While you may hear the word “college” in the name of this talked about Staten Island theatre organization, don’t be fooled. The kids on Grymes Hill at Wagner College performing in the nationally recognized theatre department are anything but kids. In fact, these young adults and aspiring theatre professionals have made a name for themselves in the less than 50 year history the department has existed. This fall, they’re celebrating yet another honor headed their way. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Wagner College Theatre has been voted Staten Island’s Best Theatre Company for 2015!
For the second year in a row, Wagner College Theatre has been voted Staten Island’s Best Theatre Company by readers of the Staten Island Advance on their annual SILive.com Poll. The Staten Island Reader’s Choice Awards is an annual contest held online allowing readers to vote for their favorite arts and entertainment acts across the borough. In the category of Best Theatre Company, Wagner College Theatre came in first with The Harbor Lights Theatre Company in second and the Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre in third. Wagner’s win comes with over double the amount of votes for the second place finish.
The acknowledgement for the nationally ranked theatre program comes just a few months after Wagner College Theatre ranked #2 on the Princeton Review’s Best College Theatre list. The program has made the list for over a decade now and has in the past 10 years consistently ranked in the top five list. Just during the 2014-15 season, Wagner College Theatre ranked #1. The program boosts an impressive list of alumni including Randy Graff, Christina DeCicco (Class of 2002), Brian Sgambati (Class of 1997), Renee Marino (Class of 2004) and Monette McKay (Class of 2007). The program is also currently represented on Broadway with Bret Shuford (Class of 2001) in the recently shuttered Amazing Grace, Katie O’Toole (Class of 2009) in Jersey Boys, Alex Boniello (Class of 2013 & Pictured Above Left Singing) in Spring Awakening, Emilia Martin (Class of 2007) working behind the scenes on Spring Awakening and Allie Dufford (Class of 2013) working behind the scenes on School of Rock. The college was honored in 2011 with the Emerging Young Artist Award by Council for the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island for its continued work to produce theatrical professionals not only heading to Broadway but to national and international tours, regional theaters and cruise ships around the world.
Wagner College Theatre is currently in rehearsal for The Most Happy Fella on the Main Stage and The Tempest in its Stage One Studio Theatre. The department just finished Damn Yankees (Pictured Left) on the Main Stage and a double bill of The Dutchman and 21 Chump Street in Stage One. Later this season, you can expect Iolanthe and A Chorus Line on the Main Stage while smaller works such as New York Lands and The Dance Project will take up residence in Stage One. Visit our Wagner College Theatre page for more information on the department and it’s productions.
Congratulations Wagner College Theatre on being voted Staten Island’s Best Theatre Company for the second year in a row! I’d highly suggest anyone who finds themselves in need of a theatre fix on Staten Island check out the college with either a production on the Main Stage or in the Stage One Studio Theatre. It will truly surprise you! If you’re interested in obtaining tickets, the box office is open Monday through Friday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. If you’re not on Staten Island but interested in tickets, call the box office at (718) 390-3259. For more information, visit Wagner College Theatre’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. (Copyright Note; Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!
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