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 80 Broadway revivals, including Jesus Christ Superstar, The Secret Garden, Grease, and Jekyll and Hyde: the Musical. Many of his productions, including “Sweeney Todd”, “Sunset Boulevard”, “Carousel”, and “Titanic” received critival acclaim from the Philadelphia Inquirer and several other media outlets. He is the recipient of three Broadway World Awards for Best Director of Musical (twice) and Best Director of A Play in the Philadelphia Region.
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 the West Side Story Camp for teenagers. The summer camp has now become so popular there are over 300 campers per summer, and the teen summer musicals have expanded to titles such as “Les Miserables”, “Heathers”, and “Jesus Christ Superstar”.
Due to his Artistic vision, several Tony Award winning performers and nominees have appeared in concerts at Media Theatre. Emmy winner Wanda Sykes appeared here on stage in “Annie” in 2011; Tony nominee Ann Crumb has been in several productions. 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 of Carnival 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 Garden, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Patrick is a partner in The Music Theatre company.
Ben Kapilow, Resident Music Director
|As a composer, Kapilow’s classical pieces have been performed by Symphony Number One, the Great Noise Ensemble, Trio Ex Animo, the University of Scranton Singers, and at the Jack O’Lantern Blaze Festival in Hudson Valley, NY.|
CHRISTIAN RYAN-EDUCATION DIRECTOR
Christian joins after working the past three seasons in various Production & Artistic capacities on the Broadway Series. Christian has worked on teaching theatre within professional shows over the past 5 years, choreographing and associate directing youth ensembles, as well as working as an Instructor/Staff Member at various area youth theatre programs, with a focus in dance & stage management. While here at Media, he has worked as Director/Choreographer for Elf the Musical and Choreographer for Saturday Night Fever, Associate Director for Matilda, Eleanor and Baby, and a part of the Stage Management team as well. Additionally, he is slated to helm the forthcoming production of Mamma Mia. Christian is looking to bring new vision and enact change to the programs at The Media Theatre. Looking to refresh interest in the arts – Christian is confident the programs in place and his new details will allow for a growth of student success. He believes it is vitally important that everyone feel as though they are welcome and safe, and have a place to discuss, create, practice and train theatre. Those looking for a class to explore an aspect of theatre for the first time or those looking to continue honing their craft will have an available course open to them! The Media Theatre will continue to be Delaware County’s central hub for Artistic and Community enrichment.