Creative Arts Programs at Oswego

Creativity... the Creative Arts programs at Oswego

Creativity… demands risk-taking rejects prevailing thoughts bubbles up from within spawns innovation follows no rules accepts mistakes begets creativity thrives at Oswego The Creative Arts programs at Oswego encompass a range of academic disciplines, including fine arts, music, theatre, film and creative writing. The work of faculty and alumni enrich the cultural environment of the

Long Run in Theatre Department Closing for Professor, Actor, Playwright

Mark Cole ’73 teaches during his final semester before retirement.

In 1979, Mark Cole ’73 debuted as an instructor in Oswego’s department of speech and theatre. He agreed to a one-year commitment. Thirty-five years later, the curtain falls on his final exit from a remarkable performance. He says he doesn’t know exactly how retirement will play, but he will continue to write and perform. Teaching

Professional Playwright Credits Oswego for Success

Ryan Sprague ’06

Ryan Sprague ’06 has had a one-act play, Some Just Do It Naturally, selected for the Outworks GLBTQ Play Festival in Baton Rouge, La. It is a revision of his first student work at Oswego. Sprague’s thriller, East in Red, was produced at Kraine Theatre in New York City in February, and several other plays

Benita Zahn Makes $15,000 Gift In Support of Students’ Dreams

Benita Zahn '76

Benita Zahn ’76, an anchor for WNYT-TV in Albany, N.Y., and an avid supporter of SUNY Oswego, says she always knew she wanted to give back to her alma mater. After her father died, Zahn put part of the money she inherited toward her master’s degree. The rest she donated to SUNY Oswego. “For me,

The Big Picture: Alumna Sets the Scenes that Make the Movies

The Big Picture: Alumna Sets the Scenes that  Make the Movies

On the seventh floor of an aging West 52nd Street building, on folding tables, corkboards and floors, they are creating.

Above, Debra Schutt ’77 poses with her Emmy award for “Outstanding Art Direction” that she won in 2011.
On Craigslist and eBay, with items from prop shops and pickers, they are setting the scene.

On a laptop, at the fabric store, in discussions that float around this corner of the cavernous floor, they are building a character.

Photo: Christine Estabrook ’73

Photo: Christine Estabrook '73

Christine Estabrook ’73, whose acting résumé includes spots on “Desperate Housewives” and the new “American Horror Story” series on FX, visited with several theatre classes as part of the Oswego Alumni Association Alumni-In-Residence program in November.

Fashion Designing Alumnus Says Yes to Dresses

Fashion Designing Alumnus Says Yes to Dresses

Elias Gutierrez ’09 works behind the scenes, but his work is hardly hidden.

He designs a high-profile line of dresses in the Garment District of New York City. He freelances for Kleinfeld Bridal, made famous by TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” television series. As an intern, he created the jerseys worn by the big-headed presidential mascots who entertain during Washington Nationals baseball games.

Alumni, students to stage Sheldon stories

Alumni, students to stage Sheldon stories

Professor of Theatre Mark Cole ’73 and actress Robin Curtis ’78 are teaming up to stage “Speaking of Sheldon…” a reader’s theatre adaptation of The Autobiography of Edward Austin Sheldon, which will premiere at Waterman Theatre in Tyler Hall, Feb. 25 and 26.