Short Stuff 2003

The Production Staff

Director of Theatre..............Ellen Faith Brodie

Production Manager......................Bob Ritz

Technical Director..................F. Chase Rozelle

Costume Designer...............Debra Leigh Siegel

Lighting Designer.......................Adam Brandt

Sound Board Operator................Sarah Elliott

Light Board Operator.................Adam Brandt

Sound Supervisor....................F. Chase Rozelle

Scenic Supervisor.......................Bob Ritz

Stage Manager....................Joshua Gilbert

Assistant Stage Manager................Anne Riley

Master Electrician...................Adam Brandt

Props Master.........................Bob Ritz

Advanced Directing Class Advisor....Ellen Faith Brodie

Screenwriting Class Advisor............Edmond Chibeau

Arts Management Assistant.............Jill Luberto

Performing Arts Assistant.............Thayer Kitchen

 

Student Biographies

Kat Bacon (Co-Director/"Mary.") - of Gales Ferry, CT; Sophomore double-major in Communication and Performing Arts/Theatre; at ECSU acted in "The Murder of Maria Marten" (directed by British guest artist James Simmons); "Spoon River" (presented at ECSU and at the Sargent Theatre in NYC);  "The Vagina Monologues," and in "The Visit" (directed by British guest artist Christopher Ettridge) for which was chosen as an Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship alternate candidate for ACTF 2004.

Ashely Baril (Co-Director/"Jeremiah") - of Plainfield, CT; a Senior Performing Arts/Theatre major.  She worked lighting crew for "A Dream Play" and acted in "The Vagina Monologues." She has also done TV work with Foxwoods News Network and acted in training videos at Foxwoods.

Adam Brandt (Lighting Designer/Board Op) - from Redding, CT; Fine Arts/Theatre major. Adam began lighting at ECSU as Lightboard Operator for "Beowulf" (performed by Australian guest artist Felix Nobis); was Assistant Master Electrician for "A Dream Play;"  was Lighting Designer for "EEE" Electronic Music Ensemble concerts. He was Assistant L. D. to Debra Leigh Siegel for "The Visit" (directed by ECSU British guest artist Christopher Ettridge) and for The White Horse Theatre Company's "True West" in NYC . Before moving into the lighting design area he acted extensively for three years at ECSU; was a co-director of "Sophisticated Nuts and Dried Fruit" (written by Hollywood playwright, Maggie Brown) which premiered at ECSU; was in "Macbeth" (as part of the guest residency of Tour de Force of England at ECSU) and in "The Tempest" for Imago Theatre Company's 2002 transatlantic tour. Adam was an Irene Ryan Acting Competition Candidate at the 2002 American College Theatre Festival and was in the ACTF 2003 "Five-By-Tens." He participated in ECSU's  Summer School in London 2000 program.

Jessica Donofrio (Ensemble/"Mansion Night") -of Chaplin, CT;a Junior double major in Performing Arts/Theatre and Studio Arts;made her ECSU debut in "Plaza Suite;"acted in"Sophisticated Nuts and Dried Fruit"(written by Hollywood playwright Maggie Brown); "Macbeth"(as part of the guest residency of Tour de Force of England); "The Murder of Maria Marten" (directed by British guest artist James Simmons); in "Chekhov Shorts/The Brute/The Wedding;" "Spoon River" (presented at ECSU and at the Sargent Theatre in NYC); "A Dream Play;" and in "The Vagina

Monologues."  Jessica performed in "Bye, Bye Birdie" for UHart's Summer Place Players.She was an Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship partner (ACTF 2002 and 2003).She participated in ECSU's International Summer School in London 2002.

Bridget Duggan (Ensemble/"The Bends") - of Mansfield, CT; a Sophomore; Performing Arts/Theatre major; before ECSU acted in summer Gilbert and Sullivan productions of "The Mikado," "Pirates of Penzance," and "The Gondoliers." She also acted in musicals such as "Guys and Dolls," "Anything Goes,""and "Into the Woods."She performed in ECSU's"The Murder of Maria Marten" (directed by British guest artist James Simmons),"Chekhov Shorts/The Wedding;""Spoon River" (at ECSU and at the Sargent Theatre in NYC); "A Dream Play;" "The Vagina Monologues;" "The Visit" (directed by British guest artist Christopher Ettridge).She has studied voice for 6 yrs.

