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Founded in 2002, The Winter Park Playhouse is Central Florida's professional musical theatre and one of few in the state. It is a 501(c)(3), non-profit charitable organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life for residents and visitors in Central Florida by producing and developing year-round professional musical theatre programming, in-house and out in the community, that entertains, uplifts, and inspires.

Located minutes from downtown Orlando and blocks from beautiful Park Avenue, the Playhouse is known for its high quality entertainment, welcoming atmosphere and exceptional customer service. The intimacy of the 123-seat theater engages patrons in a unique up-close-and-personal experience.

Affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union of actors and stage managers, the Playhouse maintains high standards of artistic integrity and proudly employs professional actors, musicians and technicians for each production. The year-round programming includes: 

The Mainstage Series
An annual Series of dynamic musicals and revues, new or rarely produced in the region, which feature professional actors and musicians.

The Spotlight Cabaret Series
A monthly Series of new cabaret premieres which showcase a different professional singer in a 55-minute "New York-style" cabaret in the beautiful lobby bar.

REACH
An educational outreach program which engages underserved children in quality musical theatre experiences (live performances and classes) at their day nurseries, schools and community centers.

SHARE
An adult outreach program that brings uplifting, professional musical theatre performances to homebound seniors in life care communities.

Florida Festival of New Musicals
A new annual festival, the only one in Florida and one of two in the Southeastern Region, which is being developed to help advance musical theatre by showcasing new musical works and fostering the artistic growth of composers and playwrights.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Roy Alan
Roger Blauvelt
Gordon Blitch
Gary Brewer
George Fender
Cris Heceta
Dr. Armon Jadidian
Leslie Kelly
Dr. Francille MacFarland
Dr. Judith Marlowe
Mark Peelor

Heather Alexander (ex officio)
Carrie Frye (Director Emeritus)
Anne van den Berg (Director Emeritus) 
Michael Edwards (Director Emeritus)
 

Officers:
President: Roger Blauvelt
Secretary: Leslie Kelly
Treasurer: Gordon Blitch


STAFF

Roy

ROY ALAN
(Artistic Director)

Roy is the Artistic Director and co-founder of The Winter Park Playhouse and has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union of actors and stage managers, since 1979. He has been working professionally for over 50 years with over 250 production credits as a performer, director, and choreographer including the Broadway productions of Pirates of Penzance with Kevin Kline and Linda Ronstadt and Nine with Raul Julia. His National Tour credits include The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Pirates of Penzance. Roy also appeared in the Pre-Broadway production of Chaplin with Anthony Newley.

Heather

 

HEATHER ALEXANDER
(Executive Director)

Heather is the Executive Director and co-founder of The Winter Park Playhouse and has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union of actors and stage managers, since 1992. She received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of North Florida and has been working professionally for over 25 years. Heather is a member of The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, The Winter Park Cultural Consortium, The Orange Avenue Business Association, 4 Arts, and The Central Florida Performing Arts Alliance. In addition to her professional stage experience, she has a variety of commercial, industrial and television credits including the co-host of The Florida Lottery’s Flamingo Fortune Game Show.

Alan

ALAN GALLANT
(Technical Director/ Stage Manager)

Alan received a Master’s in Fine Arts from The University of Central Florida and has worked as an actor, technician, educator and student of the theatre for over 30 years. He has appeared at UCF in The Laramie Project, The Three Sisters, The Visit, and Dracula; at The Winter Park Playhouse in Groucho: A Life in Revue; at The Orlando Fringe Festival in Hooked and Copping a Craigie; and at The Orlando Repertory Theatre in the Writes of Spring. 

Chris

CHRISTOPHER LEAVY
(Musical Director)

Chris joined the Playhouse family in 2007, and his professional career as a Music Director, accompanist, vocal coach and actor spans almost 50 years and more than 100 shows. Chris earned his BA in Theatre from the University of New Hampshire, and is also a pianist, vocal coach and performer at Walt Disney World (Dapper Dans of Main Street, Hoop Dee Doo Revue, Rose & Crown Pub, and more) and SAK Comedy Lab. Other local credits include Universal Studios Orlando, Mad Cow Theatre, Treasure Tavern, Sing Live USA, the Orlando Gay Chorus and more. Chris performed his award-winning cabaret "I'm Just Not That Gay" at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, the Kansas City Fringe Festival and Don't Tell Mama in New York. Chris' national credits include the National Tour of Bathhouse, the Musical, and shows for the Kansas City Crossroads Musical Theatre Festival (Kansas City, MO), Silver Dollar City theme park and the Mansion America (Branson, MO), the American Repertory Theatre (Cambridge, MA), Wheelock Family Theatre (Boston, MA), and Theatre by the Sea and Seacoast Repertory Theatre (Portsmouth, NH).

Lisa

 

LISA MELILLO
(Director of Marketing & Public Relations)

Received BSA in communications from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Former Director of Sales for the Arts & Cultural Alliance; 20 year veteran of the tourism and group sales industry; Worked in subscription sales department of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., Held numerous positions for several Fortune 500 entertainment organizations including most recently Planet Hollywood Inc. and Hard Rock Café International Inc. where she developed the sales and marketing departments for each organization as their Vice President of Sales. Lisa is a proud graduate of Leadership Winter Park Class XXI and is actively involved in many local and state professional associations. 

Megan

 

MEGAN TSURUMAKI
(Director of Outreach)

Megan has been with The Winter Park Playhouse's exciting outreach program since its inception in 2009, though she's been working with Heather and Roy since 2006! Megan holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre from UCF, and a Bachelors of Music in Music Education with a minor in theatre arts from Appalachian State University. She is a private instructor in audition coaching, vocal pedagogy and piano. Megan also music directs productions with theatres around Orlando, including The Orlando Repertory Theatre and Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Megan's love for teaching grew when she spent a summer touring the upper mid-west with Prairie Fire Children's Theatre, where she directed a production of Alice in Wonderland with a new set of 80 students in a different city each week. After graduate school, Megan chaired the Performing Arts Department at Maret School, a private K-12 day school in the heart of Washington, DC. She has a passion for helping young people reach their dreams in the performing arts and loves sharing that passion with members of our community. 

Jessie

JESSIE STENBERG
(Executive Assistant)

 

THEATRE HISTORY


Opening

The Winter Park Playhouse brings people together and touches the heart in ways that significantly enhance the quality of life in this community. We exist because of the ongoing passion, dedication and generosity of our amazing staff, donors, patrons and volunteers.  The founders are not philanthropists-simply artists who want to touch as many lives as possible through the joy of musical theatre.  

When The Winter Park Playhouse opened in 2002, it was located in the back of a performing arts school and had a 4’ x 8’ platform stage, 60 folding metal chairs, no curtains, no sound system, and minimal lighting.  Within 6 months, we had cultivated enough support to build a small stage, purchase additional lighting equipment and seating and present its first season of three productions. 

Year after year, we’ve consistently broadened our audience and expanded our programming. On August 15, 2009, we moved into the current location allowing us to better serve the community. Today, The Winter Park Playhouse presents six mainstage musical productions per year, monthly cabarets, and the outreach program REACH.  

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