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Oya Bangura ’13 dancing with Mary Tyler Moore and the National Dance Institute Celebration Team in “Peking Duck”

Watch Oya Bangura ’13 dancing with Mary Tyler Moore and the National Dance Institute Celebration Team in “Peking Duck”. Oya is one of two Suffolk students who won the Kennedy Center Amirican College Theatre Festival Irene Rayan Acting Award.

Theatre Arts Director Charles Wittreich ’86 shares “She is FABULOUS in so many ways!”

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Cuba Bound: Suffolk Pair Represent USA at International Women Festival Magdalena sin Fronteras

1/6/2017

margarita-espada-santosMargarita Espada, coordinator for the Shakespeare Festival at Suffolk County Community College, and a performer artist and educator in collaboration with Joan Wozniak, a Suffolk County Community College Media Services photographer and videographer will travel to Santa Clara, Cuba to represent the United States at the International Women Festival Magdalena sin Fronteras from January 10 – 20. The festival theme will be Lives: Group, Theater,  and Reality; and will include theater makers worldwide.

Espada’s “Resilience” is a devised performance installation that explores language on stage and investigates new narratives. The actor’s body and new technology are used to create a conversation about borders, identity and adapting in the face of adversity, trauma, or crisis. Espada and Wozniak will also lecture about her research on the role of the actor and theatre narratives in the new digital era.

Joan Wozniak is a multimedia storyteller who collaborates with Espada as a visual artist.  Wozniak integrates images, projectors, connectors, digital sensors and created new computer code to control the performance’s interactive technology. Wozniak uses images to represent the facets of experience, reality, and memory. Interaction and projection give scale and context to the live actor. This piece will explore new theater language and relationship of image/actor/audience.

The Magdalena Project is a dynamic cross-cultural network of women’s theatre and performance, facilitating critical discussion, support, and training.


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Holiday Concert with Marie Danvers ’83 & Friends 12/3/16

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Sat, 3 Dec, 2016 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Holiday Concert with Marie Danvers ’83 & Friends

Van Nostrand Theatre
Michael J. Grant Campus
Crooked Hill Rd.
Brentwood, NY 11717

Join us for an unforgettable evening of the best holiday music.

Marie Danvers ’83 (star of Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera) and Rob Gallagher (star of Broadway’s Les Miserables) joined by several of their Broadway friends, will sing the most beloved songs from the world of musical theater.

It is an evening not to be missed!!

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General admission: $18

Students 16 years of age or younger: $10
Veterans and SCCC students with current ID: One FREE ticket

For more information call 631-851-6589

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Suffolk Innovative Theater Program Welcomes Romanian Performers to College Stage

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Antisocial, a production by Radu Stanca National Theatre of Sibiu, Romania and Lucian Blaga University will be performed at Suffolk County Community College on September 27.


A Suffolk County Community College Theater Arts study abroad program named “one of four outstanding proposals” by SUNY earlier this year, and awarded a SUNY Chancellor’s Grant for Innovative Study Abroad Programs will kick off the fall semester by welcoming a Romanian theater group to the college’s Ammerman Campus later this month.

The performance on September 27 at Suffolk’s Shea Theatre on the Selden Campus is produced by Radu Stanca National Theatre of Sibiu, Romania and Lucian Blaga University and will feature a performance of Antisocial.  Antisocial is the story of high school students in Romania who create a secret group on social media. The teachers find out, infiltrate and take action; with the support of some of the students.

Next spring, Suffolk County Community College Theater Arts students will collaborate with students from Lucian Blaga University utilizing the SUNY Collaborative Online International Learning Model that employs a variety a technological tools (social media, Skype) in a team taught class.  The students will travel to Romania next summer to perform with their Romanian counterparts at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival. The Sibiu International Theatre Festival has grown in importance and prestige since its founding in the early 1990’s and attracts participants from more than 70 countries, has hundreds of scheduled events and in years past has attracted more than a half million spectators during its 10-day run. Attendees include performing arts groups, filmmakers and critics.

“This is a remarkable opportunity for our students to not only participate in study abroad, but to collaborate and perform with their contemporaries starting from their laptops to such a prestigious international festival,” said Suffolk County Community College Director of Theatre Arts and Academic Chair Charles Wittreich, Jr. ’86

Mark your calendar:

Antisocial
September 27, 6:30 p.m.
Suffolk County Community College
Ammerman Campus
Shea Theater, Islip Arts Building
533 College Rd
Selden, NY 11784


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Free 16th Annual Long Island Shakespeare Festival Open July 7, 2016

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Come down rain or shine to the Long Island Shakespeare Festival’s opening night of The Three Musketeers on July 7th!

