Liz Larsen-Silva ‘05 lives in Chicago and has worked with Red Moon Theatre, Point of Contention Theatre, Hobo Junction, LiveWire and am now a member of the Piccolo Theatre Company, located in Evanston, IL. She has also appeared in several films, including Silent E^2 an independent project directed by Hurt McDermott. She will be working with him again in the spring, teaming up with actor Jim Ortlieb for a comedy short.
Joe Menino '77 In September 2012 Joe played the King of France in the Arkansas Rep production of William Shakespeare's Henry V. Joe is based in New York. Other roles in NY include: Glyn Maxwell's Agamemnon Home, Art, Iphegenia at Aulis, Hapgood, No Exit, An Enemy of the People, I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document. Joe and his wife Kathy are Co-Artisitic Directors at the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble in New York City.
John O’Hurley ’76 recently appeared on Broadway as Billy Flynn in the musical, Chicago . In March 2007 he began a run as King Arthur in Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Wynn resort in Las Vegas . John can also be seen on television as the host of the popular game show Family Feud.
Chris O’Neill ‘91 was a stage-manager/lighting tech for Holland America Cruise Lines and is now the Production Manager for Brown University Department of Theatre, Speech & Dance.
Rebecca (Kupka) Overton ’95 made her Broadway debut in Saturday Night Fever and performed leading roles in national tours of 42nd Street and A Chorus Line. This summer Rebecca played Charity in Sweet Charity at the West Virginia Public Theater and Kathy Selden in Singing In The Rain at Lyric Theater of Oklahoma. She is currently a vacation swing in the Broadway company of Jersey Boys.
Kathryn A. (Parrella) Calnan '94 has served as Director of Development since 2010 for Trinity Repertory Company, the Tony Award winning theater that was named State Theater of Rhode Island in 2013 in recognition of its 50th anniversary season. Previously, Kathy has worked as an Arts Fundraising Consultant for the Franklin Performing Arts Company, Director of Development at Providence Performing Arts Center, General Manager at New Repertory Theatre, Associate Managing Director at Yale Repertory Theatre, and (Interim) Manager of Theatrical Programming at The Kennedy Center. Kathy currently serves as a Class Agent for PC and co-chaired the class of 1994’s 20th anniversary reunion and fundraising drive. She has her MFA in Theater Management from the Yale School of Drama and lives in Medway, MA with her husband Michael and their three daughters.
Bob Perry '78 performed in a number of productions during his four years at PC, including 1776, Rashoman, One Flew Over The Cookoos Nest and You Can't Take It With You. A couple of years after graduating, he joined the US Navy and retired this past October after 32 Years. He recently returned to the stage, completing a show in Boston for Wax Wings Production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot as Judge Littlefield and reprized the role for Mad Hat Theater Company in Jan 2014. Bob also completed a Shakespeare showcase at Trinity Rep. as Angelo in Measure for Measure, with Fred Sullivan instructing. He is currently finishing his Fine Arts degree in Theater (Acting concentrate) at URI and was recently cast as Don Juan in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. “I am proof you can go back to the things you have always loved and wanted to pursue and make them come true.”
Kyle Pinto ‘04 traveled throughout Italy in 2007 with a “Theatre for Educations” group, A.C.L.E. that sends native English speakers to schools in Italy . He now lives in Connecticut pursuing his Masters in social work.
Therese Plaehn ’01 played Emily in Our Town at the Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, MA.
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Michael Propster ’03 has been working professionally as an actor, splitting time between New England, DC,and New York since graduating from Providence College. Some favorite credits include: Orphans at Seacoast Rep, Lips Together, Teeth Apart at Bay Theatre, and Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol at Trinity Rep. Other theatrical credits include: Mabou Mines, Round House Theatre, Olney Theatre, Summer Repertory, Imagination Stage, Billy & Co., The Immediate Family, Amios, Group Lab, and the National Players. Film/TV includes: Twist of Fate, Greatest Mysteries, Accident Investigator, Feeding the Masses, and One Life to Live. Michael has an MFA from the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Acting Program and volunteers with the 52nd Street Project. michaelpropster.com.
Troy Quinn '05 recently appeared on Fox's hit show Glee. He works in the music industry in Los Angeles while pursuing his doctorate of music from The University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. His past projects include singing on the new soundtrack for the Zelda video game series and performing with such popular stars as Jennifer Hudson and Jackie Evancho. He is a former faculty member in the department of music at Providence College.
Sarah Randles is currently stage managing a production with Rockville Little Theater in Rockville, MD and understudying the female roles. She is also assisting with set construction and lighting execution.
Amanda Kay Ritchie ’10 is currently working at the two-time Tony Award-winning Eugene O’Neill Theater Center where she is the Program Administrator of the National Theater Institute, offering six undergraduate theater training intensives including the only opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to train at the famed Moscow Art Theatre School. In the last year, she has been instrumental in the launch of the National Music Theater Institute; an exhibition at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center entitled Launchpad of the American Theater: The O’Neill Since 1964; and a new book The O’Neill: The Transformation of Modern American Theater published by Yale University Press. She has previously held positions with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (working for National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Kennedy Center Honors, Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and the Millennium Stage), the DeVos Institute for Arts Management, and Playwrights Horizons
Colleen Rosati ‘07 is the Creative Development Assistant at Disney Theatrical Group, directly assisting the Vice President of Licensing, Casting Director, Dramaturg and Literary Manager. She is also an adjunct assistant to the President and Senior Vice President of Creative Development.
