Alleyway Theatre Inc. 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 education to adults and students through its Theatre School of WNY.
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 Alleyway Cabaret, a 65 seat theatre which presents varied programming throughout the year and Alleyway Theatre complies with federal regulations regarding accessibility to the handicapped.
In addition to presenting our own full season of theatre, we welcome a number of other theatre companies, including Buffalo United Artists, to the Alleyway Theatre complex.
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, Night Work, Granny Bird, I’m Fine and Killer Rack: The Feminist, Horror Musical Comedy. He has composed countless pieces of incidental music for the theatre and recently completed a new opera, A Patch of Earth. Mr. Radice appeared for over thirty years in his adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
Ms. Stilson is a graduate of University at Buffalo where she received her Master of Arts in Humanities 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. Handley 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 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. Mr. Handley holds an MFA in Acting from Indiana University, and a BFA in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia. Mr. Handley is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Mr. Geise graduated from Buffalo State College and holds a bachelor’s degree in French language & literature and a master’s degree in Adult Education. He is an accomplished manager and has held executive-level leadership roles for more than fifteen years in the for profit and nonprofit sectors. His areas of expertise are marketing, fundraising and communication which were acquired from a diverse set of industry experiences including with the arts & cultural community of Buffalo. He is also a past board Vice President of the Alliance Française de Buffalo and during his career has traveled to England, France, the Caribbean and throughout South & Central America. However, Mr. Geise is not all business! He brings to the Alleyway Theatre a life-long love of live theatre, especially musicals that strike to the core of human nature, trial and triumph. He follows national politics closely, is an avid amateur gardener, hummingbird enthusiast, a by-the-rules Scrabble player, a super-hero wannabe and a lover of fantasy and supernatural literature.
Trained as a playwright at the Yale School of Drama, Mr. Farrell received an MFA in 1986 and went from there to work with major Hollywood studios, initially as a story analyst for Warner Brothers and Columbia Pictures, and eventually as a screenwriter. He has written for hire and sold screenplays to Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers, MGM and ITC. He has worked with Robert Simonds (producer of “The Wedding Singer”, “Molly’s Game”, “Mile 22”); Neil Moritz (producer of “XXX”, “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, “Fast and Furious”) and Bruce Berman (producer of “The Matrix”, “Three Kings”, “Mad Max: Fury Road”). Working in independent film, Mr. Farrell has written for and sold projects to NYC indie producer Norman Twain (producer, “Lean On Me”, “Boycott”, “My Dog Tulip”). Mr. Farrell ‘s first independent screenplay, “Girls Who Smoke”, premiered in 2011. It went on to be an official selection at over a dozen film festivals, ultimately winning the Audience Choice Award in Seattle at the Post Alley Film Festival. As a playwright, from 2009 to 2013, Mr. Farrell worked with dozens of women on New York’s Lower East Side who wanted to tell their personal stories on stage. The series of monologue plays that grew out of it was called “In The Red Room/Every Woman Dances For Someone.” His plays have also been produced in San Francisco, at the Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo, at the Yale School of Drama in New Haven, and at Primary Stages in New York. He authored the book for a series of award-winning musicals based on the life and death of Sherlock Holmes, which ran for three seasons in Buffalo, NY. He is the author of “The Power of the Playwright’s Vision”, published by Heinemann Press in 2001.
Mr. Becker is a graduate of State University of New York College at Buffalo with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts. He has recently relocated from Brooklyn NY, where he spent 3 years working with Existence Media, developing the web series “Pity Applause”. He currently acts as Production Stage Manager for “NYC Podfest” and “Synthetic”, both Existence Media productions. Mr. Becker is also a member of the improv group Comic Sans.
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.
Mr. Dejaiffe is a native of Corning, New York where he earned an Associate in Science and Engineering degree. After working for Corning Glass, Inc. he moved to Western New York in 1993 to work for Dunkirk International Glass and Ceramics Corporation, followed by M&T Bank, Mortgage Banking Management Systems and now Frontier Science Technology Research Foundation. He started volunteering at Alleyway Theatre during the 2008-09 season. He moved on to also volunteer at other local theatres including Buffalo United Artist, Theatre in The Mist and O’Connell and Company. Some memorable scenic projects include, Les Misérables, Christmas Carol, Hell Hole Honeys, Poseidon The Musical, Killer Rack: The Feminist Horror Musical Comedy, The Graduate, Granny Bird, Annie, and many of Alleyway’s Buffalo Quickies one-act play celebrations.
