Every production requires so many more individuals than those you see on the stage. These are the people who make sure that the show, indeed, does go on.
I saw Brigadoon many years ago at Theatre Under the Stars in Houston Texas, when my brother played a child in the ensemble, and I fell in love with this piece. Having the opportunity to tell this story now is a true dream come true.
Coming out of covid, we’ve sought community and some sense of certainty in an ever changing world. Brigadoon shows us a community that seeks to escape the pain of the world, plagued by war, not so unlike what we ourselves seek. With the arrival of two Americans from the 1940’s the town learns an important lesson. Veterans from World War II, they break through the magical barrier meant to protect the town of Brigadoon from the outside world, leaving us wondering whether or not the suffering of this world is escapable.
Brigadoon leaves us with the question as to what makes life worth living. It is my sincere hope that this story will help you discover some of the joy and beauty in life that calls us higher and challenges us to live in the present moment, leaving the pain of the past behind and pushing away the fear of the future.
I’m incredibly grateful for the cast, crew, stage managers, designers, technicians, front-of-house staff, janitorial staff, donors, musicians, and production team that have made this show possible. It takes a village to put on a production like this and I would be remiss to not thank our own community for journeying with me to tell a truly magical story.
– Jennifer Delac, Director/Choreographer
M.F.A. Directing for Musical Theatre
Brigadoon premiered on Broadway, running from March 12, 1947 to July 1948 at the Ziegfeld Theatre. The production won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle award for Best Musical and the Tony Award for Best Choreography for Agnes de Mille. Brigadoon followed the successes of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! (1943) and Carousel (1945). It is a foundational work of American musical theatre for its furthering of the integrated musical.; critics praised the musical’s blending of dialogue, music, and dance to tell the story.
Brian Hill’s revised book grounds Brigadoon in the historical reality of what Scottish Highlanders were facing in Spring 1746. Coming up against English government troops in the Battle of Culloden on April 16, Scottish Highlanders experienced massive bloodshed, in a battle that effectively ended the clans’ way of life. Hill draws a parallel between Culloden and the original context of the musical for American audiences, World War II, comparing the stress and trauma faced by Highland clans to that felt by returning American soldiers. Both were societies reeling from war, loss, and grief, and Brigadoon offered the comfort of a reverie realized.
And for us, Brigadoon appears before our eyes, parting the mist of the COVID-19 pandemic, offering escapism and community. Tommy and Jeff may be leaving the soulless urbanity of 1946’s New York, but one can imagine them descending the steps of our own productivity-centered society to arrive in the Highland’s pastoral idyll.
Yet, all is not peaceful in this utopia. A question lingers: How do we learn to live with suffering and pain? We may watch and wonder from our own Happy Valley… a town, nestled in verdant hills, that appears for part of the year before fading away. And so, beyond the curtains, a paradise hovers, rolling in with the mist. And before we fade away with it, I invite you to exist for a moment in the hopeful present. Welcome, not to the musical, but to the haven: Brigadoon.
– Arushi Grover, Dramaturg
B.A. Theatre Studies ’24
- Brooks Atkinson, “‘BRIGADOON’ ARRIVES; Drama, Music and Dance Create Unified Fantasy,” The New York Times (New York, NY), March 23, 1947, sec. D, 245.
- “Brigadoon (Broadway, Ziegfeld Theatre, 1947),” Playbill.
- Alan Jay Lerner, The Complete Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner, ed. Dominic McHugh and Amy Asch (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018).
Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Revised by Brian Hill
Original dances created by Agnes DeMille
Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Delac
April 12–23, 2022
Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
Any video and/or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.
Kim Merge (Scottish Dance Expert)
Ellona Delac (Choreography Pre-pro)
Jeff Whiting (StageWrite Software)
Pre-show Scottish dancers: Clare Robson, Pranav Suby, William Li
Susan H. Schulman
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|Tommy Albright||Nick Brogan|
|Fiona Maclaren||Melody Munitz|
|Jeff Douglas, Actor Deputy||Jackson Pavlik|
|Meg Brockie||Mads Winstead|
|Charlie Dalrymple||Jonah Schwartz|
|Harry Beaton||Jimin Moon|
|Jean Maclaren||Regine Torres|
|Andrew Maclaren||Alex Wind|
|Archie Beaton||Ryaan Farhadi|
|Stuart Dalrymple||John Michael Rosenblum|
|Frank, Jeff Douglas U/S||Andrew Palmieri|
|Jane Ashton||Fionnaula Meister|
|Kate, Co-Dance Captain||Alyssa Enita Stanford|
|Maggie Anderson||Thea Celey|
|Sandy Dean||Jordan Frank|
|Angus Macguffie, Tommy U/S, Harry U/S, Dance Captain, Fight Captain||Mathew Fedorek|
|Mistress Lundie, Actor Deputy, Ensemble||Keke Nesbitt|
|Macgregor (Sword Dancer)||Dante D’antonio|
|Jean U/S, Swing||Drake Arielle Daboul|
|Swings||Gage Gardiner, Lav Raman|
|Ensemble, Meg U/S||Aria Evans|
|Ensemble, Maggie U/S, Jane U/S||Dylan Lugosi|
|Ensemble, Fiona U/S||Hannah Bank|
|Ensemble, Featured Sword Dancer, Charlie U/S||Ronald Spoto|
|Ensemble, Kate U/S||Sara Al-Brazali|
|Ensemble||Bianca Day, Ethan Peterson, Owen Ashbery Smith|
- Introduction – Orchestra
- Prologue – Ensemble
- Brigadoon – Ensemble
