University at Albany
 

Alumni

Matthew E. Adelson '92:Since graduating from SUNY-Albany in 1992, Matthew has built a career as a lighting designer for theatre, musical theatre, opera, dance and live events. His credits include: the Berkshire Theatre Festival (17 productions), the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (11 Productions), Burning Coal Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, Florida Studio Theatre, NYSTI, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Portland Stage, Merrimack Rep, Yale Rep, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Berkshire Opera, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Lincoln Center and the 2007 Songs of the Spirit New York State Tour, among many others. For five years, Matthew was also the Production Coordinator/Adjunct Faculty for Dance Department at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In 2005, Matthew and his family returned to the area from New York City, settling in the central Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Here, he is currently the Production Manager and Lighting Designer for the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, in Great Barrington as well the lighting designer for the Dance Program at Williams College, in Williamstown. Matthew is a 1996 graduate of the Yale School of Drama, and a member of the United Scenic Artists.

Amanda Clark '97: received her MFA from NYU' Tisch School of the Arts in Costume design. She Assistant designed Fiddler on the Roof and the Tony Costume design Award winning Wicked on Broadway.

William J. Coulter '93: is a professional actor, director and teacher. He is currently the Theatre Coordinator of Fort Hamilton High School's Theatre Department where he teaches dramatic literature, acting/directing, theatre production and directs the school's fall and spring productions and Multi-cultural Festival. As a professional he has performed Off-Broadway at the John Houseman Theatre, American Jewish Theatre, The Triad and Phil Bosakowski Theatre; he has worked at various regional theatres that include Riverside Studio Theatre, Second Stages, Fredonia Opera House, Heritage Artists, Cohoes Music Hall, Capital Repertory and Williamstown Theatre Festival. In addition, he has directed productions for Fort Salem Theatre, Foothills Repertory, Bristol Valley Theatre, Adirondack Rep., Phil Bosakowski Theatre, The Duplex, The Triad, Producers Club and Capital Repertory. He is the co-founder of Manhattan Moon Productions and recently produced the acclaimed educational documentary Not of an Age; he has been seen in the films Under Heat, Ironweed, Billy Bathgate, Ghost Story, Editing is Everything, Devils Advocate, and The Age of Innocence directed by Martin Scorese as well as numerous TV commercials. He has studied and coached the acting methods of Uta Hagen and Robert Lewis and his alumni have worked on stage, film and television productions. He holds a BFA in Theatre from SUNY at Albany; an MFA in Directing from CUNY at Brooklyn College and a AAS from The New School of Film/TV and Radio. He is a proud member of Actors Equity, SSDC, NTE and NYSTEA.

Jessica Gaffney '98: received her MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in Costume and Set Design. For Push Productions Jessica has designed costumes for both Marat Sade and Shannon in Ambient Light and Kraken at Walkerspace. Off Broadway: No Child directed by Hal Brooks (Epic Theatre / Barrow Street) Other NY credits: Marisol, Aloha Say the Pretty Girls, Comrades and Worms, and 12 Ophelias all directed by Debbie Saivetz (BPAC), Boococks House of Baseball directed by Mary Katherine Burke (The Flea), The Internationalist directed by Ken Russ Schmoll (13 P), The Gold Standard directed by Alex Lippard (Audax), Servant of Two Masters directed by Holly Golden (PS 122), The Furies and Falling Petals both directed by Mark Armstrong, Patty Red Pants and Chicks with Dicks both written by Trista Baldwin. Regional: Farifield Theatre Company, Triarts Sharon Playhouse, Desalles University, and University of Rochester. Jessica Also designs costumes and scenery for film.

