David E. Leidholdt
Producing Artistic Director
Has been a Director, Producer, Artistic Director and Teaching Artist working in and around the New York City area since 1993. In 1996 Mr. Leidholdt started working as a freelance Director and Choreographer for the American Family Theatre in Philadelphia eventually becoming the Artistic Director in 2007. Also, in 2007 he helped to create the ReVision Theatre is Asbury Park, NJ. As Co-Artistic Director Producing: Kingdom a new musical based on the Latin Kings (Winner Best Musical New Jersey Star Ledger), The Breakup Notebook a Lesbian Musical starring Beth Malone (Winner Best Musical New Jersey Star Ledger), the world premiere of The Bikinis staring ‘Orange is the Black’ star Annie Golden, The Rocky Horror Show (Year End Best Award New Jersey Star Ledger and Tri City News), Hello Dolly and regional premieres of Xanadu and Spring Awakening.
Mr. Leidholdt was one of the founding producer for The New York Musical Theatre Festival and helped to bring to fruition such shows as; [Title of Show], Altar Boyz, Rooms and Next to Normal. In 2005, Mr. Leidholdt served as the Associate Producer for The Barrington Stage Company where he produced Hair and Tony winner Donna McKechnie’s Gypsy in My Soul.
Mr. Leidholdt has been a teacher working with young actors for the past 30 years teaching in such established institutions as the Professional Performing Arts School and The Actors Institute in New York City, Stagedoor Manor, Interprovinicial Musical Theatre in Canada, Cranbrook Theatre School and Ohio Northern University.
He has been honored to be a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society since 2001. An alumni of The Lincoln Center Directors Lab in 2000 and 2001. Studied Directing at Playwrights Horizons Professional Program and The Actors Institute and holds a BFA from the University of Detroit.
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David Gritzner General Manager
David rejoins Millbrook for his 9th season. He was most recently Executive Director of the State College Community Theatre, and has held a variety of corporate/management positions. David has an MFA in Lighting Design from the prestigious California Institute of the Arts, a BFA in Theatre from UCLA, and is a graduate of the Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy. He is a former concert pianist and organist, and still works actively as a freelance Lighting Designer.
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Holly Buczek Casting Consultant
Holly Buczek, CSA (Casting Consultant) Wojcik/Seay Casting & HDB Casting: Annie – National Tour 2014/15, 50 Shades, The Original Parody – off Broadway and Touring Companies, Church & State and Othello, The Remix– off Broadway, The John W. Engeman Theatre,Theatre Aspen, Theatre Raleigh, Tuacahn Performing Arts Center, Riverside Theatre, Arvada Center, The Independents for Fringe 2012 (winner Best-of-the Fest), iLLA, A Hip-Hop Musical, Deployed -The Musical, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die – In 3D, The Groove Factory and Pirates of Finance for NYMF, and for Bard SummerScape festival, The Ballad of Rom and Julz and Bitter Sweet. Other National & International tours: Jekyll & Hyde, Dreamgirls, Motown, Kinky Boots, Rent, Rock Of Ages, Something Rotten and more. TV: The Hunt With John Walsh on CNN. Films: Naz & Maalik, Diva and Symposium. Web: Commercials for Intel and Lipton. Holly is also a Casting Director at W/S Casting. For more information on Holly visit www.hdbcasting.com or www.wscasting.com.
Shannon Agnew Artistic Associate, Director
Shannon Agnew is a professional actress, writer, and director. During her studies in Pace University’s BFA musical theatre program, she studied and worked alongside industry professionals including David Simpatico, William Finn, Amy Rogers, Bob Cline, Edward Allan Baker, and Rhonda Miller. During her college years she began offering coaching sessions, and began theatrical education work with the All Stars theater education program, and teaching for The Hedgerow Theatre, America’s first repertory theater.
Shannon’s passion for performance grew into a love of teaching. She cultivated educational programs and taught for numerous theaters and organizations including: Ocean City Theatre Company; The Center Theater; Millbrook Playhouse; Big Apple Musicals LLC; Off Book Productions; Beautiful Soup The a teRn collective; Sundog Theatre Co.; Macy’s Entertainment; and The Director’s Gathering Philadelphia. Her belief that a mastery of theatrical fundamentals can improve every aspect of life and create sustainable careers in the arts drives her curriculum creation. She has been celebrated for her energetic, kind, and immerse teaching styles.
Her work as a professional performer, writer, and director continues alongside her teaching artist work. This spring, she can be found directing the theater for young audience series for The Ocean City Theatre Company, and the regional tour Ellis Island: Gateway to a Dream for Sundog Theatre Co.
Resident Musical Director
Margaret Ortbal currently works as a choir and drama teacher in the Jersey Shore Area School District. She holds a Bachelors of Music Education from Penn State University. In her first Millbrook season (2017) she music directed Seussical on the main stage and Annie JR with the Millbrook Youth Ensemble
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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