2016 Season Cast
2016 Summer Season Casts have been announced:
THE WINTER’S TALE
LEONTES – Matt Witten
Matt is very happy to be working again with Shakespeare In Delaware Park where he has appeared in MEASURE FOR MEASURE, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. Other local credits include FREUD’S LAST SESSION and AN ILIAD (Artie Award – Outstanding Actor in a Play) at Road Less Traveled Productions where he is an Ensemble Member, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC and THE LION IN WINTER at the Irish Classical Theatre Company, THE WILD PARTY at Second Generation Theatre, Beethoven’s EGMONT with the BPO, HOW TO SUCCEED…, LOMBARDI and THE DROWSY CHAPERONE for MusicalFare, OTHER DESERT CITIES at the Kavinoky and BURIED CHILD and A CLOCKWORK ORANGE at Torn Space. Love and thanks to Christine and Olivia.
HERMIONE – Jenn Stafford
Jenn Stafford is elated and grateful to be making her debut on the Hill with this outstanding team. Recently you may have seen her as Desiree in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at the Irish Classical theater, in “It Was a Wonderful Life at Forest Lawn, in Musicalfare’s 24 hour Musical, Side by Side by Sondheim, as Widow Corney/Bet in OLIVER and as Dot in Sunday IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (Artie for Best Actress). Favorite roles include Diana in Next to Normal (Artie for Best Actress), Mrs. Allonby in A WOMAN of NO IMPORTANCE at Irish Classical, Baker’s Wife in INTO THE WOODS with the Second Generation, Karen in Childern’s Hour at New Pheinix, Annabella/Pamela/Margaret in 39 STEPS at Kavinoky, Kathy Hochel/Hillary Clinton in BUFFALO ZINGS, The Ingénue in MUSICAL OF MUSICALS at O’Connell and Company, Dr. Day in THE LAST AMERICAN and as Madge in PARK AVENUE off Broadway, Streetmosphere Improv at MGM Studios. Aug 24th she will be featured in a evening of musical theater at the Williamsville Meeting House for the Two Sisters Foundation. Her most cherished role is that of wife and mother to her handsome husband and their 3 busy little darlings.
PAULINA – Lisa Vitrano
Ms. Vitrano has portrayed countless characters upon the stages of nearly every theater in town. She is thrilled to return to The Park to play upon the brand new boards for The Bard for the eighth time. Favorite Shakespeare roles include: “Hecate”, “Lady Capulet”, “Queen Margaret”, and “Gertrude”. Lisa is an ensemble member of Road Less Traveled Productions, an Artvoice Artie Award winner for Outstanding Actress in a Play, was voted “Best All-Around Actress” by Buffalo Spree Magazine 2006, and was voted Outstanding Actress in a Play by Broadway World Buffalo 2014.
CAMILLO – Tom Loughlin*
Tom Loughlin is an SDP veteran, with 17 shows over 14 seasons. He directed last season’s Romeo and Juliet, and received an Artie for his performance as Polonius in 2013’s Hamlet. Favorite past roles include Claudius, Parolles, Grumio, and Leonato. By day he is Chair of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Fredonia. Thanks to everyone who made this new stage possible!
MAMILIUS/PERDITA – Marissa Biondolillo
It is nothing shy of a dream come true for Marissa to be performing with Shakespeare in Delaware Park. Born and raised in Hamburg, NY, Marissa has always been a creative spirit with a passion for performance. Locally she has performed with Theater of Youth in The Ledgend of Sleepy Hollow and Number the Stars. Before returning to Western New York last fall, she was an active member of the theater community in Ithaca, NY. She has appeared in productions with Ithaca Shakespeare Company, The Readers Theater of Ithaca, and Civic Ensemble. She studied Meisner Technique with the Actor’s Workshop of Ithaca and has over 20 years of dance experience. When she’s not engaged in the creative arts, she can probably be found reading, meditating, writing, or doing yoga in a field somewhere. Endless thanks go out to the incredible support system of friends and family in Buffalo and Ithaca who have shaped the person she is.
FLORIZEL – Nick Stevens
Nick Stevens is a native of Middletown NY and a product of SUNY Fredonia. He is thrilled to be making his second appearance with Shakespeare in Delaware park this summer, previously appearing as Sampson/Apothecary in Romeo and Juliet. His other Buffalo credits include Bad Jews at The Jewish Repertory Theatre as Jonah, and Carrie The Musical at The American Repertory Theatre of Western NY. He would like to thank his family, friends, and the story tellers.
