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 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.
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