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Theatre Department Newsletter 2004-2005
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"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will." George Bernard Shaw

Shaw’s words are certainly pertinent to the process of "learning by doing" that has been a guiding principle for the Theatre Department. A new chapter in our story begins with the news that the Department received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) in May. NAST’s mission is to "work to improve educational practices and maintain high professional standards in theatre education." The association, founded in 1969 includes approximately 135 schools of theatre, principally at the collegiate level. Our self-study process that led up to the accreditation was filled with reflection, assessment and action regarding the various components of the program. It was the creation stemming from the imagination that Shaw writes of. We restructured the core requirements to assure that all majors engage in the full range of basic courses in the discipline. In addition to the existing Acting/Directing and Design/Technical tracks, we’ve redefined the History/Criticism track and added a Music Theatre track. This last was done in connection with the Music Department and formalizes a course of study that many of our alumni designed themselves through work in both departments. Another addition was a new faculty line in the area of Theatre History/Criticism. We are grateful to our Dean, Sara Varhus; Provost, Susan Coultrap-McQuin and President Deborah Stanley for their support throughout the process.

To complement the full range of courses offered by the Department, the main-stage season and student theatre provided a challenging laboratory for experience in 2004-05. Ellen McLaughlin’s play Infinity’s House opened the season. Paul Savas, who leaves us after a three-year stay as Visiting Assistant Professor, directed it. The more recent alumni who worked with Paul will remember the beautifully realized productions of The Diary of Anne Frank and The Importance of Being Earnest that he directed. The Student Honor’s Production was [sic] by Melissa James Gibson. Our students did outstanding work on [sic] and received Certificates of Merit from The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Stage Management, Scene Design, Lighting Design, Costume Design, Sound Design and Technical Direction. Three of the actors were nominated for the Irene Ryan Competition. The spring semester featured well-received productions of big: The Musical and Measure for Measure. Measure was the Drama Festival production. 430 students attended the festival this year. The fall semester also included a student theatre production of The Complete History of America: Abridged directed by Zachary Levin, who graduated in May.

Another highlight of the year was a Tyler Hall Alumni Symposium sponsored by the Alumni Association with the Art, Music and Theatre Departments. We welcomed back Robin Curtis (‘78), Brian Ronan (‘84) and Richard Jay-Alexander (‘74) for two days in February. They visited classes and took part in a panel discussion with students in Waterman. It was of course a delight to welcome back these three and celebrate their careers. They were inspiring in their passion about the art and craft of theatre and down-to-earth with advice about what it takes to succeed.

I’m pleased to introduce you to two new faculty members. Jessica Hester, in our new tenure track line, holds a Ph.D. in Theatre History/Criticism from The University of Texas at Austin. She will teach Introduction to the Theatre, Western Theatre and related courses in History and Criticism. She will also mentor the student dramaturges for productions. At Texas she studied with Oscar Brockett, Jill Dolan and Charlotte Canning. Her Dissertation is titled White Trash Fetish: Representations of Southern White Poverty in American Performance, 1920-1941. Also joining us this year is Jerry Bradley. He holds an MFA in Acting/Directing from the University of Virginia. He was a Resident Professional Teaching Associate at Cornell and an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Emory and Henry College. In addition to teaching he is a member of Actor’s Equity and has directed and performed extensively in New York and regionally. Jerry will teach all levels of acting, Senior Seminar, and Stage Management and direct the spring production of The Real Inspector Hound.

I’d like to extend a special word of thanks and a note of congratulations to the group of LA area Alumni who organized and took part in the first annual performance titled The Laker Effect. It was a fund-raiser for a new scholarship. The event raised almost $1000. The cabaret/variety show performance was held on May 12th at the M Bar on North Vine in Hollywood. As was mentioned in the program for the event, many of the performers in the show had worked together on Waterman or in Los Angeles, but they wanted to collaborate on a larger scale. Hence The Laker Effect was born. The program acknowledged Natasha Corrigan (’96) for her "energy, drive and dedication" to the project. In addition to Natasha the other Alumni who performed were Jeremy Aldridge (‘96), Susan Biesinger (‘98), Jay Garrett (‘96), Stan Klimecko (‘92) and Deanna Raphael (‘97). The show included songs, monologues, original writing and sketch comedy. JJ Mayes (’98) was the Master of Ceremonies. Addi Gaash (‘98) designed the programs and Kelly Byrne (‘94) took on front of house duties. The group also thanked Betsy Oberst and the Oswego Alumni Association for contributing Oswego memorabilia for a raffle. This active group has an LA SUNY Oswego e-newsletter (set up by JJ Mayes). The address is

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.

