Our Staff:

Kristine Lewis

Kristine founded The Theatre Arts Center in Bucks County in 1985 to prepare young actors for professional theatre. Additionally, she served three years as Director of the Times Square Bid Kidz in Manhattan, a performance ensemble that entertained at various Times Square Broadway events.  She has taught at North Carolina School of the Arts and throughout the U.S., as well as workshops in London. Her own training began studying with Uta Hagen at H.B. Studios and at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts for Drama.  As a dancer and choreographer, she studied with Phil Black, Matt Mattox, Gus Giordano and toured with the American Ballet Theatre.

Kristine teaches musical theater, ballet and mini musical theater as well as the performance companies and loves sharing Broadway melodies with her students!

Kristine’s career in show business spans the gamut. Her professional theatre credits are extensive and her work has appeared in national tours, summer stock, regional theatres, dinner theatres, and cabaret rooms throughout the U.S.

A partner in Lewis & Fox Casting, she is a member of the Casting Society of America (CSA).  Along with Jamie Fox, she cast a recent regional production of the new play, RACHEL & JULIO, Madison Theatre (w/UGLY BETTY’S Tony Plana and Broadway’s Liz Larsen). Other New York casting credits include: THE MAGDALENE (w/ famed director, Richard Maltby as creative consultant); a special presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s never-before-staged, EVENING PRIMROSE, (w/Candice Bergen), directed by Tony Walton; the Westport Playhouse production of VIGIL (w/ Timothy Busfield and theatre veteran, Helen Stenborg) followed by the off-Broadway production (w/Malcolm Gets); the off-Broadway thriller, MINDGAME (w/ Keith Carradine) directed by legendary film director, Ken Russell;  BURLEIGH GRIME$ (w/ Wendie Malick); MEDEA IN  JERUSALEM; IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE MURDER (an unusual black and white show) and THE MOST HAPPY FELLA (which she also directed). Regional productions include: FLIGHTS OF ANGELS; THE KID FROM BROOKLYN and, in development, the Sherman Brother’s musical MERRY-GO-ROUND, starring Florence Henderson. She has cast dozens readings including TIMOR MORTIS (w/ John Heard), MODERN MAN (w/ Maxwell Caulfield) and THE 5000 FINGERS OF DR. T. (w/ Eric McCormack). Live events work includes celebrity casting for the Olympic Torch Services.

Film casting credits include the recent noir short HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO and the coming-of-age story, BOMBSHELL.  Features: AFRICAN GOTHIC (w/all South African cast), VIVALDI (w/ Alfred Molina, Claire Foy, Jacqueline Bissett, Neve Campbell), THE ROAD TO CAPRI (w/Virginia Madsen, Kevin Zegers), the award winning, OPEN AIR (w/ Lynn Cohen) and Sundance Selection, LOVE LUDLOW  (w/ SEX AND THE CITY’S  David Eigenberg, and Alicia Goranson).

Other credits include: E-DAY with Chevy Chase (film short for NY Comedy Film Festival); PET THE GOAT, CHAINING THE HUDSON (Docudrama); BIKER BILLY (TV pilot); music videos, commercials (including PSA w/ Kevin Bacon and Andrea McCardle) and industrials.

As a theatrical producer, Kristine worked with one of the most prolific songwriting teams, Richard and Robert Sherman (MARY POPPINS, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BAND, JUNGLE BOOK +) when she and her producing partners undertook a revival of the brother’s show BUSKER ALLEY, starring Jim Dale.

Additionally, Kristine was managing producer on BURLEIGH GRIME$, associate producer on the NY production of VIGIL, and on Broadway’s ENCHANTED APRIL. She has produced numerous stage productions in Bucks County, including TAC favorite, THAT’S WHAT KIDS DO!

Kristine has directed shows too numerous to mention. Among the names, she has directed, William Conrad, Lucy Arnez, Andrea McArdle and many others. Her creative staging of FIORELLO at the Players Club in New York was hailed by the show’s writer Sheldon Harnick. Additionally, she has directed well as over 200 children’s shows in Bucks County.

Stephen Casey

Stephen Casey was Artistic Director and resident choreographer at the Bucks County Playhouse from 1996-2010. He has directed and choreographed over seventy mainstage productions and has restaged the original choreography for numerous productions of A Chorus Line, 42nd St., The Will Rogers Follies, Oklahoma, Carousel, Sweet Charity and Hello Dolly.  He has also choreographed for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, DeSales University, the Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, Lehigh University, Pennsbury and Neshaminy School Districts, as well as Acting Naturally of Morrisville and Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre. He has performed in the national touring companies of 42nd St., A Chorus Line and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers as well as the European touring companies of 42nd St., Golden Musicals and the Rocky Horror Show. He has had the great fortune of performing in many of the top regional theatres in the country including Papermill Playhouse, St. Louis M.U.N.Y, Atlantas Theatre, Under the Stars, Dallas Musicals, North Carolina Theatre, Artpark and the Cleveland Opera. On the high seas he performed for Holland America and Commodore Cruise Lines. Mr.Casey is a member of Actors Equity Association and holds a BA in theatre and dance from DeSales University. Summer 2013 Stephen directed and choreographed 3 hit shows, the full length version of “Legally Blonde”, the premiere school version of “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Honk Jr.”  Stephen continued in 2014 by directing “Into the Woods Jr” and “Jungle Book”. He also choreographed the full length version of “Throughly Modern Millie”. Stephen is excited to share his love of dance with the students at Theatre Arts Center and looks forward to teaching additional classes this year including Musical Theatre and Boys Tap.