- Vendors’ Calls/Down on MacConnachy Square – Ensemble
- Waitin’ for My Dearie – Fiona and Girls
- I’ll Go Home with Bonnie Jean/Dance – Charlie, Harry, Maggie, Ensemble
- The Heather on the Hill – Tommy and Fiona
- The Love of My Life – Meg
- Jeannie’s Packin’ Up – Kate and Girls
- Come to Me, Bend to Me/Dance – Charlie, Jean, Ensemble
- Almost Like Being in Love. – Tommy and Fiona
- Entrance of the Clans – Ensemble
- Wedding Dance/Sword Dance and Reel – Harry, Sword Dancers, Ensemble
- Entr’acte – Orchestra
- The Chase – Tommy, Mistress Lundie, Ensemble
- My Mother’s Weddin’ Day – Meg and Ensemble
- The Funeral – Maggie, Bagpiper
- From This Day On – Fiona
- Farewell Music – Ensemble
- Reprises – Fiona, Tommy, Ensemble
- There But For You Go I – Tommy
- Finale – Ensemble
Nick Brogan (Tommy Albright) is a second-year B.F.A. Musical Theatre student from Ellicott City, Maryland. He is thrilled to be making his Penn State Centre Stage musical debut! You might have seen him last semester as Roger in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He would like to thank Jen and Emily for this opportunity to tell this incredible story. He would also like to thank his entire cast, crew and faculty as well as his family and friends for the support and love. Enjoy the show! @nick.brogan
Thea Celey (Maggie Anderson) is a third-year Musical Theatre major. Previous credits include The Wild Party and Annie! at the Muny, and Will Rogers Follies at the Maltz Jupiter Theater. She wants give big thanks to the creative team and cast and send special love to her mom, grandma and cat Moonpie. @theaceley
Dante D’Antonio (MacGregor, Sword Dancer) is a first-year B.F.A. Musical Theatre student from Boston, Massachusetts. He is thrilled to be making his Centre Stage debut in Brigadoon. Some of his previous credits include Featured Soloist in The World Goes Round, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Large and Terrible Frog in A Year with Frog and Toad. He wants to thank the entire cast, crew, and creative team for making this process so much fun. @dante_dantonio
Drake Arielle Daboul (Jean U/S, Swing, Ensemble) is a first-year B.F.A Acting student from St.Maarten, Caribbean. Previous roles include Shawna Smith in GRAFF (Penn State, School of Theatre), Anna in Frozen, Clara in the Nutcracker, and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. @drakearielle
Ryaan Farhadi (Archie Beaton) is thrilled to close out this year performing this beautiful show. Recent credits include Nostalgia Night (Devyn), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius), and Little Shop of Horrors (Orin). He would like to thank Jen and the amazing cast and team of Brigadoon for their hard work, his teachers and mentors, his friends and his mom, dad and sister for their support. This upcoming summer Ryaan can be seen in the ensemble of The REVs production of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. @ryaanfarhadi
Mathew Fedorek (Angus MacGuffie, U/S Tommy Albright, U/S Harry Beaton, Dance Captain, Fight Captain) is a third-year Musical Theatre major from Pittsburgh. Centre Stage credits include Jackie (The Wild Party), assistant and associate choreographer for A Chorus Line and The Lucky Boy (premiere), respectively. Special thanks to the entire Brigadoon team, Gwen, Aliza, and his family. @mathew.fedorek
Jordan Frank (Sandy Dean) is a first-year B.F.A. Musical Theatre student from Dallas, Texas. Jordan is ecstatic to make his Penn State Centre Stage debut in Brigadoon. His previous credits include Raoul in Phantom of the Opera, Daryl in Bright Star, TJ in Sister Act, and more. He would like to thank the creative and artistic team for providing this opportunity and making this experience one to remember!
Fionnaula Meister (Jane Ashton) is a third-year Musical Theatre major and is so excited to be a part of Brigadoon! Fionnaula’s credits include Medium Alison (Fun Home, Penn State) and Vicki U/S (A Chorus Line, Penn State). Thanks to her Mom for everything, her amazing family, and the entire creative team for this wonderful experience!
Jimin Moon (Harry Beaton) is a third-year B.F.A. Musical Theatre student from Davis, California. He is thrilled to honor his Scottish heritage through this show. Thank you so much to Jen, Mia, Emily, Rebecca, and the entire Brigadoon team. @jiminmmoon
Melody Munitz (Fiona) is a fourth-year Musical Theatre and Psychology double-major in the Schreyer Honors College, and is so grateful to be closing out her time at Penn State with such a dream role. Melody grew up in New York performing Off-Broadway, at Carnegie Hall, and at Lincoln Center. During her time at Penn State she has been part of eight Centre Stage productions, including A Chorus Line (Maggie) and The Wild Party (Dolores, U/S Queenie, Madelaine), as well as sang the alma mater in Penn State’s national “We Are Here” commercial campaign. As a playwright and director, Melody has premiered three original plays at Penn State: On the Line, Lonely Together, and Quite While I’m Ahead. melodymunitz.com
Keke Nesbitt (Mistress Lundie, Ensemble Actor Deputy) is a third-year B.F.A Musical Theatre student from West Palm Beach, Florida. She would just like to thank her friends and family for their support throughout this journey. @keiona.nesbitt
Andrew Palmieri (Frank, Ensemble, (Jeff Douglas U/S) is a first-year B.F.A. Musical Theatre student from Chatham, New Jersey, and is so excited to be making his Penn State Centre Stage debut. Previous roles include Prince Topher in Cinderella, Hans in Frozen, Rev. John Hale in The Crucible, and Charlie Lee in Radium Girls. He also performed in Paper Mill Playhouse’s New Voices Concerts from 2015–19 as part of their summer conservatory. Have a great run, cast and crew!
