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Professor Ted Clement, M.F.A., is a performance faculty member at CCRI, and serves as Theatre Program Coordinator. He teaches Introduction to Theatre, Acting I and II, Voice and Articulation, and Public Speaking. For the CCRI Players mainstage season 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, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Circle Mirror Transformation, The Rocky Horror Show, Romeo and Juliet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Green Day's American Idiot, and Cabaret. He is Managing Director of CCRI Summer Repertory, for which he has directed Twelfth Night Or What You Will, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tragedy of Macbeth, and Henry V.  Acting credits include King Henry V in Shakespeare In The Spirit with Mixed Magic Theatre, The Criminologist in The Rocky Horror Show with OUTLOUD Theatre, Cop/Neighbor in #every28hours with Trinity Repertory Company, and Freddy in Picasso At The Lapin Agile with Counter-Productions Theatre Company. Directing credits include The Importance Of Being Earnest and I Hate Hamlet with Dean College; Topdog/Underdog, Nico Was A Fashion Model, and HAIR: The American Tribal Love Rock Musical with Counter-Productions Theatre Company; and Jesus Christ Superstar, The Who's Tommy, Zoo Story, and Last Of The Red Hot Lovers with Salem State University. He served as Respondents Chair, Regional Co-Vice Chair, and Regional Co-Chair for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and was awarded the Kennedy Center Medal for Services to Theatre Education and Production.

Professor Luke J. Sutherland, M.F.A., is a design and technology faculty member at CCRI. He teaches Introduction to Stage Direction, Play Analysis for Performance,Stage Craft, Theatre Graphics, Stage Lighting and Sound Production, Introduction to Theatre, Dramatic Literature, Contemporary Drama and Diverse Voices in Contemporary Theatre. Luke's CCRI directing credits: Clown Bar, I And You, American Buffalo, BUG, Wait Until Dark, Art, Bad Jews, Fool for Love, The Haberdasher and The Receptionist, which was a KCACTF Region I Invited National Selection Production to Festival 45, 2013 - Hyannis MA. 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 & Rigging Grip) which film work includes: The Siege, Law & Order SVU (Season 1), Shaft Returns, The Corrupter, NOS4A2 (Season 1), Castle Rock (Season 2), Unfinished Business, Defending Jacob, I Feel Pretty to name a few and membership with 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 CollegeBlithe Spirit (University of Rhode Island). Awards and nominations: Independent Reviewers of New England: 2014 Nomination for Best Scenic Design (Small Theatre), The Lover (Bridge Rep of Boston). He is the recipient of the ATHE/KCACTF Region 1 2016-2017 Award for Innovative Teaching. Rhode Island College 2017 Faculty of Arts and Sciences Alumnae Honor Roll.  Motif Magazine Theatre Awards: Nine nominations with five wins for Scenic Design. 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 and The Wilbury Theatre Group in Providence RI. 

Associate Professor Marilyn Salvatore, M.F.A., is a design and technology faculty member at CCRI. Marilyn teaches Introduction to Costuming, Theatrical Makeup, and Introduction to Theatre (both face-to-face and online), as well as serving as the Costume Designer for the CCRI Theatre Program. She has 35 years experience as a professional theatrical costume designer as well as a custom clothing and jewelry designer.  From 1984-2004 she was one of the designers for Trinity Repertory Company, working on over 180 productions with artistic directors Adrian Hall, Anne Bogart, Richard Jenkins and Oskar Eustis, returning in 2007 to design MEMORY HOUSE, directed by current artistic director, Curt Columbus. From 1988--2003, Marilyn was also the costume designer/coordinator for the Trinity Rep Conservatory, now the Trinity/Brown Consortium, where she designed over 80 productions. Her dance, opera and drama designs have been seen throughout Rhode Island, as well as in New York City, Alaska, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. She has designed for many of Rhode Island’s universities and high schools and for independent films, as well as for Nova, The History Channel and the Discovery Channel, and has also worked in set dressing for two Disney films shot in Rhode Island –UNDERDOG and DAN IN REAL LIFE. She was Lauren Bacall’s personal assistant on MR. NORTH, a film shot in Newport, Rhode Island, and held the position of ambience coordinator for Luther Vandross on a three-city tour of Las Vegas, Houston and Los Angeles.  Her custom clothing client list includes Anthony Edwards of The Edwards Twins, twin brothers who impersonate male and female celebrities, and actress Renée Taylor, as well as personal and professional work with Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis. Marilyn has designed extensively for Opera Providence in Rhode Island and Salt Marsh Opera in Connecticut. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Rhode Island and at Salve Regina University, as well as a Guest Costume Designer at both institutions. She has been nominated numerous times for a Motif Award for both Best Professional Costume Design and Best College Costume Design, and in 2017 received the award for Best College Costume Design for ROMEO AND JULIET at CCRI.  Marilyn is a five-time recipient of the Women's Jewelry Association Educational Grant, and in 2010 was a Costume Design honoree as one of The Gamm Theatre's “25 Most Valuable Players”. Some of Marilyn's favorite costume designs include: ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD for CCRI, THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM for the University of Illinois, MARIE ANTOINETTE for The Gamm Theatre, ON THE TOWN for Trinity Repertory Company, THE MUSIC MAN for Portsmouth Abbey School, RIGOLETTO for Salt Marsh Opera, 10 VIRGINS for Salve Regina University, ANGELS IN AMERICA for the University of Rhode Island, and THE ODDITY AND THE ECSTASY for Groundwerx Dance Theatre. Marilyn holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Rhode Island, and an M.F.A. in Costume Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of United Scenic Artists 829 (NYC), the national union for professional costume designers, as well as a member of IATSE 481(Boston), and a Resident Artist for The Gamm. In 2019, after completing a rigorous eight-month course of study, Marilyn was named a fellow of the Association of College and University Educators.

Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Professor Kevin Olson, M.F.A., received an M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in Speech and Theatre from SUNY Oneonta. 
He serves as Adjunct Faculty at Providence College, the University of Rhode Island, the Community College of Rhode Island and the New England Institute of Technology. Previously he taught at Hope College in Holland, Michigan and at the University of Michigan, Flint. He teaches courses in Communications, Public Speaking, Theatre, Film and Popular Culture.
He established First Hand Theatrical in 2013 and has created five original scripts for the company.  First Hand Theatrical creates original theater productions using primary source material drawn mainly from diverse cultural and social histories. He has directed productions of these scripts at the Piven Theatre in Evanston, IL, the Indianapolis Fringe Festival, URI Arts and Culture on the Feinstein campus, PVD Fringe, AS220 95 Empire Black Box and Artists Exchange in Cranston. He has also directed at the Actors' Theatre of St. Paul, Park Square Theater, University of Minnesota Theatre, Hope College Theatre, The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, and The Lark Theatre. He received a Twin Cities Drama Critics Circle KUDOS Award for his production of Brian Friel’s "Translations" and the Kendrick Wilson Directing award at University of Minnesota Theatre.

Adjunct Professor Anthony Goes, M.F.A., is a performance faculty member at CCRI. He teaches Acting 1 and Acting for the Camera. He also serves as the Acting Coach for all Irene Ryan Candidates attending the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. He will be making his directorial debut with 1959 Pink Thunderbird for the CCRI Payers in Fall 2019. He continues to work as an actor in Theatre and Television. Local credits include: Lee in True West, Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire and Barnabas in PAUL at the GAMM Theatre. Regional theatres include: Boston Playwrights Theatre, Boston Center of the Arts, Kitchen Theatre, Lynn Redgrave Theatre & The Victory Theatre (off-Broadway), Crossroads Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Connecticut Repertory and Chautauqua Theatre Company. TV credits include: Person of Interest (CBS), The Blacklist (NBC), and FBI (CBS). He is also a member of the Actor's Equity Association and Screen Actor's Guild.

Adjunct Professor Tammy Moore J.D., is a Theatre, English, and Communications faculty member at CCRI. She teaches Children’s Theatre, Introduction to Theatre, Public Speaking, Voice and Articulation, as well as various literature and writing courses. A proud graduate of CCRI, Tammy also has her B.A. in Communications and Theatre Arts from Bridgewater State College. As an undergraduate, she received the Dr. Wallace L. Anderson Scholarship for her leadership, excellent academic record, and artistic ability and can be found in Who's Who Among Students in Colleges and Universities. A three time Irene Ryan Nominee, she has performed in over thirty college and community productions. Tammy earned her J.D. from UMASS Dartmouth School of Law where she nurtured her passion for raising awareness on special education and inclusion programs. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Humanities and English Department at New England Institute of Technology where she teaches Introduction to Theatre, Introduction to Film and multi-level writing courses. She has been teaching at the college level for nineteen years.

Adjunct Professor Kira Hawkridge, B.F.A., is a performance faculty member at CCRI. She teaches Movement for Actors and also serves as a Movement Director and Ensemble Movement Specialist for CCRI's Main-Stage (American Idiot) and CCRI Players Summer Repertory (Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Henry V) productions. For the CCRI Players she has directed The Most Massive Woman Wins (Act II of 'An Evening of One Acts'), The Tempest (CCRI Summer Rep, Season 3), and will direct Orlando in the Fall of 2019. She is the founder of the original Movement Ensemble Methodology, Collective Breath and the Founding Artistic Director of the award winning PVD Movement Ensemble, OUT LOUD Theatre - a Rhode Island Monthly Best of Rhode Island Winner in 2016 for Best Feminist Theater and a Motif Magazine Theater Award Winner for Best Ensemble in 2019. Kira has directed and produced over 30 Main-Stage productions with OUT LOUD Theatre and has collaborated with numerous RI theatre companies, art galleries, and Colleges/Universities since graduating from The University of Rhode Island in 2012 with her B.F.A. in Theatre. Her work has been experienced across New England and has included Brown University's award winning production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, The University of Rhode Island's Eurydice and Women & War: Lysistrata / The Trojan Women, OUT LOUD Theatre's original circus-themed adaptation of King Lear, 1300sqft Art Installation and Performance Art piece entitled WONDER, and the wholly original and devised full-length productions - ESCAPE, Creation X, and Immortal Thirst. She is currently the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s Co-Chair of Devised Theatre for Region 1. 


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., is a Costume Shop staff member at CCRI. Leslie 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., is a Costume Shop staff member at CCRI. Brandy attended CCRI before transferring to University of Rhode Island 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. Previous production designs include The Visit, The Mikado, Sueno, Burial at Thebes, Book of Days, Member of the Wedding, No Exit, Three Penny Opera, most recently, Loot  and Hello Broadway! each summer. 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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Denise Lachowski

I have taught and choreographed for several studios, public school dance programs and musicals. The one performance group I have been involved with for the past 12 years as...

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Anthony Goes

As one of the coaches for Team CCRI at this year's Irene Ryan Acting festival, we had another success year across the....

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Kevin Olson

Kevin Olson is Adjunct Faculty in the Performing Arts Department. Most recently he has taught Acting 1 and Introduction to Theatre as....

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