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The Susquehanna Stage Co. is located in historic Marietta, Pennsylvania. As a non-profit community organization, our mission is to celebrate, through theatrical performances, the common humanity binding us all together. We seek to create extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge, inspire and serve the community and to be a community gathering place for active exchange about culture and the power of creativity. Our aim is to engage audiences of diverse ages, cultures and economic backgrounds through educational, intercultural and outreach programs.

Board of Directors

Susquehanna Stage Company’s Board of Directors is the governing body who are responsible for overseeing the organization’s activities. Take a minute to learn more about our team!

Kyle Brubaker

Chairman of the Board

Kyle grew up in Mount Joy and resides in Marietta, so his family roots run deep in Lancaster County. Kyle is the Senior Environmental Specialist & Environmental Manager for a Harrisburg based engineering company. Kyle hasn’t been on stage since high school but has been involved behind the scenes in one way or another with SSC since the beginning and is excited to be part of its growth and development  to better serve Marietta and the surrounding areas.

Scott Mackison

Vice-Chairman

Scott Mackison is a native of Columbia but has been living in Maytown for the last 20 years. He lives there with his wife Colleen and son Jered. His daughter Morgan resides in Marietta. Scott has been the “behind the scenes” guy at SSC for many years. He is employed by Frey Lutz Corp as a plumber/ pipefitter and a proud veteran having served in the Air Force.

Steven Sturgis

Treasurer / Bookeeper

Steve Sturgis is a veteran of the Susuquehanna Stage Co., having been in a dozen shows, from the first production of The Music Man through today. He is an Industrial Engineer, retired from M&M/Mars. He sings with the Lancaster Red Rose Barbershop Chorus. He is married to Debbie and has a daughter Beth.

Julia Tighe Howey

Secretary 

Julia is a Philadelphia native with a degree in Business, Marketing & Music Business and Technology. She currently manages the federal & private loan programs at Millersville University and is working on her Master’s in Higher Education Administration and Management. Julia has been involved with theatre onstage and behind the scenes for over 20 years and is excited to work with SSC toward expanding the future of community theatre in Marietta.

Michael Gage

Board Member

Mike is a native of Maryland but has called Lancaster his home for the last 18 years. He is currently the Director of Demand Generation for Clipper Magazine. With over 25 years of experience in digital and print marketing, graphic design and technology, he has worked with companies such as Marriott International, Dell and Unilever to name a few. Although never performing on stage, Mike has been building sets behind the scene at SSC over the past 6 seasons. He looks forward to bringing new growth, vision and success to this great local theatre.

Elizabeth Garner

Board Member

Liz is a long-time resident of Marietta where she lives with her husband and three children. Liz graduated from Millersville University with a degree in history and worked as an Archivist at the Pennsylvania State Archives before she transitioned into a full time stay at home mom. Liz appreciates the importance of the SSC to the Marietta community and hopes that the theater will have a role in encouraging economic and cultural growth in Marietta.

Asher Johnson

Board Member

Asher Johnson is a Marietta native and a recent graduate from Penn State Harrisburg with a major in Communications and a minor in Theatre. Asher recently completed a marketing internship with People’s Light, in Malvern PA and current;y volunteers his time on SSC’s Marketing and Production committees. He enjoys directing and has worked on multiple productions for the theatre on and off the stage.

Elizabeth Boyer

Board Member 

Liz has been a lifelong resident of Mount Joy and has been involved with many shows at Susquehanna Stage Company since the first performance of Music Man ten years ago. She graduated from Elizabethtown College with a BA in Music and Psychology. Liz is looking forward to being a part of the Board of Directors going forward, and assisting with SSC’s exciting new future!

Jonathan Shirey

Board Member

Jonathan is a Maytown native, now living in Landisville with his wife and three children. He received his doctorate in medicine from Georgetown University and practices Anesthesiology in the Harrisburg/Lancaster area as a partner in Riverside Anesthesia Associates. He has been active in the performing arts, performing in various roles for the past 20 years, a number of which have also been with SSC. He is committed to ensuring a continued and developing culture for the arts in the local area.

Administration

Meet the team of individuals runnning the day-to-day processes at SSC.

Jim Johnson

Artistic Director

Jim Johnson is the founding member Artistic Director and responsible for more than 40 productions at the Susquehanna Stage Co. Jim is a proud alumni of Penn State University, holding a Master’s Degree in Humanities. By day, Jim coordinates daily living and activities for the elderly residents living with dementia at St. Anne’s Retirement Community in Columbia. Jim is a 5th generation Marietta resident, living within easy walking distance of the theater, with his wife of thirty years, Jacquee and dog Joepa. Jim has directed and performed for most of his life at regional theaters, universities and community theaters throughout Pennsylvania and worked for two years at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Beth Gable

Administrative Director

Beth has worked as the Administrative Secretary for the IT & Budget Services department of the Lancaster County government for several years. She lives in Mount Joy with her husband Kent and two greyhounds. She has been in many shows at SSC, her two favorites being Godspell and Crimes of the Heart.

Jason Spickler

Technical Director

Jason is a founding member of the Susquehanna Stage Co., having served in almost every facet of the organization from administrator to actor and technician to director. In his spare time he enjoys buying and selling antiques and collectibles and is the music director at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Marietta. Jason currently fills the role of Technical Director for the company and is looking forward to being part of the renovation and revitalization of the new “downtown” home of SSC!

FOUNDING MEMBERS – NOVEMBER 23, 2008

Stephen Bair
Linda Shields Boozer
Andy Green
Jaclyn J. Johnson
James C. Johnson
Diane Shultz
Derrick Snyder
Jason W. Spickler
Karen Sullivan

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