Page 22 - 2012 Spring Lycoming Mag

resh from a successful run on New York City’s
Theatre Row, “Bash: Three Plays” by Neil LaBute
found a second venue at the Mary L. Welch Theatre
in early February when Lycoming College welcomed
home two of its own.
In the wake of the recent passing of associate professor
of theatre Jerry Allen, the homecoming was bitter-sweet
for Bridget Leak ’05 and Dustin Crouse ’04. The pair,
along with Dana Leigh Snyder, arrived early in the week
for a whirlwind of rehearsals, workshops and speaking
Leak directed the two-person show starring Crouse
and Snyder, with a production crew comprised of
Lycoming students and the scenic and lighting designs by
technical director and faculty member Claude Hardy. The
collection of one-act plays, contemporary interpretations
of ancient Greek myths, explores the nature of evil as
it invades the lives of seemingly ordinary people. The
characters commit crimes, but the playwright neither
condemns nor redeems them.
Prior to the public performances, the company
spent the week working with Lycoming’s
theatre students. Leak, Crouse and Snyder
held two auditioning workshops with acting
students. They also conducted talkbacks
on the play and a public discussion on the
rewards and difficulties of pursuing a
professional career in theatre.
There was an electricity around the
theatre department during the week that
they] were on campus,” said Dr. N.J.
Stanley, associate professor
and chair of theatre. “I know
our student crew learned a
great deal by observing them
at work on the production of
Bash.’ Their workshops with
our acting students were also
very productive.
I couldn’t have found
better role models for our
students than these three
effervescent, talented young
professionals. Here are these young theatre artists working
and thriving in New York City—real-life examples of
what creating a theatre career truly means!”
Leak earned a bachelor’s degree in German and French
with minors in theatre and communication. After teaching
in France for a year and completing an apprenticeship
at the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C., she earned a
Master of Fine Arts in directing from the Actors Studio
Drama School at Pace University. Leak has directed more
than 30 productions overseas and in the U.S.
Crouse, a native of Williamsport, earned a bachelor’s
in art history and marketing and studied at the Actors
Studio in New York City. He completed his training with
William H. Macy and David Mamet’s Atlantic Theater
Company. This past summer, Crouse finished production
on the independent film “Shades of Yellow” and the
Columbia University film “You Can Never Go
Home.” He worked with Ellen Burstyn and Sam
Rockwell on a reading of David Bar Katz’s “The
Atmosphere of Memory” and is a member of
Kevin Spacey’s Old Vic New Voices—a select
group of promising young theatre
How did a production of this
play with two Lycoming
College alumni come to be?
I had been in New
York for a couple of years and,
over one holiday I was home, J.
Stanley mentioned that Bridget
was living in New York as well
and working to get her M.F.A.
in directing. With both of us
pursuing careers in theatre and
having a history from our time at
Lycoming, Bridget and I decided
to reconnect.
Dustin and I hadn’t
really seen each other in five
years or so. A few drinks and
six hours later, we had caught up
on our lives, careers and aspirations.
I was about to direct a version of
Dustin Crouse ’04