The Creative Team for Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility

JOHN AUSTIN* (Willoughby) National Tour: Me, Myself, and Shirley starring the late Cindy Williams of the hit television show Laverne & Shirley; National Players, Tour 69: Othello, Alice in Wonderland, The Great Gatsby (Jay Gatsby). Regional: Arena Stage: Angels in America (Joe Pitt), Holiday, Right to Be Forgotten, Kleptocracy; Round House; Signature; Studio; Shakespeare Theatre Company; Constellation: Melancholy Play (Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Production); Tutto Theatre Company: Zeus in Therapy (Young Zeus, B. Iden Payne Award, Outstanding Young Performer); Austin Shakespeare: Pride and Prejudice. Education: Boston University: BFA Acting, Summa Cum Laude, Dean’s Award, Bette Davis Prize; Shakespeare at Winedale: Twelfth Night, The Duchess of Malfi, Pericles, Henry V. LAMDA: Julius Caesar (Antony). Certificate in Classical Acting.

JESSICA BEDFORD (Director) is a Philadelphia based actor, director, dramaturg, playwright and teacher. She has been seen onstage at McCarter Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Lantern Theater Co., Montgomery Theater, Act II Playhouse, Tiny Dynamite, Theatre Horizon, People’s Light and Theatre Co. and other stages in the Philadelphia area. Recent directing credits include Delaware Shakespeare, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, Act II Playhouse, DeSales University, McCarter and PSF. As a writer, her works have been produced with Passage Theatre, 1812 Productions, Recognize Theatre, Act II Playhouse, Tiny Dynamite, Villanova University Theatre, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, and Juniper Productions. Jessica has taught at Villanova University, Temple University, and University of the Arts. She was a finalist for the 2018 F. Otto Haas Emerging Artist Award from Theatre Philadelphia and a 2012 finalist for NY Stage & Film’s Founder Award. She is co-author of the satirical piece The Complete Works of Jane Austen, Abridged. Currently, she is an assistant professor of theatre at DeSales University. Villanova University, MA; Queens University, MFA.

LESLIE ANN BOYDEN* (Stage Manager) (she/her) is a stage manager based in the Philadelphia area. In the past she has worked with Philadelphia Theatre Company, Theatre Horizon, The Wilma Theater, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Azuka Theatre, Simpatico Theatre, Shakespeare in Clark Park, Act II Playhouse, Arden Theatre Company, Millbrook Playhouse, and Hedgerow Theatre. She graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2014 with a B.A. in Theatre and Drama.

MEGAN CASTELLANE (Lucy Steele) is a recent graduate of DeSales University’s Theatre program. She is very excited to be returning to PSF for her third summer! PSF: A Chorus Line (Swing), Charlotte’s Web (Charlotte), and A Midsummer’s Night Dream (Ensemble). DeSales Act 1: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Congregation, Dance Captain), Side by Side by Sondheim (Soloist), and Sister Margaretta (The Sound of Music).

ARRIANNA DANIELS (Marianne Dashwood, S&S) (she/her) is humbled to return to the Valley. Previous credits include work with PSF, Winnipesaukee Playhouse, River Union Stage, and Rogue Theater Festival. As a DSU graduate, she has helped lend a voice to Main Stage productions in various roles on both sides of the curtain, whether that be leading lady or ASM.

CASANDRA KAY DANUBIO (Miss Grey) (she/her) is a rising senior Musical Theatre major at DeSales University. DeSales Act 1: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (u/s Esmeralda, Congregation), Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Erminia), Trojan Women (Cassandra).

AKEEM DAVIS* (Edward Ferrars) from Miami, FL, is a graduate of The Florida State University. PSF: Henry V (2015), Longaville (Love’s Labour’s Lost, 2016), Duke Orsino (Twelfth Night, 2018), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2021), Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing, 2022). Regional: Arden Theatre Company: A Doll’s House, Gem of the Ocean; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: The Arsonists; Folger Theatre: District Merchants, King John; People’s Light: All My Sons; Theatre Horizon: Lobby Hero, In The Blood; InterAct Theatre: The Dangerous House of Pretty M’bane, Marcus/Emma; Theatre Exile: Buzzer; Simpatico Theatre Project: The Brothers Size. A Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award nominated actor, as well as recipient of the 2015 F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist, Akeem is a proud man of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

