YPTW Faculty Members
Claudia Carlsson - B. Mus. Oberlin Conservatory of Music: Vocal Performance.
Teacher of Social Studies in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District since 1987. Claudia is a teacher at Strath Haven Middle School. Claudia has performed on the PCS stage as well as at Candlelight Dinner Theatre, The Brandywiners, PART (Philadelphia Area Repertory Theatre), PMTW, and with RVC. She also presents cabarets with her buddy, Sean Murray. Favorite Theatre Roles: Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha, Mama Rose in Gypsy, Guinevere in Camelot, and Florence in Chess. Claudia started her association with YPTW in 1987.
Joe Southard - Technical Director for YPTW as well as instructor. Joe has many
years of experience in all aspects of theatre. Favorite roles: El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Anatoly in Chess, Jesus in Godspell, Joseph in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Frederick in A Little Night Music and Barnum in Barnum. Joe designs and builds every YPTW set.
Darrin Peters - Choral Music teacher at Pennsville Memorial High School,
Head Choreographer at YPTW since 1995. Darrin has choreographed many shows, directed The Producers and Seussical at PCS and performed in many venues in PA and DE. Favorite Roles: Bill in Me and My Girl, Frankie in Forever Plaid, Bobby in Crazy for You, George M. Cohan in George M , Danny in Baby, and Roger in The Producers. Darrin started with YPTW in 1995 and made a huge impact on the quality of the dancing in our shows.
Bob Moore - One of the founding members of YPTW, Bob is a retired art teacher
in the Ridley School District. He also has an M.A. in theatre from Villanova. Bob is the make-up chair for YPTW and loves introducing young actors to YPTW and theatre through his delightful fundamentals of acting classes. Bob has been involved in over 400 theatrical productions in his lifetime...and is still going strong!
Gina Giachero - Holds a degree in Music from West Chester University. Gina's passion
is musical theatre and she has music directed for a number of theatres including the Walnut Street Theatre, Upper Darby Summer Stage, and West Chester University's Theatre Department. Gina is generally not on stage but has popped up in several dances at YPTW Overnight Camp. Her performance in Shoeless Joe has gone viral on YouTube.
Sean Murray - Brilliant performer and experience cabaret artist, Sean works with YPTW
on the Winter Workshop and Spring Musical. Favorite roles include: Carmen in The Producers, Hunchback in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors.
Liz Seymour Serpentine - Holds a BSED from West Chester University in elementary education with a minor in vocal music. Liz teaches math at the PA Leadership Cyber Charter School. An alumnus of YPTW, Liz has been involved as a student, choreographer, director, and teacher since 1993. She is pleased to share her love of YPTW with some of her best friends, husband Chris, and son Beckett
(well, once he is old enough). Favorite roles: Reno in Anything Goes,
Luisa in The Fantasticks, Mayzie and Gertrude in Seussical,
Mother in Ragtime and Squeaky Fromme in Assassins.
Chris Serpentine - M.A. from Villanova in Theatre. He's an adjunct professor of theatre at
Delaware County Community College. Chris met Liz in a production of “Assassins” at PCS. His rich dramatic background has brought energy and experience to YPTW. Favorite roles: John Hinckley Jr.; "Assassins" (PCS), Jerry; " The Zoo Story (Villanova Theatre) and Clive/Edward; "Cloud9" (Vasey Theatre).
Paul Kerrigan - English teacher and Gifted Coordinator at Springfield High School.
Paul has served as the Managing Producer for PCS and has performed many roles in plays and musicals. A director with vast experience, Paul directs shows
at Springfield, PCS and YPTW. Favorite roles: too many to mention!
Mary Leigh Filippone - Bachelor of Science in Educational Theatre New York University,
currently pursuing a Master of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University. Mary teaches theatre and directs at the PA Leadership Charter School's Center for Performing and Fine Arts. In addition to a continuously active role at The Players Club as a director, producer and board member,
Mary has been a director for Upper Darby Summer Stage's Rising Stars, Children's Theatre and Director's Workshop programs. She is also the fall play director at Upper Darby High School. As a performer, favorite roles include: Maggie Jones in 42nd Street, Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! and Mrs. Siezmagraff in Betty's Summer Vacation. Mary is the head of YPTW's Summer Day Camp where she returns to her YPTW roots to share her passion for all aspects of theatre.
Summer Camp Staff includes:
Kait Kerrigan, Brian Lowdermilk, Mike Jansen, Jeremiah Downes, Josh Young, and more!
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