2012 Festival Details

On Saturday, March 31st, more than 200 students and 50 adults from five schools and three community theater groups gathered at Cayuga Community College for the 2012 Michael Harms Theater Festival. The participating groups were: Auburn High School, Jamesville-DeWitt High School, La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino, Manlius Pebble Hill School, The Media Unit, Oswego Children’s Theater, Sherburne-Earlville High School Drama Club, and Skaneateles High School Drama.

The following is a full list of the awards and scholarship handed out at the Festival.


  • Michael Harms Memorial Scholarship: Taylorann Flurschutz - Auburn High School.
  • Cultural Resources Scholarship: Gabriella Whiting - Skaneateles High School.

Certificates of Achievements:

  • Acting Beyond Your Hair: Taylorann Flurschutz (Auburn High School).
  • Indicating as Art: Evie Davis (Jamesville-DeWitt High School).
  • Indicating as Art: Jillian Schmidt (Jamesville-DeWitt High School).
  • Master of Disguise: Brittany Fayle (Jamesville-DeWitt High School).
  • Best Save on Stage: Yanetsy Meriño de Garay (La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino).
  • Risk Taking in Performance: The Media Unit.
  • Artistic Growth: Oswego Children’s Theater.
  • Honorable Mention for Acting Partnership: Taylorann Flurschutz & Kaitlin Hlywa (Auburn High School).
  • Honorable Mention for Acting Partnership: Nicholas Kochan & Michael Ranalli (Skaneateles High School).
  • Honorable Mention for Individual Female Performance in a Play: Gleydis Meriño Bacallao (La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino).
  • Honorable Mention for Individual Female Performance in a Play: Maya Dwyer (Manlius Pebble Hill School).
  • Honorable Mention for Individual Male Performance in a Play: Carl Fisk (Oswego Children’s Theater).
  • Honorable Mention for Individual Male Performance in a Musical: Jacob Smolak (Auburn High School).
  • Honorable Mention for Individual Female Performance in a Musical: Rachel Barron (Auburn High School).
  • Honorable Mention for Individual Female Performance in a Musical: Taylorann Flurschutz (Auburn High School).
  • Excellence in Costuming: Hairspray (Auburn High School).
  • Technical Excellence in Sound: Doug Pinckney (Skaneateles High School Drama).
  • Technical Excellence in Lighting; Will Maresco (Manlius Pebble Hill School).
  • Technical Excellence in Stage Managing: Julianna Augustine (Skaneateles High School Drama).
  • Best Acting Partnership: The Cast of Mere Mortals (Sherburne-Earlville High School Drama Club).
  • Best Individual Male Performance in a Play: Patrick Larussa (Jamesville-DeWitt High School).
  • Best Individual Female Performance in a Play: Ana-Rachel Richardson (The Media Unit).
  • Best Individual Female Performance in a Musical: Gabriella Whiting (Skaneateles High School Drama).
  • Best Individual Male Performance in a Musical: Daniel Kringer (Skaneateles High School).
  • Excellence in Ensemble Performance: The Cast of The Rimers of Eldritch (Manlius Pebble Hill School).

Festival Awards:

  • The award for Outstanding Technical Achievement was presented to Manlius Pebble Hill School for their production of The Rimers of Eldritch, directed by Louis Balestra DiNolfi.
  • The Award of Excellence-Community Theater was presented to La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino for their production of El Camarón Encantado (The Enchanted Shrimp), directed by José Miguel Hernández Hurtado.
  • The Award of Excellence-High School was presented to Skaneateles High School for their production of The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Micheal Kringer.
Congratulations to all of the winners!

Below are respondent and workshop leaders bios, along with descriptions of each workshops.


