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Theatre Department Faculty

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Charles Wittreich Charles Wittreich - Director of Theatres and Academic Chair - An SCCC Theatre Training Program alumnus (Class of ‘86), Charles continued his theatre training at Penn State University where he earned a BFA in Theatre Production. He then returned to Suffolk where he was employed as the resident scenic designer for four wonderful years. Charles left Suffolk for graduate studies and earned an MFA in Scenic Design (studying with John Ezell) from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He spent the next few years freelancing in New York, joining United Scenic Artists and working as an assistant 

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Stephen Green Stephen Green - Sound Designer and Technical Director - Stephen attended SUNY, Albany where he earned degrees in both Theatrical Production and Physics. He earned his MFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts in Technical Direction with a concentration in Scenic Automation. Professional experience includes work as a control systems designer for J.R. Clancy, a theatrical equipment manufacturer. He has designed and commissioned stage machinery control systems in such places as the Juilliard School, the San Francisco Opera House, Teatro National in Barcelona and the 

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Jason Kankel Jason Kankel - Lighting Designer - Jason received his MFA in Lighting Design from Rutgers University. He has designed several productions in New York, including the Off-Broadway production of A Naughty Night directed by William Martin, The Bride of Olneyville Square, directed by Robert Castle, The Wool Gatherer at the Flat Iron Theatre, Four Dogs and the Bone at the Harold Clerman Theatre, and Two Precious Maidens Ridiculed, directed by William Martin at the UBU Repertory Theatre. Jason also assisted F. Mitchel Dana in several productions including To Kill A 

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Jo Curtis Lester Downing Jo Curtis Lester - Jo Curtis joins the Theatre faculty, continuing a career in teaching both graduate and undergraduate voice/speech (Louisiana State University). Ms. Lester received her MFA in directing, and theatre history and criticism from Ohio University. Most recently she served as resident vocal coach for Swine Palace Productions in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has worked as a vocal coach for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Ohio University School of Theatre, Open Door Theatre, and Cornish College of the Arts. Prior to teaching at LSU, she served as the voice and speech professor 

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Lachlin Loud Lachlin Loud - Scenic Designer, Lachlin received his BA from Humboldt State University, his BSLA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and his MFA from John Ezell’s Scenic Design Program at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He has designed, built and painted scenery for theatre, film and television in Seattle, Kansas City, New York, Toronto, Hilton Head, Grand Rapids and the Madison Valley in Montana. SCCC credits include props for Biloxi Blues and The Rose of Treason, and Scenic Designer for The Secret Garden, Dancing at Lughnasa, The School for Scandal, Godspell, American 

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Steven Lantz-Gefroh Steven Lantz-Gefroh - Steven directed the inaugural season of the Long Island Shakespeare Festival’s production of Romeo and Juliet and was Acting and Fight Coach, Bartender and Proprietor, Player and Baptista Minola in the 2001 season’s production of The Taming Of The Shrew. Other directing credits at SCCC include: Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Lost in Yonkers, The Glass Menagerie, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, The Children’s Hour, The Secret Garden, American Buffalo and Bent. As a professional actor, Mr. Lantz-Gefroh is a veteran of over 45 

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male sihouette Raymond Reardon - Ray holds an AS in Theatre from Suffolk County Community College. He is presently the Technical Director of the Van Nostrand Theatre at the Grant Campus of SCCC. In the fall of 2001, Ray was the sound designer for the SCCC production of Godspell. Ray has worked with companies such as the Pavi Taylor 2 Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre, The Three Irish Tenors and Forbidden Broadway. In addition, at the

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Andrew Wittkamper Andrew Wittkamper - Costume Designer, Andrew attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where he earned undergraduate degrees in both Fashion Design and Costume Construction Technology. He later attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, earning his MFA in Costume Design. Andrew began his professional work in the New York costume shops Barbara Matera, Ltd., and Parsons-Meares, Ltd., building costumes for Broadway plays, musicals, ballets, film, and for numerous Disney parades and ice shows. He has helped produce costumes for Cats, Phantom of the Opera

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Professor Emeriti
Helen Toth Barbara A. Baird - Barbara received a BA in Theatre from Syracuse University and an MA in Theatre and Design from Smith College, in addition to study at Carnegie Mellon University and doctoral study at Penn State. During the past 30-odd years at Suffolk County Community College she has directed and designed costumes for many plays including The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, Everyman and The Oresteia. Costume design includes The Tempest, one enduring piece from which surfaces in Noah.

