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Amber Mawande-Spytek is an upcoming 3rd semester Music Theatre major at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of Arts in New York City. She started her performance training journey at Texas State University, near her hometown in Texas and studied there for two years. After Transferring into AMDA’s two year conservatory program, she has been hard at work towards her craft in Musical Theatre. Amber’s top favorite roles that shes played are Audrey in Little Shop Of Horrors, Marcy Park in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Rusty in Footloose. Amber’s favorite dance style is tap, and she loves to roller skate! She’s thrilled to have joined the Mac-Haydn team and couldn’t be more psyched for this season!
Andrew Burton Kelley
Andrew Burton Kelley is thrilled to be back at The Mac-Haydn! He was last seen on The Mac-Haydn stage in 2019 where he played Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Will in Oklahoma!, and Houdini in Ragtime. Most recently, he worked on the Carnival Victory with his wife Rachel Pantazis as Production Singers. Other credits: Mark in Rent (Firehouse Center of the Arts), Al in A Chorus Line (The Palace Theatre), Sonny in Xanadu (Seacoast Repertory Theatre), Pippin in Pippin (Jean’s Playhouse), and Monty in Violet (Seacoast Repertory Theatre). He would like to thank John and the whole team for this chance to create once more. All his love to his family, Rachel, and last but not least, Eloise the cat.
Look out old Mac is back!! Angie is beyond thankful to be returning to a theatre she calls home. Angie made her Mac-Haydn debut in 2019, receiving a nomination for Broadway Worlds Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Rizzo in Grease. Angie is thrilled to take on the role of dance captain and choreographer this summer! Angie is so grateful to be able to continue spreading joy, being an ally and lifting others up all while doing what she loves most. Thank you John, James, Jill and my dear friend Spates for all your continued love and support! Angie dedicates everything she does to her Colonna Army. You’re my way, my moon and my life. After all this time, we survived! Always.
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Anthony is proud to be making his debut at the Mac-Haydn Theatre! He is currently a rising junior in NYU at the Tisch School of the Arts: New Studio on Broadway. His most recent credits include Ren (Footloose/Spotlight Arts Inc.) but his favorite role to take on was Angel Dumott Schunard (Rent) at Pied Piper Youth Theatre. In college during his primary training, he has also spent his time off-stage behind the scenes as an assistant stage manager for an upperclassmen production of Bad Hombres directed by Francine Torres. He hopes to pursue his dreams to be on Broadway after college. Anthony is so grateful to be presented with this opportunity to perform especially during such uncertain times so he gives a special thanks to P and J for making all of this possible! He would like to thank his family for always supporting his passion of the arts.
Ashley DeLane Burger
Ashley DeLane Burger is overjoyed to return to the Mac-Haydn after a whirlwind of a year! You may recognize her from performing in Mac-Haydn’s Chicago, Nice Work…, My Fair Lady or off the stage choreographing South Pacific & Sunset Boulevard. The past year she has been in Louisville, KY teaching at a Performing Arts High School and Dancensation Studios, choreographing locally, judging dance competitions nationally, performing with a local dance company and starting her own coaching company, First-Class Coaching. She is excited to dust off her heels and get back on the stage. For Ashley DeLane’s pre-covid adventures visit www.ashleydelane.com!
Education: BA Theatre & Speech/Dance minor (Wagner College), MS Kinesiology – Corrective Exercise/Rehabilitation (Arizona Still University), Certified Movement Analyst (Laban Institute of Movement Studies), Certified Group Fitness & YogaTune Up Instructor.
Brian D. Wagner
Brian Wagner is excited and appreciative to be part of the Mac-Haydn Theatre’s return to live performance. He has been seen in several shows on the Mac stage, most recently RAGTIME (JP Morgan) and SUNSET BOULEVARD (Cecil B. deMille). Prior Mac credits include HELLO DOLLY! (Horace Vandergelder), FUNNY GIRL (Flo Ziegfeld), ANNIE (Drake) and ANYTHING GOES (Eli Whitney) as well as Ensemble roles in HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME and SWEENEY TODD. Other favorite roles include Man In Chair (DROWSY CHAPERONE), The Doctor (A NEW BRAIN) and Dick Deadeye (HMS PINAFORE). When not treading the boards, Brian can be seen selling real estate around Columbia County as well as directing a team of data analysts at an advertising agency based in NYC! As always, love to Tim for his support in all I do onstage and off.
