TONY BRAITHWAITE is a Philadelphia-area native, who returned to the East Coast after an acting stint in L.A. and he has led ACT II Playhouse as Artistic Director since 2012. Tony has worked as an actor, writer, director, or comic with every major theatre company in the region, including 1812 Productions, Arden Theatre Company, Delaware Theatre Company, Montgomery Theater, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia Theatre Company and The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Since 2003, he has appeared in, written or directed many of the Playhouse’s most successful productions, including My Fair Lady, Art, Say Goodnight Gracie, Heeere’s Tony!, First Impressions, Look Mom, I’m Swell!, Didn’t Your Father Have This Talk With You?, Electile Dysfunction, Driving Miss Daisy, Forbidden Broadway, and multiple Neil Simon plays. Tony is a 13-time Barrymore Award nominee, a four-time emcee of the ceremony, 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 Preparatory School (aka the “Prep”). tonybraithwaite.com
Director of Finance and Operations
PAT TADDEI joined Act II in 2015 as Business Manager and Development Associate. Pat’s role aligns with her love of theatre and live music, and follows an extensive career in Business Management in the fields of computerized inspection systems, powder metallurgy, and finance. In 2020, Pat was named Director of Finance and Operations at the Playhouse. A native of Montgomery County, she relocated from New Jersey back to her home state, and is delighted she can now walk to work.
Director of External Relations
MARY CARPENTER joined Act II full-time in 2021. She has been working as a performer, director, teacher, writer and producer in the Philadelphia theatre community for over twenty years with The Second City, 1812 Productions, Act II Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Arden Theatre, Wilma Theatre, and Montgomery Theatre Company, among others. Directing credits include Intimate Exchanges and Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe at 1812, On the Road Again, Oh What Fun, Didn’t Your Father Have this Talk with You, Making Spirits Bright, A Few of Our Favorite Things, and Kalamazoo at Act II Playhouse, and I’ll Have What She’s Having at CSZ Philly. She has written and produced two one woman shows: The New & Improved Stages of Grief and Dot & Me. Mary has been a performing and teaching member of ComedySportz for over twenty-five years where she also served as Artistic Director twice. She served as Assistant to the External Relations Director at 1812 Productions for five years, and taught Middle School Theatre at Abington Friends School for eight years. She holds degrees in theatre from Northwestern University and The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and has recently published Do Or Do Not: How to Improvise Like a Jedi. She is thrilled to be joining the team at Act II Playhouse, and to be part of a company that brings audiences familiar, unexpected, and original work that explores and celebrates humanity in all of its faceted glory.
Director of Marketing and Communications
CAROL FLANNERY joined Act II in 2019 after a twenty-year career in corporate design, graphic design and branding, and arts consulting followed by a transition to the performing arts sector. Carol served 12 years at Philadelphia Theatre Company in multiple roles, including Group Sales Manager, Sales Director, Director of Marketing, and Director of Strategic Partnerships. Carol has also worked with the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and American Family Theater – a children’s theatre touring company – and consulted with Theatre Horizon. She is a Philadelphia native from West Oak Lane, and has lived and worked in NYC and Pittsburgh before landing in Montgomery County.
Resident Stage Manager
PAT SABATO joined ACT II in 2013 and has been an Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) Stage Management professional since 1997 working on over 60 professional productions and over a dozen world premieres. Pat has stage managed with every major theatre company in the Philadelphia area, including 1812 Productions, Arden Theatre Company, Azuka Theatre, InterAct Theatre, Lantern Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Theatre Horizon, Wilma Theatre, and the annual PlayPenn play development program. Pat also serves on the AEA Liaison Committee for the Philadelphia Region. She is married to Edmund Sabato and they are the delighted parents of Christina, Kathryn, Jessica and Daniel.
LIZ MCDONALD joined Act II in a full-time role in 2021 and was most recently the Props Designer and Set Dresser for the Act II productions of Greater Tuna, Looking Over the President’s Shoulder, Souvenir, and Mikey the Elf. Liz has designed, taught, directed and performed throughout the Philadelphia and Chicago areas for the last 16 years. She was the Stage Manager for the Young Actors series at Montgomery Theater, is on the adult staff for the Cape and Sword Drama Society at St. Joseph’s Prep, and was the former Production Manager at Steel River Playhouse in Pottstown, PA.
Resident Assistant Stage Manager
JESS MCPHILLIPS joined ACT II in 2018 following deck crew and Assistant Stage Manager positions with 1812 Productions, Arden Theatre Company, and Lantern Theatre Company, working with over a dozen of the area’s best-known directors. Jess also took part in the professional apprentice program at Arden Theatre Company (and even served in the challenging position of “Child Supervisor” with the young cast of A Doll’s House!). She is a Philadelphia native and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Audience Services Manager
DEB WESLER joined ACT II in 2019 and has extensive experience in multiple aspects of theatre production and management including Stage Management for The Wilma Theatre, The Kennedy Center, The Philadelphia Drama Guild, The Russian Ballet Theatre, and murder mysteries produced by DMK Productions in Philadelphia; Box Office Manager at Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York, PA, and Audience Services Manager at The Wilma Theatre. Deb has even fund-raised, made props and done faux painting! Deb’s Stage Management skills were developed at Temple University’s School of Communications and Theater. She is a Philadelphia native and now resides in Drexel Hill with her husband Ken.
Box Office Associate/House Manager
MONICA COLE joined ACT II in 2018 and is an Ambler native. She has worked as a director, actor, designer, and dramaturg and was a founding member of Northeastern University’s Shakespeare Society, where she is an alumna. Monica also interned with New England’s non-profit theatre service organization, StageSource. She resides in Philadelphia.
Box Office Associate/House Manager
NICOLE FERRY joined Act II in 2018 following work in stage management, run crew, audience services, costume design, and production management with E-52 Student Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company and Resident Ensemble Players. Nicole is a graduate of the University of Delaware and is currently based in her hometown of West Chester, PA.
ROSE MARIE KETTINGER joined ACT II in 2019 and is a career educator having spent 22 years as Assistant Principal at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia (aka the “Prep”), with additional classroom and administrative roles at Cardinal O’Hara, Lansdale Catholic and the Academy of Notre Dame. Rose has performed and assisted in school productions and been an avid supporter of students of all ages in the performing arts. She now resides in Worcester with her husband Rick, and is a proud Mimi to her granddaughters.
Stand-up Comedy Producer
MICHAEL DONOVAN joined Act II in 2012. A comedian since he was just 14, Mike inaugurated the Playhouse’s stand-up comedy shows in 2012, and has facilitated workshops and classes for Act II, including the popular Stand-up Comedy Workshop. He is a graduate of LaSalle University, with additional certifications from Villanova University and Temple University.
EDMUND SABATO joined ACT II in 2015 as a member of the Box Office and House Management team. Ed served as a police officer before entering the corporate world, and then turned to arts non-profits as Marketing Director for the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and the Cultural Data Project. Ed has been onstage or backstage at multiple area theatres as a performer or understudy, and is also a playwright and member of the Dramatists Guild. His play Tight Race was produced in Philadelphia and Troublemakers was produced in Normal, Illinois. Ed is married to Pat Sabato, ACT II’s Resident Stage Manager.