AUTOLYCUS – Jordan Levin
Jordan is so pleased to be making his return to the Shakespeare stage. He last appeared in the 2008 production of King Lear in the ensemble. Since graduating from UB’s Theater Performance BFA program, he has lived in Manhattan and Chicago performing and following life’s adventures. He recently made his very happy return to Buffalo and has since appeared in Theater of Youth’s production of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. He is so thankful for the wonderful opportunities the Buffalo theater community provides, and for his incredible friends and family.
ANTIGONUS/TIME – Steve Braddock*
STEVEN BRADDOCK (Antigonus/Time) is thrilled to return to Shakespeare in Delaware Park, where he was last seen as Duke Solinus in The Comedy of Errors. A recent transplant to Western New York, Steve serves as the Director of Theatre at Niagara University, where he teaches acting and has directed Lady Windermere’s Fan, Guys & Dolls, Sweeney Todd, The Philadelphia Story, Urinetown and Damn Yankees, among others. Favorite credits include: King Lear (Kent), Darwin in Malibu (Huxley), Rounding Third (Don), Lettice and Loveage (Bardolph), How I Learned to Drive (Peck), Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Praed) and Macbeth (Macduff). Steve has also been seen in numerous commercials as well as voiced characters in multiple audiobooks. A proud member of Actor’s Equity, he is an even prouder husband and father. Love and gratitude to B, E and S.
POLIXENES – Patrick Moltane*
Patrick is glad to be back in Delaware Park for SDP’s 41st Season and Winter’s Tale. Previous SDP credits include: KING HENRY THE FIFTH directed by Saul Elkin and “Angelo” in MEASURE FOR MEASURE directed by Brian Cavanagh. Patrick also worked on the Education Outreach show last summer ET TU SHAKESPEARE. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and a member of Actors’ Equity Association. Patrick has acted at Studio Arena, ICTC, Torn Space Theater and for Shakespeare in Delaware Park. Favorite roles include: “Henry” in THE LIFE OF HENRY THE FIFTH, “Yank” in THE HAIRY APE, “Andrew” in I HATE HAMLET and “Christy” in THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD. Patrick is a Lecturer in the Department of Theater and Dance at SUNY Buffalo State College. Thank you to the very talented production team and gifted cast. Many thanks are due to Saul for this fabulous opportunity and for bringing SDP to Buffalo. Morgan and Ellyanna…I love you, I love you, I think the world of you.
CLEOMENES – Brendan Cunningham
Brendan is an author/actor and a familiar face in the Buffalo Theater scene. He is delighted to be making his 4th appearance at SDP with The Winter’s Tale, after just finishing a critically acclaimed 4 star run (Buffalo News) in The Mark of Cain at the Subversive Theatre. His third book will be on the shelves this August: Potato Chips for the Soul.
DION – Lawrence Rowswell
Lawrence has worked in theatre for fifteen years, appearing in numerous productions in a variety of venues. He was seen most recently as Charles Durham in The Mark of Cain by Gary Earl Darling at the Manny Fried Playhouse. This is his seventh production with Shakespeare in Delaware Park.
OLD SHEPHERD – Tim Joyce
Tim is a comedian and actor who in January 2015 finished shooting co-starring role with Ed Asner in the Indy Film, Love.Meet.Hope. Love Meet Hope has since gone on to win “Best Drama” at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival; “Audience Favorite Film” at the Buffalo Niagara Independent Film Festival, and has been chosen as a Critic’s Choice for the 2016 Madrid International Film Festival. Tim has been working professionally in the creative arts since 1980 including six seasons acting in Buffalo’s renowned Shakespeare in Delaware Park from 1980-85. In the summer of 2012, he returned to SDP as Lord Stanley in Richard III. He then went onto major roles in Angels of America and The Grapes of Wrath at the Subversive Theatre, starred as Vonnegut in Slaughterhouse Five and has appeared in Both Your Houses and Journey’s End at The Kavinoky, Buried Child at Torn Space, To The Top at Alleyway Theatre and Judgement at Nuremberg at New Phoenix Theatre.
