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.
He is currently Artistic Director of the Centenary Stage Company, an equity theatre located on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ where he is also Professor of Theatre Arts and Chairman of the Fine Arts Department.
Recent acting credits include Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Van Helsing in Dracula and Serge in Art for Centenary Stage, and Willy Clark in The Sunshine Boys for Bristol Riverside.
He has worked at numerous regional theatres including Paper Mill Playhouse, Second Stage in NYC, York Theatre in NYC, People’s Light, The Lark Theatre, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Stage, Forum Theatre, Bristol Riverside Premiere Stages, Orlando Shakespeare Company, Theatre 1812, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Foothills Playhouse and 14 months on the road with the First National Tour of TITANIC.
He has directed over sixty productions including The English Bride, which had its NY premiere at 59e59 and the world premieres of Poetry of Pizza, Inventing Montana and The Tillie Project and New Jersey premieres of Below The Belt, Square One and Marvin's Room. He has been cited for outstanding direction in productions of Springtime For Henry, Engaged, The Ladies Man, Deathtrap and Pygmalion and has directed in numerous regional theatres including Hartford Theatre Works and Musical Theatre Works.
He 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 that had a successful off Broadway run in 2004.
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
received a BA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2015. Kayla started working at Centenary Stage Company in 2019 as an intern, became CSC’s Director of Development in May 2020, and the Theatre Office Manager/Director of Development in September 2020. Her most recent theatre credit is on CSC’s Summer Mainstage in 2021 as Louise Seger in Always…Patsy Cline and narrating for the CSC Womens Playwrights Series readings. Other theatre credits include: FDU’s productions of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along (Scotty/Mary u/s), Urinetown (Ensemble/Dancer), and Henry’s Law (Touring Ensemble/ASM). As well as several community theatre credits including: King Charles III (Paulie/Ensemble), The Audience (Bobo MacDonald/Production Stage Manager), and Radium Girls (Marie Curie/Production Stage Manager)
Director of Digital Media & Outreach.
Trevor is a graphic artist working alongside various theatre artists within the industry. Trevor has created art for Kevin Lynch's A Christmas Carol album on Spotify, and has worked alongside Cause & FX as their Lead Graphic Designer. 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 been involved in various productions over the years on stage, back stage, or in film. Trevor has been sound operator for some recent CSC productions, and played the lead role in the award winning film, The Divine: a Tale of Love, Murder, and Meatloaf, and its sequel, Closer to the Divine.
Has 20 years of experience in technical theatre. He received his B.A. in Speech and Theatre from Union University in Jackson, TN where he spent time working in props, set construction, and lighting. He also received his M.F.A. in Technical Direction from Ohio University. He spent the last 8 ½ years as Assistant Technical Director/Adjunct professor at Montclair State University. He loves parting information onto young minds and seeing them understand new things. He is excited to begin this new chapter with Centenary University and Centenary Stage Company.
Director: Shakespearience, NJ
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 Audience Series
Producer: NEXTstage Rep. Summer Series
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: Young Performers Workshop
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.
Director: Women Playwrights Series
Mikaela Kafka has been member of Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwright series for many years now. She has had the honor to work with such fabulous playwrights. Last year she directed Loretta, The Yodeling Cowgirl by Vita Patrick Morales. Other playwrights have included; Deborah Yarchun, Catherine Castellani, Michelle Aldin-Kushner, Sonya Sobieski, Sholeh Wolpe, Cheri Magid, and most recently Jennifer Fawcett. Apples in Winter by Ms. Fawcett was produced in 2019 under Mikaela’s direction starring Colleeen Smith-Wallnau. She also works with Speranza Theatre Company; Votes for Women, Women Rising; Stories of Hope, Unveiling Liberty, History Alive! The Revolution. Other directing credits include Wendy’s Shadow (NJACT PERRY Award for ‘Best Original Musical” 2016), Rosencrants and Guildenstern are Dead (Circle Players), Murder on the Nile, The Selfish Giant, and The Unexpected Guest (The Players Theatre NYC). ENRON (Garage Theatre). Most recently she directed Caytha Jentis' new work, Sex Work/Sex Play at The New York Theatre Festival in 2022. You can see more information on her website. kafkaexperiment.com
Advisor: Women Playwrights Series
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.
Assistant Technical Director
Kelly is an alum of Centenary University’s Theatre Program having majored in Production Management and Technical Theatre. Previous Stage Management credits at CSC include: Lucky Stiff, Annie, Avenue Q, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act III, and APO’s Night of One Acts. They also stage managed Next for the New York Summer Theatre Festival. Kelly is extremely grateful to join the Centenary Stage Company Staff this season as Assistant Technical Director.
Assistant Technical Director
Jeremy Ashton (Assistant Technical Director) is an alumnus of Centenary University’s Class of 2023, with a B.A in Arts: Theatre - Dance. Jeremy is also a proud cardholder and brother of IATSE Local 329. This is his first year working on the creative team, but has been seen previously both on, and off stage. Most recent performances include (Macbeth) in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, (Drew) in CSC’s Rock of Ages, and (Sound Board Op) for CSC’s Seussical the Musical. He would like to thank the Cast, Crew, and Production team for giving him this amazing opportunity, and would also like to thank his family & friends, for all of their support throughout this amazing journey. Break legs and enjoy the show!
Resident Costume Designer
Serves as professor of Fashion and Costume Design for Centenary University. Previously to Centenary Stage, Staci designed costumes for Sussex County Community College. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Fashion Design from Philadelphia University and a Certificate in Textile and Surface Design from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. A fashion industry veteran, Staci designed apparel, accessories, and textiles for many global brands including Nike, Guess?, Hurley, Billabong, and Manduka. Staci loves to educate students on all things fashion and costume related and is thrilled to be a part of the Centenary Stage Company.
Edward R. Matthews
Resident Lighting Designer
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.