Evelyn has been actively involved in theatre since the age of 8, when the “music man” came to town in her small hometown of Middleton, Massachusetts. She began her formal education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and received an A.A. in Theatre studies. Classes included Acting, Theatre History, Set Design, Lighting Design, and Costume Design. After earning an A.A. there, she was accepted into Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and was enrolled at the Circle in the Square Studio. After 2 ½ years she earned a B.F.A. and was awarded Highest Honors with her degree. Her studies at NYU included Acting, Voice/Speech, Stage Combat, Movement for Actors, Singing for Actors, Theatre History, Accents & Dialects, Farce & Satire and Period Dance.
After moving to Orange County in 1987, she actively pursued roles in the area, and in 2012 met Ken Tschan. She soon became a principal actor and director for Cornerstone Theatre Arts. With Cornerstone, she has performed in, among others, the New York State Premiere of Paulette McDougal’s Sisters Under the Skin, Crimes of the Heart, Waiting for MacArthur, Dancing at Lughnasa, Talking Withand the one woman show I Remain J. Austen. Her directorial credits with Cornerstone include; Thymus Vulgaris, Miracle on South Division Street, and Talking With. Additionally, she has directed special events; Shakespeare in the Garden and an evening of dinner theatre with a production of The Santaland Diaries.
Evelyn also enjoys performing in Murder Mystery Dinners, Improvisational Comedy, working behind the scenes assisting in set design, costumes and dialect coaching.
Jacqueline Dion has shared a longstanding relationship with Cornerstone Theatre Arts since 2011, when she first served as technician under Ken Tschan for Paul Robeson: All American. She has served as CTA’s Technical Director since 2012. Some of the shows she’s most proud of designing are Amelia Earhart: Taking Flight
(2012), Einstein! (2012), Waiting For MacArthur (2012), I Remain, Jane Austen (2013), andInventing Van Gogh (2016). In total, Jacqueline has designed over 25 productions for Cornerstone Theatre Arts.
In 2017, Jacqueline created, directed, and designedTolle Lege:Take Up and Read. She has also been featured as a performer in The Comedy of Errors (The
Courtesan, 2011), The New York Premiere of Sisters Under the Skin (Mary Bowser, 2013), and in Where the Hell is Heaven on This Earth? (2016) where she performed Ken Tschan’s “N(ice) Day” and Neil Gaiman’s“The Man who Forgot Ray Bradbury”.
Ken began his theatre career in 1984 as a Resident Actor with the acclaimed Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, NY, under the skilled direction of Ed Sayles. He was trained at Cortland State College under the tutelage of Dr. James C. Palmer and Professor Tom Hischak.Ken was awarded a full Hawkins Fellowship to attend The National Shakespeare Conservatory inNYC, where he completed the two-year Acting for the StageProgram. He has performed and directed all along the eastern seaboard, including four years Off-Broadway in the Greenwich Village section of New York. He was a Resident Artist with The Irish Cultural Society of Jersey City & Hoboken, NJ for four years. It was there that Ken had the honor of acting with and directing both Frank and Malachy McCourt. Ken holds a M.A. in Theatre Studies as well as a M.F.A. in Scriptwriting & Dramaturgy from Regent University. He has performed in over 100 productions and directed over 85 plays. Ken has received both the Arts In Education Award from The Orange County Arts Council and theSeligmann Award of Arts from The Orange County Citizens Foundation. He is the Founder of Cornerstone Theatre Arts, Inc. in Goshen, NY and the Coordinator of the L.I.F.E. Program at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY. Ken’s primary focus has been and remains fostering the Ministry of Theatre Arts through loving collaboration and faithful dedication to Judeo/Christian values. He serves as a Director with The Goshen Lions Club and is a member of Catholic Artists Society. He has been a Teaching Artist since 1994.