Guest Director Ernesto Rosas
Ernesto is an American TV and Film Actor, Writer, Voice-Over Artist and Songwriter.
Born and raised in South Texas, Ernesto began his journey in the entertainment industry as a drummer/ vocalist in local rock bands, playing small parts in school and church plays and basically being a class clown. His first major acting accomplishment was being directed by Peter Berg on the hit series Friday Night Lights. Life and new responsibilities brought him to New York City where he landed roles on Blue Bloods, Unforgettable, Body of Proof (opposite Dana Delany), X-Men: First Class (opposite Kevin Bacon) and Brawl in Cell Block 99 (opposite Vince Vaughn) among many others. In his spare time, Ernesto goes back to his first love, music, as he is an accomplished songwriter writing for major Country Music Artists.
Guest Director Matthew Ballistreri
Matthew has been directing shows for the better part of two decades. He began with community theatre productions, and after earning his teaching certificate, eventually moved onto Cedar Creek High School in New Jersey where he started the school’s theatre program and directed approximately twenty plays and musicals. During this time he taught multiple drama courses and expanded his education in theatre by earning his Master’s Degree from Regent University.
Since moving to York in 2016 Matthew has been actively involved in the local theatre scene. At Dreamwrights he has directed “Beauty and the Beast” and acted in “The Spitfire Grill.” He is very excited to be directing “Pippi Longstocking,” and hopes to bring the show to life in a magical way that is fun for children and adults. When not on stage or backstage, Matthew can be found spending time with his family or out on the rugby pitch as a member of the Harrisburg Rugby Club.
Guest Director Andrea Unger
Shrek, the Musical
Andrea is thrilled to be directing Shrek this year—from the first time she saw this production performed on stage she knew this was one she wanted to direct. The show is charming, funny, and filled to the brim with comedic timing and vocal talent. It will be a wonderful challenge and she is excited to facilitate two companies in bringing this engaging musical to the stage.
Andrea’s initial foray into acting was a bit of a disaster. In a middle school production of Tom Sawyer, she was cast as the narrator. She accepted the role and threw all her energy into perfecting her scenes. Dress rehearsals approached and with all of that energy, and a bit of stage fright, she accidentally transposed the first two letters of Huckleberry Finn’s name. As such, she became quite the schoolyard hero— as well as the stage crew’s newest member. Afterward, she maintained a low profile, burying herself amid choir ensembles and concert band.
She made a return to stage once she was well into adulthood and has since participated in over 40 productions in the greater York area, both on stage and behind. Shrek will be her 7th directing experience at DreamWrights.
In her free time Andrea enjoys spending time with her family, working on her old home, teaching camps and classes, and dabbling in artistic pursuits.
Guest Director Amanda Nowell
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Amanda Nowell has been involved in theater since she was in middle school. She has been a classically trained singer since she was 12 years old and loves to share her love of music with others through the theater. Not only is she a guest director at DreamWrights, but she has also been a vocal director, assistant director, actor and more.
Amanda is super excited to direct this production. She loved the Narnia books and movies growing up and cannot wait to bring this amazing story to life on stage.
Amanda has never had to direct actors who are playing animals, so she is really looking forward to taking on this new challenge and work with the actors to learn animal mannerisms and body language.
When she’s not on stage or working, Amanda loves to travel with her husband, Stephen
Director Lori Koenig
West Side Story: Teen Edition, A Christmas Carol
Lori Bartlett Koenig holds an MFA in Theatre/Directing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has directed in North Carolina, Tennessee, California, Virginia, Minnesota and North Dakota. While living for the past 12 years in the Fargo-Moorhead community she has worked with Theatre B, Theatre NDSU, Music Theatre Fargo Moorhead, Fargo North High School Fine Arts Department, Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre and Trollwood Performing Arts School. And she comes to DreamWrights as our new Artistic Director!
Guest Director Rob Yacoviello
Robert Yacoviello is so happy to be directing this production of Company for Dreamwrights. He has had the unique opportunity of performing on stages throughout Italy, France, Germany, and Russia. The Washington Post wrote that Robert was “A solid performer and singer,” and the DC Metro Arts described him as a “Strong romantic lead.” Robert was formally the Director of Vocal Studies at Lancaster Bible College and the director of the LBC Opera Workshop. He also is a stage director for Opera Lancaster. He is currently teaching students out of his home studio in York PA. Robert holds an M.M. in Vocal Performance and is the Co-founder of Windham Music Studios in York Pennsylvania.
Guest Director Hardy Koenig
Songs for a New World
Hardy Koenig recently retired from the Theatre Department at North Dakota State University after over 25 years of college teaching. Hardy taught Acting, Directing, Voice and Movement and other theatre courses. In his time at NDSU he served as Artistic Director for Theatre NDSU and served as Head of the Department. While living in the Fargo Moorhead area he also acted and directed with the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre, Theatre B and for Music Theatre Fargo Moorhead. He worked professionally as an actor in short films and commercials. He is AEA eligible. Hardy has recently moved to York with his wife Lori, the new Artistic Director at Dreamwrights, and is looking forward to becoming a part of the community.
Guest Director Jaci Keagy
Jaci Keagy is used to the director’s chair. She was a theatre major and taught English, drama & public speaking at Dover High School for 27 years. There, she directed the fall plays and musicals – over 60 productions. Here at DreamWrights, she’s directed two double-cast mainstage productions and two studio shows, acted in Jane Eyre and taught two workshops at summer camps. She’s been on stage at various community theatres in over 30 productions and has directed at three other community theatres.
She says that when she goes to see a play, the most satisfying ones are those which make her laugh and cry and those that leave her with something to think about. When she directs a play she looks for the same elements so, MARVIN’S ROOM meets that criteria. Jaci says the characters in the play are quirky, they’re flawed and they linger in your mind. She likes how this family also applies to the theme of DW season for next year in that the various members are striving to find common ground with each other and by the end of the play they are beginning that process.
When she’s not directing, Jaci and her husband like to travel and spend time with their grandchildren. She enjoys cooking, reading and watching movies.