EXECUTIVE STAFF

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.

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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.

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Ben Kapilow, Resident Music Director

The Media Theatre heads into its 2017-18 season with Ben Kapilow as its new Resident Music Director. 
He’s been a member of our team for the past two years, working on special projects and within our education program. He has an M.M. in composition from the Peabody Conservatory, where he also completed the Music Teacher Certification Program. He has a bit of a local connection also, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in music and psychology. 
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.
His children’s pieces have been performed by over 40 choruses, and he has written the score for three children’s musicals for the Media Theatre, including “Alice In Wonderland”, and “Five Little Pumpkins”. One of the three, “Peter Pan and Wendy,” won the Broadway World “Best of Philadelphia Theatre” Award for Best New Work.