Biographies of Bits of the Bard '98 Staff

Tammy M. Amnott
Ellen Faith Brodie
Chad J. Chviek
Joel Doyon 
Sandra Evans-Abbott
Ian Matthew Harrington
David Howard
Deepali Kadakia
Mariah Krok
Michael Lessard
Rachel Manke
Kelly Mudgett
Estelle Salois 
Bob Ritz 
Heidi Tischler
Shawn M. Wysocki


Tammy M. Amnott (Actor), from Meriden, CT is a Junior Communication major and Fine Arts/Theatre minor. She was Stage Manager for "Circles'96," which was performed on Theatre Row; acted in "An Evening of Irish Theatre," "Sex, Drugs, and Rock n'Roll," "Take Back the Night," "Bits of the Bard'98, Comings and Goings" and "Clowns' Play "at ECSU. She has also directed several shows for ECSU's television station.

Ellen Faith Brodie (Director), Managing Director of Theatre at ECSU, has a BA, MA and MFA in Theatre and has been teaching/directing on the university-level since 1974. Born and raised in New York, she began her studies in acting as a child as a Key Scholarship Student with Ed Morehouse at HB Studios; in voice as a lyric soprano with Gertrude Arnold; acted for seven years in New York's Children's Theatre (directed by Lawrence Vide, Bernard Barrow and Wilson Lehr); and has had extensive visual arts training starting at age six at The Brooklyn Museum.

Chad J. Chviek (Actor), of Oneco, CT, is a Senior Business Administration student who attended Plainfield High School where he acted in "Grease" and "The King and I," as well as performed a number of comedic performances in the "Follies." He also acted in7artuffe" at ECSU and the original presentation of "Bits of the Bard '98."

Joel Doyon (Actor) is from Waterbury, CT Although a Freshman, he has played numerous roles in musicals such as "Grease," "Bye Bye Birdie" "Godspell," "Liftle Shop of Horrors," "Lil'Abner:"'The Fantasticks" and "Oklahoma. " He played Tartuffe in ECSU's production of "Tartuffe" last semester and appeared in the original "Bits of the Bard '98."

Sandra Evans-Abbott (Director) has a BA in Fine Arts, and a BFA and MFA in Theatre. She teaches Theatre at ECSU and at UConn. She served as Visiting Guest Artist in "Voice for the Actor" at The University of Rhode Island. Sandra directed "Getting Out," The Magenta Shift" and "The Cave Dwellers" at ECSU. She was the Vocal/Acting Coach for "Samuel Colt, Yankee of the Willows."

Ian Matthew Harrington (Actor), of North Grosvenordale, CT, is a Spanish major. He acted in the following ECSU shows: "The Murder at Rutherford House," "The Ice Wolf;" "Fools," "Take Back the Night," "Samuel Colt, Yankee of the Willows," "The Cave Dwellers," "Carpe Diem" (which was also performed at Theatre Row), "Tartuffe" and in the original "Bits of the Bard '98, Comings and Goings." He most recently performed in "Clowns' Play."

David Howard (Costumer) is a third year MFA in Costume Design at UConn. For CRT, he designed "Man of La Mancha," A Bright Room Called Day," "Dancing at Lughnasa:" "Stages," "Simpatico" and "The Miser." At ECSU he has been costumer for "Tartuffe," Bits of the Bard '98, Comings and Goings" and "Clowns' Play."

Deepali Kadakia (Arts Management Assistant) is a Senior Psychology major from Bombay, India. She performed in "Action for Diversity" and "Clowns" "Play" at ECSU, as well as on stage in Bombay.

Mariah Krok (Actor), a Junior from Ansonia, CT is a Fine Arts/Theatre major and an English minor. Past Theatre credits include Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" and roles in "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Robber Bridegroom ' " ECSU credits include "Fools," "The Battle," "Tartuffe," "Bits of the Bard '98, Comings and Goings," "Action for Diversity" and "Clowns' Play." She has also studied tap, jazz and ballet for 15 years.

Michael Lessard (Actor), of Cheshire, CT is a Sophomore at ECSU, who appeared in "The Crucible," "Richard III" "Chicago" and "Edgar" before arriving at ECSU to appear in "Samuel Colt, Yankee of the Willows," "Tartuffe" and the original "Bits of the Bard'98, Comings and Goings."

Rachel Manke (Stage Manager) of Uncasville, CT, is finishing her freshman year at ECSU. She is a first time Stage Manager but has acted and designed in high school productions of: "The Miracle Worker," "Plaza Suite," "The Man Who Came to Dinner," "Sweet Charity," "The Rude Mechanicals" and "Guys and Dolls." She received the Herman Drugge Best Actress award.

Kelly Mudgett (Actor), of Ellington, CT, is an English major and Theatre/Political Science minor Honors student. She acted in ECSU shows: "Kari and the Ice Cream Cone," "Voyeur"(which was performed on Theatre Row), "Circles'96" (which was performed on Theatre Row), "Fools," "Samuel Colt, Yankee of the Willows," "The Cave Dwellers," "The Battle" (which was performed in Theatre Row), "Out of Bounds," "Tartuffe" and in the original "Bits of the Bard '98." Kelly was chosen to compete in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition at Brandeis in January '98; attended the Shakespeare Summer Workshop at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City (studying with members of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts); and played Suzie Friend in "Uncommon Women and Others" in CT Heritage Productions Fall'97. Kelly has just graduated from ECSU and will be pursuing a graduate degree in Theatre in New York City.

Estelle Salois (Actor), of Willimantic, CT, is a Senior Fine Arts/Theatre major with a minor in Communication. She is the originator of the Drama Society's Improv Group at ECSU which focused on community social issues for young people. Estelle wrote, directed, produced and acted in its first production, "Sex, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll" and has acted in ECSU's "Take Back the Night". She directed "An Open and Shut Case" and performed in "Out of Bounds" and the original "Bits of the Bard."

Bob Ritz (Technical Director), Assistant Professor of Scene Design and Technical Theatre at ECSU, holds an MFA in Scene Design from the University of Connecticut. He has designed sets for the Connecticut Repertory Theatre and the Producing Guild as well as for television. Bob's own design and production company, Integrity Design Works, has done special projects with the Hartford Ballet and Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.

Heidi Tischler (House Management Assistant) of Cromwell, CT, is a Psychology major/Theatre minor. She has acted in "An Evening of Irish Theatre," "Take Back the Night," "Sex, Drugs and Rock n' Roll," "Circles'96" (which was performed on Theatre Row), "Samuel Colt, Yankee of the Willows," "The Cave Dwellers" and "Tartuffe." Heidi wrote "The Baffle" which was performed at Theatre Row Theatre; studied dance for 13 years, including six years in England; toured throughout New England in "The Nutcracker;" and was an Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competitor at the '97 ACTF at Brandeis University.

Shawn M. Wysocki (Lightboard Operator) of Oakdale, CT, is a Sophomore Computer Science major. He was Lightboard Operator for "Samuel Colt, Yankee of the Willows," Light Designer Assistant for "The Cave Dwellers," and performed both functions for the original "Bits of the Bard '98." He was also Lightboard Operator for "Tartuffe" and for "Clowns' Play"