale of Two Cities (Lucy). Best known as Crickett on the hit CW show Hart of Dixie, you may have seen her on a myriad of other shows like NCIS, Mad Men, and How I Met Your Mother. @brandiburkhardt

BRANDON EDWARD BURTON

Peter, Proteus, Ensemble, Shake in Love; Willoughby, Richard II

is a rising second-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Other credits: Mud (Yale Cabaret), Angel Food Cake (Strange Sun Theatre), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Gallery Players), and Macbeth (PSF). Brandon’s voice can be heard as part of The Green Book Project and Middle Passage Exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. He holds a BA in Education and Japanese from Coe College.

MATTHEW CAMARDO

Sam, Ensemble, Shake in Love

an upcoming sophomore Musical Theatre Major at DeSales University, is thrilled to be making his PSF debut. Most recent credits include Sebastian in The Little Mermaid and Adolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone. Matthew would like to thank Patrickfor this incredible opportunity, and his family for their continued love and support.

STEPHEN CASEY

Choreographer, Ragtime

is grateful to return to PSF this season, and to work on this epic musical once again! PSF: Evita, Les Miserables, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Forum, and 1776.  He also re-created the original Jerome Robbins choreography for the Festival’s Fiddler on the Roof and West Side Story; Bristol Riverside Theatre: The Producers, The Triumph of Love, Jesus Christ Superstar, Man of la Mancha, Rent, Working, and the season’s opener, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. For The Montgomery Theatre he directed and Choreographed Nunsense...Amen, The Great American Trailerpark Christmas Musical, The Sisters of Swing, Marry Me a Little, and Forever Plaid.  For Arizona Broadway Theatre, he has directed and choreographed Saturday Night Fever, A Christmas Story, Carousel, White Christmas, and will return this summer for Catch Me If You Can.  Mr. Casey is a three time Barrymore nominee, twice for his choreography of Ragtime and Little Shop of Horrors at Bristol Riverside Theatre, and for his direction of The Musical of Musicals at Montgomery Theatre. Endless thanks to mentor, collaborator, and dear friend, Dennis Razze.

DANIEL CONWAY

Scenic Designer, Shake in Love and Richard II

Recent projects include: Penn and Teller on Broadway; Queens for a Year, for Hartford Stage; Jelly’s Last Jam for Signature Theatre; The Tempest for American Repertory Theater, Chicago Shakespeare, and South Coast Repertory theatres; Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike for Arena Stage; American Song, for Milwaukee Rep; The Games Afoot for the Cleveland Playhouse; Company, Hairspray, Chess, and Sunset Boulevard for The Signature Theatre; Sabrina Fair for Ford’s Theatre and Merry Wives of Windsor for The Shakespeare Theatre. Nominated for Washington, D.C’s Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Set Design thirteen times, he received the award in 2000, 2009, 2015 and most recently in 2017 for Stunning, for Woolly Mammoth Theatre. His design for The Tempest was nominated for the Boston and L.A. Theatre Critics Award. 

J. ALEX CORDARO

Fight Director, Ragtime, Twelfth Night, and Richard II

Other PSF credits: Caesar, Henry V, Fiddler, As You Like It, Othello, and Shrew; Regional credits include: McCarter, Wilma, The Actors Theatre, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, PSF, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, The Lantern, Theatre Exile, Inis Nua, Philadelphia Artists Collective, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia Opera Company, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Alex is a Certified Teacher and Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructor with the Society of American Fight Directors.

CHRISTOPHER COUCILL*

Fennyman, Ensemble Shake in Love; John of Gaunt/Gardner, Richard II

PSF: Man of La Mancha, King Lear, 1776, Hamlet, Sweeney Todd; Broadway: The Graduate, Kiss Me Kate, Annie Get Your Gun; Philadelphia: Body Awareness (The Wilma), Crazy for You (The Forrest), Annie Get Your Gun (The Prince), Silverhill (InterAct); Regional: McCarter, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Shakespeare & Company, The Huntington, Boston Shakespeare Company, Dallas Theatre Center, and many others; TV: Deadline, Law & Order, One Life to Live, O Pioneers!, Margaret Mead: An Observer Observed. Thanks to Liz, Patrick and Gina.

CHRISTIAN COULSON*

Lord Wessex, Shake in Love; King Richard, Richard II

Theater: Constellations (The Old Globe), The Changeling (Red Bull Theatre), Everything You Touch (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Hedda Gabler (Palimpsest, London), A Picture of Autumn (Mint Theater), Travesties (McCarter), Dutch Masters (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Rumble Ghost (PS122), Ghosts (London’s Gate Theatre), Festen (UK national tour), Journey’s End (West End), Romeo and Juliet (Liverpool Playhouse). Film: Bite Me, Peter & John, Love is Strange, Those Who Wander, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Gayby, Leaving Circadia, I am Nasrine, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Hours, Four Feathers. TV: Nashville, Mozart in the Jungle, Eye Candy, Nurse Jackie, The Good Wife, Gossip Girl, Miss Marple, Charles II, Little Britain, Hornblower, Forsyte Saga, Love in a Cold Climate.

SARITA CRAWFORD

Dance Co-Captain, Ensemble, Ragtime

is truly thankful to be a part of the Ragtime cast. This Michigan native’s favorite credits include: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Charlaine), Smokey Joe’s Café (Brenda), Showboat (Ensemble), Hairspray (Dynamite). She would like to give all thanks and glory to God always. Endless thanks and love to my Mom, family, and my loving husband! Luke 18:27 

ARRIANNA DANIELS

Self, s4kids

is humbled in joining the Festival’s company this season. As a rising junior at DeSales University, previous credits include Molly Aster in Peter and the Starcatcher, The Witch u/s in Into the Woods, and both ensemble and understudy to Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein. She thanks her friends and family for their endless support.

AKEEM DAVIS*

Duke Orsino, Twelfth Night;

is from Miami, Fl, and is a proud alum of Norland Middle School. Akeem is returning to PSF after Henry V (2015) and Love’s Labour’s Lost (2016). Regional: A Doll’s House (Arden Theatre), The Arsonists (Woolly Mammoth Theatre), District Merchants (Folger Theatre,Helen Hayes Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play), All My Sons (People’s Light), Lobby Hero, In The Blood (Theatre Horizon), The Dangerous House of Pretty M’bane, Marcus/Emma (InterAct Theatre), Buzzer (Theatre Exile), Henry VRomeo and Juliet (Philadelphia Shakespeare Company)The Brothers Size (Simpatico Theatre Project). A five time Barrymore Award nominated actor and recipient of the 2015 F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist, Akeem is a proud man of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  

MAGGIE DAVIS*

Production Stage Manager, Twelfth Night, All’s Well

is happy to return to PSF for her 3rd season! Her stage and production management credits include Julius Caesar; The Wild Duck (Quintessence Theatre Group); Yours, Anne, among many others (Half Moon Theatre); seven seasons with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; Christmas Rappings (Judson Memorial Church); Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Florida/Texas Tour); Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, Tribes, and Hit the Wall (Barrow Street Theatre); Emotional Creature (Signature Center); Becoming Dr. Ruth (Westside Theatre); Measure for Measure (Fiasco/New Victory Theater). Peace.

MILES DEMARIA

Little Boy, Ragtime

is thrilled to make his PSF debut. Favorite theater credits include: World Premiere of Part of the Plan at Tennessee Performing Arts Center (Young Sean alternate), A Christmas Story: The Musical (Ralphie), Secret Garden (Colin), Elf Jr. (Michael). TV/Film credits: A Haunting of (Lifetime Movie Network), multiple student films including two with DeSales. Miles is 12 years old and loves video games & dogs. Special thanks to agent Nancy Carson, Bonnie, Bob Marks, Colette, Phil, and all Miles’ teachers & mentors at PYT and AACMS. Love to Mom, Dad, family, and friends.

