Rose Tripi - Board Chair
Rose Tripi was born and raised in New York. She earned a BA. in Spanish and MA. in Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After teaching and working in Public Relations, she moved to Gettysburg with her husband, Joseph, a retired orthopedic surgeon, where she served on numerous non-profit boards in Adams County. She became president of the Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary; the Adam...
Judy Young - Board Vice Chair
A native Pennsylvanian, Judy came to Chambersburg in 1959 to attend Wilson College, where she met her husband, Richard. Following graduation in 1963 Judy began teaching at Grandview Elementary School in Greenvillage PA, and received her M.Ed. degree from Shippensburg U in 1967. She retired from a most rewarding 45-year teaching/school librarian career in 2008. Judy and Dick lived away from Chambersb...
As self-proclaimed theater groupie/geek/nerd, she is happy to be adding Totem Pole Playhouse to her list of activities, which include Central Presbyterian (ordained as Elder in the Presbyterian Church) and Grove Family Library. A proud Wilson College Alumna, she is a member of the college’s Magazine Advisory Board, and lends supports to the Wilson College choir and a Capella group, “The Diversitones,” a hangover from when she was a Wilson “Ten Tone” in the 60’s. Her passion for theater and music have remained strong; she and Dick are loyal season subscribers to TPP, returning numerous times during those 40 years away, to attend TP productions with family and friends, keeping up a tradition that goes back to the days of the Stapleton-Putch dynasty. And saving the best for last, they are the parents of 2 sons and grandparents of three great kids!
Maureen Flannery Spang - Board Secretary
Maureen Flannery Spang is a Central Pennsylvania native. She graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts in 2001 with a degree in Political Science and minors in Russian and Asian Studies. Maureen attended the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. and graduated magna cum laude in 2004. After law school, she served as law cler...
Maureen was first introduced to Totem Pole Playhouse as child when she attended A Christmas Carol with family friends who lived in Chambersburg. She has enjoyed attending performances at the playhouse throughout the years. Maureen joined the Board in 2014. Along with her husband and daughter, Maureen looks forward to many exciting seasons at the playhouse.
Kevin B Stouffer - Board Treasurer
Kevin B. Stouffer, CPA is a Manager with Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC. Kevin is a native of Boonsboro, MD. Kevin joined Smith Elliott Kearns & Company in 2004 after graduating cum laude from Shippensburg University. He specializes in providing audit services to governmental clients.
Kevin and his wife, Angela, reside in Chambersburg, with their son Daniel. Kevin is also a membe...
Kevin joined the Totem Pole Board of Directors in the winter of 2013. He looks forward to another successful season for the playhouse.
Elise Overcash - Board
Elise Overcash received a BA from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, and studied voice at the School of Music with further studies in Carlisle and Baltimore. She had a long professional career as a soloist in Concert, Recital, Orchestra and Church Music, and taught Voice both privately and at the Cumberland Valley School of Music. She sings regularly with the Merc...
Her husband Steve is a retired clinical psychologist, where Elise had been employed as his secretary and office manager. They are the parents of 2 grown sons and the grandparents of 3.
Always interested in the theatre she was active in plays in high school, college, and Green Hills Professional Theatre. Elise was in the original cast production of Totem Pole Playhouse’s A Christmas Carol in 1987 and 1988 as a caroler, Fezziwig daughter, party guest and other parts. She was an original founding board member of Totem Pole Playhouse when it became a not-for-profit organization in 1993, and served as a board member for 16 years, many as secretary or president, ending in 2011. In that time she helped to organize The Friends of Totem Pole Playhouse, the Theatre Fun Fest and the Capital Campaign. She co-produced Music & Memories from Totem Pole Playhouse in 1995 with a cast of current and former TPP greats. Elise and Steve have attended TPP since 1975 and been season subscribers since 1986.
After serving on the board with former Artistic Directors Carl Schurr and Ray Ficca, it is exciting to again be a part of the board with Rowan Joseph and a talented and passionate group of directors. I love Totem Pole Playhouse and will work as hard as possible to ensure the future and success of this great treasure.
Dana Witt - Board
A native of northern Virginia, Dana Witt is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology. Past employers include the National Geographic Society and Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau (now Destination Gettysburg), and she currently is employed by the Gettysburg Seminary. Passionate about the arts, Dana also sings with Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg and directs the...
Dana has served on the board of Totem Pole Playhouse since 2007. She is thrilled to see wonderful changes at Totem Pole over the last few years, and is looking forward to a fabulous future of professional theatre in Caledonia!
Issac Bucher - Board
Isaac Bucher, a Gettysburg native, is owner of Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium in Orrtanna. He attended Penn State University, earning a degree in Agricultural Science with a minor in International Agriculture and completing graduate coursework in Agricultural and Extension Education.
After creating an award-winning agricultural education program at Annville-Cleona H...
In addition to the Totem Pole Playhouse board, Isaac is a Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, committee chair for Taste of the Town Gettysburg, elder at Lower Marsh Creek Presbyterian Church and member of the Adams County Young Professionals.
Isaac was introduced to Totem Pole Playhouse more than a decade ago and was impressed by the professional performances of unique theater in his own backyard. An avid theater-goer, Isaac loves taking quick trips to NYC as well as traveling the world with his wife Nicole and son Larkin.
Rowan Joseph - Producing Artistic Director
Rowan Joseph has worked in the entertainment industry for over 35 years as a producer, director, and actor; 2016 is his third season at Totem Pole Playhouse.
As founding Managing Director, Joseph built, opened and operated The Century Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, where he presented Paula Vogel’s Pul...
He served as the Executive Director of the Laurie Beechman Theatre, on Theatre Row in Manhattan, for seven seasons presenting hundreds of both new and established artists, including Holly Hunter, Ben Stiller, Robert Sean Leonard, Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke, Lewis Black, and the early work of such acclaimed writers as Aaron Sorkin, Alan Ball, Donald Margulies, and Peter Hedges.
In Los Angeles, he ran legendary film & TV director Garry Marshall’s the Falcon Theatre for five seasons. Under his management the Falcon began a five-play subscription series, a highly regarded children’s theatre program, numerous theatrical & TV events and several workshops of the musical, Happy Days, a New Musical based on Marshall’s hit TV series from the ’70s.
Joseph continues to co-own and operate Theatre A Go-Go, Inc., along with business partner Shane Partlow. TAGG has presented such national tours as An Evening with Jack Klugman and the all-male production of The Queen of Bingo, which Rowan directed and co-stars in with Partlow. Other productions include: Tapestry, The Music of Carole King: Off-Broadway (Union Square Theatre), Cincinnati (Playhouse in the Park), Cleveland (Playhouse Square); The Queen of Bingo: off-Broadway (Greenwich House Theatre), Chicago (Buckingham Theatre), and Los Angeles (Coronet Theatre); Bent, Los Angeles (Coast Playhouse); and One Slight Hitch, Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Rep), Kansas City, MO (Waldorf Astoria DT).
As an actor, Joseph began his career as a member of the prestigious Mirror Repertory Company in New York City alongside Academy Award-winners Anthony Hopkins, Geraldine Page and F. Murray Abraham. He has appeared in leading roles in numerous stage productions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and across the U.S. His TV credits include roles on Gilmore Girls, Boston Legal, Treme and this past May on HBO’s critically-acclaimed series, Veep alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Hugh Laurie. His film credits include Raising Helen starring Kate Hudson, Princess Diaries 2 with Anne Hathaway, The Campaign, with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, and Grudge Match, starring Robert DeNiro and Sylvester Stallone. He was also featured with best friend and business partner, Shane Partlow, on the 23rd edition of the Emmy Award-winning reality series The Amazing Race.
Mary Louise Lucas - Board
She is a proud Chambersburg native who graduated from CASHS and Shippensburg State College (now S.U.) with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education. She is married to Chuck Lucas — they are the parents of 2 adult daughters, both of whom worked at Totem Pole through-out high school and college, and the grandparents of 4 grandchildren. She is a member of St Paul U.M. ...
Mary Louise began an interest in Totem Pole in the mid-50s when her parents regularly brought her to plays as a child at the “theater on the hill” (across Rt. 30 from our current location). She began working as an usherette in junior high school, became head usher through her college years, and was a house manager about 6 years ago. She now continues to serve T.P. as a member of the Board of Directors and by helping out any way she can where it is needed. She loves the ‘magic’ of the theater and seeing the final product of newly-constructed sets and actors come together for an awesome experience. “I feel T.P. is worth every effort we can ALL give to preserve it for current and future generations to treasure and enjoy. It offers quality entertainment and is a cultural icon right here in our very midst. I feel it is under-appreciated locally by many.”
Andrew O. Mackey - Board
Andrew O. Mackey was born and raised in Chambersburg. After graduating from Chambersburg Area Senior High School in 2001 he attended Lynchburg College, VA, graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management. Upon graduation from college he became employed by Valley Agency Company as New Business Development Producer. He obtained a PA Property and Casualty Insurance Licens...
Howard Rutherford - Board