Leslie Reidel (Artistic Director, Resident Director) has dedicated the last 30 years of his professional life to both the preservation of classical theatre and the development of young audiences. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College and a Masters of Fine Arts from Temple University. He served as a member of the M.F.A. faculty at Temple University and was a founding member of the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Delaware. His directorial credits include The Walnut Street Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Madison Civic Rep, the Pennsylvania, Utah, Colorado, and Fort Worth Shakespeare Festivals and 12 years as the resident director of the Great American Children’s Theatre. His most recent creations with Enchantment Theatre Company are the authorized North American production of Peter Rabbit™ Tales, which premiered in 2015; and Ravel’s Mother Goose and Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales, both of which premiered in 2013 and toured nationally. Other productions include Enchantment Everywhere’s The Fisherman and the Flounder and The Brave Little Tailor, as well as Sylvester and the Magic Pebble; The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon; Scheherazade, which premiered with The Cleveland Orchestra in 2008; and The Velveteen Rabbit. Leslie is Professor of Theatre at the University of Delaware and a director for the Resident Ensemble Players in Newark, DE, where his recent projects have included Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Pinter’s The Homecoming and McPherson’s The Weir. In the fall of 2011 he directed a critically acclaimed production of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes. Leslie is also a frequent guest lecturer on “Acting Shakespeare” and is a member of The International Shakespeare Conference, located in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Jennifer Blatchley Smith (Artistic Director, Literary & Education) studied writing and theater at Bennington College. For the last 30 years, she has co-created and performed in over 20 original productions presented around the United States and abroad. As a founding member of Enchantment Theatre Company, Jennifer created roles as diverse as the Broom in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Beauty in Beauty and the Beast. She performed in Enchantment productions at Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York; the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; and the Annenberg Center, the Kimmel Center and the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. She has traveled to Asia six times with Enchantment productions. Her most recent roles have been in Enchantment’s newest symphony production, Mother Goose, as well as The Firebird and Scheherazade. Her recent co-creations with Enchantment’s artistic team are the authorized North American production of Peter Rabbit™ Tales, which premiered in 2015 and toured nationally; Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales, which premiered in 2013 and toured nationally; Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, which toured nationally 2011-2012; The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon, which toured nationally 2009-2011; Scheherazade, which premiered with The Cleveland Orchestra in 2008; and The Velveteen Rabbit, which toured nationally 2007-2009 and 2012-2013. She is a co-creator of Enchantment’s newest program, Enchantment Everywhere, which brings high quality, portable productions into schools and community venues in the Greater Philadelphia area. Recent Enchantment Everywhere productions are The Fisherman and the Flounder, which toured in 2014; The Brave Little Tailor, which toured in 2015; and The Beast in the Bayou, which is touring in 2016.
Landis Smith (Artistic Director, Production) studied theater with Jewel Walker at Carnegie-Mellon University and with Jacobina Caro at Webster University Conservatory in St. Louis. He began performing magic at the age of six and studied violin and voice beginning at the age of nine. His love of theater, music and the art of illusion led to the founding of Enchantment Theatre Company in 1979. As a founder and performer with Enchantment, Landis has created, produced and performed in productions in America and in the Far East. In 1985, Landis and Enchantment collaborated with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to premiere The Symphony and the Sorcerer, the first of a series of programs introducing young people to the magic of symphonic music. Since then, Landis has appeared with major orchestras nationwide, including the premiere of Enchantment’s theatrical adaptation of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade with The Cleveland Orchestra in 2008. Landis appeared with the Boston Pops on their annual holiday PBS television special, which aired for five years. He has performed in Enchantment symphonic productions of The Firebird, Cinderella, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Mother Goose with the Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlanta, Montreal and Seattle symphonies, among others. Landis collaborated in the creation of Enchantment’s most recent national touring productions of Peter Rabbit™ Tales, Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon and The Velveteen Rabbit. He toured in the Far East six times with Enchantment, performing in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. Landis is a co-creator of Enchantment’s newest program, Enchantment Everywhere, which brings professional, portable productions to students and family audiences around the Greater Philadelphia area. Recent Enchantment Everywhere productions include The Fisherman and the Flounder, The Brave Little Tailor and The Beast in the Bayou. Landis has been an adjunct professor of theater at Muhlenberg College since 2012.
Enchantment Theatre Company has been fortunate to work with the following talented artists over the years.
Alex Bechtel Composer
Jonathan Becker Mask and Puppet Designer
Andrew Coles Resident Lighting Designer
Dirk Durossette Scenic Designer
Charles Gilbert Resident Composer
Thomas Hase Lighting Designer, haseltd.com
Millie Hiibel Costume Designer
Marla Jurglanis Costume Designer
Alisa Sickora Kleckner Mask and Puppet Maker
Aaron Lathrop Puppet Maker
Bruce Marrs Mask Maker
Scott McPheeters Resident Choreographer
Robbie Molinari Animation Director / Animator
David O’Connor Lighting Designer Emeritus
James Pyne Scenic Designer
C. David Russell Production Designer
Don Sebesky Composer
Thom Sirkot Costume Designer
Brian Strachan Costume Designer
Susan Sweeney Narrator
Andy Teirstein Composer