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Karel Blakeley | blakeley@lemoyne.edu

At Le Moyne:  Chair, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Assistant Professor


(MFA – Design, Syracuse University, BFA - Lake Erie College) Professor Blakeley teaches courses in scene design, lighting design, stagecraft, and Theatre Context, the capstone class for theatre majors. In addition to designing sets and lights for more than 50 plays during his thirty years at Le Moyne, Karel has also designed sets (and sometimes lights) for Gifford Family Theatre, Cortland Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Syracuse University, Syracuse Shakespeare Festival, University of Maine, University of Hartford in Connecticut, Lake Erie College in Ohio, and at the University of Toronto in Canada (as a part of their medieval theatre festivals). His scenic designs for Simply New Theatre earned him a Syracuse-area theatre (S.A.L.T.) award. He has delivered numerous design presentations to the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology. Karel initiated and edited Projects for Teaching Scene Design: A Compendium, which has been published by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT).

 
 

Matt Chiorini | chiorim@lemoyne.edu

At Le Moyne: Director of Theatre, Associate Professor 


(MFA – Acting, Harvard University and Moscow Art Theatre School, BA – Santa Clara University) Professor Chiorini teaches courses in acting, directing, devising, and Shakespeare, among others. Matt has directed or performed in productions of the Central NY Shakespeare Co., Redhouse Arts Center, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, People's Branch Theatre, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival, American Stage Theatre Company, Riverside Theatre, as well as serving as the Artistic Director of the Repertory Theatre at Sea program for Crystal Cruises, People's Branch Theatre in Nashville, and the Founding Artistic Director for the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre (a professional annual equity theatre festival profiled nationally in the New York Times). Prior to his appointment at Le Moyne, Matt has taught at the University of Central Arkansas, Belmont University, and the University of Northern Colorado.  Honors include: The Individual Artist Fellowship from the state of Tennessee; awards for Excellence in Direction and Sound Design from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (in both regions 1 and 6); the Syracuse Area Live Theatre awards; the 2013 "Best Shakespeare" award in Nashville; and the Jeff Norton Award for Outstanding Direction in the Tampa Bay area. 

 
 

Lindsey Quay Sikes | sikelq@lemoyne.edu

 At Le Moyne: Visiting Professor of Costume Design

MFA- University of North Carolina School of the Arts, BFA- College of Charleston) Professor Sikes teaches Introduction to Theatre, Fundamentals of Design, Costume Design, Costume Construction and Crafts, and Stage Makeup.  Lindsey comes to Le Moyne after teaching costume design and history at the University of Mississippi.  She has designed costumes for Olemiss Theatre, Weathervane Playhouse, Charleston Southern University, the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, and assistant designed for Pure Theatre in Charleston, SC.  She has also served as a cutter/draper for several seasons at the Texas Shakespeare Festival.Click here to view Lindsey's Portfolio 

 
 

Jason Grasso| grassojp@lemoyne.edu

At Le Moyne: Technical Director of Performing Arts

Has his MFA in Technical Production from the University of Delaware, where he fulfilled jobs such as Master Electrician, Master Carpenter and Technical Director.  Jason  has worked as Technical Director at Maine State Musical Theatre, Utah Musical Theater, and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, among other credits.

 
 

 Joel McKissick mckissj@lemoyne.edu

At Le Moyne: Operations Manager

Joel McKissick has over 25 years of professional experience in the Entertainment industry, including positions as Executive Director for the Stanley Theatre and Entertainment Manager at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino.  His experience on both sides of the curtain includes many areas of house & production management - administration, fundraising, facility, box office, lighting, audio, rigging, and staffing.  He has worked for national music acts and contributed to many regional arts organizations and is a member of IATSE Local #9.

 

 

Miles Taylor | taylorme@lemoyne.edu 

At Le Moyne: Associate Professor, English

(PhD - University of Oregon, BA - Seattle University) Professor Taylor teaches the year-long sequence in theatre history from the Greeks and Romans to the Postmodern, along with other dramatic literature courses in the Elizabethan and Jacobean period, including Shakespeare. 

 

Patrick Lawler | pjlawler@esf.edu 

At Le Moyne: Adjunct Professor of English

(MA - English/Creative Writing, Syracuse University) Mr. Lawler teaches Introduction to Playwriting, Advanced Playwriting, Creative Writing for Performance, Scriptwriting, and Creative Writing Workshop. He has three collections of poetry published: A Drowning Man is Never Tall Enough (University of Georgia Press), Reading A Burning Book (Basfal Books), and Feeding the Fear of the Earth, the winner of the Many Mountains Moving poetry book competition (2006). He has been awarded fellowships by the New York State Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts.
 

Ruth K. Arena | arenar@lemoyne.edu

At Le Moyne: Instructor of Ballet and Dance

(BFA in Dance Arizona College of Fine Arts) Ms. Arena has danced for Dzul Dance, NY, Paul Taylor Dance Company, North Shore Dance Company, Chicago, and The Dance Academy of Sante Fe, NM. Ms. Arena teaches courses in jazz, modern, and choreography

 

 

Larry Crabtree | larrydcrabtree@yahoo.com

At Le Moyne: Instructor of Dance, Choreographer

Mr. Crabtree has trained with Anglo-American Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet School, STEPS Studios NYC, Center of Ballet, Syracuse  and has danced with Center Stage for Dance and Theater, Shore Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet and New Jersey Ballet, among others. Mr. Crabtree teaches ballet, jazz, and musical theatre dance.

  

Linda Facciponte | faccipl@lemoyne.edu 

At Le Moyne: Pilates Instructor 

(MA-New York University, BS- State University College at Brockport) Ms. Facciponte teaches courses in pilates and body alignment, and has studided extensively in the following techniques; Cunningham, Horton, Graham, and Limon. SHe has deceloped and taight dance programs in New Orleans, LA, Jacksonville, FL, Rochester, Syracuse and New York City.