Cary Burkett produces features for the witf Arts and Culture Desk and also serves as co-host for witf’s Center Stage, heard Saturday and Sunday evenings at 8 p.m.
Cary has been actively involved with the arts across the region. He has worked and performed with many of the area arts organizations, including Theatre Harrisburg, York Little Theatre, Bel Voce, the Sunderman Conservatory Wind Symphony and the Pennsylvania Academy of Music. For Music at Gretna, he portrayed Johann Sebastian Bach in a special Bach concert. He also worked with composer Alan Krantz to create a work for Music at Gretna called The Cryptic Composition, based on Cary's witf radio drama series, Sherlock Bach. Recently he collaborated with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of a new ballet version of Camille Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals. Cary wrote the story for the ballet and served as narrator in the performances.
Cary received a BFA degree in theatre from the University of Texas, and has worked in numerous regional theatres, dinner theatres, summer stock and touring companies across the country. Some of his roles include Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, and John Adams in 1776. He has a shelf full of acting awards.
He lived for several years in New York City, where in addition to performing in Off-Broadway productions he worked as a writer and editor for DC Comics and as a freelance writer for Marvel Comics and Red Circle Comics. He has chronicled the adventures of such heroes as Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man. He also created his own super hero character, Nemesis, for DC Comics.
With his wife, Jennifer, Cary also created a Christian theatre group called ACT, Agape Christian Theatre, and they have toured pieces on missionary trips to Russia, Holland and the Philippines.