Civic Theatre Staff
William SandersWill Morris
Artistic Director — William Sanders has been artistic director since 1991. He has had the pleasure of working at Lincoln Center Theater, the Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Rattlestick in New York, and at the Ahmanson/Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. He assisted 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. He stage managed the Off-Broadway productions of The Vagina Monologues and the Obie-Award winning Saved or Destroyed? for Rattlestick Theatre, where he served as Associate Artistic Director. He has directed Trust, Dance in the Giddy Circle, jasonSongs and the readings of many new plays, regionally and in New York City. In more than a decade at Civic, he has brought over 20 premieres to the Lehigh Valley, including The Scarlet Letter, The Grapes of Wrath, The Normal Heart, Merrily We Roll Along, Passion, The Cider House Rules, Falsettos, Arcadia, Six Degrees of Separation and Angels in America. Bill was the recipient of the 1998 Allentown Arts Ovation Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Performing Arts. He is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and Actor’s Equity.
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.
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.