Mr. McLaughlin is a sophomore at Daemen College where he is pursuing a major in Theater Arts Administration with a minor in General Business and a Certificate in Human Resources Management. He has experience as a Stage Manager, Production Manager, and House Manager at local theaters including Musicalfare, Artpark, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, and Subversive Theatre Collective. He is joining the Alleyway Theatre team as Production Manager in January of 2019. In his free time, Mr. McLaughlin is a professional magician and is in training to become a professional stage hypnotist.
Ms. Weiser is a graduate of Buffalo State College with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts. She served as resident stage manager for Alleyway Theatre and Buffalo United Artists for four years, and is also a director, lighting designer and sound designer. She has also worked at various other local companies including Torn Space Theater and Second Generation Theatre. Ms. Weiser is also the co-producer of the Carly & Karcher Presents series, which most recently featured a sold out, one-night-only production of The Twilight Zone showcasing new “episodes” from Buffalo playwrights. Follow her adventures on Instagram at cult_carly.
Ms. Marchant graduated from Spalding University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing with a concentration in Playwriting. At Spalding, she studied under mentors Charlie Schulman, Kira Obolensky, Sam Zalutsky and Gabriel Jason Dean. Some of her recent theater credits include Blasted (Director and Dramaturg, Bread and Water Theater, Rochester NY), Current (Playwright, Workshop and Staged Reading, Directed by Meghan Beals, Route 66 Theater, Chicago, IL), The Firestorm (Assistant Director and Dramaturg, NNPN Rolling Premier, Directed by Pesha Rudnik, LOCAL Theater Company, Boulder, CO), Elemeno Pea (Director, Production Winner of Denver’s Broadway World Awards Best Comedy and Best Small Cast Ensemble, The Misfits, Denver, CO), “Fluffy Mountain” (Playwright, Staged Reading, MATC Playwriting Symposium 10-Minute Play Festival, Houston, TX), Balcony: A Vertical Play (Playwright, Staged Reading, Boulder Writer’s Warehouse, Boulder, CO).
Ms. Riso graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with University and Departmental Honors. She spent over 20 years building a theatre company in Pittsburgh, PA. She was initially responsible for defining and setting the strategic and operational direction for the company, and with her partner, achieved an operational budget of $1 million by its 10 year mark. At its height, the theatre had over 1,600 subscribers, attendance of over 16,000 and produced a six-play season with an efficient doggedness and entrepreneurial spirit making it one of the most surprising cultural gems outside of Pittsburgh’s cultural district. Prior to returning to her hometown Buffalo, NY Ms. Riso was helping business-owners grow their businesses by building and customizing advisory boards through PowerLink.
Mr. Hunt is an aspiring screenwriter and proud to be joining Alleyway Theatre as House Manager. He lives in Buffalo where he is very active with many local artists and performers. He attended University of Toledo, where he studied English. He spends his time writing and working on his graphic novel which will be released in late 2019. He has a lifelong love of theater and arts, encouraged at a young age to pursue many artistic outlets, including writing and photography. Mr. Hunt is also active in costume design and cinematography.
Ms. McDonald 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.
Ms. Smyth graduated from Buffalo State College with a masters degree in Elementary Education. She taught for thirty-three years in the Kenmore School system where she loved every minute. She then gravitated toward her second love; theater. Ms. Smyth has been volunteering at Alleyway Theatre since 2001. She began as an usher, before accepting the duties of volunteer coordinator and has also served as Alleyway’s box office manager. Ms. Smyth is currently volunteering at no fewer than eight local theaters where her duties range from online ticket sales, box office operation, and training new ushers.
After retiring from a thirty three year career as a math teacher in the Buffalo School system, Mr. Smyth knew he wanted to volunteer in some capacity in our community. He began as a docent at the Teddy Roosevelt site and became a member of Preservation Buffalo where he gives both City Hall tours and Queen City downtown tours. His love for Buffalo drew him to the theaters where, along with his wife, he volunteered at various local theatre companies. Mr. Smyth has been part of the Alleyway family since 2001 where he served as usher and house managed. In particular, he enjoys bringing Queen City tour groups into Alleyway to talk about the history and architecture of the building. In his spare time, Mr. Smyth also distributes posters for Alleyway Theatre and four other local theaters.