Michelle Dupuis (Co-Director/"Dogalogue") -of Wethersfield, CT; a Junior English and History/Social Studies major with a Theatre minor.She performed in "Like Trees Walking,""Short Stuff,,An Evening of 10-Minute Plays;"  "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (directed by guest artist James Simmons); and in "Classic Commedia" (directed by ECSU guest artist Larry Hunt).She is also studying scriptwriting in the Communication Department.

Austin Tyler Fiszel (Ensemble/"The Bends;" "Mary.") - of Glastonbury, CT; a Freshman Performing Arts/Theatre major.Before ECSU, performed in "Lysistrata;" "Romeo and Juliet;"" A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum;" " Carousel;" " Crazy for You;"  "Is There Life After High School?" " The Little Mermaid;"  and "Children of the Corn." At ECSU,he acted in "The Visit" (directed by British guest Christopher Ettridge).

Joshua Gilbert (Stage Manager) - of Danbury, CT; a Junior Computer Science major/Theatre minor. Josh managed the Harry Hope box office and continues to assist as needed.. Josh has  designed our show programs on a regular basis as well. Josh was Assistant Stage Manager of"The Visit" (directed by British guest artist Christopher Ettridge).

Peter Gosselin (Ensemble/"Dogalogue;" "The Bends") - a Freshman; undeclared major. This marked his ECSU Harry Hope Theatre debut.

Jaclynn Hart (Ensemble/"Dogalogue;" "The Bends") -of Hampton, CT;a Freshman Performing Arts/Theatre major; acted in "One O'Clock From the House and sang in a select choir for four years and was in band for three years " before coming to ECSU. At ECSU, she acted in "A Dream Play" and"The Visit" (directed by British guest artist Christopher Ettriidge).

Michelle Hasiuk (Co-Director/"Mary.") - of Enfield, CT; a Sophomore; Studio Art and Performing Arts degree programs. At ECSU she acted in "The Vagina Monologues." This marked her ECSU Harry Hope

Theatre directing debut.

Simon Hunt (Co-Director/"Dogalogue")) - of Bethlehem, CT; a Junior Performing Arts/Theatre major; has performed with his father Larry Hunt (professional mask artist)since he was 6 years old; traveled to

Australia and China twice with shows as well as throughout the US and Bermuda. He acted in "Lifelogues" at ECSU (directed by guest artist Nora Cole) and in "A Dream Play."He was a three sport athlete throughout high school and on ECSU's national championship baseball team. He participated in ECSU's International Summer School in London 2002 program.

Scott Kegler (Ensemble/"Mansion Night") - of Mansfield, CT; a Freshman History major. Before ECSU, he acted in "You Can't Take It With You;"  and "The Crucible." At ECSU, he acted in "The Visit" (directed by British guest artist Christopher Ettridge).

Kristin Kenney (Co-Director/"The Bends") - of  Guilford, CT; a Senior;Performing Arts/Theatre major; In Guilford High School, did technical theatre work; at Trinity College acted in Mamet's "Binky Rudich and the Two Speed Clock;"at ECSU,acted in "Chances" (part of "Short Stuff 2000" which played at ECSU and in NYC); in "The Mysteries: The Nativity" (directed by British guest artist James Simmons); in "Macbeth" (as part of the ECSU Tour de Force of England guest residency);" "Spoon River" (presented at ECSU and at the Sargent Theatre in NYC);  "A Dream Play;"  "The Vagina Monologues," and "The Visit" (directed by British guest artist Christopher Ettridge) for which she was chosen as an Irene Ryan Acting  candidate for ACTF 2004.  She was a partner in the ACTF 2002 Irene Ryan Acting Competition and performed in the ACTF Five-by-Tens of original one-acts.  She  participated in ECSU's International Summer School in London 2002.

