Son of the Omaha, Nebraska Carmichaels known as the creators of the first car rental company, Carmichael’s Cars, young Melvin was gifted celebrity as the poster child for the fledgling company, starring in 477 commercials. Fast forward sixty years and Melvin has brought his lifelong child stardom to several cable access shows, a wedding, several videos and music videos, as well as starring in two fringe shows. He now brings his talent and more importantly, his muppet voice, to the DreamWrights stage.
Deirdre Casey Has always had a passion for the arts. After growing up in a creative household it was only fitting for her to follow her passion. After years of pre-professional Dance training with Susquehanna Dance Center and Musical Theater training Through a Myriad of mentors. She Joined the COBALT dance company, Worked as a Backup Dancer, and performed along the east coast. Though she loves to be onstage she has a passion for the creative process as well, having choreographed shows such as Sister Act and Mary Poppins. As well as multiple dance ensemble works of different styles. Currently, she works with Weary Arts Group as a teaching Artist and Choreographs with her twin sister Gabriel. She strives to create an environment where healthy learning can take place. Where people aren’t afraid to be themselves and tell beautiful stories.
Gabriel Casey has always had a passion for musical theater and choreography. At the young age of 14, she choreographed her first musical alongside her twin sister, Deirdre Casey. She’s been working in the industry since and has met so many wonderful artists. She is so appreciative of the many wonderful teachers and mentors to help her become the Artist she is today. She aims to continue to create a welcoming and positive space to grow and thrive, not just as Artists, but as people.
Peter and the Star Catcher
If You Knew York
Suzanne has lived in York since 2015 when she arrived to teach theatre at York College of PA (YCP) where she has directed 2-3 plays a year including Marie Antoinette, Alice in Wonderland, Mr. Burns, a post-apocalyptic play, Macbeth and Heaven on Earth for which the national Kennedy Center College Theatre Festival recognized her for Distinguished Achievement in Directing. Locally she has directed at Prima Theatre (Songs for a New World) and Keystone Theatrics (Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladies). At YCP, she founded the JL Smith New Play Festival in 2021 with a grant from its namesake and produced the 1-minute play cycle Every 28 Hours about the Black Lives Matter Movement in 2016. She has a Masters in Arts Administration, an MFA in Directing and a podcast called Traumaturgy where the intersection of theatre and trauma is discussed. Learn more about all her work at www.suzannedelle.com
Charlotte's Web; Sounds of Spring - Music Review
Amanda is thrilled to be back in the Director’s chair for one of her favorite childhood stories. When not at DreamWrights, Amanda can be found at the Hershey Theatre, in her role as Director of the Apollo Awards. She also enjoys traveling the world with her family!
Sounds of Spring - Music Review
Rodd Robertson is very happy to be part of this celebration of a wonderful community treasure such as DreamWrights! He has been involved with several theatres as both an actor and director. Some favorite acting rolls include “Leo/Maxine” in “Leading Ladies”, “Juror 3” in “12 Angry Jurors” and “Walter” in “Becky’s New Car”. Favorite directing assignments may include “Pride and Prejudice” (DreamWrights), “To See the Stars” (DreamWrights) and his most recent, “Footloose” (Pheonix Festival Theatre). Here’s to another 25! Congratulations!!!
The 39 Steps
DreamWrights founding member and one of the first Teen Board Members, Jay has come full circle as our Technical Director. He is adept at designing, directing, and developing so many components of DreamWrights shows. His workshops in green screen, videography and props design are well received, keeping technical theatre alive and well in our educational programming.
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.
Since 1996, Chris has performed in over a dozen musicals throughout York. A York Native, Chris received his degree in Music Business from York College, and for the last 7 years has been working as an audio engineer with Production Express. In addition to his production and theatre work, Chris acts on several boards and grant panels throughout York City (PA Council of the Arts – York Cultural Alliance, York County Community Foundation, YorkXL). He is excited to direct with Melvin Carmichael.
Twilight Los Angeles, 1992
Cal is the Founder and CEO of the Weary Arts Group(WAG) and Board President of the Parliament Arts Organization. Cal offers students creative growth through the stability and sustainable nature of independent arts programing. Partnering with local and regional organizations, WAG is creating a new way to connect the arts with its community. Cal still occasional performs on stage and in movies but has given most of his talents to the pursuit of creating the next generation of performers and citizens in York County and abroad.
Sounds of Spring - Music Review
Robert Yacoviello is truly excited to be directing for the Sounds of Spring. 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.