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Alumni

Harry Feiner '75: is a set designer, lighting designer and scenic artist. His designs include work for Missouri Rep, The Pearl Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre, Peoples’ Light & Theatre Co., Olney Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Capital Rep, Delaware Theatre Company, Two River Theatre Company, The Pearl Theatre Company, New Jersey Rep, GEVA, George Street Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Theatre Virginia, Montclair Theatrefest, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Queens Theatre in the Park, Actors’ Studio, Stony Brook International Arts Festival, Blue Herron Theatre, Bennington Center for the Arts, Jewish Repertory Theatre, and The Irish Arts Center. He has also designed for the Colorado, Alabama, New Jersey and North Carolina Shakespeare Festivals. Presently he is designing the 2008-09 season at the Pearl. Dance designs for North Carolina Dance Theatre, North Carolina School of the Arts, Boston Conservatory of Music, and Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre. Opera designs for Central City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Lake George Opera, Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, Syracuse Opera, Chatauqua Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Fort Worth Opera, Aaron Copeland School of Music, Orchestra of St. Luke's and Manhattan School of Music. He has been the resident designer for Missouri Repertory Theatre and Lake George Opera Festival, and now with Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre. Exhibitions include the 2005 World Stage Exposition in Toronto, and the upcoming US contingent for the 2007 Prague Quadrennial. Publications include entries in the International Federation of Theatre Research Journals form Jagellonian University, The Prague Theatre Institute, and upcoming articles sponsored by The University of Amsterdam and The St. Petersburg Theatre Institute. He has been chair of the department of Drama, Theatre and Dance at Queens College, CUNY, where he is a professor of theatre design.

Cathy Ladman '75: The best way to get inside Cathy Ladman's head is to see her live. As one of the country's top comedians, Ladman's show is a self-probing, anxiety-venting vehicle, which draws laughter from exposing personal neurosis. She has not only appeared on The Tonight Show nine times, but was also the only female comic to appear on the last two Johnny Carson Tonight Show Anniversary shows. Cathy has had her own HBO One Night Stand comedy special and, in 1992, was awarded the American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand Up Comic. Most recently, Cathy was one of the three finalists in Nick at Nite’s “Funniest Mom in America.”

A native New Yorker, now living in Los Angeles, Cathy is successfully pursuing an acting career in television and film. Her film credits include roles in The Aristocrats, White Oleander, What Planet Are You From? My Fellow Americans, and Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead. Her television pilots include Caroline in the City, in which she had a recurring role, Next Exit, Carlos, American Nuclear, and Hot Prospects. She appeared regularly on ABC's Politically Incorrect and, when it was in production, Comedy Central's Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist. She has guest starred on Fox's Titus and CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond.

Besides comedy monologue, Cathy's writing career includes developing original television treatments, episodic scripts, and feature-length screenplays. Cathy has been a writer on several shows, including Roseanne, Caroline in the City, The Caroline Rhea Show.

In addition to stand-up, TV, and film, Cathy has been acting in live theatre. She recently appeared in a successful Off-Broadway run of, The JAP Show: The Princesses of Comedy. In 2004 –'05, she appeared in the 25th Anniversary Production of Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, which was nominated for a GLAAD Award. She developed her own show, Scaredypants, with HBO, and took it to the Aspen Comedy Festival, and she's currently working on a new solo show, entitled, Does This Show Make Me Look Fat?

Cathy's comedy focuses on family, growing up, relationships, and real life from a very personal perspective. The Los Angeles Times put it best "... Ladman has such clever, well-written material and such a breezy, unassuming delivery that it would be easy to overlook just how good she is: Her act seems effortless."

Greg Leaming '77: moved to Sarasota to become the Director of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training in 2004. Since that time he has also functioned as Associate Director at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. For the Asolo Rep, he has directed his own translation/adaptation of Pierre Hennekin and Maurice Veber’s Anything to Declare? (recently published by Dramatics Publishing) as well as The Play’s the Thing and the world premiere of Jason Wells’ Men of Tortuga. For the FSU Conservatory he has directed Pericles, Blue Window and Murder by Poe. Also in Sarasota, he has directed Mrs. Warren’s Profession for the Banyon Theatre. He directed his translation/adaptation of George Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear in Dallas, Texas, earning a Dallas Theatre Critics Association Award for Best Direction and a Leon Rabin Award nomination for Best New Play. He was the Director of Artistic Programming for Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT (1996-2001) and Acting Artistic Director (2001-2002). There he directed Arms and the Man, and the world premieres of Going Native by Steven Drukman, Abstract Expression by Theresa Rebeck, The Third Army by Joe Sutton, Syncopation by Alan Knee (also for George Street Theatre and Florida Stage Company), and An Infinite Ache by David Schulner (also for Stamford Theatre Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Merrimack Repertory Theatre, the latter production receiving an Addison Award for Best Direction in 2004). While Artistic Director of Portland Stage Company (1992-1996), he directed, among many other plays, the world premieres of Losing Father’s Body and Church of the Sole Survivor (both W. Alton Jones New Play Award winners), and the world premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher’s The Turn of the Screw. He was the Producing Director of Hartford Stage Company for the 1996-97 season, and was Associate Artistic Director for the same theatre from 1984 to1992. Others credits include Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Shakespeare Sedona, Southwest Shakespeare, Stage West and Philadelphia Drama Guild. Mr. Leaming has devoted much time developing new plays with organizations including the Eugene O’Neil Theatre Center, New Dramatists, New York Theatre Workshop, New York Stage and Film, Cape Cod Theatre Project, The Gathering at Bigfork and Theatre of the First Amendment. He served as a panelist/observer for the Maine Arts Commission, Massachusetts Council for the Arts, Connecticut Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.


