Biographies for Plaza Suite

Sarah Aranowicz (Stage Manager) is a sophomore Social Work major and Theatre minor; from East Lyme, CT.  She made her Harry Hope debut last spring in “Short Stuff 2000.” This past summer she worked with Flock Theater, playing in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and in “Twelfth Night.” Sarah worked with Michael Lessard and cast on interpreting “Visitors from Mamaroneck.” Sarah called cues for “Lifelogues” at the Harry Hope last fall and now assists Keri in the run of this show.

Rachel Blauberg (Norma Hubley) -  hails from Staten Island, NY and now resides in Norwich; Fine Arts/Theatre major; played in  “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Bald  Soprano,” “Driver’s Test,” “St. George  and the Dragon” before coming to ECSU; at ECSU played in “Alcestis” and “The Mysteries: The Nativity.”  Rachel directed “Archetypes” which premiered at ECSU before playing in NYC last spring.

Adam Brandt (Borden Eisler) from Redding; Fine Arts/Theatre major;  acted in ECSU’s “Alcestis;” “The Mysteries: The Nativity;” “Archetypes,” “Natural Reaction;” and “Horoscope Dope” (the last three premiered at ECSU before playing in NYC).  He wrote and performed his original monologue in “Lifelogues” last fall. Adam was an Irene Ryan Acting Competition  candidate at the 2001 American College Theatre Festival. He also participated in ECSU’s Summer School in London 2000 program.

Ryan Cassell (Waiter) is a sophomore Fine Arts/Theatre major who acted in ECSU’s “Alcestis,” “The Mysteries: The Nativity,” and “Short Stuff 2000.”  For the past two years, Ryan has been chosen to perform in “Five- By-Tens” at the American College Theatre Festivals 2000 and 2001 and was also a partner at the 2000 Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition.

Cortney Charnas (Jean McCormack) of Glastonbury, CT; danced with Up With People for one year; worked with the Hartford Children’s Theater in numerous performances. She acted in “The Mysteries: The Nativity,” and ”Archetypes”  (which premiered at ECSU before playing in NYC last spring).

Keri Corneau (Stage Manager) a second semester sophomore;  acted in “Alcestis;” sang in “The Mysteries: The Nativity.” Keri wrote and performed her original monologue in “Lifelogues” last fall.  Keri worked with Tyler Hewes and cast on interpreting “Visitors from Forest Hills.” This marks Keri’s stage management debut in calling a show at the HHT!

Jessica Donofrio (Mimsey Hubley) is a second semester freshman from Chaplin, CT. She is a Fine Arts/Theatre major.  She has performed in “Oliver,” “One O’Clock From the House,” “Fools!” and in “Bye, Bye Birdie” before coming to ECSU. This marks her Harry Hope Theatre debut!

Tyler Hewes (Director/”Visitors from Forest Hills”) - of Bethel, CT, major in Fine Arts/Theatre and History; at ECSU, acted in "Like Trees Walking," "The Halloween Murders," "The Apple Tree"  and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”  (and in NYC);  in "Short Stuff: 1999;” “Alcestis;”  and “The Mysteries: The Nativity.” Tyler starred in “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare  (Abridged)” last fall; was Secretary of Drama Society; a senator of the SGA and University Senate; now Chairman of BAM. Tyler directed “Pre-Game” which premiered at ECSU before playing in NYC last spring. He was in ECSU's 1999 and 2000 Summer School in London programs.

Michael Lessard (Director/”Visitors from Mamaroneck”) of Cheshire, a History Social Science and Education major and a Theatre Minor was  in "Samuel Colt, Yankee of the Willows,"  "The Cave Dwellers," "Tartuffe," "Bits of the Bard '98, Comings and Goings"  (performed on Theatre Row in NYC); "Like Trees Walking,” "The Apple Tree,"  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (in the Harry Hope and on Theatre Row in NYC);  in  “Alcestis” and “The Mysteries: The Nativity.” Michael directed ”Natural Reaction” and “Horoscope Dope” (which premiered at ECSU before playing in NYC last spring) and was an Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship candidate at the 1999 and 2000 American  College Theatre Festivals (as well as partner in 2001). Michael is also an accomplished drummer and plays in the local band  Squiggle Toe. In addition, Michael is planning on acting with Tour de Force of England at the Arundel Festival and on tour this coming summer.

Christopher J. LeSure (Bellhop) is a freshman Computer Science major. Raised in Ellington, CT,  he studied Theatre at Ellington High School and acted in such plays as “Conference Time,” “English Made Simple,” “Christmas Lights,” and “Drive.” This marks Christopher’s Harry Hope Theatre debut!

Jill Luberto (Karen Nash) of Franklin, CT; is majoring in Fine Arts/Theatre. Before ECSU, she was in “Brighton Beach  Memoirs,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “The Bald Soprano; “ and part of the  Underground Railroad Theater Company’s production of “Carnival of Animals”  at the Garde Art Center .  She was recently in the Flock Theater’s “The Hairy Ape” and “Tale of a Whaler,” a summer theater job at Mystic Seaport. She made her ECSU debut in “The Secret of Cell Block 7”  and was in  “The Mysteries: The Nativity,” and ”Pre-Game” (which premiered at ECSU before playing in NYC last spring). Jill  performed her original monologue in “Lifelogues” last fall. She recently was a partner in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition at the 2001 American College Theatre Festival.

Matt Schultz (Roy Hubley) is a senior Communication major from Ledyard, CT. He has performed in several Shakespeare comedies including ECSU’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (which ran in NYC as well); acted in “The Secret Garden,” “The Crucible,” and “Dancing at Lughnasa” in high school. At ECSU, he also performed in “The Apple Tree,” “The Halloween Murders,” “The Secret of Cell Block 7,” and “The Mysteries: The Nativity.” For the past two years, Matt was chosen to compete for an Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship at the 2000 and 2001 American College Theatre Festival.

Daniel Whelton (Sam Nash) from Tucson, AZ, is majoring in Fine Arts/Theatre and Business. He was a Thespian member for three years in high School. He acted in Euripedes’ “Alcestis” and  “The Mysteries: The Nativity”  and ”Archetypes”  (which premiered at ECSU before playing in NYC last spring). He co-wrote as well as acted in “Chances” (which also went to NYC).  Last fall he starred in “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare   (Abridged)” and he performed his original monologue in “Lifelogues.” Dan was an Irene Ryan Acting Competition partner at the American College Theatre Festival in Jan. 2000 and 2001. He participated in ECSU’s 2000 Summer School in London program and looks forward to doing so again this summer 2001.