skidmore theater living newsletter

Faculty Spotlight: John Michael DiResta

STLN Editor-in-Chief sits down with Skidmore Theater’s newest Artist-In-Residence, John Michael Diresta.

Guest Artist Spotlight: Marcus Dean Fuller

“For the past two weekends, eight fortunate, young actors got the opportunity to work closely with Shakespearean actor, director and producer Marcus Dean Fuller. In this upperclassmen intensive, sophomores, juniors, and seniors spent their Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with Fuller focusing on the intrinsic nature of Shakespeare’s unparalleled text and the ways in which it begs to be heard, spoken, and ultimately performed.”

Guest Director Spotlight: Phil Soltanoff

Guest Director of Balm in Gilead, Phil Soltanoff, talks about his journey from teaching at Skidmore to following his professional career around the world, and returning back again to direct this semester’s Mainstage.

A Conversation with “The Orphan Sea” Director Eunice S. Ferreira

The Orphan Sea director and faculty member Eunice Ferreira talks to staff writer Laura McCullagh ’17 about language, home, and the timeliness of this production. 

Faculty Spotlight: Julia May Jonas

By Sarah Rabinowitz ’17 Skidmore Theater’s newest lecturer Julia May Jonas planned on being an actor when she began her undergraduate studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.  In her second year in the acting program, however, Jonas realized that she wanted to have a larger hand in all aspects of making […]

A Mind Onstage: Guest Director Rebecca Marzalek-Kelly

By Caity Cook ’18 When I meet with Rebecca Marzalek-Kelly, she is emerging from a production meeting with a mischievous smile on her face. “We were working on some magic,” she says coyly. Marzalek-Kelly, who graduated from Skidmore in ‘02, has returned to the JKB this fall to direct the mainstage production Who Will Carry […]

DNAWorks’ HaMapah and Questions of Identity

By Nina Slowinski ’19 It can be difficult to establish an identity, both for others and for oneself.  It can be especially difficult when one comes from many diverse backgrounds— such as African American, Native American and Jewish cultures—that are not thought to “traditionally” go together.  The question of identity concerns not only our current […]

Rebel Director: Ian Belton’s Nomadic Journey

BY: CAITY COOK ’18 Late afternoon in the JKB: Actors are running lines, electrics crew members are calling to each other from the catwalks in the Mainstage, and “wet paint” signs adorn doors everywhere. When I finally spot Ian Belton, he’s emerging from a huddle with his stage management team. Sporting a black t-shirt and jeans, ruffled […]

Faculty Spotlight: Sue Kessler

Theater Manager Sue Kessler talks to Staff Writer Zoe Dartley ’16 about her journey from being a Skidmore student to founding Brooklyn’s “Bushwick Starr,” and how she’s been drawn back to the Skidmore Theater.


STLN STAFF 2017-18

Editors-in-Chief: Rachel Karp ’18 and Ziggy Schulting ’18

Founding Editor: Gabe Cohn ’16

Assistant Editors: TBA

2016-17 Staff Writers: TBA