Skip over primary navigation
Theatre Department Newsletter 2003-2004
Newsletter 2001 , Newsletter 2002 , Newsletter 2005

Featuring , Dates and Venue Change , Alumni News , Faculty & Staff , Scholarships & Awards , Last Page


It seemed that for much of 2003-04 the only thing we had to fear was “winter and rough weather.” I don’t think the forest of Arden ever had such a winter, though. The classrooms and stages here in Tyler were a hotbed of creative activity which kept our spirits warm. We had a challenging and successful season that began with a riotous production of The Importance of Being Earnest, which received a certificate of merit for the ensemble from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). The Student Honor’s production was Italian American Reconciliation. Our students did splendid work on all aspects of this well-crafted production, The spring semester saw The Traveler & The April Witch, an adaptation of two Ray Bradbury short stories; and The 1940’s Radio Hour, a nostalgic tune filled look at mid-20th Century popular music and dance. We welcomed Cheryl-Wilkins Mitchell, the dance instructor in the Health, Promotion and Wellness Department, as choreographer for the two spring shows. For those of you who may be keeping count, we also hosted the 45th Annual High School Drama Festival. I’m happy to report that student theatre is alive and well. We had a terrific student production of The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged in the fall. The second annual senior showcase, workshops by visiting artists and student attendance at the KCACTF festival in January at Muhlenburg College in Pennsylvania, rounded out an already full schedule.

I’m pleased to let you know that we’ve reached our goal with the Kathleen Pendergast Scholarship, thanks to the generosity of many alumni, friends, emeriti faculty and Dr. Pendergast’s relatives. In particular I want to acknowledge the support of Carl Whidden (‘74). The scholarship is intended for a junior in the acting/directing track and will be open to applicants next winter.

This has also been a year of alumni reunions. It was a delight for us and I know gratifying to Jon Vermilye to see so many of you at the reunion weekend last August. Alumni generosity has enabled us to start a Jon Vermilye Scholarship fund for a student in technical theatre. The New York City reunion on May 23rd at Dillons was a great success; and it was a pleasure to see many of our West Coast alumni in March at the get together at the Cat and the Fiddle in LA.

We welcomed Michael deAlmeida to the department, as the new Technical Coordinator. Michael has an MFA in Technical Production with a concentration in Sound Design from Boston University. He also holds a degree in Electronics Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Previously he worked with Connecticut Audio and Theatrical Supply, Boston Light and Sound and taught Audio and Electrics at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. In addition to his sound design and lighting technology responsibilities, Michael also expertly maintains our website.

We continue to work on the revisions to the major, and in particular the creation of a Music-Theatre track in connection with the Music Department. All this is in the context of the ongoing evaluation process for accreditation with NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre).

I know you will enjoy reading about fellow alumni in this issue. We have a great deal to celebrate here in the program and in the careers and accomplishments of our alumni. Thank you as always for your loyalty.

Top of page


I know you will enjoy reading about fellow alumni in this issue. Perhaps we’ll see many of you at the Blackfriars Reunion in Oswego in August. We have a great deal to celebrate here in the program and in the careers and accomplishments of our alumni. Thank you for helping to shape this newly accredited department. We appreciate your loyalty. And please keep in touch.

Blackfriars Theatre Alumni Reunion Weekend

Wine & Cheese on Friday, August 19, 2005
Mike & Kitty’s home on 152 Rikers Beach Road in Oswego

Picnic on Saturday, August 20, 2005
Selkirk Shores State Park in Pulaski

Top of page


Juliana Hannett focused on stage management as a theatre major and gained experience as the SM for many department productions including The Boys Next Door as well as Oswego Opera Theatre’s Don Pasquale and Lakeside Dinner Theatre’s My Favorite Year. After graduation in 1995, she decided to pursue her career in New York City. She recalls that it took her several months to get the first job and that was as assistant stage manager for a production of Tim Blake Nelson’s The Grey Zone at the prestigious MCC Theatre Company. The show had an extended run and Juliana got her Equity card. No small accomplishment. So, with card in hand and a paycheck of about $200 a week she moved from her parent’s house on Long Island to a studio apartment in Flushing, Queens. Work on productions like A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden and shows at Ensemble Studio Theatre followed.