In 2012, the Festival respondents (those critiquing the performances) were professors from college and university drama departments. They were:

Michael Barbour, Le Moyne College
Mr. Barbour, after receiving his MFA in acting from Catholic University and an MA in Speech for Syracuse University, has been acting professionally for over thirty years. He performed at Syracuse Stage in Amadeus, at the Red House in Rounding Third and A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, and with Gifford Family Theatre in Mother Hicks, Fever 1793, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, among many other shows. He is Assistant Director of Theatre at Le Moyne College, where he has worked as a guest actor (Translations, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Living), director (Our Town, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Lady’s not for Burning, and On the Verge), and voice coach. He has acted in regional productions, toured the country with National Players, and appeared in numerous commercials, training films, and network television programs. Recently, he appeared in and directed Brian Friel’s Lovers at Jazz Central and appeared as “Falstaff” and “the King of France” in last summer’s CNY Shakespeare’s debut production of Henry V by 7. This summer, he will play “Ivan Romanovich Chebutykin” in The Three Sisters and “Lear” in Shakespeare’s King Lear (both for CNY Shakespeare), and “Prospero” in The Tempest and “Major General Stanley” in The Pirates of Penzance for Le Moyne College in 2012-13.

Rose Burnett Bonczek, Brooklyn College
Ms. Bonczek is the head of the BFA acting program at Brooklyn College, where she teaches BFA and MFA students in improvisation, solo performance, pedagogy, creation of ensemble, and directing. Most recently she directed BC students in Rough Magic, and past BC productions include Savage in Limbo, Take Me Out, The Crucible, The Waiting Room, and The Laramie Project. She annually directs BFA Acting graduates in their professional industry showcase. New York credits include Pygmalion for Jean Cocteau Repertory (voted Best revival by Zagat’s), as well as productions at Ensemble Studio Theater, 78th Street Theater Lab, Westbank Theater, and Dixon Place. Regional theater credits include Berkshire Theater Festival, Synergy Ensemble Theatre, Baltimore Theater Project, and River Arts Repertory. International credits include the world premiere of Lily Rose at the Viaduct Theater, Halifax, UK, as well as G(hosts) in 60 for the Ghost Story Festival of Yorkshire. For seven 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 (www.gi60.blogspot.com, or see Gi60 Channel on YouTube for past productions). Ms. Bonczek is on the board of directors for Barefoot Theatre Company, currently producing Eavesdropping on Dreams Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theater. She is also the author (with colleague David Storck of Savannah College of Art and Design) of Ensemble Theater Making: A Practical Guide, being published by Routledge Press, August 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 is currently designing the Syracuse University Drama Department’s production of As You Like It, which opens at the end of April.


We again increased the number of workshops available to the Festival participants, going from three in 2010 to six in 2011 to TEN in 2012! They were led by professionals making a living in the arts with extensive experience regionally, in New York City, and beyond:

Robert John Andrusko, Scenic Painting
Rob Andrusko is a working scene designer and member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. Current projects: associate designer for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Christmas Across America and scene designer for Merry-Go-Round Playhouse production of 9 to 5. Favorite past credits include: Broadway: associate designer for The Farnsworth Invention, The Frogs, and Thoroughly Modern Millie; assistant designer for Voices In the Dark, King Hedley II, 42nd Street, Titanic, and The King and I. West End: associate designer for Thoroughly Modern Millie. Local credits: scene designer at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse for Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, High School Musical, Les Miserable, and Miss Saigon. Other favorite projects worked on include: Star Trek the Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton and Times Square New Years Eve 2000 in New York City. Rob is also an adjunct faculty member at Syracuse University.

Michael Broughton, Lighting
Michael Broughton came to the area in 2006 to work as the master electrician at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. After working extensively in and around NYC during MGR’s off season, he now resides in Auburn as the Facilities and Technical Manager for the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. NYC Lighting Design: Journey Dancers (Brooklyn Music School), Dwarf Trees and Damned Thing (BMS), A Brooklyn Nutcracker (BMS), Getting Tom (Cherry Lane Theatre), Janusphere Dance Company, and Dumbo Dance Festival. NYC Master Electrician: Abron’s Arts Center, Lincoln Center, Cherry Lane Theatre, and Mannes Opera. He also toured nationally with Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker.