EMMA D. EMDE* (Assistant Stage Manager, Tempest, S&S) is elated to be spending part of her summer here at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival working on The Tempest and Sense and Sensibility. During the 2022-23 season, Emma was working at Virginia Stage Company as their Season Assistant Stage Manager. Her credits there include Henry V, Angry, Raucous, and Shamelessly Gorgeous, The 39 Steps, A Merry Little Christmas Carol and The Hobbit. Emma is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney and a proud member of the Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honors Society and National Honors Society for Dance Association. @mrsemmademde

LILY FOSSNER (Lighting Designer, S&S) (she/her) Recently: Pay No Worship for InterAct, Empathitrax at Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Pillowman at Hedgerow Theatre: Theatre Horizon, 1812, Azuka, People’s Light, Lantern, Delaware Theatre Company, Act II, Bryn Mawr, Public Theatre, NYU/Grad Acting, Chautauqua Theater Company, Berkshire Theatre Group, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, A Fierce Kind of Love for the Temple Institute on Disabilities. Dance: Nichole Canuso, Doug Varone & Dancers, Monica Bill Barnes & Company. Opera: Juilliard Opera Theatre, Glimmerglass Festival. Training: MFA, NYU/Tisch. Member, United Scenic Artists Local 829.

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.

SARAH GLIKO* (Elinor Dashwood) is an actor/musician and founding member of the Wilma HotHouse Acting Company, where select productions include:  Eternal Life Part 1, KISSThe Cherry OrchardMinor Character, Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Drama League Award Nomination), Constellations (Barrymore Nomination-Lead Performance), When The Rain Stops Falling (Barrymore Award-Ensemble), the U.S. premiere of Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem, and the world premiere of Paula Vogel’s Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq. Other recent credits include: Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s Mountain Home Christmas, TOWN at Theatre Horizon, alongside Bebe Neuwirth in A Small Fire and The Bridges of Madison County (Barrymore Award-Lead Performance), both at PTC.

GREGORY ISAAC (Col. Brandon) (he/him) makes his debut with PSF this summer. Based in Philadelphia, his recent work includes Doctor Faustus, My Fair Lady (Quintessence Theatre Group); The Royale, Betrayal (Lantern Theater Company); A Christmas Carol (Walnut Street Theatre); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Delaware Shakespeare); Hope, Gravity (1812 Productions); and he was a Barrymore Award nominee for his work in Iphigenia at Aulis (Philadelphia Artists’ Collective).

JASON KING JONES (Artistic Director, Director, The Tempest) is excited for his first season at PSF. Prior to moving to the Lehigh Valley with this 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, and Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Nonprofit & Business Partners Council. Jason holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Missouri State and an MFA in Directing from Boston University.

 IYANU JOSHUASVILLE (Young Company; Oberon, Midsummer; Father, Narrator, James; Adrian, u/s Trinculo, Tempest; Robert Ferrars & u/s Edward Ferrars, S&S) is a rising senior Acting for Stage and Screen major at Desales University. He is excited to be returning to the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival this summer. His past Festival credits include: Little Red (Narrator), Much Ado About Nothing (Messenger, u/s Benedick), Young Company’s Taming of the Shrew (Curtis/Pedant), and Fences (u/s Corey).. His recent DeSales credits include, Silent Sky (Peter Shaw), Civil War Christmas (Walker Lewis, Etc), Our Town (Simon Stimson), Crumbs From The Table of Joy (u/s Godfrey Crump), and Chainz/Broken (Tre).

GINA LAMPARELLA* (Mrs. Dashwood; Choreographer) has appeared on Broadway in Caroline or Change, The Phantom of the Opera, A Little Night Music, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel), Gypsy, Imaginary Friends, Jane Eyre (Blanche Ingram), and Les Miserables. Other theater: Miss Saigon, Crazy For You (Polly), The Graduate (Mrs. Robinson), The Sound of Music (Elsa Schraeder), Fiddler on the Roof (Golde). TV: The Blacklist, Master of None, Guiding Light, As the World Turns, and All My Children. For PSF, Gina has appeared on stage as Thaisa in Pericles

 NICOLE LAWRIE (Margaret Dashwood) recently graduated from DeSales University with a BA in Acting and a minor in Philosophy.  She was a member of the Young Company last year, appearing in Little Red (Georgina), Young Company’s Taming of the Shrew (Baptista), and Much Ado (u/s Watchman 1 (performed)).  DeSales Credits include: Silent Sky (Henrietta Leavitt), A Civil War Christmas (Silver), Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Gerte), and The Lower Depths Project.  She also recently served as the costume designer for Act 3’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

ELI LYNN* (Fight Director) (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.

