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.
Victoria is a lighting designer who has been in the theatre for over a decade. She graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Design and Technical Theatre from Western Connecticut State University and has an AA in Theatre from SUNY Orange and a certificate in Performing Arts Industry Essentials from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her studies at the WCSU School of Visual and Performing Arts included lighting design, scenic design, scenic artistry, theatrology, and theatre history.
Her credits with Cornerstone Theatre Arts, so far, include All’s Well That Ends Well and On Tidy Endings. Previously, Victoria worked on WCSU’s production of COVID/Decameron 2.1 as an Associate Lighting Designer. She has also done several independent unrealized lighting design projects, including Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit and William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She also has extensive experience in special effects makeup. Her recent work includes the award-winning short film Memories of Rain (2019), directed by Elizabeth Mehling. She has also been with Adventurer’s Wanted Role Playing as the head of makeup since 2017, specializing in horror and fantasy sfx makeup.
In addition to her experience in design and technical theatre, Victoria has a background in acting, musical performance, and fine arts.
Ken began his work in theatre in 1984. He is a Man of Theatre trained in performance and directing by Cortland State College’s Theatre Department, and The National Shakespeare Conservatory in NYC. Ken completed his B.A. in Theatre Studies through SUNY Empire State College. He earned his M.A. in Theatre Studies is from Regent University. With Cornerstone Theatre Arts, Ken has performed in, among others: The Worst Show in the Fringe, Vincent, Chinese Coffee, Taming of the Shrew, Cobb, Dancing at Lughnasa, Tolle Lege, and Proof. His directing credits for CTA include: The Fourth Wall, Crimes of the Heart, Paul Robeson, Einstein, The Belle of Amherst, Inventing Van Gogh, The Interrogation of Nathan Hale, The Devil & Daniel Webster, Waiting for MacArthur, The Tempest, Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, Much ado About Nothing, A View of the Harbor, and the NY State Premier of Paullette MacDougal’s Sisters Under the Skin. He wrote and Directed Stuck While Moving, which received high critical acclaim. Ken also created “Shakespeare in Salesian Park” (circa 2006) and “The Teen Drama Summer Workshop” (1997). Ken’s Awards of Merit in Theatre include the Arts in Education Award from The Orange County Arts Council and The Seligmann Award from the Orange County Citizens Foundation. He is a member of The Goshen Lions Club, Knights of Columbus-Saint John’s, National Catholic Artists Society, and he is a Teacher of Theology at John S. Burke Catholic Academy & High School. Ken officially founded CTA in 2010 and the company received 501c3 status in 2015. He remains greatly thankful to and for all artists and audiences, supporters and advisors that share in a commitment to CTA and its values and mission.
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