Stephen Adly Guirgis '90 is a playwright, screenwriter, and actor. He has been a member of NYC's LAByrinth Theater Company since 1994. His plays have been produced on five continents and throughout the United States. His most recent play, The Litttle Flower of East Orange, starring Ellen Burstyn and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, just completed an extended run at The Public Theater. Other plays include Our Lady of 121st Street (10 best plays of 2003; Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Best Play Nominations), Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award, Laurence Olivier Nomination for London's Best New Play), In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings (2007 LA Drama Critics Best Play & Best Writing Award), and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (10 best Time Magazine & Entertainment Weekly), produced by LAByrinth in collaboration with The Public Theater in 2005. Judas just completed a critically acclaimed European premiere in London at the Almeida Theater. All five plays were originally produced by LAByrinth and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. They are published by Dramatists Play Service as well as by Faber and Faber. His one act, Dominica The Fat Ugly Ho, was directed by Adam Rapp as part of the 2006 E.S.T. Marathon.... Television writing credits include NYPD Blue, The Sopranos, David Milch's CBS drama Big Apple, and Shane Salerno's NBC series UC: Undercover. Stephen was awarded a 2006 PEN/Laura Pels Award, a 2006 Whiting Award, and a 2004 TCG fellowship. He attended the 2004 Sundance Screenwriter's Lab, and was named one of 2004's 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine. He is the recipient of new play commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club, Center Theater Group, and South Coast Repertory, and is a member of New Dramatists, and The MCC Playwright's Coalition. He developed and directed Liza Colón-Zayas' Sistah Supreme for Danny Hoch's Hip Hop Theater Festival, and Marco Greco's award winning Behind the Counter with Mussolini in New York and Los Angeles. As an actor, he had leading roles in Todd Solondz's Palindromes, Brett C. Leonard's Jailbait opposite Michael Pitt, and in Kenneth Lonergan's upcoming Margaret. Other film credits include Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York and Adam Rapp's Blackbird. A former Violence Prevention Specialist/H.I.V. Educator, he has facilitated numerous workshops in New York City area prisons, schools, shelters, and hospitals. He lives in New York City.

John Nagle ‘90: is an actor, director, fight director and teaching artist. He is the Executive Director of Vermont Shakespeare Company, which he co-founded in 2005. As an actor John has worked regionally at Arkansas Rep, Connecticut Rep, Helen Hayes PAC, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, among others. In NYC he has performed with The National Shakespeare Company, International Fringe Festival, Accidental Theatre Company and Moonwork. John toured the country with The National Shakespeare Company, Arkansas Rep, and Scooby Doo in Stagefright! (voice of Scooby Doo). He played Robert Cushman in the Emmy-nominated TV movie Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of the Mayflower. His voice can also be heard on several national radio spots. John most recently directed The Taming of the Shrewat Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. Other directing credits include Romeo and Juliet (The National Shakespeare Company), Loose Knit(NYU Tisch), Twelfth Night and The Comedy of Errors(Vermont Shakespeare Company), as well as several original off-off Broadway plays. Fight Direction credits include The National Shakespeare Company, Chelsea Opera Company, Moonwork, the Actors’ Studio and several off-off Broadway shows. John teaches Scene Study and Shakespeare at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City, and co-developed The Summer Shakespeare Outreach program for inner city youth at the studio. He is a certified actor/combatant with The Society of American Fight Directors and holds an MFA from The University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