STEVEN DENNIS*

Rynaldo, Duke of Florence, Gentleman, All’s Well

New York: The Girl of The Golden West (Soho Rep) and A Most Secret War (Harold Clurman Theatre); Regional: Hartford Stage Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. He was named Best Dramatic Actor by The NJ Daily Record for Underneath The Lintel at Centenary Stage Company. He’s performed with PSF in Julius Caesar, The Tempest, and As You Like It. An LA Weekly Award winner, his television and film work includes guest-star roles on Star Trek: Enterprise, The Young & the Restless, Profiler, Miracles, and a recurring role on Star Trek: Voyager; he also appears in the Blu-ray edition of Split, M. Night Shyamalan’s 2017 film. Steven holds an MFA in Theater from Rutgers University, and currently serves as associate professor at DeSales University and artistic associate with PSF.

ANELISE DIAZ

Young Company; The Red Queen, Alice; Olivia’s Lady in Waiting, Musician, u/s Olivia, Twelfth Night; Mariana, Ensemble, u/s Countess, All’s Well

is thrilled to be returning to PSF this summer! Her previous credits at the festival include: The Little Mermaid and The Taming of the Shrew. She will be finishing her degree here at DeSales University this fall and is excited to pursue a career in acting/ teaching. Anelise would like to thank her family and Hector for their love and support and God for His endless blessings.

NATHAN DIEHL

Conductor, Ragtime

returns to PSF for his 8th season as musical director having most recently conducted Evita and West Side Story. At DeSales University, Nate has music directed and conducted over a dozen Act I productions. As an educator, he serves on the Middle School music faculty of Moravian Academy. Nathan can also be seen playing accordion with the Irish pub band The Rogue Diplomats, frequently appearing at Musikfest and other venues from Philadelphia to New York City.

JACK DOYLE*

Henry Ford, Ensemble, Ragtime

Broadway/National Tour: Young Frankenstein (Mr. Hilltop), The Music Man (Barbershop Quartet), Beauty And The Beast (Lumiere), Crazy For You (Mingo), Tommy Tune’s Doctor Dolittle (Dolittle u/s), The Will Rogers Follies (Wrangler Quartet) and Funny Girl (Ziegfeld Tenor); Off-Broadway: 92nd Street Y Lyrics & Lyricists, seven City Center Encores! productions, Radio City Musical Hall and the York Theatre; Regional: two productions of The Little Mermaid (Scuttle and Grimsby), Annie (Rooster), Sugar Babies (Tenor), Carousel (Mr. Snow), 42nd Street (Bert Barry), The Fantasticks (Bellomy) and Hello, Dolly! (Rudolph). Multiple studio recordings and TV appearances. Next: Adirondack Theatre Festival. jackdoyleonline.com

SAMUEL DRUHORA*

Tateh, Ragtime

His career stretches across continents and platforms having performed principal roles in the US and the European Union in theater, film and opera. Highlights include Phantom of The Opera in Bucharest, Jean Valjean in Les Misérables at the Hungarian Theater of Transylvania, role of Captain Salanza in the award winning film Elie’s Overcoat, and Juan Peron at The Actors Playhouse in Miami. Currently living in New York City, Samuel is thrilled to be playing the role of Tateh.

J. BENNETT DURHAM

Music Director, Ragtime

is director of exploratory studies at DeSales University, where he teaches courses in education and advises students who have not declared a major. He previously served as music director for productions at DeSales including I Love a Piano and The Music Man, and for PSF’s production of Les Misérables. He also served as vocal coach for PSF’s production of Lend Me a Tenor. He holds a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College.

KAILEY EDWARDS

Self s4kids

is thrilled to be making her PSF debut! Kailey is also the administrative intern for PSF, and is entering her junior year at DeSales as a Musical Theatre and English double major.  Thanks to her family, Andy, and God for all of the opportunities he provides! Esth. 4:14.

LIZ FILIOS

Music Director, Composer and Sound Designer, Shake In Love

is a Philadelphia based actor, musician, composer and sound designer. She designed PSF’s WillPower Tour of Hamlet in 2016, and The Ice Princess in 2017. Regional: Arden Theatre, Wilma Theatre, Folger Theatre, Philadelphia Orchestra, Walnut Street Theatre, Lantern Theatre, Inis Nua, People’s Light, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Act II Playhouse, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Applied Mechanics, Theatre Horizon, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, South Coast Rep, Cape Town Opera, and Teatro Avvaloranti. BFA Musical Theatre, University of Michigan. www.lizfilios.com

EMMA FLISZAR

Little Girl, Ragtime

is ecstatic to make her PSF debut! Before this, her favorite role was Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. She would like to thank her family and friends, J.N., POTS, K.S, D.R. for the opportunity, and all of the veteran geeks who taught her to embrace her geekiness. Enjoy! 

MEGAN FRY

Ensemble, Ragtime

an incoming junior Musical Theatre major at DeSales, is overjoyed to join PSF for the first time. Her previous Act 1 credits include Rapunzel/Baker’s Wife u/s in Into the Woods, Ensemble in Young Frankenstein, and Kay Mostyn u/s in Murder on the Nile. Megan thanks her wonderful family and friends for their endless love and support. 

OLIVERA GAJIC

Costume Designer, Twelfth Night and Richard II

was featured in the US National Exhibit at the 2004 & 2007 Prague Quadrennial; Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance (Lincoln Center). She is the recipient of a NEA-TCG Design Award, IT Award, TDF/Irene Sharaff Young Master Award, Barrymore Award and Bessie Award for Outstanding Visual Design. Olivera has 150+ theater, opera, dance and film productions to her credit. She extensively designs at the esteemed Juilliard School, Trinity Rep, and Arden. At PSF she designed The Little Mermaid and The Taming of the Shrew. USA local 829 www.oliveragajic.com

CASEY GALLAGHER

Managing Director

has worked at PSF for 20 seasons. Over the years he was the assistant house manager, box office manager, company manager, assistant producer, and director of development. Since 2004, in his role as general manager and later managing director, he has served as the administrative leader of the Festival working very closely with the box office, business, development, marketing and production departments. During this time, PSF subscriptions have more than doubled, income from the annual Luminosity Gala fundraiser has more than quadrupled, and the summer seasonal staff has grown to over 200. Casey has also been treasurer for the Shakespeare Theatre Association, director of audience services for The People’s Light & Theatre Company, a board member for Civic Theatre of Allentown, a peer panelist for the New Jersey Council on the Arts and a judge for the Greater Philadelphia Barrymore Awards for excellence in theatre. Casey is a member of the PSF Board of Directors and also serves on the board of Arts Academy Elementary Charter School.  Casey dedicates this season to Mark LaMura (1948-2017) who played multiple lead roles at PSF in its earlier seasons. “Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania.” Mark was a great actor and a loyal friend to both the Festival and all the people he worked with. “Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”   

NKRUMAH GATLING*

Coalhouse Walker Jr., Ragtime

is excited to be a part of Ragtime! Broadway/National Tour: Miss Saigon, Hair, Porgy and Bess; Off-Broadway: Invisible Thread, Cabin In The Sky; Regional: Chess (Kennedy Center), Hair (Hollywood Bowl), Little Mermaid (TBTS), Dreamgirls (TUTS), Band Geeks (Goodspeed). Nkrumah was recently honored with the 2018 Marc Blitzstein Award at the Lotte Lenya Competition. Thanks and love to Mom and my family! @nkrumah_g

ANDREW GOEBEL

2nd Lord Dumaine, All's Well

Andrew Goebel (2nd Lord): is excited to be returning to PSF for another summer! Last summer, he played Ajax in Troilus and Cressida. Selected Roles: Father (Ragtime); Gunter (Summertime); Conrade (Much Ado About Nothing); El Gallo (The Fantasticks). He would like to thank his friends and family for always supporting him.