RODRIGO HERNANDEZ MARTINEZ (Associate Scenic Designer, S&S) (they/he) is a Scenic and Costume designer and visual artist from Cancun and Mexico City currently based in NYC. Excited to join PTP in the company of immigrant artists and collaborators. Previous works include: Something Borrowed, Something Green commissioned performance piece at Park Ave. Armory, NYC. Scenic Designer for LA Liberazione Di Ruggiero Dall’isola D’Alcina at Manhattan School of Music, NYC; Costume Designer for Spring Awakening and Scenic Designer for Side by Side by Sondheim at Northern Stage, VT; Scenic and Costume designer for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings for New York Children’s Theater at Theatre Row, NYC; Scenic Designer for Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them and Scenic and Costume Designer for FADE at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, NY. Proud member of “Wingspace Theatrical Design,” “La Gente: The Latinx Theatre Design Network” and “Colegio Mexicano de Diseño Escénico.” For more works visit

CHRISTOPHER PATRICK MULLEN* (Thomas Middleton, Sir John, S&S) is a DeSales graduate. CPMʼs work with PSF (since 1992) includes: Irma Vep, Henry IV Part 1, Shakespeare In Love, Richard II, Loveʼs Labours Lost, Julius Caesar, Pericles, Charleyʼs Aunt, Hamlet, The Glass Menagerie, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker! Other credits include: ChipandGus (Baltimore CenterStage, et al); A Christmas Carol Comedy (Hedgerow Theatre); Long Day’s Journey into Night, Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes (Bridge Street Theatre); Birds of North America, The Pavilion (Chester Theatre Co); Rumors, Noises Off (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina); Hamlet (Orlando Shakespeare Theater); West Side Story (1st National Tour); The Runner Stumbles (Off-Broadway); Cabaret, Metamorphoses, Macbeth, A Little Night Music, Candide, Assassins (Arden Theatre); TV/Film: Law & Order, FBI.

CHARLOTTE NORTHEAST (Dialect Coach, S&S) is an actor, director, writer and coach in text and dialects. As an actor, she has received two Barrymore Awards for her work with InterAct (Skin in Flames) and Lantern Theater Company (Emma). Graduate: Circle in the Square. Other credits include Philadelphia Artists’ Collective (PAC), Act II Playhouse, Theatre Exile, Passage Theatre, Azuka, Montgomery Stage, Hedgerow, Orbiter 3 (Barrymore Nomination), Theatre Horizon, Delaware Theatre Company, and the Walnut Street Theatre. She has directed for InterAct, PAC, Curio, Hedgerow, Rutgers-Camden, WST, Tribe of Fools, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights. Co-creator and performer of The Complete Works of Jane Austen, Abridged and a new adaptation of Jane Eyre. Dialect coaching credits include Rutgers-Camden, New Light Theatre, Tiny Dynamite, and Inis Nua. Love to Damon, Jules, and The Kitties. Please visit:

LEIGH PARADISE (Costume Designer, S&S) (she/her) is a customer based in southeastern PA, excited to be a part of this project. Her design credits include Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Walnut Street Theater), This is the Week That Is (1812 Productions), Town (Theatre Horizon), Bayard Rustin: Inside Ashland (People’s Light), The Importance of Being Earnest (DeSales University, Act 1), and Resilient: Black Bottom (Drexel University).

DAVID PICA (John Dashwood, Perkins, Mr. Palmer, S&S) (he/him) is an Actor, Text Coach, Teaching Artist, Director. PSF debut.  Regional credits: Arden Theatre, Hedgerow Theatre, PAC, Delaware Shakespeare, New Light Theatre, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Theatre Exile, Theatre in the X, Lantern, Azuka, Inis Nua, Tiny Dynamite, Revolution Shakespeare, Commonwealth Classic, Quintessence Theatre Group, & Greenfield Collective. He trained at Millikin University, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and with The Factory.

