Guest Director Manny Tellado

West Side Story, School Edition
Manuel discovered his love for acting in high school. This passion continued to grow after graduation – when he began to run the theatre program at York Academy Charter School. Manuel (Manny) is an experienced actor and teacher who is constantly learning and growing his passion for the arts. Some of his favorite performances include Chief Monkey in The Wiz and Lenny Ganz in Rumors. His favorite show he’s directed previously is Heart of A Lovebird. He has worked on projects like Willy Pete Dragon and Hashim & Abner. Both projects based on child-friendly entertainment and education; produced by Bob Miller. May he Rest In Peace. Manuel would like to thank his family and friends for the continuous support. The crew at Dreamwrights for all their hard work! Melanie Yan Detzel, Rebecca Eastman, Jay Schmuck, Tony Fogle, Kate Harmon, Ben Rowan, Allen Brenner, Jacquelyn, Andrea, Missy, and Dean Wiltsie! He especially thanks Ann Davis and Cal Weary for the opportunity for a wonderful collaborative experience. He’d also like to thank his team at Weary Arts Group for their time, effort and continuous support, Tonisha Price, Dante Strange, Gabe and Deirdre Casey, Kendra Peeks! He would also like to thank all the volunteers that have come in to help paint, build, and add finishing touches to the show! Lastly he’s love to thank his cast for being so supportive of each other and their dedication to the show. It is through everyone’s combined efforts that this amazing show can be put together! 

Guest Director Andrea Unger

Shrek, The Musical

Andrea finds great joy in encouraging others to stretch and grow creatively. She has a Bachelor of Science in English and Communications Design and was a graphic designer before “retiring” to homeschool her children. She has spent the past two decades working in teaching roles: as a substitute teacher, in the development of after school programs, teaching high school graphic design, and instructing in homeschool co-ops.

While always an avid appreciator and participant of the performance arts, it was not until adulthood, with 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 28 shows in the York area.

Guest Director Rob Yacoviello


Robert Yacoviello is truly excited to be directing Dreamwright’s production of Company. He has had the opportunity of performing on stages throughout Italy, France, Germany, and Russia. For his portrayal of Aeneas in a Washington D.C. production of Dido and Aeneas, the Washington Post declared Robert to be “a solid performer and singer,” and the DC Metro Arts described him as a “strong romantic lead.” Although he loves performing, Robert’s main passion is directing. He has directed Opera and Musical Theater productions in Lancaster and York and is a stage director for Opera Lancaster. He has held the position of Director of Vocal Studies at LBC and currently teaches privately from his home studio. Robert holds a Masters of Vocal Performance and is the Co-founder of Windham Music Studios in York Pennsylvania.

Guest Director Joseph Megel

Silhouettes of Service

Joseph Megel is the artist in residence in Performance Studies at UNC Chapel Hill where he directs the Process Series: New Works in Development. Mr. Megel is Co-Artistic Director of StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance, Associate Artistic Director of the Teatro Latino/a Series, and continues to serve as Co-Executive Director of Harlands Creek Productions. Previously, he served as Artistic Director of Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Theatre of N.O.T.E., and Words Across Cultures in Los Angeles. Other recent directorial credits: Boged: An Enemy of the People (an Israeli adaptation of the Ibsen play); The Brothers Size; Athol Fugards Blood Knot and Poetic Portraits of a Revolution with the Sacrificial Poets; Menagerie Variations (devised from early drafts of The Glass Menagerie); Elisabeth Lewis Corleys adaptation of The Miser at Duke University; Derek Goldmans adaptation of Studs Terkels Will The Circle Be Unbroken (starring David Strathairn, Theodore Bikel, and Kathleen Chalfant). He directed Guillermo Reyess Men on the Verge of Hispanic Breakdown in its Off Broadway and Los Angeles productions, winning the Outer Critics Circle Award Off Broadway and the Ovation award in LA and Jennifer Maisels The Last Seder at EST West in LA, Theatre J in Washington, DC, and The Organic Theatre in Chicago, the latter supported by a grant from the Kennedy Centers Fund for New American Plays. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Guest Director Jaci Keagy

Marvin’s Room

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.

Director Gregory DeCandia 

A Christmas Carol
Gregory DeCandia received his BFA Emerson College and MFA UNC Chapel Hill respectively. His directing projects have been staged in four different states and as far as Guatemala City and range from original works and verbatim theatre, to musicals, and even Shakespeare. Gregory has been fortunate to work with ensembles at the high school, colligate and professional levels often combining these artists onstage resulting in productions that are beautifully brutal and hilariously honest. Directing Credits: IGNITION ARTSClean Slate: A New Rock Musical (Lyric Theatre of OK)* Some Assembly Required: A Meta Musical*, Raised In CaptivityThe Eight: Reindeer Monologues, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Lake Street Extension (all @ Society Hill Playhouse), Little Shop of Horrors (Teatro IGA Guatemala), Glengarry Glen Ross OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITYIt’s NOT About You: The Feminine Identity*, The Page: A Social Media Experiment*, Twilight: Los Angeles (all @ Oklahoma Contemporary), W;t  BOYS’ LATIN OF PHILADELPHIAThe Complete History of America: ABRIDGED, PHLash: A Mob Story* Killadelphia: A Musical Docudrama*, Julius Caesar (Adrienne Theatre Mainstage) SEACOAST REPERTORY THEATREHow to Succeed in Business…., Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Jekyll & Hyde: A Conceptual Cabaret. Learn more @ www.gregorydecandia.com
*denotes original works