DANTE GREEN

Musician, Associate Music Director, Twelfth Night

is a rising senior at University of the Arts. He studies directing and playwriting, with a focus in musical theater. Select credits include: u/s Hortensio in PSF’s 2016 Taming of the ShrewThe Caregivers (Composer/Performer, Pig Iron Theatre Company), and Ancient Future (Music Director/Performer, 2018 Polyphone New & Emerging Musical Festival). Dante would like to thank his family for their continuous love and support, and Matt Pfeiffer and Alex Bechtel for this exciting opportunity.

SCOTT GREER*

Sir Toby Belch, Twelfth Night

is thrilled to be back at PSF, having last appeared as Launce in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and in Midsummer in 2009. He is a 25 year veteran of Philadelphia theatre, and has worked for 1812, Arden, Walnut, InterAct, PTC, Wilma, People’s Light, Theatre Exile, Lantern Theatre and many more. Regionally, he has worked for Actors Theatre of Louisville, Round House, Cape May Stage, and the Pearl Theatre in New York. He has won five Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre including the prestigious F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Theatre Artist. He was named 2014’s “Best Theatre Talent” by Philadelphia Magazine.

ELEANOR HANDLEY*

Olivia, Twelfth Night

is back for her 5th summer at PSF. PSF credits: The Taming of the Shrew (Katherina), Blithe Spirit (Elvira), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), Lend Me a Tenor (Diana), Macbeth (Witch), Comedy of Errors (Adriana) and The Two Noble Kinsman (Emilia); NYC: Jericho (NYT Critic’s Pick), Limonade tous les Jours (opposite Austin Pendleton), A Christmas Carol (with Dominic Chianese); Regional highlights: Troilus & Cressida (Cressida), King Lear (Regan), Lost in Yonkers (Bella, Barrymore Nomination), Betrayal (Emma), Witness for the Prosecution (Barrymore Nomination), Time Stands Still; TV: Royal Pains, As the World Turns, and Unforgettable.

ALISON HASSMAN*

Production Stage Manager, Shake in Love and Richard II

is thrilled to return for her 13th and 14th productions in the Valley. New York: Hamilton, The Nutcracker (New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center), Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, A Gentleman and His Ladies (Roundabout, with Alan Cumming), Cherry Lane, Westside Theatre, 59E59, the York, 24 Hour Play Company. Regional: Resident Stage Manager at Delaware Theatre Company. McCarter, Two River, Theater Horizon, Trinity Rep, Bristol Riverside, Premiere Stages, Philadelphia Theatre Company. As always, for CW and AS. This summer is for Rachel Rockwell.

ERIC T. HAUGEN

Lighting Designer, Ragtime, Shake in Love, Richard II

in recent seasons, has designed the lighting for some of the more memorable PSF productions such as: Evita, West Side Story, Les Misérables, Fiddler, Oklahoma!, Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker, King Lear, Amadeus, and My Fair Lady, among others. His theatrical lighting has been seen Off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the country. Eric’s Orlando based company, Luminous Design Studios, provides lighting designs for television, themed entertainment, and architectural projects worldwide. Special thanks to Susan, Alexandra, and Connor for your support. www.LD-Studios.com

JIM HELSINGER*

Parolles, All’s Well

PSF Acting: Lady Bracknell, Master Ford, Don Armado, Bassanio, Malvolio, Arnolphe, Dogberry, Bottom. Other regional: title roles in Cyrano de Bergerac, Hamlet, Dracula, and Henry V.TV/Film: From the Earth to the Moon, Mortal Kombat, Noah Knows Best, Sheena: Queen of the Jungle. Directing at PSF: The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Foreigner, Lend Me a Tenor, The Tempest, Sleuth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and more.Playwright at PSF: Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker. Artistic Director at Orlando Shakespeare Theater in partnership with UCF. www.orlandoshakes.org

BRANDON HEYWARD

Dance Co-Captain, Ensemble, Ragtime

is excited to be making his debut at PSF. A seasoned performer originally from Washington, DC with a degree in Theatre Performance from Florida A&M University, his theatre credits include The Color Purple, Smokey Joes Cafe, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and Memphis. Outside of theatre he is a professional fitness instructor and dancer. 

ERIC HISSOM*

Feste, Twelfth Night; Lavatch, All’s Well

has appeared at PSF in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, A Man for All Seasons, The Tempest, Around the World in Eighty Days, Pericles, The Taming of the Shrew, King John, and Troilus and Cressida. Recent regional credits: The Winter’s Tale at the Folger, Born Yesterday and The Great Society at Asolo Rep, Equivocation at the Arden, Everything is Illuminated at Theater J and The Effect at Studio Theater both in Washington D.C., and the National Tour of The 39 Steps. He has an MFA from Florida State University’s Asolo Conservatory.

STEPHANIE HODGE

Young Company; Cheshire Cat, Knave, Alice; Ensemble, Musician, Assistant to Director, u/s Viola, Twelfth Night; Diana, Ensemble, u/s Helena, All’s Well

joins PSF for her 4th season, fresh from earning her theatre and philosophy degrees from DeSales University. PSF: The Three Musketeers, The Ice Princess, Rapunzel. Her directorial debut Beauty and the Beast ran this past spring in the Schubert Theatre. Thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks to PSF for teaching her what it means to be an artist. www.stephanie-hodge.com

ELEANOR HOLDRIDGE

Director, Alice

Off-Broadway productions include world premieres of Selma ’65 (LaMaMa). Steve & Idi (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), and Cycling Past the Matterhorn (Clurman Theatre). Regional credits include World Premieres of David Grimm’s adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, Meg Miroshnik’s FiCKLE: A Fancy French Farce, Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists (Cincinnati Playhouse), Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Roundhouse Theatre) and I and You (Olney and Geva Theaters); Caleen Sinnette Jennings’ Queens Girl in the World (Theatre J) and Darius & Twig (Kennedy Center TYA), and Zorro (Constellaton Stage), which she co-wrote. She has directed twenty-four of Shakespeare’s plays, some of them multiple times. Eleanor holds an MFA from Yale and is Head of Directing and Producer at CUA’s Department of Drama.

BUDDY IGOR

Spot, Shake in Love

is a 16 month old English Cream Golden Retriever. He was born at Icewind Kennels in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. Buddy enjoys playing tug, playing chase tag (really keep away), and learning scent detective skills. His favorite toy is his snuggle pup that he has had since he came home at 8 weeks and he still takes to bed every night. He resides in Schnecksville with his human family.

COURTNEY IRIZARRY

Costume Coordinator, Ragtime

is pleased to have Ragtime as her PSF debut! Broadway: SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical (Costume Assistant), Carousel (Costume PA), An American In Paris (Costume Assistant), School of Rock (Costume Assistant), Groundhog Day (Costume Assistant), and The 24hr. Play Festival 2016 & 2017 (Costume Advisor); Regional: White Christmas (Costume Coordinator; Ogunquit Playhouse), From Here to Eternity (Associate Costume Designer; Ogunquit Playhouse), Heartbreak Hotel (Assist. Costume Designer; Ogunquit Playhouse); National Tour: An American In Paris (Costume Assistant), School of Rock (Costume Assistant), & 42nd Street (Co-Costume Coordinator). All my Love to my Mother, Pop, Jorge, Family & Friends. We make it work! 

