School of Theatre Alumni Giving Experience to Students

April 19th, 2015, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Theatre Building

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Kevin Adams is on the leading edge of the post-incandescent age on Broadway, exploiting the potential of CFL bulbs, fluorescent tubes, glass and flex neon, and the latest LED technology. His work for Spring Awakening -- brilliant white light for the 19th-century play's scenes and saturated color from what he calls "electric objects" for the songs -- won him a Tony in 2007. He picked up a second Tony in 2008 for The 39 Steps, a third in 2010 for his lighting of the Green Day musical American Idiot and a fourth in 2014 for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Another Adams hit: a fabulous wall of light for the musical Passing Strange.


Richard Biever is the Artistic Director of FUSE Productions, now an independent theatre company in State College. He received an MFA in Directing for the Musical Theatre at Penn State, attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC for acting, and received a Bachelor of Music Education degree in voice and choral conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Rich recently directed a concert version of the Broadway musical Smile with many members of the original Broadway cast at 54 Below in NYC. With his wife Heidi, he is the co-director of Singing Onstage in State College. From 2012-2014, Rich was the executive director of The State Theatre.


Stephen Brotebeck recently served as the Movement Associate on the Tony Award winning Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher both on Broadway and at New World Stages. Other Broadway: Ghost The Musical, directed by Matthew Warchus. Regional credits include Enchanted April (Co-Director and Choreographer) at Arena Stage, My Fair Lady (Assistant Dir/Chor) at the Kennedy Center, Songs In The Key of Equality at (Le) Poisson Rouge and The Great American Songbook Hall of Fame ceremony presented by Michael Feinstein (Director/Choreographer). Other NYC Directing credits include the world premiere of Greasemonkey, Brotography and with Chris Wade, HoLiDaZe (SoHo Playhouse), Scenes from a Balcony, and Anonymous Lives. Regional Directing credits include: Kiss Me, Kate, Grey Gardens, Altar Boyz and Steel Magnolias. His theatrical choreography credits include regional productions of All Shook Up, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, State Fair, Anything Goes, South Pacific, and Honk. Stephen holds an MFA in Directing for the Musical Theatre Stage from The Pennsylvania State University headed by Susan H. Schulman and is a co-founder and the Artistic Director of Broadway Bodies in New York City and Los Angeles. BFA, Western Michigan University. He is currently on faculty at CAP21, America's Musical Theatre Conservatory.


Courtney Cavanaugh is a Production Coordinator for Thomas J Paul, Inc., a creative marketing agency in Jenkintown, PA. She has previously worked for Tierney Communications as an Account Management Intern, while completing her MBA at Temple University in 2013. Before returning to graduate school in 2011, Courtney worked as a Marketing and Operations Associate in the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, a 14,000 seat outdoor performing arts center in Philadelphia. Courtney is a proud 2009 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University School of Theatre, where she received her B.F.A. in Stage Management.


Wilson Chin designed the critically-acclaimed Broadway play Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts directed by Sheryl Kaller, which was nominated for two Tony Awards, including Best Play. He made his debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago with Lucia di Lammermoor and Canadian Opera Company with A Florentine Tragedy and Gianni Schicchi (Dora Award winner, Outstanding Set Design), both directed by Catherine Malfitano. In New York, Wilson has designed at Ars Nova, Atlantic Theater Company, Avery Fisher Hall, HERE, Manhattan Theatre Club, Naked Angels, New World Stages, Playwrights Realm, The Public Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre and TACT. Regional credits include designs for ACT, Asolo Rep, Barrington Stage, Central City Opera, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cleveland Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Guthrie Theatre, Hartford Stage, Indiana Rep, The Old Globe, San Francisco Opera's Merola Program, The Shakespeare Theatre, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, TheatreWorks, Trinity Rep, Westport Country Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Yale Rep. His many collaborations with playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa include the premieres of Abigail/1702, King of Shadows, Dark Matters, Bloody Mary, Rough Magic, Golden Age, Say You Love Satan, and The Muckle Man. Wilson has also designed new works by Tim Acito, Nick Blaemire, Sam Carner and Derek Gregor, Samuel D. Hunter, Elizabeth Irwin, Rolin Jones, Meghan Kennedy, Kenneth Lin, Andrew Lippa, Terrence McNally, Conor McPherson, Carly Mensch, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Geoffrey Nauffts, Dan O'Brien, Sharyn Rothstein, Victoria Stewart, and Martín Zimmerman. From 2003-2007, Wilson served as an associate/assistant designer to Santo Loquasto on nineteen productions including Broadway productions of Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony Award nomination and Drama Desk Award), Three Days of Rain (Tony Award nomination), Shining City, and The Times They Are A-Changin', and Faust at the Metropolitan Opera. Wilson was also an associate designer on the Broadway production of Fela! (Tony Award nomination). Wilson has a BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.


Jason has served as Associate Sound Designer on the Broadway productions of Hamilton, It Shoulda Been You, Mothers and Sons, Cinderella, The Performers, Magic/Bird, Porgy & Bess, Venus in Fur, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Lombardi, The Addams Family. Other credits include various national/international tours, The Met, eleven shows at The Public Theatre, and countless other venues throughout New York, He is a proud graduate of Northwestern University.


Michael Griffo joined ICM Partners in 2002 as a Business Affairs Coordinator working in both the Theatre and Literary Departments and handled Broadway, motion picture, and book-to-film deals. In 2012, Michael became an agent in the Theatre Department and primarily represents designers – set, costume, lighting and sound – as well as some directors and choreographers. His client roster runs the gamut from multiple-Tony-award winners to fresh-out-of-college designers and includes Michael Yeargan, David Korins, William Ivey Long, Emilio Sosa, Donald Holder, James Ingalls, Mark Bennett, and Susan Schulman, among many others. Along the way Michael has also found time to publish eight novels.


Mike Karns is a theater producer and entrepreneur with a background in sales and marketing. During his early years, Karns played a key role in the meteoric resurgence of George Takei, who today is commonly referred to as the #1 most popular personality on Social Media. As the owner of Marathon Live Entertainment, Karns has been integral to the creation and development of Social Media content and strategy for clients from Real Estate and Non-Profit to Celebrities like Iain Armitage and Broadway shows like Hamilton and The Last Ship. Karns has produced concert tours, stage readings, and developmental workshops including Telly Leung: Live in London, Broadway at Learning 2013, Seasons of Broadway Fall Concert Tour, and BLooM! A New Musical (In Development). Other credits and collaborators include The Public Theater, The Vineyard, The American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards, and The Santa Fe Opera. In 2015, Karns will co-produce his first Broadway show, Allegiance, starring George Takei, Lea Salonga, and Telly Leung. Other upcoming shows include A Little More Alive (Barrington Stage Summer 2015), Seasons of Broadway at BB Kings, and The Great Blue and White Way. He is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.


Allison Shomer Kirschner, associate casting director at Gayle Keller casting, is currently casting season 5 of the Emmy winning series "LOUIE" for F/X and a new indie feature written by Kelly Reichardt. Last year, Allison was the casting associate for the new hit series "GOTHAM" for FOX. Earlier that year she worked with casting director Gayle Keller on "LOUIE" Season 4 and on a new comedy pilot for FX entitled "Man Seeking Woman" produced by Lorne Michaels and Simon Rich. She also worked as the associate on two of WOODY ALLEN'S films with Casting Directors Juliet Taylor and Patricia Dicerto, one of them being MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT. Past credits include: PILOT SEASONS for the CW, FOX and ABC, "Life of Crime" starring JENNIFER ANISTON & JOHN HAWKES,"Girl Most Likely" Starring Kristen Wiig and HOUSE OF CARDS Season 1 for NETFLIX.


