All administrative staff can be reached at 215-654-1011. Box Office staff can be reached at 215-654-0200.

Tony Braithwaite

Artistic Director

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TONY BRAITHWAITE: Act II has been an artistic home for Tony since 2003 when he first began appearing in many of Act II‘s most acclaimed and popular productions, including My Fair Lady, Art, Boeing-Boeing, Iron Kisses, Stones in His Pockets, Good Evening, Say Goodnight Gracie, Laughing All the Way, Heeere’s Tony!, First Impressions; and Look Mom, I’m Swell! For nearly two decades, Tony has worked in and around Philadelphia as a director, comic, writer, and actor with theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Montgomery Theater, 1812 Productions, and others. He is a 13-time Barrymore Award nominee, a 4-time emcee, and a 3-time winner (2 wins for performances at Act II - The Big Bang and The Story of My Life.)  Since 1995 Tony has also been the Director of Dramatics at his beloved alma mater, St. Joseph's Prep.

Howie Brown

Managing Director

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HOWIE BROWN graduated with a Broadcast Journalism and Political Science degree from Syracuse University in 2003.  As a Teach for America corps member teaching 5th grade Math and Science in South Philadelphia, Howie received his Master's Degree in Elementary Education from St. Joseph's University in 2005.  After working in Washington D.C. for several years in politics (as the Executive Assistant for current National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling) and again as a teacher (4th and 5th grade at D.C. Prep Charter School), Howie returned to the Philadelphia area to pursue his love of theatre arts.  As an actor he has appeared on many area stages including at Act II (First Impressions and Heeere's Tony!), and is an Assistant Director and Improv Instructor at his beloved alma mater, St. Joseph's Prep.

Beth Dietzler

Business Manager

bethactii.jpgBETH DIETZLER graduated from DeSales University with her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre: Acting/Directing and has been working with Act II Playhouse since August 2008. Beth has worked as House Manager and Box Office Assistant at DeSales University and University of Delaware Reperatory Theatre and brings over ten years of customer service expertise, including six months spent in Walt Disney World. Beth resides in Delaware County with her husband Jeff and son Christopher.

Andy Shaw

Production and Company Manager

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ANDY SHAW is happy to have joined the Act II team. He received his MA in Theatre from Villanova in 2010.  He serves as the Master Electrician for Villanova Theatre and has worked as a carpenter and electrician for Villanova Theatre, Theatre Horizon, Amaryllis Theatre, and Act II.  He has also worked as a lighting designer for Upper Merion Consortium for the Arts (Smile!, Into the Woods, Jr., Beauty and the Beast, Jr.) and Butros and Bels Theatrical Emporium (Cloud 9, Savage/Love, The Importance of Being Earnest, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? (Philadelphia Premiere), and The Complete History of America (Abridged)).  He received his BA in Theatre, English and Music from Mt. St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD in 2007. Favorite roles include: Algernon (Importance of Being Earnest), Touchstone (As You Like It), Ira Stone (Laughter on the 23rd Floor), Bobby Child (Crazy For You), George (The Actor's Nightmare), and being part of the 3-man cast of The Complete History of America (Abriged).

Bill D'Agostino

Communications and Education Director

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BILL D'AGOSTINO is a playwright, educator, dramaturg and arts administrator. Bill's plays for kids include Murray the Elf and the Case of the Terryfing Tinsel, Robin HoodMurray the Elf and the Case of the Missing Mistletoe and Fairy Tale High School. Bill has taught acting for Montgomery County Community College. As a dramaturg, his credits include Lend Me a TenorTime Stands Still, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Sylvia, The Pride of Parnell Street, The Tempest (Act II); Don't Talk to the Actors, Big Boys, Alice in Wonderland (Montgomery Theater); and Raising Jo (PlayPenn). Bill is a member of the Foundry, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and Theatre for Young Audiences USA. Bill received his MA in theatre from Villanova University and his undergraduate degree in theatre from Brown University. Visit him online at williamdag.com.

Pat Sabato

Stage Manager

Pat SabatoPAT SABATO is happy to be a part of the Act II Playhouse family. She has had the honor of working for many venues of the vibrant Philadelphia area theater community. Pat has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1997 and serves on the AEA Liaison Committee for the Philadelphia Region. She and her husband Edmund are the delighted parents of Christina, Kathryn, Jessica and Daniel.

Grace Thompson

Audience Services Manager

Grace Headshot 2013GRACE THOMPSON is a Pensacola, Florida native with a B.A. in Theatre from the University of West Florida. After years as a principle dancer in the Emerald Coast Ballet Company, and working with Pensacola professional theatres (Improvable Cause, Pensacola Shakespeare Theatre, Ballet Pensacola, etc.), she traveled to Lenox, Massachusetts to work for Shakespeare & Company. In Philadelphia, Grace just completed the Audience Services apprenticeship at the Walnut Street Theatre. She is honored to be a member of the Act II family.

Melissa Murray

Box Office Associate/House Manager

Melissa MurrayMELISSA MURRAY is thrilled to be part of the Act II family. Not one to be on stage, she worked on stage crew building, painting, and moving sets for all eight shows performed throughout her time at Cardinal O'Hara High School (Titanic, Back to the 80s, Annie, The Wedding Singer, Les Miserables, Godspell, Jekyll & Hyde, and The Phantom of the Opera). When she's not helping patrons as a House Manager or selling tickets in the Box Office, she works as a Costume Designer, employed at Cardinal O'Hara High School (Curtains, Once Upon a Mattress) as well as working freelance.

Michael Donovan

Stand-Up Comedy Show Producer and Workshop Facilitator

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MICHAEL DONOVAN has been doing stand-up comedy since 1995 at the age of 14.He quickly became a regular opening act in the Philadelphia area at various comedy clubs and at private events, which he did through his teens and 20s.  He continues to perform himself occasionally these days, but his primary focus is on producing shows and developing new talent.  He joined the Act II family in 2012, producing the first stand-up comedy weekend here.  It was the first of what has turned out to be a series of successful evenings for the theater.  Later in 2013, he helped to expand Act II's educational offerings by running the stand-up comedy workshop, now entering its third year.  By day, Michael works in operations and development at Melmark, a human service agency that serves individuals with intellectual disabilities.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from La Salle University.  He lives in Norristown with his wife and son.