Board of Directors
Thomas B. Costello
About the Directors
Jeff Mousseau’s directing credits include a residency at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In NYC, his work has been seen at HERE Arts Center, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Theatre for the Open Eye, Theater at 224 Waverly, West Bank Café and, locally, at Stageworks, Hudson Opera House, Proctors Theater and Olana. Regional credits include numerous productions as Artistic Director of The Coyote Theater in Boston (recipient of numerous Elliot Norton and IRNE awards). Other credits include American Southwest Theatre, Provincetown Rep, Florida Studio Theatre and Tampa Players. He serves as general manager of the Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists, curator of startHERE: Innovative Theater for Young People at HERE, NYC and, previously, producing director of the Computerworld Smithsonian Awards at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Other NYC producing projects include the Ensemble Studio Theater One-Act Play Marathon and two seasons as Program Director with Tribeca PAC. He has been invited as a guest artist and lecturer at Brandeis University, Emerson College, University at Albany and Siena College.
Paul Ricciardi received his MFA in Acting from Trinity Repertory Company and has studied with Kristin Linklater and other master Linklater Teachers including Andrea Haring, Dennis Krausnick, Louis Colaianni, and Natsuko Ohama. He received his Linklater Teacher Designation in 2012. Paul is an actor, director, solo performer, and voice/speech/dialect coach. He is part of the leadership team of the Ancram Opera House, an intimate rural professional theatre in the Hudson Valley of New York. As an award winning solo-performer, Paul has staged his 1-man shows in theaters, colleges, and festivals across the northeast US and abroad. Recent work as an actor includes Playhouse Creatures’ New Play Festival, Hamlet with Saratoga Shakespeare Festival, Lovesong at Chester Theatre Company, and many others. Paul has designed dialects for countless college theatre productions, as well as for professional theaters including Stageworks, WAM, America-in-Play, and others. Paul teaches voice and acting at the City University of New York/Kingsborough CC. Formerly, he was on the theatre faculty of Siena College, University at Albany and Rhode Island College. He is Immediate Past Co-Chair for Region I of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and is a recipient of the Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Award. Memberships: AEA, VASTA.
About the Board
Thomas B. Costello, Ph.D. (secretary) is a theatre educator, director, and scholar. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Speech in the Performing Arts program at SUNY Dutchess Community College, and his design and direction have colored stages in Prague, Dublin, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Vegas, and beyond.
Gerry Fultz is a data and business consultant specializing in the vision correction industry. Gerry was born in rural Oklahoma, served in Vietnam and lived in Europe for fifteen years before returning to the U.S. in the mid-eighties. He is currently the chair of the Ancram Community Development Council and serves on other local boards.
Amy Hufnagel (treasurer) has worked for over 25 years in non-profit administration, museum & public education, and has designed and implemented hundreds of public programs. She served as the Assistant Director of Light Work, an artist-run photography center at Syracuse University; and as the Executive Director of The Alice Austen House Museum within the New York City Parks Department and the NYC Historic House Trust. She has served as a Director of Programs and Education for the New York State Alliance for Arts Education (in partnership with NYS Department of Cultural Education). She also headed up the Education Department at the New York Foundation for the Arts (in partnership with NYS Council on the Arts). Currently, Hufnagel serves as the Director of Education at The Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, NY and lives in Rhinebeck with her husband and two daughters.
Jeffrey Lependorf (president) is a composer and musician. He also serves as the shared executive director of two national literary organizations—Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) and Small Press Distribution (SPD)—and directs the Music Omi International Musicians Residency Program. More information at: www.jeffreylependorf.com.
Jeff Mousseau (member) is co-director of the Ancram Opera House.
Catherine Redlich is a partner in the New York law firm Driscoll & Redlich, a firm specializing in complex criminal litigation and regulatory investigations (www.driscollredlich.com). She is also a co-founder and trustee of the Redlich Horwitz Foundation, which focuses on improving the lives and long-term outcomes of youth in the foster care system in New York (www.rhfdn.org). Cathy currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council and the English Advisory Board at the University of Michigan, and has previously been a director of a library foundation board and the board of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. Cathy and her husband Rob reside in Ancramdale, New York.
Karen Smith (vice president) is a branding and digital marketing consultant to a broad range of technology start-ups. Karen spent most of her career at Brouillard Communications, the corporate branding, advertising and PR division of J Walter Thompson, serving as Director of Strategic Planning as well as Managing Director of the agency’s London office.