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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

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The students at our 46th Annual High School Drama Festival were impressed that Kevin Kennison (‘82) from Disney Theatrical Productions Ltd. was the respondent for the scenes performed. Of course there were questions about his casting work with The Lion King and "how can I get an audition?" But hearing Kevin speak about his extensive and varied career, particularly the intersection of educational and professional theatre that he focuses on prompted this feature for our newsletter. In his discussion of the student work at the Drama Festival, he was encouraging and realistic about the tremendous commitment a life in performance requires. Kevin’s own career reflects his message. Disney recruited Kevin five years ago, when he was teaching and pursuing his Doctorate at New York University. In addition to teaching in the undergraduate drama program at NYU, he taught at the Atlantic Theatre Company and the Strasberg Institute. The work with Disney combines his skill as a teacher with professional interests in casting and producing. He describes his duties with Disney this way: "My primary responsibilities are the regional audition events for children and adult singer/dancer/actors, for Broadway and National tours, talent searches, seeing stage work for new talent, all logistics involved in the audition events, holding calls and callbacks, work sessions with castable talent, setting up and co-teaching our Lion King South African Master Class."

Kevin’s audition workshops consist of the basics, what he terms "back to Acting 101," and include an examination of the do's and don’ts of what he sees around the country on all levels. It is important to him that the workshops be a hands-on experience for the participants so that "each performer sees and hears a visceral difference from the time they begin to the time they leave." Kevin is expert at helping the actor to explore choices within an audition piece. He often ends the session with a mock audition. One actor Kevin worked with wrote this about the experience: "I was so grateful to get a fresh and new perspective. It's so easy to get stuck in my old habits and I just loved getting something new out of the song . . . I learned so much from the master classes and the points you made I needed to hear!"

As an undergraduate Kevin acted in such Department productions as The Butterfingers Angel…, Cabaret and A Month in the Country, to name a few. He was involved in all aspects of the theatre program as well as the undergraduate Alumni Association. When asked about what knowledge and experience of his undergraduate years helped to prepare him for what he does today, he responded: "this career is a process. Discipline and persistence pay off. The necessity of good and continued training, daily work habits, professionalism, and love of the work come to mind. These ideas began or were articulated and solidified at Oswego, and I still live by them today, as well as try to pass them down to those I work with."

He left Oswego focused on performing, and earned an MFA from Brooklyn College, but has since opened up to "all opportunities in the business, without giving anything up." During his Ph.D. work at NYU the faculty saw a unique approach in his directing and he was asked to teach. He found that to be a natural progression and realized that the better teacher he became, "the more detailed and nuanced my acting and directing became, and vice versa." Kevin has produced and cast a variety of projects from experimental theatre at La Mama to realism on Theatre Row. He recently cast The End of You at the Lion Theater; Bald Diva for Theatre Askew; and Oedipus, The Opera at Monclair Arts Center. He produced Honor and The River at the Lion Theater, part of the NYC Summer Play Festival in July 2004.

When he spoke to our Drama Festival students about some memorable experiences he immediately mentioned his work in casting for The Lion King, because of "its first-time, historical challenges in terms of Broadway and casting. The casting is multicultural, and each performer must be multitalented. Performers must sing in different styles of music, including African, be strong actors, dance or move well, and deal with intricate puppetry - and do it at 100% eight times a week. That is a challenge for all of us on all levels."

Kevin designed the Oswego Summer Theatre Institute for high schoolers, now in its 9th year, which the Division of Continuing Education sponsors in connection with the Theatre Department. He created a similar performance institute at New York University and recently redesigned the curriculum for a 300-student summer musical theatre program in Birmingham, Alabama. Kevin returns to the Oswego Institute, when his schedule permits, for a seminar on auditioning. Clearly he is in demand and his reputation as an informed, well-organized and caring teacher/acting coach continues to grow.

When he was asked what type of theatre he attends in his "spare time" he responded: "I go between seeing good classic plays and revivals to new dramatic work that is risky and pushes boundaries. I go not to do my job, but to hopefully be totally involved and lost in the human stories. That's the theatre I'm drawn to on all levels." Kevin’s wide-ranging, passionate interests and abilities draw students, on all levels, to work with him.