Aaron Lathrop (Co-Director/"Mansion Night") - of North Stonington, CT; a Senior majoring inPerforming Arts/Theatre; attended Center for Creative Youth in 1997; acted in Children's Theatre, Garde Arts Center, Mystic Seaport: "Lantern Light Tours," " Ghost Tales," " Tale of a Whaler," Westerley Chorus: "Celebration of Twelfth Night," Flock Theatre: "As You Like It," "Much Ado About Nothing," " Henry IV Part I," " Hairy Ape;" and at the Baldwin Theatre: "The Common Itch." At ECSU:"Alcestis,"" The Mysteries: The Nativity" (directed by British guest artist James Simmons),  "Short Stuff 2000," "Lifelogues" (directed by guest artist Nora Cole), "Life Is A Dream," "Classic Commedia" (directed by  Guest artist Larry Hunt);  "Chekhov Shorts/The Wedding;"  "Spoon River" (presented at ECSU and at the Sargent Theatre in NYC); "A Dream Play," and "The Visit" (directed by British guest artist Christopher Ettridge).  He also worked props for "The Complete Works of Wm. Shakespeare (Abridged)" and for "The Murder of Maria Marten." He participated in the Eugene O'Neill Summer Puppetry Conference in 2001 and 2002 and in the Providence First Night. Aaron participated in the International Summer School In London 2002 program.

Matthew J. Long  (Ensemble/"The Bends") - of Sparks, NV; Assistant to the Director of Financial Aid at  ECSU, Matt brings acting training and experience to mix from Sonoma State University whiche he acted in "Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches;" in "The Romeo and Juliet Project" at Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma, Ca;from Santa Rosa Junior College (CA) in "A Gross Indecency:The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde."

Colleen Lowry (Ensemble/"Mary.") - of Groton; a Senior History major; Theatre minor; acted in "Fame," "Little Shop of Horrors,""The Daily Planet," "The Lark;" was Vice-President of Drama Club in high school. At ECSU, she acted in "Alcestis;""Short Stuff 2000;"and "The Murder of Maria Marten"(directed by British Guest James Simmons) and "Spoon River" (presented at ECSU and at the Sargent Theatre in NYC).

Jill Luberto (Ensemble/"Dogalogue")- of Franklin, CT; a Senior; majoring in Performing Arts/Theatre; before ECSU,  was part of the Underground Railroad Theater Company's production of "Carnival of Animals" at the Garde Art Center, in the Flock Theater's "The Hairy Ape" and "As You Like It;""Tale of a Whaler" at Mystic Seaport; acted in"Lifelogues" (directed by guest Nora Cole at ECSU and in NYC); "Plaza Suite," "Classic Commedia" (directed by guest Larry Hunt); "Macbeth" (as part of the residency of Tour de Force of England at ECSU), "The Murder of Maria Marten" (directed by guest James Simmons); "Chekhov Shorts/The Brute;" "Spoon River" (at ECSU and the Sargent Theatre in NYC); "A Dream Play;" and "The Visit" (directed by British guestChristopher Ettridge). She was a parti- cipant in the Eugene O'Neill Summer Puppetry Festival in New London, (2001 and 2002). She was a partner in the ACTF 2000 and 2001 Irene Ryan Acting Competitions; was an ACTF Alternate 2000 and 2001 and an Irene Ryan 2002 candidate. Jill is Drama Society Secretary. She participated in the International Summer School In London 2002.

Jonathan Malon (Ensemble and Playwright/"The Bends") - of Coventry, CT; a Senior Communication major. Jon was the writer/actor for ECSU's Old Time Radio 2002 ;producer/writer/actor for ECSU's All Ears Radio Theater 2003.

Maximiliano C. Moraga (Ensemble/"Jeremiah;""The Bends") - of Marlborough, Ct; a Senior Spanish major. Before ECSU, he was in "Bye Bye Birdie." Max is an aspiring film maker and actor. This  marked his ECSU Theatre debut.

Karina Pasiakos (Ensemble/"Mary.") - of Brooklyn, CT; a Senior Performing Arts/Theatre major. Before ECSU, she acted in shows at New England College, NH and at Barry University; at Bradley Playhouse ("Jake's Woman," "Cinderella"); and for Killingly Recreation ("Gypsy"). She also attended the School for Film and Television in NYC for one year. This marked Karina's ECSU Harry Hope Theatre debut.

