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By Erin Sheffield
Directed by Matt Pfeiffer

JULY 26 - AUGUST 5 | MAIN STAGE

A high-energy one-hour production designed for children ages 4 to 10 to actively experience Shakespeare’s vibrant language and characters. With exciting new content every year, S4K activates imaginations and generates laughs for the whole family. This year, S4K teams up with Team Shakespeare in As You Like It.

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Dan Tracy

DAN TRACY

Dan

National Tour: Once; Off-Broadway: Clown Bar (NY Times Critics’ Pick, NYIT Award nominee), Ivy + Bean, Byuioo; Regional: Hudson Valley Shakespeare, Nebraska Shakespeare; Film: Lifetime's Little Women. Pipeline Theatre Company ensemble member. B.F.A. Creighton University. Thanks to Mom and Dad for everything important. Dtracy.com

Andrew Goebel

ANDREW GOEBEL

Andrew

is grateful to be returning to the PSF stage. PSF: Sweeney Todd, Beauty and the Beast, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Oklahoma!, Measure for Measure, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. NYC: Beardo, Summertime, Shelter, We Will Always Talk This Way, The High Cost of Loving, Platonov. He is also a resident company member of the Flea Theater. Thank you to his family and friends for always supporting him and always pushing him to do better.

Lara Notarianni

LARA NOTARIANNI

Lara

recently graduated from DeSales with a BA in Theatre. Select DSU credits: Charley’s Aunt, Young Frankenstein and Peter Pan. She has served as PSF’s Assistant House Manager and Casting Intern. She is excited and thankful to be back for another season!

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Partrick Mulcahy

PATRICK MULCAHY

Producing Artistic Director

Since assuming leadership in 2003, Mulcahy has led PSF’s return to artistic excellence and financial stability, built the professional company of artists, oversaw the quadrupling of the endowment, and achieved increasing national recognition for the Festival. Further accomplishments include PSF’s first-ever awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and attracting a company of artists including winners and nominees of the Tony, Obie, Emmy, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Jefferson, and Barrymore awards to the Festival, growth in all income areas, a 75% increase in annual attendance, and the expansion of the number of Actors’ Equity contracts per season. As a professional director, actor and fight director, credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, television, and radio. Mulcahy has acted with Angela Bassett, Peter MacNicol, Hal Holbrook, Joan Cusack, Don Cheadle, Anne Meara, Milo O’Shea, Cynthia Nixon, Tony Shaloub, Bradley Whitford, and others at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Stage, Roundabout Theatre Company, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Syracuse Stage, and the Walnut St. He served as a fight director for Tom Hulse and Timothy Busfield in A Few Good Men on Broadway and for OffBroadway productions starring John Savage, John Mahoney, Marcia Gay Harden, and Patrick Dempsey. He directed Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga in The Real Thing, and, for PSF, directed Julius Caesar (2016), Macbeth (2014), Hamlet (2011), Antony and Cleopatra (2009), The Winter’s Tale (2007), Henry IV, Part I (2005), The Tempest (1999), and acted in and served as fight director for The Taming of the Shrew (1998) and Julius Caesar (1997). Also head of acting at DeSales, Patrick holds an MFA from Syracuse University

Dennis Razze

DENNIS RAZZE

Director/Associate Artistic Director

is the chairman of the theatre department of DeSales University, where he has been a faculty member for the last 33 years. He is also a founding member of PSF. Last summer, he directed PSF’s critically acclaimed production of West Side Story. He has directed many of PSF’s productions including Les Misérables,  Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, A Funny Thing…Forum, 1776, Cyrano de Bergerac, My Fair Lady, Amadeus, Man of La Mancha, Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and As You Like It. Mr. Razze also composed musical scores for PSF’s Cyrano, The Tempest, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He recently received the Arts Ovation Award for Performing Arts from the Arts Commission of the city of Allentown.

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CASEY GALLAGHER

Managing Director

has worked at PSF for 19 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 more than 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 or Directors and also serves on the board of the Allentown Arts Academy Elementary Charter School.  He looks forward to the future of PSF and its 2030 Vision. Special thanks to David for his work on souvenirs. All my love.

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MATT PFEIFFER

Director

is a Philly born actor and director who is thrilled to be back at PSF for his 19th season. Some previous PSF directing credits include; The Taming of the Shrew, Henry V, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The 39 Steps. Recent credits include; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Arden), Hand to God (Philadelphia Theatre Company), and Constellations (Gulfshore Playhouse). Other Credits; InterAct, Walnut St, 1812 Productions, Lantern, Delaware Theatre Co., Orlando Shakespeare, UArts, and UPenn's Mask and Wig. Matt is a twelve-time Barrymore nominee and winner, for his direction of The Whale and The Invisible Hand (Theatre Exile). He's also a recipient of the F. Otto Haas Award. Matt is a proud grad DeSales University. Love to Kim and John.

Caroline Sylvia

CAROLINE SYLVIA

Stage Manager

is exhilarated to be the stage manager for Shakespeare for Kids. She is also the stage management intern for The Hound of the Baskervilles and Trolius and Cressida here at PSF. In the fall she will be the stage manager for Godspell, her first musical at DeSales University. Thank you to her family and friends for all their support. Let’s bring it all together!

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Stage Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

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