CLOWN – Jordan Louis Fischer
Jordan Louis Fischer (Clown) As an Actor, Singer, Dancer and Improviser, Jordan loves to immerse himself in all aspects of the theatre. Last year he was thrilled to make his Buffalo Debut As Viola in Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s Production of Twelfth Night! He’s also been seen locally as Harry in My Fair Lady (Lancaster Opera House), Stokes in Carrie (ART) and Jamie in Last Five Years (Pared Down Productions). Jordan is also a published musical theatre book writer and lyricist and has produced two original musicals with composer Jeffrey Mathews; Dirty Laundry and Natalie: A New Musical. They are also producing another original piece in Elmira, New York this coming Summer! In his spare time Jordan loves going on bike rides through the city and taking hikes where and when he can! Although born in December, Jordan is a child of the sun. On any given day, you can catch him happy as a clam laying out on the grass in the sunshine with a beer and listening to some good mellow jazz. Jordan proudly holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Fredonia State University of New York.
MOPSA/EMILIA – Jennifer Toohey
Jennifer has acted, directed and coached professionally at theaters in Canada and
the US, including Drayton Entertainment, Florida Stage, Palm Beach Dramaworks,
Mad Cow Theatre, and the Alliance Theatre Lab. Favorite roles include Stella in A
Streetcar Named Desire, Martha in Strange Snow, Ellen in Two Rooms, Laurie in
Oklahoma, Miss Hannigan in Annie and Catherine in The Foreigner. Jennifer Toohey
is an Assistant Professor in the Theater Department at SUNY Buffalo State and
proud member of Canadian Actor’s Equity and the Voice and Speech Trainers
DORCAS – Tracy Snyder
Tracy is thrilled to be back on stage with SDP as she was last seen in The Merry Wives of Windsor. She began working with SDP as an Apprentice in 2004, and is currently the Education Coordinator & Office Manager. She has also worked as a Stage Manager and Wardrobe. In 2012, Tracy received her Master’s Degree from Niagara University in Interdisciplinary Studies (concentration in Business & Theatre), holds a BA in Theatre Performance from SUNY at Buffalo and has studied acting during a summer residency at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, UK. Her play, Apple of My Eye, was selected to be a part of the Road Less Traveled Production’s Emanuel Fried New Play Workshop. She has worked with other local companies such as The Irish Classical Theatre Company, Torn Space Theatre and The Tonawanda Towne Players. Some favorite roles include Elvira in Blithe Spirit, Sally Andrews in Drinking Habits, Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Corie Bratter in Barefoot in the Park, and Eve in The Diaries of Adam & Eve.
LADY/SHEPHERDESS – Jamie Nablo
Jamie Nablo is excited to be on the SDP Stage for the first time! She holds a BFA in Theater from NU. She has been seen on or work behind the scene of many stages in WNY including JRT, Musicalfare, ICTC, BUA, Subversive, The New Phoenix, ART, LOH, Torn Space, Theatre Jugend, O’Connell and Co and others. She can next be seen in Don’t Talk to the Actors (Arlene) at The Kavinoky Theater for Curtain Up!
LADY/SHEPHERDESS – Shelby Ebeling
Shelby Ebeling (Second Lady/Shepherdess) is thrilled to be returning this summer for Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s production of The Winter’s Tale. She recently graduated with a BFA in Acting from the State University of New York at Fredonia. Her most recent credits include Deathbed (Jane), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Madame Pace), Romeo and Juliet (Gregory) and Balm in Gilead. She would like to thank her friends and family for their constant love and support.
SECOND GENTLEMAN/SHEPHERD – Elliot Fox
Elliot is thrilled to be participating with Shakespeare in Delaware Park for his fourth summer. Past roles have included Bardolph and the Duke of Burgundy in Henry V and ensemble parts in Richard III. Having now spent a year living and working in Buffalo, he is finding his new home to have a phenomenal theatre scene! In addition to his summers on the Hill, Elliot has been very active in the past year with the Patchwork Theatre in Niagara Falls. Roles include “Daniel” in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), “Harry” in Night of the Living Dead, “Dale” in the original rock musical, Legacy. Prior to Buffalo, Elliot was very active in the Rochester theatre scene, notably working with the two children’s theatre companies and plenty of productions at Centerstage and Blackfriars.
GENTLEMAN/AIDE TO LEONTES – Scot Kaitanowski
This is Scot’s 4th production with SDP having also appeared in Richard III, Hamlet and
Henry V. Most recent shows include Singin’ in the Rain, Spamalot and My Fair Lady at
The Lancaster Opera House and The House of Blue Leaves with ART. He was part of the
international touring troupe of Tony n Tina’s Wedding and has toured nationally in The
Hobbit, Cinderella and The Miracle Worker with Indigo Productions. Scot is a graphic
designer for RW Publications. He would like to thank Saul for another great summer on
GENTLEMAN/SHEPHERD – Mike Benoit
Mike Benoit (Gentleman/Shepard) is a SUNY Fredonia B.A. Theatre Studies graduate, originally from Albany, NY. Mike is grateful to be making his second appearance with Shakespeare in Delaware Park. Previously, he appeared in SDP’s Romeo and Juliet (Balthazar). Other credits include local films, student productions (theatre and film) at SUNY Fredonia and Ithaca College, and regional theatre in the Capital Region. “Many thanks to Saul Elkin for this opportunity, the cast and crew for their hard work, and my family and friends for their support!”
