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Our Team. 

 
 
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

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 graduated from Franklin and Marshall College as a History and Spanish major in 2015 and graduated from Milton Hershey School in 2011. 

Theatrical Specialties: Playwriting 

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

AUSTIN SHAY
KELLEIGH STEVENSON

Literary Manager

Kelleigh Stevenson is a sophomore majoring in English-Creative Writing with a Theatre minor. Kelleigh played Lana in Penn State Harrisburg's Falling in Love with Your GBF and Evil Gabby in Qui Nguyen's She Kills Monsters.

Theatrical Specialties: Stage Management

 
 
JOSH GERST, M.A.

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

 
 
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

Independent Consultant 

Alana was homeschooled until 5th grade when she started to attend Lower Dauphin High School (Class of 2016). She worked as a backstage technician for HCPAC Productions for seven years. She is now employed as a Certified Pharmacy Technician, but in her free time she likes to paint, draw, read, and watch shows. But most of all, she loves ramen!

Theatrical Specialties: Stage Management & Scenic Design

ALANA ANDERSON
 

Audio/Lighting Designer

Tessa Arnold is an IST major at Penn State Harrisburg. She is involved in theatre on campus and around the community whether that be back stage or on stage! Her last roles were Logainne Schwartzandgrubenire in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Ella in Falling in Love With Your GBF

Theatrical Specialties: Light Design & Sound Design

TESSA ARNOLD
 

Resident Artist

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Theatrical Specialties: Scenic Design

ALIZA BLACKBURN
 

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