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Sarah is originally from Chester County, and has been involved with the Arts since her childhood, joining Upper Darby Summer Stage in 2005, where she continued to hone her skills and love for theatre. An alumna of DeSales University, Sarah also spent a summer studying in Oxford at the British American Drama Academy. As an actor, Sarah worked professionally touring the country with Theatreworks USA, as well as in regional theatres in New York, Philadelphia, and the surrounding areas. Sarah has transitioned to working behind the table, having worked as a Stage Manager, Choreographer, and Director in arts Education programs in NY and PA. Currently, Sarah runs the Drama Club at Haverford High School, and continues to create art as a Director and Teaching Artist at Summer Stage and Darlington Arts Center. She was also one of the team of directors who helped create and facilitate the 2020 Virtual season of Summer Stage. As an educator, Sarah hopes to help students find the bravery, confidence, and joy that theatre has helped her cultivate within herself. She believes theatre education has the power to not only help students hone technical skills, but empathy, confidence, and creativity they can bring into their everyday lives.
Abby Shunskis Dietzler
Born and raised in Upper Darby, PA, Abby Shunskis Dietzler grew up spending her summers at Upper Darby Summer Stage. After going through the program herself, her heart brought her back to continue as an educator. Since 2007 Abby has directed and choreographed Children’s Theater and Mainstage productions, served as Director of Dance Troupe, and is the current choreographer of Upper Darby Summer Stage’s Shooting Stars. Abby directs and choreographs middle and high school theater education and productions, as well as community and professional theater in the Greater Philadelphia region, and has previously taught at her alma mater Long Island University CW Post as an Adjunct Professor, Director and Choreographer. She has presented original work at festivals in Italy, Prague, New York City, and Philadelphia. Her philosophy and practice are deeply rooted in the Suzuki technique and in creating purposeful connections between emotion and movement.
Gina has been a professional music director and accompanist in the Philadelphia area for over 15 years. Along with being the music director of Upper Darby Summer Stage’s Mainstage Program since 2007, she has worked at the Arden Theatre Company, Walnut Street Theatre, 11th Hour Theatre Company and Delaware Theatre Company. Gina has also been involved in many educational theater programs, ranging from elementary through college levels and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Temple University. She uses her joyfulness and absolute love of music to help everyone reach their fullest potential, regardless of their skill level.
Devon Sinclair hails from Upper Darby, PA where he found his love of musical theatre. Devon’s Summer Stage involvement began in 2008 as a participant and has continued through the present in leadership roles varying from Children’s Theatre to Dance Troupe to Marketing. The Penn State University graduate currently works as an Actor, Emcee, Teaching Artist, and Director/Choreographer in the Greater Philadelphia region. Devon has been seen regionally with the Walnut Street Theatre, Candlelight Theatre, Theatre Horizon, Ritz Theatre and more. As an educator, Devon brings an infectious energy and creativity to every lesson hoping to spark a passion for the arts in every student. Credits, media, and more can be found by visiting www.DevonSinclairFields.com.
Allie Steele is an arts Educator & Administrator currently living in Philly, and has been involved with Upper Darby arts programming since she joined as a Summer Stage apprentice in 2000. In her time with Summer Stage, Allie performed in Children’s Theatre, Cabaret, Dance Troupe, and Mainstage, and stage managed eleven productions including Hairspray, Titanic, Yo, Vikings!, and Fiddler on the Roof. Since 2015, she has also served as the stage manager for the Shooting Stars, continuing the Summer Stage magic year-round. Outside of Upper Darby, Allie spent seven years as the Associate Director of Education & Community Engagement at Delaware Theatre Company. In addition to serving as the department’s information officer & administrator, Allie has taught curriculum-enhancing theatre activities at area elementary schools; taught & facilitated playwriting workshops with students of all ages; and has written for and acted alongside the Totally Awesome Players – DTC’s acting troupe of adults with cognitive disabilities. As an educator and as a person, Allie brings a dedication to inclusion and welcoming in the theatre. Everyone has something valuable to contribute, and should feel confident bringing their skills to a team. Brave Space Studios’ collaboration with Summer Stage & Upper Darby Township marks a new, exciting adventure, bringing so many great opportunities for arts enrichment to this wonderful community!
Rachel Stevens is a New York City based director, educator and acting coach. Rachel has been involved with Upper Darby Summer Stage arts programming since she was ten years old, in the Apprentice Program. Throughout her Summer Stage career, Rachel has directed six Children’s Theater productions and two Mainstage productions and this past summer was fortunate to collaborate with her peers as Mainstage Director for the 2020 virtual season. As a director Rachel works both regionally and in New York City. Select directing credits include: Assistant Director to Tony Award Winning Rachel Chavkin on Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway and at A.R.T, Boston; Preludes, Lincoln Center Theater, LCT3; (Associate Director) director Peter Flynn, Smart Blonde, 59E59 Off Broadway premiere; (Assistant Director) director Andy Blankenbeuhler, The Bandstand, Paper Mill Playhouse; (Director) New York Film Academy; SheNYC Arts; NYMF and TheaterWorksUSA, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Quantum Theatre of Pittsburgh, City Theater of Pittsburgh and Front Porch Theatricals. Rachel is a monologue coach for MTCA (Musical Theater College Auditions) and has spent over ten years as a teaching artist working for institutions throughout the North East, including: Imagination Stage (Bethesda MD), Young Playwrights (Washington DC), Artstream Access Programing (Washington DC) and The Broadway Jr. Program (New York City). As an artist, educator and person in the world, Rachel strives to embolden and ignite compassion, empathy, community, collaboration and joy with her students and peers to cultivate a brave space for creation.