JAILER/MARINER – Brett Klaczyk
Brett Klaczyk is thrilled to return to Shakespeare in Delaware Park, his last performance with the company being Henry V as Lord Henry Scroop and a member of the ensemble in 2014. His other professional credits include Spamalot with the Lancaster Opera House as Lancelot, a company member of the Niagara University Repertory Theatre company, and Grain Dances, Steel Floats with Alt Theatre Company as a member of the ensemble. His international work includes Twelfth Night in One Hour with the Live Literature Company in London as Duke Orsino. Brett’s other significant credits include Niagara University’s Taming of the Shrew as Petruchio, Niagara University’s The Philadelphia Story as George Kittredge, and Niagara University’s Eurydice as A Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld. He has also directed a full production of Flop Cop for Niagara University’s Short Play Festival, as well as a first-ever public staged reading for a developing musical, The Most Hated Man in America.
* Member Actors’ Equity Association, the union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers appearing under special agreement with Actors’ Equity Association
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
KATHERINE – Bonnie Jean Taylor
Bonnie Jean Taylor has a Theatre B.A. from SUNY UB. Born and bred in Buffalo, Bonnie has explored many genres of performance throughout WNY via theaters, festivals, churches, schools, hospitals, dive bars, banquet halls, warehouses, train stations, living rooms, libraries, galleries, shopping malls, casinos, parking lots, parks and tents. She most recently played the title role in Torn Space Theatre’s production of Nora. On this particular stage she was last seen as Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing. Her favorite color is red.
PETRUCHIO – Chris Hatch*
Chris Hatch (Petruchio) is thrilled to be back with Shakespeare in Delaware Park having been seen last year as Orsino in Twelfth Night. Other recent Buffalo-area credits include End of the Rainbow at the Kavinoky Theatre and The Glass Menagerie and Detention of the Damned at the Lancaster Opera House. Regional Shakespeare credits include work at Indiana Repertory Theatre, First Folio Shakespeare Theatre, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Heartland Actors’ Repertory Theatre and the Tony Award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival. Along with his work as an actor, Hatch is a professor of Theatre at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
GRUMIO – Zev Steinberg
Zev Steinberg is an actor, teacher, and fight director based out of Illinois. He is thrilled to be involved in his first season with Shakespeare in Delaware Park. Zev most recently appeared in The Big Bang, and True West at the Williamston Theatre in Michigan. While earning his MFA from Michigan State University, Zev appeared in Bug, Measure for Measure, Widows, Cyrano de Bergerac, Baby; The Musical, Charlie’s Aunt, and Funny Girl. Hailing originally from Chicago, Zev’s acting credits include: Peter Pan, Cinderella, and Hansel & Gretel with Emerald City Theatre Company, as well as the Jeff nominated Poseidon: An Upside-Down Musical! with Hell in a Handbag Productions. Zev is a founding member of the Brown Paper Box Co theatre company in Chicago where he appeared in Reefer Madness! The Musical, & And Then They Came For Me. As a Fight Director, Zev has choreographed for Michigan State, The University of Chicago, Circle Theatre, The Sate Theatre, and was the Assistant Fight Director for the original broadway production of Newsies. Zev is currently on faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a Certified Teacher and active member of the Society of American Fight Directors. Zev would like to thank Shakespeare In Delaware Park and everyone in it for this wonderful opportunity.
BIANCA – Marissa Puzutto
Marisa Pizzuto is a rising senior at SUNY Fredonia. She was previously in the Walter Gloor Main stage productions of The Laramie Project, The Laramie project:10 years later and HAIR (Sheila). She has also participated in her school one act play festival for four semesters. This will be her fist production here in Delaware Park.
