About Playbill Travel
Since 2011, Playbill Travel has changed the Performance Travel landscape. Along with curating our own exciting cruises, Playbill Travel can assist you with any of your travel needs.

Playbill Travel, a subsidiary of the iconic theatre magazine Playbill, has taken travelers and Broadway royalty around the globe to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of the world’s finest cultures. After taking in exciting excursions by day, guests are treated to world-class concerts at night from the finest Broadway talent, hand-picked by Playbill.

Along with creating and operating our own Broadway-themed cruises, we are also able to help our clients with all of their travel needs! After combining with Empress Travel & Cruises in 2018, Playbill Travel is both a travel operator and agency. Below, please meet each member of the Playbill Travel team. Give us a call and say hello!

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Meet Our Team!


Philip Birsh CEO

Mr. Birsh has been the President and CEO of PLAYBILL since 1993. After overseeing PLAYBILL’s evolution into the digital age in the 1990’s through the creation of Playbill.com, Mr. Birsh transformed the company once more in 2010 through the introduction of Playbill Travel.

Ed Plog President

Ed has been in the travel field since 1974, and he believes that his agency offers travel knowledge that can't be found elsewhere. He also believes in agents who focus on solving problems for their clients so they have an exceptional travel experience. Ed is a lifetime member of the Institute of Certified Travel Advisors.

Barbara Waterbury VP

Barbara began working in travel after receiving her degree in Travel & Tourism in 1978. Barbara is proud to be a Certified Travel Counselor, a designation that denotes the pinnacle of travel industry professionalism.

Mindy Walts Travel Advisor

Mindy has been a Travel Advisor since 1990. She has received an award as top Super Agent from Travel & Leisure Magazine for Caribbean Resorts, and she received the “Extra Mile Award” from the American Society of Travel Advisors.

Michele Brundige Travel Advisor

Michele has been a travel advisor since 2002, booking tours, hotel packages and cruises all over the world. She has a true passion for travel and pays special attention to exactly what her clients are looking for and what is important to them. For her, the most rewarding part of working in the travel industry is helping others fulfill their travel dreams. Michele would love to assist you in planning an experience of a lifetime!

Stephanie Garrett Travel Advisor

Stephanie has been a travel advisor since 1992. She can assist you with travel to many locations around the globe, such as the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Alaska, Europe, Tahiti, Hawaii, and Asia. The adventures and memories, life lessons, new foods, and different cultures keep the love of travel burning bright, along with helping others to have those experiences as well.

Kathy Deyoe Travel Advisor

Kathy has been in the travel business for over 22 years and is proud to be a Travel Advisor. Kathy's specialties are both leisure and business travel. When you talk to Kathy, you will know that she truly enjoys her work, her customers and the people around her.

Jana Mallo Guest Relations Manager

Jana Mallo has been at Playbill since August of 2016, working as the liaison between Playbill Travel and its guests. She’s happy to talk with you about any Broadway production and ready to answer any of your questions.

Alex Birsh

Alex has been Vice President of Playbill since October 2016 and was named Chief Digital Officer in 2018. Previous to Playbill, he worked for the Topps Company and Major League Baseball Advanced Media. He is the third Birsh to join Playbill, after his grandfather (Arthur) and father (Phil).