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
Woody (Linwood Michael) Helfand, Patrice & Associates
Dorothy Cardi, Cardi Designs
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.