Within a year she was supporting herself through her theatre career and was headed towards the next level–as an assistant to a Broadway SM and eventually an SM. In 1999 she was stage managing an Off-Broadway show and had an accident. Juliana fell down a flight of stairs and broke her arm. After two surgeries and being out of work for more than six months, she realized she was out of the loop as a stage manager and would have to start at the beginning again.

Over the next year and a half, Juliana did work in film and television, thinking that at least staying involved in the entertainment industry would keep her just as happy. But, she says “It didn’t. I was miserable. I missed the theatre. I was ALWAYS looking for a way back in.“

The opportunity came for re-entry when she answered an ad for a job as a press assistant at Boneau/Bryan-Brown. She didn’t have any publicity experience but felt that the description of the job seemed to suit her abilities well. She sent her resume in and after several interviews was offered the job. She has just celebrated her three-year anniversary with Boneau/Bryan-Brown, and recently joined the press agent union, ATPAM (The Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers).

When asked, “What does the job involve?” Juliana catalogues quite a list of responsibilities. These include pitching stories to television, print, and radio media; coordinating interviews; media appearances; special events; and press junkets and dealing with producers and the creative team in all aspects of publicizing each show. Some of the shows she has worked on recently have included Caroline, or Change, Tom Stoppard’s Jumpers (a highlight of her career thus far); Opera on Broadway with the production of Puccini’s La Bohème, directed by Baz Luhrmann (with three rotating casts of principals, this was, she says, “a blast,” but she never worked harder in her life). Other shows include the Tony winning Take Me Out and Into the Woods. Kiss Me, Kate, the very first show she was assigned to holds a special place in her heart. She recalls, “it really helped me get through September 11th. The cast and crew took pay cuts to keep the show open after the attacks.” Consequently this generated quite a bit of press. Juliana remembers, “I will always be grateful to Kiss Me, Kate for giving me a lot of work to do on such a special show in the weeks after that terrible tragedy.”

Topdog/Underdog was the first show she opened from scratch. It starred Jeffrey Wright and rapper/actor Mos Def. She remembers, “it was a wild ride from start to finish. It was also the first time I had to put a Playbill together. I won’t lie - there was some crying.”

Upcoming projects for the 2004-05 season include Dracula: The Musical; Democracy from England’s National Theatre; and a musical titled Lennon (which includes John Lennon’s post-Beatles songs).

Juliana’s enthusiasm for her job is palpable. The traits that served her so well as a stage manager (energy, organization, positive attitude and an ability to deal with all types of personalities) clearly serve her well in her present job. She believes in the power and aesthetic of live theatre, and still gets a chill when walking across a stage after a performance and passing by the ghost light.

She’s relishing her work and says, “you’d be hard pressed to find someone who likes their job more than I do."

Top of page

Alumni News

**Let Michael de Almeida know** if you would like your email address published on the Theatre Web Page
Check the Theatre Dept. Web Page for updates,missing alumni, etc.

Dean Swift (‘64) enjoys retirement with activities including duplicate bridge, golf, tutoring for Rochester City Schools, and singing in a barbershop quartet. Other times he plays with his electric trains and his two grandsons.

Mary (Jacobs) White (‘65) is now a Deputy Probation Officer with the Adult Division of the San Mateo County Probation Department. Her career over the years has included an MFA in Theatre Arts from Cornell; teaching, management and work on instructional videos with companies like Bechtal and AT&T; commercials; and starting and running her own businesses. Mary recalls Professor Emeritus Jack Kingston who was responsible for her development as an actress and "made a lasting impression" on her; and the blizzard that shut down Oswego during her senior year.

Jef Billings (‘70) has completed a season as both Costume Designer and Associate Director of the Stars on Ice US and Canadian tours. He enjoyed flexing his director's muscles again as he was involved with the creative development and theatrical staging of the show with Scott Hamilton and Christopher Dean. This past spring he designed and executed an entire wedding for skating champion Rosalyn Sumners in Palm Springs.

Bobby Nesbitt (‘73) continues to perform his cabaret act in Key West, Florida, and travels extensively. He will be back in Europe for three months in late Summer 2004 performing once again in Munich during Octoberfest. Bobby will perform at the Arizona Inn in Tucson in July for a cabaret festival. Check out his website .

Barb ( Greeney) Mahlmann (‘73) writes that her daughter Melissa will attend SUNY Oswego in the fall, studying Elementary Education.