John Ortiz: is an award-winning actor who honed his craft on the theatrical stage of New York. He won the Obie Award for Best Actor in the off-Broadway production of References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot. He is equally at home on stage, in feature films and in television. Ortiz is the Co-Founder, along with acclaimed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, of LAByrinth Theatre Company, where he has produced and preformed in many productions including The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, directed by Hoffman, Jesus Hopped The “A” Train, for which he was awarded a Drama Desk nomination, Guinea Pig Solo and most recently Jack Goes Boating all at the Public Theatre. He is currently in rehearsals for Othello starring opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman and directed by Peter Sellars. This production will premiere in Vienna this summer. Other New York theatre credits include the Broadway production of Anna in the Tropics, The Skin of our Teeth, with John Goodman at the Public Theatre, Cloud Tectonics at Playwrights Horizon, The Persians and Merchant of Venice, both directed by Peter Sellars and performed in Paris, London, Berlin, and Edinburgh among others. Regionally, he has performed at the Mark Taper Forum, The Goodman, Hartford Stage, Arena Stage, Yale Repertory, South Coast Repertory and Cincinnati Playhouse. For the big screen he most recently wrapped the film version of Jack Goes Boating, which he is starring in and producing with Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Amy Ryan is playing the female lead. He can be seen in the newest installment of Fast And Furious and recently in Pride and Glory with Edward Norton and Colin Farrell. He can soon be seen in Michael Mann’s Public Enemies opposite Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. Last year he starred in Ridley Scott’s American Gangster with Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington and in 20 th Century Fox’s Alien vs. Predator: AVP2. Other credits include Michael Mann’s Miami Vice opposite Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx, the biopic El Cantante with Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Steven Spielberg’s Amistad, Brian DePalma’s Carlito’s Way, opposite Al Pacino and Sean Penn, Nark opposite Jason Patric and Ray Liotta, Ron Howard’s Ransom, Riot, Side Streets, Sgt. Bilko, Before Night Falls (Directed by Julian Schnabel), The Opportunists and The Last Marshall. On television, Ortiz was a series regular in CBS’ Clubhouse, ABC’s The Job with enis Leary and FOX’s Lush Life. He also starred in the HBO pilot Hope Against Hope written and directed by JJ Abrams. Born and raised and still resides in Brooklyn with his wife and son and is a self-described “huge sports fan” who follows the Yankees and the Knicks.

Christopher Peifer '96: foremost a rock musician and songwriter, has recorded and toured the world with The Kowalskis, sir, Frances Farmer My Hero, and is currently creating a buzz on the indie scene with Heavy Creatures. He owns and operates Garageland Recording Studio in Brooklyn, NY. Recent Sound Design credits include: Manhattan Theatre Club, Westport Country Playhouse, Juilliard at Lincoln Center, Red Bull Theatre at Playwrights Horizons. Costume Design includes: American Ballet Theatre, Abingdon Theatre Company, Gallery Players and Village Light Opera. hristopher takes regular classes at Art Students League of New York and is a Guest Lecturer/Visiting Artist at Borough of Manhattan Community College. His website is: http://www.chrispei.com

Stacey Prussman '92: is an uninhibited, native New Yorker that has become a major player in the comedy circuit after years of working professionally in theater, television and film. Stacey was well known for the lead role of Dori in the hit Off -Broadway hit Grandma Sylvia’s Funeral. She has appeared on ABCs Hope and Faith starring Kelly Ripa, and had a starring role in the award winning independent film Glam-Trash. Staceys numerous appearances on The Howard Stern Radio Show and the E! channel built her quite a following. She is now heard regularly on a variety of shows on Sirius Satellite Radio. Stacey currently is in development of a new TV show called The Stacey Prussman Show with Sparkway Productions. Stacey has been headlining clubs and colleges throughout the United States and Canada. Her stories of her odd Brooklyn upbringing, her unique observations, her crazy love life, and her bizarre jobs accompanied with her infectious energy has kept audiences laughing and hanging on the edge of their seats. Stacey’s jokes have been published in Judy Browns books Squeaky Clean and Loves unny that Way. While in NYC, she can be seen regularly at Caroline’s on Broadway, Gotham, Stand-up NY, The Strip, New York Comedy Club and Broadway Comedy Club. Stacey also travels the country giving lectures at Universities on eating disorders and body image. checkout her other myspace page dedicated to her lecture "Looking Through Broken Mirrors" nomorebrokenmirrors/myspace.com  www.staceyprussman.com

Michael Rosenthal '97: has guest-lectured in the subjects of playwriting and dramatic arts at DeVry Technical Institute in North Brunswick, New Jersey and St. Elizabeth's College in Morristown, New Jersey.