Tonya Pellegrino (Co-Director/"The Bends") - of Chaplin, CT; a Senior Psychology major/ Theatre minor; before ECSU, at Lyman High School acted in "Into the Woods," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Beauty and the Beast;" performed with Second Step Players at the Eugene O'Neill Center in Waterford, CT. At ECSU, she acted in "Sophisticated Nuts and Dried Fruit" (by Hollywood playwright Maggie Brown); in "Macbeth" (with Tour de Force of England) and in "Spoon River" (presented at ECSU and at the Sargent Theatre in NYC).

Anna Ricklin (Ensemble/"Mansion Night;" "Mary.") - of Chaplin, Ct; a Continuing Education Biology major;has a BA in Anthropology from American University in Washington, DC. This show marked her ECSU Harry Hope Theatre debut.

Anne Riley (Assistant Stage Manager) - of Swansea, MA; a Freshman Performing Arts/Theatre major. Anne was a stage hand for "A Dream Play" and worked technical crews throughout high school. She was an Assistant Stage Manager and lightboard operator for "The Visit" (directed by British guest artist Christopher Ettridge).

Kenny Romanchuck (Ensemble/"Jeremiah") - of Marlborough, Ct; a Junior Communication major. This show marked Kenny's ECSU Harry Hope theatre debut.

Gabriel Stalnaker (Co-Director/"Mansion Night") - a Senior Performing Arts/Theatre major;performed in a 2-man rap show at open mic nights; was the Costume Design Assistant for the ECSU production of "Life Is A Dream;"  acted in  "Chekhov Shorts/The Wedding" and in "Spoon River" (presented at ECSU and at the Sargent Theatre in NYC).

Rachel Tatro (Co-Director/"Dogalogue") -  of Colchester, CT; a Sophomore Performing Arts/Theatre major. She was in numerous high school productions as well as in ECSU's "Alcestis;" "The Mysteries" (directed by British guest artist James Simmons); "Life Is A Dream;" "Spoon River" (which played at ECSU and at the Sargent Theatre in NYC);  "The Vagina Monologues," and "The Visit" (directed by British guest artist Christopher Ettridge).

Alex Vernon (Co-Director/"Jeremiah") - of Franklin, Tennessee; a Sophomore Performing Arts/Theatre major.  At ECSU he acted in "The Murder of Maria Marten" (directed by guest artist James Simmons);  "Chekhov Shorts/The Brute/The Wedding;"  "Spoon River" (presented at ECSU and at the Sargent Theatre in NYC);  "A Dream Play," and "The Visit" (directed by British guest artist Christopher Ettridge). Previous acting experiences include "Guys and Dolls," "The Veldt," and "The Complete Works of Wm. Shakespeare (Abridged)." He was an Irene Ryan Acting Competition candidate for the 2003 American College Theatre Festival and acted in the ACTF Five-by-Tens.

Daniel Whelton (Ensemble/"Mansion Night;" "Mary.") - of Vernon, CT; a Senior;  major in Performing Arts/ Theatre; acted in "Alcestis," "The Mysteries: The Nativity" (directed by guest artist James Simmons),  "Archetypes" (at ECSU and in NYC); co-wrote/ acted in "Chances" (at ECSU and in NYC); acted in "The Complete Works of Wm. Shakespeare (Abridged);" "Lifelogues" (directed by guest Nora Cole at ECSU and  NYC); "Plaza Suite;" "Classic Commedia" (directed by guest Larry Hunt); "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" (co-directed by guest James Simmons); "Macbeth" (as part of residency of Tour de Force of England at ECSU),"The Murder of Maria Marten" (directed by guest James Simmons); "Chekhov Shorts/The Marriage Proposal/The Wedding;" "Spoon River" (at ECSU and the Sargent Theatre, NYC); "A Dream Play," "The Visit" (directed by British guest Christopher Ettridge); was a  Co-Director of "Sophisticated Nuts and Dried Fruit" (written by Hollywood  playwright, Maggie Brown/premiered at ECSU) and was Box Office Manager for Performing Arts. He was an Irene Ryan Acting partner (ACTF 2000 and 2001);an Irene Ryan Candidate and in the ACTF  Five-by-Tens (2002 and 2003)..Dan participated in ECSU's Summer School in London program (2001 and 2002).