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 Light. He received the Applause Award for outstanding community contributions in the area of theatre and Camden County’s Martin Luther King’s Freedom Award. He serves on the Board of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance and on the Advisory Board for the Gloucester and Camden County’s performing arts high schools. 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.