Anna Kurtz is a combat choreographer and classically trained actress. Directing credits include Still Here, a movement oriented account of the Syrian refugee camps in France (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School), Treed (Belhaven University), and Shipwrecked (Belhaven University). Assistant Director Credits: Hamlet (Maryland Entertainment Group), Mulan and Sleeping Beauty (Presser Performing Arts), and The Mikado (International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival Children's Production). She is currently directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream at GCT.
Karen Land has been a theatre arts director and educator for 28 years. She received a B.A. In theatre arts from Goucher College in 1986 and earned a M.D.S. in criticism and literature from Johns Hopkins University in 2000. Throughout her teaching career, Karen has been actively involved in professional and community theaters. She has worked with new playwrights directing award winning productions. As an Assistant Professor in the Theatre Arts Department at Gettysburg College, 2001-2010, Karen offered a seminar on Improvisational Acting--The Zen of Improv: permission to play in class. This popular seminar established a life long passion for the importance of play. Today, Karen teaches master classes in: directing, auditioning, acting, musical theatre, and Zenprov (improvisational acting with zen philosophies). Karen is delighted to be on the Gettysburg Community Theatre faculty where she teaches improvisation and directs the GCT Improv Troupe. Karen also directed GCT's very popular production of The Diary Of Anne Frank.
Bruce Moore has performed in three Broadway shows and has sung in six movies, five of them for Disney. His Broadway credits include "Gypsy", which starred Tyne Daly and subsequently Linda Lavin. His next hit was "My Fair Lady" starring Richard Chamberlain, and finally the long running "Grease", where he sometimes played Teen Angel, sometimes Doody and was in the ensemble backing up a rotating cavalcade of stars such as Sutton Foster, (Broadway 2 time Tony winner) Lucy Lawless, (Xena Warrior Princess) Linda Blair, (Exhorsist) Jeff Conaway, (Movie of Grease) Dominique Dawes, (Gymnist) to name a few.
Currently Bruce teaches musical theatre classes, voice, tap, jazz, acting calsses as well as coaching both adult and children private students at The Gettysburg Community Theatre. He made his directing debut at GCT with The Secret Garden, followed by Annie Get Your Gun, Gypsy and Beauty and the Beast Jr. In the summers, Bruce teaches week long camps featuring various Broadway and Off Broadway shows at the theatre.
Other major highlights in his career were singing the Disney animated features "Aladdin," "Pocahontas," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "Mulan" and "Beauty and the Beast." He was an off-screen singer in the final scene of the comedy "The Trick". Off Broadway Bruce was a standbye, (a bit more prestigous than an understudy) in "Olympus On My Mind" at the Lamb's Theatre and performed in two City Center Encore Series hits; "Strike Up The Band" which starred Judy Kuhn, Lynn Redgrave, Philip Bosco, and "Lil Abner" starring Broadway's Alice Ripley, Burke Moses and TV's Catwoman in "Batman" - Julie Newmar. Broadway bound "Busker Alley" starring Tommy Tune got Bruce to put on his tap shoes (now he teaches tap), unfortunately Mr. Tune broke his foot out of town. Bruce brags that his most famous tap student is the children's book author Judy Blume. The National Tour "Applause" starring Stefani Powers (Hart to Hart) was to land on Broadway but closed on the road at Baltimore's Mechanic. Bruce's other tours include "Grease" starring Chistopher Atkins and Lori Laughlin, and another tour of "Grease", which starred soap opera's Jack Wagner and Tony winner Beth Level. He also toured with "Gypsy", "My Fair Lady" and "Give My Regards to Broadway" on the Carleton Davis Circuit. Bruce was Barnaby with Lainie Kazan in "Hello Dolly" at the Claridge in Atlantic City. Regionally has performed at the Kennedy Center in DC, the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in LA. He was Billy Lawlor in "42nd Street", "Little Me" at the Historic Ford's Theatre as Brucie. Mr. Moore was in "Forever Plaid" as both Sparky and Jinx in Boston, "George M" (George understudy) at the Broadway Dinner Theatre. Performances at Artpark, Kansas City Starlight, The Goodspeed Opera House and two seasons in the ensemble of Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Bruce lived in Key West for a decade where he had performed at all the Key West theatres and most of the cabarets. Favorite shows include "Little Shop of Horrors" - Seymour, "The Drowsy Chaperone", "Sylvia", "Musical of Musicals" and sang with the Key West Pops and the Key West Big Band.
