Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Names Anelise Diaz Education Director

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, the professional theatre at DeSales University, is pleased to announce the appointment of Anelise Diaz as the new Education Director.

In this key administrative position, Ms. Diaz will spearhead all aspects of Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s educational programming, including the administration and project management of the Festival’s fall WillPower Tour, an annual Shakespeare competition for high school students, and coordinating student group visits to the Festival during the summer performance season. Additionally, she will oversee the Festival’s accessibility programming, including American Sign Language Interpreted, Audio Described, Open Captioned, and sensory-friendly Relaxed Performances. Working closely with the leadership of the Festival’s Volunteer Guild Board, Ms. Diaz will also participate in coordinating volunteer activities and initiatives during, and in preparation for, the summer Festival season.

“Anelise Diaz is a strong addition to our staff,” says Producing Artistic Director Patrick Mulcahy. “Her DeSales University degrees in theatre and education, combined with her direct experience with both the Festival and our community will serve PSF and its many patrons well.”

A graduate of DeSales University, Ms. Diaz received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater with a focus on education. She received a Secondary English Teacher Certification following a student teaching assignment at Freedom High School last fall. In this administrative position, she returns to Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival where she was a member of the Young Company for two seasons. Her PSF acting credits include roles in The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, and All’s Well That Ends Well.

Members of the PSF Young Company immerse themselves in an intensive, experience-based professional development program. These positions rigorously prepare student artists for a fruitful career in the theater industry in a practical setting, akin to a ‘teaching hospital’ approach.

Ms. Diaz succeeds Jill Arington, a fellow DeSales alumna who served in the Education Director position for seven years.

A Lehigh Valley native, Ms. Diaz is also a graduate of Charter Arts High School and resides in Allentown, Pa. with her family.

About Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival:

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Patrick Mulcahy, is the only professional Equity theatre of its scope and scale within a 50-mile radius. PSF is one of only a handful of theatres on the continent producing Shakespeare, musicals, classics, and contemporary plays, all of which can all be seen in rep and in multiple spaces within a few visits in a single summer season. Similarly, PSF will be among just a handful of theatres on the continent this summer to produce three Shakespeare plays in a single summer season.  A patron would have to travel seven to nine hours from PSF to find a comparable range of offerings at a single theatre within a few weeks’ time.

The Festival’s award-winning company of many world-class artists includes Broadway, film, and television veterans, and winners and nominees of the Tony, Emmy, Obie, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Jefferson, Hayes, Lortel, and Barrymore awards. A leading Shakespeare theatre with a national reputation for excellence, PSF has received coverage in The Washington Post, NPR, American Theatre Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and in recent seasons The New York Times has identified PSF as one of the leading summer theatre festivals in the nation. “A world-class theater experience on a par with the top Bard fests,” is how one New York Drama Desk reviewer characterized PSF.

Founded in 1992 and the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, PSF’s mission is to enrich, inspire, engage, and entertain the widest possible audience through first-rate productions of classical and contemporary plays, with a core commitment to Shakespeare and other master dramatists, and through an array of education and mentorship programs. A not-for-profit theatre, PSF receives significant support from its host, DeSales University, from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. With 150 performances of seven productions, the Festival attracts patrons each summer from 30+ states. In 27 years, PSF has offered 168 total productions (72 Shakespeare), and entertained 900,000+ patrons from 50 states, now averaging 38,000+ in attendance each summer season, plus another 13,000 students each year through its WillPower Tour. PSF is a multi-year recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts: Shakespeare in American Communities, and is a constituent of Theatre Communications Group, and the Shakespeare Theatre Association. In 2013, leaders of the world’s premier Shakespeare theatres gathered at PSF as the Festival hosted the international STA Conference.

The Festival’s vision is for world-class work.