Michelle Catalfamo

Theater

“When something goes wrong in your life, just yell

PLOT TWIST!

and move on.”

 

2015    How I Learned to Drive                                    Stage Manager

2014    The Marriage of Bette and Boo                        Stage Manager

2013    Uncle Vanya                                                     Assistant Stage Manager

2011     Talent Show                                                     Assistant Stage Manager

2010    Once Upon a Mattress                                      Assistant Stage Manager

2010     Talent Show                                                     Assistant Stage Manager

2009     Crazy For You                                                  Assistant Stage Manager

2009     Talent Show                                                     Assistant Stage Manager

2008     Joseph and the TechnicolorDream Coat          Assistant Stage Manager

2008     Talent Show                                                     Backstage Hand

2007     Anything Goes                                                 Backstage Hand

 

The best part of the productions “How I Learned to Drive” and “The Marriage of Bette and Boo” was that they were performed in the Panara Theater at the National Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). This means that hearing and deaf people work together to put on a kick-ass show.

While language is definitely a barrier, everyone is willing to find a way to communicate. I know very little ASL (American Sign Language) but I always kept good ol’ paper and a pen on me to help communicate with the cast and crew.

Since we were at the Panara theater, my director, David Munnell, also incorporated interpreters into the performance. They stood on a platform above the hearing actors and interpret every line in the play. It was great to see such a diverse community come together to put on these shows.

David Munnell was a great director. I loved how he wasn’t afraid to go against the grain and put on the show how he wanted it to be and how he envisioned it. He is a great mentor. David nominated me for a Performing Arts Scholarship during the 2014-2015 school year and I won. It was such an honor to work with David and his crew.

In High School 2007-2011, I was involved in a total of 8 large productions and a few smaller school events for the North Syracuse Junior High School (NSJHS) in North Syracuse, NY. During that time, I was Backstage most of the time and I worked sound and lights for a few smaller events.

Since I graduated High School, the Tech Crew that I was involved in has become a small production company. You can visit their site and see their work and projects below:

4D Productions

Tech Crew was just the beginning of my interest in theater. I have taken many classes for at RIT for theater including:

Fine Arts:Theater Arts

Special Topics: Theater Arts

Theater in the US

Theater and Europe

As cheesy as it sounds, theater has shaped me into who I am today. It taught me how to be a leader and to get stuff done while having fun. Working towards a common goal with a group of people to put on an awesome show is just the greatest feeling in the world and I can’t wait to be apart of it again.

 

RIT’s College of Liberal Arts production of

“How I Learned to Drive”

opened at NTID February 5, 2015.

Directed by David Munnell

Lighting & Photography by Nic Minetor,

Scenery and Costumes by Damita Peace

“How I Learned to Drive” is a play written by Paula Vogel, about a sexual relationship between Lil Bit and Her Uncle Peck throughout her childhood and adolescence.  The story uses driving as a metaphor about pedophilia and incest.

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RIT’s College of Liberal Arts production of

“The Marriage of Bette & Boo”

opened at NTID April 10, 2014.

Directed by David Munnell

Lighting by Nic Minetor

Scenery and Costumes by Damita Peace

“Marriage of Bette & Boo” is a dark humor play written by Christopher Durang, about living with a dysfunctional family. The story follows Bette & Boo who are just recently married and the problems that the family faces.

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RIT’s College of Liberal Art’s Production of

“Uncle Vanya” 

Opened at the Vignelli Gallery on April 18th, 2013.

Directed by David Munnell

Scenery and Costumes by Damita Peace

“Uncle Vanya” is a play written by Anton Chekhov, about the visit of an elderly professor and his glamorous, much younger second wife, Yeléna, to the rural estate that supports their urban lifestyle. When the Professor announces that he wants to sell the estate, and the family’s home to invest the proceeds for a high income, crisis arises.

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