Meet the Cast of Gutenberg! The Musical!Tony Braithwaite (Bud) is Artistic Director of Act II Playhouse, where he most recently played Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady for 10 weeks this summer, and where he will be in Oh, What Fun! following Gutenberg! Tony is a 13-time Barrymore nominee a 4-time Barrymore M.C., and a 3-time Barrymore winner including for The Big Bang and The Story of My Life (both here at Act II). For the past 18 years Tony has served as Director of Dramatics at his beloved alma mater St. Joe's Prep where he is currently directing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. www.tonybraithwaite.com
Steve Pacek (Doug) is thrilled to be making his Act II debut! Steve is the Co-Founder and Associate Artistic Director of 11th Hour Theatre Company (www.11thhourtheatrecompany.org). Some favorite Philly credits include: Robin Hood, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Clybourne Park & Pacific Overtures (Arden); Les Miserables & Man of La Mancha (Walnut); Ordinary Days, Bomb-itty of Errors & Little Shop of Horrors (11th Hour); and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Theatre Horizon). Much thanks to Tom, Hope, Tony & Howie! For Jorge. Love, always!
Sonny Leo (Charlie/Music Director/Choreographer): Performing credits include: National Tour of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies. Some of his favorite roles include Judas in Godspell, Oscar in 42nd Street, a Fairtone in State Fair and Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits. Sonny has directed and choreographed across the country, including productions of A Chorus Line, Joseph…Dreamcoat and Miss Saigon among others. He is grateful to be working with such a creative team for this production of Gutenberg!
Tom Quinn (Director) is a co-founder of the Montgomery Theater in Souderton, PA and is about to celebrate his 20th year as Artistic Director. Over the course of his career, Mr. Quinn has had the opportunity to work with many distinguished playwrights, notably: William Mastrosimone (Extremities, Like Totally Weird), Jeffrey Sweet (Porch), Ray Bradbury (Bradbury 3X, The Flying Machine, Fahrenheit 451), Rupert Holmes (Accomplice, Thumbs), Jim Geoghan (Light Sensitive, Only Kidding), James Sherman (Beau Jest, Jest A Second, AFFLUENZA!, Half and Half), Tom Dudzick (Hail Mary!, Over the Tavern) and Jonathan Daly (the William Cornelia – the Love Story, Simon’s Ark, A Good Look at Boney Kern). Gutenberg, the Musical! is Tom’s sixth production with Tony Braithwaite and his Act II directorial debut.
Scott Brown (Writer) is a writer, critic and performer. His work has appeared in Wired (for which he is a monthly columnist), Entertainment Weekly, GQ, New York, and Time, among other outlets. He's appeared at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater on several occasions. Also with Anthony King, he's developed pilots for CBS and A&E. Also with Anthony King, he was raised in Durham, NC. Scott's "funny" "songs" sometimes appear suddenly and without warning on the internet, and disappear almost as fast. He's cool with that.
Anthony King (Writer) is writer, director, and performer - and the Artistic Director of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC. As an actor, Anthony has been featured on MTV's Human Giant, Comedy Central's Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn, and in the feature film, Mystery Team. He is also a member of the UCBT Touring Company and tours from time to time with "Horatio Sanz and The Kings of Improv." Anthony's regional and NYC directing credits include: 1940s Radio Hour, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mister (starring Anthony Rapp), A Chorus Line and many others. Other notable directing credits: The Patriots (HBO Aspen Comedy Festival), Aziz Ansari Punched A Wall, Who's Your Daddy? (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), God's Pottery (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, "Best Newcomers"), Listen Kid (NY Music Theatre Festival), and more. He was also the Assistant Director of the Off-Broadway shows Summer of '42 and The Wild Party (Lippa), and is a member of the Lincoln Center Director's Lab. Anthony has written for GQ, Details, and Entertainment Weekly magazines, and he has written for television A&E, Comedy Central and CBS/Paramount.
Scott Anderson (Costume Designer) is thrilled to be coming to Act II with Gutenberg! The Musical! Locally he has worked at the Montgomery Theater, The People’s Light and Theatre Company, and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Additional regional designs have been seen at the Sierra Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Monomoy Theatre, and The Ogunquit Playhouse. Scott was awarded his MFA in Costume Design from Indiana University in 2009.
Michael Schwartz (Dramaturg) is currently teaching Theatre History and Improv at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he's been since the fall of 2011. Mike practices dramaturgy, does some playwriting, and a little directing on both sides of the state.
Jim Leitner (Lighting Designer): This is Jim’s 28th production at Act II. He has collaborated for many years around Philadelphia at the Arden, Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Wilma, Montgomery Theatre, Delaware Theatre, People’s Light, Theatre Exile, Pennsylvania Ballet, and various universities. Further afield, he has worked extensively for Milwaukee Ballet, University of Wisconsin, Miami City Ballet, Sarasota Opera, Indianapolis Ballet, and the Vail International Dance Festival.
Paul Dake (Stage Manager) has portrayed an interesting array of characters on stage, most recently as smarmy blowhard Curt Logan in Don’t Talk To The Actors at Montgomery Theater. Other credits: Jacob and Jack, Bus Stop, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Seven Year Itch, Art, The Grapes of Wrath, The Drawer Boy, Light Sensitive, Boy Gets Girl, The Desk Set, Noises Off, Accomplice, Oleanna, and Talk Radio. Stage Manager credits include Butterflies Are Free, Rounding Third, Ten Percent of Molly Snyder, Fully Committed, Moonlight and Magnolias, Prisoner of 2nd Ave. Big Boys and Any Wednesday. Paul recently directed Cookin’ With Gus at dcp theatre, and can be seen in TV commercials now and then. He has proudly hosted and written sketches for special events, and is also a songwriter with many compositions and recordings to his credit. Paul is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and is the 2006 recipient of the Montgomery Theater Award of Excellence.