Who We Are
Michael Philip O’Brien – Producing Artistic Director/Co-Founder
Michael is a native Philadelphian and after graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2001, decided to return home and start 11th Hour. As a performer, Michael has worked at numerous theatres throughout the Philadelphia region and around the country including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Milwaukee Rep, TUTS, The Walnut Street Theatre, The Arden Theatre Company, Bristol Riverside Theatre,The Prince Music Theater, Media Theatre, Montgomery Theater and 11th Hour Theatre Company. Michael is a two-time Barrymore Award winner and is a five-time Barrymore nominee. Under his leadership, 11th Hour productions have won nine Barrymore Awards and garnered 39 Barrymore Award nominations.
Jenna Stelmok – Managing Director
Originally from Boston, Jenna moved to Philadelphia in 2012. Since completing the Arden’s Professional Apprenticeship Program in 2013, she has worked as a freelance production/stage manager and development consultant. She joins the 11th Hour staff after working on multiple company productions, including: The Secret Garden, Side Show, The Life, and Field Hockey Hot. Additional production credits include: the Arden, Asian Arts Initiative, RealLivePeople, Simpatico Theatre Project, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, and others. As a development consultant, Jenna has also worked extensively with multiple small to mid-sized theatre companies in the Greater Philadelphia Area. She is a teaching artist for the Arden, Theatre Horizon, and St. Peter’s School, and is a member of the Philly Young Playwrights Literary Committee. Jenna holds a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Performance and Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
Kate Galvin – Associate Producer
Kate joined 11th Hour in 2012 after serving as Casting Director and Assistant to the Producing Artistic Director at the Walnut Street Theatre for seven years. She is a Barrymore Award-winning director based in Philadelphia. Local credits include Walnut, 11th Hour and Inis Nua, as well as the Fulton in Lancaster. Regional credits include Chicago Shakes, North Carolina Theatre, WaterTower Theater, Flat Rock Playhouse and Sharon Playhouse. She is co-creator of the musical Austentatious has been produced in Philadelphia (11th Hour), New York, London and around the world. Austentatious is published by Playscripts, Inc. and is available on iTunes. Kate holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from NYU and a Master’s of Arts in Musical Theatre (Producing) from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Megan Nicole O’Brien – Resident Director/Co-Founder
Megan is a University of the Arts Alumna and a three-time Barrymore nominee. Directing credits include: Blues in the Night and The Bomb-itty of Errors (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), Little Shop of Horrors (11th Hour/Theatre Horizon), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Barrymore Nomination), Reefer Madness (11th Hour/Montgomery Theater), Rent (11th Hour Theatre Company/MPIRP at Drexel University), The Marvelous Wonderettes, Rooms, Avenue X (Barrymore Nomination), The Bomb-itty of Errors (Barrymore Nomination), tick, tick…BOOM!, (all for 11th Hour Theatre Company), The Irish…and How They Got That Way (Walnut Street Theatre/The Kimmel Center), John and Jen (Act II Playhouse), High Fidelity (University of the Arts), and Adding Machine: A Musical (University of the Arts.) Megan has assisted such directors as Mark Clements, Aaron Posner, Walter Dallas, Richard Parison, Jr., Joe Calarco, and Pam MacKinnon. Megan has served as a teaching artist for 11th Hour Theatre Company, the Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, and Theatre Horizon. She also teaches drama to adults coping with autism.
Steve Pacek – Associate Artistic Director/Co-Founder
Steve attended Ithaca College, where he received his BFA in Musical Theatre. He has worked extensively in the entertainment industry, spanning many disciplines and in many different cities including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Minneapolis. As an actor, he has appeared on television, off-broadway, on tour and on numerous Philadelphia stages including the Arden Theatre Company, the Prince Music Theater, Walnut Street Theatre and 11th Hour Theatre Company. Steve has been nominated for 5 Barrymore Awards including 2 nominations for the Haas Award for Emerging Artist in Theatre. Directing/choreography credits include: I Sing!, The World Goes ‘Round (11th Hour), APA showcases (The Arden). He has also assisted such directors as Larry Moss (NYC’s Century Center), Joe Calarco (Playwright’s Horizons), Mark Valdez (Minneapolis’s Mixed Blood Theatre Co) and Terry Nolen (The Arden). As an educator, Steve has taught with Music Theater International, Disney’s Broadway Junior, Jen Waldman Studio, Lucy Moses School, Windward School, Arden Theatre Company, Walnut Street Theater, Ithaca College, and the Hangar Theater’s Next Generation program.
Daniel Kontz – Marketing Director
Daniel Kontz is a multi-disciplinary designer from London, England, who creates sights and sounds for clients in a wide range of industries. He began working with 11th Hour as the company’s graphic designer in 2014. Daniel is the Art Director for Revolution Shakespeare, the Sound Designer and Video Designer for the National Constitution Center’s Living News, has served The Renegade Company as an Artistic Associate, and designs sound, projections, and graphics for theatre companies in Philadelphia and NYC. You can check out some of his other work at www.danielkontzdesign.com.
Carrie Gorn – Public Relations
Please contact Carrie at Perpetual Motion PR for all press related inquiries
Alan Blumenthal – President
Susan Verona – Treasurer
Kate Galvin – Secretary
Michael Philip O’Brien
Megan Nicole O’Brien