The Receptionist

Professor Bert Silverberg, M.A., is a performance faculty member at CCRI. He has been teaching at CCRI since 1974, and serves as Business and 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 Memoir by 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 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. 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.

Associate Professor Theodore R. Clement, M.F.A., is a performance faculty member at CCRI, and serves as Theatre Program Coordinator. He teaches Acting I and II, Theatre for Children, and Oral Communication. For the CCRI Players 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 (winner of 2014 Motif Theatre Award for Best College Production and Best College Direction) Circle Mirror Transformation,and The Rocky Horror Show (winner of 2015 Motif Theatre Award for Best College Production). 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 New School for Drama, 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, the world premiere of Nico was a Fashion Model(winner of 2014 Motif Theatre Award for Best New Work), and Topdog/Underdog. 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, Herr Schultz in Cabaret: The Musical, Milton in To The Future, Freddy in Picasso at the Lapin Agile(winner of 2014 Motif Theatre Award for Best Production and Best Scenic Design) and George, Duke of Clarence in Richard III.

Associate Professor Luke J. Sutherland, M.F.A., is a design and technology faculty member at CCRI. He teaches Play Analysis for Performance, Stage Craft, Theatre Graphics, Stage Lighting and Sound Production, Introduction to Theatre, and Diverse Voices in Contemporary Theatre. Luke is the mentor of CCRI’s Student Directed Play Project, in collaboration with playwrights from Boston Playwrights Theatre. CCRI directing credits: American Buffalo, BUG, Wait Until Dark 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), 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 CollegeBlithe 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 Award for Best Scenic Design, The Spitfire Grill (CCRI), 2015 Nomination for Best Scenic Design. Circle Mirror Transformation (CCRI). 2016 Award for Best Scenic Design. Rocky Horror Show (CCRI) and 2016 Nomination for Best Director. American Buffalo (CCRI) which took the Motif Award for "Favorite" for the most overall total votes across the categories.  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. He looks forward to designing for The Wilbury Theatre Group of Providence RI this 2016/17 theatre season. You can view Luke’s portfolio and CV on his webpage at lukesutherland.com


Assistant Professor William J. (Mick) Jones, M.A.,  is a design and technology faculty member at CCRI. 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. 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 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, as well as serving as the Costume Designer for the CCRI Theatre Program. She has 30 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 worked extensively with 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 for a Motif Award for Best Professional Costume Design numerous times, is a three-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: 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.

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 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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Last Updated: 4/10/17