Meggan Camp, Special Effects Stage Makeup
Meggan Camp is in her twelfth season, serving as the Syracuse University Drama Department’s costumer and as adjunct faculty (Syracuse University, Le Moyne College). She freelance designs in Syracuse, NY and surrounding areas. Her most recent credits include: “Upstate” pilot (TV: Upstate TV Partners), The Cradle Will Rock, Rhinoceros, These Shining Lives, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Weston Playhouse Other Stages) Lysistrata, As You Like It, Into the Verge, Steel Pier, Translations, My One and Only, She Stoops to Conquer, Real Love, Chicago, Sweet Charity, A Funny Thing…Forum, Taming of the Shrew. She has done work with Syracuse Stage’s Educational Outreach program, designing costumes for Backstory projects and sets for an original piece titled Annabel Drudge and the Second Day of School. North Carolina School of the Arts, MFA.

Stephen Cross, Movement for Actors
Stephen Cross teaches movement and acting full time in the Syracuse University Department of Drama. He directs student productions and performs with Syracuse Stage. This May he will premiere a new physical theatre work titled Big Blue Barrel at Superstar Headquarters Circus Theater in Lafayette, NY. In the summers he returns to his native Nova Scotia, Canada, where he is the Artistic Director of the Irondale Ensemble Project School of Ensemble Theatre.

Timothy Davis-Reed, Basic Stage Sword Play
Timothy 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.

Carey Eidel, Acting
Carey Eidel is the managing director and founding member of Auburn Public Theater. He came to APT from NY/Los Angeles, following a 25-year professional career as an actor, teacher, writer, and director. In LA, he was one of the busiest acting coach and teachers whose students included Haley Berry, Pam Stone (Coach) & Diane Farr (Rescue Me). Carey 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. Film credits include: Lost World: Jurassic Park, Evolution, For The Boys, The Marrying Man, And The Band Played On, and C.H.U.D. In addition to working with APT, Carey currently teaches acting, screenwriting, film production, and acting for film at Cayuga Community.

Leslie Reilly, Acting
Leslie Reilly is a graduate of SUNY Oswego with a double major in Theater and Music. She also holds an MFA from the Professional Actors Training Program at Ohio University. She has acted in many stock, regional and community theater productions as well as Off-Broadway as a founding member of The Actors Factory. Favorite roles include the title roles in Antigone, Lysistrata, and Uncle Vanya, as well as “Beatrice” in Man in the Moon Marigolds, “Sister Aloysius” in Doubt, “The Actor” in The Woman in Black, and various roles in The Dining Room and The Laramie Project. Her most recent role was “Margrethe” in the award-winning play Copenhagen. Her favorite acting venues are those where the actors are as close to the audience as humanly possible. Leslie has taught at Ohio University, Utica College, and with the Mohawk Valley Arts In Education Institute.

Kevin Shumway, Improvisation
Kevin Shumway 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.

Maria Wechsler, Creative Play
Maria Wechsler has been working in environmental theater for 25 years. She has taught workshops on creative play and improvisation for many years. She currently works on the teaching staff and in the performance company of the Sterling Renaissance Festival. She also serves as the artistic director for the Skaneateles Dickens Festival.

Kathleen Zamniak, Dance Auditioning
Kathleen Zamniak is a choreographer and director in the Auburn area, and has been dancing for over thirty years. Kathy owns and operates her own dance studio in Auburn, Rhythm in Motion Studio, since 1980. She is the Master choreographer for Seneca Cayuga ARC’s Fame program and has lead dance workshops at Wells College, Le Moyne College, and summer theater at The Morgan Opera House in Aurora. Kathy has produced and directed over 20 theater productions for Rhythm in Motion Studio, choreographed for Auburn High school, and Union Springs High School Musicals. She is certified with The Dance Education of America, NYC. Kathy is currently instructing “Introduction to Dance” at Cayuga County Community College.