Michael holds an MFA in Dramatic Arts with a concentration in Playwriting, from the ctors Studio Drama School/New School University in New York City. Michael is also a proud graduate of the University at Albany (BA in English Honors with a minor in Theatre).

As a playwright Michael's work has been seen several times Off-Off Broadway in New York City. Michael's latest full-length play Even the Flowers Were Wasted, was produced by the DAP Ensemble this September at the Access Theater. Michael's full-length play Feste San Gatti, was produced by the DAP Ensemble in December 2002 at the Sanford Meisner Theater. Michael's one-act play Oleon & On was produced by DAP Ensemble in August 2001 at the Gershwin Hotel. Michael's one-act plays Amore e Veleno and Forgivable Sins were produced as part of the Actors Studio Drama School's Repertory Season in 2002 at the Circle in the Square Theater (Downtown).
Michael directed E. Katharine Kerr's Juno's Swans for Bristol Road Productions at the Independent Theatre in November 2000. Michael also directed Jorshinelle Sonza's How to Cook Adobo produced by the University of the Philippines' Alumni Association at the Filipino National Consulate in Sept. 2001.

Michael is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Michael is also a member and resident playwright of the DAP Ensemble Ltd. Theatre Company of New York City. e-mail: mch7rs@aol.com

Jared West '95: joined the Boston Gay Men's Chorus staff as Operations and Events Coordinator in November 2002. He came to the Chorus with a wide range of skills and a background in special events. His experience includes three years spent with Pallotta TeamWorks working on large-scale, bold and challenging multi-day fundraising events including the Boston-New York AIDS Ride, the AVON Breast Cancer 3-Day and the Canada-US AIDS Vaccine Ride. Jared has also spent time working for other non-profits including Zoo New England and American Student Assistance.  A native upstate New Yorker hailing from Lake Champlain, Jared has been in Boston since 1996. He completed his Bachelors of Arts in Theater at the University at Albany, SUNY and his Masters of Science in Public Affairs from University of Massachusetts Boston.  Outside of the Chorus, Jared enjoys traveling, gardening and outdoor sports including running, biking and snowboarding. He completed his first Boston-New York AIDS Ride in 1997 and his first triathlon in 2001.

D. B. Woodside '91: David Bryan "D.B." Woodside (born July 25, 1969 in Jamaica, Queens, New York) is an American actor, best known for his varied television roles.

After injuring his knee while playing American football in his high school's (Roy C. Ketcham High School) team, Woodside heard the drama club performing a scene from a play and was interested. Since then, Woodside has fallen in love with acting.

Woodside got his start in the second season of Murder One in 1996, playing Aaron Mosley. After that series' cancellation, he guest starred on The Practice, Snoops, The Division and Once and Again. He also appeared in the 2000 film Romeo Must Die as Aaliyah's on-screen brother. In 1998, D.B. played Melvin Franklin, Motown's solid bass singer in The Temptations. He made a guest appearance on JAG in its final season as FBI Agent Rod Benton.

From 2002 to 2003, Woodside guest starred in 14 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's final season, as Principal Robin Wood, Buffy's boss and son of a Slayer. He followed this up in the following television season, playing the pragmatic Wayne Palmer, the Chief of Staff and brother to President David Palmer during the third season of 24. In the fifth season of the series, he returned to reprise the role as a uest star in episodes 1–2 and 14–18. Woodside returned as a series regular for the sixth season as the President of the United States.He had a guest role as Marlon Waylord in the episode of CSI Harvest in 2004. In 2007, he was a guest star on the hit TV show Grey's Anatomy in that show's 4th season episode, Forever Young, wherein he played the character of Marcus.

Woodside is a graduate of the University at Albany and the Yale School of Drama. Woodside also taught courses (Black Action Theatre) and acted in several plays including Shakespeare's Hamlet at the University of Iowa in the early 1990s.