VICTORIA JANICKI*

Viola, Twelfth Night

This is Victoria’s debut at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Theater: Back To The Real (Katrina- Crossroads Theatre Company); Fun Home (Joan- National Broadway Tour); The Royal Family (Gwen Cavendish- The Guthrie Theater); Otherland (Alice Holmes- Gingold Theatrical Group); Comedy of Errors (Luciana- Allentown Shakespeare Festival); Julius Caesar (Cassius- Rutgers Theater Company); Julius Caesar (Brutus- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre). TV: The Blacklist (Isabella Zuma- NBC); Elementary (Phoebe Elliott- CBS). Film: Palimpest (Auditory Productions); Then She Comes In & Bars (NYU Productions). Education: BFA Mason Gross School of the Arts and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

AMY ROSE JOHNSON

Young Company; Duchess, Alice; Fabian, Musician, u/s Maria, Twelfth Night; Violenta, Ensemble, u/s Diana, All’s Well

is a recent graduate of Desales University, and is thrilled to be returning to PSF this summer. Some of her favorite credits include Into the Woods (The Witch), Godspell (“Bless the Lord”), and Heathers (Veronica). Amy would like to thank her family for their unfailing love, and Yukon for supporting her dreams.

SABRINA JOSEPH

Ensemble, Ragtime

is a senior theatre major at DeSales University. Past performances include: D.U.D.E., featured in Rainbow Suite choreographed by Donald McKayle and reconstructed by Randall A. Smith, PSF’s Evita, Emerging Choreographer’s Concert, Lucinda’s u/s in Act 1’s Into the Woods, and Young Frankenstein. Thank you friends and family for your endless love! 

FREDDIE KIMMEL*

Harry Houdini, Ensemble, Ragtime

is excited to make his debut at PSF. Off-Broadway: Cagney (Cagney Standby, Westside Theater and Los Angeles); National Tours: Phantom of the Opera (Fop/Ensemble), Billy Elliot (Tony u/s); Broadway Workshop: SUPERFLY (Ralphie); Regional: The Little Mermaid (Scuttle, NSMT), A Christmas Carol (Marley, NSMT), On The Town (Chip, Lucille Lortelle), Ragtime (Houdini, Milwaukee Rep), White Christmas (Phil, Virginia Repertory Theater), Les Misérables (Fueilly, P.C.L.O.); TV: Forever (ABC). Proud Cancer Survivor! freddiekimmel.com, freddiesetgo.com

EMILEY KISER*

Helena, All's Well

Emiley Kiser is thrilled to be back for her sixth season at the festival. PSF: Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry VIIIPride and Prejudice. Recent Credits: The Winter's Tale (New York Classical Theatre), Our Town (Palm Beach Dramaworks), Romeo and Juliet(Quintessence Theatre Group), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Quintessence Theatre Group). She graduated from The People’s Improv Theater training program this year and has her B.A. from DeSales University. For my husband!

MATT KRAUS

Sound Designer, Ragtime

Broadway: Kristen Chenoweth: A Love Letter, Kathy Griffin Want’s a Tony, Liza’s at the Palace...!; Elsewhere: 50 Shades: The Parody, Forbidden Broadway, Fat Camp, Voca People, Evita (PSF), World Goes Round (Bucks County Playhouse), Lend Me a Tenor, Newsies (Paper Mill Playhouse), Buddy Holly (Walnut St), Absinthe (Caesar’s Vegas), audio coordinator for remote shoots at The Tonight Show. Matt recently won an Emmy for his work on Disney’s Broadway Hits in London.

GINA LAMPARELLA

Director, Richard II

is excited to return to PSF. PSF credits: Beauty and the Beast; the Linny Fowler WillPower Tours of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, and Hamlet; and associate director of The Taming of the Shrew. Gina’s acting work includes the Broadway productions of The Phantom of the Opera, A Little Night Music, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy, Imaginary Friends, Jane Eyre, and Les Misérables; For PSF: Thaisa in Pericles and Miranda in The Tempest.

ANGELA LAROSE

Ensemble, u/s Evelyn Nesbit, Ragtime

is thrilled to be returning to PSF for her 2nd year. Angela is a rising junior musical theatre major at DeSales. Some previous credits include PSF’s Evita (Ensemble); and Act 1’s Young Frankenstein (Ensemble, Inga u/s) and Into The Woods (Cinderella u/s); She would like to thank her family and friends for their unconditional love and support.

ETHAN LARSEN

Young Company; Caterpillar, Humpty Dumpty, Card Guard, Alice; Curio, Officer, u/s Malvolio, Twelfth Night; 1st Soldier, Ensemble, u/s Bertram, All’s Well

is a recent grad of DeSales University whose previous Act 1 credits include the Steward (Into the Woods), William Smith (Murder on the Nile), and Judge Hathorne (The Crucible). He would like to thank his friends and family for the constant support.

ANTHONY LAWTON*

Lafew, All’s Well;Actor, Playwright, The Great Divorce

has acted in Philadelphia for twenty-six years. Favorite roles include George in Of Mice and Men (Walnut), Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet (Arden), and Feste in Twelfth Night (PSF). In 2005, Lawton wrote The Foocy, which garnered five Barrymore nominations (including Best New Play). Film: Silver Linings Playbook, Unbreakable, Invincible; TV: Hack, Cold Case. He performs solo productions of The Devil and Billy Markham, The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters. For more information visit: www.anthonylawtonactor.com

MAIRIN LEE*

Viola De Lesseps, Shake in Love; Queen, Richard II

has performed at PSF in Troilus and Cressida, Pride and Prejudice, and Hamlet. Broadway: The Heiress; Off-Broadway: The Actors Company Theatre, Ars Nova, Wheelhouse Theatre, NY Classical; Regional: American Conservatory Theater, McCarter, Two River, Wilma, Premiere Stages, and California Shakespeare Theater, among others; TV: Madam SecretaryThe Good Wife, Elementary; Film: Marcy, Ascension, Zero Issue, and Mortem Di Virgo. MFA from A.C.T. This fall she is co-producing Romeo and Juliet in her hometown of Oakland, CA. rjoakland.com

LARRY LIPKIS

Musician/Ensemble, Shake in Love; Music Director, On the Green

is Professor of Music at Moravian College, where he also directs the early music ensembles. Larry performs and records with the Baltimore Consort, an internationally acclaimed ensemble specializing in popular music of the Renaissance. Their program, “Food of Love: Songs for Shakespeare,” premiered at PSF in 2014, and has been heard by audiences nationwide. A prolific composer, Larry has written several concertos based on characters from the Commedia dell’Arte, and incidental music to Shakespeare’s plays.

MEGAN LOMAX

Young Company; Dormouse, Card Guard, Alice; Mistress Quickly, Ensemble, u/s Viola, Shake in Love; u/s Queen, Richard II

is excited to make her debut at PSF. She is extremely thankful for the opportunity and for her family’s loving support.

ELI LYNN

Musician/Ensemble, Shake in Love

is tickled pink to be making their PSF debut! Regional: The Winter’s Tale (Folger Theatre, DC), Sensitive Guys (InterAct Theatre), Coriolanus (Shakespeare in Clark Park), West Side Story (Media Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (People’s Light), and Romeo & Juliet (Compass Rose Theatre). In addition to playing a plethora of peculiar instruments, they are also an Advanced Actor Combatant with five international organizations. Unending thanks to Liz, and love always to Vanessa. Soli Deo Gloria.