BAPTISTA – Norm Sham*
Norm is happy to back with SDP! This marks his 7th production in the park, having previously appearing in Comedy of Errors, Much Ado…, As You Like It, Merry Wives and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He was last seen on stage in She Loves Me at The Kavinoky. A place where he has spent the past seven seasons as Production Stage Manager, occasional Director – Yankee Tavern, 42nd Street, Drood, Proof and Actor – Journey’s End, August; Osage County, Twelve Angry Men, A Funny Thing…, Man of LaMancha, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Guys & Dolls. Other acting credits include: Zooma Zooma, Urinetown, A New Brain, No Way To Treat a Lady, Dancing in the Dark and The Spitfire Grill (MusicalFare!); Brooklyn Boy (JRT); Don’t Touch That Dial! (Milwaukee Rep). Norm has won The Artvoice Theatre Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical for the years 1996 (Man of LaMancha) and 1999 (Guys & Dolls). He also won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play in 2002 as Marty for the BET. Norm is married to the lovely and talented actress Debbie Pappas.
TRANIO – Adam Yellen
Adam is delighted to be spending a fourth season with his summer family at SDP. After graduating with degrees in Theatre Arts and Communications from SUNY New Paltz, he returned to Buffalo and was gratified to be quickly embraced by the Buffalo theatre community. Adam has been seen in many WNY productions including My Name is Asher Lev (JRT), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Irish Classical), Robin Hood (TOY) and Buffalo Artie award-winning shows Floyd Collins: The Musical (ART), A Clockwork Orange (Torn Space) and The Drowsy Chaperone (Musicalfare). Look out for him next season in Frankenstein (Roadless Traveled), A View from the Bridge (Kavinoky) and Great God Pan (JRT). Adam is also excited to be sharing the stage for the first time with his girlfriend Arin!
HORTENSIO – Marc Ruffino
Marc Ruffino — This is Marc’s first appearance with SDP. Marc has performed at Lancaster Opera House in California Suite, Of Mice and Men and The Foreigner. He has also acted with the Aurora Players in Grease, Towards Zero and Dial M For Murder. Other credits include Tuesdays With Morrie, It’s A Wonderful Life and Our Town with ACTS. An English teacher at Hamburg High School, Marc has directed 17 plays there, most recently, Much Ado About Nothing in 2015 and Don’t Drink the Water this year. He would like to thank SDP for this opportunity and his supportive family for their love and encouragement.
GREMIO – David Lundy
David is an Artie Award nominated actor who has appeared for Shakespeare in Delaware Park in The Merchant of Venice, Richard III, and Twelfth Night. He has appeared locally at the Kavinoky Theatre, The New Phoenix Theatre, Artpark, Against the Grain, and Tornspace. Favorite roles included parts in The 39 Steps, Emperor and Galilean, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Present Laughter, The City of Conversation, The Farnsworth Invention, and Harvey. Next for David will be portraying Harry Truman the one-man-show Give ‘Em Hell, Harry! at the New Phoenix Theatre. He is married to jazz singer Mari McNeil.
VINCENTIO – Rolando Gomez
Rolando’s credits are Man of La Mancha, Romeo and Juliet, Blood Wedding, Riff Raff, References to Salvador Dali Makes Me Hot, A Streetcar Named Desire, Four Guys Named José and a Woman Named Maria, Marc Anthony and Cleopatra, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Death and the Maiden,“In The Heights” by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Rolando is the co-founder of Raices Theater Company where he just finish performing Happiest Song Plays. He has performed throughout the U.S., Latin American and Spain, including performing at the internationally renowned Spanish Repertory Theater in NYC. He is a graduate of Buffalo State College with a B.A. in Theater with credits in radio, television commercials and films such as The American Side, Raymour & Flannigan, Noco, Kaleida Health and the voice for the Paradise Fall exhibition at the Buffalo Zoo. In 2012, he was the recipients of the Mayor of Buffalo Art award for his artistic contributions.
LUCENTIO – Jonas Barranca
Jonas Barranca (SAG/AFTRA) is thrilled to revisit Shakespeare in Delaware Park, after playing Romeo, in their 40th anniversary season. As an actor, musician, narrator, writer, director, producer and stunt choreographer he’s worked in front of and behind, both stages and cameras across the world, reaching as far as Hyderibad, India. Stage credits include: Young Edwin Booth- Speakeasy Dollhouse’s The Brothers Booth, Poncho Villa/Brezhnev- Concrete Timbres’ 4 Wars, Don Armado- Coeurage Theatre Company’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, Huck Finn- The Heights Players’ Tom Sawyer; TV: Unusual Suspects– Investigation Discovery, Pretty Little Liars– ABC Family, Krista Jensen’s Taught Me– Youtube. He is a member of Coeurage Theatre Company and the Sword Fights Inc stunt team, both located in Los Angeles.