Richard Jay-Alexander a/k/a Dick Fernandez ('74) directed Bette Midler's new show Kiss My Brass which did a 43-city tour across America. The show received rave reviews and will be going out again in September for another 30 dates. During Summer 2004, Richard directs the American Premiere of a play by Marta Goes titled A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop for New York Stage & Film, presented at Vassar College, in the Powerhouse Theatre, (it will star Amy Irving as poet Elizabeth Bishop). Richard co-wrote the Liner Notes (with Jay Landers) for Barbra Streisand’s The Movie Album. A recent vacation to Key West resulted in a reunion with alum Bobby Nesbitt where the two found themselves singing together, in front of an audience at a piano bar - a song from The Fantasticks, which Richard had directed Bobby in at Oswego. Richard also looks forward to a reunion with Robin Curtis (‘78). They are talking about teaming up to present a one woman show, which she wrote.

Jean FitzGibbons Sabatini (‘76) is a member of the wardrobe crew for Bombay Dreams on Broadway.

Jamie Stewart Curl (‘80) continues to freelance at the Denver Center Theatre.

Pat McGillicuddy (’80) is working at an Architectural Lighting office, three days a week, and as a Lighting Director at Fox Newschannel. She also teaches architectural lighting at the New York School of Interior Design.

Stephen Butler (‘80) recently left his job as Executive Director of Creative Alternatives of New York, a Manhattan-based organization that uses theater therapeutically with psychiatrically-disabled populations. He is now at Syracuse University attending the Maxwell School working towards his Masters of Arts in Public Administration. He is the recipient of the Max Baker Assistantship and a Dean of Maxwell School scholarship. Stephen hopes his background in arts and culture and mental health care coupled with a Masters in Public Administration will lead him to new and innovative career opportunities. In addition to experiencing a Central New York summer, he has enjoyed being back in Syracuse for the time being amongst family and old friends.

Kevin Kennison (‘82) continues to cast for Disney Theatrical Productions in New York for Broadway, national and international tours. He just finished casting the new Off-Broadway play, The End of You, at the Lion's Theater on theatre row, and will produce for the new play festival on theatre row in Summer ‘04. He re-designed the curriculum for a 300-student summer musical theatre program in Birmingham, Alabama, based on his successful New York University and Oswego Summer Drama programs and will teach in the inaugural Advanced Program this summer. Kevin continues to build his master class and workshop programs across the country and is available as a director, casting director, producer, master teacher, career consultant, and coach.

Wayne Brooks (’82) is now a corporate pilot flying for Met Life Insurance and has two daughters, Lindsay, 5 and Bethany, 2 1/2.

Brian Ronan (84) has an impressive number of Broadway Sound Design credits. Recent productions include Master Harold & the Boys, The Boys from Syracuse, Fortunes Fool, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Rainmaker, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Little Me, Cabaret, Triumph of Love, 1776 and State Fair. Brian also designed sound for the road shows of Seussical and Oklahoma!, He served as Associate Designer for the tours of Smokey Joe's Cafe and Beauty & the Beast. Just a few of his regional credits include the McCarter Theatre's Christmas Carol; Wild Party at Manhattan Theatre Club; and Bleacher Bums at the Royal George Theatre of Chicago, Illinois. His sound design can also be heard in the recent Off Broadway hit, Bug.

Jim Iorio (‘85) recently acted in a production of Steve Martin's The Underpants directed by Jon Jory, at the Arizona Theatre Company. It was also performed at the San Jose Rep. He directs a staged reading of a new play at the Abingdon Theatre (NYC) in August ‘04. He also writes that on New Year's Eve he and actress Jennifer Erin Roberts (whom he met doing The Philadelphia Story at Missouri Rep) were engaged.

John O’Brien (‘86) guest starred on What I like About You on the WB network. Recent co-starring roles included ABC’s Karen Sisco and NBC’s Will & Grace.

Dexter Jones (‘86) recently finished a two-year national tour of 42nd Street, playing the role of Andy Lee. Congratulations to Dexter on this delightful production. Kitty and Mark saw it in Rochester. Dexter and Roy Wise (‘87) visited Oswego during the week the show ran. Roy is active in the Rochester theatre scene.

Jessie Curtis Robles (‘86) has another show going up in this year's New York International Fringe Festival. She writes that it is her “love letter to the borscht belt,” called Freddie. Jessie also performs in it.

David Macy (’86) is working for Morgan Stanley Banking in NYC. His wife, Lynne, had productions of her play Northanger Abbey in Florida and California. She is also a reviewer for for the NYC Fringe Festival. David’s performance group, Distilled Spirits, is getting geared up for production.