George Muschamp (B.A., Gettysburg College; M.A., Ph. D., University of Minnesota; CIV Diplôme Moyen, Université de Caen, Normandy, France) has taught college for many years at the University of Minnesota, Gettysburg College, Augsburg College, Hamline University, several Twin Cities area community colleges and at Harrisburg Area Community College since 2005.
As actor, George has performed scores of leading and supporting roles in theatres, small and large, across America — among them: the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie Theater, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, California Theatre Center, Gettysburg Theatre Festival, Gettysburg's Majestic and, most recently, as Otto Frank in GCT’s The Diary of Anne Frank and as Prospero in Shakespeare’s The Tempest with the Classical Actors Ensemble, Minneapolis.
He has worked very closely with directors as diverse as Morris Carnovsky, Edward Payson Call, Travis Fine, Sir Tyrone Guthrie, Maxine Kline, John Madden, Steve Herek, Joseph Papp, Alan Rudolf, and Adam Shankman, to name but a few.
George was for twelve years Communications Director, resident principal actor, and Associate Director at the Minneapolis Children's Theatre Company, which received the 1981 Margo Jones award for artistic excellence and creative originality, and, the 2003 Tony Award as "the nation's leading theatre for youth and families". George was previously for three years Artistic Director of the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Hawaii’s largest, oldest, professional theatre organization.
Among George’s Hollywood credits are leads in a half-dozen CBS, Disney, HBO, and Universal feature film releases. George's recent screen rôles include the voice of Thaddeus Stevens for Jake Boritt's PBS documentary, Adams County USAand an
on-camera cameo music scene with Jeff Daniels and Mira Sorvino in Warner’s Gods and Generals.
George currently tours two stage works: An Evening with Thaddeus and Lydia, a two-hander dramedy about Gettysburg’s cantankerous Civil War legislator Thaddeus Stevens and his long term housekeeper, Lydia Hamilton Smith; and, Attorney for the Damned, celebrating the life and times of iconic trial lawyer, Clarence Darrow.
Having directed GCT’s record breaking, July, 2016, production of 1776, the Musical, George has also directed GCT's musical productions of Civil War Voices (2017) and A Year with Frog and Toad (2018).
Kate Sainer is exited to be part of GCT. During her 6 years studying and performing in New York City, she was privileged to work with many Broadway performers, Tony & Emmy nominees, and perform at Lincoln Center. Some favorite past roles include Mama Noah from Children of Eden, Reno Sweeney from Anything Goes!, Val from A Chorus Line, and lead vocalist in the Twenty First Century Noel- A Noel Coward Revue. Kate teaches private voice and piano and Theatre Arts here at GCT, and she enjoys performing in our shows when time allows.
Carrie Trax is an elementary music teacher in Emmitsburg, MD and she music directs the stage musicals at Gettysburg Area High School. She has been involved in theatre as a performer, director, music director and pit musician since 6th grade. Carrie has been on GCT’s faculty and production staff for many years and currently teaches private voice and piano lessons here. Some of her performing credits at GCT include: Roxie in Chicago, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, and Louise in Gypsy. Carrie enjoys music directing our Penguin Project each year as well.
Buff Wills is overjoyed to be on the faculty of GCT. She is a retired counselor and theatre director for Gettysburg Area Middle School. She enjoys working with community theatre and has performed in many of our shows including: Fiddler On The Roof, Chicago, Into The Woods, The Crucible, and Nunsense. She recently directed Disney's Sleeping Beauty kid and is currently choreographing and starring in our production of Nunsense II: The Second Coming.