Alex Koch designs projections for theater and live events. Projections design on Broadway; Irena's Vow (Walter Kerr). Selected Off-Broadway and Downtown credits: Bullet for Adolf, New World Stages; Goodbar (Waterwell, The Public's Under the Radar Festival, 2012); P.S. Jones and the Frozen City, Feeder (TerraNOVA Collective); En el Tiempo de las Mariposas, La Casa de los Espiritus (Repertorio Espanol); ReEntry, The Oxford Roof Climber's Rebellion (Urban Stages); Lenin's Embalmers (Ensemble Studio Theatre). Regional: The Invisible Man (Court Theatre, Chicago; Studio Theatre, Washington DC; Huntington Theatre Company, Boston); ReEntry (Center Stage, Baltimore; Round House, Washington DC; Actors Theater of Louisville); 33 Variations (Capitol Repertory, Albany); La Casa de los Espiritus (Teotro Espressivo, Costa Rica; Mori Theater, Chile). Additional collaborators include the Director's Company, Theater MITU, The Woodshed Collective, the Assembly, SummerStage, Little Opera Theater, Dixon Place, Electric Pear, Shalimar, and the New Ensemble. Technical design for New Georges at 3LD and Big Art Group's Dead Set II & III. Alex has taught master classes at the Colorado State University, University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Hamilton College. He is a founding partner of Imaginary Media. www.alexkochprojects.com


For over thirty years, Joan Lader has provided vocal training and rehabilitation for professional voice users. Ms. Lader received a BFA from Penn State University in Theater Arts with a minor in Music Trained as a Master’s level speech and language pathologist, Ms. Lader specializes in working with singers and actors and, in collaboration with New York’s top otolaryngologists, rehabilitation of injured voices. Her extensive practice includes leading singers and actors from Broadway, Film, Opera, R&B, Rap, Rock and Pop. She has been a frequent guest lecturer at Columbia University, The Voice Foundation in Philadelphia, The Pacific Voice Foundation in San Francisco, NYSTA, Berklee College of Music, and The Commercial Voice Conference at Vanderbilt University. Ms. Lader was most recently a panelist at the American Voices Symposium at the Kennedy Center. She has given numerous Master Classes and Workshops at Yale (Calhoun College), BTP (Broadway Theater Project), “The Lost Colony” in North Carolina, Western Carolina University and the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley. She is currently a consultant for the New Studio at NYU and has taught a series of master classes there. In addition, Ms. Lader is a certified master teacher of the Estill Voice Training System (EVTS) and has extensive training in the Alexander Technique as well as Fitzmaurice Voice Work and the work of Arthur Lessac. Her teaching and therapy draw from all of these disciplines in order to individualize and address the specific needs of her widely varying client population.


Allison Lee was the very first graduate of Travis’s brand new BFA program for Stage Managers in 1995. At Penn State, Allison was active in the Blue Band and headed up Outlaw Playwrights for 5 semesters. This was the start of a life of stage managing all over the country and abroad. Her first job started the day after graduation: Center Stage right here in the Playhouse Theatre followed by a year-long internship at Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo, NY. ($150 a week anyone?) The next 10 years would find her and her little Dodge, Neon at Chautauqua Conservatory Theatre, Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, on a bus and truck tour for a Russian Ballet Company, Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT, 10 seasons of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes (Branson, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Denver, Myrtle Beach, Charlotte), Self Family Arts Center in Hilton Head, SC, California Theatre Center in Sunnyvale, CA, Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville, TN, Alpine Theatre Company in Whitefish, MT, touring with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble both in the US and abroad and finally settling in the Maplewood, NJ just outside of NYC. (and selling the Neon). Broadway credits include Disney’s Tarzan, Spamalot, The Addams Family, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Newsies. Recently, after nearly 10 years of being in one place, she decided to get back on the road (this time via the airports) turning her attention to corporate events spanning the gamut from corporate meetings, to expos, to awards shows, to outdoor festivals.


