Creative and Teaching Staff for Upper Darby Summer Stage
Patrick A Hern (Head Props Master) is a puppet designer, builder, performer and prop designer. He received his MFA in Dramatic Arts from the University of Connecticut. As an adjunct Art faculty at Rowan University, Patrick teaches puppetry. Additionally he holds an MA and BA in Music Education from Glassboro State College. Patrick has designed and performed in The Rocky Horror Puppet Show (Philly Fringe), Nickelodeon’s Stick Stickly Segments and the Beacon Award winning A Dinosaur’s Day in Trenton.
Meredith Boring (Wardrobe Supervisor) is a BFA graduate of Arcadia University. She works locally as a designer for Delaware Theatre Company, Theatre Exile and Upper Darby. She also works as a wardrobe supervisor at 1812 Productions.
Domenic Chacon (Lighting Designer, Hunchback) A graduate of The University of Iowa and Temple Univeristy Dominic is an Adjunct Professor at Drexel University and the Lighting Coordinator at Swarthmore College Lang Performing Arts Center. He is happy to be working on another season at Summer Stage. This season Dominic has designed Peter and the Starcatcher, Moon for the Misbegotten, Red, See What I Wanna See, and Pippin. He is also the designer for Drexel Dance and Freshdance at Drexel University. Favorite works include: Ordinary Days(11th Hour); Aladdin(People’s Light); In Conflict (Temple University/tour); Dave and Aaron Go to Work (1812); Proof, Beautiful Boy and The Rise and Fall of Little.
Charles S. Reece (Lighting Designer, Shrek Jr.) is this summer lighting his 10th production for Summer Stage, having also designed the annual Philadelphia Cappie Awards and the Summer Stage 40th Anniversary Gala at UDPAC. Chuck has worked as a designer and production manager in the Philadelphia and New Jersey region since 1994, where he has designed over 60 productions for the theatre. He was nominated for a 2004 Philadelphia Barrymore award for his design of The Woman in Black at Bristol Riverside Theatre. Other designs range from dance and opera, to concerts and nightclubs, to corporate events, trade shows, weddings and professional sports teams. Please visit www.ReeceLighting.com.
Martin Dallago (Set Designer, Hunchback) was a stage manager before getting his MFA in Theatrical Design at Temple University. He taught for several years at Temple University’s Theater Department where he was head of the Design/Production Program. Martin is currently the production manager at West Chester University’s Department of Theatre and Dance after working in the commercial sector for many years, creating theatrical scenery for Carnival Cruise Lines, Curtis Opera, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Wilma Theater, and the Philadelphia Zoo.
Natalia de la Torre (Costume Designer, Annie Jr.; Head Stitcher) Natalia is delighted to spend her third year here in the costume shop at Summer Stage! She holds an M.F.A. in Production Design for Costumes from Ohio University and previously served as costume shop manager for the Lantern Theater Company in Philadelphia. Credits include: The Penelopiad, Intimate Apparel and bobrauschenbergamerica (Ohio University), Lulu and the Golden Shoes (Flashpoint Theater Company); Brighton Beach Memoirs and Blood Knot (Monomoy Theater); The Island and Heroes (Lantern Theater Company); Assassination of Jesse James (Ego Po Classic Theater).
LeVonne Lindsay (Costume Designer, How I Became a Pirate) Manages the costume shop and teaches courses at The University of the Arts. She holds a B.S. in fashion design is from Philadelphia University and an M.F.A in costume design from University of Maryland, College Park. Other Teaching credits include: Stevenson University, James Madison University, and Valdosta State University.
Bonnie Baldini (Director, Annie, Jr.) graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and is thrilled to be returning for her 6th year on staff at Summer Stage! Bonnie is currently working in the Philadelphia area as a Director, Writer, and Actor for theatre and TV. She recently appeared in Hedgerow Theatre Company’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and will be joining the staff at Moorestown Friends School to teach and direct 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in the fall.
Brian Walsh (Director, Curious George) Brian holds a degree in theater from Kutztown University and a Masters in Education from Cabrini College. Brian has been a member of UDSS for the past 19 summers! Brian has directed Junie B. Jones, Beauty and the Beast Jr, Narnia, and many other children’s theater shows. This is his first time directing the Mainstage production. Brian has directed at Players Club of Swarthmore, Marple Newtown High School, Holy Child Academy, and the Chester Charter School for the Arts. Brian also performs, most recently with Limelight Performing Arts Center and many other venues including Players Club of Swarthmore, Candlelight Dinner Theatre, and the Ritz Theater Company. Brian teaches Kindergarten at The Chester Charter School for the Arts and resides in Drexel Hill with his husband Ryan and their cat Sly.
Chris Monaco (Director, Beauty and the Beast) graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre and is currently an acting scholar in Villanova University’s Masters program. He appeared this spring in their musical A Wonderful Noise, as well as Brian Friel’s Translations. He has been a teaching artist at the Montgomery Theatre and has worn many hats at Summer Stage in his six years working on staff. His specialty is coaching actors one-on-one and in small groups, giving close attention to bringing out an actor’s core potential.
