A theatre artist, photographer, and mom, Lena is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with degrees in English and Film, Television, & Theatre. Lena has worked as an actor, director, stage manager, and makeup artist for Philadelphia area companies, including Commonwealth Classic Theatre, Hedgerow Theatre, Luna Theater, Child Drama Workshops, Players Club of Swarthmore and Grey Wolf Productions, and has directed high school and college students in the Delaware area for the last decade at Notre Dame Academy, West Chester Summer Stage, Salesianum School and Padua Academy. Lena also created and directed a cabaret program to allow students to hone their performance skills in the summer months and to each get a chance to shine in their own spotlight. She has a passion for working with students and emerging theatre artists, and thanks her children for their willingness to share her and their enthusiastic recognition of the value of theatre, and expresses her deepest gratitude to the two men in her life, Tom and Newton, for their unwavering faith in her, their dedication to making meaningful artistic experiences in any circumstances she throws at them, and for bringing music to life and light in the dark.
Tom can be heard across the Delaware/Philadelphia region as a music director, conductor, pianist, organist, and private voice teacher. He has worked for various professional and community theatre companies in the region including Hedgerow Theatre, City Theatre Company, Mauckingbird Theatre, Wilmington Drama League, and Players Club of Swarthmore as well as local high schools and colleges including Padua Academy, Salesianum School, Notre Dame Academy, and Arcadia University. Tom also serves as the music director at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in Newark, DE and holds a degree in music from the University of Notre Dame. His enthusiasm and commitment to music and theatre stems from a deep-rooted belief that each has the power to drive change for the better and a desire to be an agent of that change. He is thankful to wife and sons for their unwavering support, their unceasing encouragement, and their shared commitment to creating meaningful art.
Newton Buchanan is a Philly based actor, theatre producer, project manager, and clinical simulationist. With a talent for making strong interpersonal connections and a central belief that anything is possible if you lead with curiosity and patience, he endeavors to make an impact by working on projects that affect positive change in others' lives. Newton wields an established eight years of experience in clinical simulation education/technologies and clinical research. Newton holds many lighting design and sound design credits from various professional theatre companies in the region. His clinical simulation career involves him in a host of national and international societies for which he is an active member, and a published researcher.
To my son Ethan, for which all I do is in tribute.
A graduate of Goucher College, Carlyn is an actor, writer, director, stage manager, and event planner residing in Philadelphia. Carlyn spent several years working at Hedgerow Theatre where she met the NLT team, and stage managed their inaugural production, Next to Normal. As an event coordinator, Carlyn has crafted academic events, weddings, and films, and held positions at Norfolk Botanical Garden, Sundance Film Festival, and, currently, at University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Social Media Coordinator
Elsa Kegelman is a New York based actor, singer, and academic. Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Elsa got her start in theatre at the Wilmington Drama League, and in high school, performed in productions at Salesianum School Theatre. High school is also when Elsa met the NLT team, performing in summer cabarets. Elsa attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and graduated with honors in 2018 with a BFA in Drama. While at NYU, Elsa studied acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory, training in voice, movement, classical acting, and realism. Elsa starred as Natalie in New Light Theatre's inaugural production of Next to Normal, and is honored to join the team as Social Media Coordinator.