Staff

  • Christine Rouse, Founder and Executive Director

    Christine Rouse, Founder and Executive Director of AWB, created Acting Without Boundaries in 2004 because of her personal experiences growing up with Cerebral Palsy. Since 1991, Christine has been a source of inspiration and motivation for thousands of children through her disabled awareness educational workshop, Kids are Kids. Following her graduation from Saint Joseph’s University in 2002, Christine began to further develop her interest in theater and the performing arts. She has received extensive training at various acting programs across the country and is the recipient of a number of awards including the 1994 Presidential Award from the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Christine was recently featured on The Today Show’s “Everyone Has a Story” segment.Through AWB Christine is successfully paving the way to acceptance and inclusion for young people with disabilities by encouraging them to not let their disabilities stand in the way of achieving their goals and dreams.
-AWB’s Artistic Director, Neill Hartley and
Music Director, Maria Ceferatti
  • Leah Evans
    Leah Evans, Managing Director

    Before her start at ESF’s Acting Without Boundaries, Leah Evans worked as the Community Relations and Foundation Manger at the Philadelphia Union, a Major League Soccer team in Philadelphia. There she found her love for non-profits. Currently, she serves as the Managing Director for Acting Without Boundaries and is excited about organization’s mission, specifically, bringing theater opportunities to children and adults, who are physically disabled. As Director, Leah plans to keep things simple while creatively increasing revenues. “Our program is very unique, we offer professionally run, monthly workshops and quarterly performances, that lend themselves to building confidence in our actors.”
  • Jen Huth
    Jennifer Huth, Program Coordinator

    Jennifer Huth is a veteran theatre actor and theatre artist. She holds a Master of Arts in theatre from Villanova University and a certificate in acting from the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City. Her skills as an arts administrator were honed at Prudential Securities, where she was an Associate Vice President; Music Management in Belmont, MA; and most recently as the General Manager of Main Line Lawn & Garden in Bryn Mawr, PA.
  • Neill Hartley
    Neill Hartley, Artistic Director

    Neill Hartley is professional actor, director and educator. As an actor, he has performed with many regional companies including the Arden Theatre, InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia Shakespeare, People’s Light and the Philadelphia Theater Co. He shared a Philadelphia Barrymore best ensemble award for Batboy, The Musical with 1812 Productions. He also tours with eight one-man shows. Neill was a national spokesperson on QVC for several
    years, and has appeared in regional and national commercials. He works regularly in industrial and voice over projects, and has a recurring role in the Netflix series; House of Cards.As Artistic Director for Acting Without Boundaries, Neill has adapted and directed 13 shows including Working The Musical. In addition to AWB, he has directed for University of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Arcadia University, LaSalle University, Luna Theater and New City Stage Company. Most recently he has directed The Lyons for Isis Productions.Neill is an assistant professor of voice and speech at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and has acted as a speech/dialect coach for several professional theater productions. He holds an MFA in Acting from Temple University.
  • Maria Ceferatti, Music Director
    Maria Ceferatti is the Music Director of AWB. A graduate of Catholic University with a degree in Music Education, she teaches violin and piano lessons at her private studio, general music classes at St. Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments, and directs the One Flock Choir for children with special needs.