Act II Playhouse has been an artistic home for Tony since 2003 when he first began appearing in many of Act II‘s most popular productions, including My Fair Lady, Art, Say Goodnight Gracie, Heeere’s Tony!, First Impressions and Look Mom, I’m Swell! Tony began his tenure as Artistic Director here in 2012, and since that time has written, directed, and/or starred in dozens of shows, including Electile Dysfunction, Didn’t Your Father Have This Talk With You?, Driving Miss Daisy, Forbidden Broadway, and several by Neil Simon. For over two decades, Tony has worked in and around Philadelphia as a director, comic, writer, emcee, and actor with theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Montgomery Theater, 1812 Productions, Delaware Theatre Company, and the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, among others. Tony is a 13-time Barrymore Award nominee, a four-time emcee, and a three-time winner (two 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. www.tonybraithwaite.com
Director of Finance and Operations
PAT 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!
Director of External Relations, Comedy Show Producer and Workshop Facilitator
MICHAEL DONOVAN will joining Act II in March in the newly created role of Director of External Relations, and will be focused on furthering our mission through development and “friend-raising.” He comes to us from a national human services agency that provides supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mike has also 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 20’s. He joined the staff of Act II Playhouse in 2012 as Stand-Up Comedy Producer and he helped to expand Act II’s educational offerings by running the Stand-Up Comedy Workshop, now in its fifth year.
Director of Marketing and Communications
CAROL FLANNERY joined Act II Playhouse in November 2019 after an extensive career in corporate marketing and sales, followed by a transition to performing arts marketing, including 12 years experience with Philadelphia Theatre Company, and roles with Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and American Family Theater. Carol is Philadelphia-born, and has lived and worked in NYC and Pittsburgh before landing in Montgomery County. She is loving getting to know Ambler and her new colleagues at Act II. “It’s an exciting time to be part of this Company and its commitment to both the region’s professional theatre community and our loyal audience members. I’m especially delighted to support the vision of our immensely talented and dedicated Artistic Director, Tony Braithwaite!”
ERIC BAKER is a graduate of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts. Prior to joining Act II Playhouse he was the production manager for EgoPo Classic Theater. Past productions include: The Seagull, The Lydie Breeze Trilogy, and The Children’s Hour. He has also served as Master Electrician for Azuka Theater Company, Quintessence Theater Group, and The Ritz Theater in New Jersey. Eric is also a freelance Lighting Designer working in the Philadelphia region.
Audience Services Manager
DEB WESLER is a Philadelphia native and is thrilled to be back in Pennsylvania after moving up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Deb has had a varied career in the theatre doing everything from Stage Managing to making props. She is very grateful to settle down in the Act II Playhouse Box Office! Deb currently resides in Drexel Hill with her husband Ken and several furry friends.
Resident Stage Manager
PAT 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.
Box Office Associate/House Manager
MONICA COLE is an Ambler native who studied theatre at Northeastern University where she worked on many productions in various roles such as director, actor, designer, and dramaturg. She was a founding member of Northeastern’s Shakespeare Society and in her senior year completed an internship with New England’s non-profit theatre service organization StageSource. Monica loves avant-garde and experimental theatre and cites Lynn Nottage, Paula Vogel, Caryl Chuchill, and Samuel Beckett as some of her favorite playwrights. She is delighted to begin her theatre career here at Act II.
Box Office Associate/House Manager
NICOLE FERRY is excited to be a part of the Act II family! She graduated from the University of Delaware in May 2018 with a B.A. in Media Communication and a minor in Theatre Production. Nicole has several years of experience in Newark, Delaware’s theatre community. She worked as a crew member and a production assistant with the Resident Ensemble Players as well as in stage management and production management with E-52 Student Theatre. Nicole is a West Chester, Pennsylvania native and she is very happy to be continuing her theatre career in the Philadelphia area.
ROSE MARIE KETTINGER is thrilled to join Act II Playhouse as the Education Coordinator. Rose Marie has spent her professional career as a classroom teacher and administrator at Cardinal O’Hara, Lansdale Catholic and the Academy of Notre Dame. Most recently completing a 22-year tenure as Assistant Principal at St. Joseph’s Prep, Rose has retired from academic life to rewire her experiences, interests and skills to facilitate the adult classes and children-centered productions at Act II. Rose has performed and assisted in school productions and has been an avid supporter of students of all ages in the performing arts. Rose Marie resides in Worcester with her husband Rick. She is a proud Mimi to her granddaughters and cherishes spending time with her family.
Assistant Stage Manager
JESS MCPHILLIPS is a Philadelphia local and a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been involved with stage management and production in our theater community for several years; her most recent work has been as a professional apprentice and spotlight operater at Arden Theatre Company, and as deck crew with 1812 Productions. Jess is thrilled to be a part of Act II’s team!
EDMUND SABATO has been a member of our Box Office and House Management team since 2015. After a career of managing corporate marketing and communications services, he served as marketing director for the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and a nonprofit arts software company. Ed’s lifelong involvement in theater began with Philadelphia Actors Theatre in the 70’s and has continued in either backstage or onstage roles at Barley Sheaf Players, Wilmington Drama League, the Arden, and Peoples Light. He is an occasional understudy at Act II and a struggling playwright.