Meet The Ritz Team!

Bruce A. Curless

Founder / Producing Artistic Director

BRUCE CURLESS founded The Ritz in 1985 and remains head of the organization. He is a two-time Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award winner for his children’s show character Ritzy the Wolf. In 2006, he directed and appeared in the New York Premier of Blue Lou and the Bullyfish, as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Among his favorite directorial projects are Candide, Master Class, and Sweeney Todd, which he received a Philadelphia Barrymore Award nomination. He has been a guest director at The University of Pennsylvania, Foundation Theatre, Off Broad Street Theatre, and Rowan University. He appeared in the featured role in the Philadelphia Project Twenty 1 Film Festival winning entry, Ghost LightHe received the Applause Award for outstanding community contributions in the area of theatre and Camden County’s Martin Luther King’s Freedom Award. He was the co-creator and director of The Magick in the Music of Stephen Schwartz, an original musical revue developed at The Ritz Theatre Company with Stephen Schwartz.

Matthew Weil

Associate Artistic Director / Production Manager

MATTHEW WEIL is a graduate of Rowan University’s Theatre program with a concentration in directing and acting. He serves as the Associate Artistic Director and Production Manager with The Ritz Theatre Company and is also a freelance director in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area.

Robert Repici

Communications & Group Sales Manager

ROBERT REPICI is an educator, storyteller, and arts aficionado who oversees media communications and group sales here at The Ritz. An alumnus of Rutgers University (B.A.) and Arizona State University (M.A.S.), his professional work centers primarily on the creation and implementation of evocative arts programming that strives for proactive audience engagement. As a longtime Theatre enthusiast and transmedia storytelling specialist with experience both on and off the stage, Robert is also a practiced teacher in the Creative Writing and Theater Arts fields, where his work revolves mostly around narrative theory, character construction, and devised performance.

Maria A. Bryan

Box Office & House Manager

MARIA A. BRYAN is delighted to represent The Ritz Theatre Company as the Box Office and Front of House Manager. Maria brings extensive experience in office management, administrative process development, and event management, having worked at executive levels within large corporations such as NCR Corp, AT&T, and CDI. A lifelong theatregoer, and a Mom to a talented performer, she truly enjoys being a part of the extraordinary behind-the-scenes efforts that make magic happen on stage for our audiences.

Dana Wilson

Finance & Accounting Manager

DANA WILSON has enjoyed productions at The Ritz since childhood, and she is thrilled to now be a member of the theater team. She is an alumnus of Rutgers University-Camden (B.A.) and University of Phoenix (M.B.A.). She brings experience in bookkeeping, office management, and event planning to The Ritz.

Donna Miller

Development Manager

DONNA MILLER has a 20 year background in fundraising for arts and culture organizations in Philadelphia and New Jersey. She’s worked in development and external affairs for The University of the Arts, The Curtis Institute of Music, the Rosenbach Museum & Library, and Jubilate Deo Chorale & Orchestra. Her expertise involves grant writing, capital and annual giving campaigns, and special events. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Rutgers and an M.A. in Museum Education from The University of the Arts. Donna served as Development Director at the Ritz from 2002 to 2007 under a Southern New Jersey Staffing Initiative grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.