Jackie DiFerdinando (Apprentice) is a proud lifelong resident of Montgomery County having graduated from Cheltenham HS in 2010. Choosing to stay local, in 2014, Jackie earned a BA in Theater from Temple University with a major in acting and a minor in business. Since graduation, she has appeared in many local films and stage productions. Jackie is an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, where she is certified with recommendation in eight weapons, and has just completed her second year as a principal cast member at the New Jersey Renaissance Faire where she puts her stage combat skills to good use. Jackie is thrilled to be part of Theatre Horizon and get the opportunity to learn more about the behind-the-scenes world of theatre! Email Jackie at Jackie@TheatreHorizon.org.
Christina Higgins (Audience Services & Office Manager) is a Philadelphia-local theatre artist. For the 2015/16 season, she was Theatre Horizon's first Season Apprentice in arts administration. Christina hails from New Jersey, and graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and a minor in Psychology. Outside of Theatre Horizon (and occasionally, within it), she wears many hats, including acting, directing, devising, improvisation, production, and more. She looks forward to seeing you at the theater! Email Christina at Ticket@TheatreHorizon.org.
Carrie Gorn (Publicist) has more than 15 years experience in the field of media and public relations. She began her career in sports journalism, where she focused on ideas and stories from unique angles and perspectives. She took that mindset into Public Relations and has built a reputation for increasing media exposure for people and organizations, who have seen increased attendance, sales, accolades and membership from her efforts.
Her business, Perpetual Motion PR,, is based in the suburbs of the City of Brotherly Love, Carrie works with some of the Philadelphia’s top up-and-coming theatres. She has been the in-house PR person for The Wilma Theater and Walnut Street Theatre. She continues to get strong results with her tenacious and thoughtful PR strategies. As a publicist, she has generated feature or news coverage in most of the media outlets in the Delaware Valley. Organizations who have worked with Carrie have been placed in Variety, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine, and many others. Email Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cassandra Alexander (Development Associate) is an actress and arts administrator with degrees in Theatre Performance and Arts Management from Indiana University. She moved to Philadelphia from the Midwest in September of 2015, and is continually inspired by the supportive community of artists in this region. Cassandra has worked with Hip to Hip Theatre Company in NYC and Lantern Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Her performance credits include two of her own adaptations of Shakespeare, Breeches and Love is Merely A Madness. Cassandra is a Founding Member of The Word Players, who will stage their inaugural production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Liberty Lands Park this June. Email Cassandra at Cassie@TheatreHorizon.org.
Elise D’Avella (Resident Teaching Artist) has been working as a teaching artist since 2011 when she first joined the Theatre Horizon team. She is a Philadelphia based director and actor who recently earned her MA in Theatre from Villanova University with the completion of her directing thesis on Sarah Kane's Crave. She is the founder of Svaha Theatre Collective which is a group of artists who train and work together to develop physically inspired pieces of theatre that explore the limits of the human body, mind and soul. Her goal as a teaching artist is to empower her students to discover and use their voices, because she believes that everyone deserves to be heard. Email Elise at Elise@TheatreHorizon.org.
Chelsea Barnett (Apprentice) is a freelance theatre artist and musician in the Philadelphia area, primarily working in Children's Theatre, Directing, Theatrical Design, Stage Management, Performance and Choreography. She is a recent graduate of West Chester University where she received her BA in Theatre: Musical Theatre Concentration and a Minor in Dance. Over the past 10 years she has worked and volunteered for several theatre companies, schools, and summer camps in the area, some including Steel River Playhouse, The Barley Sheaf Players, The Montgomery School, Great Valley School District, and Vagabond Acting Troupe. In addition to her work here at Theatre Horizon, Chelsea also works as a Theatre Arts Instructor at Steel River Playhouse and as a Zumba Group Fitness Instructor in the West Chester area. Some of her favorite theatrical credits include: American Idiot (Ephrata Performing Arts Center), Proof (Barley Sheaf Players), The Spoon River Project (West Chester University), RENT (Vagabond Acting Troupe) and Curtains (Great Valley High School). Email Chelsea at Chelsea@TheatreHorizon.org.