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Chris is thrilled to be making his Mac-Haydn debut! Regional credits: ‘MATILDA’ (Miss Trunchbull) ‘SWEENEY TODD’ (Beadle Bamford) ‘AVENUE Q’ (Nikky/Trekkie Monster) ‘THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE’ (William Barfeè) ‘RAGTIME’ (Willy Conklin) Other favorites: ‘TALK RADIO’ (Kent) *2017 NJ Perry Award Winner Best Featured Actor in a Play.* ‘HAIR’ (Woof), ‘THREEPENNY OPERA’ (Sawtooth Bob) ‘WENDY’S SHADOW’ at New York Musical Festival (Curly), Busch Gardens: Williamsburg ‘BLOOD BANQUET’ (Alfred), ‘SEUSSICAL’ (Horton). All the love to my family.
Clementine Kline made her Mac-Haydn Theatre debut in 2019 as Little Girl in RAGTIME and is thrilled to be back for the Mac’s return to the stage! Born and raised on the Lower East Side of NYC, she has always loved performing. Credits include: A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL (National Tour 2019 & 2018), SESAME STREET 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL (HBO/PBS), RADIO GALAXY Reading 2017-2020 (Mark Waldrop, director). Highlights with Columbia County Youth Theatre: THE LION KING (Timon/Young Nala), 101 DALMATIANS (Cruella de Vil), SHREK (Young Fiona). She has sung at Feinstein’s/54 Below and danced her own choreography at New York Live Arts. Clementine recently graduated as Valedictorian of the Professional Performing Arts School, NYC (Middle School). Thank you to John Saunders and the entire Mac family, her dance, voice & acting teachers, mom & dad. @clementinekline
David is excited to return to the Mac-Haydn after choreographing the 2015 production of Xanadu. Credits include: Xanadu original Broadway cast/Japan tour. Off Broadway: Rockstars NYC. West Side Story World Tour/La Scalla, Cabaret European Tour. National tours: Xanadu, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady. Cinderella, Evita, Sound of Music, Mame, Grease, Beauty and the Beast, Some Enchanted Evening. Figure skating: Radio City Christmas Show (three years), On the Town on Ice (Madison Square Garden), Cinderella on Ice (British Tour). TV and Film: Colors of Winter starring Nancy Kerrigan, Enchanted (Disney).
Emily is so excited to return to performing live onstage, and she could not be more thrilled to do it with the Mac-Haydn Theatre! She just finished her freshman year at Marymount Manhattan College where she is studying Musical Theatre and hopes to minor in illustration and animation. Some of her favorite roles have included Lady of the Lake (Spamalot), Ensemble (Ragtime), and Kaliope (She Kills Monsters). She also recently spent time choreographing at The Albany Academies. There she choreographed their production of Spamalot, as well as The Academies Theatre Summer Camp production. Emily wants to thank her mom, dad, sisters, and her Mac-Haydn family for always supporting her and pushing her to be the best she can be.
Erin Spears Ledford
Erin Spears Ledford is a New York City based Director, Performer, and Teaching Artist. This will mark Erin’s 7th season with The Mac-Haydn Theatre. She is honored to be a part of the return season as a member of both the creative team and acting company. Erin directed the Mac-Haydn mainstage productions of The Wedding Singer and Little Shop of Horrors, as well as the children’s theatre productions of Pied Piper and Pinocchio. Her most memorable Mac roles include: Rosie in Mamma Mia, Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act and Alice in Addams Family. Favorite regional credits include: Mrs. Sowerberry/ Nancy US in Oliver! (National Tour) and Anita in West Side Story (Circa 21.) When she is not treading the boards at The Mac, Erin works as a Teaching Artist with Inside Broadway in NYC where she brings performing arts programming into the classroom. Thanks to JL, MDK, JS
Gabe Belyeu is overjoyed to be returning for his 11th season at the Mac! After the 2019 season (Arthur in Camelot, Christopher Belling in Curtains, Tateh in Ragtime), Gabe had the pleasure of traveling to Nantucket, MA, to play Trunchbull in Matilda at Theatre Workshop Nantucket, and then to Fayetteville, NC, to play Lord Farquaad in Shrek at Cape Fear Regional Theatre. National Tours: Showboat, R&H’s Cinderella, Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver!, and Jesus Christ Superstar with Ted Neeley. After the tumult of the-year-that-shall-not-be-named, it is a dream come true to return to theatre at the Mac-Haydn. As always, thanks to my family and friends for their unwavering love and support. Keep up with Gabe at .www.gabebelyeu.com, there you can find links to his Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