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Maureen D'Elia Maureen D'Elia - Maureen is a graduate of the Theatre Training Program at Suffolk County Community College. Directing credits include The Rimers of Eldritch at Long Island University, CW Post, Vanities, The School for Scandal, The Hot L Baltimore, Sins of the Mother and The Imaginary Invalid at SCCC. Regional Theatre credits include Rizzo in Grease, Josie in A Moon for the Misbegotten, and Mrs. Warren in Mrs. Warren’s Profession. She appeared as Emilia, the Lady Abbess in the Long Island Shakespeare Festival’s production of A Comedy of Errors and in the original play, Rug Rage, at the American College Theatre Festival. Maureen is currently employed by the college as a Theatre instructor and the Performing Arts Coordinator at the Grant Campus.[-] Hide

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Helen Toth Marilyn Goodman -

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Richard Johnson Richard Johnson - Richard is a graduate of the University of Texas. Among the many SCCC theatre productions he has directed are Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV Part I, The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Hamlet and Measure for Measure, Moliere's The Learned Ladies, The Miser and The Doctor in Spite of Himself. The Fantasticks, Mother Courage and Blythe Spirit are among the more contemporary plays he has directed here. After 30 years

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David Miller David Miller - D. E. Miller celebrates more than 40 years at SCCC. He teaches Acting I, Acting II, Understanding Theatre and Introduction to Human Communication, and is a founding member of the Theatre Program at SCCC. He holds a BA from Miami University (Ohio) and an MA from the University of Minnesota. Professor Miller has directed over 60 productions at the college, including four plays by Neil Simon (Barefoot In The Park, California Suite, Biloxi Blues and Brighton Beach Memoirs). He has worked and/or studied with Sir Tyrone Guthrie, Dustin Hoffman, Sandy Dennis,

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Helen Toth Harriette Novick - Harriette has been a member of the SCCC theatre faculty since 1968. She received a BS in Speech/Theatre from Ithaca College and an MS from SUNY Stony Brook. She also completed 30 graduate credits in Speech Arts at NY University. Prior to joining the faculty, she studied acting with Lee Strasberg. She has continued her studies since joining the faculty through courses in acting, voice and diction, and scene study at HB Studios in NYC. Professor Novick has maintained professional development through several national and regional conferences including the American

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male sihouette Wayne Pevey -

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Adjunct Faculty
male sihouette James Beneduce -

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male sihouette Paul Bolin -

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Helen Toth Joan Cook -

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Helen Toth Marie Danvers -

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Claire Love - Wardrobe Supervisor, Clairita worked at SUNY Old Westbury as costume shop supervisor. While there, she was costume designer for their production of Runaways for which she received recognition from the ACTF board. She has also freelanced as a dresser for the Tilles Center at CW Post. For the past five years, she has been the wardrobe supervisor here at Suffolk. Her SCCC credits include The School for Scandal, The Rose of Treason, Godspell, SS Glencairn, American Buffalo, Vanities, The Laramie Project and Bent. Clarita was Wardrobe Supervisor and Assistant to

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Guest Designers
Ed Haynes - Ed received both BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, and attended the Yale School of Drama and the Polokov Studio in New York. Haynes has designed scenery and costumes for Broadway, off-Broadway, regional, and international productions as well as film. He worked on the first Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof and later on Hair. He also worked on many productions at the Metropolitan Opera and designed the National Ballet's production of Cinderella, featuring the late Dame Margot Fonteyn. He designed costumes for the SCCC 

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Gary Ris - Sound Designer, Gary started producing sound for the Shea Theatre in 1991. Shows that he has designed for include, The Oresteia, Macbeth, House of Blue Leaves, As Is, The Foreigner, Temptations, Tartuffe, The Scarlet Letter, Much Ado About Nothing, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, The Secret Garden, The Rose of Treason, SS Glencairn, The Laramie Project, Bent, St. Crispin’s Day, The Imaginary Invalid, Odysseus Died From AIDS, The Rocky Horror Show, The Arabian Nights, Into The Woods, Forgery, Ceasar, Once Upon A Mattress and Cyrano deBergerac among others. He is the Associate Dean of Computer Information Systems at the college. Gary was

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Theatre Staff
Helen Toth Kelly Grasso -

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Helen Toth Iris Mosher -

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In Memorium
Helen Toth Caroline Arvani -

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Helen Toth Shirley Cox -

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male sihouette John Shivers -

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