Erin Reilly (Artistic Director), a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Erin co-founded Theatre Horizon with Matthew Decker, recently leading a $1 million campaign to build and open a new venue for the company on Arts Hill in Norristown. Erin has directed over 15 productions, working with both professional actors and students. As an equity actress she has performed on numerous area stages including the Walnut Street Theatre and Wilma Theater. Theatre Horizon’s Education Department is near to her heart, and she draws on her experience teaching for education programs at the Wilma Theater, Lantern Theater, and Mum Puppettheatre, among many others. She serves on Creative MontCo and the Board of Theatre Philadelphia, and was named one of Philadelphia's 76 Creative Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia. Email Erin at Erin@TheatreHorizon.org.
Matthew Decker (Resident Director) is also the Associate Artistic Director at Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia. He has directed over 15 productions with Theatre Horizon and favorites include Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s Spring Awakening, Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig and Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which he was awarded the Barrymore for Outstanding Direction of a Musical. Other credits include Incorruptible, Pinocchio and Robin Hood (Arden), Love, Rose (Philly Fringe), InterAct Theater WRITE LOCAL Festival, Walnut Street Theater, PTC@Play, Villanova University and HERE Arts Center. As a professional teaching artist, Matthew has developed Theatre Horizon’s Autism Drama Program and teaches with Arden’s outreach program, Arden for All. He is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company. Matthew resides in Philadelphia. Email Matt at Matt@TheatreHorizon.org.
Molly Braverman (Managing Director) is a Philadelphia native, returning to the city after ten years working as a Stage Manager and Director in New York and on tour. Stage and Production Management credits include, Broadway: Wicked, Collected Stories; 1st National Tours: Wicked, Little House on the Prairie; Off-Broadway/Workshops: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Zorba, Scandalous, An Officer and a Gentleman; Benefits: Christmas Eve with Christmas Eve (NYC), Wicked Rocky Horror Show (Las Vegas, Denver). Regional directing credits include Zanna Don’t, Pippin, Boise Idaho, and 365Days/365Plays. She has served as Assistant Technical Director for off-Broadway’s Theatre Row Studios and is a graduate of Columbia University. Email Molly at Molly@TheatreHorizon.org.
Angela Coleman (Director of Theatre School & Community Programs) is a dramaturge, stage manager, lighting designer, and educator. She earned her BA in Theatre and Sociology from Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. Before Theatre Horizon, Angela was the Education Assistant at the Arden Theatre Company and is a proud member of Arden Apprentice class 20. Recent Credits include: ID:3 (Hybridge Arts Collective), Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (Camden Repertory Theatre Company), 2014 Young Voices Monologue Festival and New Voices Workshop Productions (Philadelphia Young Playwrights). Email Angela at Angela@TheatreHorizon.org.
Rebecca May Flowers (Artistic Associate) moved here 2 years ago from Orlando, Florida where she worked for Walt Disney World Entertainment for 7 years. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Florida State University and an M.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Central Florida where she taught Theatre History and Acting. Rebecca has directed and choreographed over 30 plays, musicals, and original dance theatre collaborations at universities, high schools, and professional & community theaters, primarily in Florida. Favorite directing credits include: A Piece of My Heart, Into the Woods, Peter Pan (the play), The Shadow Box, and Stop Kiss. Email Rebecca at Rebecca@TheatreHorizon.org.
Jennifer Pratt Johnson (Executive Director) is originally from Virginia, where she earned her BA in Theatre and History from The College of William & Mary before moving to Philadelphia by way of Portland, Maine. Prior to joining the team at Theatre Horizon, Jenny was the Marketing & Development Director at Lantern Theater Company, where she had worked since 2010. She is also a co-founder, former Managing Director, and former board member of Simpatico Theatre Project, a local theater company that builds community partnerships with social organizations whose missions are well-suited to each of the company’s productions. Jenny has her MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University and is passionate about arts marketing and fundraising as important means of building community and ensuring organizational stability. Email Jenny at Jenny@TheatreHorizon.org.
Claire Pokopac (Assistant Managing Director) recently earned her BA from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, where during her four years she served as a Stage Manager, House Manager, Box Office Manager, Resident Advisor, Company Manager and Assistant to the General Manager. Claire is very passionate about bringing accessibility to the arts, and she is working towards her teaching certification in aerial acrobatics on silks. Email Claire at Claire@TheatreHorizon.org.
Dawn Loveland Navarro (Director of Education Outreach) moved to the Philadelphia area from Connecticut, where she was the Director of Education at Playhouse on Park. She created, oversaw, and taught programs that served approximately 4,000 students per year. In addition to being a theatre educator, Dawn is also a director and a stage manager. Recent Playhouse on Park directing credits include Proof, Oleanna, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, and Red Light Winter; plus shows for young audiences including Busytown, Goodnight Moon, Go, Dog. Go!, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Dawn has stage managed over 30 productions at regional theatres. She was a directing assistant at Berkshire Theatre Festival and traveled to Florida Studio Theatre for theatre education professional development. Dawn is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email Dawn at Dawn@TheatreHorizon.org.
