Ideation Cast and Crew

D’Arcy Dersham: A recent transplant from Providence, D’Arcy has gotten her feet wet in Philly with Shakespeare in Clark Park (Coriolanus); readings at PlayPenn (Widower, Another Kind of Silence, War Stories), Revolution Shakespeare (Troilus and Cressida), and EgoPo (Trifles); and dialect coaching at InterAct (The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane). Regional work includes roles at Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Trinity Rep, Merrimack Rep, Portland Stage Company, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Perishable Theatre, Elemental Theatre Collective, The Vineyard Playhouse, Bridge Rep of Boston, and Bread and Puppet Theater. MFA: Trinity Rep. BA: Oberlin College. She studied physical theater under Jacques Lecoq at L’École Internationale de Théâtre in Paris, and spent eight years teaching Speech, Phonetics, Verse, and Dialects at the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Program. More at



Alex Hughes is a proud Philadelphia native thrilled to be making his Theatre Exile debut! He is a graduate of Atlantic Acting School at Tisch School of the Arts. Favorite recent credits include Abe in Disgraced and The Stranger in Ibsen’s Lady From The Sea. Alex is also a co-creator and star of “Bound: The Series”, available now on Vimeo. This performance is dedicated to Uncle Pat. Everything I do is for you brougham. RIP. 



Allen Radway(Brock) has worked as a theatre artist in Philly for over two decades, recently concluding a seven-year tenure as the Artistic Directorof Simpatico Theatre. Allen is thrilled to return to Exile, where he previously appeared in That Pretty Pretty… directed by Joe Canuso and Hearts and Soles, directed by Deborah Block and Deb Seif. Theatre includes: Our Class at the Wilma, A Moon for the Misbegotten at the Arden, Long Day’s Journey Into NightIn a Dark Dark House, and Ironbound for Simpatico, Henry IV at Lantern, Much Ado at Clark Park, Love’s Labour’s and The Glass Menagerie at CCTC, among others. Allen is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Arts, and an advocate for people with intellectual disabilities. Thank you, Deb, Joey, and the whole Exile fam. Love always to Janice and Clarabelle, Sylvia and Susan.



Harry Watermeier is thrilled and honored to be making his Theatre Exile debut, and would like to thank everyone at Exile for this tremendous opportunity. Since moving to Philadelphia after studying theatre at Indiana University, Harry has been lucky enough to work with Simpatico Theatre Project, Tiny Dynamite, The Lantern Theatre Company, Commonwealth Classics, and Azuka Theatre. Harry would also like to thank his friends, family, and Sarah -- for their support and encouragement


William Zielinski is thrilled to be returning to Theatre Exile, having last been seen in The Lieutenant Of Inishmore. Recent theatre includes: Glengarry Glen Ross (Harbor Stage Company), Hand To God (PTC), West Side Story (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), and They Don't Pay, We Won't Pay (Portland Stage Company. Film and TV: Dead Man Down, Do No Harm, Flikken Maastricht (Dutch TV ), The Wire, The Lovely Bones, and Shot In The Heart. Bill is an eight time Barrymore nominee, and was a member of 4 Barrymore winning ensembles. He splits his time between Philadelphia and Amsterdam.



Playwright: Aaron Loeb
Aaron Loeb is a Californian playwright whose work has been performed around the country. His full-length plays include The Trials of Sam Houston (premiering at Dallas Theater Center in 2018), Ideation (premiered Off-Broadway in 2016), The Proud, Alcestis (Doesn't Live Here Anymore), Brown, First Person Shooter, Blastosphere (with Geetha Reddy), What Your Parents Don't Want You to Know... (an opera by Kurt Erickson for which Loeb wrote the libretto) and Abraham Lincoln’s Big, Gay Dance Party, which premiered Off-Broadway in 2010. Among the honors Loeb has received are: the Will Glickman award for Best New Play in the Bay Area (Ideation, ’13), two Bay Area Theater Critic Circle Awards for Best New Play (First Person Shooter in ’07, ALBGDPin ’08), Outstanding Play from the New York International Fringe Festival (ALBGDP ’09), GLAAD Media Award Nominee (ALBGDP ’09), and seven “Emerging Playwright Awards” from PlayGround.