ABAGAILE RUGER (Mrs. Palmer, Ball Guest, Gossip, S&S) is a rising senior Musical Theatre major at DeSales University and she is SO excited to be making her PSF debut! Previous DeSales credits: Pride and Prejudice (Elizabeth Bennet), Silent Sky (Annie Cannon), Civil War Christmas (Raz Franklin), and The Importance of Being Earnest (u/s Ms. Prism).

SUE JIN SONG* (Mrs. Jennings, S&S) Select credits include OFF BROADWAY: The World of Extreme Happiness (NYC premiere, Manhattan Theatre Club); Iphigenia at Aulis, Exit the King (Pearl Theatre).  REGIONAL THEATER: A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre Center), The Arsonists, Marie Antoinette (Woolly Mammoth Theatre), Smart People, Hot ‘n Throbbing (world premiere) (Arena Stage), Mirele Efros, Yellow Face, iHo (Theater J), 36 Views (Constellation Theatre), Waiting for Tadashi (world premiere, George Street Playhouse), Burn This (Syracuse Stage), FILM:  Steel Town, Pipe Dream, Someone Like You. TELEVISION:  New Amsterdam, 24, ER, Law & Order.  EDUCATION: MFA Acting NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

JESSICA SWALE (Adapted, S&S) is a writer and director. She is Artistic Director of Red Handed Theatre Company and a returning playwright at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Plays include Nell Gwynn (winner of the Egerton Foundation New Play Award 2015), All’s Will that Ends Will (Bremen Shakespeare Company) and adaptations of Sense and Sensibility, Far from the Madding Crowd (Watermill) and The Secret Garden (Grosvenor Park, Chester). Her first play Blue Stockings (Shakespeare’s Globe) is now a GCSE set text. She is currently writing a new play, The Mission, about illegal adoptions in the 1920s. In 2012 she won a BAFTA JJ Screenwriting Bursary and has just completed an original screenplay, Summerland. As director, credits include Fallen Angels (Salisbury Playhouse), Bedlam (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Belle’s Stratagem (Evening Standard Best Director 2012 nomination), The Busy Body, The Rivals, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Southwark Playhouse); The School for Scandal (Park Theatre); Palace of the End (Arcola), Winter (Theatre Newfoundland, Canada) and Sleuth, Sense and Sensibility and Far from the Madding Crowd (Watermill Theatre). Jessica has also directed a number of Shakespeare plays in the Balkans and the Marshall Islands for the NGO Youth Bridge Global. She is author of a best-selling series of drama games books, published by Nick Hern. She trained at Central School of Speech and Drama and Exeter University.

STEVE TENEYCK (Set Designer, S&S) is pleased to return to PSF having designed here for many of the last 16 seasons. Some favorite PSF past productions: West Side Story, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado, Evita, Ragtime, Julius Cesar and Twelfth Night. Designs have been seen at Dallas Theater Center, Gulfshore Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Big Art Group, Kitchen Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Hangar Theatre, Madison Opera, Syracuse Opera, Anchorage Opera, Minnesota Opera, Florida Grand Opera. Steve is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and teaches design at Ithaca College in New York.

BILLIE WYATT* (Fanny Dashwood, S&S) (she/her) is thrilled to be part of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival this season. Billie was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia and is a proud graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy Studio Conservatory. She is also an alumnus of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Apprenticeship. Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Credits: The Rose Tattoo, Twelfth Night, Florence and Mojo two plays by Alice Childress, The Metromaniacs, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, the world premiere of Snug by Bonnie J. Monte, Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare Live! 2019-2021, Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and multiple filmed productions on Pandemic Playhouse Entertainment. Pennsylvania theater credits: Camille and Flyin’ West at Quintessence Theatre Group. Other credits: Hamlet Isn’t Dead’s Julius Caesar, Oxford Shakespeare workshop’s All’s Well That Ends Well. Billie is currently represented by Victoria Kress at A3 Artists Agency. She is incredibly grateful to be a part of these two productions.

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