WHO WE ARE
Founder/Producing Artistic Director Tricia McDermott
Literary Manager Elizabeth Bojzsa
Institutional Development Consultant Ellen Mittenthal
Artists Circle Richie Allen, Michael Schwendemann, Antoine Jones, Dominick DeGaetano,
Cassie Pressimone Beckworth, Jenna Lyons, Tymberley Wittrig, Roya Shanks
Tricia McDermott, President
Joseph DeVincent, Islip Planning Board
Mary Guzzy, Director of Theatre, Corning Community College, Director
Jenice L. Malecki, ESQ. Malecki Law
Rick Berube, Brooklyn PAC
Dorothy Cardi, Cardi Designs
Gen LeRoy, playwright, screenwriter, and novelist
Tony Walton, Tony award winning costume and set designer
Annmarie Kearney-Wood, Attorney at Law, Real Estate
Scholars Advisory Board
Dr. Sherry Engle, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Dr. Christine Catanzarite, University of Illinois, Champagne/Urbana
Dr. Susan Croft, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Dr. John Franceschina, Pennsylvania State University (retired)
Dr. Katherine E. Kelly, Texas A & M University
Tricia McDermott, Founder & Producing Artistic Director
Tricia is the founder and producing artistic director of the Airmid Theatre Company, a National Endowment for the Arts award-winning theatre. Throughout her career, Ms. McDermott has worked professionally in regional theatres, Off-Broadway, and internationally. Past experience includes executive director of the Shakespeare Globe Centre USA (founded by Sam Wanamaker to reconstruct Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London), and literary manager and educational outreach coordinator at the Off-Broadway theater company, Primary Stages.
Tricia works as a freelance director, dramaturg, and arts consultant. Her directing experience has led her to work on both classic and contemporary plays. During her career, she has worked as a choreographer, and actor. Additional positions have included publicity manager, stage manager, systems administrator, box office manager, and tour and booking manager. In 1996 in Illinois, she founded Doormouse Productions, a theatre company devoted to interactive outdoor theatre for young audiences. The company, in partnership with the local parks and recreation department, taught classes in acting and creative drama for children ages 5 through 12, and performed company-conceived and written plays in repertory throughout the summer months. The company has continued to fill a void in the community and has become an ongoing and successful part of the Parks Department’s yearly programs.
Ms. McDermott is also a theatre educator having taught classes in directing, acting, movement, script analysis, theatre history and creative drama at such universities as Illinois State and SUNY Stony Brook Universities, as well as Marymount Manhattan and Dowling Colleges. She has been artist-in-residence and guest director at Corning Community College in Corning, NY. Tricia is a member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society and the Co-VP of membership and executive board member for the League of Professional Theatre Women. Tricia holds a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from Illinois State University and a B.A. in Theatre from Florida State University.
Elizabeth Bojsza, Literary Manager
Elizabeth Bojsza graduated from Stony Brook University's MFA dramaturgy program in 2004, and returned to Stony Brook to join the faculty shortly thereafter. As the Graduate Teaching Mentor, Ms. Bojsza mentors and supervises graduate students in their teaching practice. She also teaches Introduction to Theatre, play analysis, Western Theater History, American Theatre, public speaking, and Prevention Through the Arts--a long-standing community performance partnership with the University’s Center for Prevention and Outreach. Within the department, she served as a core member of the curriculum committee and as the advisor for the undergraduate theatre club: Pocket Theatre. At Stony Brook University, she also works as an instructor with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science (http://www.aldakavlilearningcenter.org/) and serves on the board of the Stony Brook Child Care Center (http://www.stonybrook.edu/childcare/).
Recent projects include co-writing a textbook for an Introduction to Theatre course, which was published by Kendall Hunt in Fall 2015 (2nd edition 2016), working on an original short play to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination, and being a mom. She frequently works with ensembles to create work that has a strong connection to the past and/or antecedent material. Past projects include America-in-Play’s Recovery Project under the artistic direction of Lynn M. Thomson (www.americainplay.org), for which she received a Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas residency grant to serve as Lead Dramaturg. From 2008-2013, she served as Literary Manager of Young Playwrights Inc., a non-profit theatre company founded by Stephen Sondheim and dedicated to fostering the development of playwrights 18 years of age and younger. She also works professionally as a dramaturg, and director of community performance projects, including Swamp Gravy: Georgia’s Folk Life Play (www.swampgravy.com). Ms. Bojsza received the Stony Brook University’s John Gassner Award for Dramaturgy in 2004 and the Shirley Strum Kenney Arts Festival alumni teaching award in 2013. In 2014, through the support of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Elizabeth served as the Literary Manager and Reading Series Curator for Airmid.