For more information about the workshops that Kevin teaches, visit his website

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Alumni News

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Jef Billings (’70) continues as Producer/Director (as well as Costume Designer) for Stars On Ice. The coming season will be the 20th Anniversary Tour. Jef won his second Emmy Award last fall for Stars On Ice and this past May won his third Emmy for designing a Scott Hamilton/ Michael Feinstein special for NBC. He was also nominated as producer for that show. Jef continues to work with Sandy Duncan and costumes over 20 private skating clients. This past year he designed five two-hour specials on NBC.

Christine Estabrook (’73) appeared on the hit ABC series Desperate Housewives, as Mrs. Huber. An informative and engaging profile on Christine appeared in the Spring ’05 issue of Oswego, the magazine of the Alumni Association of SUNY Oswego.
Bobby Nesbitt’s (‘73) reputation as "a singer/pianist of the old school--no synthesizers, drum machines or special effects--just voice and piano performing Porter, Kern, Rodgers and Hart, Gershwin and other masters of 20th Century song" led to a three-month performance tour in Europe last year. He still makes Key West his home base. This year, he had the very great honor of winning the Tennessee Williams Award for artistic contribution to the community. He is also a licensed Real Estate Broker by day for Broadway Realty. For information on his performance schedule and his CD, Big Time, log on to his web site
Richard Jay-Alexander (’74) returned to Oswego in February for a Tyler Hall Alumni Symposium that brought back Alumni from Art, Music and Theatre for workshops and class visits. His busy schedule included traveling to Australia as director for Bette Midler’s Kiss My Brass tour; directing acts for Debby Boone, based on her new release, Reflections of Rosemary; directing Mario Frangoulis’ U.S. debut at City Center (he’ll direct Frangoulis’ show and TV Special in Athens in October). He has written the Liner Notes for re-issues of four Stephen Sondheim shows for SONY/BMG and with Jay Landers he has begun to write the forty-page booklet to accompany the new five DVD Boxed Set of Barbra Streisand’s TV Specials. He also has two new Bernadette Peters projects: a new album and show titled Bernadette in Blue; and Angel is releasing the remainder of Peters’ Carnegie Hall Concert that he directed. In November, in New York he directs the 100th Birthday Celebration tribute to Jule Styne, choreographed by Donna McKechnie. Also, he still hopes to stage the one-person play written by Robin Curtis (‘78) in Syracuse.
Donna Santy Wymore (‘77) owns Colorado Scenery in Denver, Colorado. She is a member of the United Scenic Artists and has painted scenery professionally since graduation.
Stephen Butler (‘80) received his MA in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University in December. He was recently appointed as Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Onondaga County and continues his work in holistic mental health services.
Gary Izzo (‘80) was the producer/ director for the Turning Stone Casino's New Year's Eve extravaganza which included an indoor joust and a Renaissance Festival atmosphere. He has also produced interactive music/atmosphere performances for the Buena Vista movie premieres of The Village and King Arthur. He continues as artistic director for the Sterling Renaissance Festival and presented two creativity retreats: one at the Festival and one in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. His website address is
Ann (Goldberg) Emo  (‘81) is still Costume Shop Supervisor at Studio Arena Theatre. She designed the World Premier of Hail Mary by Tom Dudzick and Murder in Green Meadows both at Studio Arena Theatre last season. Her designs also include The Chosen and The Price for the Jewish Repertory Theatre of Buffalo and Breaking Legs for the English Theatre of Vienna. Chris Emo (’81) is working as a project manager at Hadley Exhibits where he produces museum exhibits. His most recent projects include the Hall of Ocean Life renovation at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the Our Lives gallery at the new Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington,DC. He is currently working on the new Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks in Tupper Lake, New York, and a Visitors Center in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Chris is hoping to test for his first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do this summer and Ann to be testing for her second degree. Chris and Ann celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary this May and are enjoying the trials and tribulation and many joys of watching their three children grow up.
Dana Baker (‘82) and his family (wife Jean, daughter Grace, age 11; and son, Jacob, age 6) relocated from Syracuse to South Burlington, Vermont in 2000. In Vermont he has worked with the IATSE local doing load-ins/load-outs etc. at local venues. He worked at the Shelburne Museum in the Exhibits Department, and then found himself with a job at a fly fishing shop where he remains today. He teaches fly fishing (certified as a Fly Casting Instructor by the Federation of Fly Fishers) and fly tying through the shop. He has been deeply involved with Trout Unlimited, a cold water conservation organization, serving as President of the local chapter for the past two years. He alsoserves on the State Council of TU for Vermont, and has just started working as the state coordinator for TU’s New England Brook Trout Project in Vermont.
Craig Duswalt (’83) is the Producing Artistic Director of Repertory East Playhouse located in Newhall, California. Recent productions include The Nerd.
John "Jack" Olcott (‘84) is still in Schuyler County working at Sears. He is still trying to write the great American novel. He wants to hear from Oswego grads in the movie industry. Preferably those in the middle-of-the-credits trenches: Office help, costumers, script girls, focus pullers, electricians, stand-ins, caterers, tech types, etc. He would like information on how effects houses are organized, what kind of equipment they have, funding, etc. Please contact him at