All Performances are free and open to the public. Bring a blanket!

July 7th is our opening night, but there are also performances July 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, & 16th all at 8pm under the stars on the Islip Arts Building Lawn at Suffolk County Community College in Selden, NY

We can’t wait to see you there!

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4/16/16 Broadway Comes to Brentwood

BroadwayJoin us for an unforgettable evening of
the best music Broadway has to offer!

Rob Gallagher, star of Broadway’s Les Miserables, and
Marie Danvers, star of Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera,
with several of their Broadway friends,
will sing the most beloved songs from the world
of musical theater. It is an evening not to be missed!

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

Van Nostrand Theatre

Sagtikos Arts and Sciences Center

Suffolk County Community College

Michael J. Grant Campus, Brentwood

 General admission: $19
Students 16 years of age or younger: $10
SCCC faculty, staff and alumni association members,
and senior citizens: $18
Veterans and SCCC students with current ID: One FREE ticket

  • FREE Reception for Suffolk County Community College Alumni prior to this special performance! RSVP required.

For alumni reception information call Alumni Relations 631-451-4941 or e-mail alumni@sunysuffolk.edu

For tickets call 631-851-6589, or visit
www.sunysuffolk.edu/spotlight


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Broadway Comes to Brentwood with Marie Danvers ’83

Suffolk County Community College 
Van Nostrand Theatre, Sagtikos Arts Center
Michael J. Grant Campus
Crooked Hill Rd.
Brentwood, NY 11717

Saturday, April 16, 2016

6 PM Free Alumni Reception

8PM Performance

Join us for an unforgettable evening of the best music Broadway has to offer!

danvers_gallagher_rdMarie Danvers ’83 (star of Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera) and Rob Gallagher (star of Broadway’s Les Miserables), joined by several of their Broadway friends, will sing the most beloved songs from the world of musical theater.

It is an evening not to be missed!!

  • General Admission $19.00
  • Seniors and Faculty/Staff Suffolk Community College $18.00
  • 16 & under $10.00
  • Suffolk Students and Veterans with ID Free
  • FREE Reception for Suffolk County Community College Alumni prior to this special performance! RSVP required.

For alumni reception information call Alumni Relations 631-451-4941 or e-mail alumni@sunysuffolk.edu

For ticket information call 631-851-6589 www.sunysuffolk.edu/spotlight

Awesome Sauce: The Gulturk Sisters ’08 Discover Their Careers

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If twin sisters Meltem and Sinem Gulturk of Ronkonkoma, New York, look familiar, it’s easy to understand why. Chances are you’ve seen them — and heard their catchphrase “Awesome Sauce” — in the national TV commercial for Discover Card.  Both graduated from Suffolk in 2008 and share how their careers began and what their hopes are for the future.

Why did you choose to start at Suffolk? 

MG: To be honest, we weren’t sure what major we would declare. Theatre and acting were our passion but we were advised by our parents to study something with a more secure career path. So we decided to figure it out at Suffolk.

How was your experience?

MG: We really enjoyed our time at Suffolk.  We found a community with friends and activities.

SG: The professors were some of the best I’ve studied under. I always felt challenged and encouraged. I liked Suffolk so much that I even became an employee. First, as a student in the work-study program and then I was promoted to a professional assistant in the reading department. It felt like home and I grew so much as a student and a person at Suffolk.

Was there anything that made a specific impression on you?

SG: The Theatre Department holds a very special place in my heart. The professors and the program helped mold me into who I am today. I learned work ethic and crafted my skills. I owe so much to professors Steven Lantz Gefroh and Jo Curtis Lester for helping me grow. They saw something in us and encouraged us to pursue acting as a career.

MG: I always say this, and some people find it hard to believe, but I really did learn almost everything I know about acting at Suffolk. Our professors were incredible! In addition to Steven and Jo, Thom Bovino, Andrew Wittkamper and Charles Wittreich were just amazing.

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SG: If you love acting, never stop doing it. Find a way. Keep the passion and dream and add hard work to it.

MG: Jim Carrey said it best, “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” If you want it badly enough, you’ll get it!

How did you land the Discover Card commercial?

MG: We signed with a well-known agency thanks to some workshops we attended in New York City. Their commercial department sent us an audition notice and we went for it. We got a call back and then another.

SG: Then we booked it! Woo!

Are you surprised at how recognizable you have become? It seems like the Awesome Sauce sisters are celebrities in their own right!

