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“A triumph for the stage...” - Time Magazine

Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based on the novel RAGTIME by E.L. Doctorow
Directed by Dennis Razze

JUNE 13 - JULY 1 | MAIN STAGE

At the dawn of the 20th century, everything is changing...and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together — that of a stifled but determined upper-class homemaker, an indomitable Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician — united by their courage and their pursuit of the American dream, against extraordinary odds. Ragtime was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won for best score, book, and orchestrations. “Intoxicating” by the Associated Press, and “Explosive and thrilling!” by Bloomberg News, this acclaimed musical is an unflinching examination of human striving and a timeless celebration of the American spirit. Directed by Associate Artistic Director Dennis Razze, lauded for PSF’s completely sold out Evita last summer, West Side Story (2016) and Les Miserablés (2015), this production will be a “must see.” PG-13 for some offensive language.

Similar to the last three seasons, PSF expects the majority of performances for the musical to sell out. Order early for the best seating options.

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Extras

  • Opening Night, Friday, June 15: Join the PSF actors and staff for a friendly post-show champagne toast.
  • Meet the actors for an informal talk-back after the show: Thursday, June 21 and 28.
  • Director’s Dinners - specialty dinner themed to the play with behind-the-scenes insights: Sunday, June 17, 5:00pm, and Wednesday, June 27, 5:00pm.
  • Audio described and open captioned performance: Wednesday June 27, 8:00pm.

Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer:

"Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s Ragtime Thrills."

"From its panoramic opening number to its stirring finale, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s visually lush production, directed by Dennis Razze, does the show thrilling justice."

"Broadway-caliber talent."

"The staging is gorgeous."

"Blazingly relevant..."

Broad Street Review:

"Dazzling…a message of hope."

"Beautifully realized..."

"Excellent trio of principals..."

Reading Eagle:

"An artistic triumph."

"Thrilling..."

"Directed by Dennis Razze with stunning imagination and innovative staging choices, the show may be the boldest mounting ever attempted by the festival."

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Vocally, it is sheer perfection."

"Razze releases the story's intrinsic power with understated yet shrewd stylistic solutions."

"As the song says: 'And there was distant music, skipping a beat, singing a dream.' That dream is here, at the festival. 'Ragtime' just may be a valiant historic leap for this cherished regional institution."

The Morning Call

"Ragtime is a power tour de force."

"Compelling story and music."

"Nkrumah Gatling is riveting as Coalhouse Walker Jr."

"Gatling’s voice is sublime and Destinee Rea as Sarah, matches his power and puts her own stamp on songs like their duet 'Wheels of a Dream'."

"You can’t wait to hear [Brandi Burkhardt’s] glorious voice again."

"Inspired..."

"Powerful, entertaining look at the past."

The Lehigh Valley Press:

"...is yet another PSF blockbuster."

"Astounding production values, and a cast of lead performers who seemingly stepped from the Broadway stage onto the Main Stage at the Labuda Center."

"Fantastical, jaw-dropping, engrossing..."

“Don’t miss it."

Features

Director's Take

Most people are familiar with the musical genre of ragtime because of the 1973 film The Sting, starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman. For the film, composer Marvin Hamlisch adapted the music of 1890s composer Scott Joplin, who was known as the “King of Ragtime” for his catchy compositions such as “The Maple Leaf Rag” and “The Entertainer.” Ragtime composers like Joplin found a way to combine the musical style of African-American jigs and cakewalks with the marches of John Philip Sousa.

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Artists

Cast

Carly Hueston Amburn

CARLY HUESTON AMBURN*

Evelyn Nesbit, Ensemble

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

Brent Bateman

BRENT BATEMAN*

Willie Conklin, Ensemble

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.

Brandi Burkhardt

BRANDI BURKHARDT*

Mother

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

Jack Doyle

JACK DOYLE*

Henry Ford, Ensemble

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

SAMUEL DRUHORA*

Tateh

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.

Nkrumah Gatling

NKRUMAH GATLING*

Coalhouse Walker Jr.