Shannon Penrod (‘84) returns to the stage this summer for a revival of the play Hope of the Future. She’ll act in the play with her husband, Jim, and a graduate school fellow alum, Laurie Harrop (whose husband is also in the cast). The play is directed by Carrie Morgan who taught at Oswego from August 1997 to May 2000.
Jim Iorio (‘85) married Jennifer Erin Roberts on June 4. They met doing The Philadelphia Story at Missouri Rep. Last fall he performed in the Steve Martin adaptation of the German comedy, The Underpants, directed by Jon Jory. He also performed in Major Barbara at San Jose Rep in the winter. Recently he appeared in a world premiere of a new Glen Berger play, O Lovely Glow Worm in Oregon.
Karen Gebbia (‘86), a graphic artist as well as a make-up designer, finished Jezebel and Gypsy for a Long Island Company. She is presently doing the make-up for a one-man show at Hofstra starring Tony Lobianco.
David Macy (‘86) picked up the directing hat again at the request of Theater 1010's Producing Artistic Director. He directed Shaw's The Apple Cart. His wife Lynn Marie has been working at the Jean Cocteau Rep this year. Her translation/adaptation of Schiller's Intrigue and Love was performed there.
John O’Brien (‘86) has appeared on Two and-a-half Men (CBS) with Charlie Sheen; Medium (NBC) with Patricia Arquette; Grey’s Anatomy (a recurring role); John Laroquette’s McBride, a mystery movie on the Hallmark Channel. He also appeared in the musical, A Mullholland Christmas Carol for Theatre of Note in Hollywood.
Jon Kinnally (‘87) was promoted to Executive Producer for Will & Grace.
Moira Shaughnessy (‘87) just finished costumes for several commercials as well as designing You Can't Take It With You at Two River Theatre. Moira will design The Real Inspector Hound at SUNY Oswego while Kitty Macey is on sabbatical.
Dresden Engle Olcott (‘88) is Public Relations Manager for the Eastman House Museum in Rochester.
David Finch (‘91) is an Associate Producer with Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), the industry's largest fundraising organization for HIV/AIDS. Producing has included events with DRA (Dancers Responding to AIDS) and Classical Action (classic music arm). He was the producer for a caroling event with corporate sponsorship by Old Navy. It was broadcast on Good Morning America on Dec. 13th.
Stan Klimecko (’92) appeared in A Thousand Clowns as Albert Amudson at Buffalo’s Studio Arena Theatre in November to December 2004.
David Lorello (‘94) graduated on June 18th from the University of Minnesota with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. For the spring 2005 semester he received a scholarship from the Performing Arts Special Interest Group (PASIG), which is part of the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. He has accepted a job with the Arizona Burn Center in Phoenix. David looks forward to working with performing artists in the Phoenix area. He and his fiancée are getting married in August.
Paul Cama (‘95) has completed a program in Los Angeles to teach in the public schools for the next three years to earn his Master’s Degree in Education.
Judith Clark (‘95) is still teaching 7th grade English at Hampton Academy Junior High in New Hampshire. Last fall the Hampton Academy Players celebrated their 5th production, Alice in Wonderland. She directed The Woman in Black for the Bluesky Theater in Hampton and performed in Bluesky’s production of The Laramie Project. She hopes everyone is doing well in Oswego!
Julianna Hannett (‘95) writes - fresh from the Tony Awards - that the Best Play (Doubt by John Patrick Shanley) and Best Musical (Spamalot, directed by Mike Nichols) are represented by Boneau/Bryan- Brown. Other BBB represented shows that Juliana worked on this past season are Dracula, ‘Night Mother and Democracy. Upcoming shows for her include Lennon (previewing at the Broadhurst on July 7th), a new musical based on the life and songs of John Lennon. It recently had its World Premiere at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. Juliana was also accepted into the Hunter College Graduate Theatre program and will begin studying part time in the fall.
Andy Miano ( ’95) served as executive producer for the Weitz Brothers film In Good Company, which starred Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace and Scarlett Johansson.
Millie Quinones-Dunlap ('95) performed her one-woman show Through the Eyes of A Bronx Girl: Every Woman's Story in October 2004 on campus as a fund raiser to benefit the R.E.A.C.H. Scholarship sponsored by the Oswego Alumni of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
Jeremy Aldridge (’96) continues to run the Theatre in Residence Program for the City of LA. He founded ICY (Inner City Youth) Racing and will run a late model dirt car crewed by at risk teens in LA. He has a Bacardi Silver national commercial running and Horror 102 (in which he played a featured role) was released in April. Jeremy performed Seeking Wild by Christopher Durang for the Oswego benefit performance in LA in May. He will produce and direct a holiday production of Reckless in December 2005.
Jay Garrett (‘96) continues to teach playwriting to Elementary School students. He actively works as a screenwriter, currently packaging his screenplay, The Undoing with Hal Leiberman and Andrew Miano (‘95) attached to produce. He is in the middle of writing a play set in modern day Iraq and hopes that a forthcoming production will include Jeremy Aldridge (‘96) as director and feature a strong Oswego showing.
David Gross (‘96) is living in Annapolis, Maryland, working as a sail maker and designing lights for a ballet company.
Diana Preisler (‘96) has added Production Manager and Booking Agent toher busy performance career. She fills those roles with the A Capella group Blue Jupiter. The high energy pop funk band performed at the American Foundry in Oswego in April.