Adriane Orcutt – Fraser

Adriane Orcutt – Fraser began her study of ballet at Dance Theater of Pennsylvania in Doylestown. She studied on scholarship at BalletMet Academy and Joffery Ballet School where she discovered her love of modern/contemporary dance. In 1996, Adriane went on to study in the school of Philadanco, Philadelphia’s premier modern dance company, and in 1997 she was accepted as a member of Danco II, Philadanco’s second company. Later that year she toured internationally with the Forerunner’s International Institute, a youth performance company. After graduating from Pennridge High School, Adriane attended to Fordham University where she studied in the Alvin Ailey-Fordham BFA program, and graduated with a BFA in Philosophy and Urban Studies. Adriane has over a decade of teaching experience both in NYC and PA.

Robyn Watson

Robyn Watson is a native of Philadelphia and began dancing at the age of 5.She began her training at La-Cher-Tari Dance Studio and later at Wissahickon Dance Academy. By the age of 10 she was asked to join Tap Team Two and Co and served as a member and choreographer until 2002. She has had the opportunity to perform with noted artists in the discipline including, Dianne Walker, Germaine Ingram, Savion Glover and the legendary Mabel Lee. Robyn was featured in the May/June 2005 issue of Dance Spirit Magazine as one of the “20 Hot Tappers, 20 and Under.” Watson received her B.A. in Theater from Temple University. She has also. served as a costume designer for several high schools and production companies in the Philadelphia region. She recently served as the tap instructor for the Broadway Sensation “Shuffle Along.” For the past seven years she has had the opportunity to work and study under the direction of Savion Glover.

Besides being a professional dancer, Robyn also is a photographer and writer.

Bruce Kirkpatrick

Bruce Kirkpatrick graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in acting, and has not stopped since, (acting that is).

 

The early part of his career was highlighted with mostly theater. He has acted in plays such as “The Hairy Ape”, and “View from a Bridge.” Later in his career he appeared on Broadway in the first 3 Act play that Tennessee Williams had ever written, “Not About Nightingales.” It proved to be a moving and educational experience for him.

 

Bruce has been fortunate throughout his illustrious career to have worked with great people on great projects including “The Wire”, “Law and Order”, “Law and Order SVU”, “NYPD Blue”, and “Life on Mars.” Movies of the week include “Blindspot”, “For I Have Sinned”, “Against Her Will”, and “Silent Witness.” Feature films include “The Lovely Bones”, “Little Children”, “Twelve Monkeys”, “The Dark Half”, and the original “Day of the Dead.”

Faye Meyer

Faye Meyer graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. She studied singing, acting, and dance. After graduating, she performed with many theatres in the Boston area. She then moved to the Philadelphia area and has since been active in the theatre community. During this time, she became a member of the Actor's Equity Association. During her acting career, she has performed in over 15 professional productions. She is also a private vocal teacher at The Conservatory of Music!in Doylestown.

Justin Valentine

Justin was born and raised in Philadelphia. With over fifteen years of experience in various styles of hip-hop. Justin's inspiration to dance came from none other than hip-hop legend, Mr.Wiggles. This is where he found his talent for Popping and Locking.

 

Justin joined Chosen Dance Company led by Clyde Evan Jr. in 2005 and would later go on to perform on 106 & Park, Sunny D commercials, was a regular on Dancing on Air and much more! Justin is trained in Hip-hop, Breaking, Popping, Locking and House. Justin is a Philadelphia based dancer. Above all, Justin believes that dance should be fun and accessible to everyone. He is so excited to share his passion for all styles hiphop with TAC!!

Chris McGinnis

Chris McGinnis is a Philadelphia-based director and producer and is currently serving as the Associate General Manager of the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Theatre and Marketing from DeSales University.  As an actor and director, Chris has worked with the Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theater Company, Media Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Eagle There, Ritz Theatre Co, Haddonfield Plays and Players and Center Theatre.  He has served as a teaching artist at WST, Allen’s Lane Art Center, DeSales UV Summer Theatre Institute and Good Shephard Music School.  Chris is also a free-lance vocal coach focusing in musical theatre.

Kristen Smith

Kristen graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance and a concentration in Musical Theater. She began her career performing for the Bucks County Playhouse and then with the Roxey Ballet Company for four seasons. Kristen also taught at the company’s affiliated Mill Ballet School and directed their musical theatre program. Professionally, Kristen has worked with The Resident Theatre Company, The Media Theatre, New Candlelight Theatre, and Mazeppa Productions. She has choreographed for Parkland High School, Burlington Township High School, Solebury School, Stuart Country Day School, and Marywood University. Kristen has also worked in film and television. She loves to share her passion for dance and has held teaching positions at many dance schools in the Bucks County and Philadelphia areas. Kristen continues to perform and teach master classes and dance residencies throughout the state of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  

www.kristenmariesmith.com

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