Anna Lynn Robbins hails from Bonita Springs, FL where she first discovered her love for the arts. Anna began dancing at the age of three and continued to perform throughout childhood. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Dance from University of Central Florida. After graduation, Anna toured twice with Hampstead Stage (Alice in Wonderland, The Legend of King Arthur, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and A Christmas Carol). Anna has continued to work with HSC administratively and currently serves as the Company Manager. She loves being a liaison between performance venues and touring actors. In her spare time, Anna loves baking, being outdoors, playing with puppies, tap dancing, and exploring new cities.
Deirdre Manning began writing grants for Hampstead Stage in 2016. She is strategic thinking professional who is passionate about performing arts, quality education, and activism. She’s worked on development and grant writing for Quest, Inc. and Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati. Deirdre graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BFA in Musical Theatre, and minors in Dance and Environmental Science.
Jay Pastucha earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Central Florida. During his college career, Jay founded a non-profit theatrical production company, Second Glance Theatre, whose mission was to create new plays and help new artists find their voices. Second Glance worked with Apopka Family Learning Center, a non-profit for low-income children in Central Florida, and through this association, Jay created programing for children who had limited access to arts education. Additionally, Jay and Second Glance produced the Orlando Fringe 2014 smash hit, Sharknami: The Musical?, a concert version of Brooklyn, and several successful stage readings of new plays.
During the summer of 2013, Jay joined the Hampstead Stage Company (HSC) as an actor, where he performed in over 140 shows all over the northeast. He returned briefly to Florida to produce his original play Hey, Hi, Hello at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival. Jay has worked as an actor in regional theatres across the country, including the Seacoast Rep, Heartwood Regional Theater and Orlando Shakespeare Theatre (Playfest).
In the spring of 2015, Jay was invited back to Hampstead to serve in multiple roles as an HSC company member. Since Jay started directing at HSC he has had the please of working on several shows such as: Robin Hood; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and The Prince and the Pauper. He also served as production manager, and was appointed Artistic Director of The Hampstead Stage Company in June of 2016. As part of this new role, Jay created a new branch of HSC: Signature Series. This cutting edge series launched in October 2016 with a New England tour of an original adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. With the success of the Signature Series, Jay’s expecting a colorful and exciting future here at HSC.
ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/FOUNDER
Michael Phillips was born and raised in London England, where he attended Mountview Theatre School, one of the most prestigious and famous acting schools in Britain. He came to the United States to tour and direct Shakespeare throughout the Southern States. He fell in love with America and decided to stay. He founded The Hampstead Players, and started working first as an Actor/Director with the company. Later, he served as the company’s Artistic Director for over 10 years. In 2015, Michael took over the role of Executive Director for HSC. Michael grew Hampstead Stage Company into a nationally known company, renown for the quality of their work, the excellence of their actors and directors, and their commitment to educate as well as entertain through theatre. HSC performs over 2000 shows a year to audiences of all ages.
In addition to his work at HSC, he has also worked as a guest director and playwright with companies throughout the United States from Off-Broadway to Los Angeles, including the Boston Actor’s Theatre, the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, and many others. In 2015 his play, Lives of Quiet Desperation, was considered for the Yale New Works award. In early 2016 his full-length screenplay Slammed was purchased by Red Pictures and is currently in post-production.
Abby Railsback was born and raised in Neodesha, Kansas. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Missouri Southern State University and her Masters of Fine Arts from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. While attending college, she worked as a camp counselor where she found a love for working with children. She’s always had a passion for the arts with a particular interest in theatre for young audiences which in part was a product of growing up as an audience member of many Hampstead Stage Company (HSC) performances. She joined the Hampstead family in the summer of 2016 with her first tour Wizard of Oz and Aladdin in the Northeast and returned the following summer for Beauty and the Beast and Pinocchio throughout the Southwest. After her second tour she moved to Chicago and joined HSC in their satellite office. She is elated to continue her journey with Hampstead and combine her love of theater with her love for teaching kids.
THE REST OF OUR AMAZING TEAM
DAVE PRESTON - Producer/Board Chair
AMANDA PAWLIK - Education Director
SANDY BURT - Scenic Artist