SI Shakespearean Theatre receives much needed support from 3 sources!

SIST has received financial support from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation (thru the COAHSI regrant program) to acquire much needed technical equipment to help in Box Office management, kighting and sound. This new equipment will allow the theatre to continue to bring high quality productions to the community.

The Borough President of Staten Island has awarded a support grant to the theatre to acquire materials and equipment that previously were rented for each production. The company can now re-invest that expense in additional marketing and advertising to support the season.

The Department of Cultural Affairs of New York City continues to support the Company with specific program related funding. This year, DCA funding will support the reduced ticket prices for students and seniors and will allow the Company to produce Julius Caesar as a FREE (no paid admission) event!

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SI Shakespearean Theatre Part of "GREEN THEATRE" Project

As the inaugural production at the newly created Little Shop Studios at Julia Music on Staten Island, SIST will be an integral part of a unique theatrical first. The new performance space, a 99 seat black box theatre will be the first theatre to be equipped exclusively with LED stage lighting equipment. The use of LED (Light Emitting Diode) fixtures will significantly reduce the use of electrical energy at the venue and will result in both a more cost effective space and a more environmentally friendly atmosphere. 

Theatre owner Lou Mannarino, who is partnering with Chauvet lighting on the outfitting of the state of the art performance area said, "This is just the beginning of a larger project to help change the way events consume energy. We are sure that we can create stunning effects with both lighting and sound, while using less power and thereby helping to improve the quality of the atmosphere around us."

The new performance space, which will be used for theatrical events, corporate and educational presentations and musical presentations is available to the public. Call 718 720-4213 for further information.

SI Shakespearean Theatre's production of The Laramie Project opens in The Little Shop Studios at Julia Music on June 12th. For Tickets call 718-390-6616.

Staten Island
Shakespearean Theatre Names New Producing Artistic Director


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The Board of Directors of the Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre, meeting in Staten Island, New York on September 20th,2008 unanimously approved the appointment of Wayne Miller to the newly created position of Producing Artistic Director of the 31 year old Equity Showcase company.

Miller is an actor and designer who has been affiliated with the company since 1979, when he appeared as Sky Masterson in a revival of Guys and Dolls.  He subsequently appeared in Shakespearean productions of Richard III, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Sideman, and most recently as Matthew Harrison Brady in Inherit The Wind.  Since 1997, he has served as the resident lighting designer for the company, designing over 40 dramas, comedies and musicals in the past 10 years. Miller has appeared in leading roles in regional productions of 42nd St, La Cage Aux Folles, Evita, Showboat, Damn Yankees, and Mack and Mabel. He also produced the New York premier of The Blue Angel, a musical noir in its off-Broadway debut. He is well known as the host of Time Warner Cable’s academic game show, Cranial Crunch, a position he has held for 10 years.


“I’m excited by the new challenges that the Board has asked me to assume,” said Miller. “I look forward to helping the company grow to the next level.” The Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre was forced to move from its long term home on the grounds of Seaview Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, and is currently in the planning stages of a new, modern and audience friendly facility.


Speaking on behalf of the Board, President Joseph Loffredo said, “We are all pleased that Wayne was willing to take on this new role. We believe that his experience and vision, coupled with a new dedication of all the Board members will move our theatre company forward over the next several years. Wayne will focus on our building campaign, Board development, fundraising, and naturally, additional productions in the site specific style of our very successful recent revival of Inherit The Wind, which was sold out at every performance.”


Miller added,”We are looking forward to collaborations with other institutions that are not necessarily theatre companies. We have had a successful partnership with Historic Richmondtown, and are in discussion with several other organizations, including the SI Zoo, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and the Staten Island Ballet.” As a past adjunct lecturer at the College of Staten Island, Miller also said he is looking forward to exploring additional opportunities with educational institutions as well.

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