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TONY BRAITHWAITE: 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
EILEEN CELLA was born and raised in Drexel Hill, PA and is a proud graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. 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. In addition to her Managing Director role, Eileen also performs in Philadelphia. She has appeared on Act II's stage in My Fair Lady, Lend Me A Tenor, Sleeping Handsome, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Red Herring, and Camelot.
BILL D'AGOSTINO is a playwright, educator, dramaturg, and arts administrator. Bill's plays for kids include the Murray the Elf series, Rosie the Reindeer and the Case of the Stolen Snow Globe, Sleeping Handsome, My Very Own Polar Bear, and Zuzz the Alien Needs Your Help! at Act II; Teen Sherlock, Robin Hood, and Fairy Tale High School at Montgomery Theater; and Making Gnocchi with Grandma, which was a semifinalist in the Write Now competition. Bill was the producer of The White Mountains, a theatre project based on the industrial legacy of Ambler, Pennsylvania, which received a 2015 Philadelphia Geek Award. He received his MA in theatre from Villanova University, and his bachelor’s degree in theatre from Brown University. He is a former award-winning reporter for the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice, and Frederick News-Post. Bill is a member of 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.
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!
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.
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!
GRACE 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.
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.
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.
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 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 in its fifth year. By day, Michael works in a quality assurance capacity for a national human service agency that provides supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 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.