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MANAGING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
William Sanders is in his 28th season as artistic director, 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, Constellations, Fun Home, Billy Elliot 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. Working in the theatre he has been lucky enough to “be in the room” with marvelous talents including actors Roger Rees, Faith Prince, Nathan Lane, Patricia Clarkson, John Glover, Julie Halston, J. Smith Cameron, Alan Cumming, Jennifer Ehle, Ruthie Henshall, Hayley Mills, Joie Lee, Carolee Carmello, Katharine Helmond, Jerry Stiller, Kelly Bishop, Dominic West, Larry Pine, Rue McClanahan, Allison Janney, John Benjamin Hickey, and Sally Murphy as well as playwrights and composers Neil Simon, Terrence McNally, Jon Robin Baitz, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, Peter Hedges, Marshall Mays, Susan DiLallo, Stephen Weiner and Craig Lucas but none more gratifying than the talent right here in the Lehigh Valley. 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 attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, 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. He and his husband Jason make their home in Allentown very nearby in the vibrant West End with their theatredog, Alfie.
ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/ PRODUCTION MANAGER
Will Morris is the Associate Artistic Director & Production Manager for Civic Theatre of Allentown. He is responsible for production oversight, artistic fiscal management and planning, and directing and design work. Will has been a member of Civic’s team since he was an intern in 2005, and he is the recipient of the Emerging Artist Award bestowed upon him by the Allentown Arts Commission. Will is a magna cum laude graduate of Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts. He lives in Allentown with his loving husband and ferocious jungle tiger (at least, his cat thinks she is). Learn more about Will at www.willmorrisdesign.org and/or LinkedIn.
Carly Covel is the Marketing Director for Civic Theatre. She is responsible for overseeing and implementing all marketing, and communications related activities that are necessary to sustain and grow the organization. Carly feels honored to serve an organization dedicated to bringing excellent, elevated theatre arts to the Lehigh Valley community.
Carly graduated from Eastern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communication Studies where she also minored in Theatre Performing Arts. She lives with her husband, Michael and cat, Marlowe in Harleysville where she enjoys, gardening, baking reading, photography, crochet and crating along with other creative pursuit that crosses her path.
BOX OFFICE MANAGER
Darlene Mozeko is the Box Office Manager at Civic Theatre of Allentown. She is responsible for maintaining the ticketing platform, selling and fulfilling ticket orders, memberships, and subscriptions, assisting Civic Theatre School with registrations and providing customer service to all patrons. Darlene became involved at Civic when her son attended Civic Theatre School. She learned to run the light board for the CTS production of The Little Mermaid (2013) which lead to running lights for all productions beginning in February 2015 until October 2019. She also joined the movie staff in 2017 and, in November 2019, she became Box Office Manager. Darlene is very passionate about the arts and Civic, in particular, and is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful organization.
Drew Swedberg works as the Movie Manager for the Civic Theatre of Allentown. He is responsible for programming the films, organizing cinema events and series, and leading movie staff. Drew is a filmmaker and educator, currently co-directing his debut feature documentary in Allentown and teaching in the LVAIC Documentary Storymaking minor and Lafayette College's Film and Media Studies program. He was a Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellow in 2022 and a Visiting Fellow at Skidmore College’s MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute in 2020 and 2022. He graduated from Muhlenberg College with a degree in Film Studies and English, and was the first graduate from the LVAIC Documentary Storymaking program. When he isn't at the cinema, you can find him reading at the lake, coaching basketball, or making tea for friends.
CIVIC THEATRE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR
JoAnn Wilchek Basist
JoAnn Basist has been a CTS instructor, director, and administrator for the past 30 years. She is a proud 1973 graduate of Civic Theatre School. She has been seen onstage at Civic in numerous productions-- most recently as Carole Scrooge in Christmas Carole 1944. She holds a B.A. in Acting/Education from Cedar Crest College, an M.Ed. from Kutztown University, and additional graduate credits from Oxford University. Mrs. Basist is currently an Adjunct Professor at Cedar Crest College and also directs Main Stage productions for the college. She is a two-time Allentown Arts Ovation Award recipient.
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