Mike Sablone '98 currently works with John Krasinski at his production company Sunday Night. Mike is currently co-producing the independent feature film THE HOLLARS, which Krasinski is directing. Their first project, PROMISED LAND with a script written by Krasinski and Matt Damon and directed by Gus Van Sant, of which he also was a Co-Producer, was released by Focus Features in 2012. Before working for Sunday Night he spent six years working as a dramaturg for Los Angeles’ Center Theatre Group (Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre and Kirk Douglas Theatre). While there he was the Dramaturg for Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman’s BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON and saw the musical through its development including productions at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and Public Theater culminating in its run on Broadway at the Jacobs Theater. The script was nominated for Best Book of a Musical at the 2011 Tony Awards, while winning Outstanding Book of a Musical at the 2010 Drama Desk Awards. Other world premiere dramaturgy includes David Henry Hwang’s Pulitzer Prize finalist YELLOW FACE (Mark Taper Forum); Matt Sax and Eric Rosen’s hip-hop musical VENICE (Kansas City Rep, Kirk Douglas Theatre); Culture Clash’s PALESTINE, NEW MEXICO (Mark Taper Forum); John Belluso’s HENRY FLAMETHROWA (Trinity Repertory Company), and Paul Grellong’s RADIO FREE EMERSON (The Gamm). He has developed work by Frank Basloe, Bash Doran, Kate Fodor, Nick Jones, Rolin Jones, Storm Large, Ruth McKee, Itamar Moses, Marco Ramierz, Ken Weitzman and Alex Woo at CTG, Portland Center Stage, South Coast Repertory and the Denver Center Theatre Company. He helped develop the screenplays for John Krasinski’s adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN and Greg Marcks’ feature 11:14 as well as his upcoming adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s novel YOU DON’T LOVE ME YET.
Mike Scafati '96 teaches acting and filmmaking at The Meadowbrook School of Weston in Massachusetts. Mike has acted and directed in the International 48 Hour Film Project in Boston each spring, working with dozens of middle school students to make a movie in only 48 Hours. The School's most recent production, "King's Gambit" received Best of Boston honors for the second consecutive year, including three awards including "Best Special Effects." (Watch it at www.youtube.com/themeadowbrookschool.)
Chris J. Silva ’03 is a proud alumnus of Providence College where he earned BAs in English and Music and, more recently, of Emerson College, where he earned an MA in Theatre Education. He serves as Fine Arts Department Chair at Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River, MA, where he teaches Theater, Film, Chorus and English Literature. Chris has directed and/or musically directed over 40 productions all over Southern New England. In 2000, he co-founded The New Place Players, a non-profit New England theater troupe, for whom he has acted, directed and served as the company’s Chair. Chris also works as a composer and arranger. His musical version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which he also co-directed, enjoyed performances in Swansea, MA; Bristol, RI; and New York City. Other compositions include scores for The Lock, The Bacchae and incidental music for Rhode Island College productions of Equus and Night, Mother. He has also served as a guest artist at Providence College, directing Sondheim’s Company and the operetta Amahl and the Night Visitors. In addition to his theatrical credits, Chris has written and directed four films, one feature-length independent film and three award-winning shorts for the 48 Hour Film Project. His film Condolences earned Best Picture, Best Director and Best Musical Score, and represented Providence at the Miami International Film Festival.
Conor Tansey ‘05 toured the United States in the role of Tranio in Taming of the Shrew with The National Players based out of Olney Theatre Center in Maryland . He recently played Agent Hard in Point Break LIVE! – a parody based on the ’92 movie Point Break – performed at the Milagro Theatre in New York City .
Dan Travers '08 has appeared in a variety of theatrical productions throughout Connecticut while he pursues a career in performing arts. Favorite performances include The Winter's Tale, Titanic, The Complete History of America (Abridged), Urinetown, and Much Ado About Nothing.
Richard Warner ‘73 is the Head of Acting at the University of Virginia. While working as an actor in New York City, Richard studied with Michael Howard and Nikos Psacharopoulous and performed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Chelsea Theatre Center, W.P.A. Theatre and Douglas Fairbanks Theatre. He has acted regionally in over eighty roles and has also directed a number of productions. Film credits include: Homer Benson in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2011); Dr. Ezra Abbott in Ridley Scott’s Killing Lincoln; Vic LeClue in Patriot Son; produced by former UVA alumni, David Koplan; winner of the 1998 LA Film Fest’s independent short category and selected to show at the Telluride Festival. He appeared as L.P. Everett in the episode, “The 20% Solution” for the television program, Homicide, Life on the Street. Richard is the author of five entries in Theatrical Directors: A Biographical Dictionary. He received the University Outstanding Teacher Award in 1991, the Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship in 1998 and was selected as an inaugural member of the University Academy of Teaching in 2011. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild.