Mr. Campbell has acted professionally with Gamut Theatre, Open Stage of Harrisburg, Fulton Theatre, Gretna Theatre, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Philly Fringe, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, and Sight & Sound Theatres. He taught at Susquehanna Township High School in their School of Performing Arts and in the English department at Mechanicsburg Area Senior High, as well as theatre teaching with Penn State, Gamut, Open Stage, and more before coming to CASA in 2016. He's directed work in each of those educational settings and has also directed work for Theatre Harrisburg, State College Community Theatre, Gamut's Stage Door Series, and the Philly Fringe. This two time Penn State grad (BA Theatre/Schreyer Honors '02; M.Ed C&I '08) is excited to get to continue living his passion for teaching young actors and artists here at CASA, and is honored to continue the work of his friends and mentors who've taught in this program before him. Mr. Campbell and his wife Alexis met working in the theatre community in Harrisburg, and he considers his best job ever being a husband to her and a dad to his daughter Rosemary.
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- Connections to the Industry: Mr. Campbell has had the good fortune to work (in his younger days) with more than a few actors who've achieved a degree of fame for their work in theatre, film, and television, including Jonathan Groff (Frozen, Hamilton, Spring Awakening), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele, Toy Story 4), Bellamy Young (Scandal), Kelli Giddish (Law & Order: SVU), Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project), Joe Machi (Last Comic Standing), James T. Lane (Broadway's Kiss Me Kate, A Chorus Line, and Chicago), Alfie Parker Jr. (Broadway's South Pacific, Chicago, and Aladdin), Matthew Hydzik (Broadway's The Cher Show, West Side Story, and Carousel), one-man show maestro Will Stutts, and others... what all of these people had in common is that they were very kind, gracious, humble, hard-working, and professional, in addition to the prerequisite of being talented.
- Professional Acting Experience: Mr. Campbell was a Core Company Actor with Gamut Theatre from 2005-2007. Some of the roles he played while at Gamut include Hamlet, King Henry V, Tom in The Glass Menagerie, and Frog in A Year with Frog & Toad. While there, he met his wife Alexis, who was also in the Core Acting Company. Prior to working for Gamut, another career highlight for Mr. Campbell was a summer spent at Gretna Theatre playing Mozart in Amadeus and Jamie Lockhart in The Robber Bridegroom.
- Ties to CASA's Past: Mr. Campbell has worked with CASA's previous theatre teachers, Mrs. Anne Alsedek and Mrs. Lisa Weitzman, in various theatrical endeavors both artistic and educational in his time in Harrisburg. He considers them to be friends and mentors, and is honored to continue their legacies in this exciting school.
- Student Successes: Students Mr. Campbell has worked with in the past have been admitted into competitive performing arts training programs at: Pace University, NYU, The Neighborhood Playhouse, Rider University, Penn State University, Temple University, AMDA New York, Northwestern University, Ithaca College, Hofstra University, Otterbein University, the Institute for American Musical Theatre (IAMT), and more. Others have booked professional performing jobs in national tours, summer stock, regional theatre companies, amusement parks, commercial work, and other venues. Others have gone on to undergraduate and graduate degrees in theatre education or careers in arts administration. He has had students win awards through the Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards, the NAACP's ACT-SO scholarship competition, and the English-Speaking Union's National Shakespeare Competition, among others. He taught several of the founders of the Lancaster Improv Players (LIP) as well as numerous actors and theatre artists who remain active in the local theatre community in and surrounding Harrisburg.
- Local Pride: A native of central Pennsylvania, Mr. Campbell was born in York, raised near Wilkes-Barre, went to high school and college in State College, and has lived in Lancaster and Harrisburg as an adult. He is a proud alumnus of the PA Governor's School for the Arts, and was honored to represent central PA as a high school senior in the National Shakespeare Competition in 1997 in New York City, where he was first runner-up.