2011 Festival Details

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Award and scholarship winners
  • Michael Harms Memorial Scholarship awarded to a graduating senior in the amount of $1500.00, to: BriAnna Kent – The Media Unit/Henninger High School.
  • Cultural Resources $750 Scholarship awarded to a graduating senior to:
    JJ Davis – Jamesville-DeWitt High School.
  • Josh Jaquin Memorial Scholarship awarded to a student for Exceptional Technical and Overall Prowess, in the amount of $300.00 to:
    Alexander Feuerstein, Sound Designer for The Media Unit’s production of Facts of Life.
  • Cultural Resources $250 Scholarship awarded to a graduating senior to
    Kaylee LeRoy – Solvay High School.
  • New York State Theater Education Association Scholarship of $100.00 towards the 2012 NYSTEA Student Conference to: Gabriella Whiting – Skaneateles High School.
Certificate of Achievements:
  • Gleydis Meriño Bacallo (La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino) for Excellence in Heightened Text.
  • Brittany Fayle (Jamesville-DeWitt High School) Engaged Performance.
  • Dan Lemp (Skaneateles High School) Energy, Engagement, & Commitment.
  • Jessica Varona James (La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino) for Excellence in Heightened Text.
  • Kimberly Seipio (La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino) for Engaged Performance.
  • Oswego Children’s Theater for Excellence in Hair and Makeup Design.
  • The award for Outstanding Technical Achievement was presented to The Media Unit for their production of Facts of Life directed by Walt Sheppard.
  • The Award of Excellence was presented to Skaneateles High School for their production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood directed by Micheal Kringer.

In 2011, the Festival respondents (those critiquing the performances) were professors from college and university drama departments. They were:

Rose Burnett Bonczek, Brooklyn College
Ms. Bonczek is the head of the BFA acting program at Brooklyn College, and teaches both BFA and MFA students in improvisation, solo performance, pedagogy, creation of ensemble, and directing. She recently returned from the UK where she had been invited to teach at both York College and Leeds University. Ms. Bonczek most recently directed the world premiere of Lily Rose by Canadian playwright Aurora de Peña at the Viaduct Theater, Halifax, UK, as well as G(hosts) in 60 for the Ghost Story Festival of Yorkshire (and was interviewed for BBC Radio). New York credits include Pygmalion for Jean Cocteau Repertory (voted Best Off-Broadway revival in Zagat’s New York), as well as productions at Ensemble Studio Theater, 78th Street Theater Lab, Westbank Theater, and Dixon Place. Regional theater: Berkshire Theater Festival, Synergy Ensemble Theatre (14 productions including The Laramie Project, Kindertransport, Down the Road, Fool for Love, Defying Gravity), Pilgrims of the Night for Baltimore Theater Project, and Hair for River Arts Repertory. Educational credits include Rough Magic, Savage in Limbo, Take Me Out, The Crucible, and The Waiting Room at Brooklyn College, and The Laramie Project at the New School for Social Research. For six years she has been director and producer for Gi60: The International One Minute Play Festival in association with Screaming Media Productions, Dean Clough Mills, and Leeds University UK (annually produce 100 original 60 second plays in the UK and US; to view past productions go to the Gi60 Channel on YouTube). Ms. Bonczek is on the board of directors for Barefoot Theatre Company, currently producing Teeth of the Sons Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theater. She and her colleague David Storck (Savannah College of Art and Design) are co-authors of Ensemble Theater Making: A Practical Guide; anticipated publication in 2012.

Maria E. Marrero, Syracuse University
Ms. Marrero is a Professor of Theatre Design and Technology in the Syracuse University Department of Drama, where she recently served a three-year term as chair. She has designed costumes for 36 productions at Syracuse Stage, most recently: Putting It Together and The Fantasticks. She has guest designed at numerous theaters including: Actor’s Theater of Louisville, the Berkshire Theater Festival, GEVA in Rochester, Studio Arena in Buffalo, Playmakers Repertory in NC, Indiana Repertory, and several other regional theaters; the Vineyard Theater in NYC and the Apollo Theater in Chicago; and Miami’s Coconut Grove Playhouse (5 years as resident designer); and has designed regional and national tours, (Handy Dandy, Of Mice and Men, and others). Ms. Marrero was Resident Costumer/Designer for Syracuse Stage (12 years) and Costumer at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. She has supervised the production of designs by Ann Roth, David Woolard, Judy Dearing, Jennifer Von Mayrhauser, Nanzi Adzima, David Murin, David Toser, Linda Fisher, Lowell Dettweiler, and many others.

William S. Morris, Le Moyne College
Mr. Morris is Director of Visual and Performing Arts at Le Moyne College. Aside from directing many plays for Le Moyne, he has directed plays and musicals on Broadway, in Paris, and in Tokyo, as well as Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse, Michigan’s Meadowbrook Theatre, Syracuse Stage and others. He has also written and staged festival and industrial theatre events throughout the northeast as well as worked as an actor from New York City to Omaha. Mr. Morris is very pleased to return to the Michael Harms Theater Festival and hopes to make a useful contribution.