Steven P. Nemphos (Webmaster & IT Director) has worked with Disney, SeaWorld, Yosemite National Park and many of the region’s professional theaters; both on and off the stage; and, in all major mediums including television, radio and film. Steven lives in Los Angeles where he is pursing an acting career. Broadway: The Big Knife (Assistant Director) at Roundabout Theatre Company under Tony-Award Winner Doug Hughes. BFA, NYU. Email Steven at Steven@TheatreHorizon.org.
Tim Odom (Assistant Production Manager & Master Carpenter) has worked with Theatre Horizon in various capacities over the last 3 years and is excited to take on more of a full time role. Tim recently studied Theatre Arts at Montgomery County Community College. He has worked on many shows both professionally and at the college level, on and off the stage. Some of his credits include Theatre Horizon’s The 39 Steps, and I Am my Own Wife; The Fringe show The Ballad of Joe Hill; and, MCCC’s The Glass Menagerie, Dead Man’s Cell Phone and The Laramie Project. The latter having a profound impact on his life as a person and as an artist. Tim also has his own independent movie production company TinyTime Productions. Email Tim at Tim@TheatreHorizon.org.
Pax Ressler (Development & Group Sales Associate) is a Philadelphia-based theatrical and musical artist. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Pax moved to Philadelphia in 2013 to work for theatre and music nonprofits, including Settlement Music School, The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus and Arden Theatre Company. They hold a bachelor's degree in vocal music education from Goshen College, with additional foci in music composition and theatre. In addition to their work at Theatre Horizon, Pax freelances as a composer, writing original works for groups in Philadelphia and beyond. They are passionate about cultivating more musical theatre in the Greater Philadelphia region and queer/transgender representation in the Arts. Email Pax at Pax@TheatreHorizon.org.
Lyndsey Piecyk (Director of Individual Giving) is a Philly-based Jersey girl whose involvement with the arts has been a life-long journey. She is employed in this industry in a variety of roles from teaching to administration, from performing to composing & arranging. Before her transition to Development, she was Theatre Horizon’s Audience Services Manager for the 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14 Seasons. Lyndsey teaches voice and piano at Villanova University as well as teaching and performing privately all over the Philadelphia area. She holds a BA in Music from the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College, a MM in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts, and has studied improvisation at the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne, Australia. For more information, please visit www.lyndseypiecyk.com. Email Lyndsey at Lyndsey@TheatreHorizon.org.
Amy Scheidegger (Visual Marketing Coordinator) is a practicing, collaborative visual artist and a passionate arts administrator/advocate. Raised in North Carolina, after earning a BFA in Painting from East Carolina University, she moved to Philadelphia in 2008 to enroll in Drexel University's Masters in Arts Administration program in order to pursue a more multi-faceted role in the arts. She's spent the last seven years in Philadelphia illustrating children's books, painting sets and murals, designing marketing materials and websites for local arts organizations and leading discussions in the importance of art advocacy. On top of working with Theatre Horizon, Amy is also an adjunct professor in the Entertainment and Arts Management program at Drexel; Founder of The Artistic Rebuttal Project, an art advocacy initiative who's mission is to promote the arts as a career path, artists rights and arts access; and the newly elected President of Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia. Email Amy at Amy@TheatreHorizon.org.
Jennifer Schick (Bookkeeper) grew up in Bucks County, but has called Philadelphia home since graduating high school. As a visual artist, she received her BFA from the University of the Arts before spending many years managing art supply stores, running an adult art class program for many years, and coordinating pop-up exhibitions. Jennifer then found a love for arts administration and went on to earn her MS from Drexel University. Since then, she has worked for thousands of visually-based artists by coordinating exhibitions, special events, and other programming. Previously, she was the Associate Director of InLiquid Art & Design before starting PHAIR, an ongoing outdoor artisan market featuring food, crafters, artists, designers, and other makers. Between PHAIR and her many years in retail, Jennifer is now bringing her knack for bookkeeping to Theatre Horizon, while also growing her project management, event, and nonprofit consulting business to aid artistic businesses and creative minds grow and strengthen. Email Jennifer at Jennifer@TheatreHorizon.org.