Teaching Faculty

Theatre School of WNY Faculty


Chris J Handley

Chris has worked in theatre for over twenty years in Buffalo, New York City, and across the country as an actor, teacher, director, and producer.  As producer and director, his work has earned four Artie nominations as he oversaw a dozen musicals, including two local premieres: Stephen Sondheim’s SATURDAY NIGHT and Jason Robert Brown’s THE LAST FIVE YEARS. He has worked as an actor on stage in new, classic, and contemporary plays and musicals, television commercials, an award-winning independent soap opera, over two years as an entertainer on a Mississippi riverboat, and numerous developmental workshops of new plays and musicals. Along the way, his colleagues included many current Broadway performers, and several TONY-nominees. Locally, he earned two Artie nominations for Best Actor in a Musical: ASSASSINS and Alleyway’s REEFER MADNESS. 

As a teacher, he is head of the Alleyway Theatre School of WNY. He is on staff at the Broadway Mentors Program, has led various workshops on the craft, taught privately, and spent three years teaching BFA and BA theatre students Acting and Voice & Speech. He works regionally as a director as well as production speech/dialect coach.

He has trained with Patsy Rodenburg at NYC’s Michael Howard Studios as well as Lincoln Center Education. Mr. Handley holds an MFA in Acting from Indiana University, a BFA in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia, and is a graduate of Canisius High School. Mr. Handley is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. 

This season in Buffalo, he can be seen in PHILOSOPHUS (Alleyway), TALLEY’S FOLLY (Jewish Repertory), ANYTHING GOES (Lancaster Opera House), FUN HOME (710 Main).

He teaches Foundations I, Acting 101, Acting 201, plus private coachings.

Karen McDonald

Karen has worked as a theatre professional for over 25 years as an actor, singer, writer and educator. She has performed in major theatres across the United States, Canada, Asia and Eastern Europe. Locally she has been featured at Alleyway Theatre, Studio Arena, Showboat Festival and Dominion Repertory Theatre. In Toronto: Fiddler on the Roof, Sound of Music, Nunsense, Anne of Green Gables, Guys and Dolls, Oliver! to name a few. In New York: Funny Girl, Those Were The Days, Gypsy and Othello. International and National tours: 42nd Street, Pirates of Penzance and Big River.

Many of her plays have been featured at festivals and theatres, most notably “Up In A Balloon” which premiered at the Metro Room in NYC, subsequently at Cape May Stage in NJ and Dominion Rep in Fort Erie.

Karen has taught through the Arts in Education of Western New York, Studio Arena Theatre School, Learning Through The Arts in Toronto, many performing arts schools. She continues to be a guest instructor at various institutions and as a private coach.

A proud member of Actor’s Equity, ACTRA and the Dramatist’s Guild, Karen is the first recipient of the Senator Dale Vulcar Award for Excellence in The Arts.

She teaches Foundations II and Musical Theatre Lab.

Eileen Dugan has been a professional actor and director for more than 30 years. She was the educational director for Shakespeare in Delaware Park for more than a decade, as well as a regular performer and director with the company. She has toured with Young Audiences of Buffalo and Western NY, performing scenes from Shakespeare and directed his works at Canisius College for 20 years. She is a graduate of the National Shakespeare Company Conservatory, and a passionate Shakespeare Nerd. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

She teaches Acting Studio: Shakespeare!

Carlos Jones has a body of work that extends from the concert stage to theater to television and film. His eclectic background has brought him recognition as an international artist. Concert appearances include work with such companies as: Loretta Livingston, Bethune Theatredance, Dance Kansas City Modern/Jazz CO., and his own Carlos Jones & Company. Among his theatrical credits are Some Like it Hot, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Man of La Mancha, It’s a Pretty Good Life, and Sesame Street Live.

As a director/choreographer Jones is prolific and his concert works have been presented with San Jose Dance Company, Dance Spectrum Alaska, Adage Repertory Company, Bethune Theater/Dance, and Link Dane Theatre to name a few. Theatrical Directing/Choreography includes History of White Music, Saucy JAck and the Space Vixons, Reefer Madness, Lost in Hollywoodland, She Hysteric, West Side Story, City of Angels, Beauty and the Beast, Babes in Arms, Black Nativity, Hair, Godspell, Dames at Sea, and Once Upon a Mattress under the direction of Carol Burnett. In addition, he has created dance segments for a number of video and film productions including the award winning film short, Insurance Inc.
Mr. Jones has inspired youth in his community for a number of years. He was founder and director of the Los Angelas training facility Academy 331 Fine Arts Center, Founding Artistic Director of Teen Dance Company located in the San Francisco Bay Area, and continues to serve as artistic advisor to In-sync Dance Theater in Glendale California. His current research in arts integration keeps him active in K-12 residencies and on the boards of MUSE and CAPC, two Buffalo, NY based arts organizations.

A man of scholar, Jones holds an MFA from University of California. He has served on the faculties of UCLA, UC-Irvine, Chapman University, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, Loyola Marymount University, and St.Cloud State University. Carlos was among four recipients to be awarded the coveted SUNY Diversity Faculty Fellow Position- a prestigious award selected from candidates submitted by the 63 SUNY colleges and universities. Jones is currently Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance at Buffalo State College.

He teaches Audition Workshop: The Song.

Neal Radice

Mr. Radice received his Master of Arts degree from the University of Buffalo where he taught acting and play production as a graduate fellow and adjunct lecturer.  In addition to having directed and produced more than two hundred stage plays, musicals or operas during the past fifty years, he has taught directing and acting for the British Theatre Association, directed and designed for the Stephenville Festival of Newfoundland, and represented the United States at the International Theatre Association Conference in Krakow, Poland. He has designed sets, costumes, or lighting for well over a hundred productions and his credits as a playwright, composer, or lyricist include incidental music for theatre, full-length plays and musicals, modern operas, comedy and music revues, plays for children, and an adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Mr. Radice is Founder and Executive Director of Alleyway Theatre.

He teaches private coachings.