Susan is thrilled to begin Stage Stormers' second
season in conjunction with the OJR Summer Enrichment Program for the 15th summer season and looks forward to seeing all of this year's productions with new and returning young actors.
Susan is an accomplished singer and actress having performed
in such popular theatrical productions as Cabaret, South
Pacific, My Fair Lady, The Secret Garden, Joseph and the
Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Into the Woods and "Do
Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?" Her professional experience includes performing
as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies Entertainment Troupe, vocal over artist for Bold Gold Media,
and walk-on parts in "Rocky V" and a small independent
film "The Life and Times of Charlie Putz."
biggest delight has been her recent experience these past
few years bringing her love of the arts to the children
of PA and especially working
with the students of East Coventry Elementary where she founded
the drama club.
Main Stage Director
Sarah has been involved with Stage Stormers since
2006 and has since worked her way up the ranks from actor, to intern, to assistant director and now is excited
to be taking on the role of Assistant Program Director
at her Alma Mater OJR.
Throughout high school she worked as an assistant director for the East Coventry Elementary Drama Club, Stage Stormers, and acted in both the fall and spring
plays at OJRHS. Her Theater background brought he
to pursue a career working behind the scenes in the
Sarah is currently a junior at Columbia College Chicago and graduated from Owen J. Roberts in 2015.
Program Music Director
Alexis Adams is a recent graduate of West Chester University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a minor in Special Education. Her major instrument is piano, but she also loves to sing and play the trumpet. She teaches private piano and voice to 20 students each week through Greensleeves Music. During her collegiate career, Alexis was President of Cantari Donne and Mastersingers, and was the President and Music Director for WCU’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota. She was also the choral accompanist at Great Valley Middle School and Southern Middle School. At Old Swedes in Wilmington, DE, Alexis is the Music Director for the Swedish Lucia Celebration each holiday season. Next school year, Alexis will be teaching elementary general and choral music at the Easton Arts Academy Elementary Charter School next school year. She is incredibly excited to begin her career in music education at a brand new school with such a creative and impressive vision for its students! Alexis is thrilled to be on staff with Stage Stormers this summer.
Audition Prep & Nova Theater
Lisa has worked for many years in theater not only as an actor, but as a director, teaching artist, dramaturg, produced playwright, technical director, lighting designer, stage crew, reviewer and roustabout. Ms. Panzer holds an MLS from Drexel University and as an undergraduate studied film, journalism, theater arts, literature and music.
Her 5th House Theatre company is dedicated to inspiring imagination and creativity. Lisa has also dabbled in film as an actor, script supervisor, and also researcher via her company Continuity Research Service.
Her cats disapprove!
Imagination & Literacy Instructor
Bridget Newmiller is a graduate of Temple University with a B.S. in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. She is currently a preschool teacher at Royersford Baptist Church Nursery School. Dramatic play is an extremely important part of a child’s learning experience. It is a form of play that is empowering, encourages language development, teaches conflict resolution, develops self-regulation skills, and is known to relieve emotional tension. She is excited to share her love of this type of learning with friends who sign up for Imagination & Literacy class of the Stage Stormers program. Not only is Bridget a lifelong patron of Theater Arts, but her daughter is a former student of Stage Stormers. Bridget may not have seen the view from the stage since her teenage years; but, as a mother, she has spent many hours backstage of several local theater programs for over a decade! But that wonderful journey began in the loving hands of Susan Wilkinson-Wood and her fantastic Stage Stormers program!
Anna Marie Kurtz
Anna Kurtz is delighted to be joining Stage Stormers as the director for Into the Woods, Jr.! Previously, she has assistant directed Mulan and Sleeping Beauty at Presser Performing Arts Center in Missouri, and The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, and HMS Pinafore at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival (US & UK). Anna recently graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School's MA Acting program in England, and has acted across the US and in two European countries. Her most unusual project, so far, was portraying Justin Timberlake, Henry Ford, and Eleanor Roosevelt in the same show. Anna is from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Imagination & Literacy Assistant
Rose has been working with Stage Stormers as long as she has been involved in theatre. After her acting debut in 2006, her six summers of musicals with Stage Stormers, and her five years of theatrical productions in other performance venues, she is thrilled to return Stage Stormers, as a staff member.
Eleven years of acting have brought her the pleasure of performing in many productions of famous musicals, including: Shrek: The Musical, Godspell, Ragtime, The Miracle Worker, and Les Misérables (Student Edition). She has also participated as an actor in two plays and four improvisational performances at her high school, Renaissance Academy Charter School, where she will be entering her junior year in the fall.
Theresa Rose Murphy
Head of Curriculum
Theresa Rose has been with Stage Stormers from day one. Beginning as an Assistant Teacher, moving to Head Teacher, Choreographer and Assistant Program Director. She exudes professionalism and keeps things going in Delaware County by taking on every task she tackles with excellence. We are lucky to have her as such an integral part of our successes.
She has been performing since she was in grade school and continued throughout high school with leading roles in shows such as, "Bye Bye Birdie, "Anything Goes," "The Snow Queen," and "Charlie Brown." She graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelors in English Education, completed her Masters in Education with Reading Certificate through Cabrini College, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Online Teaching with Wilkes University. She currently teaches high school English with Brandywine Virtual Academy (BVA), an online learning provider with the Chester County Intermediate Unit. She is the English Department Chair for BVA, as well.