Director: Joe Canuso
Joe Canuso is the Founding Artistic Director of Theatre Exile and has directed many of their shows including Tommy and Me, Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, Annapurna, A Behanding in Spokane, That Pretty Pretty, Mr. Marmalade, Red Light Winter, The Gin Game, Burkie, and Belmont Avenue Social Club, as well as the world premieres of RIZZO, Last Call, Amputation Nation, Cryptome, Big Blonde, Live at the Apollo Diner, The Frankenharry Plays, and most recently Lost Girls by John Pollono. He was nominated by the Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Direction of a Play three times and was named Best Director in 2009 by The Philadelphia Weekly for Blackbird. He was nominated as Best Director for a Phindie Award for The North Plan in 2013 and won last year for Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?. He was part of Exile’s Barrymore Award winning ensemble for Glengarry Glen Ross in 2007. And he has performed internationally in London, Prague and throughout Italy.
Stage Manager: Jessica Darling
Jess is a Philadelphia-based stage and production manager. This is her fifth season in Exile. She has also worked with 11th Hour Theatre Company, FringeArts, Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, New Paradise Laboratories, Flashpoint, Shakespeare in Clark Park, Maples Repertory Theatre, and Mauckingbird Theatre Company. Black lives matter.
Costume Designer: Katherine Fritz
Back in Exile after Lost Girls, Rizzo, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The North Plan, and her Barrymore-nominated work on Annapurna. Katherine is a costume designer, writer, and educator. Recent design work at Signature Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Act II, InterAct Theatre Company, Philadelphia Artists' Collective (Resident Designer, 7 seasons), among many others. As a writer, her work on her blogs Ladypockets and I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog has been critically acclaimed and read by millions. Publications include the New York Times, the Washington Post, American Theatre Magazine, and MTV Style. This year, Katherine raised over $72,000 for education-based charities in a viral political stunt to "buy" her senator's vote. Her favorite roles are always in the classroom. 
Dialect Coach: Melanie Julian
Melanie Julian is excited to be returning to Theatre Exile as a dialect coach with the company. She previously worked on The Invisible Hand, The English Bride, Iron, Knives in Hens, The North Play and Cock. She has been a member of the full-time theater faculty at Temple University since 2008, where she teaches voice, speech, and acting. Also an actor, she most recently performed in EgoPo Classic Theater’s production of The Seagull She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and is an Associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.
Sound Designer & Composer: Elizabeth Atkinson
Elizabeth Atkinson is delighted to be working with Theatre Exile again.  Liz is currently based in Philadelphia, after many years in Pittsburgh where she was Resident Sound Designer at the City Theatre Company.  Her freelance career includes regional theatre credits at The Wilma, Simpatico Theatre Project, InterAct Theatre, People’s Light and Theatre Company, Walnut Street Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Quantum Theatre, and Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette named her sound designer of the year in 2003, 2006, and 2007.  She is a faculty member at Swarthmore College, and previously at Point Park University and Carnegie Mellon University. Liz has also had the honor of exhibiting at the 2007, 2011 and 2015 Prague Quadrennials.
Lighting Designer: Robin Stamey
Robin Stamey is a Philadelphia based lighting designer and production manager. She has designed and/or production managed for Almanac (An Homage to Whatshername, A Door in the Desert, Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes, Exile 2588), InterAct Theatre Company (How to Use a Knife) 11th Hour Theatre Company (Urinetown, Lizzie), Nichole Canuso Dance Company (The Garden of Forking Paths 2017), The Berserker Residents (The Post Show Edinburgh Fringe 2014, It's So Learning), Curio Theater Company (The Birds, The Cripple of Inishmaan) Tribe of Fools (Zombies...with Guns), Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium (The Chairs, The Castle), Hedgerow Theater (Uncle Vanya, Dracula), Bryn Mawr (Particular Risk), Swarthmore (Revolt She Said. Revolt Again.) and the University of the Arts (The Summer in Gossensass, Sarah Flood in Salem, MA), among others. She is also a producer with Almanac ( and an inaugural resident of the Philadelphia Design Center ( and a company member of Curio Theatre Company
Scenic Designer: Colin Mcilvaine
Most recent design credits include: White (Theatre Horizon), How to Use a Knife (Interact Theatre), Lost Girls (Theatre Exile). Colin’s recent assistant and associate design credits include: Venus (Signature Theatre), Pipeline (Lincoln Center), Quartett (Spoleto). In addition to his freelance career, Colin is an adjunct lecturer at The University of the Arts and Temple University. B.A. University of Maryland; MFA Scenic Design Temple University.
Fight Director: Jacqueline Holloway
Jacqueline Holloway is a fight choreographer, intimacy designer and stunt performer who's been fortunate enough to work throughout the U.S. , Canada and Northern Europe. She also offers training and workshops in combat for stage and film with her Philadelphia based company Arte Violenta. She is a certified teacher and Instructor with the Society of American Fight Directors and Fight Directors Canada.