Cindy Ludwig (’87) will be married to Peter Johnson in September. Both Cindy and Peter work for Baltimore Opera Company. This past fall Cindy came to Oswego to teach a master class in wig construction and makeup application. She also designed the wigs for The Importance of Being Earnest.

Moria Shaughnessey (‘87) is a member of United Scenic Artists; and the wardrobe union of IASTE. She continues to design in New York and has developed a line of raincoats called “Man Over Board.” They are presently in a few select shops in Manhattan.

Dresden Engle (‘88) performs with the popular sketch-comedy troupe EstroFest (formed in 1998). The group has performed at the Toronto Int’l Fringe Theatre Festival (earning four stars from the Toronto Star, which ranked the troupe second among more than 120 festival acts) as well as an Off–Broadway engagement. EstroFest performed for this year’s SUNY Oswego Alumni Reunion in June. When not on stage, she remains in the spotlight as public relations manager for the George Eastman House in Rochester.

Doug Jacobs (‘88) recently played "Clint Ford" in the premiere of Patrick Killian's Jerry Tyler’s Little Wedding. and will produce his fourth play Seven Redneck Cheerleaders in LA in the fall.

Kathy Leopold (‘89) writes that after a stint of living in Wisconsin and doing print and industrial work in Milwaukee, she and her husband moved to New Hampshire. They have three children Sam (6),Oscar (3) and Lelia (1). Energy is being put into raising her family, but she hopes to be performing, with plans for a solo show soon.

Kim Tyrrell-Pepper (‘90) writes that “I gave birth to our first son on September 29, 2003. Andrew (my husband) and I are enjoying being first time parents to Niall James Pepper.

Warren Crain (’91) is now in his second season as Head Carpenter at the Pantages Theatre in Tacoma, Washington. When the Pantages goes dark in the summer, Warren returns to the Seattle Opera for a few months. He is now a Journeyman in IASTE. His wife, Jennifer, is finishing up her nursing degree.

Jeff Sass (‘91) has been in LA for the past two years after getting his Master's Degree in Film and Television from Syracuse University. He has been working on reality TV shows; with some acting on the side.

Joshua Skolnick (’91) has been married for the past 10 years to Judy and has twins, Becky and Alex, who are entering kindergarten. Currently he does life planning with individuals with developmental disabilities for the Director of Person-Center Initiatives at the Shield Institute.

David Finch (‘91) is still based out of NYC living in artsy Williamsburg. He was fortunate enough to be a member of the closing cast of Cabaret at Studio 54 and recently appeared in the New York premiere of Spring Storm, a newly discovered Tennessee Williams play. He's a licensed real estate agent as well so if you're thinking about buying or selling, e-mail him at

Tim Mollen (‘91) and his wife, Amanda, are living in Binghamton. Tim is very involved with the Endicott Peforming Arts Center (EPAC) where he will direct The Woman in Black in October. He also teaches his improv comedy workshop at EPAC. One of his recent students, John Russell, is the current president of the Shaun Cassidy Fan Club, the improv troupe Tim founded at Oswego in 1990. Two more of his students are attending Oswego in the Fall, and both hope to join the troupe. Tim recently played Tom Hanlon in the Cider Mill Playhouse production of A Skull in Connemara. He also writes an occasional humor column for the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin and works at a college bookstore.

Daniel Walker (‘91) and his wife Amy Davis announced the birth of their son William Robert, Feb. 18, 2004.

Stan Klimecko (‘92) writes that he, Mike Moon (’93) Jeremy Aldridge (’96) and JJ Mayes (‘98) all had roles in the film Day of the Dead, a prequel to George Romero's Dawn of the Dead. Mike Moon was the casting director for the film. Stan and his writing partner have filmed a short based on their script Buffalo Wing.

Dan Harkins (’94) a recent member of Actor’s Equity, currently acts at the Jekyll and Hyde Club on New York’s east side.

Jennifer Li Aldridge (‘94) is Development Associate at Cornerstone Theater Company. She co-founded The Company of Strangers, a dance theater ensemble in LA, soon to perform at REDCAT. She also performed with Cornerstone Theater Company and Orpheum Circus, is in rehearsals for Cornerstone's first feature film, and is in pre-production for an original play for this fall. Jennifer also teaches in the Oswego Summer Theatre Institute.