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Hayden Ponjuan is delighted to be making his Mac-Haydn Theatre debut! Hayden, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana native, is currently pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre at The Hartt School. Recent credits include Aaron Mckinney in The Laramie Project (The Hartt School) Che Guevara in Evita (Jean’s Playhouse) Rolf in The Sound of Music (Jean’s Playhouse) and Ren McCormack in Footloose (Theatre Baton Rouge). He would like to thank his parents Jorge and Cristin, and his two brothers Noah and Dawson for their unconditional love and support. Lastly he would like to thank Mark Planner for his vocal guidance throughout his career. Following his graduation, Hayden has plans to become a New York City-based actor. For professional inquiries… Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Julia Hajjar is absolutely thrilled to be here this fall performing at the Mac-Haydn Theatre. She most recently appeared in Mamma Mia on Hilton Head Island – (Ensemble u/s Tanya). Her other credits include: Urinetown(Hope Cladwell), as well as in Chicago(Hunyak, u/s Roxie Hart), Cats (Victoria), The Music Man(Zaneeta), Guys and Dolls(Adelaide), Legally Blonde(Brooke Wyndham), Catch Me If You Can(Cheryl-Ann), My Fair Lady, Hairspray, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and The Rocky Horror Show. The American Musical And Dramatic Academy, 2021. Mom & Dad you are my world, I love you. Hugs and Kisses to the rest of my family! You follow me along my journey through instagram @juliahajjar
Kelly Gabrielle Murphy
Kelly Gabrielle Murphy: Most recently, Kelly was seen playing Tzeitel in the First National Tour of Fiddler on The Roof directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher. Favorite Mac Haydn credits include: Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Sophie in Mamma Mia!, Jolene in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Florika in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Wendy in Wendy’s Shadow to name a few. She received a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Miami and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Vocal Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College. Kelly would like to thank you for being here and supporting the return of live theater! Lastly, a huge thank you to John and the entire Mac Haydn staff! To learn more or to connect with Kelly visit www.kellygmurphy.com
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Kiara Hines is excited to be joining the cast of Beehive this fall! Kiara is a North Carolina native and she is making her Mac Haydn Theatre debut with this production. Some of Kiara’s favorite previous roles include: Cinderella in “Cinderella”, Lil Inez in “Hairspray”, and Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet.” There are not enough words to suffice for how grateful she is for her health, the opportunity to perform once again, and the love and support from her family and friends. Kiara hopes these familiar songs and stories will comfort the hearts of all in attendance. www.kiarahines.com
Kylan Ross (he/him) is thrilled to be returning to the Mac-Haydn theatre after featuring in their 2019 season. Kylan is originally from Ireland, but he now calls New York City home. He is a Musical Theatre and Film graduate from the New York Film Academy. Some of Kylans favorite credits include: TODRICK HALLS: STRAIGHT OUTTA OZ, North American Tour (The Wizard), NEWSIES (Davey/ Race), RAGTIME (Younger Brother), CHESS (Anatoly), CAROUSEL (Starkeeper), JOSEPH….DREAMCOAT (Joseph), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Annas), GREASE (Doody). Kylan couldn’t be more excited that live theatre is finally making it’s comeback, and he couldn’t be happier to be bringing live theatre back to Chatham at the Mac. Keep up with Kylan on Instagram: @kylanross
Liz Gurland is delighted to be back at Mac-Haydn! Recent roles: Warwick in King Henry VI Part 3 (Phoenix Theatre); Fräulein Schneider in Cabaret, Angie in The Wedding Singer, Miss Lynch in Grease (MacHaydn); Fräulein Schneider in Cabaret (Gallery Players). She has performed with such diverse organizations as La MaMa E.T.C., New Jersey Verismo Opera, the Blue Hill Troupe and Gallery Players. She created a one woman show in collaboration with the Emily Dickinson Museum. While earning her MFA at UC Irvine, she performed with Starlight Musical Theater in San Diego, Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach Opera and Aspen Opera Theater. MFA UC Irvine. THANK YOU MacHaydn Theatre, my family, BLB and JL! www.lizgurland.com
Maya is grateful to return to Mac-Haydn for her second year! A recent grad from The Hartt School of Music, Dance, and Theatre, her credits include Goodspeed Musicals Festivals: Gloria GROW, Mac-Haydn Theatre: Sarah RAGTIME, Ronnette LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Frenchie GREASE, Armina OKLAHOMA! Playhouse on Park: Carla u/s IN THE HEIGHTS, North Rockland Theatre Society: Aida AIDA, New Generation Theatre: Vanessa IN THE HEIGHTS, The Hartt School: Loraine u/s ALL SHOOK UP. Maya would very much like to thank her parents, siblings, and all of her family for always being her number one supporters, especially throughout the pandemic. She is super thankful to be back at the place she loves- doing what she loves once again!
