Drama / Theatre


Dr. Susan Vick

Susan Vick, Professor of Drama/Theatre and Director of Theatre, directs the academic theatre programs at WPI including artistic leadership of major productions and academic projects performed in the Little Theatre, WPI's dedicated academic theatre space. Vick works as the Executive Dramaturg for New Voices, the longest running collegiate new play festival that she founded at WPI, now in its 35th year. A published and produced playwright, she has also worked as a professional actress and director and holds memberships in the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the Dramatists Guild. In addition to numerous plays directed at WPI, Vick has staged productions Off Broadway in NYC, in Boston, Northampton, Amherst, and has thrice toured productions to the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe in Scotland. She has written plays that have been produced off-Broadway and in regional, educational and international venues. In 1997, she was awarded the WPI Trustee's Award for Outstanding Teaching, the highest award WPI can give to an educator. In 2004-2005, Vick oversaw the creation of the Little Theatre, with a grant from the Alden Foundation, with the administrative guidance of then WPI President Dr. Dennis Berkey. Vick's significant achievements in theatre and theatre education were recognized in 2010 when she was inducted into the Catawba College Blue Masque Hall of Fame. Vick is a published poet and has adapted several of Shakespeare's plays for theatre with youth. She has also served as editor for Playwrights Press and has been a contributor to "theatre in review" for Theatre Journal. Vick holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, an MFA from Southern Methodist University, and an AB from Catawba College.

Professor Vick in the Little Theatre with previous students on the occasion of WPI's celebration of 40 years of women on campus.
Center Vick, and left to right: Lauren Ferrechio, Victoria Zukas, Jessica Sands, Sara Gouveia, Tess De Rham, Cara Marcy, Lauren Spada, and Carol Wood.
Photo by Dan Vaillancourt

Dean O'Donnell

Dean continues to serve as an Executive Dramaturg for the New Voices Festival. His plays have been produced in Boston, New York, Hollywood and around the country. He has been a more or less regular participant in WPI's New Voices Festival since the first one. His one-act play For the Team was produced at the Boston Theatre Marathon, Oh Henry! was produced as part of The Xmas Files by Centastage, Legwork was produced as part of The Boston Plays by Centastage, and his plays, In Bad Taste and Nobody Knows You're a Dog, were produced at WPI. His short film Legwork has won awards at film festivals in Houston, Chicago, Newport Beach, and Boston. He has won the Steinberg Award, been a finalist for Actor's Theatre of Louisville's one-act play contest, the Gassner Award, and the Siena College International Playwriting competition. He holds an MFA in playwriting from Brandeis University and currently teaches in the Interactive Media and Game Development Program at WPI.

Photo By Tom Collins

Michael Ciaraldi

Mike Ciaraldi is in his 18th year at WPI as a Professor of Computer Science and Robotic Engineering. Having written eight New Voices Plays as well as co-written six for the Alpha Psi Omega 24-Hour Show, he continues to stay very involved in the Drama/Theatre Program. Recently, Mike has made his first professional fiction sale, the short-short story Blurry. Blurry was published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine in September, 2015. Mike was the subject of an article in Worcester Magazine after Blurry was the AHMM Mysterious Photograph Contest. He has also just had a letter to the editor printed in issue #4 of the comic book Captain Canuck.

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