Jackson Pavlik (Jeff Douglas, Actor Deputy) is a second-year B.F.A. Musical Theatre major from MacAlevy’s Fort. Previous roles include Roy in Fun Home, Soldier/Alex in Sunday in the Park with George, and Max Bialystock in The Producers. He also assistant directed Nostalgia Night. When he isn’t in or around theatre you can usually find Jackson downtown near the corner room playing his guitar, or at home in his kitchen cooking dinner for his family. Jackson would like to thank his friend, Noi, for her continued support.
John Michael Rosenblum (Stuart Dalrymple) is a first-year B.F.A Acting student hailing from State College. Previous roles include The Baker in Into the Woods, Javert in Les Misérables, William Barfée in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Race in Newsies, The Jester in Once Upon a Mattress, and The Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors. He is grateful to be a part of Centre Stage’s production of Brigadoon, and wants to thank the cast, crew, and production team for making this a welcoming and wonderful experience. He would also like to thank his parents, grandparents, Jill Brighton, Rich and Heidi, and Theodore Rosenblum, his best friend and brother.
Jonah Schwartz (Charlie Dalrymple) is a second-year B.F.A. Musical Theatre student from the D.C. Metro area. He is excited to be appearing in his third Centre Stage production after being seen in A Chorus Line and The Wild Party (Max). Other previous roles include Huckleberry Finn in Big River (Helen Hayes Nomination), Melchior in Spring Awakening, and Claude in Hair. As always, he thanks his amazing Jewish mother for all of her unwavering love and support.
Alyssa Enita Stanford (Kate, Dance Captain) is a third-year B.F.A. Musical Theatre student from the DMV area. Her previous credits include Wild Party (Nadine), A Chorus Like (Judy), Spamalot (Ensemble). Many thanks to the dance team, Jen and Emily, and the cast and crew!
Regine Torres (Jean MacLaren) is a first-year, B.F.A. Musical Theatre student from the Philippines. She is extremely excited to be making her Penn State Centre Stage debut. Her previous theatre credits include After Ever After (Marie Perrault), My Suite Princess (Princess Tatiana), and Mulan (Mulan). She is incredibly grateful for her family’s endless love and support, and the entire Penn State production cast and crew for making this wonderful show possible. This has been an extraordinary experience for Regine, and she can’t wait to be part of more Penn State productions in the future. @regine.e.torres
Alex Wind (Andrew MacLaren) is third-year B.F.A. Musical Theatre Student from Parkland, Florida. Previous roles at Penn State include Sam in The Wild Party and Henchman in The Lucky Boy. He would like to thank his family and friends for all their support and love! @alexanderblakewind
Mads Winstead (Meg Brockie) is a fourth-year B.F.A. Musical Theatre student originally from the U.K., a little bit from Texas, and now living in Petersburg. Some previous roles include Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, Female swing in Violet, and Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins. Currently Mads is working on two new musicals with her classmates and writers Gilbert Lewis Bailey II, Alexander Sage Oyen, Lauren Marcus, and James Presson.
Hannah Bank (Ensemble, Fiona U/S) is a first-year Musical Theatre major from Columbus, Ohio, and is so excited to be making her Centre Stage debut! Hannah is an Interlochen Arts Academy graduate, where she was first place winner of Michigan’s NATS musical theatre’s voice competition. Hannah would like to thank the Penn State MT faculty for giving her this amazing opportunity and her mom for her continued love and support. WE ARE! @hannah.bank
Sara Al-Bazali (Ensemble, Kate U/S) is a third-year Musical Theatre major and is so excited to be a part of Bridgadoon! Previous Penn State credits include The Wild Party (Swing) and A Chorus Line (Ensemble). Special thanks to her family for all their love and support and to her dog Kaci for all the snuggles.
