Patrick Vassel ’07

Patrick Vassel
Fun Fact

Patrick graduated from Akron’s St. Vincent- St. Mary High School in 2003—in the same class as NBA great, LeBron James. Their classmates voted Patrick “Most Likely to Succeed” in their senior yearbook awards.

Patrick Vassel is a director, writer, and teacher from Akron, Ohio.

He is currently the Associate and Supervising Director of Hamilton – Broadway, Chicago, and SF/LA (upcoming). Directing credits include Six Characters in Search of An Author (Original Adaptation, University of Notre Dame), Untitled Modern Communication Movement Piece (Workshop – Ten Bones Theatre Company), The Adventures of Boy and Girl (FringeNYC ‘13), We the People: America Rocks! (TheatreWorks USA nat’l tour), the world premiere of Font of Knowledge (Shelby Company), The Little Dog Laughed (The Gallery Players), Nothing Left to Burn (Ars Nova ANTFest and The Public Theater New Work NOW), and War (SoHo Playhouse). Assistant/Associate credits include Hamilton (The Public Theater), Magic/Bird (Broadway), Single Girls Guide (Capital Repertory Theatre), Stars of David (Philadelphia Theater Company), Broke House (Abrons Arts Center) and WORKING (Broadway Playhouse, Chicago. Prospect Theater Company, NYC).

As a writer, Patrick has developed the play Nothing Left to Burn at Ars Nova and The Public Theater (New Work Now!). As a teacher and teaching artist, Patrick has taught students of all ages in all five boroughs through Opening Act, The Broadway Teaching Group, and as a writing teacher at Explore Charter School in Brooklyn.

Christina Telesca Gorman ’91

Christina Gorman
Fun Fact

Christina first became involved in theatre while a student at Notre Dame. Her son Jack is a member of Notre Dame’s class of 2020.

Christina’s plays have been produced and/or developed at The Public Theater, Alley Theatre, American Blues Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Summer Play Festival, Hangar Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Prospect Theatre Company, Samuel French Short Play Festival, New Harmony Project, Theatre Artists Studio, Stageworks/Hudson, Lark Play Development Center, Stella Adler Studios, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Luna Stage, |the claque|, HotINK International Festival, and New York International Fringe Festival.

Christina is a recipient of TCG’s Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, American Blues Theater’s Blue Ink Playwriting Award, Samuel French Short Play Festival Award, New York International Fringe Festival Award for Overall Excellence in Playwriting, and runner up for the Princess Grace Award. Her work is published by Samuel French.

Christina was an inaugural member of The Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, Ensemble Studio Theatre New Voices Fellow, Stella Adler Studios Harold Clurman Playwright-in-Residence, Women’s Project Playwright Lab member, and is currently an Artistic Affiliate at American Blues Theater.

Anthony Lawton ’89

Anthony Lawton
Fun Fact

Anthony Lawton is a proud Notre Dame alumnus and has been working as a professional actor since earning an M.F.A. in acting from Temple University in 1992.

He is an accomplished stage actor, having performed at theatres in Michigan, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and New York City. Principally, however, he has lived and worked in Philadelphia.

Among his favorite roles are: George in Of Mice and Men (Walnut St. Theatre); Gideon in Athol Fugards Playland (Wilma Theater); Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet (Arden Theatre), Coleman in The Lonesome West and Feste in Twelfth Night (Lantern Theater); and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival) to name just a few. He has also worked in film, including Unbreakable, Invincible, Law Abiding Citizen, and Silver Linings Playbook, and on CBS TV’s Hack and Cold Case.

In 1999, the Philadelphia City Paper named him the city’s “Best One-Man Theatre” for his solo productions of Shel Silverstein’s The Devil and Billy Markham, and C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters, which he produces under the aegis of his own company, the Mirror.

His honors include an Independence Foundation grant to develop a production of his first original play, The Foocy, which garnered 5 Barrymore nominations in 2005, including Best New Play. He has taught Acting, Directing, Shakespeare and Solo Performance at many universities, including Notre Dame, Penn, and Temple.

Matthew Goodrich ’09

Matthew Goodrich

Matthew is a proud Notre Dame alumnus (‘09) and has been working as a professional actor since completing his masters studies at the California Institute of the Arts.

Immediately after beginning his professional career at the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, he became a member of the Broadway companies of Picnic and The Nance. He has played leading roles at the Boston Court and the Center for New Performance in Los Angeles, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, and Florida Studio Theatre. He also played in multiple productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and worked with director Patrick Vassel at the New York International Fringe Festival. He has performed in several short films, including MOLEHILL, available on Amazon. You may have seen him acting with a live alligator on the Golf Channel for Zurich Insurance.

Ryan Belock ’11

Ryan Belock
Fun Fact

Belock majored in all three Divisions of the Arts at Notre Dame: Music (percussion performance); Film, Television, and Theatre (theatre concentration); and Art, Art History, & Design (graphic design). Upon graduation, former Dean of the College of Arts and Letters John T. McGreevy named him “the arts guy.”

Ryan Belock is an interdisciplinary artist from Strongsville, Ohio.

As a designer, percussionist, and actor, his primary work concentrates on integrating projected media with live performance and events.

Belock received his MFA in Integrated Media for Live Performance at the University of Texas at Austin, advised by Broadway projection designer Sven Ortel. He also completed a Certificate in Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship.

Belock lives in New York City with his wife, Michelle (ND ’12, ND Law ’15). They met on the drumline in the Band of the Fighting Irish.

Recent credits include: Off-Broadway: On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (Irish Repertory Theatre), Dogs of Rwanda, A Deal (Urban Stages); Me & Ella (York Theatre); Associate/Assistant: Party People (The Public Theater); Sojourners, Her Portmanteau (New York Theater Workshop); Rags (Goodspeed); The Masked Ball (Austin Opera); Jane Eyre (Center for Contemporary Opera); Are You Now or Have You Ever Been (MetroStage); And Then They Came For Me (Indiana Rep); Regional: Oklahoma! (Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra); In the Heights, Into the Woods (Austin, TX), Machinal, Laramie Project (Chappaqua); World Premieres: Dream of Perfect Sleep (UT New Theatre); COLOSSAL, RE/CONNECT (Cohen New Works Festival); Performance: Dial “M” for Murder (Austin, TX); Killer Women (ABC); and Histoir de Amor (TEATROCINEMA – Santiago, Chile).