Daniel Weiss (‘94) appeared in the short film AWOL, which was shown in several festivals in Europe. Daniel traveled to France for one festival where it played. AWOL was sold to a French short film distribution company.

Karl Wildman (‘94) received a Graduate Fellowship from the University of Florida. He looks forward to entering the MFA program in Acting in Fall ‘04 at this vibrant Theatre and Dance Department.

Paul Cama (’95) writes from LA that PJ is getting big! He is 8 months old already. He looks just like his mom with his big blue eyes. Paul is applying for a teaching fellowship for the LA Unified School District. He says that it's a great program, you take a six-week course and an 18-month internship, where at the end you get your teaching credentials.

Andy Miano (’95) is producing the next Weitz brothers film starring Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace and Scarlett Johansson. He oversees production and development for Weitz Brothers Company, Depth of Field.

Diana Preisler (’96) since college has traveled the country and performed in every state (except for Hawaii) doing National Tours and lots of regional theatre. She has signed with a commercial agency in NYC and says “they keep me busy enough so I don't have to wait tables.”

Abby Rodd (’96) married Joel, the Sound Designer at SUNY Oneonta, this past September. She continues working as Technical Director for Glimmerglass Opera.

Marcie (Goldstein) Sturiale ('96) was honored to have been able to spend the past year and a half working for Tony Randall at the National Actors Theatre in New York City. Marcie was the Education Program Director for theatre and worked to provide educational outreach programs to children in the New York City school districts free of charge. This was one of Tony Randall's greatest missions of NAT and Marcie was privileged to see it through. She created outreach for such shows as The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui starring Al Pacino, among other Hollywood greats; The Persians by Aeschylus starring Len Cariou; and Pirandello's Right You Are which starred Randall in his last role. She also worked with teachers and students in a special reading of Golf with Alan Shepard, directed by Dan Lauria and starring Jack Klugman, John Cullum and Charles Durning. Marcie is truly grateful for these wonderful opportunities with the National Actors Theatre. As she moves on to new endeavors she will never forget the humor, kindness and determination of such an American Legend. Tony Randall will forever be missed.

John Slauson (’96) prop master for South Cost. Rep. started a new forum and thought you might be interested. The site is John would love for you to contribute to the new site. What he needs most is format and content suggestions. He hopes it will become a good place for tech people to communicate, without lots of e-mail. He is a daily participant in, and hopes this forum will be as good someday with a much broader topic range.

Jeremy Aldridge (‘96) won a Best Director award for his production of The Boys Next Door at Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre. Boys also won best show of ‘03 at the company’s annual award’s presentation. Jeremy was a lead performer in the feature film Horror 102 with Mike Moon (‘93) scheduled for Fall release. Jeremy is Coordinator of the Theatre in Residence Program with the City of Los Angeles--bringing together established equity theatre companies with the city of LA to offer quality cultural programs to under privileged youth. Jeremy writes that “The program is really taking off--we have Danny Glover's Company and The Robey Theatre Company involved. Also, Padua Playwrights, Theatre of Hope, Interact Theatre Company, Sacred Fools and Lodestone Theatre Company.”

Mali Dorsey (“97) returned to Tyler Hall in January as an Administrative Aide in the Art Gallery. When she's not too busy disrupting everyone in Tyler with her laughing, she is the Drama Coach at Oswego High School, where she has spent the past three years influencing innocent teenage minds. You can send fan mail to Mali care of Tyler Hall, or by email at

Matt Gaffney (‘97) is currently a shop carpenter for Yale Repertory in New Haven, Connecticut.

Dani Gottuso (’98) writes that in the past year she has done Into The Woods (Witch) and My Fair Lady (Eliza) for Wit's End players in Syracuse. Also, A Little Night Music (Petra), an Oswego Opera Theatre production in Waterman. She received a SALT Award (Syracuse Area Live Theatre) for Best Actress in Syracuse ‘03. She continues to sing with Freefall and work for Peaceful Resolutions for Living Inc, teaching character education and conflict resolution programs to children. She also teaches and directs for Syracuse Children's Theatre.

JJ Mayes (‘98) recently directed Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief by Paula Vogel at Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre The production featured Susan Biesinger (‘98). Previous to that, Susan performed in Alan Aykbourn’s farce-thriller Communicating Doors (in Buffalo).

