Staff & Board

Artistic Staff

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William Sanders

Artistic Director

William Sanders is celebrating thirty years as a working theatre professional, twenty four of those at Civic, leading the organization to produce acclaimed area premiere productions such as Angels in America Parts 1 and 2FalsettosSearch for Signs…Lips Together Teeth ApartMarvin’s RoomThe Normal HeartThe Grapes of WrathThe Film Society, Six Degrees of Separation; FolliesThe Scarlet LetterPassionThe Cider House Rules Parts 1 & 2tick…tick…BOOM!; RENTAugust: 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 LivingBlue WindowProposals 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 JasonSongsDance In The Giddy CircleTrustHow 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 HorrorsDamn YankeesJoseph…, Schoolhouse Rock Live, and others) and the Theatre Outlet (jasonSongsThe Laramie ProjectBricksLysistrata). He has created choreography for all the musicals he directed locally, as well as productions of My Fair LadyOn the Twentieth CenturyThe 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 HousewivesOver HereIrma La DouceMack and MabelCompanyGypsy 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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Will Morris

Associate Artistic Director/ Production Manager

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. He served as Technical Director of Civic Theatre from 2007-2015. During his time at Civic, he has costume designed and lighting designed numerous productions including but not limited to Gypsy, Next to Normal, 33 Variations, August: Osage County, Cabaret, Rocky Horror, and numerous productions of A Christmas Carol. Will has also directed productions of Beyond the VeilMusic from Down the Hill, and Why We Have a Body for Civic Theatre. Will was educated at Furman University located in Greenville, SC where he graduated magna cum laude, receiving a B.A. in Theatre Arts. He has also 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. Finally, Will is a recipient of the Emerging Artist Arts Ovation Award bestowed upon him by the Allentown Arts Commission.

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Josh DeRuosi

Technical Director

Administrative Staff

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Shirley Kline

Managing Director

Shirley Kline joins Civic Theatre of Allentown with over twenty years of development and marketing experience having worked for local nonprofit institutions such as Wildlands Conservancy, Lehigh County Historical Society, and Lehigh Valley Zoo. Shirley brings a broad range of expertise and passion to advance the quality of life of our community.  As Director of Development and Marketing at Lehigh Valley Zoo, she developed and implemented annual plans to grow revenue through membership, signature events and guest engagement activities, business partnerships, grants, EITC contributions, individual donations, facility rental, matching gifts and in-kind donations, and increased brand awareness of the Zoo as a Smart Fun destination through compelling signage and advertising campaigns.  While at Lehigh County Historical Society as Development Director, Shirley assisted the Executive Director with successfully closing the $8.5M Centennial Capital Campaign and creating the Society’s memorable Hess’s Cuisine & Couture Gala.  At Wildlands Conservancy, Shirley served various roles within the development department to increase membership, corporate, and foundation support, publish quarterly newsletters and annual reports, and orchestrated special events such as the annual dinner auction and Lehigh River Sojourn.  Shirley studied Interior Design and Fashion Merchandising at the Art Institute of Atlanta. She resides in Emmaus with her husband, Scott, and has a son, Joshua, who proudly serves our country as a Captain in the United States Army while completing his APA-accredited doctoral internship in clinical psychology.

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Julie Mohr Emin

Development Director
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Jonathan T. Shehab

Marketing & Community Engagement Director
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Sue Sneeringer

Business Manager

 Sue Sneeringer is a published playwright who earned her theatre degree from Penn State and also studied screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

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Kelcie Kosberg

Box Office Manager & Volunteer Coordinator

Kelcie Kosberg is a Lehigh Valley performer originally from New Jersey. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from The Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University. Before joining the Civic Theatre of Allentown, Kelcie was the Assistant Box Office Manager for the Mason Gross Perforning Arts Center at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. She has performed regionally in PA, NJ, and NY in both theatre and comedy. Favorite past credits include We're Good, You're Great! improv comedy show, The Challengers of the Well Known sketch comedy show, The Son He Always Wanted/ Home on the Range (Huda/ Wind; original cast), and Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding (Terry Vitale) at the Steelstacks in Bethlehem PA, Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth), 9 to 5 (Doralee), The Addams Family (Morticia), and Shrek the Musical (Princess Fiona) with The Country Gate Players in Belvidere NJ, How to Succeed…(Hedy LaRue) with the Talisman Players in Kutztown PA, and Seussical the Musical (Gertrude McFuzz) with Catasauqua Area Showcase Theatre.

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Christine Zondervan

Graphic Designer

Board Members

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Maria DeFebo-Edwards

Board President
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JoAnn Wilchek Basist

1st Vice President
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Dr. Barry Glassman

2nd Vice President
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Joseph V. Kochanasz

Treasurer
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Abigail M. Martin, JD, LL.M, ESQ., CPA

Secretary
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Aliette Abo

Board of Directors
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Dr. Robert D. Barraco

Board of Directors
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Charles Cole

Board of Directors
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Frank Facchiano

Board of Directors
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Sharon Glassman

Board of Directors
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Jane Brown Heft

Board of Directors
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Shirley Kline

Board of Directors
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Michelle LaWall

Board of Directors
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Kathy Patterson

Board of Directors
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Lonny Pattishall

Board of Directors
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Diane Pierce-Williams

Board of Directors
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William Sanders

Board of Directors
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Ray Starner

Board of Directors
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Susan Ellis Wild

Board of Directors