Biographies of CIRCLES'96 Staff


Jill DunayIan HarringtonRoger Mandeville
Kelly MudgettGeoffrey RoelantsHeidi Tischler
Jude DavisJohn J. Del Monte, Jr.Tammy Marie Amnott
Michele-Lyn AbbaziaEstelle SaloisMarc Kamhi
Deborah J. McKinneyTina Marie CastiglioneAngela Pecoraro
Mark GagneBob RitzEllen Faith Brodie

Jill Dunay (actor) - a sophomore Fine Arts/Theatre major, of Groton, CT, has acted in "A Good Person of Szechwan", "Circles'95", "Magenta Shift", "The Ice Wolf" and "Fools" at ECSU and in the New England Touring Company's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". Jill began dance training (tap, jazz, ballet and point) at the age of three and is a graduate of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Performing Arts.

Ian Harrington (actor) - a freshman Spanish major, of North Grosvenordale, CT, has acted in "The Murder at Rutherford House", "The Ice Wolf", "Fools", "Take Back the Night" and "Sex, Drugs, and RockíníRoll" at ECSU. Through Theatre, Ian hopes to edify the world with knowledge, laughter and sensitivity. He owes all that he is and does to Michael Harrington.

Roger Mandeville (actor) - a sophomore Political Science major, of Cos Cob, CT, has acted in "Catastrophe", "The Good Person of Szechwan", "The Ice Wolf" and "Fools" at ECSU and in the Greenwich Shakespeare Company's " A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "As You Like It". Roger is a 1993 graduate of Greenwich High School.

Kelly Mudgett (actor) - a sophomore English major/Theatre minor, of Ellington, CT, has acted in "Kari and the Ice Cream Cone", "Voyeur" and "Fools" at ECSU as well as in Ellington High's "The Man Who Came to Dinner", "The Curious Savage" and "Into the Woods". Kelly is a member of ECSU's Women's Varsity Volleyball Team, The International Thespian Society, The Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and recipient of the Fall '95 Scholar-Athlete Award for highest GPA.

Geoffrey Roelants (actor) - a junior English major, of Hadlyme, CT, has acted in "Marat/Sade", "The Problem", "Theatre One", "Voyeur", "A Man In A Case" and "Fools" at ECSU as well in productions of The Windham Theatre Guild. This is his second year performing in the CSU Off-Broadway showcase for which he thanks the director and the administration for the opportunity and the cast for their on-going support and good humor.

Heidi Tischler (actor) - a sophomore Psychology major/Theatre minor, of Cromwell, CT, has acted in "An Evening of Irish Theatre", "Take Back the Night" and "Sex, Drugs, and RockíníRoll" at ECSU. She has studied dance for thirteen years, including six years in England, and has toured throughout New England in "The Nutcracker". As a psychologist, her future goal is to work in a children's cancer hospital.

Jude Davis (playwright) - a sophomore English major, of North Windham, CT, has had productions of her plays at ECSU, at the University of Connecticut and in New York City. Her most recent play, "Victoria Frankenstein", is currently premiering in Berkeley, CA. She compiled and directed "An Evening of Irish Theatre" which ran at ECSU in May and is presently writing a play about the life of Samuel Colt which will be co-produced by ECSU and the Wadsworth Atheneum. It will premiere at the Aetna Theatre in Hartford before presentation at ECSU, fall'96. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild.

John J. Del Monte, Jr. (playwright) - an ECSU alumnus (b.2/20/5 I;d.7/15/91), of Waterford, CT, had an active and multi-faceted career with the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center in NYC and with the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and Ivoryton Playhouse in CT. His love of the arts and writing began in early childhood as he explored many artistic paths as playwright, director and actor. "John was an artist and as such a dreamer but unlike many dreamers he made his dream come true even for a short moment... John J. Del Monte, Jr. whose life was bound with music; who believed in the witchcraft of Theatre, that from the abstract and absurd springs beauty and truth" (memorial reading).

Tammy Marie Amnott (stage manager) - a freshman Communication major, of Berlin, CT, has acted in "An Evening of Irish Theatre", "Sex, Drugs, and RockíníRoll" and "Take Back the Night" at ECSU. She has just recently started to pursue her interests in Theatre and intends to explore every aspect to expand her talents.

Michele-Lyn Abbazia (acting coach) - a junior Fine Arts/'Theatre major, of Stamford, CT, acted in "Kari and the Ice Cream Cone, "Catastrophe", "The Good Person of Szechwan", "Murder at Rutherford House", Rodeo" and "Fools"; was Assistant Director of "The IceWolf"; was Stage Manager for "In The Master's House There Are Many Mansions"; and was light operator for "Voyeur". She is presently Vice-President of ECSU's Drama Society.

Estelle Salois (acting coach) - a sophomore Communication major, of Willimantic, CT, is the originator of the Drama Society's Improv Group at ECSU which focuses on community social issues for young people. She wrote, directed, produced and acted in its first production, "Sex, Drugs, and RockíníRoll" and has acted in ECSU's "Take Back the Night".

Marc Kamhi (composer/guitarist) - a freshman History/Education major, of Fairfield, CT, has an avid interest in music and theatre. He was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, NY, until moving to CT. He acted in "It's A Wonderful Life" in high school and after early high school graduation took an academic hiatus to further pursue his music career before entering university life at ECSU.

Deborah J. McKinney (arts management intern) - a senior Fine Arts major/ Business Administration minor, of Colchester, CT, has had management and art experience with City Sign, Inc. of Hartford, CT. While in high school, she was active in the Stationary Road Show group, the Baconian Yearbook and the National Honor Society.

Tina Marie Castiglione (house management) - a sophomore Fine Arts/Theatre major, of Dayville, CT, has acted in "The Ice Wolf', "Fools" and "An Evening of Irish Theatre" at ECSU. She enjoys acting and modeling and hopes to be a working actress after graduation from ECSU.

Angela Pecoraro (house management) - a junior Public Policy and Government major/Economics, of Meriden, CT, has acted in "The Ice Wolf" at ECSU. She is the Theatre critic for the Campus Lantern and has been on the Lantern staff for three years. She is an avid reader and writer. Character sketches are her favorite form.

Mark Gagne (spot light operator) - a senior Communication major/Theatre minor, of Mansfield, CT, has been the Lighting Designer/Electrician for "Magenta Shift", "The Ice Wolf", "The Man In A Case", "Third and Oak," and "Kari and the Ice Cream Cone". He worked sound for the Shaboo All-Stars and crew for the Youth Action Theatre of England at ECSU.

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, Bravo Designs, has done special projects with the Hartford Ballet and Foxwoods Casino in CT.

Ellen Faith Brodie (director) - Managing Director of Theatre/Chair of Fine Arts at ECSU, has a BA, MA and MFA in Theatre and has been teaching/directing on the university-level since 1974. She is an active arts advocate statewide for interdisciplinary learning. Born and raised in NY, as a child she began her studies in acting 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 NY 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.