Producing Artistic Director
Leigh Taylor Patton
Board of Directors
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Curtis Bashaw, Theresa De Franco, David Green, Kate Hathaway, Yogi Kurtz, Karen LoSasso, Lynn Martenstein, Marga Matheny, Gary Padussis, Frances Rixon, Joe Rodgers, Roy Steinberg, Mary Trella
Mission Statement: Our mission is to produce stimulating and intellectually provocative theatrical work at a high level of professional competence; draw from and enrich the Cape May Community; facilitate theatrical development and collaborations; and provide an educational theatrical resource for the community.
Roy Steinberg (Producing Artistic Director) has directed classical and contemporary plays as well as world premieres all over the United States. He directed Ann Jackson, Kim Hunter and Alvin Epstein in The Madwoman of Chaillot at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. As a member of Circle Repertory Company, he developed and directed The Marriage Fool with Lynn Cohen and Farley Granger. His production of Othello played at the Intar Theatre on Theatre Row in New York and he directed Joan Copeland in a new play called Second Summer. He was the Artistic Director of Theatre Matrix in New York and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin. He has directed touring companies of bilingual productions of Moliere’s The Miser and The Bourgeois Gentleman. Mr. Steinberg has also produced and directed film and television including Guiding Light, One Life To Live, Days of our Lives, Forensic Files and Scandalous Art. He has four Emmy nominations for this work. He directed Jo Beth Williams in Life In General on strike.tv, which was nominated for five Spirit Awards. He also has the People’s Choice Award for producing Days of our Lives. As an actor, Roy Steinberg played on Broadway in Wings with Constance Cummings, at the Yale Repertory Theatre in Measure For Measure with Christopher Walken and at the International Drama Festival in Ireland he played opposite William Hurt in The Rimers of Eldritch. He has performed roles as varied as Captain Hook in Peter Pan to Cassius in Julius Caesar at regional theatres and was seen in the CBS Special The Wall with Tom Conti as well as Another World for two years on NBC. At Cape May Stage he played Mark Rothko in Red, Saunders in Lend Me A Tenor, and Victor Velasco in Barefoot in the Park. In 2016 he directed Sex with Strangers, Buyer and Cellar, This Wonderful Life, and Disgraced in which it received The Best Director Award NJ and Best Play NJ from broadwayworld.com. For the 2017 season, Mr. Steinberg directed, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Gin Game, and Outside Mullingar and will soon begin production of The Ultimate Christmas Show.
Since becoming the Producing Artistic Director at Cape May Stage, Mr. Steinberg has created the National Playwrights’ Symposium with Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning and nominated writers, now in its fifth year. He created the Second Stage Broadway series with revered artists like Christine Ebersole, Karen Akers, Anthony Rapp, Jarrod Spector, Liz Callaway and her sister Ann Hampton Callaway. He continues to bring artists from Broadway and Hollywood to the Equity Main Stage and gives a platform to new works and emerging playwrights. With his hands on approach, every night Mr. Steinberg welcomes patrons into the theatre and greets them with a live curtain speech. He continues to volunteer in the community with other local arts organizations and in 2016 he received a Community Partners Service Award from Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts. He is an active member of The Chamber of Commerce, CORE, M.A.C., and sits on the board of Cape May Stage. In 2017 Mr. Steinberg partnered with other local theatres and spearheaded Cape May’s first Theatre Week that officially kicked off on October 9th-October 14th. Mr. Steinberg continues to be a champion for arts through exemplary support, promotion, and volunteerism.
Mr. Steinberg has also been a professor of acting and directing at Muhlenberg College, NYU, UCLA, Lehman College of Performing Arts, School of Visual Arts, Adelphi University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester and Berea College. He is on the Advisory Board for The Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in New York and has taught professional actors at TVI Studios in LA. In addition to his many accomplishments he has an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Tom Macagnone (Production Manager) has been involved with technical theater for 8 years and is a graduate of Temple University with a B.A. in Theater Studies. Tom started his theatrical life in high school as a member of its stage crew, eventually leading as its president in his final year. Throughout college he flourished as a theater technician with a focus on technical direction and worked on a plethora of productions with a group of wonderful people. This is Tom’s third appearance at Cape May Stage with the first being through the Shackleton Scholarship offered from Temple’s Theater Department and the Martel’s. He is grateful for the opportunity to return to Cape May Stage as Production Manager and Technical Director.
Leigh Taylor Patton (Administrative Director) has worked in professional theatre since the age of 15. Her love of the arts has led her to be involved onstage, backstage, and in an administrative capacity. Leigh holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Christopher Newport University with a concentration in Acting and a minor in Dance. She acted professionally in the DC area before leaving to head up recruitment and public relations at a nationally recognized sports camp. Before moving to Cape May, Leigh worked as office manager, bookkeeper, and camp director for a DC based nonprofit theatre company. As Administrative Director at Cape May Stage she oversees daily operations in the office and brings a unique blend of business and creative sensibility to the team.
Joan Flynn (Finance Manager) is a lifelong Cape May County resident and now brings her own artistic talents to Cape May Stage. She is singer and musician who plays over thirteen instruments. Ms. Flynn has been professionally performing in the Tri-State area, and largely in South Jersey, since she was thirteen years old and has co-hosted a weekly Country Music television show. A former EMT, Ms. Flynn comes to us following a fifteen year employment with REIT as a Southern Regional Property Manager. Since 2010 she has served as assistant bookkeeper with a local business services company. Ms. Flynn’s biggest accomplishment and source of pride are her grandchildren. When not at work, you can bet she is with them spending precious time and building lasting memories.
Denise Shutter (Marketing Director) earned a BS in Marketing from Richard Stockton, an A.A. in Fashion Marketing from Art Institute of Philadelphia and an A.A. in Marketing from Camden County Community College. She spent the beginning of her career working for large corporate chains opening new restaurants and training new servers. In 2003 she gave up her career to become a mother and wife to Navy Pilot. She continued to work part time as a consultant to a Party Planning business while raising her three children. As her husband was transferred from different bases she would find ways to continue utilizing her passion for Marketing including starting up a theatre boosters at a local high school and opening her own business. In May of 2015 her family decided to move back to her hometown of Cape May after her husband finished his 14 years in the Navy. She joined the company in 2016 as the Marketing Director and has been excited to see where this journey will lead.
Roberta Aungst (Volunteer Coordinator) holds a Masters Degree in Audiology from Penn State University. She has worked as a clinical audiologist for more than 50 years, now serving as a consultant in New Jersey. She is an active member of state and national professional associations, and has held offices, including as President of the Pennsylvania Association and Vice President for Audiology in the National Association. In addition she has served on and provided leadership on multiple committees. She was also a consultant to the Vatican regarding the sainthood of Mother (now Saint) Katherine Drexel.
Ms. Aungst has served as the Volunteer Coordinator for Cape May Stage since 2012, and now oversees more than 80 volunteer ushers. She began her tenure with Cape May Stage seven years ago as an usher, later also serving as a scheduler. Ms. Aungst conducts annual orientation sessions, which all volunteers are required to attend to review Policies, Procedures, and requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act pertinent to the theatre. She communicates frequently with the volunteer staff to apprise them of new developments affecting performance of their duties. Ms. Aungst supervises a committee of five volunteer schedulers, who in turn are tasked with assuring that two ushers are available for each performance at Cape May Stage. She participates in nearly all special events presented by Cape May Stage. Ms. Aungst also provides administrative support in the office year round answering phones, selling tickets, and assisting other staff as needed.