Tritto leaving position; college to search for replacement
Director of Theater at Cape Cod Community College, Michael Tritto, Jr. has announced that he will leave the position at the end of the present Spring semester. Tritto has led the College?s theater program for the past ten years.
Tritto and his wife, Virginia Riordan are leaving Cape Cod to move to his hometown of Buffalo, New York later this summer. The move will enable him to pursue a career change to community organizing. He explains, ?I will always love theater. But over the past five years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, and Hurricane Katrina, I felt drawn to investigate work on a broader scope involving the empowerment of working class citizens to bring about positive changes in their own communities. I watched the economic and social struggles of my rust-belt hometown over the years with growing impatience and concern. Buffalo has begun a renaissance of activism and community leadership in the past year or two. I want to lend my talents in helping to give back to the town that gave me so much artistically and personally during my formative years.?
Prof. Tritto has directed and produced over 20 productions at the College in addition to many staged readings in the Play with Your Food series, the Shakespeare by the Shore Project (a collaboration between the College and Payomet Performing Arts), and two Cape high school theater festivals. Among the many productions with student and community actors, Tritto brought several area premieres of plays and musicals including, Children of Eden by Stephen Schwartz, Angels in America: Millenium Approaches by Tony Kushner, The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh, Living Out by Lisa Loomer, and Only Child and Panama Club by Larry Marsland.
He?s also produced several classics, including Shakespeare?s Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, and Much Ado About Nothing, as well as Eugene O?Neill?s Beyond the Horizon. He?s presently directing a world premiere drama, When Shadows Fall by Larry Marsland, which will run April 5-28.
He performed on local stages a few times in King Lear at Harwich Junior Theatre, The Complete Works of Wm. Shakespeare (abridged) at Payomet Performing Arts, and Twin Towers Anthology at the College.
The College is conducting a national search for Prof. Tritto?s replacement.
For more information about his future plans please contact Michael Tritto, Jr. at (508) 362-2131; ext. 4390.