Staff at Sharon Playhouse:
Robert Levinstein, Managing Director
Robert's knowledge of technical theater and finance, coupled with a creative eye offers a unique blend of business and art. As Associate Producer/Casting Director for the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine, he managed all aspects of theatrical production, served as a conduit between various diverse departments, controlled and supervised a multi-million dollar annual budget and cast of such luminaries as Stefanie Powers, Sally Struthers, Jefferson Mays, Carson Kressley, to name just a few. As a Producer/General Manager his productions included the Off-Broadway play Would You Still Love Me If... starring Kathleen Turner at New World Stages, the critically acclaimed Kick!, directed by Lynn Taylor-Corbett, It Is Done, a thriller set and performed in a bar (a critical success in New York...and award-winning in the Los Angeles transfer) along with the New York City premiere of The Spoon River Project, which played under the stars at the historic Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. As a Production Stage Manager, he has worked on Broadway (Waiting in The Wings with Lauren Bacall), National Tours (Camelot with Michael York), The Actor's Fund, and television...including shows for NBC, TBS and network award shows.
Alan M-L Wager, Artistic Director
Alan brings over 30 years of experience working in theater, television and film to the Sharon Playhouse. As a director, he has steered successful productions of Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma!, Guys & Dolls, among others. As an actor, he’s appeared in leading roles ranging from Broadway, National Tours and regional theaters all over the United States. He is a sought-after vocal coach who has worked with performers such as Patrick Cassidy, Amy Peitz and Veanne Cox. Alan is also a musical theater composer. Concept recordings of his shows feature such gifted artists as Brent Barrett, Andrea Burns, Diana Canova, Meg Bussert, Elizabeth Loyacano and Glory Crampton. In 2011 Wager and Levinstein formed 22Q Entertainment which was represented in North Hollywood with an award-winning production of Always...Patsy Cline starring Sally Struthers, while back in New York City, the company produced the My Big Italian trilogy.
Michael Kevin Baldwin, Director of Education/Assoc Artistic Dir
Michael Kevin Baldwin first performed on the stage of the Sharon Playhouse when he was 10 years old, playing Billy in The Woman Who Laughed, the world premiere of a play by Joyce Carol Oates, starring Luci Arnaz. Since then, Michael has performed in dozens of productions at the Playhouse, including A Chorus Line (Bobby), Hello Dolly (Ambrose), Camelot (Mordred), and Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth). Other favorite acting credits include playing Tony Whitcomb in Shear Madness at The Kennedy Center and The Notary in The Barber of Seville at The Metropolitan Opera, directed by Bartlett Sher. Three years ago Michael returned to his roots and joined The Sharon Playhouse Board of Directors. Since then he has served as Chair of the Education Committee and Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Michael takes great pride in igniting and fostering a love of theater in students of all ages. He taught Drama at The Brearley School for seven years, where he received the Sandra Lee Marshall Award for devotion in teaching and the Class of 1992 Award for excellence in teaching. He has also taught at Hunter College High School, Skidmore College, Acting Manitou Performing Arts Camp, TADA NYC, SOAR, and The Falls Village Children's Theater. Michael co-created and directed the play #BraveSpace, which premiered at New York University's Forum on Ethnodrama. #BraveSpace explores the impact that theater has on the development of youth identity. Michael has conducted masterclasses and delivered speeches all over the country, most notably serving as a keynote speaker for The Educational Theatre Association's "Theater in our Schools" initiative. Michael received a Bachelor's Degree in Theater and Sociology from Skidmore College (Pereclean Scholar) and a Master's Degree in Education from The City College of New York (Bertram Epstein Award for Excellence in Research).
Wendy Prause, General Manager
This is Wendy's fourth season at the Sharon Playhouse. Wendy began as a part time bookkeeper but quickly moved into the role of General Manager. She has over ten years experience in managing and working many different types of Business offices. Customer service has always been a part of every position Wendy has held and is therefore her strongest contribution to Sharon Playhouse. As a Resident of Sharon, Wendy, has both professional and personal reasons to encourage the success of The Sharon Playhouse.