MALACHI LYNCH

Young Coalhouse, Ragtime

Malachi is 4-years old and attends a local preschool. He loves telling jokes, laughing, running, playing power ranger and is very adventurous. This is his first stage appearance and he is thrilled to be apart of the wonderful cast of Ragtime! He thanks his mommy, daddy and twin sister!

GAIL EVE MALATESTA*

Stage Manager, Ragtime

just opened a world premiere for Royal Caribbean, on Symphony of the Seas, the largest ship in the world. Broadway: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Design for Living, A Class Act;Off-Broadway/Road: Summer of ’42 (Manhattan Theatre Club), WPA, Ensemble Studio, New Victory, MCC, American Jewish, York, Theatre Guild, Drama League and 3 Drama Desk Awards; Regional: Williamstown, Goodspeed, Orlando Shakespeare, Cape Playhouse, North Shore, Ogunquit, Bay Street, Pasadena Playhouse, Two River, Music Theatre North, Gateway, Downtown Cabaret, New London Barn and Theatre-by-the-Sea; BFA: Boston University. She dedicates her work to her father’s memory. 

BRYANT MARTIN*

Father, Ragtime

is very excited to be joining PSF and coming back to PA for this incredible show! Regional: Robert in The Bridges of Madison County at Arizona Broadway Theatre, Gideon in The Last Ship at Pioneer Theatre, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Curly in Oklahoma! at several theatres, Man 1 in First Date at Mason Street Warehouse, and Thomas Jefferson in 1776 at Lyric Stage; TV: Quantico, Forever, The Jack and Triumph Show. Thanks to Mom, Dad, Jim, Jay, Kirsten, Zach, Pete, my adorable nieces, the cast and crew of Ragtime, my incredible girl Steph, and my Lord. www.bryant-martin.com

MAX MCCONNELL

Young Coalhouse, Ragtime

is making his stage and PSF debut. He is 4 years old and attends Pre-K at A Children's Place Learning Center. He enjoys playing superhero; specifically Iron Man and Spider-Man. He plays soccer and has started learning karate. Max loves dancing, singing, and pretending. He is excited and grateful for this amazing opportunity.

RENEE MCFILLIN

Young Company; Alice, Alice; Ensemble, Ragtime; Captain, Attendant, u/s Queen, Richard II

is a member of the DeSales University Class of 2018 and is excited to be making her PSF debut! Memorable Act 1 roles include Sally Smith in Me and My Girl, and Princess Winnifred in Once Upon A Mattress. She thanks Stephen Casey for being such an amazing mentor and friend, her parents and brothers for all their amazing love and support, and Johnny for putting up with her. Enjoy the show! 

J. DANE MCMICHAEL

Nol, Ensemble, Musician, Shake in Love; Bushy, Groom, Richard II; Self, S4K

is elated to return to PSF after 4 seasons in the Young Company. PSF: MacBeth, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, The Three Musketeers, Les Misérables and West Side Story, and several PSF children’s shows; Other: Over the Tavern at the Montgomery Theater. He thanks his family, both in blood and bond who never cease loving fiercely. DeSales University class of 2017, P.D., J.B., T.Q., W.T., S.H., the Apothecary, YOU and his little brother, Kellan, who he finally gets to share the stage with.

KELLAN MCMICHAEL

Young Company; March Hare, Alice; JohnWebster, Ensemble, u/s Henslowe, Shake in Love

just finished his freshman year at DeSales University, studying acting for the stage and screen. His credits include two u/s roles with DeSales Act 1 productions, Little Red, and Teen Sherlock (Montgomery Theatre). Kellan has been seeing PSF productions for years now, and is tremendously excited to be a part of it. He would like to thank God, his family, Dane, Jess, his supportive DSU family, and everyone involved with putting PSF together.

JAYCE MEREDITH

Ensemble, u/s Younger Brother, Ragtime

is a junior musical theatre major at DeSales University. He was previously an ensemble member in PSF’s Evita, and is honored to return to the Festival. He is eternally grateful to his friends and family for their constant support.

JESSICA MERKINS

Stage Manager, s4kids

After assistant house managing last summer, Jessica is thrilled to be back for a 2nd PSF season, working backstage and stage managing S4K! She is a 2013 graduate of West Chester University and has been a member of the Philadelphia theatre community ever since, working with such theatres as People’s Light, Delaware Theatre Company, and the Rep Company at the University of Delaware. Up next: Passion at Signature Theatre in D.C. and Cinderella at People’s Light. Love to Mom, Dad, JB.

COLIN MOORE

Little Boy, Ragtime

is eleven and lives in Bethlehem. A Moravian Academy student, Colin has performed in its Freddy Award-winning musical, Big Fish (2016) as Young Will. He was Bobby in the independent film Getting Grace (2017). Colin loves playing video games and soccer and spending time with his brother Lyric.

GABE MOSES

Ensemble, Ragtime

is a sophomore theatre major at DeSales University. He was recently seen as the Mysterious Man in Act 1’s production of Into the Woods. He would like to thank Dennis for giving him this amazing opportunity, as well as his family and friends here at DeSales.

RACHEL MULCAHY

Molly, Ensemble, Musician, Shake in Love

is so excited to be making her PSF debut this summer! Originally from Syracuse, NY, she now calls New York City her home! Recent credits include: Ring of Fire at Timberlake Playhouse, Once at John W. Engeman Theater and the National Tour of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Many thanks to this incredible creative team and fabulous cast as well as my family, Travis and Across the Board Talent. Enjoy the show! www.rachelmulcahy.com @raymulcay 

PATRICK MULCAHY

Director, Shake in Love; Producing Artistic Director, PSF

Since assuming leadership in 2003, Mulcahy has led PSF’s surge in artistic excellence, financial stability, and national recognition. Accomplishments include first-ever grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, attracting a multitude of award-winning artists including winners and nominees of the Tony, Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Barrymore, and Emmy awards, a 75% increase in annual attendance, a successful campaign to double the Festival’s endowment, and the expansion of the number of Actors’ Equity contracts per season. He led the strategic planning process that led to PSF’s Vision 2030, a commitment to world-class professional theatre, and coverage in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Washington Post. As a professional director, actor, and fight director, credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, television and radio. Mr. Mulcahy has acted with many industry luminaries including Don Cheadle, Angela Bassett, Cynthia Nixon, and Tony Shaloub at the New York Shakespeare Festival, The Roundabout Theatre, Hartford Stage, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, and the Walnut Street Theatre.  He served as fight director for A Few Good Men on Broadway, and multiple Off-Broadway productions starring Marcia Gay Harden, John Mahoney, Patrick Dempsey, and John Savage.  He directed Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga in The Real Thing, and, for PSF, directed The Winter’s Tale, Henry IV, Part 1, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, Macbeth and Julius Caesar. Also Head of Acting at DeSales, Patrick holds degrees in acting and directing from Syracuse University.

CHRISTOPHER PATRICK MULLEN*

Richard Burbage, Barman, Shake in Love; Northumberland, Richard II

a DeSales graduate, CPM’s work with PSF since 1992 includes Loves Labours Lost, Julius Caesar, Pericles, Charleys Aunt, Hamlet, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Glass Menagerie, Twelfth Night, Dracula..., and 20 other productions; Other credits include West Side Story (1st National Tour); The Runner Stumbles (Off-Broadway); Cabaret, Metamorphoses, Macbeth, A Little Night Music, Candide, and Assassins (Arden Theatre). He is a member of Retro Productions (NYC) and a People’s Light veteran of over 30 productions since 1989.TV: Law & Order.

