Jesse Cline, Artistic Director
Jesse Cline’s work has been seen at the Media Theatre since 1994, when he began staging Broadway musicals in Delaware County as the Artistic Director for Rockwell Productions. He maintained the same position as the Media Theatre entered the new Millenium as a not-for-profit music theatre company.
Due to his artistic vision and dedication to his work, the Media Theatre ranks as one of the East Coast’s top regional theatres. He is directly responsible for the resurgence of classic operettas in the region, having staged revivals of The New Moon, RoseMarie, and The Student Prince. He has staged over 50 Broadway revivals, including Jesus Christ Superstar, The Secret Garden, Grease, and Jekyll and Hyde: the Musical. His most recent productions, Titanic and Elton John’s AIDA, received critival acclaim from the Philadelphia Inquirer and several other media outlets.
As an actor/ singer, he toured nationally with Robert Goulet in Carousel and Ann Blythe in Showboat. He has performed at the St. Louis Municipal Opera, the Miami Performing Arts Center, the Carousel Dinner Theatre and the Mountain Playhouse, to name a few.
He is the founder of the Media Theatre’s School of the Theatre and its Childrens Theatre Series. He holds a BFA in theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University and did graduate work at Bowling Green University. He studied with the legendary Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City.
Cline is one of the founders of the Media Theatre Veterans Alliance and sits on the board of the Delaware County Veterans Museum, which is housed at Media’s old Armory. He is working with several decorated Veterans on programming for the museum.
Cline created and continues to oversee the Media Theatre’s popular and reputable summer camp for children. In 2006, he directed theWest Side Story Camp for teenagers.
Due to his Artistic vision, several Tony Award winning performers and nominees have appeared in, or are planning to appear in, concerts at Media Theatre. Tony winner and legendary Broadway performer Betty Buckley performed at the Grand Gala in 2004. David Miller, a member of the popular singing group Il Divo and a Tony winner for Broadway’s La Boheme, did his first concert at Media Theatre in November 2003.
Patrick Ward, Executive Director
Patrick Ward has been involved with The Media Theatre since its renovation in 1994. He directed the highly acclaimed productions ofCarnival and Big River here as well as the children’s theatre shows: The Frog Prince and Aladdin.
Patrick worked off-Broadway with Stanley Brechner’s award-winning theatre. The American Jewish Theatre on such projects as The Immigrant, Only Kidding, The Education of Hyman Kaplan and I Ought to be in Pictures.
Throughout his career, Patrick has been a producer, actor and production stage manager, working on more than 150 productions.
In 2002, in association with the Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, Patrick produced Jekyll and Hyde: the Musical, The Secret Gardenand Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Patrick is a partner in The Music Theatre company.
Roger Ricker, Public Relations
Roger Ricker has been working with Artistic Director Jesse Cline and Executive Director Patrick Ward since 1991, and at The Media Theatre since the first performance of My Fair Lady in 1994.
He is the Director of PR for the professional music theatre company, as well as his involvement with its educational programs for youth (Summer Camp Manager, Youth Acting Instruction, Children’s Show Director). He instructs the State Street Miracles, a performance troupe of adults with developmental disabilities.
He has been seen in over 90 productions here including the 2015-16 season’s Gypsy, as well as in Annie, Jekyll and Hyde, Show Boat, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Youth productions he has directed include Tale of Beauty and the Beast, Annie Jr., Magic Tree House, Aladdin Jr., Wizard of Oz Youth Edition, and Pinkalicious. Two of his own productions were produced here: Hansel and Gretel: Into the Night, and The Magic Apple.
In 2004 he performed The National Anthem for the President of The United States. He is a former member of the Rotary Club of Media and Press Club of Delaware County, as well as Media Business Authority. He remains actively involved in borough and community events.
He has headlined several summer fundraising concerts at The Media Theatre.
Chris Ertelt, Music Director
Productions over an 18-year association with Media include A Little Night Music, The Wild Party, The Who’s Tommy (2005), Titanic, …Spelling Bee, and Aspects of Love. Other local work includes the Prince (The Hidden Sky – world premiere), Arden, Walnut Street, Wilma, and McCarter (Sleeping Beauty Wakes – East Coast Premiere) Theatres, as well as college productions at Penn, Temple, Drexel, and the University of the Arts.