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Meet Our Team

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AUSTIN SHAY, M.A.

Artistic Director

Austin Shay is an IT professional. He has previously directed two Pharmacy Theatre Productions in cooperation with  Penn State Harrisburg’s Capital Players, Hamletmachine and Falling in Love With Your GBF. He received his B.Hum. in English from Penn State Harrisburg in 2017 and received his MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities with a focus on Creative Writing and Theatre. He is currently the Executive Director of The Paragon Press.

Theatrical Specialties: Light Design, Intimacy Choreography, & Directing

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ALEX SAUER

Marketing Manager/Resident Playwright

Alex Sauer loves writing poems, stories, and plays and hopes one day she will be a New York Time Bestseller (Don’t worry it’s in the works!) Alex has obtained a BA in History and Spanish from Franklin and Marshall College in 2015 and is about to finish her MA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. 

Theatrical Specialties: Playwriting 

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ALEXANDER D. OWENS

Digital Media/Social Media Specialist 

Alex Owens is a sophomore at Penn State Harrisburg. He recently played the role of Lee in Penn State Harrisburg’s production of Falling in Love With Your GBF as well as Miles in Qui Nguyen's She Kills Monsters. A few of his favorite roles are Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher and The Cat in the Hat in Seussical.

Theatrical Specialties: Sound Design & Sound Engineering

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JOSH GERST, MA

Analytical Director

Joshua Gerst, M.A. is a professional Polymath that earned a degree with a trans-disciplinary focus in Phenomenology, Dramaturgy, and Sci-fi Screenwriting. Josh currently serves as a Substitute Teacher (K-12, all subjects) for Central PA School Districts. In 2018 he lectured 2 sections of English and 1 section of Technical Writing at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology while completing his theses, after his Philosophy teaching and research internship at Penn State Harrisburg. Josh never forgets to remind us of his time as a laborer and line-cook. He is an experienced Actor, Singer, and Musician. Favorite Past roles: Director (CINDERELLA’S GLASS SLIPPER Musical), Medical Patient/Background (Schimberg’s 2018 film CHAINED FOR LIFE), Uncle Ben (DEATH OF A SALESMAN), Brian (AVENUE Q), Robert (PROOF), Franz (PRODUCERS Musical), Roy Cohn (ANGELS IN AMERICA).

 

Theatrical Specialties: Directing, Dramaturgy, & Stage Management

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SARA STEVENSON, M.A.

Resident Dramaturg

Sara Stevenson drinks copious amounts of coffee in order to keep up with her three children. She received her B.Hum in English and and her B.Hum in Interdisciplinary 

Humanities from Penn State Harrisburg in 2017, and she received her Master of Arts in Humanities from Penn State Harrisburg in 2018. While she plans to attend graduate school to get her PhD in the future, she is looking forward to time off where she can spend time with her children and work on writing her next book.

Theatrical Specialties: Dramaturgy

Board of Directors

DAVID DUCHARME
JOYCE GERSTENLAUER
DAWN-MICHELLE LEWIS
ANDREW HUTCHINSON