The Dave Ebert Show

Some of you may have noticed that the pitchman of the moment on commercials all over the airwaves is Fredonia’s very own David Charles Ebert. A member of the class of 2009 with his BFA in Acting, Dave has been diligently pursuing a career in New York City as an improviser, freestyle and “ride” rapper, web series producer, creator of short comic films and parodies, member of the Upright Citizens Brigade, and now an all-around commercial personality for various companies and services. Here is one of his most recent spots for TD Bank.

Dave was on campus last October to work with students about on-camera techniques.

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Right at the moment it seems you can’t watch TV without seeing him come up somewhere in a commercial. His latest is for Budweiser’s collection of “Lime-a-rita” beverages. He’s also done spots for Sportscenter, Burger King “Watch Like A Pro”, Campbell’s Soup, and eHarmony. Head over to these two links to catch a bit more of his work:

http://www.ispot.tv/topic/actor-actress/C8/david-ebert

http://www.davidcharlesebert.com/commercial/

David’s acting reel has a variety of his work (probably NSFW language and subject matter). His reel features other Fredonia talent such as Lauren Gismondi, Shane Osgood, Steve Walker, and his fiance Krista Jensen (they’re getting married in early September!).

So keep watching your TV, because you may not know where he will pop up next. Go Dave!

Check out Dave’s Web Site for more info.

Construction continues apace! The foundation hole has been started. These photos give you an aerial view of the foundation hole as well as ground-level views. The view of Maytum from the rooftop of the RAC above the costume shop is an added bonus.

Fredonia TADA Scores Big at Arties

It was a great night for Fredonia theatre alums at the 24th Annual Artie Awards held on June 2, 2014 at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo NY. The Arties is Buffalo’s annual celebration of its theatre season, a time to acknowledge the contributions of actors, designers and theatre companies in the city, and also a fundraising event for the Erie County Medical Center Immunodeficiency Services. 

Here is a list of the TADA award winners and other participants in the festivities. We are very proud of all of them!

  • Tom Dudzick - Lifetime Achievement Award. Also one of the evening’s presenters.
  • Josie DiVincenzo - Outstanding Actress in a Play (Dai)
  • Steve Copps - Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson). Steve took the opportunity to announce that he and his wife Kelly are expecting their first child!
  • Tom Loughlin - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play (Hamlet)
  • Matt LaChuisa/Steve Brachman/Maura Nolan/Steve Copps - Outstanding Production of a Musical (Producer/Cast members Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson)
  • Tom LaChuisa - Outstanding Ensemble of a Play (Cast member A View from the Bridge). Nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play (A View from the Bridge).
  • Michele Costa - Nomination for Supporting Actress in a Musical (Buffalo Moon)
  • Mary Ryan - Nomination for Outstanding Production of a Musical (Cast Member Into The Woods)
  • Maura Nolan - Nomination for Outstanding Ensemble of a Play (Cast Member Dog Sees God)
  • Charmagne (Hale) Chi - Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change). Charmagne was also one of the evening’s gracious, witty and lovely hosts.
  • Dixon Reynolds - Nomination for Outstanding Costume Design (A Woman of No Importance)
  • Matthew LaChuisa - Nomination Emmanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play (Shine). Matt is a Fredonia graduate from the English Department, and he is also the founder and Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theatre of Western NY, which produced Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. He has hired several Fredonia alums to work in his theatre. We welcome him as an “honorary” TADA alum!
  • Sophie Howes, Raphael Santos, Eliza Vann - Blossom Cohan Debut Awards (recognizes all actors making their debut performances in Buffalo theatres)
  • Michael Hake served as Musical Director for the evening
  • 5-time winner Brian Riggs was one of the evening’s presenters.
  • In attendance in addition to the winners and nominees were Tina Rausa, Chris Scherr, Marisa Caruso and Sean Marciniak.

I hope I got everybody! Let us know if we missed something!

I think it’s fairly safe to say that Fredonia’s theatre program is well-represented in the city of Buffalo, and it continues to grow. Buffalo affords to our graduates not only the opportunity to grow and develop in their art, but also to work within a tremendously hard-working, supportive, and talented community of theatre artists producing excellent theatre in venues large and small. Congratulations to all the recipients, nominees and participants in this major event! Here are some pictures - hopefully more will follow.

imageJosie DiVincenzo with her award for Outstanding Actress in a Play

imageSteve Brachman, cast member in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

imageSteve Copps accepting his award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical

Fredonia Alumni Night at GEVA Theatre in Rochester! Chair Tom Loughlin, Chair Emeritus Steve Rees, and some current students and alums gathered at GEVA’s production of The Odd Couple, where Fredonia alum Jennifer Cody has been performing as Gwendolyn Pidgeon. Hunter Foster, pictured with Chair Emeritus Steve Rees above, was also in town to see his wife perform. GEVA employs many Fredonia alum, including Katie Everdyke (Electrician/Board Op), and Scott Falkowski (Subscription Services Manager), both pictured with Prof. Loughlin lower left picture. Other alums working at GEVA include Dawn Kellogg (Communications Manager) and Kris Stengrevics (Facilities Manager). Also in attendance were current students Pablo Vasquez (junior BFA Acting) and Mark Montondo (senior BFA Musical Theatre).

Here’s a short video of the current construction process going on at the Rockefeller Arts Center for the new addition. The video shows the northwest loading dock and entrance to Marvel being demolished, the parking lot and sidewalk being torn up, fencing being installed, street lamps torn down and trees marked with orange Xs to be removed.

The 2013-14 academic year is over, but construction on the new addition to the RAC has just begun. We will try to document progress with photos and videos as the summer progresses. The north loading dock, which is the current main entrance to the Marvel Theatre, undergoes demolition, while the area is being fenced off. Prof. Loughlin has one last photo taken on the current Marvel loading dock.