Kevin Molesworth (‘98), the artistic director of the Brass Tacks Theatre Company, writes that the Company was recognized by the Davis Foundation for its sustained commitment to producing new works. The Davis Award honors theatre artists in various categories, including special citations for achievement in dramatic arts. Brass Tacks presented their third installment of the Rosetta Festival of New Works (April-May ‘04) at Creative Place Theatre. Kevin directed Fixing Things by Emilio Iasiello. Featured actors in the Festival included Christine Sinacore (‘96) and C.L.(Chris) Weatherstone (‘98). Kevin also acted in the Brass Tacks production of Aphra Behn’s The Rover in Fall 2003 at the American Globe Theatre.

Jim Thompson (’98) production designer for Purgatory which was #4 in Entertainment Guide’s TOP TEN FILMS OF 2003. He is excited and honored to announce that this digital feature (which doesn't even have distribution yet, and has only had one public screening) is included in this critic's "top ten list" right alongside Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Seabiscuit, Mystic River, Pirates of the Caribbean and Master and Commander: Far Side of the World.

Ben Derby (’99) is pursuing his Masters Degree in Directing/Arts Administration at Texas Woman’s University. Recent theatrical ventures include directing Blithe Spirit; acting multiple roles in A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room; and stage managing for Pulitzer-Prize winner Nilo Cruz’s Two Sisters and a Piano. He directs West Side Story at the University of North Texas in Summer ‘04. Ben looks forward to studying in Dublin, Ireland, in Spring ‘05.

Kathy (Frisino) Derby (‘99) continues work as a graphic artist for Sally Beauty Company. She has recently applied her knowledge of graphic design and marketing to theatre. She has sat on the production board for Musical Theatre of Denton for a year now, and has recently accepted the title of Marketing Director. Her recent acting credits include Fastrada in Pippin and Yente in Fiddler on the Roof.

Josh Wickham (‘99) is the Asst. Tech Director at Syracuse Stage.

Rebecca Berlin (‘00) stage managed the VSA Arts 2003 Playwright Discovery evening at the Kennedy Center in September ‘03. VSA Arts is an international non-profit organization founded in 1974 to promote education and lifelong learning opportunities in the arts for people with disabilities.

Stephen McSweeney (‘00) will teach 11th grade English at Cortland High School in the fall. He served as the theatre consultant for the Melodramatics orientation production at SUNY Oswego Summer ‘04.

Mark Northrup (‘01) finishes his Masters (at Columbia) in August ‘04 and will begin a job search for a teaching position. He was recently inducted into Kappa Delta Pi.

John Smiley (‘01) is now living in NYC., but before the move, he finished a successful run of Forever Plaid in Rochester at the Downstairs Cabaret.

Kerry Volkland (‘01) will attend Adelphi University for Secondary Education in English and Theatre. She will also teach 7th grade English at IS 25 in Flushing, Queens in the Fall. Kerry directed an AIDS benefit that was performed in February at the Siberia Bar, New York City.

Samantha DeLuke (‘01) is currently a corporate trainer for Uno Chicago Grill and travels all over the US opening restaurants.

Reid Beadle (’02) is currently working for the Sackett's Harbor Battlefield State Park as an interpreter walking around in 1812 era clothing and answering questions. During the course of the day fellow interpreters may need stitching up so she’s there to help them. Reid also volunteers at the Hand-Weaving Museum in Clayton and loves it!

Liz Martinelli (‘02) graduated from AVEDA, a cosmetology school in New York City and is a journeyman in the wigs and makeup union. Liz is presently on wigs for Phantom of the Opera in New York City and works on the puppets for Avenue Q.

Erik Norris (‘02) writes from LA that he recently visited Hong Kong and found the culture and the people extraordinary and fascinating. In addition to meeting with film industry people in Hong Kong, he also traveled to Mainland China to visit the cities of Shekou and Guangzhou.

Anthony Jackson (’02) was costume assistant with a feature film. The name of the movie is Asmali Konak. The movie takes place in Turkey and New York City.

Matthew DeHond (‘02) works with two production companies (Placid Productions and Good Guy Productions) as a production assistant with "Placid" and as talent/PR for "Good Guy," He substitute teaches on the side. Summer ‘04, he performs in Private Lives, Servant of Two Masters, and Little Shop of Horrors at Pendragon Theatre.

Sara Lyon (’03) is now in Beverly (a town about half an hour north of Boston). She is having a great time working. She still checks her e-mail every once in a while so feel free to e-mail her any time. If anyone is interested, her number is (978) 473-1127. “I would love to hear from you all.”