Harry Dietzler (Executive and Artistic Director) founded Upper Darby Summer Stage at the age of 20 while a student at Temple University College of Music. Harry taught music at Cardinal O’Hara High School before becoming the director of the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. Harry Directed and did Musical direction for more than 300 school shows in the Philadelphia region. He is the founder of The Greater Philadelphia Cappies and The Upper Darby Arts and Education Foundation. He received the 2011 Barrymore Award for Lifetime Achievement was one of 20 runner-ups for the 2016 Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education presented by Carnegie Mellon University. He is proudest of his five children, seven grandchildren and wife Dottie, whom he met at Summer Stage!
Kevin Gane (Music Director, How I Became A Pirate, Co-Director, Music – Cabaret) is thrilled to be returning for the 2017 season. His last Summer Stage project was music directing Cabaret and Bye Bye Birdie YPE. Outside of Summer Stage, he music directs and acts at community theaters around Philadelphia and Harrisburg including The Players Club of Swarthmore and Lebanon Community Theater. He recently graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a Bachelors of Arts in Music with a concentration in Sacred Music. He will be returning to LVC in the fall to complete a degree in music education.
Gina Giachero (Music Director, Hunchback) has been music directing the Mainstage shows since 2007 and is honored to come back year after year. She is a graduate of West Chester University with a BA in Music with electives in Theatre. She music directs and performs in many Philadelphia and surrounding area theaters including the Arden, Walnut Street, 11th Hour Theatre Company, Delaware Theatre Company and more. She is an adjunct faculty member at Temple University and has worked in children’s theater programs for over 12 years. She is also the director of the Annual Parkinson’s Benefit Concert whose proceeds benefit The Parkinson Council of Philadelphia.
Joanne McBride (Choreographer, Shrek The Musical, jr.) is the Owner, Director, and Head Choreographer for Power Surge Performing Arts Centre, LLC. She has been teaching for more than 15 years specializing in musical theatre & hiphop. Some of Joanne’s choreography credits include: the 6ABC Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the 6ABC Washington DC Cherry Blossom Parade, Walt Disney World’s Epcot World Showcase, Disney’s Magic Kingdom’s Electrical Parade, & Walt Disney World’s Disney Spring’s Main Stage Showcase. Joanne’s educational choreography and performance credits include: Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Girard Academic Music Program, Archbishop Carroll High School, Upper Darby Summer Stage, LaSalle University, Neumann University, Merion Mercy Academy, Rustin High School, Bishop McDevitt High School, and the Players Club Of Swarthmore. Her passion for dance and inspiring the youth is unsurpassed, and she strives everyday to live by her motto inspired to inspire!
Amanda Kelly (Choreographer, Curious George) has been dancing for 22 years and performing theatrically for 10 years. She joined UDSS for Beauty and the Beast in 2006 and was Dance Troupe’s Choreographer of the Year in 2011. Aside from choreography, Amanda is also passionate about education, earning her B.S. in Adolescent Math Education from Long Island University in 2014. Having never done Children’s Theater in her time, Amanda feels incredibly blessed and honored to experience the magic in her 5th year on staff!
Mimi Warnick (Rising Stars Director) is very happy to be returning to summer stage this summer after growing up with the program since 2007. She will be graduating from Emerson College this upcoming May with a B.F.A. in Directing. Since being in Boston Mimi has worked with several regional theaters, and has directed Godspell, A New Brain, and Summer Stage favorite, Yo, Vikings!. Mimi has a strong passion for providing arts education and theatre for young audiences because of her transformative experience at Summer Stage growing up.
Nick Hunchak (Apprentice Teacher) is honored to have been working at Upper Darby Summer Stage for many, many years. Currently working with the Apprentice Program, Nick has also worked as a costume designer and Children Theater Director. During the year, Nick proudly works in the Ridley School district as an elementary teacher.
Kelly Anne Pipe (Web Designer) has been a part of the Summer Stage family since childhood: first, as an audience member, then as a performer, and for the past eight years as part of the staff. Kelly Anne received a degree in New Media at Fairfield University and holds a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from Saint Joseph’s University. She works full time at Saint Joseph’s University as the Web Developer and Designer, and lives in Havertown with her husband Dave (a fellow former Summer Stager) and daughter Maddie. She also runs a small photography business and develops websites for a number of organizations in the Greater Philadelphia Area. http://www.kapipe.com
Amanda Wolff (Costume Shop Manager) received her BFA in Costume Design from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Since graduation, she has been working at the Walnut Street Theatre as Costume Stitcher. She also designs for various Philadelphia theatre companies. Her recent designs include See What I Wanna See, Field Hockey Hot (11th Hour Theatre Co.), Shipwrecked!, Mickle Street (WST Studio), Nine (Rowan University). Amanda loves managing the Costume shop for Summer Stage every year! www.amandawolff.com