Danny Hoskins, ARTISTIC & MANAGING DIRECTOR is an actor, director, teacher and playwright, originally from the Rochester area, who has been working nationally and internationally for the past 20 years. He has served as Interim Director of Theatre at Elmira College, taught acting and voice at the University of South Carolina, developed and directed original works for young actors at the Alliance Theatre Company, and co-founded the South Carolina-based company, Pineapple Productions. Mr. Hoskins is in his tenth year with SUNY Brockport as an adjunct professor of theatre and has taught locally at the University of Rochester, Nazareth College, and R.I.T. In 2014, he completed a five year stint as Artistic Director and Director of Education at Rochester Children's Theatre. He has toured nationally with his one-man adaptation of Hamlet and internationally, through England and Romania, with Pineapple Productions’ Moose Mating. He has performed with the Hartford Stage Company, the Alliance Theatre, Festival Theatre of St. Criox, Kennesaw Stage, The Wings Theatre in NYC, Trustus Theatre and locally with Blackfriars Theatre, JCC CenterStage and Rochester Children’s Theatre. His directing credits include Take Me Out, Crimes of the Heart, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Misery, Heathers, The Musical, The Pillowman, Assassins and A Few Good Men for Blackfriars Theatre; Speed the Plow, The Producers. Young Frankenstein and Spring Awakening at JCC CenterStage; Disney’s Aladdin, HONK! and J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit at Rochester Children’s Theatre; Babes in Toyland at RAPA Family Theatre and Children of Eden at Elmira College. As a playwright, he has penned two original pieces, The Yukan Duit Murder Mystery and The Year Santa Forgot Christmas, both having their world premieres at Elmira College in 2005. His musical, Raise Your Sword, received its debut workshop production at JCC CenterStage in 2008 and and he wrote, directed and starred in Dracula with PUSH Physical Theatre at Geva Theatre Center in October 2009. Most recently he penned PUSH Physical Theatre's World Premiere production of Jekyll & Hyde in 2016. Mr. Hoskins holds an MFA from the University of South Carolina.
Mary Tiballi Hoffman, DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, is a Rochester-based actor, singer and arts fundraiser. Previously, she served as the Institutional Giving Manager at Geva Theatre Center, where she managed a portfolio of over $800,000 in foundation, government and corporate contributions each year. Prior to her time at Geva, she worked as a Grant Writer for The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and as the Academy Ball Coordinator for The Academy of Music and The Philadelphia Orchestra Association. Ms. Hoffman’s passion for arts fundraising is deeply rooted in her experiences as an artist. Over the last 10 years, Ms. Hoffman has performed extensively with Rochester Children’s Theatre, JCC CenterStage and Blackfriars Theatre. Blackfriars audiences will recognize her from Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical (Roberta), Sunday in the Park with George (Dot/Marie), The Little Dog Laughed (Ellen) and It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Mary Bailey). In 2012, she wrapped filming on her first full-length feature film with Tatum Productions. Ms. Hoffman has also been featured in radio advertisements and jingles, as well as a web series for Free2Play. She spent four years as a performance coach with The Center for Musical Arts in East Rochester, preparing students of all ages for both school and professional auditions. Ms. Hoffman serves on the Board of TheatreROCS, a consortium of Rochester’s finest live theatre organizations. She is a proud graduate of Nazareth College, where she received her BA in Theatre Arts. She lives in East Irondequoit with her husband, Jeff, their son, Henry, and three unruly cats.
Megan Colombo, MARKETING & OUTREACH MANAGER, is a local marketer, performer, writer, and educator. She joins the Blackfriars team having worked as the Marketing Assistant for the Yelp community here in Rochester, NY, where she coordinated all sponsorship trade and created content for the community's e-newsletter. Previously, she worked in sales/patron services at both the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Nashville Opera. In her role at the Aquinas Institute, she helped to conceptualize and optimize a full digital campaign and branding overhaul. Ms. Colombo's deep love for the Rochester theater community was born here at Blackfriars, where she was seen in the '16-'17 season production of Assassins as Guiseppe Zangara. She has since performed at the JCC CenterStage as Kate Murphy in Titanic and Woman 1 in First Date. As a writer, her theatrical work has been selected for the Geva/Writers & Books 2pages2voices festival, and Fringe's 24 Hour Play Festival. She is a member of the Greater Rochester Women's Council and lover of all things local. Ms. Colombo holds a BM in Music Education from Nazareth College, and happily resides in the Laurelton neighborhood.
