Alumni of Upper Darby Summer Stage are a very special group of people. Summer Stagers are popping up all over the country in all kinds of places. Here are just a few of their accomplishments in the performing arts:
Directed children’s theater, star and writer of 30 Rock, was head writer and Weekend Update anchor for Saturday Night Live and wrote the screenplay for and starred in Mean Girls.
Is currently in the new musical Waitress starring as Ogie at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway. He also starred in the Walnut Street Theater’s production of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.
Was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his role as Judas in Jesus Christ, Superstar. He played Marius in the national tour of Les Miserables and starred in the premiere of Amazing Grace on Broadway.
Alyse Alan Louis (Wojciechowski)
Performed on Broadway as Sophie in Mamma Mia. She was on Broadway in Disaster! and just finished her time in Amelie on Broadway.
Was a regular on Everybody Loves Raymond and Coach. She recently produced The Three Maries in Philadelphia and the revival of Spring Awakening on Broadway. She’s back in Philadelphia in spring of 2017 to perform as Tessie in Gypsy at the Arden Theatre Company, directed by Terrence J. Nolen.
Manage the very successful Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Terry has won numerous Barrymore Awards for direction in addition to being the Producing Artistic Director of the Arden. Amy works as the Managing Director of the Arden.
Performed in the Off Broadway production of Forbidden Broadway. Marcus wrote the book and lyrics to Yo, Vikings! which premiered at Summer Stage. Created Richard Rogers Award winning musical, Red, with fellow Summer Stage Alum, Brian Lowdermilk.
Are a popular theater composing team and Theatreworks USA tours their musical Henry and Mudge, The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown, and other works.
Is the assistant director of the new, original Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. She also worked on Broadway musical Bandstand during its world premiere at The Papermill Playhouse.
Patricia Noonan is a busy actress, singer and writer in NYC. She has lead multiple regional theater productions and has appeared on TV in Law and Order: SVU and other productions.
Jim Badrak was the Production Supervisor at Carnegie Hall. Jim has also been production supervisor for the Tony Awards and has worked on several touring and Broadway shows.
Ed Fiscella runs a very successful program in New Jersey called Mainstage Center for the Arts which includes a Summer Stage program modeled after ours.
Tom Donaghy is a professional playwright who has had his plays produced at the Arden and Philadelphia Theatre Companies and wrote and produced ABC-TV’s The Whole Truth.
Chris Sapienza was seen on Law and Order SVU and many other TV shows and commercials, in addition to many regional theater credits.
Andrew Thompson is Assistant Technical Director and Second Stage designer at the Walnut Street Theatre.
Chris Luner worked as the Assistant Production Supervisor for Indecent On Broadway. He has worked on shows on Broadway and Off-Broadway.
Tim Mackay runs the eastern division of Flying by Foy and has supervised the flying for many shows on Broadway and television.
Steven Fisher is the founder and Director of the Keystone Boys Choir and had a New York run of the musical he composed for Summer Stage, Izzie and the Pretty-Ugly Spell.
Donata Cucinotta is a professional opera singer.
Dr. Kevin Kane teaches theater at UCLA and in Los Angeles to underprivileged children.
Ann Pinto McCarney runs the successful West Chester Summer Stage and Limelight Performing Arts Center programs.
Mark Morgan created and runs the Moorestown Theater Company in Moorestown, NJ. MTC includes a Summer Stage program modeled after Upper Darby Summer Stage, has won multiple awards at the national Jr. Theater Festival, and has hosted a World Premiere and several East Coast Premieres of new children’s musicals.
Michael Gray created City Theatre in Wilmington and many Summer Stagers have appeared in his shows.
Vince Leonard has copied and arranged music for Peter Nero and the Walnut Street Theatre and he and Tom Rudolph have authored several books on computer music.
Peter John Rios is a freelance director and choreographer and has recently directed The Three Maries and Young Frankenstein at Candlelight Dinner Theater.
Tony Costandino is the Production Stage Manager for The Pennsylvania Ballet.
Garry Lennon is a professor of costuming at Cal State University and created the costumes for the LA version of Sister Act.
Julianna Schauerman creates “industrials” for major corporations with her own company, Zakarak Productions. She recently produced The Three Maries at the Prince Theatre in Philadelphia.
Krissy Fraelich starred in the Arden Theatre’s recent Next to Normal and performed with Linda Eder on a CD and at Carnegie Hall.
Tom Hoey II, a children’s theater actor and drummer for Joseph, has played for tours of Grease and West Side Story. He is a drummer in Nashville and tours with top country stars.
John Hoey directs one of Philly’s top bands, The John Hoey Orchestra.
John McDevitt is a reporter and editor for KYW 1060. John also served as an anchor for Los Angeles’ KFWB.
Guy Mandia danced in the international tour of West Side Story.
Summer Stagers are also successful parents, homemakers, lawyers, doctors, florists, priests, teachers, policemen, paramedics, community theater performers and directors, accountants, FBI and Secret Service employees, nurses and in many other professions! The list goes on and on, and many people are busy doing things that we haven’t heard of yet!
As a previous performer, technician, costumer or member of Summer Stage, you join our alumni group and we look forward to announcing your accomplishments! Keep us informed of your success!