WINTER STAFF

Abby Austin

Abby Austin graduated from Harding University in May of 2020 with a degree in Theatre Design/Production. She studied and worked as a stage manager during her time there, which included over a dozen productions and summer jobs/internships at companies such as Nashville Children's Theatre and Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre. She began working at Stagedoor Performing Arts Training Center as a stage manager/camp counselor in the summer of 2019, and is beyond thrilled to be involved with the Winter Zoomformance program now!

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David Carl

David Carl is a composer and music director in NYC and he's been proud to music direct at Stagedoor Manor since 2015.  He previously wrote the score for Vestments of the Gods, which premiered in the 2014 NY Fringe festival (produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda.) His work has had readings with The Emerging Artists Theatre and HB Studios. He recently music directed KRAGTAR: An American Monster Musical with Theatre Now New York and The Dolls of New Albion with the National Theatre for Student Artists. David was a member of the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Writer's Workshop. 

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Jen Curfman

Jennifer Curfman is a NYC-based director, actor, and Associate Artistic Director of The CRY HAVOC Company. As a director and associate director, Jen’s credits include: Lincoln Center Originals, Pioneer Theatre, New York Shakespeare Exchange, Vital Theater, FringeNYC/Encores, Live from Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, and Primary Stages. She has been seen onstage throughout the US, with companies including the Shakespeare Theater of NJ, Great Lakes Theater Festival, and NYC Opera. She has taught acting, directing, and Shakespeare with NSKI (Oslo, Norway), Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble (Public Theater), Stagedoor Manor, and the New School for Drama. Jennifer is a 2017 SDCF Observership Fellow, a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab and Actors Equity Association, and an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Jen holds a B.F.A. from NYU.

Jessie Higgins

Jessie is thrilled to be working with Stagedoor Manor Studios for the first time. After graduating from Cleveland State University in 2014 with a degree in history, she decided to pursue stage management professionally. As a freelance stage manager, she has worked with companies throughout the eastern US, including Cleveland Play House, Slow Burn Theatre Company, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. She has also been a staff member at Stagedoor Manor during the summers since 2014, spending four years as a Stage Manager and Counselor and two years as a Production Stage Manager. Stagedoor production highlights include Heathers: High School Edition, Beauty and the Beast, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Fiddler on the Roof, and multiple sessions of Players Ensemble.

Nick Hrutkay

Nick Hrutkay is the Artistic Director of Underscore Theater Co. He has directed numerous work across the country at such theaters as the Kennedy Center, Central Square Theater, Huron Playhouse, Brick Theater, Keystone Repertory Theater, and Hippodrome Theatre. Among his awards, he is the 2010 recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival/Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Directing Fellowship, a Broadway World Award for Best Director, and an ArtWorks Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 2015 he has been a director and teacher at Stagedoor Manor mounting such productions of Eurydice, Jesus Christ Superstar, Aida, Titanic, Jekyll & HydeNeighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, Blood Brothers, and Metamorphoses. BA in Theater from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Nick served as the Artistic Director of the Huron Playhouse from 2015 to 2017 and is an Associate Member of the Stage Director and Choreographers Society. nickhrutkay.com

Megan Pelaccio

Megan Pelaccio is a young stage manager taking her first steps into the professional theatre world. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in December 2019 with a Bachelor in Fine Arts Degree with a Concentration in Stage Management. Shortly after graduating she began a stage management internship at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia. Her next steps include a stage management apprenticeship and more summers at Stagedoor. Megan first joined the Stagedoor family in the summer of 2019 as a stage manager and is thrilled to continue her work with them online! Her biggest dream is to create her own theatre company that focuses on and features Native American work and teaches theatre to young Native Americans.

Marie Nicole

Marie Nicole is thrilled to be returning to Stagedoor Manor Studios!  Marie is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of High Point University where she studied Performance Theatre and Vocal Music.  Her experience as an arts educator spans over a decade with various performing arts programs including Paper Mill Playhouse and Stagedoor Manor.  She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association who has performed on 5 continents (waiting on you, South America and Antarctica!)  In her free time, you can find Marie running marathons or being obsessed with all things Disney. www.MarieVNicole.com

Rachel Levitt

Rachel Levitt is a Toronto based dance teacher and choreographer who has worked internationally in the UK and USA. A graduate of Centennial College’s commercial dance program and ISVP at the Broadway Dance Center, she has performed in shows and events such as the Pan Am Games Closing Ceremonies, Expect Theatre’s To The Kid I Was (performed at Nuit Blanche), the Inspire Awards, and Fever After Dark: Eclipse (Dark Dance Company). Her credits at Stagedoor Manor include working as an assistant choreographer for Leap of Faith, Seussical and All Shook Up, as well as teaching classes in ballet, jazz, musical theatre and modern. With her company, Dance : Corps, she has choreographed works for Convergence Theatre (Dancing in a Time of Quarantine – The Covid Commissions), Grey Area Collective (Counting Blessings – Art in Isolation), Window of Opportunity Festival (live performance in 2021), and her two self-produced online shows Another Day in COVID-19 Land and Our Stories.

