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 Pulitzer Prize winning drama, How I Learned to Drive, starring Mar...
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.
Sue McMurtray - General Manager
Having enjoyed a brief retirement of 10 months from her position as Managing Director in 2013 after 25 years at Totem Pole Playhouse, Sue was delighted to return to her old desk as Director of Marketing and Promotion. Recently she took on the role of General Manager. A local gal, she graduated from Waynesboro Area Senior High with the class of 1965. A graduate of The Wilmington School of Radiolog...
Renee Rankin - Box Office Manager
Renee is a native of Chambersburg. She received her MFA in Creative Writing in 2011 from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. She wrote the INSPIRATION column for JLTNews, the e-newsletter for Juneteenth Legacy Theatre. She’s had ten-minute plays produced by The Queens Players Act 5 New Play Festival in Queens, NY and the InGenius Fesitval and Testogenius Festival at Manhattan Theatre Source. In Sep...
Cyd Tokar - Marketing Director/Assistant to the Producing Artistic Director
Most recently from Tucson, Arizona, Cyd is returning to her east coast roots and embracing a love for all things theater! A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with degrees in Graphic Design and Textile Design, as well as a degree in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix, Cyd has put her varied skills and experience to work in fields such as family practice, behavioral h...
Robert Towarnicki - Production Manager
This is Robert’s second season with Totem Pole Playhouse. Robert graduated from Gettysburg College in 2010 with Bachelors Degrees in History and Theatre, and from Villanova University in 2012 with a Masters in Theatre (Thesis Candidate). Prior to joining the Totem Pole Playhouse, Robert served as both the Production Manager and Technical Director for the Media Theatre for the Performing Arts. Rob...
Wes Jackson - House Manager
Wes graduated from Gettysburg College (2014) receiving his B.A. in Theatre Arts and Philosophy. While in college, Wes has worked on over 50 productions as a director, playwright, designer, costumer, actor, set builder, scene shop supervisor, and a props master. Notable achievements include being a three-time KCACTF Irene Ryan Nominee, a National Honor Thespian, and receiving a citation for exce...