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By Erin Sheffield
Directed by Matt Pfeiffer

JULY 24 - AUGUST 3 | 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 Macbeth.

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  • A Relaxed Performance is a sensory-friendly show which creates a judgment-free and inclusive environment for patrons with a wide range of sensory and communication differences, including individuals on the autism spectrum, young children, and families who would benefit from a relaxed experience. Wednesday, July 31, 2:00pm.

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MJ BIRD

MJ BIRD

Self

is so excited to be performing in this summer’s production of Shakespeare for Kids! This recent DeSales University graduate was seen in the 2019 senior showcase and will be moving to New York in the fall! They want to thank their mother, friends, and family for the support. 

BRANDON EDWARD BURTON

BRANDON EDWARD BURTON

Self

Third PSF Season. Regional: Macbeth, Richard II, and Antony and Cleopatra. Yale Theater: Othello (Othello), Henry VI, Part 3 (York, George, Bona), Marty and the Hands That Could (Mike Money), Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Sigmund Freud, St. Thomas). Brandon is a third-year MFA acting candidate at the Yale School of Drama and is excited to be back at PSF!

ARRIANNA DANIELS

ARRIANNA DANIELS

Self

is humbled to return to the Festival’s company this season. As a rising senior 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 u/s to Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein. She thanks her friends and family for their endless support.

J. DANE MCMICHAEL

J. DANE MCMICHAEL

Self

is thrilled to return to PSF for his sixth season. Regional credits include Romeo & Juliet and Our Town (Alabama Shakespeare Fest), Over the Tavern (Montgomery Theater) and many PSF productions, including Richard II, As You Like It, West Side Story, Henry V and The Three Musketeers. Dane thanks his loony family both of blood and bond, P.D., J.B., W.T., R.W., P.M., F.L. and the Peakes. DeSales University Class of ’17.

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, Julius Caesar, and Shakespeare in Love. Also Head of Acting at DeSales, Patrick holds a BFA in Acting and MFA in Directing from Syracuse University.

Dennis Razze

DENNIS RAZZE

Associate Artistic Director

Mr. Razze directed last summer’s critically acclaimed production of Ragtime. In 2017 he directed PSF’s sold-out production of Evita starring Broadway luminaries Dee Roscioli and Tony Award-winning actor Paulo Szot. He also directed PSF’s critically acclaimed production of West Side Story in 2016 and the Festival’s memorable Les Misérables in 2015. Including these three blockbuster musicals, Mr. Razze has directed many of PSF’s highest attended productions—The Taming of the Shrew (1998), Fiddler on the Roof, Twelfth Night (2000), My Fair Lady, South Pacific, 1776, and Man of La Mancha. In 2017 he was awarded the Allentown Arts Ovation Award for Performing Arts. This year he celebrated his 35th year as a faculty member of the DeSales Theatre Department. He has directed more than 60 productions for DeSales’ Act 1 including this year’s smash success, Pippin. Mr. Razze is also a composer who has created musical scores for The Devil’s Disciple, Antigone, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet,The Merry Wives of Windsor, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

CASEY GALLAGHER

CASEY WILLIAM GALLAGHER

Managing Director

has worked at PSF for 21 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 thanks everyone who works to make PSF happen each year.

DEANNA KAHN

DEANNA KAHN

Stage Manager

is excited to be returning to PSF for a second year. She has previously stage managed children’s shows at the Jewish Community Center and is a design technology student at DeSales University.

ANDREW KANE

ANDREW KANE

Composer

wrote the songs for all of Erin Sheffield’s Shakespeare for Kids series. He has worked as a writer, actor, composer, educator, and/or director for: 1812 Productions, Arden Theatre, Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Bristol Riverside Theatre, DeSales University, Festival Stage of Winston-Salem, Lantern Theater, Montgomery Theater, PSF, People’s Light, Rude Alchemy, Theatre Exile, and Theatre Horizon.

MATT PFEIFFER

MATT PFEIFFER

Director

is a Philly born actor and director. He has worked with PSF for 20 seasons. Other credits include: Arden Theatre, Bristol Riverside, InterAct, Walnut Street, 1812 Productions, Lantern Theatre, Delaware Theatre Co., The Gulfshore Playhouse, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, UArts, 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 and a proud graduate of DeSales University. Love to John and Kim. 

Erin Sheffield

Erin Sheffield

Playwright

20th 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 in Malvern where she is the General Manager. MFA: Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House.  Proud grad DeSales University. Thanks, Casey and Patrick! 

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

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