WILLIAM NEAL

Sound Designer, Richard II

is delighted to join the PSF family. He has designed over 50 productions, including original Off-Broadway productions of Daniel’s Husband, Small World, The Little Prince, and Drop Dead Perfect. Regional favorites include Boeing-Boeing, Buyer & Cellar, Talley’s Folly, Outside Mullingar, God of Carnage, The Three Musketeers, The 39 Steps, and five seasons at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival designing Othello, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and many others. Member: USA 829 and Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association. virgoaudio.com

LARA NOTARIANNI

Ensemble, Shake in Love

Thanks Patrick and Casey for the opportunity to returnfor another season! Last summer she made her PSF stage debut in S4K and this past spring, she served as PSF’s Interim Education Director and Assistant General Manager. She earned a BA in Theatre from DeSales in 2017. Love to Mom and Dad for their endless support. 

SUZANNE O’DONNELL*

Maria, Twelfth Night

Recent PSF credits: Mistress Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Maria in Lend Me a Tenor, and Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest; Orlando Shakespeare Theater: Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, Emilia in Othello, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew; Boston Marriage (1812 Productions); Comedy of Errors, Arcadia (Folger Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, Dancing at Lughnasa (Arden Theatre). Suzanne is a proud graduate of DeSales University.

MATT PFEIFFER

Director, Twelfth Night and S4K

is a Philly born actor and director who is thrilled to be at PSF for his 20th Season! Previous Festival credits include: As You Like It, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Recent credits include: A Midsummer Nights Dream (Arden Theatre), Camelot (Act 2 Playhouse)Buzzer (Theatre Exile) Heisenberg (Delaware Theatre Co) and Blackbird (Fulton Theatre); Other Credits: Philadelphia Theatre Co., InterAct Theatre, Walnut St. Theatre, 1812 Productions, Lantern Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, UArts, UPenn’s Mask and Wig, and Villanova University. Matt is a twelve-time Barrymore nominee and winner, for his direction of The Whale and The Invisible Hand  both with Theatre Exile. He’s also a recipient of the F. Otto Haas Award. Matt is a proud grad of DeSales University. Love to Kim and John 

BRANDON J. PIERCE*

Ned Alleyn, Shake in Love;Aumerle, Richard II

Off-Broadway: Exit Strategy (Primary Stages); Regional: Welcome to Fear City (KC Rep), Troilus and Cressida, The Taming of the Shrew (PSF), A Midsummer Night’s Dream,Metamorphoses,Peter PanCharlotte’s Web (Arden Theatre), The City of Conversation (Delaware Theater), Dutch Masters (Azuka Theatre),Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare LIVE! - The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Fair Maid of the West (Philadelphia Artists’ Collective); Education: BFA University of the Arts.

SPENCER PLACHY*

Bertram, Count of Rossillion, All's Well

PSF: Antony in JULIUS CAESAR, Jefferson in 1776, Christian in CYRANO DE BERGERAC, Freddy in MY FAIR LADY… LOVES LABOURS LOSTPERICLESAMADEUSANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, TWO NOBLE KINSMEN…. (I think that’s it). Broadway: ROMEO & JULIETTHE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD. Off-Broadway: THE COMMON PURSUIT. Tours: OKLAHOMA!(Curly), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Regional: ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (Alley Theatre), PRIVATE LIVES(Riverside Theatre), NATIONAL PASTIME (Bucks County Playhouse), and THE 39 STEPS(Orlando Shakespeare Theater/Florida Rep). TV: Shades of Blue (NBC).

JUSTIN PROPPER

Sound Designer, Alice

is a NYC based sound designer, and a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey. Some of his design credits include, sound design: Comedy of Errors (Classic Stage Company), Director Fest 2018 (Drama League), Think Before You Holla (The Capital Fringe Festival), Mr. Burns (Ramapo College of New Jersey), Into the Woods (DeSales University), and DannyKrisDonnaVeronica (Wheelhouse Theater Company); Assistant/Associate Sound Design: Elephant and Piggie (The Kennedy Center), DUAT (Soho Rep.), Appropriate (The Juilliard School), and Animal (Atlantic Stage).

MICHELE RAGUSA*

Emma Goldman, Ragtime

Fun fact – Michele starred as Evelyn Nesbit in the Original Broadway Ragtime! Broadway: Young Frankenstein, Urinetown, Titanic, A Class Act, Cyrano; Off Broadway: Adrift In Macao (Primary Stages- Lortel/Drama League nom/Barrymore Award), Titanic: 20th Anniversary Concert Lincoln Center, Craving For Travel (Playwrights Horizon); Regional Credits: Gypsy, Bullets Over Broadway, Mame, Hello, Dolly, Lend Me A Tenor, King and I Spamalot, Sweeney Todd, Annie, Noises Off, Singing/Rain, Into The Woods, Kiss Me Kate, Drowsy Chaperone, Guys and Dolls, and The Full Monty. micheleragusa.com @MRagusaNYC

ALYSSA RAMSEY

Ensemble, Ragtime

is a junior musical theatre major at DeSales University making her PSF debut. Past productions include Merry Christmas George Bailey as Santa Baby, Godspell, and The Homecoming. She is extremely excited to be able to be a part of this new experience!

DENNIS RAZZE

Director of Ragtime, Associate Artistic Director of PSF

Last summer Mr. Razze directed PSF’s sold-out production of Evita starring Broadway luminaries Dee Roscioli, Paulo Szot, and Dan Domenech, along with West Side Story in 2016 and the Festival’s memorable Les Misérables in 2015. In 2017 he received the prestigious Allentown Arts Ovation Award for Performing Arts. Mr. Razze would like to thank Patrick Mulcahy for his support and allowing him to direct this amazing musical, Ragtime!

DESTINEE REA*

Sarah, Ragtime

is excited to join the PSF family in one of her dream roles! Broadway: Amelie; Off-Broadway: Gwendolyn, Cell (Drama League); Regional: Lorrell Robinson, Dreamgirls (NSMT) and Dorothy, The Wiz (Maltz Jupiter Theatre). Along with performing, Destinee is the Co-Founder of BOLD a nonprofit building up black women in the performing arts for the restoration of culture. @iamaboldwoman Thanks to the Mine and my amazing friends and family for dreaming with me. “And we were like those who dreamed…” @Destineerea

CAROLYN REICH*

Assistant Stage Manager, Ragtime

is thrilled to be spending her 4th season at PSF! PSF credits: Evita, West Side Story, Les Misérables, The Three Musketeers, Blithe Spirit, The Foreigner, As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew, Henry V; New York: Cherry Lane Theatre, Billie Holiday Theatre, New World Stages, York Theatre; National Tour: The Bodyguard, The Bridges of Madison County; Regional: Trinity Repertory Company, McCarter Theatre, Hartford Stage. Carolyn is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

CATHY RITTER

Brigit, Esemble, u/s Emma Goldman, Ragtime

is a rising junior at DeSales University. She is absolutely thrilled to be making her PSF debut. Her most recent credits include Into the Woods as Florinda, and Chicago as Go-to-Hell Kitty. She would like to thank her friends and family for their endless love and guidance.

KYRA ROBINSON

Ensemble, Ragtime

is a junior dance major at Desales University and is excited to perform in Ragtime. Past performances include: D.U.D.E. (2018), being featured as a soloist in Rainbow Suite choreographed by Donald McKayle, and Precious Metals Dance Team at PPL in Allentown (2017). She thanks her friends and family for their endless support!

MEAGHAN ROSSI

Ensemble, Ragtime

a sophomore musical theatre major at DeSales University, is absolutely thrilled to be a part of her second season with PSF! Her previous collegiate credits include Cinderella (Into the Woods), Ms. Christina Grant (Murder on the Nile), Mrs. Uncle William u/s, Mrs Uncle Titus u/s, and ensemble (The Devil’s Disciple), and ensemble (Young Frankenstein). She has also previously appeared in the ensemble of PSF’s Evita, last season. She deeply thanks her family, friends, and DeSales University faculty for their endless love, support, and guidance throughout the years.