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Mia Sempertegui is a current graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. In the Fall she is off to Los Angeles to complete her training and receive her BFA in Theatre. She was born and raised in Queens, NY. Mia’s most recent project was the short film POCHA, directed by Carly Oscar, and she played Vic, the main protagonist. She has also performed in cabarets and concerts all throughout NYC since she was in high school. When not performing she is picking up new hobbies that interest her, such as crocheting, ceramics, sewing, piano, and writing music. Mia is extremely thrilled to join the Mac-Haydn Theatre family and escape the sounds of the big city for the summer! miasempertegui.com, (IG)miasemperteguii
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Mikel Hunter 1973–1982 NY/NJ community, dinner and regional theatre stand outs include: OLIVER!, DAMN YANKEES, GYPSY, MAME, GUYS AND DOLLS, HELLO DOLLY!, THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM, CABARET, GEORGE M!, APPLAUSE, and PIPPIN. An early mentorship from Maestro Constantine Kitsopoulos and Ithaca College BFA led to the NYC theatre scene of the 1980s. Peter in THE FLOWER GIRL (written/ directed by Leonard Malfi), A founding member of Charles Busch’s Theatre-in-Limbo Co., VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM, and PSYCHO BEACH PARTY to name a few. Hyde in HOLLYWOOD (by Peter Parnell, directed by Gerry Gutierrez). The American Place Theatre and PBS American Show Time. Having first played the role of Lewis in PIPPIN at the age of seventeen it is a fantastic honor some forty years later to be here at the Mac-Haydn for the re-entry of myself into theatre, and live theatre in general—it’s great to be back!
Rachel Pantazis is elated to be returning to the Mac-Hadyn. An NYC based actress, Rachel was a company member in 2019 and played the roles of Nikki in Curtains, Betty in Sunset Boulevard, and Ado Annie in Oklahoma! opposite her incredible husband, Andrew Burton Kelley. Since her time at the Mac, Rachel worked as a production singer for Carnival Cruise Lines out of Miami on itineraries to Mexico and the Bahamas. During the pandemic, Rachel started working as a virtual voice teacher for students of all ages. Rachel was also lucky enough to safely music direct youth theatre at The Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH from fall of 2020-June of 2021. She fully embraced the opportunity to mentor grade school students on virtual platforms and finally in person by the end of May, 2021. Thank you to John, Monica, and the whole Mac team for welcoming her back this summer.
Sam is so excited to be back in Chatham with his Mac-Haydn family and is grateful to be doing theater again. Past credits include: Footloose (Ren), Sweeney Todd (Tobias), Grease (Johnny Casino), Ragtime (Tateh u/s), James and the Giant Peach (Grasshopper), Matilda (Big Kid), and many others at Mac-Haydn and at other regional theaters. Sam has also worked as a production singer for two cruise lines traveling all over the world and working in Germany. Sam was stranded at sea for two months at the beginning of the pandemic and is happy to be back on land! Sam will soon be releasing a music project that he wrote, co-produced, and recorded during the pandemic so look out for that (ig- @samseleznow). Sam is a Hartt school Alumni. Much love to his family and everyone at Mac-Haydn.
William Taitel is a Baritone from Rockaway, New Jersey. This will be his second season of performances at the Mac-Haydn Theatre. He is super excited to give his all this season, especially since the world has been in a state of chaos and he has been cooped up inside for too long. His other performances include: Jekyll & Hyde (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), Oklahoma (Ali Hakim), Ragtime (Booker T. Washington). He hopes you enjoy the performances and the season! Do it up big!
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Xander James is thrilled to make his Mac-Haydn debut this summer as Georg in “She Loves Me”. Having taken about a 10 year hiatus, he was so excited to jump back into the theater world. Xander has had the privilege of playing such roles as Henry in “Next to Normal”, Chip in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, Jud in “Oklahoma”, Juan in “Altar Boyz”, and Frankie in “Forever Plaid”. When he is not doing theater he is still on stage as a professional musician. You can catch him playing regularly in the West Village of New York City playing such clubs as Groove and Cafe Wha?. You can also stream all his original music on all platforms.