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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.
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.)

 

 

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.

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