Patrick Derrickson ( Development & Audience Development Fellow) Patrick is an award-winning director and critically acclaimed lighting designer who has worked internationally with renowned artists from Germany, South Africa, and New Zealand. He joins Hedgerow as a Development Fellow after running around his home in D.C. directing, stage managing, lighting, and administering. He graduated cum laude from Washington College with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Philosophy and studied physical theater at Rhodes University in South Africa while pursuing independent research into non-European performance practices in theater. He is excited to make Rose Valley his home for the next two years after successfully circumnavigating the globe.
Lisa VillaMil ( Acting Fellow) Lisa is an acting fellow with Hedgerow Theatre Company. Her first production with Hedgerow is Storytime: Peter Pan. Training includes: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Masters in Classical and Contemporary Text (Acting); Shakespeare’s Globe Higher Education Acting Residency (director Nick Hutchison); Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Summer Professional Training Program 2015 acting apprentice. Theatre credits include: The Other Place (Tampa Repertory); Let the Bitch Burn (RCS); 20 Plays in 40 Minutes (RCS On the Verge Festival); Hamlet (RCS); Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey SPTP); Julius Caesar (Ithaca Shakespeare Company); The Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers (Kitchen Theatre, Kitchen Sink Prod.).Lisa is a certified actor combatant with the BASSC, and is certified in additional weapons through the SAFD. She choreographs violence for stage and screen. Lisa is an internationally produced playwright, and is co-founder of Now What Theatre.
Shaun Yates (Actor, Teacher) has been a proud member of the Hedgerow Theatre extended company for five years. In that time he has performed numerous roles from John Brown in John Brown’s Body and Tournell in A Flea in Her Ear, to Mr. Willy in Two Into One and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Shaun also serves as the music director for Hedgerow’s children’s musicals and other shows when necessary. To find out more and see what else Shaun is up to visit his website: http://www.shaunyates.com
Susan Wefel (Actor, Marketing, Member since ‘78) is a graduate of Boston University’s Theatre School and is a 37-year veteran actress and Company Member of Hedgerow Theatre. She has studied under Dolores Tanner, Rose Schulman, Janet Kelsey, Louis Lippa, and Penelope Reed. Susan teaches our Children and Teens in camps, Saturday classes, and our performance classes, and with Chester Charter.
Brock D. Vickers (Actor, Writer, Playwright, Marketing Manager) is a second-year Resident Fellow at the Hedgerow Theatre. Originally from Georgia, Vickers is a professional actor and writer who has appeared in multiple productions in the Tri-State area. He has been seen at Hedgerow in A Christmas Carol, Sense and Sensibility, Communicating Doors, Hamlet, Tales from Edgar Allan Poe, and On the Verge. Past performances include The Boss in Kerrigan and Lowdermilk’s Flash of Time for the 2013 PIFA Festival, The Raven in Fractured Mirror’s Shades of Poe, and the Bartender in Bye Bye Liver: Philadelphia. He has also taught classical theatre for the Philadelphia Shakespeare Company, performed improvised and devised works with PRF Productions, and entertained children with Family Stages and the Garden State Discovery Museum. Vickers studied acting at Darton College and later attained a B.A. in Theatre and a BS in Journalism from Georgia Southern University where he appeared in over twenty productions. Favorite performances at GSU include The Commandor in Fuenteovejuna, Nikos in Big Love, and Stephano in The Tempest. www.brockdvickers.weebly.com.
Darlene McClellan (Business Manager) Darlene graduated from Shippensburg University, where she majored and earned her B.S. in English and Library Science. She worked as a substitute teacher in the Ridley, Interboro, and Wallingford-Swarthmore school districts. She began her career at Hedgerow Theatre in 1998 when she volunteered as a backstage helper during children theatre productions. Still volunteering, she worked as a stage manager in both mainstage and children’s shows and an assistant director of Tiny Tim’s Christmas. She has coordinated the rehearsal and production schedules of many productions and has directed many children both at the theatre and at Strath Haven Middle School where for the past 2 years she has been assistant to the director in the production of the spring musical. Darlene serves at Hedgerow’s Board Liaison to facilitate and maintain a strong and active communication between the board of directors and company departments.
Art Hunter (Group Sales and Outreach Director) resides in Media, Pa. He graduated from St. Francis University with a B.S. in Education and Villanova University with a M.A. in Educational Administration. He was involved in all aspects of Medical Sales working for Johnson & Johnson, Siemens Medical and General Electric. He enjoys all sports and broadcasted Drexel University Men’s Basketball for 16 years.
Ari Baker (Production Manager) is originally from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. She earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts and History as well as her M.A. in Teaching in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Pittsburgh. While she started in theatre as a performer, she is particularly fond of administration and theatrical lighting. Ari has participated in all aspects of theatre with the exception of rigging. She is currently the Production Manager of Hedgerow Theatre. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing guitar, singing, and painting.
Jared Reed (Producing Artistic Director) has been proudly associated with Hedgerow since 1990 and is tremendously excited to be a part of this wonderful company. A Juilliard School graduate, Jared has appeared nationally at the Old Globe in San Diego, The McCarter Theatre, The Huntington, Cleveland Playhouse, The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and others. He appeared off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane before making his home in the Philadelphia region, co-founding Curio Theatre Company, and starting a family.