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Maggie Savoie

Maggie Savoie currently serves as the Director of Dance and has spent the last four summers as a choreographer at Stagedoor Manor. Maggie is a proud graduate of Otterbein University, where she earned her Bachelors in theatre with a concentration in choreography before moving to New York City. She currently teaches and choreographs in the city focusing on ballet, musical theatre, and contemporary dance.  Maggie's choreography has been seen at Stagedoor Manor, Youth America Grand Prix, Otterbein University, and at various theatres throughout the city. She has performed with BalletMet, Megan Doyle Dance, Mitra Dance, and AbunDance. Maggie is so excited to be involved with College Connections and Stagedoor Manor Studios!

Eric Nightengale

Eric Nightengale (Dramaturg) is co-artistic director of Anthropological Theatricals, and a founding member of Concrete Temple Theatre in New York City and The Acme Corporation in Baltimore. He served as artistic director of 78th Street Theatre Lab from 1995 thru 2008.  New York credits include work with Circle Repertory Theatre, The Acting Company, Circle in the Square, Cherry Lane Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 45 Bleecker, The Barrow Group, HERE, and Classic Stage Company.  Eric has served as Artistic Director for Actors Repertory Theatre in Chicago.  Chicago credits also include work with Victory Gardens Theatre, Bailiwick Repertory Theatre, Chicago Dramatists Workshop, and Second City.  Eric has served as Associate Artistic Director for the Developing Artists Series at the Drama League of New York, and developed work at the New Harmony Project, the Sewanee Writers Conference, Drop Forge & Tool, Telluride Playwrights Festival, and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, among others.  Design credits include work with Symphony Space, Concrete Temple, The Barrow Street Theatre, and Workingman Theatre (Boston). Radio drama credits include work broadcast nationally over NPR affiliate stations, and in the UK over BBC channel 4.  International work includes productions at Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Romania, The 24th International Theatre Festival “Varna Summer” (Bulgaria), festival Istropolitana (Slovakia), and various venues throughout the United Kingdom.  His work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has resulted in three Fringe First awards, eight published scripts, four adaptations for BBC radio, two Best Ensemble awards, and a London transfer.

Chris Tyer

Chris is pleased to join the staff of Stagedoor Studios online. A graduate of Mississippi State University in Communications and History, he spent his full professional career working in all aspects of theatre. Chris started his 20 year theatrical career on the Stages of northern Virginia and has enjoyed traveling working all across the country. He has directed in Northern Chicago, and the mountains of Colorado. Chris has spent 16 summers at Stagedoor Manor directing and teaching, as well as acted in several regional and local films and commercials in North Carolina, where he now makes his home.

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Jason Wiggins

Jason is beyond excited to be joining Stagedoor Studios this season. Jason earned his Bachelors Degree in Musical Theatre from Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, SC. He studied with a double emphasis in both Performance and Stage Direction. He has spent over 15 years working as a Director/Choreographer and Teaching Artist for Companies across the Country and just celebrated his 10th anniversary working with Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in 2020. As a performer he has worked in all realms of theater including Community Theater,  Dinner Theater, Outdoor Drama, Cruise Lines, Theater for young audiences, Touring Theater and Regional Theaters. He currently resides in Orlando Florida working as a performer for the Walt Disney Company making Magic in over 5 different show offerings including Festival of the lion King and being able to perform on the infamous Castle stage located in Magic Kingdom park in the show Mickey’s Royal Friendship Fare. Jason is very excited to bring his energy and talents to the Stagedoor Studios this fall. Run Towards Life!

Danica Horton

Danica Jenelle Jackson (she/her) is an award-winning freelance director and teaching artist based in Houston, Texas, with specializations and interest in acting, dialect coaching, devised theatre, stage movement and community-based theatre. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Memphis, as well as an MS in Education in Interdisciplinary Arts and BA in Directing. Having worked with Stagedoor for years, she is very excited to see this transition to online accessibility. Danica is also the creator and cohost of the Theatre Nerd Podcast, and the co-creator and cohost of the weekly celebrity livestream, Talkulture. www.danicajenelle.com