Bianca Day (Ensemble) is a second-year B.A.Theatre Studies major, pursuing a minor in Film. Previous roles include Playhouse on Park: Into the Woods (Florinda), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Fairy); Disney Workshop: Descendants (Mal);
Applause New York: Footloose (Rusty), Carrie (Sue Snell); Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts: A Chorus Line (Bebe); French Woods Festival of thePerforming Arts: Chicago (Velma), Newsies (Katherine). @biancadayy
Aria Evans (Ensemble, Meg U/S) is a second-year B.F.A Musical Theatre student from Atlanta, GA! Previous roles include Sheila (A Chorus Line) and Helen Bechdel (Fun Home). She’s so beyond excited to be involved in telling such a beautiful and surprisingly timely story. She’d like to thank the incredible female directing and stage management team, this amazing and fun cast, her classmates of MT ’24, and her family for their endless support and love! She hopes you enjoy the show! @ariacevans
Gage Gardiner (Swing) is a first-year B.F.A. Musical Theatre student from Whitesboro, Texas. He is extremely grateful and excited to be a part of his first Penn State Centre Stage production in Brigadoon! Some of his previous credits include Jack in Into the Woods, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, and Marius in Les Misérables. He wants to thank the cast and crew for this great experience and looks forward to the future! @gage.m.gardiner
Dylan Lugosi (Ensemble; Maggie U/S, Jane U/S) is a second-year B.F.A. Musical Theatre major from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Previous Penn State credits include The Wild Party and Moving Forward Dance Concert. Other credits include Hairspray and West Side Story at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Much love to her entire Penn State family! And Mom and Dad 🙂 xo @dylan.lugosi
Ethan Peterson (Ensemble) is a first-year B.F.A. Musical Theatre major from Cleveland, Ohio. Recent credits include Merrily We Roll Along (Frank Shepard), Newsies (Jack Kelly), Next To Normal (Henry), Mamma Mia (Sam), The 25th…Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear), Legally Blonde (Emmett Forrest).
Lav Raman (Swing) is a first-year B.F.A. Musical Theatre student from Pittsburgh. Previous credits include Into the Woods (Cinderella), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator), and Shivani in Billy Porter’s upcoming film, What If? She is extremely excited to be involved in her first Penn State Centre Stage production, and would like to thank the cast and team for all their love and hard work! @lavvraman
Owen Ashbery Smith (Ensemble), a second-year Musical Theatre major, is also in this show. He was featured in A Midsummer Night’s Dream last semester, and looks forward to continuing his education for the next two years.
Ronald Spoto (Ensemble, Featured Sword Dancer, Charlie U/S) is a first-year Musical Theatre major from Lakeland, Florida, and is so excited to be making his Penn State Centre Stage debut! Recently, Ronald was seen as Jimmy Ray in Bright Star, for which he earned a Jimmy Award nomination. Other select credits include Jack Kelly (Newsies), Jean Valjean (Les Misérables), and George Seurat (Sunday in the Park with George). Besides performing, Ronald’s other passions include composing/arranging for orchestras and choirs, lighting design, musical directing, and continuing his love for consuming Cheez-its. Many thanks to his family, the production team, and his amazing friends in PSU MT ‘25! WE ARE!!
Jennifer Delac (Director/Choreographer) is a third-year M.F.A. Directing student from Houston, Texas. Previous Penn State shows include choreographer/associate director of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, director/choreographer of The Last Five Years, conception and director of an original piece Take a Walk in My Shoes, director of Songs for a New World, and associate director/choreographer of Spamalot. Jennifer is an associate member of SDC, with other credits including assistant director to Chris Ashley on Diana (Broadway, Longacre) and assistant director to Susan Stroman on The Beast in the Jungle (The Vineyard). Many thanks to her mentors Rich, Rick, and Susan, Brian Hill for his insight, my family for their unconditional support, Ellona for sharing her choreography expertise and creativity, Ali, Steve, the entire cast, crew, and creative team who made this dream show possible.
Rebecca Maciejczyk (Associate Choreographer) is grateful to collaborate with this fantastic team of artists! Rebecca joined Penn State’s Musical Theatre dance faculty in 2017 and thoroughly enjoys working with these talented students. School of Theatre choreography credits include Moving Forward, directed by Michele Dunleavy and Moving Pictures, directed by Jessica Wilson. Rebecca worked extensively as choreographer for the School of Music’s, Carmen, directed by Ted Christopher, and as rehearsal director for Hong Kong Ballet’s, Alice! (In Wonderland), through the Center for the Performing Arts, before both productions were cancelled due to the pandemic. Outside of Penn State, she has been teaching classical ballet for Nittany Ballet, part of the Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania (PASCP), since 2007, and served as the organization’s artistic director from 2012-2019. Thank you to family and friends for your tremendous support!
Mia Gomez Montero (Assistant Director/Assistant Choreographer) is a second-year B. A. Theatre Studies student and is thrilled to be assistant directing and choreographing her third show with Penn State Centre Stage! Previous credits include The Last Five Years (AD) and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime (AC). Special thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Benjamin, & Jen for this magical opportunity!
Emily Orr (Music Director) is a second-year graduate student in the M.F.A. musical Direction program. Hailing all the way from Kansas, she earned her B.F.A. in musical theatre and B.M. in piano performance from Wichita State University. She began her professional career as an actor, music director, and pianist at Music Theatre Wichita, where she worked for four years. Performance credits include Twelfth Night, 42nd Street, The Sound of Music, A Chorus Line, and West Side Story. Music directing credits include The Theory of Relativity, Next to Normal, Myths and Hymns, Violet, and Putting It Together. As a member of the Ad Astra Singers, Emily sang at the Masterworks Festival and the A Capella Series at Carnegie Hall; she also performed worldwide as a top-rated singer pianist onboard Holland America Line cruises for five years. Many thanks to her Kansan and Scottish families, Saul, Richard, Jen, Jamie, and the production team for their incredible support. “Whit’s fur ye’ll no go by ye.”
