Guest Director, The Giver
Philip has been involved in theatre since the age of 10 and he’s never looked back. Some of his first theatrical experiences were at DreamWrights as a performer. But, by the time he was a senior in high school, he had discovered directing. Philip is currently getting his Master’s degree in German Language and Culture at Millersville University, but for him, his ultimate career aspirations as a translator go hand in hand with directing. A director’s job is to translate a text for an audience along with the actors, designers, and technicians, and Philip loves being surrounded by that kind of creative collaboration. He is thrilled to be back at DreamWrights in a different role and he hopes to return again in the future!
Guest Director, Disney's The Little Mermaid
As a youngster, Andrea had high hopes for a blossoming theater career after she was selected for the choice part as the play’s narrator for her school’s sixth grade production,Tom Sawyer. Her joy was short-lived—during one of the final rehearsals, she tragically transposed two key letters in the name of Tom’s friend, Huckleberry Finn. She escaped detention but was relegated to checklist checker #3, given a clipboard, and sent to the back of the room.This early theater experience had the profound effect of making her a school hero for a few days and making her very shy of speaking in public. While always an avid appreciator of theater, music, and dance, it was not until 2014, at the arm twisting of her son, that she made her stage debut and fell in love with theater. She has since been involved in over 25 shows in the York area. Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be Andrea’s fourth directing experience at DreamWrights.
Guest Director, Jane Eyre
Jessica specializes in live performance art and event production through her business, Life With A Squeaky Touch. When not directing, she can be found performing and teaching all across the United States. As a devoted student who believes that there is always more to learn, she studies many aspects of performance art and is certified in many methods. In addition, she has won an award for her work as a Bellydance Fusion artist and has been featured online and on television. Jessica brings her own creative twist to the story of Jane Eyre as she brings this story to life!
Guest Director, Bridge to Terabithia
It has been said that “Every journey starts with a single step.” In 2013, Kevin started his journey in community theater by accompanying his two daughters to an audition for Peter Pan and Wendy. That initial role as Mr. Darling has since resulted in Kevin performing onstage or serving backstage in more than twenty DreamWrights productions. Kevin is excited to take a new step in his theater journey by directing Bridge to Terabithia, a book he recalls reading as an elementary school student. He hopes to effectively share how love, friendship and imagination can overcome life’s many challenges. When not at DreamWrights, you may find Kevin encouraging people to live healthier lives as director of community health and wellness at WellSpan, or spending time with his wife and daughters.
Guest Director, Becky's New Car
Kirk Wisler is an Elementary Physical Education Teacher in the West Shore School District. Becky’s New Car will be his third time in the director’s chair and will be his 40th show overall. When he is not teaching or at DreamWrights he enjoys spending time with his wife and dog.
Assistant Guest Director, Into the Woods
When not reading, writing or singing, Rodd enjoys acting in community theatre and sometimes directing. Into the Woods will mark his fourth time directing at DreamWrights and his eighth time directing over all. Rodd has acted in three shows at DreamWrights bringing the total number of shows he’s been in to thirty. Rodd also runs a furniture store in Chester County with his partner, Richard Nath.
Since graduating from college, Rodd has lived in Chicago, D.C., Morocco, Mexico, and Trinidad. He feels that living in these different areas of the world has helped him develop a global sense of awareness and hopes to continue his travels.
Guest Director, A Seussified Christmas Carol
A Seussified Christmas Carol will be Amanda’s second time directing at DreamWrights. She came to DreamWrights in 2013, but has been involved in theater for most of her life, participating in over 20 shows at various theaters across York and Lancaster counties. When not at the theater, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband, Stephen, her family, and friends. She loves to travel and visit new places and learn about different cultures.