Community Celebrates 50 years of Kent State University at Trumbull’s Theatre

On the evening of Saturday, April 23, more than 150 supporters came together to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Kent State Trumbull Theatre. Special guests included many current and former professors, players and patrons as well as Dr. Alfreda Brown, Kent State University’s vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, Rep. Michael O'Brien, and Warren Mayor Doug Franklin.

"Tonight, we celebrate the golden anniversary of university and community theatre. This tremendous milestone serves as a launching pad for even greater vitality in our theatre program and as a symbol of our commitment to the arts," said Dr. Lance Grahn, dean and chief administrative officer for Kent State University at Trumbull.

Former professor, Jack L. Brizzi, Sr. was recognized for his 50 year legacy of university and community theatre. Brizzi, a speech and theatre instructor who retired in 1992 after spending 27 years on the faculty of Kent State University at Trumbull, was credited with not only introducing the theatre to students, but also introducing theatre to the university.

Jim Canacci, associate lecturer at Kent State University at Trumbull, led the audience on a journey from Brizzi’s beginnings through the theatre’s interim direction under former student-turned-technical director, Gary Stefanik, and then to Daniel-Raymond Nadon, who took the reins after Brizzi’s 1992 retirement. Nadon left in 2014 to accept a position on the Kent Campus where he currently teaches courses in Theatre History, Script Analysis, Theatre and Social Change, and LGBTQ Theatre. Eric Kildow is the current theatre director, coming to Kent State University at Trumbull in 2015.

Proclamations were read on behalf of Kent State University, the Ohio State Senate and Rep. Michael O’ Brien.

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 4:02pm
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