Kris Danford (Voice/Dialect Coach) is an associate professor of voice and speech in the School of Theatre. She has previously held appointments at the University of Michigan, Southern Oregon University, University of Iowa, and the University of West Florida. Kris’ professional work as a voice, text, and dialect coach includes coaching at theatres such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Stage, and Urbanite Theatre. As a professional actor, she has appeared at regional theatres around the country, including Asolo Repertory Theatre, Riverside Theatre, and Ashland New Plays Festival. In the realm of research, she is currently leading a multidisciplinary research study that utilizes theatre-based voice training as a potential tool for women in childbirth. Kris holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia, an M.F.A. in Acting from the FSU Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, and is a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.®
Arushi Grover (Dramaturg) is a second-year B.A. Theatre Studies, English, and Comparative Literature student from Downingtown. Previous dramaturgy credits include The Last Five Years, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mountain Language, and Twelfth Night.
Riley Herman (Assistant Dramaturg) is a fourth-year B.A. Theatre Studies and B.A. Advertising student from Erie. Previous positions include Actor 1 in 26 Pebbles, assistant director for Fuddy Meers, assistant director for Barefoot in the Park, assistant director for Myths and Hymns, and deviser and performer in #HereToo Project.
Beatriz Chung (Scenic Designer) is a peruvian scenic designer and illustrator who received her bachelor’s degree in sculpture from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. She has experience working with different theatre companies in Peru and Chile as a set designer, puppet designer and prop maker. She is currently working towards her M.F.A. in scenic design at Penn State, where in 2021 designed A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream directed by Sam Osheroff at the Pavillion Theatre, and now is excited to be part of the production of Brigadoon, directed by Jen Delac at the Playhouse Theatre. She is always interested in collaborating to generate content around what we do as theatre-makers and expand the ways to communicate and show the process behind the curtains. More of her work here: www.beatrizchung.com
Richard St. Clair (Costume Designer) is a proud graduate of Penn State’s Theatre Design program. His designs include the critically lauded production of Evita, directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge at the Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida; Gypsy, Arden Theatre; Salome, Pittsburgh Opera starring Patricia Racette; A Year with Frog and Toad, Arden Theatre (Barrymore Nomination); and Mothers and Sons, Philadelphia Theatre Company starring Michael Learned. Richard is the head of Costume Design at Penn State. He is a two-time Barrymore Award winner and a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.
Mackenzie Miller (Lighting Designer) is a third-year Lighting and Sound Design major from Pittsburgh, and is excited to present his first mainstage lighting design at Penn State Centre Stage with Brigadoon. Selected credits include lighting designer for No Exit, sound designer for Lonely Together ,and assistant lighting designer for The Wild Party. Looking forward, he will be the sound designer for Penn State’ Centre Stage’s production of Rent in the fall. He would like to thank his family for their unending support of his passion for the theatre, his faculty mentors and peers within the design and technology program here at Penn State, and the amazing theatre community of Pittsburgh for allowing him to cultivate that passion in the first place.
Riley Allsop (Assistant Lighting Designer) is a third-year B.F..A Design and Technology major, with a dual- emphasis in Lighting Design and Technical Direction. This semester, he served as the lighting designer for the downtown project piece, GRAFF. Last semester, he served as the production electrician for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, assistant technical director for The Wild Party, and associate lighting designer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Benjamin Moore (Sound Designer) finished his tenure as a student in December of 2021, graduating with a B.F.A. in Theatre from Penn State, and now he serves the School of Theatre in a part- time faculty/staff role. Previous design credits for Penn State Centre Stage include Sea Wall and The Lucky Boy, and he has been involved in the production of many others. In addition to his work here, he also supplies his expertise to the Center for the Performing Arts at Eisenhower Auditorium.”
Lauren Petrocelli (Assistant Sound Designer) is a second-year B.F.A. Theatre Design and Technology major ,with a dual- emphasis in Sound Design and Technical Direction. For Penn State’s Centre Stage, she has served as the assistant sound designer for Blood at the Root and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Outside of Penn State, she has worked as the sound designer for A Chorus Line and I Do! I Do! Lauren is thrilled to be working on another Centre Stage show and would like to thank the sound team for their support.
Gillian Miller (Production Stage Manager) is a fourth-year B.F.A Stage Management student from Hershey. In addition to being the production stage manager for Brigadoon, she was the PSM for the world premires of Head Space, #HereToo and Take A Walk in My Shoes. Her ASM credits at Penn State Centre Stage include Angels in America and Hands on a Hardbody. Outside of the theatre, Gillian is on the production team for the Movin’ On Music Festival and on the executive board for Penn State’s chapter of USITT.
Anna Lustig (Assistant Stage Manager) is a second-year B.F.A. Design and Technology student from New Jersey. She previously worked on Headspace as an ASM and also The Last Five Years as the PA. She is excited to be a part of the Brigadoon team.
Sam Forrest (Assistant Stage Manager) is a second-year B.F.A. Stage Management student from Princeton, New Jersey. Previous Penn State stage manager credits include A Midsummer Nights Dream, Headspace, and A Chorus Line. Sam’s work as a props artisan has been seen in The Wild Party, Nostalgia Night, and Brigadoon.
