Meet Our Staff!

Our staff of theatre professionals work tirelessly to provide CSC patrons with the highest quality of professional theatre, live music and dance events.

Carl Wallnau

Artistic Director

He has directed numerous productions at CSC including world premieres of Inventing Montana, The Tillie Project and The Poetry of Pizza, as well as, several American and New Jersey premieres. Wallnau has been cited for outstanding direction in productions of Springtime for Henry and Quartermaines Terms.

 

Wallnau has worked extensively at numerous regional theatres including Paper Mill Playhouse, Second Stage in NYC, People's Light, The Lark Theatre, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Stage, Bristol Riverside, Forum Theatre, Premiere Stages, Orlando Shakespeare Company, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Foothills Playhouse and 14 months on the road with the First National Tour of Titanic.

Wallnau received his MFA from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and is married to his favorite actress Colleen Smith Wallnau for who he wrote the play "Mary Todd... A Woman Apart". The play completed successful runs at CSC and Off-Broadway at the Samuel Beckett Theatre. Mary Todd... A Woman Apart is now available for touring. Wallnau also serves as an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Chairman of the Fine Arts Department for the University

Christopher Young

General Manager

Served as the Centenary Stage Company Marketing and Social Media Manager for 5 years. 

 

An M.F.A. graduate from the Professional Actor Training Program of Ohio University. While at Ohio University, Chris performed in several main stage and studio productions including, Holiday, Proof, Dianna of Dobson, The Idiot, Spike Heels and the world premiere workshop of War is F**king Awesome by NYC's Vampire Cowboys. Chris spent two summer seasons, 2010 and 2012, as a company actor with the Monomoy Theatre in Chatham, Massachusetts. In 2011, Chris was a resident actor with the Oxford Shakespeare Festival in Oxford, Mississippi and the title character in Valley Young Company's production of Hamlet in New Brunswick, Canada. Other credits include work with Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, 12 Miles West Theatre Co., Alliance Repertory Theatre and Vampire Cowboys (NYC). CSC credits include; Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Learned Ladies, Start Down, The Nether, Harvey, The Liar and Quartermaine's Terms. Recent film credits include; Hunter's Weekend, My Dad and Bob Todd, Hotel (winner Best Actor, Atlantic City Cinefest and streaming on Amazon Prime), Jess Archer Vs. (streaming on Amazon Prime) and Star Crossed Lovers (streaming on Amazon Prime). 

Chris is an alumnus of Centenary University where he earned a B.A. in Theatre with a concentration in performance. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Centenary University Theatre Department and a member of Actor's Equity Association. 

  • Theatre Office Manager / Development

    Kayla Chirip

    Received a BA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre from Fairleigh Dickinson in 2015. While attending FDU, Kayla served as Assistant Stage Manager and ensemble member of the original production of Henry's Law, an anti-bullying play, which toured to several schools and the professional Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken, NJ. Henry's Law was later published in 2014 listing her along with the other original cast and crew members in the script. Kayla also was seen performing in FDU's productions of "Urinetown" (Ensemble/Dancer) and Stephen Sondheim's, "Merrily We Roll Along" (Scotty/Mary u/s).  Other theatre credits  include "King Charles III" (Paulie/ensemble), "The Audience" (Bobo MacDonald/Production Stage Manager), and "Radium Girls" (Marie Curie/Production Stage Manager).

  • Assistant Theatre Office Manager

    Trevor Callahan

    Is a Technical Theater student at Sussex County Community College. He was introduced to the performing arts midway through his high school career. His passion for the arts grew over time and working with CSC has broadened his horizon as to the numerous needed jobs in the industry. He has performed in various shows in the past few years such as Shrek the Musical, All Shook Up, You Can't Take It With You and Footloose. Trevor has worked on tech crew for other shows and performed on live television in the 2015 Freddy Awards.

  • Director: Women Playwrights Series

    Catherine Rust

    A member of the CSC staff for over 25 years. Former member of Acting companies of Boston Shakespeare Company and Classic Stage Company in New York, she was also a regular performer with playwright Israel Horowitz's Gloucester Stage Company. Rust was a member of the director training staff with ABC television and appeared for two years on the CBS daytime drama, "Guiding Light". Recent appearances include Becky Shaw, The Cripple of Inishmaan and the World Premiere of The Surrogate. Rust holds a Master's Degree from Montclair State University, and a Bachelors' Degree from the University of Minnesota, with additional graduate studies in comparative literature at Rutgers. Rust is also a graduate of the Skip Barber School of Performance Driving and teaches voice in the Centenary University Theatre Department.

  • Director: Young Audience Series

    Producer: NEXTstage Rep. Summer Series

    Lea Antolini-Lid

    Received her BMA in classical voice from the University of the Arts and her MFA in acting from Brandeis University where she also had the opportunity to teach movement for the actor under the tutelage of Susan Dibble. She has performed professionally in NYC and in cities on the east coast. Lea traveled to China with Nai - Ni Chen Dance to teach at Kunming University. She is also a founding member and managing director of the XY DANCE PROJECT. Antolini is a member in training with Blessed Unrest Theater Company in NYC, and a member of AEA.