We increased the number of workshops available to the Festival participants, going from three in 2010 to SIX in 2011. The were led by professionals making a living in the arts with extensive experience regionally, in New York City, and beyond:

Timothy Davis-Reed, Auditioning
Davis-Reed is a veteran of over 150 episodes of network television, including two seasons as a series regular on Sports Night and six seasons as White House Press Reporter “Mark O’Donnell” on the Emmy winning hit The West Wing. Other television appearances include Big Love, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Monk, Desperate Housewives, 24, Scrubs, Arrested Development, 7th Heaven, The Drew Carey Show, Still Standing, Will and Grace, Star Trek: Voyager the Pilot, and Chestnut Hill. He made his professional debut swinging a sword in Syracuse Stage’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac with John Cullum – which later went on National Tour. He’s played leading roles with Riverside Shakespeare, Manhattan Stage, Theatre at Monmouth in Maine, The New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, Playwright’s Theatre of New Jersey, The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and several productions for Syracuse Stage including last year’s smash hit production of A Christmas Story. He currently teaches On-Camera Acting and Audition Technique in the Syracuse University Drama Department. Learn more about Tim on his IMDb page.

Carey Eidel, Acting
Carey Eidel is the managing director and founding member of Auburn Public Theater, a nonprofit arts center in downtown Auburn. He came to APT from NY/Los Angeles, following a 25 year professional career as an actor, teacher, writer, and director. He studied acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner and then with Wynn Handman. Off-Broadway: Wild Oats (premiere), Home Movies, and Twelfth Night. National Tour: The Wizard of Oz. Carey played “Sir Edward Ramsey” in The King and I at The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. A veteran of over 50 television shows and films, Carey has worked with many of the top professionals in the entertainment industry. Television credits include Everybody Loves Raymond, The Amanda Show, 7th Heaven, General Hospital, Diagnosis Murder, 3rd Rock From The Sun, Yes Dear, Strong Medicine, Melrose Place, LA Law, and Fox’s Daddy Dearest (series regular). Film credits include: Lost World: Jurassic Park, Evolution, For The Boys, The Marrying Man, And The Band Played On, and C.H.U.D. He was also one of LA’s busiest acting coach and teachers. Carey currently teaches acting, screenwriting, film production and acting for film at Cayuga Community College and is the acting instructor for the FAME program at Cayuga/Seneca ARC. Learn more about Carey on his IMDb page.

Jeff Glave, Scenic Painting
Learn more about Jeff on his IMDb page.

Dan Ozminkowski, Lighting
Dan is a lighting designer from New York City. Current design credits include the regional US tour of Anna Deavere Smith’s Let Me Down Easy at Arena Stage, Wexner Center for the Arts, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Recent design credits include Spirit of Uganda 2010 North American Tour; Meet Me in St. Louis and I Left My Heart at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse; A Celebration of Maurice Sendak with Tony Kushner; and Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre’s Passage. Assistant credits include Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas; Impressionism and The Ritz on Broadway; and Neil Young’s Chrome Dream tour. Dan is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and an alumnus of Purchase College, Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film. Learn more about Dan on his website at www.danozminkowski.com.

Kevin Shumway, Improvisation
Kevin is an actor, director, drama coach and teacher. His professional credits include appearances on stage in both CNY and NYC; work on feature films and TV shows; voice-overs for business, entertainment and education; numerous commercials and corporate promotional and training videos as well as print advertisements. Kevin has directed 17 high school plays and musicals, and teaches acting and play analysis as an adjunct instructor in the Syracuse University Drama Department. A graduate of SU Drama, he served on the boards of the Syracuse Shakespeare Festival and the Skaneateles Area Arts Council. Kevin has held membership in both Actors Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild.

Shannon Tompkins, Dance Auditioning
Shannon is a choreographer, director, and performer in the Syracuse area and has been dancing for over thirty years. Shannon has been teaching since she was a sophomore in high school and has been choreographing professionally since the age of eighteen. Since that time, she has choreographed an average of four shows a year for high schools and community theaters in Syracuse. She has been assistant choreographer and dance captain under such directors as Brett Smock, Ken Prescott, and the late Keith Rozie. Shannon has performed and assistant choreographed for Lakeside Dinner Theatre in Oswego. She also spent several months performing for the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre in Florida, both in Sarasota and Venice. Locally she has performed and choreographed extensively for Salt City Center for the Performing Arts, The Talent Co., Appleseed Productions, Syracuse Civic Theatre, Wit’s End Players, and Simply New Productions. Shannon has been the choreographer for Jamesville-DeWitt’s spring musicals and In Achord group since 1995. From 2002 to 2009 she was both the director and choreographer for the musicals there.