BO SAYRE

Young Company; Mad Hatter, Alice; Stanford White, u/s Henry Ford, Ragtime; Robin, Lambert, Guard, Ensemble, u/s Burbage, Shake in Love; Marshall, Scroop, Richard II

after graduating from DeSales University this year is very grateful to be back at PSF for his 4th summer. He has been a part of PSF’s Troilus and Cressida, Evita, Julius Caesar, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Pericles, and Les Misérables.

DAVE SCHEFFLER

J.P. Morgan, Ensemble, u/s Grandfather, Ragtime; Wabash, Shake in Love

has appeared previously at PSF in: 1776, The Playboy of the Western World, King John, South Pacific, Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, Macbeth, Henry V, West Side Story, The Taming of the Shrew. He lives on a farm in Northampton County and roams the twilight woods.

ANDREW SCOGGIN

Young Company; White Rabbit, Alice; Harry K. Thaw, u/s Father, u/s Willie Conklin, Ensemble, Ragtime; Ralph, Catling, Ensemble, u/s Marlowe, Shake in Love; Harry Percy, Richard II

is a Graduate of the Musical Theater Program at DeSales University. PSF credits include: Evita, The Three Musketeers, and As You Like It; Act 1 credits: Into the Woods, Godspell, Young Frankenstein, Peter and the Starcatcher, and The Crucible. Andrew would like to thank his family and friends for their constant support.

ALEXANDRA SÉMAN

Young Company; Tweedledee, Sister, Cook, Card Guard, Alice; Kathleen, Ensemble, Ragtime; Kate, Ensemble, u/s Viola, Shake in Love; Queen’s Attendant, Richard II

a recent grad of DeSales University, is excited to be returning to PSF. PSF credits include Les Misérables; while her recent Act 1 productions include Into the Woods as the Baker’s Wife and Murder on the Nile as Jaqueline de Severac. Special thanks to her Labuda family for continuous guidance, support, and love over the years.

ERIN SHEFFIELD

Playwright, S4K; Choreographer, Shake in Love

celebrates the 10th Anniversary of S4K and her 19th season with PSF.  Directing at PSF: Pride and Prejudice, Rapunzel, 20 assorted children’s shows, WillPower Tours and Green Shows. Erin was the Education Director at PSF 2006-2011, taught at DeSales and directed for Act 1.  Member of Actors’ Equity Association. Favorite roles: Viola, Twelfth Night at PSF, Anne of Green Gables (Barrymore nomination), People’s Light where she is the Executive Associate; MFA: Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House.  Proud grad of DeSales University.

ROD SINGLETON*

Booker T. Washington, Ensemble, Ragtime

is thrilled to debut at PSF reprising a favorite role! Rod has previously been seen as Booker T. Washington in productions at Asolo Repertory Theatre and Ogunquit Playhouse. Off-Broadway: Public Enemy (The Pearl Theatre Co.), Black Angels Over Tuskegee (St. Luke’s Theatre); Regional: Cymbeline (Virginia Shakespeare Festival), Macbeth (Shakespeare on the Sound), The New World (Bucks County Playhouse), Romeo & Juliet (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Oregon Cabaret Theatre). Proud member of Actors Equity. Proud Morehouse Man! AMLTJATB. Twitter: @rodsingleton IG: @realrodsingleton

MATTHEW SMALDONE

Bagot, Richard II

is a sophomore theatre major at DeSales University, is excited to be joining PSF for his 2nd year! Previous PSF credits include Evita as well as ACT 1 productions as the Narrator (Into the Woods), Dick Dudgeon (The Devil’s Disciple), Simon Mostyn (Murder on the Nile), and Clay-boy Spencer (The Homecoming).

LUIGI SOTTILE*

William Shakespeare, Shake in Love; Mowbray, Salisbury, Richard II

was last seen at PSF in Troilus And Cressida (Hector) and The Two Gentlemen Of Verona (Valentine). A PA native and current Chicago resident, some credits include: The Book of Will (Northlight Theatre); Shakespeare in Love, Othello, The Tempest (Chicago Shakespeare); Buena Vista (Steppenwolf); The Cherry Orchard, Nathan The Wise (People’s Light); Three Sisters, Cyrano (Arden); Angels In America Parts I & II, In The Next Room Or The Vibrator Play (Wilma); An Ideal Husband (Walnut Street Theatre); Seminar (Philadelphia Theatre Co.); The Lonesome West, Hothouse (Lantern); and The Mystery of Irma Vep (Act II Playhouse). Other regional: The Way of the World (Folger Theatre); Zombie: The American (Woolly Mammoth); Sex With Strangers (Signature Theatre, DC); Three Musketeers, Much Ado About Nothing (Utah Shakespeare Fest.);and A Christmas Carol (Milwaukee Rep).

JAMES STABP

Younger Brother, Ragtime

PSF: Sweeney Todd (Anthony), South Pacific and Hamlet. Last seen in the Arden Theatre’s The Secret Garden (Capt. Albert Lennox). MFA: Boston Conservatory; BA: DeSales University. Many thanks to Dennis, Steven, Ben and the rest of PSF. @jamesdstabp

LAURA STANCZYK, CSA

New York Casting, Ragtime, Twelfth Night, Shake in Love, Richard II

Broadway, Off-Broadway & Tours: Side Show, After Midnight, A Night With Janis Joplin, Follies, Lombardi, Ragtime, Damn Yankees, Dirty Dancing, The Glorious Ones, Cripple of Inishmaan, Tryst, Urinetown. Other theatre includes: the premieres of Cotton Club Parade, Harps and Angels, Gruesome Playground Injuries, and Golden Age as well as productions of Master Class, Broadway Three Generations, Don’t Dress For Dinner, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Theatres: The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington DC, Wilma, Alley, McCarter Theatre Center (Artistic Staff Member), Drury Lane, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Signature Theatre, Kennedy Center, ACT, and Westport Country Playhouse among others.

CAMERON I. STARLING-RONEY

Young Coalhouse Ragtime

is a fun-loving, 4-year old who enjoys traveling the world with his parents and brother and playing with cars. Cameron loves music and sings on the choir at church. He is an avid storybook reader and is currently studying music and learning to swim. Cameron would like to thank the cast for this opportunity.

ABIGAIL STEPHENSON

Ensemble, Ragtime

is excited to be joining PSF for their 2018 season! She just graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in the fall, and is excited to be back in the U.S. performing. Favorite credits include: Into the Woods, Once on this Island and Atlantic: America and the Great War. Special thank you to Mom and Dad for supporting me in this journey, Forrest McClendon, and to the faculty of RCS.

SUSAN RILEY STEVENS*

Countess of Rossillion, Widow, All’s Well

Happy to be back at PSF! Past seasons have included: Macbeth, Hamlet, and Lend Me A Tenor; Recent credits: Noises Off (Walnut Street Theatre), This Is The Week That Is (1812 Productions), Marcus/Emma (InterAct), A New Brain (Theatre Horizon); Regional: People’s Light, Bristol Riverside, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Dallas Theatre Center, Portland Stage Company, and Asolo Repertory Theatre. M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama.

CAROLINE SYLVIA

Stage Manager, Alice in Wonderland

PSF: S4K; DeSales stage managing credits include Charley’s Aunt, The Crucible, Godspell, and Into the Woods. Thanks to her family and friends, Sam, and the incredible cast and crew for their hard work, love, and support. Let’s bring it all together!