ARTISTIC & MANAGING DIRECTOR
Mary Tiballi Hoffman
MARKETING & OUTREACH MANAGER
Dave Baxter, Technical Director
Eric Evans, Dramaturg
Janice Ferger, Costume Designer
Ted Plant, Lighting Designer
Andy Pratt, Musical Director
BLACKFRIARS THEATRE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chris Cain, President
Sharon Vandezande, Secretary
Abby Adair Reinhard
Dave Baxter, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, has been overseeing the construction of Blackfriars sets since 2006 with over 60 productions under his belt. He is a past President of the Blackfriars' Board and still serves on the BOD. Some of his favorite credits include Grapes of Wrath, Noises Off, The Spitfire Grill, Shipwrecked, The Who's Tommy, Grey Gardens, Sunset Blvd., and I'm Not Rappaport. Mr. Baxter is also the author of the Cue Player family of computer software for sound effects and lighting control - used here and in over 600 theatres and churches worldwide. He shares his gratitude with his wife, Mary Ellen, who gives her continued love and support as he goes off and "makes things."
Eric Evans, RESIDENT DRAMATURG, is a Rochester-based writer, dramaturg and arts educator. His Blackfriars dramaturgical credits include A Few Good Men, Annapurna, Heathers, The Musical, Assassins, The Boys Next Door, The Underpants and Death of a Salesman. He is a long-time staff member of Geva Theatre Center, with the majority of his tenure spent in Geva’s Education department. His dramaturgical credits for Geva include Journey to the Son, The Mountaintop, Stranded on Earth, On Golden Pond, Over the Tavern, American Buffalo, Doubt, Rooms, Sweeney Todd and Fences. He has also served as dramaturg for productions by The JCC of Rochester (Lebensraum, Rose, Parade, Funny Girl, Coney Island Christmas and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Nazareth College’s Page2Stage Program (2BR02B and The Big Trip Up Yonder), Method Machine (Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Angels in America: Perestroika), University of Rochester’s Todd Theatre (Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights) and the Irish Players of Rochester (Love in the Title and The Cripple of Inishmaan). He is also a frequently published writer – samples of his work can be found at www.inkpublications.com. In addition, he runs a small, independent press, Ink Publications and is the co-editor of The Bond Street Review, a twice-yearly literary publication since 2011. Mr. Evans holds a BA in History/Communications from St. John Fisher College.
Janice Ferger, RESIDENT COSTUME DESIGNER, is a costume designer and technician who has been working in her field for over a decade. Having designed and built costumes for both stage and film, Ms. Ferger has settled in Rochester where she also works as the draper at Geva Theatre Center. Originally from Baltimore, MD, she received her BS in Theatre Studies with a concentration in Costuming from Towson University and later received her MFA in Costume Design from the University of Connecticut. Some of her favorite projects include As You Like It (Cradle Theatre Company NY, NY), Heathers: The Musical (Blackfriars Theatre, Rochester, NY), The Winter's Tale (Cradle Theatre, NY, NY), and Intimate Apparel (Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Storrs, CT).
Ted Plant, RESIDENT LIGHTING DESIGNER, has worked behind the scenes for close to 100 Blackfriars productions! In addition to his design and stage management work, Mr. Plant has been seen onstage during Kiss of the Spider Woman, Rags and Our Leading Lady. Some of his favorite design and SM credits include Moonlight and Magnolias, Inspecting Carol, The Myster of Irma Vep, A New Brain, The Who's Tommy and Heathers, The Musical.
Andy Pratt, RESIDENT MUSICAL DIRECTOR, has been working at Blackfriars Theatre since 2003, serving as Musical Director since 2005. At Blackfriars, he has musically directed and/or accompanied over 25 productions, including such favorites as Godspell, A Year With Frog and Toad, The Wild Party, The Who’s Tommy, Sunday in the Park With George, [title of show], Rent, Violet, and Assassins. A Rochester-based artist, he has also served as Musical Director at JCC CenterStage (My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, Caroline or Change, The Last Five Years), as an accompanist at local schools and community theaters, and as a music adjudicator for RBTL’s Stars of Tomorrow. Mr. Pratt is also the Musical Director for Blackfriars Theatre’s Summer Intensive (BTSI), our newly-established high school and college musical theatre training program. Outside of the theater, he teaches grades 6-12 as the Vocal Director at The Aquinas Institute of Rochester, serves as Music Director of South Presbyterian Church, and has freelanced as a pianist, guitarist, vocalist, composer, and arranger. Originally hailing from New Jersey, he holds degrees from Columbia University (B.A.) and the Eastman School of Music (M.A.). He shares his passion for music and love of theatre with all four ladies in his life: Elizabeth, Eloise, Ellie, and Lucy.