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Ben received his B.A. from Ithaca College in Culture and
Communication and a minor in French. He received his
acting training from the apprenticeship programs at the
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
Ben joined Cornerstone Theatre Arts in 2012. His past
credits at Cornerstone include: The Reporter in “Amelia
Earhart: Taking Flight”, Benedick in “Much Ado About
Nothing”, Biron in “Love’s Labours Lost”, Michael Evans
in “Dancing at Lughnasa”, Barnette Lloyd in “Crimes of
the Heart”, among others. He made his directorial debut
in 2015 for “The Actor’s Nightmare”
Ben is proud to be a part of what Cornerstone has done
and what it can become. He hopes that the company
will continue to grow and do great things beyond even
our own imaginations.
“The art of acting consists in keeping people from coughing.”
- Benjamin Franklin
CRYSTAL VON OESEN
Crystal received her Bachelor of Arts in
Broadcast Communication / Vocal
Performance from Otterbein University.
A 1st soprano, she studied voice for 13
years under Kay Raplenovich and Jennifer
Whitehead. Joining Cornerstone Theatre
Arts in 2013, she has been active in over
ten shows since. Her favorite roles on
the CTA stage include Agnes from
"Dancing and Lughnasa" and Katherine
from "Taming of the Schrew" at last year's
CTA 1st Annual Fundraiser event at
Delancy's Bar and Restaurant in Goshen.
But her most memorable role is definitely
Chick Boyle in "Crimes of the Heart" and
after the performance, her very real
marriage proposal onstage!
Last season Crystal made her directing
debut with CTA's "The Foreigner".
(Actor / Director)
Les has a long and rewarding artistic
association with Ken Tschan and
Cornerstone Theatre Arts. Past
performances include: Mr. Cobb in
Cobb, the two Dukes in As You Like It,
Scratch in The Devil & Daniel Webster,
Dr. Strauss in Flowers for Algernon,
multiple roles in Paul Robeson, All
American, Nathaniel Kent in Worst
Show in the Fringe. He also appeared
in the History Alive! series.
Les served as an Assistant Director in
the Cornerstone Production of Chinese
Coffee and was Director of the 2015
production of Dancing at Lughnasa.
(Actor, Writer, Technician, Director)
B.J. Boothe has been a member of
Cornerstone Theatre Arts since 2012,
appearing in The Falling Moon as Hans,
The Colonel, and Queen Marie. His other
credits with CTA include: Chinese Coffee
(Harry), Civil War Shorts (Edwin Booth),
The Merry Wives of Windsor (Sir John
Falstaff), History Alive (Edwin Booth, an
original monologue), As You Like It (Orlando),
Crimes of the Heart (Doc Porter), The
Interrogation of Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale),
Dancing at Lughnasa (Gerry Evans), They
Paved Paradise (Dylan), Rounding Third
(Michael), Noah Webster (Co-writer, Noah
Webster), Ten Seconds (Ray Walsh), Stuck
While Moving (James).
B.J. has served as technician for Sisters
Under The Skin and has had the pleasure
of directing Twelfth Night and Where the Hell
is Heaven on this Earth, in which he performed
“When a Father Faces the Abyss, Only Magic
Can Save Him”. He was the Grand Prize
Winner in 2016’s Goshen’s Got Talent, where
he performed “The Crickets Have Arthritis”.
David is thrilled to be part of the Cornerstone
Theatre Arts family. He made his debut with
Cornerstone in 2017 in History Alive: Civil War.
He will be performing with the company later
this year in A Midsummer Night's Dream
(Lysander) and Tesla's Letters (Zoran).
David received his bachelor's degree in
Musical Theater Performance from Steinhardt
School at New York University in 2002. At NYU,
he performed in Fiddler on the Roof, Barbary
Keep, The Village Fable, The Pinballs, Lucky
Peter's Journey and The Ice Wolf. He has also
performed in numerous productions at the
Provincetown Playhouse and at the Present
Company Theatorium in New York City.
David is a practicing attorney working primarily
with performers, artists and other creative
professionals, and is honored to be able to
share the stage with the amazing artists at
(Actor, Producer, Director)
I am honored to be a part of Cornerstone Theatre
Arts! In my humble opinion, it is about the best
option for theatre in our entire area. Cornerstone
consistently presents not only entertaining shows
with amazing performances, but always leaves the
audience with something to think about. Something
to take away and ponder. Something to move them
to action, change, compassion, fulfillment. It has the
same impact (if not more) on the performers!
I have seen Cornerstone grow into a mature, cohesive,
caring troupe over the years, and I see it continuing in
that direction with each new season. That's what drives
my participation! To be a part of something meaningful!
To be a part of something with impact! Along with that
comes the privilege of working with the most amazing
group of actors anywhere, with the dedication it takes
to give every audience more than they bargained for!
These are the type of serious actors Cornerstone
attracts and embraces.