STEVE TENEYCK

Scenic Designer, Ragtime; Scenic and Lighting Designer, Twelfth Night and Alice

is pleased to return for his 13th season at PSF. Design work: Dallas Theatre Center, Gulfshore Playhouse, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Syracuse Stage, TACT NYC, Big Art Group, Tri-Cities Opera, Madison Opera, Syracuse Opera, Anchorage Opera, Minnesota Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, The Kitchen Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and The Hangar Theatre. Steve is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and teaches design at Ithaca College in New York.

JAHZEER TERRELL

Sebastian, Twelfth Night; 1st Lord Dumaine, All’s Well

is a Philadelphia based actor, teaching artist, voiceover artist, and musician. He has been a part of numerous productions in and around the Philadelphia area, and is thrilled to be back with PSF for one more!

WILLIAM THATCHER

Musician, Shake in Love

is a Lehigh Valley native, who has been a regular at PSF for over two decades, starting in 1995 with musical roles in Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing, and more recently as an On the Green lutenist. In 2018, he made his Bethlehem Bach Festival debut, performing his lute in Handel’s “Ode to St. Cecilia’s Day.” Bill has strolled the grounds of Renaissance Faires in three states and for twenty years performed with Cambiata and the Moravian Collegium Musicum.

ALANA THOMAS

Ensemble, u/s Sarah, Ragtime

Born in the Land of Enchantment, raised in Virginia, and sharpened in NYC. Alana’s passion for performing can only be expressed once she’s on stage. She’s has been in regional productions (The Color Purple, The Producers, In The Heights, and more), but strives to do more than simply entertain you, especially with the story before you now. She’d like to thank God and his awesome son Jesus, her family, fiancé, and RT Fam for their unconditional love. @AlanaBeSaiyan #blacklivesmatter

DANIEL TRACY

Actor, Valentine, Guard, Ensemble, Musician, Shake in Love; Green/Keeper, Richard II

2nd summer at PSF! PSF: Troilus & Cressida;National Tour: Once, Ivy + Bean; Off-Broadway: Folk Wandering, Clown Bar (NY Times Critics’ Pick, NYIT Award nominee), Byuioo; Regional: Hudson Valley Shakespeare, and Nebraska Shakespeare; Film: Lifetime’s Little Women. Pipeline Theatre Company ensemble member. Creighton University. Thanks to Mom and Dad for everything important. www.dtracy.com

WAYNE S. TURNEY*

Edmund Tilney, Sir Robert De Lesseps, Boatman, Shake in Love; York, Richard II

is a Professor with the theatre faculty at DeSales University, where he directed the recent production of his own “transladaptation” of Sophokles’ Elektra. A regular with PSF, Turney came to do Argan in The Imaginary Invalid and stayed on to play myriad old men, most recently Exeter in Henry V. Turney has appeared with the Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Actors’ Summit, Cleveland Play House, Actors Theatre of Louisville and many others. He won an Emmy for his work on NBC’s Hickory Hideout and piloted EC-135’s in the USAF. His wife is the Rev. Harper Turney; they have three beautiful grandchildren, pictures available.

JO TWISS*

Viola’s Nurse, Shake in Love;  Duchess of Gloucester/Carlisle, Richard II

is thrilled to be returning to PSF this summer! Her previous credits at the festival include: The Little Mermaid and The Taming of the Shrew. She will be finishing her degree here at DeSales University this fall and is excited to pursue a career in acting/ teaching. Anelise would like to thank her family and Hector for their love and support and God for His endless blessings.

MIGUEL ANGEL VASQUEZ

Ensemble, Coalhouse u/s, Ragtime

Lionized for his “Golden voice” and “strong baritone” has been seen internationally in Europe, Off-Broadway, and Regionally as well as a soloist in Merkin Hall and Carnegie Hall. He is thrilled to be a part of this production of Ragtime. As a cross over artist, musical theater and opera are prevelant mediums of storytelling. Favorite Roles: Papageno in Die Zauberflote, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Joe u/s in Showboat, Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf in Into the Woods, Javert in Les Misérables, and Morales/El Dancairo in Carmen.

RICHARD B. WATSON*

Philip Henslowe, Shake in Love; Ross, Abbot, Exton, Richard II

Favorite roles: John Adams, 1776, Dr. Carrasco, Man of La Mancha; Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady; Zach, A Chorus Line. Theaters: Orlando, Hampton, Georgia, and Milwaukee Shakespeare Companies, Arkansas Rep, Ensemble Studio Theater, Irish Rep, Asolo Rep, Pioneer, American Stage, The Muny and Disney World. Shakespeare: Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V, Henry VIII, Romeo & Juliet, Richard III, King John, Hamlet, King Lear, Pericles, Othello, Winter’s Tale, Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing and Titus Andronicus. Film/TV: PS, I Love You; Law & Order CI; Delocated; Onion Sports Network; Art=(Love)²; and a pilot, Powerless, for FX. MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting. www.richardbwatson.com

RICHARD WHITE*

Grandfather, Ensemble, Ragtime

the voice of Gaston in Disney’s animated feature, Beauty and the Beast.  Broadway:  The Most Happy Fella, Jekyll and Hyde, Gigi; Off Broadway:  Elizabeth and Essex, Topper;  New York City Opera revivals: Brigadoon, South Pacific, New Moon, and The Desert Song;  National Tours:  The King and I, Camelot, Urinetown;  Regional:  Camelot, South Pacific, Man of La Mancha, La Cage aux Folles; PBS Great Performances:  New Moon, Showboat;  Yeston/Kopit: Phantom (Premier Cast Recording RCA Victor).

GREG WOOD*

Malvolio, Twelfth Night; King of France, All’s Well

It’s good to be back!  This past Fall, he was at Actors Theatre Louisville to play Van Helsing in their production of Dracula. In December he was at McCarter Theatre in Princeton for his second season as Scrooge in  A Christmas Carol. He just finished back to back productions at the Walnut St. Theatre in Philly:  Eric in The Humans, followed by Lloyd in Noises Off. It really is wonderful to be back in Center Valley. I hope you enjoy all the shows this season. Thank you for coming!

JHALIL YOUNGER

Young Company; The Red King, Alice; Valentine, Officer 2, u/s Sebastian Twelfth Night; 2nd Soldier, Ensemble, u/s Lord Dumaine 2, All’s Well

is a junior acting and directing major staring down a summer of firsts. He couldn’t be more excited to work with PSF for the first time, taking on his first Shakespeare show while making his professional theatre debut.

MARK YOWAKIM

Young Company; The Knave of Hearts, Tweedledum, Alice Ensemble, Musician,  u/s Tateh, u/s Houdini, Ragtime; Abraham, Frees, Ensemble, u/s Ned Alleyn, Shake in Love; Servant, Richard II

a musical theater major going into his sophomore year at DeSales University, is excited to make his debut on the PSF stage. Previous ACT 1 roles include the Steward in Murder on the Nile, a townsperson in The Devils Disciple, and a soloist in an ACT 2 production of The Beautiful We.

LISA ZINNI

Costume Designer, Shake in Love

Lisa is happy to be returning to PSF. She designed last season’s Evita and The Hound of the Baskervilles. Other PSF favorites include: Les Misérables, Macbeth, Sweeney Todd, The Importance of Being Earnest, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The 39 Steps; Other Design venues include: Walnut Street Theatre, The Arden, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare, Two River Shakespeare, Riverside Theatre Vero, The Cape Playhouse and 59E59; Broadway Credits include: Associate Costume Designer for School of Rock, Cats, An American In Paris, The Play That Goes Wrong, The Glass Menagerie, Rent, Hair and worked most recently on this seasons SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical.  LISAZINNI.com

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