Director, STI—Costume Designer and Faculty, DeSales University
Ms. Best has taught at summer camps for more than 15 years. She has designed the costumes for 57 productions at DeSales University and 25 productions at PSF. Her designs have also been seen in and around Chicago, Texas, Kansas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and England.
Jessica Bedford is a Philadelphia-based actor, playwright, director, and teacher. Her most recent stage credits include A Christmas Carol at the McCarter, The Revolutionists at Theatre Horizon, and Don't Dress for Dinner at The Lantern Theatre Co. She has taught at Montgomery County Community College, Villanova University, Temple University, University of the Arts, and DeSales University, as well as for the Performing Arts Project at Wake Forrest University.
Musical Theatre Instructor, Performing Arts Division Head, DeSales University
A professional director, choreographer, conductor, and actor, Mr. Bell’s professional credits include the Old Globe Theatre, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Meadowbrook Theatre, the Orlando Shakespeare Festival, the Virginia Opera, and the Michigan Opera. Mr. Bell is a published scholar on the life and work of composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim, and he interned on the world premiere of Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
Acting Instructor & Faculty, DeSales University
Mr. Dennis' television work includes a recurring role on Star Trek: Voyager as well as guest-star roles on NBC's Profiler, ABC's Miracles, The Young and the Restless, and two episodes of Enterprise. He has appeared in over 30 equity stage roles at award-winning regional theatres and in New York, and he has directed in New York and Los Angeles as well as regionally.
Technical Director, DeSales University
Ms. Feeney has worked at the Tony Award winning Utah Shakespearean Festival, most recently as the Assistant Scenery Supervisor in the Adams Theatre. At Play Makers Repertory Company, she was Production Assistant Technical Director on several shows as well as Production Technical Director for Stones in His Pockets.
Acting Instructor and Faculty, DeSales University
Ms. Lewis has worked professionally in the acting field for more than 25 years. She has enjoyed diverse professional experiences from Cabaret shows, to musicals, to Shakespeare. She has done radio shows and commercials as well as television commercials, films, and video work. Two of her most recognizable film credits are Girl, Interrupted and Let's Talk. She has also taught drama and acting for drama arts schools, Jewish community centers, high schools, and college.
Mr. McDonnell is a Philadelphia-based musician who has performed in cabaret, concert, and theatre venues throughout the Philadelphia area. A versatile singer and pianist, Jeff regularly performs in solo shows and with other singers and musicians, featuring music from The Great American Songbook. Jeff is the co-director of the Philadelphia Cabaret Performance Class and teaches voice and piano in his home in Philadelphia and piano at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa.
Tara Madsen Robbins
Ms. Madsen Robbins is a professional performer, choreographer, and educator based in Philadelphia. She performed with the modern dance company Tania Isaac Dance from 2006 to 2009. Tara has presented her choreography internationally throughout Spain, Guatemala, Italy, Greece, and Scotland where her work received critical acclaim. Nationally, she is an award-winning choreographer and has presented her work throughout the U.S. She has been invited as a master teacher/choreographer to colleges, universities, performing arts high schools, conventions, dance camps conferences, festivals, and conservatories, as well as many private studios along the East Coast. She taught in the dance department at DeSales University from 2006-2016. Tara is currently a full-time faculty member in the dance program at Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington Delaware.
Mr. Robidas has appeared in countless PSF productions, including last season’s As You Like It as Orlando, and Porthos in The Three Musketeers. He has worked on multiple productions with The Orlando Shakespeare Theater as well as Flux Theatre ensemble in NYC. Film credits include Empathy, Inc, Better Off Single, It’s Complicated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Arbitrage, The Humbling, and The Golden Scallop. He has also appeared on episodes of The Defenders, Blue Bloods, 30 Rock, CSI NY, Law and Order, L&O Criminal Intent, I just Want My Pants Back, Kings, and can be seen in the upcoming HBO series Succession. He is a proud graduate of DeSales University.
Mrs. Schulenburg appeared this past summer as Rosalind in As You Like It and Queen Anne in The Three Musketeers for PSF. Her NY/Regional credits include How I Learned to Drive with Second Stage, South Pacific, The Foreigner, Henry V, Two Gentlemen of Verona with PSF, The Yellow Wood (directed by B.D. Wong) with NYMF, Hearts like Fists, The Angel Eaters, and Pretty Theft with Flux Theatre Ensemble. Her TV/Film credits include Alison Stewart on As The World Turns, The Young & The Restless, Jo Sullivan on One Life To Live, plus guest star and recurring roles on Elementary, Manhattan Love Story, Royal Pains, Alpha House, Army Wives, Canterbury’s Law, and Fringe. Marnie can also be seen in films such as Made for Each Other, Penny Dreadful, and The Golden Scallop. She is a proud graduate of DeSales University!
Faculty and guest artists subject to change.