Abby Rodd (‘96) is married and serving as Technical Director at Glimmerglass Opera.
Mali Dorsey (‘97) continues to terrorize the citizens of Tyler Hall while working for the Art Department, where her favorite part of the job is hiring poor theatre students to work in the gallery. In addition, she (surprisingly) has not been fired from her job as the Oswego High School Drama Coach, where she directed Chaucer in Rome by John Guare in November, and act four of Chekhov's Three Sisters for the Harms Theatre Festival in March. Her high school students also presented several scenes from A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room for the 46th Annual High School Drama Festival in April.
Matthew Gaffney (‘97) is a carpenter at Yale Repertory Theatre.
Deanna Raphael (‘97) continues working in sketch comedy shows. This summer she’ll appear in The Cutting Room Floor at the Improv Olympic West. It’s made up of scenes from famous movies that have been "cut out." She also performs in the sketch comedy troupe The White Show, and the group is working on a new version of the show for the fall. Their home base is the Hudson Theatre.
Rebecca Fox (‘98) is attending FIDM in California for Fashion Design.
JJ Mayes (’98) will direct a Summer 2005 production of The Real Inspector Hound for the Ark Theatre in LA. The cast includes Michael Moon (’93).
Tammy Palmer (‘98) has been a morning reporter (and an anchor) with News 10 Now since September 11, 2003. N10N launched in November of that year as a brand new 24-hour station for Central and Northern New York. It airs from Massena to Ithaca . . . Oswego to Little Falls. Previous to her work with N10N, Tammy worked at WIXT NewsChannel 9 in Syracuse as a show producer and franchise producer in the investigative unit and at their sister station in Watertown WWTI NewsWatch50. At WWTI she reported for two years before becoming the 11 pm Anchor. Like CNN, N10N is owned by AOL/Time Warner.
Jason Steiner (‘98) is living in Florida and working for Walt Disney World as a character greeter. He is working toward a position in Disney’s stage productions as a lighting technician. His credits include short term contracts with Julliard and SUNY Purchase.
Jim Thompson (‘98) was the production designer on the film The Adventures Of Johnny Tao which he describes as "a kid-friendly Kung-Fu Movie." It wrapped at the end of May. You can check out the talent, and the crew at Purgatory House, the film he did a few years back has distribution and should be in the theaters soon. It was nominated for a Prism Award. The film is in good company with other nominees being Ray, Walking Tall and The Job.
Anna Decker (‘99) is expecting her first child with husband Justin Norman.
Ben Derby ( ‘99 ) spent a month this past spring studying at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. He looks forward to completing his Master’s Thesis (topic: producing a Renaissance Madrigal Banquet) and graduating from Texas Women’s University. He’s spending the summer researching the Commedia dell’arte.
Kathy (Frisino) Derby (‘99) continues to sit on the governing and production boards for a company called Musical Theatre of Denton. She is also the marketing director for the group and has recently completed designing their 2005-2006 season brochure. After Ben graduates they plan to relocate to the Pacific northwest and continue work and research in theatre.
Rebecca Berlin (‘00) stage managed the US premier of Brian Friel's Afterplay at The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC; and recently worked as Assistant to the Technical Director for the Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall.
Nicole Farruggia (‘00) is residential advisor with a group home in Parsippany, New Jersey.
Rebekkah Meixner (‘00) has graduated with an MFA in Design from University of Kentucky at Louisville. She has accepted an Assistant Professor of Design position at South Eastern Illinois University.
Brian Pringle (‘01) recently played the Doctor in Three Sisters by Chekhov at SUNY Stonybrook. He returns this summer to act at the Renaissance Festival in Sterling, New York.
Ryan Parow (‘02) writes that since his internship with Boneau/Bryan-Brown ended in January he worked as a production assistant on a new play with Soho Repertory Theatre titled Everything Will Be Different which was well reviewed and extended by two weeks. Currently he is stage managing another new play called Strom Thurmond Is Not A Racist which will go up August 11th at Soho Rep's Walkerspace. After that he’ll stage manage Murder by Israeli playwright Hanoch Levin, through Personal Space Theatres.
Sara Lyons (‘03) is an electrician at Virginia Opera.
Jenny McNiven (‘03) is busy with auditions and call backs in NYC. She’s working on a showcase during the summer and looking forward to creating a showcase with fellow alums Katie Keville (‘03) and Mandi Messina (‘03).
Erin Naughton (‘04) has been involved in several productions in the New York area, including work with Peace & Junk Productions, Dream Balloon Productions, and the Kraine Theatre. She has also been involved with the Off-Broadway 59E59 Theatre Her current project is playing Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream through the end of July for Shakesperience Productions.
Harold Nichols (‘04) received his second BA degree from Oswego in Broadcasting. His most recent theatrical endeavors include Major General in Pirates of Penance, Fr. Drobney in Don’t Drink the Water, and voice over for Oswego Civic Arts Center: Four Decades of Excellence.
Scott Staab (‘04) currently lives in Newark, Delaware, taking acting and dancing classes and continuing his studies in martial arts.
Heather Luce still costumes at the Very Merry Seamstress in Rochester, New York, and is expecting her first child. She and her husband were married in a 1950's style wedding with the groom and the groom's men skydiving into the wedding site. Her personal web site is
Paula McConnell is now living in and working at Cornell as the Administrative & Graduate Field Assistant for Molecular Biology & Genetics.