Maxwell Doherty (Technical Director) is a fifth-year Theatre Design and Technology, with an emphasis Technical Direction major Penn State. He has is very excited to serve as the technical director for Brigadoon. He has also served as an assistant director the lighting designer on Chatham Universities Music and Arts Summer Camp production of Peter Pan Jr., and as ATD for Penn State’s productions of Seawall and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is his final year at Penn State and he is very excited to continue his career as an entertainment stage technician at Disney world this upcoming summer.
Clare Cawley (Assistant Technical Director) is a fourth-year Technical Directing major in the School of Theatre. Past productions include technical director for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Centre Stage). head carpenter for Clue the Musical (Weathervane Playhouse). assistant technical director for the Moving on Dance Concert (Centre Stage), and crew for Angels in America (Centre Stage). She would like to thank her TD team for helping put on this incredible show and her friends for supporting her.
Fight Choreographer/Intimacy Advisor
Erik Raymond Johnson
Assistant Stage Managers
Stage Manager Production Assistant
Associate Technical Director
Assistant Technical Directors
Staff Scenic Carpenters
Cassidy Lyn Burke
Scenic Charge Artist
Stephanie Lynn Nimick
Beatriz Chung Ore
Assistant to the Costume Designer
Costume Technical Supervisor
Laura Kay Robinson
Costume Shop Manager
Assistant Lighting Designer
Assistant Production Electrician
Light Board Operator
Properties Shop Supervisor
Assistant Properties Managers
Andre Brandao de Castro
Lorena Sandoval Pinto
Social Media Coordinator
The following students will support the costume, scenic, and electric crews this semester.
- Michael D. Aboah
- William Adams
- Riley Allsop
- Francesca Alvidrez
- Lavanya Anantharaman
- Hannah Bank
- Nicolas Baror
- Hunter Belisle
- Mackenzie Borine
- Andre Brandao
- Lauren Bretl
- Jack Briggs
- Cassidy Lyn Burke
- John Carpino
- Carlo Castoro Jr.
- Adrian Castro
- Sage Castro
- Clare Cawley
- Carter Celgin
- John Chambers
- Beatriz Chung
- Bree Clark
- Celia Craig
- Ava Cronin
- Dante D’Antonio
- Daniel Dembek
- Sabine Desamours
- Maxwell Doherty
- Jeremy Eiben
- Chloe Evans
- Breanna Fais
- Hannah Flade
- Samantha Forrest
- Jordan Frank
- Gage Gardiner
- James Gibney Jr.
- Maddy Glave
- Julianne Greco
- Lauren Greenfield
- Kathleen Griffith
- Michael Guastamachio
- Kattie Hasenecz
- David Heguy
- Victor Hernandez
- Jessica L Hill
- Zharia Hill
- Taylor Hufnagel
- Anan Hussein
- Mia Catherine Irwin
- Rosalind Isquith
- Trinity Jackson
- Yunke Jiang
- Nadia Khorshid
- Dillon Kraus
- Jonathan Langberg
- Gailyn Lee
- Michelle Lee
- Yeji Lee
- Amirah Lomax
- Mason LoPiccolo
- Anna Lustig
- Jillian Ma
- Eleonore MacZura
- Noi Maeshige
- Natalie Maguire
- Anna Martin
- Lucy Martin
- Quinn McDonald
- Nicole McFadden
- Michel McGillian
- Riley McKean
- Mackenzie Miller
- Owain Milliken
- Charles Mrlack
- Kyra Muramoto
- Evelyn Murphy-Welconish
- Flynn Nolen
- Kaydee Oliver
- James Palmieri
- Maria Papadopoulos
- LP Patterson
- Valentine Regla Pesola
- Ethan Peterson
- Lauren Petrocelli
- Claire Phillips
- Tyler Phillips
- Vincent Wolf Pilone
- Clarlie Plante
- Zachary Rebarchak
- Demanie Redhead
- Raymond Reehill
- Joel Rehn
- Joey Reihart
- Justin Roldan
- John Michael Rosenblum
- Hailey Sanchez
- Skyler Sandner
- Lorena Sandoval
- Kyle Shearer
- Maggie Schlachter
- Zachary Schwartz
- Sarah Schwidel
- Emily Simpson
- Madeline Simpson
- Zandra Siple
- Kayla Sliger
- Michael Smedley Jr
- Ronnie Spoto
- Erin Stanek
- Victoria Steward
- Beatrix Stickney
- Thomas Strong
- Keagan Styes
- Paige Taylor
- Matthew Thompson
- Rafaela Torchia Carvalho Castro
- Regine Torres
- Megan Totz
- Eda Uyanik
- Sylvan Vanstory
- Jovanni Aparicio Velez
- Sunakshi Verma
- Anna Wagner
- Jack Warner
- Jasmine Ward
- Connor Westhoff
- Stacy Wiener
- Georgia Wood
- Austen Yim
Penn State Centre Stage Administration
Producing Artistic Director
Interim Production Manager
Interim Technical Director
Arts Ticket Center
Tracy Noll – Sales Director
Christine Igoe – Ticket Manager
Shannon Arney – Assistant Ticket Manager
Len Codispot-Anderson – Group Sales and Development Relations Manager
Joi McKenzie – Ticket Sales and Customer Service Manager
School of Theatre Administration
Director of the School of Theatre
Associate Director for Instruction
Associate Director for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
A. Kikora Franklin
School of Theatre
Judy King – Administrative Coordinator
Carrianne Love – Academic Records
Mark Powell – Staff Assistant
Shannon Ritter – Admissions and Recruitment
School of Theatre Faculty + Staff
Susan H. Schulman
Steve Broadnax III
A. Kikora Franklin
Erik Raymond Johnson
Musical Theatre Acting
John Simpkins, Nagle Family Endowed Chair in Musical Theatre
Musical Theatre Singing
A. Kikora Franklin
Elizabeth Bonjean, Ph.D.
