Carol Charniga, B.S.’76
At the University at Albany, Carol Charniga “took
classes in the sciences and theatre, and both have
continued to be important and balancing aspects of my
life.” That’s probably why the Troy, N.Y., resident works
as a lab manager for the Neural Stem Cell Institute and
enjoys acting and directing!
Pictured here as Fraulein
Schneider in a 2011 UAlbany production of Cabaret,
Charniga returned to campus this February to portray
Miss Piedmont, a character based on Miss Haversham
from Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. She has
amassed an impressive array of credits in New York City
(A Murder is Announced, Queens Theater in the Park)
and, closer to home, at Capital Repertory Theatre, the
New York State Theatre Institute (NYSTI), Cohoes
Music Hall, Mac-Haydn Theatre and The Theater Barn.
Her directing credits include Gross Indecency: the Three
Trials of Oscar Wilde at Albany Civic Theater (ACT) and
On the 20th Century for the Schenectady Light Opera
Offstage, Charniga has two favorite roles: mother of
three, and grandmother to Hayden, 13, and Violet, 3.
“They are future [UAlbany] students, I hope,” she says.