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Mark Cole (‘73) directed the department’s production of Measure for Measure. He served as director for the two week London Theatre Program for Cayuga Community College in January 2005.

Kelly Cullinan enjoys working with a great staff of students at the box office and visiting with the various alumni who return to Waterman Theatre.
Michael de Almeida designed sound for Infinity's House, big: The Musical and Measure for Measure. Mike was the technical coordinator for No Such Thing as Solo and has helped out the Music Department technically on various occasions. His production photography can be seen on the department website (which he has updated to conform to the college’s new format).
Johan Godwaldt served as Technical Director for the Theatre Department’s productions of Infinity’s House, big: The Musical and Measure For Measure. He also designed lights for big and sets for Measure. He served on the University’s College Hour Committee. Outside the theatre Johan continues to work with Oswego Youth Soccer Association, serving as President and Vice President over the past twelve months. He continues to be highly involved with Fulton Alliance Church.
Pam Lavallee continues to survive her split "personality" in the Theatre and Music Departments. She loves the students!!
Kitty Macey had a jam packed year. In August of 2004 she attended the United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) Costume Symposium workshop in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on Costume Education for Higher Learning. Costuming educators from across the United States discussed curriculum for costume construction, design and make-up. During the past year she designed costumes for Infinity's House, the 11th Renaissance Madrigal Banquet, big: The Musical and Measure for Measure. In March 2005 Kitty and Judy McCabe presented a costume poster on the "Elizabethan Standing Ruff and Support" for the international convention of USITT, CITT and WTI held in Toronto, Canada.
Judy McCabe served as costume coordinator for the New Year’s Eve extravaganza at Turning Stone Casino directed by Gary Izzo. She returns this summer to the Sterling Renaissance Festival as Costumer.
Jonel Langenfeld-Rial served as Project Director for the Fall 2004 production of No Such Thing as Solo, a new piece created in collaboration with Peggy Shaw of Split Britches, a feminist performing arts group based in New York City. The show was created by SUNY students and local community members for women who have survived domestic violence in Oswego County. She participated in Women Aloud as emcee and directed the spring production of big:The Musical.
Joe Rial designed sets and lights for Infinity’s House, and sets for big: The Musical. He presented a workshop at the USITT Conference in Toronto and teaches painting at Cobalt Studios this summer 2005.