William Doan, Ph.D.
Jeanmarie Higgins, Ph.D.
Susan Russell, Ph.D.
Robert W. Schneider
Malcolm Wolmack, Ph.D.
Steve Broadnax III
Elisha Clark Halpin
Erik Raymond Johnson
Milagros Ponce de León
Richard St. Clair
John E Geisz
Jay Lasnik – Supervisor
Stephanie Nimick – Supervisor
Diane Toyos – Supervisor
Amanda Ferg – Draper
- Member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers
- Member of Actors’ Equity Association
- Member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829
- Member of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
- Member of The Dramatists Guild
- Member of National Writers Union
- Local 802 American Federation of Musicians
- ETCP Electrician
- Member of The Society of Professional Props Artisan Managers
School of Theatre Graduate Students
Graduate students fill a number of key positions in the School of Theatre. Common roles include assistant director, paint supervisor, charge artist, property master, first hand, draper, and musical director, to name a few.
Musical Theatre Directing
Penn State Centre Stage Community Council 21–22
Ex Officio Members
B. Stephen Carpenter II
Professional Member Organizations
NAST – National Association of Schools of Theatre
SDC – The Director and Choreographer are members of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.
SPAM – The Society of Properties Artisan Managers
U/RTA – University Resident Theatre Association
Member of U/RTA, the country’s oldest and largest consortium of professional theatre training graduate programs and associated professional theatre companies, and utilizes that association to facilitate and manage contracts with members of the various theatrical unions. These include Actors’ Equity Association, the Society of Stage Directors and Choreograhers, and United Scenic Artists.
USITT – United States Institute for Theatre Technology
Make a gift
We are able to do what we do because you believe in us.
Our students, faculty, and visiting professionals bring tremendous talent to the stage and you give them a stage to stand on. Our choreographers, costume and scenic designers, lighting technicians, and all of our artistic team envision new worlds and you give them the resources to realize these worlds. While Penn State provides a foundation for our theatrical productions, we rely on the generosity of our community to provide the additional resources needed to perform at the highest level. Your gifts provide financial assistance with show rights, costumes, technical equipment, set materials, music, marketing, and supporting visiting artists and educators who come to share their craft.
You can make a tax-deductible donation to Penn State Centre Stage online using the link below, or by phoning 888-800-9163. Specify “Centre Stage–XAFPS” when you make a credit card gift by phone or online. You can also mail a check to: PSCS/Penn State, 116 Theatre Building, University Park, PA 16802-1506.
Become a Donor. Penn State School of Theatre is home to one of the finest theatre training programs in the country. We invite you to have a richer theatre experience by becoming a donor to Penn State Centre Stage. Let our students know that you love the theatre and care about ensuring opportunity for artists.
Your patronage will also provide assistance for students with financial need to take advantage of extra-curricular opportunities such as master classes, regional theatre productions, and conference participation. By supporting Penn State Centre Stage, you support a home where young artists discover their gifts and you show them the impact that theatre has on everyone it touches.
We’re thankful for your partnership and philanthropy, and we applaud every person who joins us in our mission to make our theatre training program one of the top ranked in the country. We can’t wait to show you what’s next.
Ensuring the Future of Live Professional Theatre
2021–22 Season Donors
Donors, Grants, Sponsorships and In-Kind Contributions to the 2021–22 Season
Your loyalty and support have been the driving force behind our success. Thank you for your help in creating something truly special in this community. The list below includes donors to PSCS from June 2021 – April 2022. Every effort was made to ensure its accuracy. We apologize in advance for any errors or omissions!
Producer ($5,000 & up)
- Happy Valley Adventure Bureau
- Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (a state agency)
- Dennis Gioia & Judith Albrecht
- Rosalie & Roger Dietz
- Charles & J. Ann Dumas
- Blake & Linda Gall
- Ann & George Johnstone
- Pieter & Lida Ouwehand
- Jeane & Richard Singer
- John & Judith Vicary Swisher
- Mark & Anne Toniatti
- Avant Garden
- Lou & Bernadette Barth
- Catherine A. Bresee
- Alan Brown
- Bruce Fleischer & Heidi Nicholas
- John & Katie Dawes
- Days Inn by Wyndham Penn State
- Steven Herb & Sara Willoughby-Herb
- John & Jackie Hook
- Theodore & Casey Hovick
- Bill Jaffe
- Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
- Kitchen Kaboodle
- Kay Kustanbauter
- Colleen & Frank Miceli
- Helen Manfull
- Kevin & Joy Roe
- Robert & Karen Shute
- State College Downtown Improvement District
- Town & Gown
- David & Susan Werner
- Woodring’s Floral Gardens
- Lynn & Ellis Abramson
- C. Daniel & Wendy Azzara
- Ruth Bank
- Ned & Inga Book
- Lynn Donald Breon
- John & Deborah Carder in memory of Shirley Palermo
- David & Ellen Cavanaugh
- Mimi Barash Coppersmith
- Susan Del Ponte & Carole Pearce
- George & Tamara Downsbrough
- John & Connie DiNunzio
- Earl & Susan Graham
- Don & Mary Heller
- Vicki Wedler Herrie & Joseph Herrie
- Linda Higginson & Susan Youtz
- Patricia & Jay Hummer
- Robyn Krause-Hale & Rick Roush
- Donald & Cynthia Koss
- Barry & Judith Kur
- Harry Kropp & Edward Legutko
- Kirk & Sandra Larter
- Benson & Christine, Lichtig Nittany Clothiers, Inc.
