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Nazareth College is proud to present the Emerging Artists Rochester Area College Directing Festival on Friday, May 11 - Monday, May 13. The Festival, produced by Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts chair Lindsay Reading Korth, will feature several plays directed by college theatre students from the Rochester area, including students from Nazareth College, RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, SUNY Geneseo, and SUNY Brockport. The Festival will be held at the Mutli Uses Cultural Community Center (MuCCC) in Rochester. Performances will take place Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12, at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, May 13, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The MuCCC is located at 142 Atlantic Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607.
Each performance will consist of four to six plays with a short intermission which will include a 20 minute talk back. A variety of schools in the Rochester area will be represented in order to encourage communication between area theatre departments. The Festival will bridge the gap between college and professional work for theatre artists by allowing young directors to showcase their own pieces to the Rochester community.
Nazareth College students who have been selected to showcase their plays include Glo Gambino (Hornell, N.Y.), who will direct I’m Herbert by Robert Anderson starring Matt Allen (West Winfield, N.Y.). Hannah Karpenko (East Irondequoit) and Samm Cadwell (Syracuse NY) will direct Feeding the Moonfish by Barbara Wiechmann starring Dimitar Kominovski (Webster, N.Y.) and Kayleigh Yancey (Mechanicsville, Md.).
Paul Nardone will direct himself in I Am MY Own Wife by Doug Wright from SUNY Geneseo. The balance of short plays will be selected the first week of May.
Judges for the Festival include Herb Katz, local theatre artist and former artist director of the JCC Center Stage, Jack Haldoupis, Artistic Director of Blackfriars, and David Henderson Artistic Director of Method Machine.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.