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 Manager

ROBERT REPICI is an educator, storyteller, and theatre aficionado who oversees Public and Media Relations, Educational Outreach, Group Sales, and Casting 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 artist-audience engagement. With over a decade of educational and theatrical experience both on and off the stage, Robert is also a practiced teacher in the Theater Arts and Creative Writing fields, where his work revolves mostly around narrative theory, character creation, 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.

AJ Klein

Technical Director

AJ KLEIN is a long-time singer and actor who just so happens to be a technical nerd. He graduated from Rowan University with a B.S. in Music Industry specializing in Music Technology. Shortly after college, AJ stepped away from performance to focus on career development. For four years, he worked for Encore facilitating audio visual equipment for meetings and events. AJ has served as audio designer, video designer, assistant stage manager, and assistant director on various theatrical productions and is eager to apply his knowledge here at The Ritz.

Lori Aleixo-Howard

Director of Development

LORI ALEIXO-HOWARD is so happy to join The Ritz Theatre Company’s full-time staff as the new Director of Development. She began her development career at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota and eventually became the Assistant Director of Development at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. During her ten years on staff there, she and the development team successfully raised 1.1 million dollars in contributed income each season. She is also an active teacher, director, and performer, appearing on the Ritz stage most recently as Amanda in the 2019 mainstage production of The Glass Menagerie. She is thrilled to be directing Camelot on the Ritz Black Box stage this coming January. You may also see her teaching Theatre Arts with the Ritz Junior summer camp or behind the box office window, so please feel free to approach her and introduce yourself.