Ken Schwarz
Born in Plainfield and raised in Fanwood and Warren, NJ, Ken Schwarz has been working in and around theatre since the age of twelve.  He has been an actor since 1976, appearing in commercials, television, film and well over seventy plays at professional and regional theaters. 
Favorite roles have included: “Stanley” in A Streetcar Named Desire, “Warwick” in The Lark, “The Stage Manager” in Our Town, “Jimmy” in Jimmy Shine, “Paul” in Barefoot in the Park,  “Steve” in Say Goodnight, Gracie, “George” in Same Time, Next Year, “Bernie” in Sexual Perversity in Chicago, “Levine” in Catch Me If You Can and “Andrew” in Love Letters.  He has appeared off-off-Broadway in The Trojan Women, and in Firewalls and Testiculations at New Media Repertory Company.  He was seen as “Detective Willis” in Canis Major Films’ feature film Atlantic City Serenade, which premiered at Sundance in 2003, and as “Lapetta” in the feature film Hell’s Half-Acre.  Ken has also been seen as “Sam” in the online television program Macro Manage on the On-Business Network.

Ken is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild, The Dramatists Guild, Puppetry Guild of Greater New York and ArtPRIDE New Jersey.  He has attended New York University, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, H-B Studios, T. Schreiber Studios and Video Associates, with Joan D’Incecco and Judy Henderson—all in New York City.

Ken is also the author of several short films, children’s stories and the children’s play, The Tangerine Skunk, as well as the full-length plays: Peanut Butter and Pinball, In A Butterfly’s Lifetime, Snow Angels and the book for the full-length musical revues, The Times of Our Lives, A Hot Time! and The Music of America, which he also directed.

His full-length play, Yuletide Hearts, received its world premiere at the five hundred-seat Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, for six sold-out weeks during the 1996 holiday season.  The show was accorded audience and critical acclaim and went on to break previous attendance records at the theater.  Yuletide Hearts was subsequently named one of the best new plays of the 1996-97 New Jersey professional theatre season by Drama Desk member Peter Filichia, columnist for Playbill magazine and the Star Ledger.

Since 1981, Ken has been employed at New Jersey’s Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, assuming multiple positions such as General Manager, Production Manager, Resident Actor/MC, Playwright, Director, Stage Manager, Scenic & Lighting Designer, Marketing & PR, Hospitality, etc.—most of the time, juggling many of these jobs simultaneously. He is listed in the nationwide register of Who’s Who in Executives and Businesses.  He has designed lights for such varied performers as Hildegarde, Charlie Prose and The Drifters.  In February of 2001, he founded the Jersey Central Theatre Company, a nonprofit organization where he serves as Artistic Director, which began producing community entertainment in October, 2001.

Ken is currently at work on several new projects.

Rosetta Senkus Bacon

(Musical Director/Pianist) A native of West Virginia, Ms. Bacon graduated from West Virginia University and received a Master’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music. Her concert tours have included recitals at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Taipei County Cultural Center in Taiwan, St. Moritz Cultural Center in Switzerland and Kaunus Philharmonic Hall in Lithuania. This season, she is touring the U.S. and Canada with the trio “Band du Soleil,” who released their first CD, “Old World to New Age” in September. Ms. Bacon has worked as musical director/pianist in regional and off-Broadway theaters, including Charles Playhouse Boston, Falmouth Playhouse, Theatre by the Sea, Candlewood Area Theater, MacHayden Theatre, Amos Repertory Theater and Equity Library Theater, to name a few. She was one of the duo-pianists in Side By Side By Sondheim starring Arlene Francis and Hermione Gingold. Rosetta is currently on the Music Faculty at William Paterson University.

Keirsten Kupiec

(Choreographer) A native of Dunellen, Keirsten returned to the area last year after a two-year stint at Walt Disney World, where she was featured in the Diamond Horseshoe Revue and MGM’s Doug Live. She has also toured nationally with Anything Goes and Can Can. Locally, she has been seen in over 20 different productions, including Hello, Dolly!, Charley’s Aunt and Nuptials at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse. This past spring, Keirsten made her Broadway debut as part of the original cast of 42nd Street, where she continues to perform. With 42nd Street, she has been featured on the cast album, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and the 2001 Tony Awards on CBS.

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