Bill (‘68) and Theresa (Gibbons) Stark (‘92) have lived in Milford, Connecticut, nearly four years and love it! Since August 2004, Bill has been an adjunct at Quinnipiac University. He also "jobs in" as a scenic at the Long Wharf Theatre where he painted a drop for Ming Cho Lee last Spring. Theresa continues to freelance as a stage manager. This past spring, she stage managed three one-act plays starring Jack Klugman, Brett Somers and James Noble. This summer, Theresa returns to the Elm Shakespeare Company to stage manage "Romeo and Juliet." Billy Jr. will be seven in August and starts second grade on August 31st. Please email the Stark’s at

John and Sandy Mincher relocated permanently to Flagler County, Florida in July 2004 and are enjoying the good life in Flagler Beach. They are currently building a new house in Palm Coast, Florida. In May they took a 6,000+ mile automobile trip around the United States acting like tourists and seeing most of the sights in the west and midwestern parts of the country.
Sandy Sternlicht (’53) writes that he has two new books out: A Reader's Guide to Modern British Drama (Syracuse U. Press) and The Immigrant Saga: The Lower East Side and Early Jewish American Writers (U. of Wisconsin Press). In June, he did a book signing at Colgate and gave a lecture on Immigration History and the Lower East Side in NYC for Syracuse University Alumni. After the luncheon and his lecture, he conducted a very personal tour of the Lower East Side, the part of NYC he grew up in. Also in Summer 2005 he directs the Syracuse University Irish Drama Program in Trinity College, Dublin. His email address is:
Jon Vermilye (‘66) and his wife Carol are working with a number of organizations through the RSVP program. Carol is running the P & C Coffee Shop, and coordinating the computer program run for senior citizens at the high school. JV is computer tutoring for the library, taking photos for a couple of organizations, and has joined the Oswego County Red Cross Disaster Team. They both work at Oswego Information Center at the school house next to Romney Field. JV’s new website: He and Carol look forward to two weeks in Nantucket in August.
Ron Medici continues to teach at Utica College and Mohawk Valley Community College. He directed The Mikado. He is enjoying retirement and looks forward to moving to a warmer climate, however, "not Florida."
John "Jack" Kingston is still recovering from his second stroke. He walks everyday and reads alot. He travels as often as possible to visit his family. So far this year he has attended his granddaughter’s graduation in Buffalo and visited his daughter in Connecticut.

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Scholarships and Awards

John & Ida Mincher Scholarship

2005-06 Ryan Ignaszewski

Olla G. Rickett Award

2004-05 Megan Callanan

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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.


2004 - 2005 Season:

Infinity's House by Ellen McLaughlin; directed by Paul Savas in Waterman Theatre; Oct. 7-9; 15-17, 2004

[sic] by Melissa James Gibson; Student Honors Production directed by Ryan Oliver in the Lab Theatre; Nov. 16-21, 2004

Big:The Musical Book by John Weidman, Music by David Shire, Lyrics by Richard Maltby; Directed by Jonel langenfeld-Rial in Waterman Theatre;Feb. 24-26; Mar. 4-6, 2005

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare; Directed by Mark Cole in Waterman Theatre; Apr. 21-23; Apr. 30 and May 1, 2005

46th Annual High School Drama Festival April 29, 2005

Renaissance Madrigal Banquet (Co-sponsored with the Music Dept); co-directed by Julie Pretzat and Mark Cole; The Forum; Dec. 4-5, 2004


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 Last Updated: 7/9/07