Jerry Comunale
Jerry is a graduate of Point Park University, where he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts with an emphasis on acting and directing. After graduating in 1970, he served as the Co-Producer/Artistic Director of Camelot Productions from 1973-1980. Jerry has performed in over 180 Actors' Equity and non-equity productions including productions with Pittsburgh CLO and Thom Thomas' Odd Chair Playhouse. He has had the privilege of starring in productions with many stars of stage and screen including Tony Randall, Ray Bolger, and Harvey Keitel. Jerry has also directed over 45 Equity and non-equity productions. He has taught acting, public speaking, and oral interpretation at Point Park University, CCAC, and Our Lady of Mercy Academy. Jerry is presently serving as the dramatics coach for Quaker Valley High School musical productions. 


Lou Valenzi
Lou is a long-time theatre veteran with experience in both production and performing. Lou has performed professionally throughout the United States and Canada including: Los Angeles CLO, St. Louis Muny, Wolf Trap, and on Broadway in The Pirates of Penzance (Samuel, Frederic). Lou has also performed locally with Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and PIttsburgh Musical Theater (formerly Gargaro Productions). Television acting credits include: Knots Landing, Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, and According to Jim. Lou also boasts an impressive line of directing credits. For years, he has directed local high school productions at Quaker Valley, Pine Richland, and many other school districts. Lou is the Director of Music Ministries at St. James Catholic Parish in Sewickley and is also a music teacher at the Quaker Valley Middle School. 


Advisory Board

Chelsea Bartel, Secretary
Chelsea has been involved in the greater Pittsburgh theatre community for the past 10 years. She has worked as a performer, a designer, and has taught many musical theatre classes throughout the area. She is a proud graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, from where she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing with minors in Drama and Art. Chelsea is no stranger to secretarial duties, as she served as Secretary of and co-founded "Tisbert" Sketch Comedy. Away from the stage, Chelsea is a Proctor/Tutor for SAT prep classes and a stylist for Stitch Fix. 


Katie Rogers, Treasurer
Katie contributes her finance background and consulting skills as SATC’s Treasurer.  She is a Benefits Analyst for Dunbar, Bender, & Zapf, Inc., a retirement plan consulting and actuarial firm.  Katie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Mathematics from Clarion University.  She also carried double minors in Music and Business Administration.  Katie’s experience in music/vocal performance has been showcased at PMEA Choir Festivals. She has also had the opportunity to perform at the MENC National Conference in Hartford, Connecticut.  Katie was immersed in theatre at a young age, both on stage and off.  She has been highly involved with the Franklin Civic Operetta Association’s Barrow-Civic Theater; as well as many other theatre companies throughout the area.


Jeffrey Way, Vice President
Jeff is a graduate of Duquesne University, where he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising with a concentration in Theater Arts.  He is currently employed by the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, where he serves as a clerk for the Honorable Robert L. Ford, Magisterial District Judge located in Leetsdale.  Jeff has a wide variety of experience in the aspects of theatre production as a performer, pit musician, stage manager, set designer, house manager, and director of Public Relations/Advertising.  He served on the Board of Directors of Spotlight Musical Theatre Company and has been heavily involved with the Duquesne University Red Masquers.


David S. Ford, President
David is a life-long Sewickley area resident.  Being born in Sewickley and moving to Leetsdale, he has enjoyed living in the area and plans to raise a family in this community.  David holds Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Duquesne University.  He is employed by Straka & McQuone, Inc., a private otolaryngology (ear, nose, & throat) practice in Sewickley, where he specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of voice and swallowing disorders.  David boasts a long line of theatre performance, direction, and production credits at the community, semi-professional, and professional levels.  He has worked with numerous theatre companies throughout the greater Pittsburgh area including Washington Community Theatre, the Old Schoolhouse Players, Spotlight Musical Theatre Company, Gemini Theater, Jude Pohl Productions, Washington & Jefferson College, Carrnivale Theatrics, and Sewickley Performing Arts Camp.


Board of Directors


Sewickley is an area rich in history, culture, and the arts.  Founded in 2013, Sewickley Area Theatre Company's objective is to provide 2 full-length musicals per year with additional plays and special events periodically. SATC will employ local talent in all aspects of production, preventing theatre enthusiasts from having to leave our community for quality entertainment. Whether you're in high school, working a full-time job, or retired, SATC provides a platform to participate in and enjoy the arts. 


Sewickley Area Theatre Company is a community-oriented theatre company with the goal of producing affordable, high-quality theatre productions.  We intend to extend cultural appreciation of the arts in our community through our productions, educational opportunities, and the involvement of volunteers.


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