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

FREDDIE KIMMEL

FREDDIE KIMMEL*

Harry Houdini, Ensemble

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

BRYANT MARTIN

BRYANT MARTIN*

Father

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

MICHELE RAGUSA

MICHELE RAGUSA*

Emma Goldman

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

DESTINEE REA

DESTINEE REA*

Sarah

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

ROD SINGLETON

ROD SINGLETON*

Booker T. Washington, Ensemble

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

RICHARD WHITE

RICHARD WHITE*

Grandfather, Ensemble

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).

DAVID ANDRÉ

DAVID ANDRÉ

Ensemble

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

DOMINIQUE JENAE ATWATER

Sarah’s Friend, Ensemble

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 

MACIE BAZELLA

MACIE BAZELLA

Little Girl

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. 

KYLE MICHAEL BROWN

KYLE MICHAEL BROWN

Ensemble, u/s Booker T. Washington

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!

SARITA CRAWFORD

SARITA CRAWFORD

Dance Co-Captain, Ensemble

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 

MILES DEMARIA

MILES DEMARIA

Little Boy

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.

EMMA FLISZAR

EMMA FLISZAR

Little Girl

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

MEGAN FRY

Ensemble

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. 

BRANDON HEYWARD

BRANDON HEYWARD

Dance Co-Captain, Ensemble

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. 

SABRINA JOSEPH

SABRINA JOSEPH

Ensemble

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! 

ANGELA LAROSE

ANGELA LAROSE

Ensemble, u/s Evelyn Nesbit

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.

MALACHI LYNCH

MALACHI LYNCH

Young Coalhouse

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!

MAX MCCONNELL

MAX MCCONNELL

Young Coalhouse

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

RENEE MCFILLIN

Ensemble

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! 

JAYCE MEREDITH

JAYCE MEREDITH

Ensemble, u/s Younger Brother

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.

COLIN MOORE

COLIN MOORE

Little Boy

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

GABE MOSES

Ensemble

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.

ALYSSA RAMSEY

ALYSSA RAMSEY

Ensemble

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!

CATHY RITTER

CATHY RITTER

Brigit, Ensemble, u/s Emma Goldman

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

KYRA ROBINSON

Ensemble

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

MEAGHAN ROSSI

Ensemble

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

BO SAYRE

Stanford White, u/s Henry Ford

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

DAVE SCHEFFLER

J.P. Morgan, Ensemble, u/s Grandfather

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

ANDREW SCOGGIN

Harry K. Thaw, u/s Father, u/s Willie Conklin, Ensemble

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

ALEXANDRA SÉMAN

Kathleen, Ensemble

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.

JAMES STABP

JAMES STABP

Younger Brother

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

CAMERON I. STARLING-RONEY

CAMERON I. STARLING-RONEY

Young Coalhouse

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

ABIGAIL STEPHENSON

Ensemble

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.

ALANA THOMAS

ALANA THOMAS

Ensemble, u/s Sarah

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

MIGUEL ANGEL VASQUEZ

MIGUEL ANGEL VASQUEZ

Ensemble, Coalhouse u/s

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.

MARK YOWAKIM

MARK YOWAKIM

Ensemble, Musician, u/s Tateh, u/s Houdini

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.

Artistic Team

Partrick Mulcahy

PATRICK MULCAHY

Producing Artistic Director

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.

Dennis Razze

DENNIS RAZZE

Director/Associate Artistic Director

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!

CASEY GALLAGHER

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.”   

STEPHEN CASEY

STEPHEN CASEY

Choreographer

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.

J. BENNETT DURHAM

J. BENNETT DURHAM

Music Director

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.

NATHAN DIEHL

NATHAN DIEHL

Conductor

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.

STEVE TENEYCK

STEVE TENEYCK

Scenic Designer

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.

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COURTNEY IRIZARRY

Costume Coordinator

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! 

ERIC T. HAUGEN

ERIC T. HAUGEN

Lighting Designer

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

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MATT KRAUS

Sound Designer

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.

J. ALEX CORDARO

J. ALEX CORDARO

Fight Director

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.

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GAIL EVE MALATESTA*

Stage Manager

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. 

CAROLYN REICH

CAROLYN REICH*

Assistant Stage Manager

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.

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LAURA STANCZYK, CSA

New York Casting

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.

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

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