Laura Matey currently serves as the Executive Assistant & Company Manager at the Tony Award-Winning Signature Theater of Arlington, VA. As Executive Assistant, she works under Signature’s Artistic and Managing Directors to help assure the theatre’s daily operations are running seamlessly. As Company Manager, she is responsible for the care and maintenance of the acting company and creative team for all Signature productions. Highlights from her position thus far include working on world premiere productions with artists such as John Kander, Sheryl Crow, and Kathleen Marshall, among many others; helping to launch and organize the greater DC Women’s’ Voices Theatre Festival; and working on the annual Stephen Sondheim Award Gala. Laura previously worked at the Walnut Street Theatre where she had the unique opportunity to create and implement a theatre program at a k-8 inner city school. Additional regional work includes The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Adventure Theatre MTC, Penn State Centre Stage, and the Nu Musical Theatre Festival. She received her BA in Theatre from Penn State in 2011.


Kate has 15 years of experience in event, production and theatrical management and has worked with a wide range of different organizations ranging from non-profits to high profile corporate leaders.  All of the opportunities started with a degree and the community network of Penn State. Promptly after graduation, Kate moved to Orlando for her first entertainment leadership role with the Walt Disney World Resort.  There, she stage managed five live shows and worked with the creative production teams on special events. The desire to explore other performance companies sent Kate on tour with MacArthur Genius Fellow Liz Lerman as the production stage manager and production manager for the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.  This nonEprofit modern dance company shared community residencies creating siteEspecific storytelling pieces of community’s stories. As everyone should do, Kate ran off and joined the circus. She spent three years as a Stage Manager for Cirque du Soleil’s “O” in Las Vegas where she learned to weave traditional circus life with cutting edge technology to deliver safe and perfect shows. In 2004, an opportunity to return to the Walt Disney Company came her way and she opened the first nonEpark entertainment venue at The World of Disney on 5th Avenue in New York City.  As the Entertainment Operations Manager, Kate managed and produced children’s theatre, experiences with Disney’s beloved characters and synergy events with Disney Theatrical & ABC. The return to the Walt Disney Company was the right one for Kate and the next logical move was back to Orlando in 2008 for further career growth.  Currently, she is a Production Manager with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Creative Entertainment. As a production manager she collaborates on new shows, special events and holiday enhancements for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.  Her projects include the launch of Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, Augmented Reality Stunts in Times Square, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and USITT.


Robert W. Schneider is a freelance theatre director, and a proud member of SDC, Robert received his MFA in Direction for the Musical Theatre Stage from Penn State in 2009, under the mentorship of SDC President Susan H. Schulman. Prior to that, he received a BA in Political Science from California Lutheran University in 2005. In 2014, Robert directed Nine for Fordham University, served as the SDCF Observer to Lonny Price on the New York Philharmonic production of Sweeney Todd, starring Academy Award winner Emma Thompson, and Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, directed Twisted, with Glee’s Darren Criss at 54 Below, directed the movie musical One Door Opens, received rave reviews for his How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in Cape Cod, and will be directing the regional premiere of the Tony Award winning Memphis, in Los Angeles. Robert has had the great pleasure of collaborating with such prestigious theatrical institutions as Center Theatre Group, Lyric Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, York Theatre, New York Philharmonic, Pasadena Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Walnut Street Theatre. As an educator, Robert has gone across the country, leading master classes that transition students from academia into the entertainment industry. Robert has lectured at such institutions as Yale University, Kent State University, Pepperdine University, Fordham University, Pace University, USC, UCLA, UCSB, and countless others.


Mark B. Simon is an independent Casting Director, having most recently served four years as Casting Director for Center Theatre Group. Current projects include Race, Marjorie Prime, The Trip To Bountiful, and What The Butler Saw. Prior to joining CTG, he was a New York-based independent casting director for clients including Hal Prince, Jason Robert Brown, Graciela Daniele, Susan Stroman, Patricia Birch, Stephen Sondheim, Marvin Hamlisch, Nick Hytner, Alfred Uhry, Carol Burnett, Jeremy Sams, Chris Durang, New York City Opera and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Projects have included 13, Parade, The Last Five Years, Show Boat, Candide, 3hree, Hollywood, Bounce, Lovemusik, Paradise Found, Sweeny Todd, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Sweet Smell of Success, and Ragtime. Treasurer of the Board, Casting Society of America.


