- Bert Silverberg
- Jeffrey A. Butterworth
- William J. (Mick) Jones
- Luke J. Sutherland
- Theodore R. Clement
- Leslie A. Ford
- Brandy Lee Silva
Professor Bert Silverberg, M.A. is a performance faculty member at CCRI. He has been teaching at CCRI since 1974, and serves as Theatre Program Director and Business 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 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. Prof. 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.
Jeffrey A. Butterworth, M.F.A, M.S., is a performance and theatre design faculty member at CCRI. He teaches Acting I and II, Introduction to Theatre, Introduction to Costuming, Theatrical Make-Up, Dramatic Literature, Voice and Articulation, and Oral Communication. He is the advisor to the CCRI Players and works as staging and movement consultant with vocal instructor Amanda Santoson the CCRI Music Program's Opera Workshop. Jeff has designed costumes for nearly sixty Players productions from Cinderella to Cephelapod and has directed fifteen including Loot, No Exit, The Mikado, Sueno, and A Burial At Thebes. Other costuming credits include Richard III at The Theatre At Monmouth, The Heresy at Lynn Theatre Company, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen at The Village Theatre in Issaquah, Washington. He is on the Textile Wall Of Fame of the Costuming, Textile, and Fashion Merchandising Department at The University Of Rhode Island. He has served as membership chairman and Region I president for the Costume Society of America, has presented papers at regional and national CSA conferences, and has been awarded the Stella Blum Award. He has designed museum exhibitions for the University of Washington and The Essex Institute, including Step Forward, Step Back: Three Hundred Years Of Fashion Footwear. He's also created exhibition props for The Museum Of Fine Arts and The Rhode Island School Of Design Museum, and has spoken nationally on the history of American footwear and shoemaking.
Assistant Professor William J. (Mick) Jones, M.A., is a theatre design and technology faculty member. 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. At CCRI he is primarily responsible for lighting and sound designs for department productions. 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 Luke J. Sutherland, M.F.A.,is a theatre design and technology faculty member with over 40 scenic designs, 15 lighting designs, 7 sound designs, and over 90 technical directions to his credit at CCRI. He teaches Stage Craft, Stage Lighting and Sound Production, Theatre Graphics, Introduction to Theatre, and Oral Communication. As a guest artist at other educational institutions, Luke’s scenic designs include: Fools (Salem State College), The Girls Next Door(Quinnipiac University at the Long Wharf Theatre), You Can’t Take It with You (Rhode Island College) Blithe Spirit (University of Rhode Island) which won the 2006 Motif Award for Best College Scenic Design. Luke also won the 2011 Motif Award for Best College Scenic Design for Cephalopod at CCRI. He has taught as adjunct faculty at Providence College, Quinnipiac University, and Rhode Island College where he earned his MFA in Scenic Design and Technology. Luke is on the Executive Board of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 1 as Co-Chair of Design, Technology and Management. He is a Region 1 Production Respondent and trains design faculty as respondents each year during the KCACTF Regional Festival. Luke holds memberships in IATSE Local 52 NYC (Set Dresser), IATSE Local 481 MA (Set Dresser), USITT, and Stage Source. Professional scenic design credits are with Boston’s Theatre on Fire, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Arcadia Repertory Theatre and the Huntington Theatre Company's Education Department. Luke has worked in production positions from stagehand to technical director for Virginia Opera, Lake George Opera, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Trinity Repertory Company, and the Paper Mill Playhouse.
Assistant Professor Theodore R. Clement, M.F.A., is a performance faculty member at CCRI. He teaches Acting I and II, Introduction to Theatre, Theatre for Children, Oral Interpretation and Oral Communication. He also serves as the mentor to the annual Student Directed Project. During his time at CCRI he has directed The Actor's Nightmare, Moonchildren, Much Ado About Nothing, The Creation Of The World And Other Business, and Tick, Tick...BOOM!. 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 Actors Studio Drama School, 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. Ted is on the Executive Board of the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Region 1 as respondents chair and as a member of the regional selection committee. 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, and Universe and performed as Marc in Art, Detective Sergeant Trotter in The Mousetrap, Sid Ryan in The Parade, Shelly Levene in Glengarry Glen Ross(Nominated for IRNE best ensemble award), Herr Schultz in Cabaret: The Musical, and Milton in To The Future.
Technical Director Russ Swift, M.F.A.
Technical Director Russ Swift, M.F.A is a theatre design and technology staff member at CCRI. He supervises the scene shop as well as the lighting and sound aspects of production. Russ has been on the faculty or staff at Groton School, Endicott College, Eastern Connecticut State University, Westfield State College, Northeastern University, and Emerson College. He has also worked with students at Brimmer and May School, Boston Arts Academy, Boston Conservatory, Mankato State University, Gordon College, and Ohio Northern University. Russ has designed for such companies as Gloucester Stage Company, Wheelock Family Theatre, Worcester Foothills Theatre, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Publick Theatre of Boston, Boston Lyric Opera, and Boston Playwright's Theatre. He has also designed for Milwaukee Repertory, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Caldwell Theatre, and the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. Russ was Production Supervisor on tour for Stephan Petronio Dance, Assistant Lighting Designer at New York City Opera, and a theatre consultant for Artec Consultants. Russ is a member of IATSE Local USA829 (Lighting Design), Stage Source, and USITT and holds a B.F.A. in Technical Design from Boston University and a M.F.A. from University of Wisconsin, Madison in Lighting Design.
Costume Technician Leslie A. Ford, B.F.A., 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. She attended CCRI before transferring to URI 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. Since returning, she designs one CCRI main stage production a year. 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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