Helena Bryant ’21 (Deviser/Performer) is very excited to be making her Departmental debut in Unstable Connections. She had the privilege to go abroad to Arezzo, Italy, during her junior year, where she studied physical theatre and devising. Other credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Upper Darby Summer Stage), Peter and the Starcatcher (Episcopal Academy) and Chicago (Episcopal Academy.) Helena is a Theatre major with an acting concentration and is the current president of The Girls Next Door, Muhlenberg’s all non-cis-male a cappella group.
Gianna Carnevalino ’23 (Deviser/Performer, Choreographer) has previously performed in Muhlenberg’s Studio Production of The Actor’s Nightmare. Other performances include Little Women and Once on This Island (Spring-Ford High School), and Legally Blonde (Facetime Theatre). Gianna is a Theatre and Dance double-major, and a part of the Ballroom Dancing Club on campus.
Julia De Vita ’23 (Deviser/Performer) appeared in Butterfly Effect, a devised show with the Theatre & Dance Department’s Fringe Festival last spring. Favorite past performances include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Harborfields HS Theatre Co.), and Heathers (From Stage to Screen). Julia also appeared in an independent short film, Distant Things (2020). Julia is a Theatre and Media & Communication double-major and a member of Cardinal Key Society, and is involved with Muhlenberg Orientation and the Delta Zeta sorority.
Jill Friedland ’21 (Deviser/Performer) was most recently featured in the Sedehi Diversity Project. She studied abroad at Theatre Academy London in Fall 2019. She has also stage managed Muhlenberg’s productions of I Never Saw Another Butterfly and Clytemnestra, and assistant stage managed The Repair Man. Jill is a member of Phi Mu fraternity, Students for Queer Advocacy, Flute Ensemble, and Women’s Ensemble. She would like to dedicate this performance to her family, Sarah Gordin, and Dylan Gleason, ז״ל.
Savannah Hastings ’22 (Associate Director) is a Theatre major and Entrepreneurship minor. She directed Love and Information for the Fish Project Play Festival last fall. Other credits include: Muhlenberg’s Into the Woods (Giantess), Mr. Burns (assistant director), and Am I Blue (assistant director).
Emily Kitchin ’21 (Deviser/Performer) is thrilled to be making her Muhlenberg Departmental debut. Past highlights include playing Molly in the New York regional premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher and appearing on Saturday Night Live. On campus, Emily proudly serves as the executive secretary of the Muhlenberg Theatre Association. She participated in abroad programs in both London & New York City, where she studied on camera acting. She aims to pursue a career in film and television post-graduation. emilykitchin.com
Gabriel Liron ’24 (Deviser/Performer) is making his Muhlenberg debut in Unstable Connections. Gabriel is a projected Theatre major focusing on acting, but has been drawn to scenic design during his time at Muhlenberg. He is from California and loves to surf and skate as well as doing theatre. Gabriel would like to thank everyone involved in Unstable Connections for being fantastic friends and wonderful collaborators.
Gabrielle McCabe ’24 (Assistant Stage Manager) is a Theatre major. She works in the Costume Shop and is a Dana Scholar. During her first semester Gabrielle appeared in Creation in the 24-Hour Arts Marathon and assistant stage managed Vampire Lesbians of Sodom for the Fish Project Play Festival. She is excited to be a part of the Muhlenberg theatre community!
Fiona McGrath ’22 (Deviser/Performer) appeared in the Muhlenberg Departmental show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind in 2019. Other credits include Into the Woods, The Sound of Music, and Pride and Prejudice (Wildwood). Fiona founded the Los Angeles Theatre Initiative, a touring theatre company, in 2017 and is continuing her work as Artistic Director with the announcement of her second touring production, which will perform at Edinburgh Fringe in 2022. Fiona is a Theatre major with concentrations in acting and directing, a Dana Scholar, and a sister of Delta Zeta.
Luke Poleway ’22 (Deviser/Performer) is making his Departmental debut and has appeared in the MTA’s Fish Project production of Ambivalence (Billygoat). Luke is a double-major in Theatre with a concentration in acting and Media & Communication. On campus, he has been involved in a cappella and Orientation staff, and has served on the MTA executive board as the business manager.