Paul Wilson (‘03) is attending graduate school in Scene Design at the University of Kentucky in Louisville.

Erin Naughton (‘04) plays the role of Travis in Carnvial Girls written and directed by Kristie Perfetti. It plays at the Pantheon Theatre, 42nd Street, New York City in July 2004.

Jessica Burgess (’04) was accepted into the MFA program in Lighting at SUNY Purchase for Fall ‘04.

Marcia Scofield is the Group Sales Manager for Shenandoah Shakespeare. The year round company, in Staunton, VA, boasts the world's only re-creation of an indoor theatre from Shakespeare's time, appropriately named the Blackfriars Playhouse (opened in‘01). Elizabethan performance practices are explored in productions. The website is

Kevin Crowe moves to Eugene, Oregon, July ‘04, to begin work on his doctorate in theatre at the University of Oregon. He will focus his research on gender and performance.

Anthony Ferer works for a company in New York City called Event Design Associates. They plan and install the spaces for various functions around the U.S. and Great Britain.Ellen Flint works full time for a Marketing firm doing graphic layout and copy work. Besides that she subs at Disney World as a performer at The Adventurers Club, which is an environmental Improv club set in 1937. She plays the club president. She also free lanced as a stage manager several times this year for a production company out of Atlanta.

Top of Page

Faculty & Staff Updates

Mark Cole ('73) adapted and directed two Ray Bradbury stories, The Traveler & The April Witch for the department. He directed a London Theatre Trip, through Cayuga Community College, in January 2004. Recently he appeared in Bruce Coville’s Full Cast Audio recording of the novel Gilbert and Sullivan Saved My life.

Kelly Cullinan (94): now in her fourth year as box office manager, still enjoys working with the crazy customers, proud parents and rising stars of the theatre world. After leaving the budding stars in Tyler, she heads home to her own diva in training, five year old Kelsey, future college lacrosse star, two-year old Cole and husband Pete.

Michael de Almeida designed sound for The Importance of Being Earnest, Italian American Reconciliation and The Traveler & The April Witch. He has photographed all productions and various events throughout the year. He has been updating the theatre web page with pictures and information. Michael has also helped out the music department technically on various occasions.

Johan Godwaldt designed lights for The Traveler & The April Witch and served as technical director on The Importance of Being Earnest and The 1940's Radio Hour, technical director mentor for Italian American Reconciliation and The Traveler & The April Witch; and set designer for Italian American Reconciliation. Outside the theatre he continued work with the Oswego Youth Soccer Association as President and Field Coordinator. He is very active in the Fulton Alliance Church.

Pam Lavallee has survived her first year as secretary for the theatre and music departments. She made her “acting” debut (as Osa) in the Fall ‘03 Oswego Opera Theatre production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Musicc.

Jonel Langenfeld-Rial directed The 1940's Radio Hour and the Summer ‘03 production of The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf which was performed in Sacketts Harbor. She presented a workshop at the International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Hawaii in January ‘04.

Kitty Macey designed costumes for The Importantance of Being Earnest, The Traveler & The April Witch and The 1940's Radio Hour, as well as the Renaissance Madrigal Banquet. She attended the ACTF Conference in January with three design students, Jessica Burgess, Ann Amuick, and Rebecca Hamlin. In August ‘04 she attends the USITT Costume Symposium in Fredericksburg, VA.

Joe Rial: designed sets and lights for The Importance of Being Earnest and sets for The Traveler & The April Witch and The 1940's Radio Hour. He presented a workshop at the International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Hawaii in January ‘04. He designed sets for Oswego Opera Theatre’s production of A Little Night Music. Joe attended a two-week intensive design workshop at the Kennedy Center with Ming Cho Lee eMail:

Paul Savas has completed his second year as a Visiting Assistant Professor with the department. He directed The Importance of Being Earnest. Paul continues to be an active member of Actor's Equity, and during Summer ‘04 he appears in the Chautauqua Institute's production of Corneille's The Illusion, adapted by Tony Kushner. Paul plays the charming lunatic Matamore and serves as the play's fight choreographer.


Ron Medici taught English and theatre at Mohawk Valley Community College and Utica College. He directed a nonsense comedy called Is There a Comic in the House? for Herkimer Commuity College and a local High School. In the wind are productions of The Medium, The Mikado and an original musical called The Showbar.