Mike Smanko has worked professionally for over 40 years and has been a member of Broadway and touring staffs since 1974. Educated at Montclair State College with a major in fine arts and a minor in theater, he holds an MFA in theater-design from the Pennsylvania State University. Additional professional training is in scene painting from Lester Polokov at the Forum and Studio of Design in NYC. Mike has toured the world on the staffs of Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham and Robert Joffrey, traveling to 36 countries on 5 continents to present performances, many times under the auspices of the State Department - United States Information Agency. These experiences taught him to condense complicated set-ups into simpler projects with the use of logic, basic diagrams and color-coding. Broadway credits include Filumena starring Joan Plowright, directed by Franco Zefferelli and Laurence Olivier, the original production of Michael Bennett’s Dreamgirls, several productions directed by George C. Wolfe, including Bring in da Noise…Bring in da Funk and Harlem Song, and Disney’s AIDA. More recent credits include Edward Albee’s The Goat, The Rocky Horror Show, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Hairspray. Having extensive experience with the unique production demands of creating new works for Broadway or other venues, he has a thorough understanding of the serendipitous process of creating stage properties and effects. Touring to most of the major road venues in the US and Canada, he has extensive experience with the demands of preparing a production to tour with efficiency and economy of space and labor. Efficient packaging can often ‘make or break’ a tour. While touring he gained some reputation for being able to ‘handle’ star performers with a combination of good humor, pampering and efficiency. In 1986, he founded Prism Production Services as an entity for the design and fabrication of specialty props. In 1997 Prism was expanded to a partnership LLC and began changing the way that prop supervisors managed their shows. Prism became a full service shop with specialty areas in wood, metal and miniature automation. In addition paint, mold & sculpting, and soft prop fabrication were added. Prism offered a stock of rental furniture, small hand props, ephemera collection as well as rental workboxes and complete tour packaging. With a staff of 23, Prism Production Services had credits on most productions on tour and on Broadway. Prism’s partnership ended in 2004. In 2007 Prism Props was restarted to supply creative stage props & décor to the theatrical industry. Mike have been a member of the I.A.T.S.E. for over 35 years, a member of the Association of Theatrical Artists & Craftspersons (ATAC) since its inception and have contributed to their publication the NY Theatrical Sourcebook. Additionally he has been a member of the United States Institute for Theater Technology (USITT) and participated as a panelist at the 2003 Conference, on the ‘Propping Up the World’ panel in Minneapolis for the Scenic Design Commission. Respecting his educational beginnings, he has remained active in alumni associations and am an emeritus board member of the MSU College of the Arts. He is a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association and has just joined the first board of trustees of American Theater Group at Hamilton Stage, Rahway N.J.


Jennifer Ashley Tepper is a Musical Theatre Historian and Producer. She is currently the Director of Programming for 54 Below, Broadway's #1 concert venue, where she has overseen hundreds of theatrical concerts. She was recently the Director of Marketing & Communications for Davenport Theatrical, with Broadway credits including Macbeth, The Performers, and Godspell. Tepper has also worked on shows including [title of show] on Broadway, the world premiere of the musical Bloodsong of Love at Ars Nova, Tony Kushner's iHo, and Things To Ruin. She is the co-creator and writer of the Bistro Award- winning concert series, If It Only Even Runs A Minute which celebrates underappreciated musicals. She has also directed and produced benefit concerts for The Broadway Green Alliance, The Actors Fund, BC/ EFA, and The Red Cross, including the concert series Once Upon A Time In New York City, which has presented world premiere work by over thirty writers. Tepper collaborates often with the group known as "Joe Iconis & Family", including several shows, many concerts, and 6 years of producing their annual holiday tradition, The Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular, most recently at 54 Below. She was also the co producer at 54 Below of Hit List, the staged version of the fictional musical from Smash. In addition, Tepper is Managing Editor of The Best Plays Theater Yearbook. Other credits include projects and shows with NAMT, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, PBS, The York Theatre, NYMF, Second Stage Theatre Company, Lincoln Center Theatre, the Opening Doors Theatre Company, The Producing Office, and The American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards. Her book series, The Untold Stories of Broadway, featuring stories about each Broadway theater as told by over 230 theatre professionals, has two volumes published by Dress Circle Publishing.