- David & Sharon Lieb
- Lawrence Lokman & Rhonda Seaton
- Rick Lombardo & Rachel Harker
- Harold & Priscilla McFerren
- Sayaka Ninomiya
- Janet Pontius
- Kathleen & David Rue
- Jerry & Martha Sawyer
- Christopher & Jennifer Shuey
- Lou Silverman & Veronica Samborsky
- Cheri Sinclair
- Patricia & Michael Spicer
- Benchamas Sporay & Thomas Renehan Jr.
- William & Kimberly Townes
- Sebastian & Jeanmarie Trainor
- Renaisssance Charitable Foundation
- Daniel & Linda Trevino
- Larry Ullman & Jessica Currall
- Joseph & Maureen Yanoshik
- Janet Bergamaschi
- Richard & Heidi Biever
- Gay Fisher
- Barry & Debra Gallagher
- Joshua Gitelson & Hari Osofsky
- Claudia Gulley
- Alisha Hartley
- Linda & Robert Hendrickson
- Susan & George Henning
- Janis Jones
- Marla & Thomas Kane
- Janet Quirsfeld Lindsay
- Heather Low
- Lisa & Andrew Marzka
- Stanley & Patricia Mayers
- Christopher & Kathryn Maxwell
- Donna, Robert & James McDougal
- Barbara Greer McKeehen
- Richard & Sharleen Nichols
- Kay & Ernest Salvino
- Jennifer & Christopher Shuey
- Patricia & Michael Spicer
- Nancy Wolf
School of Theatre Endowments
- Mona Shibley Bird Memorial Scholarship in Theatre
- Susan Browning Theatre Award
- Kenton H. Broyles Trustee Scholarship
- Irvin and Lois E. Cohen Fund for the School of Theatre (named annual fund)
- Margaret M. and George A. Downsbrough Endowment for Penn State Centre Stage
- Manuel Duque Award
- Mack Emmert Trustee Scholarship
- June H. Ford Memorial Award for Musical Theatre Dance Performance
- Frances Foster Award in Theatre
- French Undergraduate Award in Theatre
- Sid and Helen Friedman Endowment for Penn State Centre Stage
- Blake and Linda Gall Musical Theatre Excellence Fund (named annual fund)
- Blake and Linda Gall Scholarship in Musical Theatre
- Blake and Linda Gall Trustee Matching Scholarship
- Susan Jane Gaul Memorial Award
- Anne Gibson Award for Professional Development in Theatre Design and Technology
- John Lloyd Hanson Scholarship in Musical Theatre v
- John L. Hanson and Neil E. Hoff Trustee Matching Scholarship
- James E.Hess and Suzanne Scurfield Hess Endowment for the University Resident Theatre Company
- Arlene and E.Z. Jackson Scholarship in Musical Theatre
- Honey Jaffe Musical Theatre Program Excellence Fund
- Kissin’ Annie Endowed Scholarship in Musical Theatre
- Mabel Reed Knight Scholarship
- Robert E. Leonard Award
- Willie Leone Endowed Scholarship Fund in Music Theatre
- Wyllis Leonhard Endowment for Music and Dance
- Lethbridge-Jackson Awards
- Helen and Lowell Manfull Theatre Scholarship
- Mattie C. and A. Laura Mateer Theatre Artist-in-Residence Fund
- William E. McTurk Endowment for Musical Theatre
- Musical Theatre Endowment Fund
- Nagle Family Endowed Chair in Musical Theatre
- Dorothy Briant O’Connor Endowed Scholarship Fund in Musical Theatre
- Penn State Centre Stage Class of 1935 Endowment
- Irene Richards Memorial Scholarship
- School of Theatre Design and Technology Alumni Conference Scholarship (named annual fund)
- Todd Anthony Sloan Scholarship for Musical Theatre
- Oliver Smith American Design Award
- Graham B. and Sandra K. Spanier Student Development Fund for the Musical Theatre Program
- Henrietta Thomas Memorial Award for Musical Theatre Vocal Performance
- Peter G. and Ann C. Tombros Endowed Scholarship in Musical Theatre
- Zewan Trustee Scholarship
Penn State’s Atherton Society recognizes individuals who have made a provision for a planned gift to benefit the University. To learn more about creating your legacy with the School of Theatre, contact Robyn Krause-Hale, director of arts advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 814-863-4079
- Michael R. Chapman
- Irvin and Lois Cohen
- Roger and Rosalie Dietz
- Charles D. Fasnacht
- Bill Jaffe
- Richard G. Johnston and Sarah Ann Gallagher
- Helen Manfull
- Carrie M. Robbins