This theatre group also offers the opportunity to stretch
and grow. I had the honor of being able to present a multi-
media staged reading of my original screenplay, and this
year I am proud to be the director of one of our seasons
shows. Thank you Ken and Cornerstone Theatre Arts for
displaying such professionalism, and for having so much
Brittany obtained a minor in Performing
Arts from the College of Mount Saint
Vincent, but has learned mostly “on the job”.
She joined Cornerstone Theatre Arts in
2014 as Audrey in Shakespeare’s As You
Like It. She has worked on Dancing at
Lughnasa (playing the part of Rosie),
Shakespeare Alive!, Twelfth Night (Olivia),
The Actor’s Nightmare (Meg), Where in
Hell is Heaven on this Earth, Absolution
(Citizen), and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Moth).
Brittany wrote the adaptations for both
Twelfth Night and Love’s Labour’s Lost,
which she also assistant directed. She
has choreographed pieces for three shows,
and is the new archivist. Her favorite role
is a toss-up between Rosie and Olivia:
both were challenging roles in their own
rights, and were completely different, but
provided a chance to really create a
dynamic character, and learn something
about herself as both an actor and a
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Emma Jorgensen, recent graduate from
Hartwick College with a Bachelor's in
Theatre Arts. She has trained in classical
opera, legit and contemporary musical
theatre, as well as classic Shakespearen
A Goshen-ite from day one, 2016 was
Emma's first season with Cornerstone,
having played Maria in this past summer's
Shakespeare in the Park, "Love's
Evelyn Albino has been performing with
the Cornerstone Theatre since their
Inaugural year at the Goshen Music Hall.
This organization, dedicated to producing
plays of social significance and intelligence,
is one in which she is very proud to be a
member. Past roles include: Jane Austen
in “I Remain J. Austen,” Babe in “Crimes
of the Heart”, Mrs. Jefferson Davis (Varina)
in the original play ‘Sisters Under the Skin”,
Kate in “Dancing at Lughnasa” and Betty
Meeks in “The Foreigner”.
After receiving a BFA in acting from NYU
in 1986, Evelyn moved to Orange County
with her husband. Here, she found a vibrant
and talented community of people committed
to making quality theatre available to all.
Her most prized accomplishment: raising
her three amazing sons!
Get to know us by getting to know our Board, our Artistic Direction Committee, our Actors, and the Staff at Cornerstone Theatre Arts.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
We are grateful for the many hours of service provided by our dedicated Board of Directors at Cornerstone Theatre Arts. They are responsible for managing the logistical
operations of our theatre, including financial, legal, and policy-making functions that are essential for us to bring you quality theatrical entertainment, season after season.
Without them, we simply could not do what we do!
CAST AND CREW
The cast and crew make up the Cornerstone Theatre Arts family, dedicated to working together to create the very best show possible. We love our work, and are passionate about our craft - we hope this is apparent in all our performances. Together, we help each other grow, hone our skills, and enjoy the
process of doing theatre together, privileged to work toward growing Goshen's Theatre Gem.
Drew Smith is Vice President of
Cornerstone Theatre Arts. He has
27 years experience as a self-
employed Oil Trader, N.Y. Mercantile
Exchange. B.B.A. Pace University.
Drew is the the Past President of
the Goshen Storm Baseball
Organization and a former Board
Member of the Goshen Little League..
He is the father of three college students
and enjoys live theatre,baseball, British
Invasion Classic Rock, Jeopardy, visiting
pubs and taverns for spirited banter and
(Founder / Artistic Director)
Ken began his work in theatre in 1984.
He is a Man of Theatre trained in per-
formance 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. His M.A. in Theatre Studies is
through Regent University. With
Cornerstone, Ken has performed in,
among others: The Worst Show in the
Fringe, Vincent, Cobb, Chinese Coffee,
Taming of the Shrew, andDancing at
Lughnasa. 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, and the NY State
Premier of Paullette MacDougal’s Sisters
Under the Skin. Ken also created
“Shakespeare in Salesian Park” (circa 2006)
and “The Teen Drama Summer Workshop”
(1997), both of which are held each year.
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.
Marianne is so happy to have Cornerstone
Theatre Arts in the beautiful town of Goshen
where she lives, and absolutely thrilled to
be performing there under the direction of
her longtime friend and mentor, KenTschan.
Marianne began acting with Ken even before
the creation of the company, performing on
library lawns, schools, or any space that Ken
could find. Her credits with Cornerstone
include The Fourth Wall as Peggy, The Case
of the Crushed Petunias as Dorothy Simple,
Flowers For Algernon as Roberta Seldon,
Shakespeare Alive as Portia, Beatrice, and
one of the MacBeth witches, The Actor's
Nightmare as various characters in the
dream, My Hands Is Full Of Gifts as the
general, History Alive as Leah from the
Bible, and her favorite, Crimes of the Heart
as Lennie. She also performed for five
summers in the annual Shakespeare in
Salesian Park. Her favorite Shakespeare
role is Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing.
This year, Marianne enjoyed assisting in the
Teen Summer workshop. shelooks forward
to next season and further opportunities to
grow as an artist and serve the Hudson
Valley Region through theater.
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