The Schoolhouse Theater

Lewisboro's Patrick Michael Denny Named Interim Artistic Director of The Schoolhouse Theater

Denny has worked in professional theater for over twenty years, with experience on Broadway, Off-Broadway and National Tours.

By Alfred Branch (Patch Staff)

February 3, 2015 at 1:36pm

The following announcement is from The Schoolhouse Theater:

Founder Lee Pope, and the Board of Directors of The Schoolhouse Theater, have decided that the organization should celebrate its 15th anniversary by striving to become an even more integral part of the community, reaching out to all ages and interests through broader arts programming.

In the spirit of this new direction, the Board of Directors has appointed Patrick Michael Denny of Lewisboro, to serve as its interim Artistic Director. In addition to staging Main Stage productions, Denny is committed to growing the number of events at the Schoolhouse, welcoming younger audiences and creating programming more inclusive of the community. “We want the Schoolhouse to be a place where kids come to learn and their parents come to be entertained,” said Denny. A new Theater Arts Program and Special Needs Performances will be announced in the upcoming months.

Pamela Moller Kareman, who recently stepped down as Artistic Director, worked for many years to build the reputation of The Schoolhouse as an outstanding professional theater, directing countless Broadway-quality shows. In the last few years, she took on additional responsibility as executive director of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater, the highly-regarded acting conservatory in New York City.

In announcing Kareman’s departure, Schoolhouse founder Lee Pope said, “Pam poured chutzpah, knowledge and unbounded affection for the theater into her work here. She introduced scores of incredibly talented performers to our stage and provided first-rate entertainment to our audiences. We are most appreciative of her many contributions and know that she will be greatly missed.”

Quinn Cassavale, who served for many years as General Manager at The Schoolhouse, has also left the staff. Cassavale showed that she was an especially talented actor who managed to run the theater while practicing her craft. “Quinn kept things running smoothly behind the scenes and on the stage,” said Pope. “Her talent and dedication to The Schoolhouse have been essential in building our success.”

Denny has worked in professional theater for over twenty years, with experience on Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tours, Regional Theater, and local venues. His company, Tanata Productions, is based in Croton Falls, and he lives nearby with his wife Tara and family. “Patrick’s life work has been connected for years to every aspect of theater: wordplay, writing, acting, teaching, directing, producing, promoting and helping each of us find a clearer understanding of our world. We are proud and happy to have him and Tara join The Schoolhouse family,” said Pope.

For over a decade and a half, The Schoolhouse Theater has brought Westchester County the finest in professional theater and looks to continue that tradition with the announcement of two upcoming productions that push the boundaries of the Main Stage theater. The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (March 6-29) and Cynthia Hopkins in her one-woman show A Living Documentary (April 24-May 10).

Over the years, The Schoolhouse Theater has become the go-to theater in Westchester, where lovers of great drama and comedy can enjoy productions of a quality they thought they could find only in New York City. A regional Equity theater, The Schoolhouse is dedicated to presenting professional theatrical performances by award-winning playwrights and to the support and promotion of other art forms.

To order theater tickets or learn more about upcoming productions and programs at The Schoolhouse, go to  www.schoolhousetheater.org.