Professor Bert Silverberg, M.A., is a performance faculty member at CCRI. He has been teaching at CCRI since 1974, and serves as Production 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 Memoirby Madeline Walter (December, 2009), and Cephalopod by Kyle Warren (March, 2011). Other CCRI Players' 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 musicalsBaby, 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. Professor 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.