Alejo Vietti New York: Include works for New York City Opera, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, MCC, Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, Irish Rep, The New Group, Cherry Lane, Rattlestick, Soho Rep, Club Thumbed and Ensemble Studio Theatre among others. Selected Regional: Alley Theatre (Over 18 productions), Old Globe Theatre, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Longwharf Theatre, Colorado Ballet, Minnesota Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Guthrie, Ford’s Theatre Washington DC, New York Stage and Film, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pittsburgh Public, Saint Louis Repertory, San Diego Rep, Signature Theatre Washington, Arizona Theatre Company, Goodspeed Musicals, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Barrington Stage Company, 5th Avenue Seattle, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Santa Barbara. Others: Donetsk Opera Ukraine, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Boom’A’Ring. Upcoming: Radio City Music Hall Rockettes Spring Show. TDF Young Master Award Recipient.


Jim Wilhelm is currently the president of Douglas, Gorman, Rothacker & Wilhelm, Inc. (DGRW), one of New York’s most preeminent theatrical agencies since it’s inception in 1988. Mr. Wilhelm began his career in the theatre as actor (earning his Equity card at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera) and has worked as a stage manager, public relations director and casting director before becoming a talent agent. He is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Talent Representatives (NATR), in addition to sitting on the Advisory Board of “The New Leagues”, the organization that, each Spring, presents graduates of many actor training programs to members of the NY entertainment industry. He is also an active participant in, and a founding board member of, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), an organization whose purpose is to raise awareness of and funds for programs that provide care and services to people in the entertainment industry, and others, living with HIV and AIDS. And, in 2010, he was accorded the honor of being one of the first theatrical agents in history to be made a voter for the annual Tony Awards, honoring the best of the Broadway theatre. Over the years, Wilhelm has represented television and film actors such as two-time Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland (Gone With The Wind, The Heiress), Daniel Dae Kim (Lost, Hawaii 5-0), Lainie Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Stephanie Zimbalist (Remington Steele), Sharon Gless (Cagney and Lacey), former Miss America Susan Powell (Home Matters), and Karen Valentine (Room 222); daytime television stars Catherine Hickland (One Life to Live), Ron Raines (Guiding Light) and Scott Holmes (As the World Turns); as well as Broadway stars such as Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables), Alice Ripley (Next to Normal, SideShow), Elaine Paige (Follies, Evita, Chess, Cats), Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid), John Rubinstein (Wicked, Pippin, Children of a Lesser God), Harry Groener (Cats, Crazy for You), Kathleen Chalfant (Wit, Angels in America), Andrea McArdle (Annie, Beauty and the Beast), Douglas Sills (The Addams Family, The Scarlet Pimpernel) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me Kate, Ragtime).


Steve Wilson, who joined the staff in September 2014, is proud to reunite with the College of Arts and Architecture, where he earned his M.F.A. in Acting in 1997 (studying alongside notable Theatre alumni Ty Burrell and Keegan Michael Key). A former professional actor, Steve appeared in numerous Broadway, national tour, regional and stock productions around the United States before retiring from show business in 2010. Most recently, Steve served as the assistant director of development in Annual Giving for his undergraduate alma mater, Miami University. He looks forward to connecting with other College of Arts and Architecture alumni and supporters, helping transform donors’ passion for Penn State into meaningful, lasting impact for students and faculty, and establishing an exciting new life in State College with his wife, Nicole.


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