MN Drama, an award winning extracurricular theatre program, hosts two productions on the main stage each year. Students in grades 9-12 are welcome to audition for these productions, or to sign up to be part of one of the technical crews, or the live pit orchestra. MN Drama prides itself in the various opportunities that are able to be provided to the students to grow not only as performers, but as people.
Marple Newtown participates in the Cappies of Greater Philadelphia Program, which provides reviews of local high school shows and sponsors an awards gala every May to honor the performers of the year.
At MN Drama, we are passionate about getting student involved and excited. There are opportunities to join this great organization as an actor, singer, dancer, musician, crew member, or even for advertisement, marketing, producing and more!
Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
Meet the team that makes the magic happen
Brian has been the director of MN Drama since the fall of 2015! Brian has a Bachelor's degree in Theater from Kutztown University and a Master's of Education in Elementary Education from Cabrini University. Brian currently teaches 5th Grade at Stonehurst Hills Elementary School in Upper Darby School District. Brian has acted and directed many productions at Pennsylvania Youth Theater, Limelight Theater Company, Candlelight Dinner Theater, and the Players Club of Swarthmore. When not teaching or doing theater, Brian resides in Drexel Hill with his husband, daughter, and their two cats.
Tiffany is a MNHS Stage Crew Alumni. She graduated from West Chester University in 2010 with a Bachelor in Communication and a Minor in Film and PR. She went on to a career in Producing commercials and films in Los Angeles. Recently moved back to the East Coast, Tiffany is grateful to continue her work in film while bringing a little bit of “Hollywood” to the MN Stage. Her love for producing began at MN Drama and she hopes to inspire others to chase their dreams like she has. Tiffany brought back the Student Producer program to expose the students to opportunities outside of acting and technical.
Busy building the set! Be back soon.
Nora has been a music educator for over 10 years, and is passionate about sharing the love of music with others. With degrees in both music education and music performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, Nora has been able to build high-quality and sustaining music programs in a variety of school settings. In 2017 she was a recipient of Music Theatre International’s Lion King Experience Grant, which allowed her to provide an inner-city school the opportunity to participate in and perform a musical. Nora has also music directed multiple musicals for community theaters throughout the Philadelphia region. In addition, Nora has performed throughout the world as both an instrumentalist and vocalist, including venues Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center, and more.
This is Nora’s 5th year with MN Drama. She is proud of all the cast, crew, and pit members for their hard work and dedication to their craft. Together, they have built an amazing community and she is excited for what the future holds for this program!
Bridget has been with MN Drama since 2011. Her background is in performing arts (Bachelor of Music from West Chester, Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music), and Education (PhD Education from Widener), so this role is a terrific fit as a combination of the two. Watching the students bravely try new things and learn new skills is wonderful, and this program especially values students collaborating to support one another with their diverse strengths and talents. It's a joy to watch the performers grow as they learn to trust their own bodies, and their castmates, as dancers. Miss Bridget loves the process of teaching and rehearsing just as much as the thrill of the curtain opening for each performance. Her pride for her students grows year after year.
Special Effects Advisor
Matt “WakaWaka” Zelonka has been with MN drama for 2 years. During the day, he is a state certified appraiser and has been self employed for 30 years. He is a creative at heart and describes himself as a “maker”. His goal at MN Drama is to work alongside the crew to create high quality props and effects, showing them different and unique ways to build and “make”. He loves to create the unbelievable for others to laugh and enjoy. Outside of work and the crew, he spends his time with the loves of his life, his daughter and wife! He is also the Arizona State hula hoop champion 1985/86 (junior league). “Anything you create might have greater purpose than you know.”