SEA DOG – Gerry Maher
Gerry Maher is a veteran of more than 70 productions on Buffalo stages. He was last seen at SIDP in last summer’s Romeo and Juliet. He has also performed regularly with The Irish Classical Theatre, Theatre of Youth, The Kavinoky Theatre and Road Less Travelled Productions. He has twice received ArtVoice Artie awards for his work.
CURTIS/ENSEMBLE –Lucas DeNies
Lucas is a BA Theater and Music Major at SUNY Fredonia. Professional credits include Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s The Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night. College credits include James and the Giant Peach, South Pacific, and Man of La Mancha in Concert. Dance credits include Fredonia Dance Ensemble, and Orchesis Dance Company. Lucas would like to thank his mother for all of her support.
BIONDELLA – Arin Dandes
ARIN LEE DANDES (Biondella) is thrilled to be back in the park after appearing as Phebe in AS YOU LIKE IT. She received an Artie Award for her performance in Second Generation Theatre’s INTO THE WOODS. Other credits include roles with SGT, Theatre of Youth, MusicalFare, the Kavinoky, Jewish Repertory Theatre, and more. Much love to Mom, Dad, and Grandma! Special thanks to Adam, with whom she finally gets to share a stage after three happy years offstage.
WIDOW/ENSEMBLE – Jay Wollin
Jay Wollin is pleased to be back in the park, as he made his debut in last summer’s Twelfth Night. As an actor, he has been a regular in dinner theater appearing in shows including—Columbo: Prescription Murder, Nuts!, Saving Grace, The Sunshine Boys, There Goes The Bride (Desiderio’s). He has also appeared in Promises, Promises (Lancaster Opera House). Jay has also performed as a musician for productions of Two by Two, Damn Yankees!, Gypsy, Into The Woods, Oklahoma!, Jekyll & Hyde, Fiddler on the Roof, How To Succeed In Business…, Copacabana, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, The Pajama Game, The Fantasticks, and Hello, Dolly! In addition to appearing on stage, he is a published composer having written music for television including Major League Baseball (Fox), The Atlanta Braves Pre/Post Game Report, The Real World (MTV), Hollywood Heights (Nickelodeon) and BestInk (Bravo). He is also the co-writer and composer of The Night Before Christmas, a children’s musical that is celebrating it’s third year in production, and Detention of the Damned, which will premiere this October at the Lancaster Opera House. He is also a producer and assistant director for feature films and has worked on films including Poutrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, Return to the Class of Nukem High Parts 1 and 2, The Alcoholist , Small Town Prince and The Rainbow Bridge Motel. He is currently the Executive Director of Buffalo Amalgamated Media, a video and audio production company—as well as the Founder & Chairman of Unmanned Exploration Systems, an organization dedicated toward the development and deployment of unmanned systems for education and research. Jay would like thank his parents, his wife Jessica and son Paris for their support, which has been as unending as this bio!
TAILOR/ENSEMBLE – Maura Nolan
Maura Nolan is a Buffalo based actor and director. Recently she has been seen in House of Blue Leaves with ART of WNY as Corinna Stroller which she also assistant directed. Working with ART she has also been in A Hatful of Rain (Celia), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (ensemble) and Jesus Hates Me (Lizzie). She has also worked with Kaleidoscope Theater and Post Industrial Productions. She is delighted that this will be her second show with Shakespeare in Delaware Park. Her first being Measure for Measure as a Scene Change Goddess/Saloon Girl. She was the drama director at Tonawanda High School for three years earning Tonawanda their very first Kenny Award for their production of The Addams Family. Maura will also be making her Buffalo directorial debut this October with ART for their production of How To Make Friends and Then Kill Them.
ENSEMBLE/MUSICIAN – Rachel Wach
An avid hill-goer and Buffalo native, Rachel is very excited to be fulfilling her dream of performing on the Shakespeare in Delaware Park stage, with her cello of 15 years beside her. The Buffalo State College graduate has been seen on many community stages, most recently with the Lancaster Regional Players in The Dining Room. Favorite roles include Laura in The Glass Menagerie (Aurora Players), Masha in Three Sisters (University of Memphis), Activist Bambi in On the Shelf for the Holidays (Buffalo State), and Mary Hatch in It’s a Wonderful Life! (ACTS). Rachel feels blessed to have this opportunity and would like to thank her friends and family for their unending support. Special thanks to Steve Vaughan for making this dream a reality.
* Member Actors’ Equity Association, the union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers appearing under special agreement with Actors’ Equity Association