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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:

  • Tina Fey, who directed children’s theater, star and writer of 30 Rock, was head writer and Weekend News anchor for Saturday Night Live and wrote the screenplay for and starred in Mean Girls.
  • Josh Young was nominated for a Tony Award of Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his role as Judas in Jesus Christ, Superstar and played Marius in the national tour of Les Miserables. Josh played Che in Evita at the Forrest Theater in Philadelphia. He starred int the world premiere of Amazing Grace on Broadway.
  • Alyse Alan Louis (Wojciechowski) performed on Broadway as Sophie in Mamma Mia. She will open on Broadway in Disaster.
  • Monica Horan-Rosenthal 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.
  • Terry Nolen and Amy Murphy manage the very successful Arden Theatre in Philly. Terry has won numerous Barrymore Awards for direction.
  • Marcus Stevens and Brian Lowdermilk won the 2004 Richard Rodgers Award for their musical, Red.
  • Marcus Stevens is performing Off Broadway in Forbidden Broadway. Marcus wrote the book and lyrincs to Yo, Vikings! Which premiered at Summer Stage.
  • Brian Lowdermilk and Kait Kerrigan are a popular theater composing team and Theatreworks USA tours their musical Henry and Mudge.
  • Patricia Noonan is a busy actress, singer and writer in NYC.
  • Jim Badrak was the Production Supervisor at Carnegie Hall.
  • 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.
  • Equity actors include Jillian Louis (Wojciechowski), Micki Sharpe, Christopher Sapienza, Marcus Stevens, Megan Heimbecker, Ann Pinto-McCarney, Megan McGettigan, Mike McGuinness, Karen Toto, Jerry Perna, Kellie Leach, Christopher Lenz, Jeremy Morse, Owen Pelesh and Peter Lam.
  • John Roney shared the role of Barnum with Burt Lancaster in the TV movie Barnum.
  • Chris Sapienza was seen on Law and Order SVU and many other TV shows and commercials.
  • Andrew Thompson is Assistant Technical Director and Second Stage designer at the Walnut Street Theatre.
  • Stacy Moscotti starred in a national tour of The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
  • 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.
  • You’ve seen Suzanne Smart, Brian Konowal, Chrissy Simelaro, Chris Sapienza, Carlos Lopez, Robb DelCasale and Megan McGettigan on many TV commercials.
  • Donata Cucinotta is a professional opera singer.
  • Dr. Kevin Kane teaches theater at UCLA and in Los Angeles to underprivileged kids.
  • Ann Pinto McCarney runs the successful West Chester Summer Stage and Limelight Performing Arts Center programs.
  • Rachel Stevens is a freelance director and has worked at A.R.T., Lincoln Center and Paper Mill Playhouse.
  • 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.
  • Patrick Hunt is active with the Arts Council of Delaware.
  • Dewey Oriente, Robb DelCasale, Deirdre Finnegan, Peter Rios, Art Ryan and Matthew Cloran are active in Philadelphia Theater.
  • Matthew Cloran was the Director of The Greater Philadelphia Cappies, taught theater at The Haverford School and released a CD, Finally Free. He is a freelance director and choreographer.
  • Nancy Santamaria, Dawn Morningstar, Deirdre Finnegan, Jodi Zerillo-Nolan and Suzi Waldie are dance teachers and choreographers.
  • 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.
  • Kevin Dietzler danced in the Walnut’s Forty Second Street and White Christmas. He is a freelance choreographer and director.
  • Amanda Snarski performed on CBS for a Hairspray live audition and played the leading role at Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven.
  • John McDevitt is a reporter and editor for KYW 1060.
  • 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!