Alleyway Theatre Incorporated, formerly Buffalo Theatre Collective, is a non-profit corporation founded in September 1980 by Neal Radice. The company is steadfastly dedicated to the development and production of new plays and musicals and makes its home in a beautifully renovated 33,000 sq. ft. former bus depot in the heart of Buffalo New York’s historic Theatre District. The company offers a continuous season of live stage plays and musicals in its intimate, convertible theatre each September through May, the fifth longest running U. S. production of A Christmas Carol, and special events throughout the year. The corporation provides theatre and educational services to youth through KidShowCo, its children’s theatre company.
Alleyway Theatre sponsors the annual Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition. Audience services include discounted rates for students, Pay-What-You-Can performances, group rates, post-performance discussions with artists, and preview performances for community service organizations. Structured volunteer programs and student internships are available. The facility also features Main Street Cabaret, a 70 seat theatre which presents varied programming throughout the year and Alleyway Theatre complies with federal regulations regarding accessibility to the handicapped.
Mr. Radice is Founder and Executive Director of Alleyway Theatre. In addition to having directed or produced more than two hundred stage plays, musicals or operas during the past forty years, he has created scenery, costumes, or lighting for again as many productions. His credits as playwright, music composer or lyricist include: BE YOURSELF, JACK!, BEOWULF: THE ROCK OPERA, WHAT ARE WE DOING IN BUFFALO?, CASEY’S SOCIAL CLUB, THE MISS GREATER LOESSERVILLE PAGEANT, MINIMUM HABITAT, PEER, THE PERPETUAL MOTION MAN, SHERLOCK IN LOVE, SHERLOCK ALONE, SHERLOCK FOREVER, GILGAMESH, THE ROAD TO BETHLEHEM, PAN-AMBITIONS, OVER THE FALLS, SHADOW SERENADE, COLUMBUS, TOOLEY AND MARY, ITALIAN SERENADE, THE GHOST OF FORT NIAGARA and NIGHT WORK. Mr. Radice has composed countless pieces of incidental music for the theatre including his A PATCH OF EARTH SUITE, and appeared for thirty years in his adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
Ms. Stilson is a graduate of University at Buffalo where she received her masters degree in Theatre and English. Her stage credits include roles in THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE, THE WINTER’S TALE, CRIMES OF THE HEART, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, TWELFTH NIGHT and numerous Alleyway productions including MORTICIANS IN LOVE, THE BOOK OF LIZ, RABBIT HOLE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, VENUS IN THE BIRDBATH, THE VOICE OF AMERICA, THE JULIA SET, RATTUS RATTUS, THE HILLS, BEYOND THE PALE, VOICE LESSONS and THE CAREFUL GLOVER. Ms. Stilson directed the Buffalo United Artists production of THE CONSTANT WIFE, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s PHANTOM OF THE ORCHESTRA for their children’s series and Alleyway premieres of MODERN MATURITY, PEACEFUL CREATURES, ANSWERING NEPTUNE, POINTS OF DEVIATION and YOURS TRULY. Since 1992, she has served as Festival Coordinator of Alleyway’s annual Buffalo Quickies for which she has directed dozens of new one act plays. Ms. Stilson also serves Alleyway as resident costume designer, and Director of KidShowCo. She is a a past panelist for New York State Council on the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts SOS program. Ms. Stilson has twice received the New York Foundation for the Arts artist in residence award, received ArtVoice “Artie” awards for acting and costume design, and a Pathfinders award for her contribution to Education.
Mr. Warfield started his career at 22 as the youngest set designer ever to be admitted to the IATSE Set Designers and Model Makers Union, he quickly earned honors including an Academy of Television Arts and Sciences EMMY Award for his design work on the number one rated sit com CHEERS. He also designed for such television favorites as DEAR JOHN, FERRIS BUELLER and the original pilot set of Gene Roddenberry’s STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE. He contributed special effects and design work to many feature films including CONEHEADS, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, BEVERLY HILLS COP III, WITCHBOARD IV and STAR TREK: GENERATIONS. Leaving Hollywood for his home of Buffalo, NY he quickly joined the Alleyway Theatre company and dedicated much of his design and directing work to the creation of new American plays, highlights include PINK FLOYD’S THE WALL IN CONCERT, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, HAPPY HUNTING, THE MAIDS, NAKED BY THE RIVER, BIG HAPPY, TAGGED and COLUMBUS. Mr. Warfield’s recent work includes numerous commercials and the set design for BUFFALO BILLS ALL ACCESS with host Steve Tasker. Mr. Warfield currently lives in Buffalo, NY in a home constructed entirely of stage sets including an Egyptian living room and bedroom he describes as ‘Louis XIV on Crack’. In his free time, he collects classic movie props, the most famous being Faye Dunaway’s dented coat hanger from MOMMIE DEAREST.
Ms. Weiser is a graduate of Buffalo State College with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts. Previous stage management credits include BUA (Bette and Joan: The Final Curtain, Santa Claus is Coming Out) and ART of WNY (Rust Belt Grotesque and Picasso at the Lapin Agile). She is also made her directorial debut on Rust Belt Grotesque last year. Carly also is an ever evolving poet, having been published in Maudlin House, DenimSkin, and Lady Lit Magazine.
Ms. Gentil is a graduate of SUNY Purchase with a BA in Theatre Performance and Arts Management. Her theatre experience ranges from acting with the American School of Paris and Canadian Academy to directing, stage management and dramaturgy. Ms. Gentil is fluent in French which served her well in her work with the Consular section of the American Embassy in Paris and Algeria.
Mr. Kristopher is a Book Artist and Storyteller who has recently returned to Buffalo to settle and establish himself in his beloved hometown. His adventures out of state began in 2001 when he moved to New Orleans to earn his BA in African Politics and History from Dillard University and then went on to study African Development and Transnational Policy Analysis at Florida International University. In 2010 he decided to forego a career in international politics to focus on Social Development at the community level, thus becoming a Barista and fully committing to his true calling in creative arts.
Ms. Koessler is currently an undergraduate student at SUNY Buffalo State where she studies Theatre Arts. Previous to interning at Alleyway Theatre Louise worked as an apprentice for two summers at Shakespeare in Delaware Park. She participated in shows throughout high school as well as master classes presented through the Education Department at Shea’s Performing Arts Center.