John Hoey (Lighting Designer/ Guest Instructor) is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts (’89), and of Temple University (’92). He also studied privately with scenographer and architect Josef Svoboda in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1988. He has designed at nearly every theater in Philadelphia including the Arden, the Wilma, People’s Light, and the Walnut Street Theatres. He designed over 20 operas for the Opera Company of Philadelphia and just opened his 100th ballet for the Pennsylvania Ballet. He was on the design staff of New York City Opera, and was a Lighting Director at New York City Ballet for 3 seasons. Nationally, he has designed for Luciano Pavarotti, Spoleto Festival, Pittsburgh Opera, Virginia Opera, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Folger Shakespeare, Cleveland Playhouse, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. Internationally, he has designed and toured to all but one continent. In film he was the Associate Art Director for the movie “Center Stage”. In 2005 Mr. Hoey was the recipient of an Independence Fellowship grant and returned to Prague to work with Laterna Magika and the National Theatre. Mr. Hoey has received two Best of Philadelphia Awards, five total Barrymore nominations with Barrymore Awards for the lighting design of Sweeney Todd at the Arden Theatre and for 9 Parts Desire at the Wilma Theater, a Helen Hayes nomination for Measure for Measure at the Folger Theater in Washington, DC, two “Rockie” Awards for work in the Philadelphia Dance community and a Prix Millennium Award for Capuleti et Montegue at the Opera Company of Philadelphia. In 2006, Mr. Hoey was named to the faculty at Temple University‘s theater department. Recently, Mr. Hoey designed two world premier ballets for Pennsylvania Ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Kennedy Center, had his work shown internationally on PBS (Pennsylvania Ballet at 50) and has been a design consultant for PlayPenn new play festival. www.johnstephenhoey.com
Lisa Marie Litchko-Stunder (Production & Stage Management) joined the MBC 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 MBC 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.