  • Director: Shakespearience, NJ

    Stephen Davis

    Served as the CSC fight choreographer for Newsies, Peter Pan, Deathtrap, The Liar, Breakfast with Mugabe, Oliver!, and The Wizard of Oz. Stephen has a BFA in acting from the Theatre School at DePaul University, as well as an MFA in directing from USC. As Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Centenary University, Professor Davis was honored with both the 2014-15 Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award and the 2010 -11 United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award. He teaches classes to all ages and is a member of AEA.

  • Director: Young Performers Workshop

    Michael Blevins

    Broadway appearances include, Bring Back Birdie, Neil Simon's Little Me, and Tap Dance Kid in which he originated the role of Winslow. He has appeared in the Tony Awards Show, as well as many other television shows, feature films and TV commercials, and is widely known for his portrayal of Mark in Sir Richard Attenborough's film A Chorus Line. He has worked with many noted directors and choreographers including Danny Daniels, Bob Fosse, Woody Allen, Vivian Matalon, Joe Layton, Lynn Taylor-Corbett and Peter Gennaro.

  • Technical Director

    Judy Snyder

    Has played many roles behind the scenes through-out the tri-state area. For more than 25 years she has served as an instructor, production manager, technical director, rigger, scenic and lighting designer for professional/university level music, theatre & dance productions. Judy is also ETCP Certified Arena Rigger and a Recognized Trainer.

  • Assistant Technical Director

    Mike Van Vliet

    An educator and theatre technician, Mike has worked all over the country as a theater designer, consultant, and production manager for a wide array of theatrical productions, fashion shows, concerts, and events. Most recently he spent the past few years as the production coordinator for multiple national tours, and aided in the planning/designing of over 80 events each year. Besides technical theatre, Mike has 20 years experience dancing and performing across the country and has been a dance instructor for over 7 years. He has taught masterclasses at studios across NY, NJ, and PA and his choreography has won numerous awards. Mike holds a BA in Theater Technology & Design from Ramapo College of New Jersey.

  • Assistant Technical Director

    Christopher Kolwicz

    Graduated from Centenary with a degree in Acting & Technical Theatre. Work includes; New Jersey Repertory Company, Union County Performing Arts Center, and The Abron Arts Center, as a Master Electrician, Lighting designer, and Tech Director. Chris has collaborated with various dance groups, including Burklyn Ballet Theatre where his design work on Aladdin was featured internationally at the Edinburg Fringe Festival. Recently, nominated for Broadway World's Regional Theatre Award for Best Lighting Design with Fair Moon Productions' Mamma Mia!  "Life imitates art, so let us be the mirror."

  • Resident Lighting Designer

    Edward R. Matthews

    Has served as the resident lighting designer for CSC for many years. Some of his favorite CSC productions include: Marvin's Room, Voice of the Prairie, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Mary Poppins, Hitler's Tasters, and ART. He is also the Producing Artistic Director of The Sh-Ed Theatre Co., LLC, which produces the New Jersey Playwrights Contest. For NJPC he has directed numerous productions including and early version of the Off-Broadway hit Disenchanted! Ed works with the Theatre program at William Paterson University and serves as a freelance director and designer.

  • Resident Costume Designer

    Meghan Reeves

    Serves as professor of Fashion and Costume Design for Centenary University. Meghan has been designing costumes since her freshman year of high school. She received her Bachelor's of Art in Apparel Design and a Bachelor's of Science in Theater Production from the University of Delaware.  Growing up in the world of professional figure skating has given her a special aesthetic eye for all things glitzy and glamorous.  In 2013, she received her Masters in Educational Administration from Rutgers University.  Through her 12 years in public school education, Meghan loves to educate students on all things theatrical and is thrilled to be a part of the Centenary Stage Company.

  • CSC Intern / Administrative Associate

    Sydney Fucito

    Sydney is an alumnus of Centenary University, where she received a Bachelor's of Theatre Arts with a concentration in Performance Studies.  She has worked many shows with Centenary Stage Company, and some of her previous credits include: "An Enemy of the People" (Ensemble/ASM), "She Kills Monsters" (Kaliope/Kelly), "Jesus Christ Superstar" (Ensemble), "The Merry Wives of Windsor" (Robin), "Beauty and the Beast" (Ensemble), and "Marisol" (June).

CONTACT US

Lackland Performing Arts Center

715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Tel: 908-979-0900 / Fax: 908-979-4297

Email: boxoffice@centenarystageco.org / info@centenarystageco.org

BOX OFFICE HOURS

Monday - Friday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday: 2 Hours Prior to any Event​
Sunday: 2 Hours Prior to any Event

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