ARTISTIC STAFF

Ann Pinto McCarney has been producing, directing and choreographing for 14 successful years as one of the Founders and now Managing Producer and Artistic Director of West Chester Summer Stage.  West Chester Summer Stage is a sister company of Limelight Performing Arts Center.  Ann runs this program that boast 17 staff members and over 225 performers.  During the three week summer theatre program WCSS mounts three different productions with three different age groups.  Ann has experience working with kids from PreK to High School age and even worked with a cast one year that had 151 cast members. Ann just recently ended an 11 year run as the head of the Musical Theatre programs at the Academy of Notre Dame in Villanova.  At Notre Dame Ann helped develop the theatre program at the school by working with parents and students to help raise over $50,000 and played a crucial role in the installation of the lights and sound system at the school.Between directing the talent shows at Saints Simon and Jude, Notre Dame and WCSS Ann would on average direct and produce six shows a year in a six month period.  Ann also has a lengthy professional singing career and is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association.  She has appeared in numerous Philadelphia Productions including “Me and My Girl” at the Walnut Street Theatre, “Merrilly We Roll Along” & “Godspell” at the Arden Theatre and “Nunsense” at Society Hill Playhouse.  Ann was most recently seen playing “Melpolmene” in City Theatre’s production of “Xanadu”-it was a totally tubular experience. Ann has performed in many one woman shows thats she’s written and produced throughout the Philadelphia and surrounding areas.  Her most recent one woman cabaret was titled “Confessions of an Ex-Girl Scout & Other Facebook Stories” which she will bring back to the Limelight theatre at a future date. Ann has written many scripts and skits for her one woman cabarets as well as shows that she’s directed at NDA and WCSS.  Ann is the mother of four wonderful children and considers being a mother her most important job of all.
Chad Parsons While at West Chester Chad took a special interest in Children’s Theatre and received the “Outstanding Children’s Theatre” Award in his senior year.Chad has taught and performed with The Media Theatre and The Ocean City Theatre Company as well as directed at East Bradford Elementary School. Besides loving to share Theatre with children, Chad has also been busy with performing and is thrilled to now be two time Barrymore nominee through his performances in Fiddler on the Roof at the Walnut Street Theatre and Joseph at The Devon Theatre.Chad has also had the privilege to work with The Fulton Opera House, Act II Playhouse, Circa 21 Dinner Theatre, The New Candlelight Theatre, The Roxy Regional Theatre and was also the lead singer with Norwegian Cruise Lines. In addition to teaching and performing Chad is a magician and hopes to bring some “magic” into the classroom!
Nora Fitzgerald has been working in the Chester County area at various schools, camps and workshops for 14 years encouraging teens and children to explore, laugh and free themselves through the journey of theatre and dance. She spent the past three springs directing and choreographing the musicals at Rustin High School: Les Miserables, West Side Story and Peter Pan and past three summers choreographing at West Chester Summer Stage. Other programs include directing and choreographing for The Twisted Art Theatre Program, Upper Chesapeake Summer Center for the Arts in Chestertown, MD where she created and taught week-long theatre curriculum for state of Maryland’s extensive arts enrichment program, including basic acting techniques, voice, improvisation, movement and design, Theatre Specialist for CREATE in Cecil County, MD where she visited over a dozen public schools in Cecil County to introduce students to theatre and Costume Shop Manager at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, WV. Favorite theatrical roles include Velma Kelly in Chicago, Anita in West Side Story and Lola in Damn Yankees.While Nora has taken a break from performing on the the stage, she has been working on camera doing commercial acting and modeling in Philadelphia for clients such as Toyota, Parx Casino, Sprout Network, QVC and Dansko.In 2012, Nora launched her own program, Confidance®.
Tenor, William Mayo, has been a member of the voice faculty at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music for the past 25 years. He is a music faculty member of Arcadia University and Delaware County as well. Mr. Mayo has sung throughout Canada and the United States with Metropolitan Opera Basso, Edmund Karlsrud and his Men of Song. While living in New York City, William was tenor soloist at 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church under the direction of organist, William Whitehead.Returning to Philadelphia, Mr. Mayo became tenor soloist at Old Historic Christ Church at 2nd above Market Streets under the direction of organist, John Binsfeld III. Mr. Mayo remained a featured tenor soloist at Christ Church until June of 2009.In February of 2006, Mr. Mayo was selected by Vice President’s Joseph Biden’s family to sing the funeral Mass of Vice President Biden’s father, at St. Joseph’s On the Brandywine R.C. Church, DE.Mr. Mayo was one of the featured soloist’s at the 41st Eucharistic Congress held in Philadelphia and this past Spring; Mr. Mayo was the guest Cantor at the Philadelphia Convention Center for the National Convention of Liturgical Music with Catholic University professor and organist, Elaine Rendler.Mr. Mayo has produced, performed and hosted his own Broadway radio show, Standing Room Only for WPEN radio in Philadelphia, he has sung Off-Broadway, has written DETOURS, an original musical for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and has sung on Radio and Television.Mr. Mayo has been a lecturer at the International Voice Foundation in Philadelphia giving dissertations on female Broadway voice production and has written courses on Performing Musical Theater for the Boyer College of Music.Mr. Mayo is currently musical director for St. Dorothy’s Catholic School and a member of the Philadelphia Theater Alliance as well as a full member of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia.Mr. Mayo has had the great privilege to have worked with or interviewed for his Philadelphia radio show, the following performers:
Carol Channing (Actress- Hello Dolly), Jackie Mason(Comedian), (Cyd Charisse(MGM Dancer-American in Paris), Tom Bosely (Happy Days), Shirley Jones (Broadway Singer-The Partridge Family), Christine Andreas (Broadway-The Scarlet Pimpernal), Maurey Yeston (Broadway Compose-Nine & Titanaic), Stuart Lane (Broadway Tony Award Winning Producer), Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt (Broadway Composer /Lyricist) Bobby Vinton (Pop Singer-The Polish Prince), Al Martino (Famous NY Lounge Singer), Robert Cuccioli (Jeykll & Hyde), Walter Taussig (Conductor-MET), Robert Tear(International Operatic Tenor) and Raymond Leppard (International Operatic Conductor.)
IMG_1055-1Jenn Rose’s choreography has been featured in films, festivals and theaters across the country.  She has collaborated and created new works with dancers ranging from novices to professionals including Blind Landing and The Missing Piece with Ballet Fleming, Untitled Project 213 with 213 Productions, (Non)sense with Ursinus College, and Way Up High with Loose Screws.  Jenn recently returned to the stage with her tap shoes on to explore her love of rhythm and music.  She is the founder of Loose Screws Contemporary Tap Company, a Broadway World Philadelphia Award Winner, a three time Barrymore Nominee and a graduate from West Chester University’s Department of Theatre and Dance.  Jenn is currently teaching tap, contemporary and theatre dance to students of all ages.  Jenn is inspired every day and looks forward to what is yet to come…

