Artistic Leadership: Jason King Jones, Artistic Director, Casey William Gallagher, Managing Director, Dennis Razze, Associate Artistic Director.
JASON KING JONES (Artistic Director, Director, The Tempest) Prior to moving to the Lehigh Valley with his family, Jason spent ten years at Maryland’s Olney Theatre Center, where he served as Senior Associate Artistic Director and Artistic Director of National Players, America’s longest-running touring theatre company. At Olney, Jason directed over twenty productions, mentored over 200 early-career theatre makers, and established various in-school and summer educational programs. As a freelance director, Jason has worked across the US, including the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Jason is an Acting Company alumnus, a proud member of the PSF Board, and a member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association’s IDEAA Committee. Jason holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Missouri State and an MFA in Directing from Boston University.
CASEY WILLIAM GALLAGHER (Managing Director) has worked at PSF for 25 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. Casey is excited to now serve as co-leader of the Festival with Artistic Director Jason King Jones. Beyond PSF, 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.
DENNIS RAZZE (Associate Artistic Director) was one of the founding members of PSF back in 1992. Since then, he has directed over twenty productions for PSF including Ragtime, Les Misérables, Evita, Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, West Side Story, Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, 1776, Cyrano de Bergerac, My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha, Amadeus, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Mr. Razze has been a faculty member at DeSales for the last thirty-nine years and served as chair of the theatre department from 2003 to 2020. Besides directing, Mr. Razze has worked as an actor and a composer. He composed the scores for many PSF and Act One productions. Mr. Razze will be retiring from DeSales at the end of this summer, but he plans to continue working as a freelance director.
Cast and Creative Team for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] [again]:
REBECCA CALLAN (Costume Designer) is the Costume Shop Manager at DeSales University and PSF. Previously, she was the Costume Designer and Costume Shop Supervisor at the College of Wooster in Ohio and the Costume Shop Director and Costume Designer at Cedar Crest College. She has worked for the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Imagination Costume Las Vegas, the Santa Fe Opera, and Utah Shakespeare Festival. Rebecca holds an MFA in Theatre—Costume Technology from the University of Houston.
SEAN CLOSE* (Daniel, Complete Works) (he/him) Recent credits include: PSF, Much Ado About Nothing (Don John); 1812 Productions, The Play That Goes Wrong (Dennis/Perkins), This is the Week That Is (News Anchor/ Ensemble); Theatre Horizon, TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever (TJ); Arden Theatre Company, A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream (Lysander/ Flute); Quintessence Theatre Group, One Man, Two Guvnors (Francis); Delaware Theatre Company, The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sir Henry) and many others. TV/Film: 21 Bridges; Dispatches From Elsewhere on AMC.
DAVID M. GREENBERG (Sound Designer, Sound Supervisor) is a composer and sound designer for theatre, dance, and film from Fort Lauderdale, FL by way of Knoxville, TN. He received his BA in Theatre from the University of Tennessee and went on to earn his MFA in Theatre Sound Design and Technology at the Krannert Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association (TSDCA), David serves as the Resident Sound Designer/Sound Supervisor for DeSales University and PSF. His recent works include Always…Patsy Cline (Creede Repertory Theatre), Silent Sky, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (DeSales), and Hamlet (PSF Willpower Tour).
ELI LYNN* (Jess, Complete Works) (they/them) is a trans nonbinary actor, IDC-certified Intimacy Director, and Barrymore-nominated fight director. Regional acting credits include: Trevor (The Play That Goes Wrong, 1812 Productions), Orsino/Toby (Twelfth Night) and Jean 3/Prince (Thrive, World Premiere – American Shakespeare Center), Aramis (The Three Musketeers, Cleveland Playhouse), Raymond (The Sea Voyage, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective), Flute/Thisby (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, PA Shakespeare Festival), Dorcus/Dion (The Winter’s Tale, Folger Theatre), Danny/Diana (Sensitive Guys, World Premiere – InterAct), Flask (Moby Dick, Hedgerow). They are also an Artistic Associate with Philadelphia Artists’ Collective.
MATT PFEIFFER (Director, Complete Works) (he/him) is a Philly born actor and director. He’s thrilled to be back for his 23rd season at PSF. Other credits include; Arden Theatre, People’s Light & Theatre, Bristol Riverside, InterAct, Lantern Theatre, Walnut St., 1812 Productions, Delaware Theatre Co., The Gulfshore Playhouse, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Playhouse on Park, UArts, Villanova University, and Desales University. Matt is a twelve-time Barrymore nominee and winner, for his direction of The Whale and The Invisible Hand both with Theatre Exile, where he is a resident artist. He’s also a recipient of the F. Otto Haas Award and a proud grad of DeSales University.
JOHN “JP” POLLARD* (Production Stage Manager, Complete Works) (he/him) joins PSF directly from stage managing the World Premiere of Written by Phillis at Quintessence Theatre Group in Philadelphia. Other previous credits: An Act of God, starring Sean Hayes (LA/SF), The Search for Signs… starring Lily Tomlin (SF), Carrie: The Musical Experience (LA), Jersey Boys – 2nd National Tour, Nice Work If You Can Get It, starring Sally Struthers, and Anything Goes starring Sally Struthers and Andrea McArdle, both at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Previous resident positions: Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA, Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, UT, Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, NY, and Grease – Das Musical which toured Germany and Switzerland. In a previous lifetime, JP served as personal assistant to Sarah Jessica Parker. Proud Equity member since 1983.
JOSHUA ROSE (Director of Production) He has previously worked with CMT San Jose, TheatreWorks, San Jose Rep, The Fifth Avenue, A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theater, and The Fulton. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth.
SABRINA LYNNE SAWYER* (Adam, Complete Works) (she/her) Recent credits include The Cake, the Boston premiere of Chicken & Biscuits, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Folger Theatre in Washington D.C.. National tour: National Players (Olney Theatre Center): A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Raisin in the Sun. Training: B.A. Theatre (Acting), University of Southern California.