• 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
  • Jen Huth
    Jennifer Huth, General Manager

    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
    Maria Ceferatti, Music Director
    Maria Ceferatti is an award-winning composer and educator. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Catholic University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Rosemont College. Her video, If Blind Kids Ruled the World, won the inaugural Cinema Without Sight Festival in Los Angeles, CA. Maria teaches general music at St. Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments, directs the string ensemble at Archbishop Carroll High School and gives private piano lessons at Holy Child Academy. As a writing teacher, she instructs creative writing classes for adults at Main Line School Night and presents writing workshops for children with the Young Writers’ Day Program. Maria also facilitates a tele-support group for parents of blind children sponsored by Educating Communities for Parenting. As Music Director of AWB, Sr., Maria has arranged, accompanied and directed the music for 15 shows. For AWB, Jr. Maria has adapted the scripts, composed the music and directed the productions of 13 shows including The Little Prince; How Spiders Came to Be: The Tale of Arachne and the premiere of the beloved children’s book, The Dot.