lizzyLizzy Dalton-Negron has been performing in and around the Philadelphia area over the past 25 years  wearing the many hats of actor, director, playwright, singer and musician. She was on the writing and music team of Diversion Productions from 2009-2013 where she also performed in all their original productions and events. Lizzy cantors at her church in Lenni, Pa. where she also serves as a wedding & services solists. Her plays Caged & Superwoman and original music are performed in high schools, universities and various venues in order to raise continuing awareness about eating disorders, women’s issues and post-partum depression.  Lizzy received her Masters Degree of Theatre from Villanova University and was also cast in their production of Annie Get Your Gun, Cabaret, Medea and Woman and the Scarecrow.  While in the program her focus shifted to solo performance art under the mentorship of Professor & Philadelphia Playwright Michael Hollinger.  Lizzy is currently working on her solo performance piece Bubbles and workshopping her new plays Shakespeare’s LineCrazy Chaos.  Her favorite role is wife to Candido and Mum to Brittany, Megan, Aurora, Candido, Jr & Isabella.

Colleen_ClancyColleen Clancy. You may know Colleen from her recent successful & hilarious run as Mrs. Mayor in Limelight’s first professional production of “Seussical”. Colleen Clancy is an actress, singer, and dancer and has performed in various venues and theaters such as the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, The Washington National Opera, The Gallery Players in Brooklyn, The Duplex and The Bitter End in New York City. Along with performing, Colleen has become passionate about directing, choreographing, and teaching through the years. After graduating in 2012 from DeSales University, Colleen stayed near the Philly area to teach, direct, and choreograph and continued teaching when she moved to New York. Colleen has directed and choreographed shows for Drexel Hill Middle School, St. Norbert Catholic School, and is now bringing Annie, Jr. to life at Bethel Springs Elementary. She has worked with all levels, ranging from newborns (music classes) to adults in their 40’s. Bringing the magic of theater to the younger generations and to those who yearn to experience theater later in their lives is an incredible opportunity. Seeing the new discoveries and transformations her students make on stage and off is what ignites her passion. “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” ~William Shakespeare

Zoi_GianneasZoi Gianneas has just come of her successful run giving a powerhouse performance as “Sour Kangaroo” in “Seussical”, Limelight’s first professional production. Zoi Gianneas has been singing and performing ever since she can remember. She studied at West Chester University, and received a Bachelors in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre. Besides performing, she has lots of experience and training in Directing and Choreographing, as well as Costume and Hair/Make-up Design. In 2011, she founded a theatre company based out of Philadelphia with some fellow West Chester graduates called Life Theatre Company. Since graduating, she’s been working for theater companies in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, both onstage and offstage, such as Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, 11th Hour Theatre Company, and several other local companies. She has taken classes and private lessons with some of the industry’s best professionals in Philadelphia such as Ben Dibble, Steve Pacek, Jennie Eisenhower, Dan Kazemi, Michael O’Brien, Megan O’Brien Perry, And Kate Galvin. Zoi has been teaching private voice lessons and is excited to be taking on this Musical Theatre Repertoire Workshop. Zoi was a nominee for the Irene Ryan Scholarship Award and the recipient of NAPAT Sponsored Classical Actress Award.

Caitlyn is excited to be joining Limelight Performing Arts Center as the Improv Teacher. She 64771_10200783793182274_2034969533_nrecently completed her Master’s Degree in Theatre Education at Emerson College and she is excited to be using her skills for teaching in a subject she loves. She has worked both on and off stage in various roles over the years. She has acted, directed, stage managed, run sound, and created props for many productions throughout high school, college, grad school and beyond. Specific to Improv, she has been involved in improv nights at her church and a group trained with improv in college. Her favorite productions she has been a part of include ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, ‘Carousel’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Songs for A New World’, ‘A Little Night Music’, and ‘As You Like It’. She is grateful to be passing on her passion for this art form and enjoys working with her church, singing, traveling, reading, and spending time with those she loves.