Gregory Maguire '76: is the author of five novels for adults and more than a dozen novels for children. His adult novels, all published by HarperCollins, are Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (1995), praised by John Updike in the New Yorker as "an amazing novel," Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (1999); Lost (2001); Mirror Mirror (2003); and Son of a Witch, the sequel to Wicked, published in 2005. Wicked has been developed as a big-budget Broadway musical, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, The Prince of Egypt, etc.). Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was filmed for ABC/Disney and aired originally in the Spring of 2002. It starred Stockard Channing and Jonathan Pryce.

Mr. Maguire's work for adults and for children has been published abroad in England, Ireland and Australia, and various works have been purchased for translation into rench, German, Danish, Dutch, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.

His children's novels include The Hamlet Chronicles, a projected seven book series including, to date, Seven Spiders Spinning, Six Haunted Hairdos, Five Alien Elves, Four Stupid Cupids, and Three Rotten Eggs. A Couple of April Fools is next. Though he is best known as a fantasy writer, Mr. Maguire has also written picture books, science fiction, realistic and historic fiction.

For the Sunday New York Times Book Review Mr. Maguire has published signal reviews of significant fantasies by J. K. Rowling, Philip Pullman, and Maurice Sendak. He has also contributed articles and essays in journals such as the Boston Review, the Christian Science Monitor, The Horn Book Magazine, and others.

Mr. Maguire has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships. He was artist in residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and has received fellowship residencies at Blue Mountain Center, New York; the Hambidge Center, Georgia; The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Vermont. In addition to writing, Mr. Maguire is a national figure in children's literature education. He was a professor and associate director of the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College, 1979 through 1986. Since 1986 he has been codirector and founding board member of Children's Literature New England, Incorporated, a nonprofit that focuses attention on the significance of literature in the lives of children. Mr. Maguire received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature at Tufts University (1990). He has lived abroad in Dublin and London, and now makes his home in Massachusetts.

John Gould Rubin '73: is Co-Artistic and Executive Director of LAByrinth Theater Company for which he directed the premieres of Philip Roth in Khartoum;Penalties & Interest (both as part of Public/LAB at The Public Theater);STopless; The Trail of Her Inner Thigh; John Patrick Shanley's A Winter Party; (and co-created and directed:) Dreaming in Tongues; and Mémoire. He co-created and directed The Erotica Project for the NYSF; directed Trial By Water for Ma-Yi, A Taste of Honey at Playwrights Horizons; Blood in the Sink at Urban Stages; both A Matter Of Choice and NAMI for Partial Comfort; EST’s and Naked Angel’s Marathons; The Fartiste for the NY Fringe Festival (Best Musical.) He wrote (and played Ivan Boesky in) The Predators' Ball (collaborating with Karole Armitage and David Salle) for the Teatro Comunale in Florence, Italy, and at BAM's Next Wave Festival. He recently directed his first film, Almost Home for Trigger Street Independent, which appeared at The Berkshire Film Festival. For LAByrinth he produced Our Lady of 121st Street (and it’s commercial production off-Broadway), and Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train at Center Stage/NY; Off-Broadway (two Drama Desk noms.); at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival (Fringe First Award); at The Donmar Warehouse; and at The Arts Theatre on the West End in London (Olivier Award nom.) Mr. Rubin will produce Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train on Broadway next fall and he will also produced the tour of Macbeth with Stephen Dillane playing all the roles at the Almeida Theater in London and throughout Australia. As an actor, Mr. Rubin appeared at Second Stage in John Patrick Shanley's play, Cellini, on B’way opposite Glenn Close and Gene Hackman in Death and The Maiden, under Mike Nichol's direction; in the title role of Moliere's Don Juan, at The Mark Taper Forum in L.A. under the direction of Travis Preston, for which he received the Drama-Logue Award in Acting; as Jacques in John Tillinger's production of As You Like it;in Martin Crimp’s adaptation of The Misanthrope, with Uma Thurman and Roger Rees; as well as in the lead role of Mr. Crimp’s Play With Repeats, with Frances McDormand. Mr. Rubin's Film appearances include the Spanish film by Juanma Bajo Ulloa, Frágil, The Out-of-Towners, Three Men and a Baby and Dead Again. Television appearances include New York News, Good Advice, Law & Order (all versions, many times) and The Story Behind the Story.