Sam Powers ’22 (Stage Manager) is a Theatre and Business double-major, focusing on stage management and technical theatre and design. Previous credits: stage manager, Lessons for an Unaccustomed Bride (New Voices | New Visions) and Cagebirds (Red Door Play Festival); assistant stage manager, The Telephone and Dance Gallery productions and designer for the Studio Production My California. Sam is a member of the Flying Squirrels frisbee team, Muhluminations, and the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, as well as a campus delegate for the Admissions Office.
Ali Rohrbaugh ’22 (Deviser/Performer) was last heard in Muhlenberg’s production of O War (Dog of War), though her face is excited to make its Departmental debut! She coordinated the fall ‘20 Fish Project Play Festival and the fall ’19 Red Door Play Festival. Favorite performances include Sweeney Todd (Johanna), The Third Wave, and Macbeth. Ali is a Business and Theatre double-major, president of the Great American Songbook Project (GASP), and coming to you from California!
Evan Schultz ’21 (Deviser/Performer) appeared in the Fish Project Play Festival’s production of Love and Information, the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre production Bring It On (Goth Girl/Ensemble), and the Departmental production Mr. Burns (Apu/Woman). Other credits include a Count Basie-nominated performance in Carousel (Julie Jordan), High School Musical (Sharpay) with Dir. Lane Napper, NJ All-State Mixed Chorus, Count Basie Theater Voices official vocal ensemble, and Stagedoor Manor alum.
Beth Schachter (Director) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard-Radcliffe University, an MFA in directing from the University of California, San Diego, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. As a freelance artist, she has directed projects for New York Theatre Workshop (where she is a “Usual Suspect”), Second Stage, The Public Theatre, McCarter Theatre, The Long Wharf Theatre, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and The Vineyard, among others. She has directed numerous world premieres, including plays by Suzan-Lori Parks, Doug Wright, Theresa Rebeck, Brighde Mullins, and Mac Wellman. In addition, she dramaturged and directed Old Man River for Broadway’s New Victory Theatre. As a dramaturg, she has collaborated with Mark Wing-Davey on the American premiere of Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest (New York Theatre Workshop) and on both of his Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park productions (Troilus and Cressida, Henry V with Liev Schreiber). In the last several years at Muhlenberg, she has continued to direct new work: Educating Grover (and the award-winning educational video of this play), Mac Wellman’s Anything’s Dream, and the new musical Lures and Snares, which was co-written with colleague Troy Dwyer. Regionally, she has worked at Allentown’s Theatre Outlet (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Belle Reprieve) as well as the Theatre of the Seventh Sister (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), where she directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream as the opening show for their new Armory space. Beth recently directed the world premiere of Brighde Mullins’s The Bourgeois Pig, a new play about the paparazzi in Los Angeles, which they had previously workshopped at The Playwrights’ Center (Minneapolis), Voice & Vision Theatre (Bard College), and The Blank Theatre Company (Los Angeles). Most recently at Muhlenberg, she directed Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play and Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
Gertjan Houben (Co) is a New York City-based lighting designer and adjunct faculty member in the Theatre & Dance Department. He is excited to be collaborating on a production in this new digital environment. Back when it was possible, Houben collaborated on Muhlenberg College Departmental Series productions that include: Machinal, Listen to Me, Wig Out!, Ulysses in Nighttown, Passion Play, Chicago, Romeo & Juliet, Street Scene, Mad Forest and Winter’s Tale. Muhlenberg College Summer Musical Theatre productions include: Bring It On, Anything Goes and Beauty and the Beast. Previous NYC productions include: Crackskull Row (the cell theatre), Ideation (59E59, Theatre A) and In Bed with Roy Cohn (Lion, Theatre Row). Besides his own shows, Houben works as associate designer on Broadway and international productions such as: In Residence on Broadway, Children of a Lesser God, On Your Feet and Spamalot U.S. Tour. Gertjan has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Amsterdam Theater School and an MFA from NYU Tisch’s Department of Design for Stage and Film.