Directors

Jeffrey Mousseau

Paul Ricciardi

STAFF

Susan Silverman, Business Manager

Lauren Letellier, Press Rep

Board of Directors

Thomas B. Costello

Gerry Fultz

Paul Ricciardi

Catherine Redlich

Karen Smith

Seung Suh

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 (treasurer) 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.

Paul Ricciardi is co-director of the Ancram Opera House.

Catherine Redlich (president) 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. 

Seung Suh is the owner of Copake General Store.  She worked as a news writer and producer for WABC-TV in New York City for more than two decades before making the move to Ancram in 2016.  She earned an Emmy for a series documenting the conflict at the US-Mexico border and has interviewed many bold-faced names including Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey.  Seung traded deadlines and spotlights for acreage and peace.  In 2017, she opened Copake General Store in Copake, NY with the mission to provide the community with quality food and to create a space for strangers and neighbors to connect.