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

Tony Braithwaite

Artistic Director


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.

Eileen Cella

Managing Director

Eileen 110EILEEN CELLA was born and raised in Drexel Hill, PA and attended the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a professional actress since the age of 17, even performing at Act II in My Fair Lady and Lend Me a Tenor. Eileen joined the Act II team after holding a marketing position at New York City Center, one of Manhattan's largest and oldest Off-Broadway theaters.

Bill D'Agostino

Communications and Education Director


BILL D'AGOSTINO is a playwright, educator, dramaturg, and arts administrator. Bill's plays for kids include the Murray the Elf series and Sleeping Handsome at Act II; Teen Sherlock, Robin HoodFairy Tale High School at Montgomery Theater; and Making Gnocchi with Grandma, which was a semifinalist in the Write Now competition. Bill received his MA in theatre from Villanova University and his undergraduate degree in theatre from Brown University. Bill is a member of the Foundry, the Dramatists Guild, and Theatre for Young Audiences USA. He lives in Bryn Mawr with his wife Carrie and his daughters, Celia and Anya. Visit him online at

Amanda Coffin

Production Manager

AmandaCoffinAMANDA COFFIN recently graduated from Villanova University where she served as a full time set assistant for two years in addition to working as an actor, dramaturg, stage manager, and assistant director. Since graduating she has worked as Technical Director for Shakespeare in Clark Park and as a technician for companies such as The Wilma Theatre and Orbiter 3. She recently served as lighting designer for Act II's Murray the Elf and the Horrible Holly Heist. Amanda currently serves as Technical Director for Friends Select High School and is working as Assistant Production Manager for Nichole Canuso Dance Company's remounting of The Garden. In addition to her technical work, Amanda is a director whose recent projects include Manayunk Theatre Company’s Bedlam: Shakespeare in Rehab for the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She also conceived and directed Simone: A New Devised Work about the life of Simone de Beauvoir which premiered at the 2016 Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival. Amanda assistant directed the 2016 Barrymore Award Winner for Outstanding Overall Production of a Play and Outstanding Direction of a Play, Theatre Exile’s The Invisible Hand, and recently assistant directed The Legend of Georgia McBride at The Arden Theatre Company. She is currently directing The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds for Steel River Playhouse and assistant directing Ironbound for Simpatico Theatre. MA Theatre, Villanova University and BA Theatre Studies, Emerson College.

Pat Taddei

Business Manager

Pat Taddei bio photoPAT TADDEI is pleased to be back in her native Pennsylvania after a several-decade hiatus in Philadelphia’s eastern suburbs (i.e., South Jersey). She has extensive experience in the performing arts as a deeply appreciative devotee of theatre and live music in intimate settings. Along with the change in geography for her "second act", Pat decided to shift gears from a career spent in industry (for the past 20 years she was the Business Manager at a small high-tech firm) to something that feels more like a passion project. She is thanking her lucky stars that she’s landed a part with the Act II crew!

Pat Sabato

Stage Manager

Pat Sabato New HeadshotPAT 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.

Michal Kortsarts

Assistant Stage Manager

MichalMICHAL KORTSARTS recently graduated from Drew University with a BA in Theatre Arts and Minors in Psychology and Arts Administration. Michal is a stage manager and arts administrator who is originally from Israel and is constantly thankful for the opportunities she has had as an immigrant. Prior to her work with Act II, she was the season Assistant Stage Manger at the Bickford Theatre in Morristown NJ. She has also worked as a production assistant with the Paul Taylor Dance Company in NYC. As an Arts Administrator, she has worked in marketing with the Wilma Theater downtown and Signature Theatre in NYC, and at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre in Audience services.

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 principal 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 completed the Audience Services apprenticeship at the Walnut Street Theatre. She is honored to be a member of the Act II family.

Heather Plank

Box Office Associate/House Manager

Heather Plank HeadshotHEATHER PLANK is thrilled to be adopted by the Act II family. She studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute via NYU, and has a BA in English/Journalism from the University of Delaware. Heather is a member of Liberty City Radio Theatre and Without a Cue and has appeared in Taming of the Shrew (Philadelphia Fringe Festival), Home (Brotherly Love Theatre Company), Side Man (Players Club of Swarthmore), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Old Academy Players), and Would You Still Love Me If… at Walnut Street Theatre’s Studio 5. When she’s not acting, Heather enjoys singing, running, cooking, and thrift-store-browsing. Heather also writes humorous essays for the web site she and her sister created, appropriately called Disaster Sisters (

Danielle Wynne

Box Office Associate/House Manager

DanielleWynneDANIELLE WYNNE is a Collegeville, PA native with a love for the arts. In December 2016, she graduated from Duquesne University with a BM in Voice Performance and a concentration in Opera Studies. Theater has always been a huge part of her life, having performed in productions at local venues such as Montgomery Theater and The Barn Playhouse. She is thrilled to be back in the Philadelphia area as a member of the Act II family!

Michael Donovan

Stand-Up Comedy Show Producer and Workshop Facilitator


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 staff of Act II Playhouse in Ambler, PA in 2012 as Stand-up Comedy producer. Later in 2013, he helped to expand Act II's educational offerings by running the stand-up comedy workshop, now entering its fifth year. By day, Michael is Director of Quality and Program Supports in the intellectual and developmental disabilities division of Northwestern Human Services. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from La Salle University. He lives in Norristown with his wife, Stacy-Ann, and their two sons, Patrick and Brendan.

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