The Delaware River Theatre Collective is dedicated to bringing professional, live theatre back to the Bucks County and Hunterdon County region in a permanent venue that the group will call "home." With long standing ties to the towns of New Hope and Lambertville, we are uniquely positioned to understand what this region is looking for in live theatre. Spring 2013 has been set as the target date for the DRTC's first full season of productions.
It is our mission to inspire and educate through the joy of living theatre; to engage a diverse audience, making innovative and high quality entertainment accessible to all; and to herald theatre to young people as an art form that is relevant to their lives and indigenous to their cultural heritage.
Our mission can be more fully realized when the community understands that DRTC's identity is established by the quality of art it creates ad it is the responsibility of DRTC to put forth the message that living theatre has tremendous value to the artistic and commercial health of this region.
Richard Amelius, Artistic Director
Richard Amelius is an innovative and versatile director, choreographer, and writer with over fifty shows to his credit. He most recently directed the World Premier of Time Between Us at New York Musical Festival as well as staging the premier of Take Two at Northern Stage in Vermont. In addition, he has produced work for a number of theatres and companies around the country including The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, The Walt Disney Corporation, The NBA, The AIDS Coalition, Rutgers University, Millbrook Playhouse, Downtown Performing Arts Center and the Bucks County Playhouse among others.
In 2001, Mr. Amelius founded and became the Artistic Director of NewART Theatre Company, Inc. He directed and choreographed seven shows over the next two years including A Chorus Line, Pippin, and The Who’s Tommy, which was nominated for two RETC Perry Awards.
In 2003, Mr. Amelius was hired as the assistant to the Artistic Director of The Media Theatre. He served as Production Stage Manager for the 2004 Grand Gala starring Tony Award Winner Betty Buckley. He directed and choreographed Joseph…Dreamcoat, The Wizard Of Oz, Sweet Charity and Forever Plaid in addition to work as Assistant Director, Choreographer, Production Stage Manager and/or actor on Jekyll & Hyde, The Secret Garden, La Cage aux Folles, Peter Pan, Lippa’s The Wild Party, and Cabaret. Under his supervision, productions and actors garnered six Philadelphia Barrymore Award nominations including three for Mr. Amelius himself: Two for “Best Choreography” for Sweet Charity and Cabaret and one for “Best Leading Actor in a Musical” for his portrayal of the Emcee in Cabaret.
After that he spent five seasons at Forestburgh Playhouse in the Catskill Mountains of New York as Associate Artistic Director. He directed and choreographed productions of Rent, Hairspray, Cats, Footloose, Hair, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Wish You Were Here as well as choreographing and performing in Les Misérables, Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Funny Girl, West Side Story, South Pacific, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Grease, The Full Monty, Carousel, Annie, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Ginny Brennan, Education Director
Ginny Brennan has been an Arts Education leader in the Delaware Valley region for over a decade. She is the Executive Director of Lambertville, New Jersey's Downtown Performing Arts Center and Downtown Players. Her studio is highly regarded for providing arts training and performance opportunities to the area's youth.
In 2010, Ginny entered into an agreement with the State of New Jersey to bring live theatre to the long dormant Open Air Theatre located inside the Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, New Jersey. As the Executive Director for the Open Air Theatre, her vision has created a thriving summer performance season that consists of mainstage productions and an extensive children's theatre series.
Prior to the creation of the Downtown Performing Arts Center, she served as the General Manager and Children's Theatre Director for the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania where she created, directed and produced children's theatre programming.
Michael Naylor, Director of Public Relations
In a career that has taken him from New Hope to New York and back, Michael Naylor has spent over two decades in Arts Marketing. For over 19 years, he served as the Director of Public Relations for New Hope, Pennsylvania's Bucks County Playhouse. Along with coordinating media relations, he created the Playhouse's original web site, integrated an online ticketing system into its structure and routinely kept patrons
up-to-date on news and information.
In 2007, Michael left the Playhouse taking a position with a New York City based Arts Marketing company serving as Art Director and Writer for its educational division. He has created and designed educational materials for a variety of Broadway productions including Shrek the Musical, In the Heights, Million Dollar Quartet, West Side Story, Driving Miss Daisy, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Young Frankenstein, Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, Leap of Faith and many more.
Additionally, Michael works with Jellyfish Jive Productions and Gables Grove Productions in New York City, producers of John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean, as the Creative Director and Web Designer. He continues to work with the regional and local press as Director of Media Relations for Titusville, New Jersey's Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre.