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Professor Bert Silverberg, M.A.

Bert Silverberg Professor Bert Silverberg, M.A. is a performance faculty member at CCRI. He has been teaching at CCRI since 1974, and serves as Theatre Program Director and Business Manager. The courses he most frequently teaches are Acting I and II, Voice and Articulation, Contemporary Drama, Dramatic Literature, and American Musical. For the CCRI Players, he has directed a variety of dramas, comedies, and musicals, including several Rhode Island premieres. Among those are two new plays previously presented at the New York International Fringe Festival, Mary Brigit Poppleton Is Writing a Memoir by Madeline Walter (December, 2009), and Cephalopod by Kyle Warren (March, 2011). Other CCRI productions in recent years have included The Shape of Things, Wonder of the World, A Little Night Music, Invitation to a March, Prin, and From Up Here. For Top Hat Productions, he has directed dinner theatre productions of the musicals Baby, I Do! I Do!, Working, High Spirits, The Fantasticks, and Olympus on My Mind, and the comedies How the Other Half Loves, The Nerd, and The Foreigner. A founding board member of Cranston Community Theatre, shows he has directed for that company include The Dining Room, Children of Eden, Smile, and several musical revues. Prof. Silverberg has organized and run the Players’ semi-annual theatre trips to New York City since 1976, and has planned special in-house events such as a workshop and concert by Tony Award-winning Broadway star Alice Ripley, and two presentations directly from the New York Fringe Festival, the topical play From the Inside, Out by Maggie Keenan-Bolger, and the biographical solo show A Time to Dance, written and performed by Libby Skala.

 
Jeffrey A. Butterworth, M.F.A, M.S.

Jeffrey Butterworth Jeffrey A. Butterworth, M.F.A, M.S., is a performance and theatre design faculty member at CCRI. He teaches Acting I and II, Introduction to Theatre, Introduction to Costuming, Theatrical Make-Up, Dramatic Literature, Voice and Articulation, and Oral Communication. He is the advisor to the CCRI Players and works as staging and movement consultant with vocal instructor Amanda Santoson the CCRI Music Program's Opera Workshop. Jeff has designed costumes for nearly sixty Players productions from Cinderella to Cephelapod and has directed fifteen including Loot, No Exit, The Mikado, Sueno, and A Burial At Thebes. Other costuming credits include Richard III at The Theatre At Monmouth, The Heresy at Lynn Theatre Company, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen at The Village Theatre in Issaquah, Washington. He is on the Textile Wall Of Fame of the Costuming, Textile, and Fashion Merchandising Department at The University Of Rhode Island. He has served as membership chairman and Region I president for the Costume Society of America, has presented papers at regional and national CSA conferences, and has been awarded the Stella Blum Award. He has designed museum exhibitions for the University of Washington and The Essex Institute, including Step Forward, Step Back: Three Hundred Years Of Fashion Footwear. He's also created exhibition props for The Museum Of Fine Arts and The Rhode Island School Of Design Museum, and has spoken nationally on the history of American footwear and shoemaking.

 
Assistant Professor William J. (Mick) Jones, M.A.

William Jones Assistant Professor William J. (Mick) Jones, M.A., is a theatre design and technology faculty member. Mick teaches Oral Communication, Intro to Theatre, Origins of Theatre, Stagecraft, and Stage Lighting & Sound Production. He has over 40 lighting and sound designs and over 25 scenic designs to his credit from Southern California to New England as well as dozens of acting credits, both stage and film, and a handful of directing turns. At CCRI he is primarily responsible for lighting and sound designs for department productions. His favorite scenic designs are The Heiress and The Mikado, favorite sound designs are Bus Stop and How I Learned to Drive, and his favorite roles are the title character in J.B. and The Old Man in Fool for Love.

 
Assistant Professor Luke J. Sutherland, M.F.A.

Luke Sutherland Assistant Professor Luke J. Sutherland, M.F.A., is a theatre design and technology faculty member with over 50 scenic, 15 lighting, 7 sound and over 90 technical directions, to his credit at CCRI. He teaches: Stage Craft; Theatre Graphics; Stage Lighting and Sound Production; Introduction to Theatre and Oral Communication. He designed and teaches two of the newest classes in the theatre curriculum - Play Analysis for Performance and Diverse Voices in Contemporary Theatre. Luke is mentor of CCRI’s Student Directed Play Project, now in collaboration with playwrights from Boston Playwrights Theatre. His CCRI directing credits include Wait Until Dark and The Receptionist, which was a KCACTF Region I Invited National Selection Production to Festival 45, 2013 - Hyannis MA. After 9 years on the Executive Board, Luke completed his term as Co-Chair of Design, Technology and Management. He continues serving KCACTF as a Region 1 Production Respondent. Luke holds memberships in IATSE Local 52 NYC (Set Dresser), IATSE Local 481 MA (Set Dresser), and USITT. Guest scenic design credits: Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Salve Regina University); Fools (Salem State University); The Girls Next Door (Quinnipiac University); You Can’t Take It With You (Rhode Island College) Blithe Spirit (University of Rhode Island). Awards and nominations: Motif Magazine Theatre Award: - 2006 Award for Best College Scenic Design, Blithe Spirit (URI). - 2008 Nomination for Best College Scenic Design, You Can’t Take It with You (RIC). - 2011 Award for Best College Scenic Design, Cephalopod (CCRI). -2014 Nomination for Best Scenic Design. Spitfire Grill (CCRI). Independent Reviewers of New England: 2014 Nomination for Best Scenic Design (Small Theatre), The Lover (Bridge Rep of Boston). Professional scenic design credits: Boston MA - Theatre on Fire, Bridge Rep of Boston, Argos Productions, New Urban Theatre Lab, and the Huntington Theatre Company's Education dept. Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble – Pennsylvania. Arcadia Repertory Theatre -Bar Harbor ME. Luke has worked in production positions from stagehand to technical director for Virginia Opera, Lake George Opera, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Trinity Repertory Company, and the Paper Mill Playhouse.

 
Assistant Professor Theodore R. Clement, M.F.A.

Ted Clement Associate Professor Theodore R. Clement, M.F.A., is a performance faculty member at CCRI. He teaches Acting I and II, Introduction to Theatre, Theatre for Children, and Oral Communication . During his time at CCRI he has directed The Actor's Nightmare, Moonchildren, Much Ado About Nothing, The Creation Of The World And Other Business, Tick, Tick...BOOM!, The Glass Menagerie, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Ted previously served as adjunct faculty and guest director at Salem State University, where he directed Last Of The Red Hot Lovers, The Rocky Horror Show, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Who's Tommy. New York acting credits include Duke Senior in As You Like It, Harry in Bleed, and Albert in Girl Bully(selected for Best Of Season Showcase) at The Actors Studio Drama School, David Selznick in The Opening at The Tischman Theatre, and Nick in Aching For You at Love Creek Productions. New England credits include Carl Lindner in A Raisin In The Sun, Detective Sergeant Porterhouse in Run For Your Wife, and Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum for Summer Theatre At Salem, and Henry, Martin, Man in Park, and Alekssi Antedeluvianovich Prelepsarianov in Angels in America Parts One and Two for Epic Theatre Company. Ted serves as Co Vice-Chair of the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Region 1. He is a founding member of Rhode Island based theatre company, Counter-Productions Theatre Company, where he serves as Artistic Director. With CPTC he has directed Julius Caesar, HAIR:The American Tribal Love Rock Musical, Meetings Meetings Meetings, Hansel Und Gretel, Girl Bully, Cabaret: The Musical, LUV, Universe, Speed The Plow, and the world premiere of Nico was a Fashion Model. He has performed for the company as Marc in Art, Detective Sergeant Trotter in The Mousetrap, Sid Ryan in The Parade, Shelly Levene in Glengarry Glen Ross(Nominated for IRNE best ensemble award), Herr Schultz in Cabaret: The Musical, Milton in To The Future, and Freddy in Picasso at the Lapin Agile.

Technical Director Justin Carroll, B.A.

Russ Swift Technical Director Justin Carroll, B.A., is a technical theatre staff member at CCRI. He runs the scene shop, supervising the student staff in construction and installation of all technical theatrical elements of the CCRI Players annual production schedule. A native of Washington State, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Technology and Design.  Justin has worked in a variety of industries since college, including retail, industrial food production, and machine fabrication, each of which has served to enhance his theatre acumen. He has worked professionally as a stage manager, production manager, scenic carpenter, stage machine operator, sound technician, lighting technician, and lighting designer, and he is thrilled to offer this wide variety of knowledge to CCRI's theatre students.  Since 2008, Justin has been an active participant in the Providence theatre scene. He served as a stage carpenter at Trinity Repertory Theatre Company, and is currently serving as technical staff at the 95 Empire black box theatre at As220. He does design and technical work for local theatre groups in Providence and Boston, and is on the D-List of the I.A.T.S.E Local 23 Theatre Stagehand Union.

Costume Technician Leslie A. Ford, B.F.A.

Leslie Dolan Costume Technician Leslie A. Ford, B.F.A., is a CCRI Fine Arts (visual) alumni (1995) who went on to earn her Bachelor of Fine arts in Apparel Design from Rhode Island School of Design (1999). While at RISD she earned a design competition award from Fashion Group International, NY. The award was given at an event held at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and presented to her by designer and television personality, Isaac Mizrahi. Since RISD she has worked for several apparel companies in positions ranging from pattern-maker/technical designer to lead designer. She has also worked as a designer for a home fashions company and designed product for major retailers such as Target, Sears, JC Penney & more. She was lead designer for an upscale Connecticut boutique in which she designed and managed the production of the boutique’s private label line. This included a line created from vintage kimonos that were transformed into dresses, jackets & skirts. She continues to do freelance design work, and also works as freelance visual display artist for a menswear retailer. At CCRI she has costumed the student one act plays: Here We Are and Sure Thing, and the student written, Only Mondays. For two consecutive years, she costumed Scrooge & Marley, A Christmas Carol, for The Black Box Theater in Cranston, RI. She brings over 35 years of sewing experience, 27 of them professional, to her position in the costume shop. She loves fashion, textiles & period costume, and enjoys assisting students of the Intro to Costuming class.

 
Costume Technician Brandy Lee Silva, B.F.A.

Costume Technician Brandy Lee Silva, B.F.A., is a Costume Shop staff member at CCRI. She attended CCRI before transferring to URI to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre with a concentration on Costume Design. While at URI she designed a number of student shows. She returned to CCRI as a staff member in the fall semester of 2003. Since returning, she designs one CCRI main stage production a year. Previous production designs include The Visit, The Mikado, Sueno, Burial at Thebes, Book of Days, Member of the Wedding, No Exit, Three Penny Opera and, most recently, Loot. In addition, she has designed shows for community theatre groups, independent films and has participated in the 48 Hour Film Festival as a costume/make-up/special effects designer.

 

 

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