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Artistic Staff

William SandersWill Morris
Artistic Director — William Sanders is celebrating thirty years as a working theatre professional, twenty one of those at Civic, leading the organization to produce acclaimed area premiere productions such as Angels in America Parts 1 and 2; Falsettos; Search for Signs…, Lips Together Teeth Apart; Marvin’s Room; The Normal Heart; The Grapes of Wrath; The Film Society, Six Degrees of Separation; Follies; The Scarlet Letter; Passion; The Cider House Rules Parts 1 & 2; tick…tick…BOOM!; RENT, August: Osage Count, Next to Normal, Spring Awakening, Other Desert Cities and A Man of No Importance.  He has had the pleasure of working at Lincoln Center Theater, the Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club, and the Ahmanson/Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles as assistant director to Joe Mantello on several Broadway and Off-Broadway productions including the Tony-award winning Love! Valour! Compassion!, Design for Living, Blue Window, Proposals and A Man of No Importance. Also in New York he enjoyed stage-managing the Off-Broadway productions of The Vagina Monologues and the Obie Award-winning Saved or Destroyed? for Rattlestick Theatre, where he briefly served as Associate Artistic Director. Off -Off  Broadway he has directed JasonSongs, Dance In The Giddy Circle, Trust, How Far Will You Go?, A Girl You Should Know, Genesius, and Mommalogues.

He has directed and/or choreographed at Goodspeed Musicals, The Sharon Playhouse, American Family Theatre, YOLO Theatre Group, manhattantheatresource, New York City Opera Education Department, Shepherd Hills Dinner Theatre, The Trilogy Theatre, and PA Stage. Locally he has worked at Muhlenberg (Little Shop of Horrors, Damn Yankees, Joseph…, Schoolhouse Rock Live, and others) and the Theatre Outlet (jasonSongs, The Laramie Project, Bricks, Lysistrata). He has created choreography for all the musicals he directed locally, as well as productions of My Fair Lady, On the Twentieth Century, The Sound of Music, and Once Upon a Time in New Jersey at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, The Cradle Will Rock at Theatre Outlet, and Angry Housewives, Over Here, Irma La Douce, Mack and Mabel, Company, Gypsy and others elsewhere. His choreography for the 2003 production of The Wiz at Emmaus H.S. was the recipient of the first FREDDY award for choreography. Bill received the Arts Ovation Award in 1998 for Outstanding Acheivement in the Performing Arts and his production of Gypsy was honored with an unprecedented 25th anniversary special recognition award from Arts Ovation. He has been a recipient of the Community Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Diversity Network for his commitment to bringing LGBT themed work to the Lehigh Valley and has been honored with the prestigious Allentown Human Relations Award.  He holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is a member of Actor’s Equity and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

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Technical Director — Will was a member of Civic’s Resident Company for the 2005-2006 season. He has performed numerous roles on the Civic stage, including Homer Wells in The Cider House Rules and Jacob Marley in Civic’s annual A Christmas Carol. Will also directed and costume designed Beyond the Veil, the resident company’s production for the 2005-2006 season. Will performed and toured with the National Players based out of the Washington D.C. area. National Players is America’s longest running touring company, and Will was fortunate enough to be a member of its 58th annual tour. In addition to serving as the tour’s Master Electrician, he played Cassio in Shakespeare’s Othello and Merriman in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. As the Associate Technical Director at Civic Theatre, Will has completed sets for Beauty and the Beast, Titanic, and The Full Monty to name a few. He has also been the costume designer for The Full Monty and lighting designer for Tuesdays with Morrie, Refuge, The Vagina Monologues, Civic’s 80th event, High School Musical, and A Christmas Carol.

Administrative Staff

Managing Director — Michael Traupman has served as Civic’s Managing Director since the Fall of 2012. Prior to that, Michael worked with Civic as interim Managing Director, as a development and marketing consultant, as well as Vice President of Civic’s Board. Michael spent 16 years at Cedar Crest College where he was Executive Director for College Relations. Responsible for the College’s marketing efforts and special events programming, Michael led the planning of the College’s largest public events, including programs surrounding the campus visits of Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Anan, President George Bush, First Lady Michele Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, Nobel Prize Winner Elie Weisel and many others. As an advisor to the College president and a member of her cabinet, Michael worked on capital fundraising and the College’s annual fundraising campaigns – crafting case statements and creating the messaging that helped the college raise nearly $12 million in 5 years. Previously Michael worked as the Director of Press and Publications for the former Pennsylvania Stage Company (LORT D) as well as an associate editor for the Rodale Institute’s New Farm magazine and its customer publishing division. As a performer, Michael has appeared on stage in several productions at Civic as well as on other stages in the area. He frequently performs concerts and cabarets throughout the region. He has appeared in New York City in concert at the Triad, The Iridium, Don’t Tell Mama’s and in Jim Caruso’s weekly “Cast Party” at Birdland.

Sue Sneeringer
Sue Pease
Zach Kleemeyer
Carrie Gradin
Susan McDermott