John and Sandy Mincher are excited to report that they will be permanently moving to Florida at the end of July.

Rosemary Nesbitt chaired the United Way Fund raising campaign for the past five years, co-chaired the fund raising committee for the Salvation Army and conducted research and sponsored a successful campaign to get Dr. Mary Walker (Oswego's Civil War surgeon) into the National Women's Hall of Fame. Mrs. Nesbitt also chaired the sesqui-centennial celebration for Oswego's 150th anniversary, a year-long series of events, and for this the City of Oswego built a monument in her honor which stands in Brietbeck Park. "To rest is to rust" is the rule of life she quotes most often.

Sandy Sternlicht (’53) was Fulbright Senior Specialist and Visiting Professor of English at the U. of Pecs, Hungary, in March ‘04, where he conducted seven seminar classes in contemporary American drama and delivered a University lecture on the History of American Drama and Theater. His forthcoming book (Dec.), A Reader’s Guide to Modern British Drama (Syr. U. Press paperback) will conclude his dramatrilogy--so to speak--the other volumes being A Reader’s Guide to Modern Irish (1998) and A Reader’s Guide to Modern American (2002). Summer 2004 he returns to Trinity College, Dublin, to teach Irish Drama: Politics and War for American students. His corrected email address is:

Bill (‘68) and Theresa (Gibbons) Stark (‘92) continue to enjoy living in Southern Connecticut just two short blocks from the beach. Bill designed scenery for the season opener at Stamford Theatre Works which Theresa stage managed. Theresa also stage managed two productions at the Long Wharf Theatre and Bill worked there as a scene painter for two mainstage productions. Summer 2004 Theresa will stage manage a production of Richard III with the Elm Shakespeare Company outdoors in New Haven. Billy Jr. begins first grade on September 1st. Their email address is:

Boyd Ostroff continues as Production/Technical director of Philadelphia Opera and just did a TV special for WHYY featuring Denyce Graves and Patti La Belle.

Jon Vermilye (‘66) and his wife Carol are enjoying retirement and just returned from a 10,000+ mile trip across country. Photos and a journal of the trip are on his web page at

Shima Orans is Cutter/Draper for Skylight Opera Theatre, with design opportunities hopefully to follow. The company does six shows a year including operas in English and musicals.

John “Jack” Kingston is slowly recourperating at home from a second stroke he had March 23, a few days before his 82nd birthday. He was at University Hospital in the Stroke Unit and then Special Section before he went to St. Camillus. “Greetings to all.”

Top of page

Scholarships and Awards

John & Ida Mincher Scholarship

2002-2003­ Jazmin Belcoure

Olla G. Rickett Award

2003-04 Jessica Burgess

Top of page

Your personal support of the Theatre Department is vital for its development. Your support may take many forms. For example, the Department can use donations of the following for classroom and production use:

  • Interesting furniture, to refinish and reupholster
  • Fabric samples
  • One Macintosh computer system or PC.
  • Shoes, any kind
  • Scripts, in any condition
  • Men's suits.
  • Human-hair wigs, of reasonable length
  • Uniforms
  • If you consider such a donation, please contact Kitty Macey at (315) 312-2140 for details. Any gift is tax-deductible according to the limitations of I.R.S. regulations. Please know that your gift enhances the quality of the life of the Department.

    Include this notice with your gift and return it to the address below. Make your check payable to The SUNY Oswego Foundation and designate it for the Artists and Craftsmen Fund, the Acting and Directing Account, NYC Reunion, the Newsletter Fund, the John and Ida Mincher Theatre Scholarship, or the Vermilye Scholarship Fund.

    Thank you.


    2002 - 2003 Season

    A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare; directed by Mark Cole; Waterman Theatre; Oct. 18-20; 25-27, 2002

    Little Footsteps by Ted Tally; Student Honors Production; directed by Sondra Tackett; Lab Theatre; Nov. 20-24, 2002

    The Secret Garden Book and lyrics by Marsha Norman; Music by Lucy Simon; directed by Jonel Langenfeld-Rial; Waterman Theatre; Feb. 28-Mar. 1; Mar. 7-9, 2003

    The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett; newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman; directed by Paul Savas; Waterman Theatre Apr. 25-26; May 3-4

    44th Annual High School Drama Festival May 2, 2003


    Top of page

     Last Updated: 7/9/07