SG: We were very surprised! We had no idea that “Awesome Sauce” would become such a catchphrase. When we started hearing people say the phrase, we wondered if it was because of the commercial. Then people started recognizing us and saying “you’re the Awesome Sauce twins!” It’s such a flattering and surreal experience!

Did you transfer to another college after Suffolk? What are your career goals?

MG: We transferred to City College of New York. It’s in the heart of everything. We want to get into film/TV and maybe even have our own sitcom.

What is your advice for high school students who may not be thinking
about Suffolk?

MG: It’s such a great stepping stone if you are unsure of what you want to do. And, who really knows what they want to be straight out of high school? If you’re looking for an outstanding education — and a really great value — Suffolk is the way to go.

SG: There’s a great sense of community and you’ll feel right at home. We certainly did.

What are you most proud of so far?

SG: We are most proud of the goals we’ve set and met thus far in our careers. We set out to Manhattan to study acting, get an agent and start booking! And we have.

MG: It’s been a wonderful journey and we can’t wait to see what the future holds. With hard work and by fervently following our dreams, I think we will be thrilled with our future!

– Drew Fawcett

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3/16/16 – An Afternoon Performance and Discussion with Janis Astor del Valle

Wednesday, March 16th @ 11:00am in Van Nostrand Theater of the Sagtikos Arts and Sciences Center. 

 

An extremely rare opportunity to experience the pioneering work of the legendary Janis Astor del Valle — followed by a discussion of the role of performance in the Latina/o LGBTQ community.

 

Janis Astor del Valle is a living legend in the world of Solo Performance Art, the Latina/o Theatre, and the LGBTQ Theatre. Her one-person shows have been presented throughout the world and Ms. Astor del Valle has been heralded as one of the most iconic performers of the last 20 years of New York Theatre. Her work has been published in multiple anthologies and she is studied by theatre and performance arts students throughout the world.

 

It is truly an honor to have such an important artist grace the stage of the Van Nostrand Theater and such a rare opportunity to see her perform selections from two of her most popular plays, Transplantations and Becoming Joaquin.

 

Immediately following her performance, Ms. Astor del Valle will sit down with Dr. Jason Ramírez and discuss the evolution of the Latina/o Feminist canon of performance and the history of LGBTQ Theatre in the post-Reagan era.

 

This program is brought to you by a grant from the LATINO AMERICANS: 500 YEARS OF HISTORY Foundation which was awarded to the Michael J. Grant Campus by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

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Suffolk Theater Students Shine at Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

Suffolk County Community College’s Theater Arts Department students performed extraordinarily at the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) where students competed in a week’s worth of competitions in acting and technical theater.

“I want to congratulate our students, Charles Wittreich, chair of the theatre department, and our faculty on this outstanding achievement,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. “The awards are a testament to the quality of our theatrical productions, as well as the incredible commitment our faculty have in expanding and enhancing the learning opportunities for our majors.”

The College’s production of Eurydice at the festival held at Western Connecticut State University, garnered the festival’s coveted Golden Hammer Award. Faculty and students constructed scenery, focused lights, connected sound and prepared costumes and props for the performance.

  • Eastport’s Scott Cavallo who served as the technical director for the production presented his work and was awarded a scholarship from the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas and presented with a one week, all expenses paid internship at the institute.
  • Shirley’s Avery Orvis captured the KCACTF National Award for Excellence in Sound Design and will be presenting his work at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Technical Theater majors Brian Cahill-Assenza (Northport), Erika Blais Seeger (Hauppauge), Jerilyn Toole (Wading River) and Adzua Amoa (Central Islip) presented their design work at the Festival Exhibit
  • Suffolk won the Technical Olympic competition
  • Franklin Krzyzewski (Hampton Bays), Avery Orvis and Brian Cahill-Assenza garnered individual awards in the Technical Olympics competition.

Suffolk’s acting majors also celebrated at the KCACTF Festival.

  • Michael Fales (Miller Place) was a multiple winner:
    • First alternate: National Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship
    • Winner: New England Theater Conference Best Comic Actor Award
    • Voice and Speech Trainer Association, Vocal Excellence Award
  • Greggory Kowlessar (Shirley)
    • National Association Partners of Theater, Classical Acting Award
    • Semi-finalist National Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship

Additionally, five Suffolk theater majors made it to the semi-final round of 36 for Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship. The actors competed with scene work and monologues against 400 others. Those semi-finalists were:

  • Hannah Morin
  • Michael Fales
  • Rita Sarli (Lindenhurst)
  • Isaias Miranda (Bay Shore)
  • Greggory Kowlessar (Shirley)

Source: Suffolk County Community College


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