Lisa Marie Litchko-Stunder (Production & Stage Management) joined the Metropolitan Ballet Company artistic staff in 2014. Ms. Litchko-Stunder was born and raised in the Philadelphia area and has a broad range of theatre experience, from the community to the professional level. Her most recent work includes musical direction, theatre direction and production in the Central Bucks and Hatboro-Horsham School districts. Ms. Litchko-Stunder’s past experience includes lighting design & stage management for an array of Philadelphia-based dance companies, community organizations, professional personality appearances, fashion shows and musical acts. Her previous work also includes workshops with the Walnut Street Theatre, production coordination and visual effect work with Youth Education in the Arts. Ms. Litchko-Stunder is devoted to helping music and arts programs grow and succeed within their communities and very excited to collaborate with Metropolitan in bringing its vision to life on stage.
Troy A. Martin-O’Shia (Lighting Designer, Variations /Collaborations), is a principal associate and founding member of Hase & Associates, LTD. His 30 year career has allowed him to design for dance, opera, theater, concerts, events, movies and architectural installations, in the United States and Europe. Three of his most recent projects include The Regional Dance America, Northeast Region Dance Festival, 2015, The Philadelphia Youth Dance Festival 2015, and Alchemy Dance Company, “intersect” 2015. He has designed for Metropolitan Ballet Company’s annual collaborative performance each year since 2013.
Mr. Martin-O’Shia is Lighting Designer # 613 with United Scenic Artist Local 829. His work in Philadelphia has garnered him Two Barrymore award nominations and a Philadelphia Inquirer’s “Best Lighting Design” recognition. In 2013 and 2014 he had 3 different productions with The Media Theatre nominated for Best Lighting Design in the Philadelphia Region by BroadwayWorld.com, and has won both years. In 2005, Mr. Martin-O’Shia was honored by Liberty Union High School District as a “Graduate of Distinction”.
He has held the position of Master Electrician and Resident Lighting Designer for the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia for the past 17 years. Concurrently, he is entering his seventh season as the Resident Lighting Designer for The Media Theatre and The Rock School for Dance Education. Mr. Martin-O’Shia has also served as the resident lighting Designer for Opera Delaware 2001 thru 2006 and for Ursinus College Dance Company 2007 thru 2010.
Mr. Martin-O’Shia’s Architectural work can be seen in Philadelphia, playing nightly at Boathouse Row and the Cira Centre at 30th Street Station, Amtrak. His film credits include Jersey Girl directed by Kevin Smith. Hedesigned the Video performance for 2015 Emmy winner Alex & The Kaleidoscope. More of his work can be seen at www.haseltd.com .
Jan Schleiger (Costumer/ Guest Instructor) has been the Costumer for Metropolitan Ballet Academy and Company since 1999. She earned an MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and danced professionally with Ann Vachon Dance Conduit in Philadelphia. She has 36 years of experience designing, constructing, and fitting costumes for dance, opera and theater companies including Bryn Mawr College, International Opera Theater, local modern dance companies and The Opera Company of Philadelphia. Ms. Schleiger also mentors design students and teaches construction skills, dyeing, fabric design, patternmaking, and fitting.