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.

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

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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 williamdag.com.

Lauren Davenport

Production Manager

LaurenDavenportLAUREN DAVENPORT is thrilled to be joining the Act II family. She is a native of Pennsville, NJ and has previously worked with Delaware Shakespeare Festival and the Wilmington Drama League. She is a carpenter, electrician, occasional actor, and freelance genealogist. She is also a playwright and member of the Dramatist Guild. She received her MA in Theatre from Villanova University in 2015, and her undergraduate degree in Drama, English, and Creative Writing from Washington College in 2010.

Amanda Coffin

Assistant 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.

Matthew Clark

Assistant Stage Manager

MatthewClarkMATTHEW CLARK is excited to begin his journey with Act II this season. He is a Philadelphia native and recent graduate of Temple University’s theater program. He holds his B.A. in Theater (Acting). You may have caught him on-stage at Temple in She Stoops to Conquer, or in his co-created devised piece Perchance to Dream. Off-stage credits include SM on Godspell at Temple, ASM at Maples Repertory Theater (Summer ’16), SM at T. Schreiber Studio in NYC, and many more.

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.

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 (disastersisters.com).

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.

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