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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.

THEATRE STAFF

Neal Radice Founder/Executive Director

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.


Joyce Stilson Director Public Relations/ Literary Manager

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.


Chris J Handley
Associate Artistic Director

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.


Lee Becker
Managing Director

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.

 

 


Todd Warfield Resident Designer, Associate Director

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.


Carly Weiser Production Manager

Ms. Weiser is a graduate of Buffalo State College with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts. She is proud to be running her 4th season of shows with both Alleyway Theatre and Buffalo United Artists. Some of her previous Stage Managing credits for Alleyway include A Christmas Carol, Killer Rack, Buffalo Quickies and Significant Other, Daniel’s Husband and Silence! The Musical for BUA. She also coordinates all of Alleyway Theatre’s online social media presence as well as light designs occasional projects. Ms. Weiser helps produce a Cabaret series with Road Less Traveled entitled Carly & Karcher Presents which showcases theatre/TV/poetry crossover work. In her free time, Carly enjoys traveling to Disney parks across the globe. Follow her adventures on Instagram at cult_carly.


 

Samantha Vakiener
Assistant to the
Artistic Director

Ms. Vakiener 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)

 


Ann Perno
Stage Manager

Ms. Perno is excited to be back at Alleyway Theatre as a Stage Manager after taking a hiatus following the birth of her son, John. She has worked all across the Eastern Seaboard and North Carolina learning many theatre crafts as a properties manager, company manager, and production manager. Finally settling back in her hometown of Niagara Falls, she began working as the production manager for Alleyway Theatre in 2008. Some of her favorite productions include The Careful Glover, Buffalo Quickies, Hell Hole Honeys, and A Christmas Carol. In her spare time, Ann enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, taking afternoon naps, and is an avid yogi.

Israt Arjuman
House Manager

Ms. Arjuman graduated school in Bangladesh and is currently a student at Erie County Community College majoring in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. She is fluent in English, Bengali, Hindi and Urdu.

 

 

 


 

Courtney Eastman
Box Office Manager

Ms. Eastman is a teacher aide to children with special needs and is an avid fan of the arts in various forms whether it’s comedy shows, live theater or concerts. While this may be her first position in theatre administration, she is incredibly excited to work with the Alleyway Theatre staff and can not wait to see you this season!

 

 

 

 


Andrew Zuccari
Technical Director

Mr. Zuccari made his professional acting debut in the Alleyway Theatre premiere of Killer Rack: The Feminist Horror Musical Comedy.  His previous acting credits include an internship acting as a pirate in Artpark’s Peter Pan and college roles of Martin Vanderhoff in Pascal Frisina’s rendition of You Can’t Take It With You and Friar Lawrence in Kate Loconti’s directed Romeo And Juliet.  Mr. Zuccari also played the fiddler in Theatre In The Mist’s production of Fiddler On The Roof.  He stepped into the role of Alleyway Technical Director with the 2017 production of A Christmas Carol.


Mary Smyth
Volunteer Coordinator

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.

 


Rich Smyth
Head Usher

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.