Artpark Theater Academy Staff


Paschal Frisina III (Academy Director) Paschal has over 25+ years' experience in Theater Arts as an actor, director, and teacher. He has earned a Master's degree in Education, with NYS certifications in Theater Arts and Social Studies, and also a Master's degree in Business Arts Management in 2013. As a director/teacher, he is in his 10th year as Director of the Theater Arts program at St. Joseph Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, NY. He also teaches public speaking, history of theater, and is a guest director as an adjunct professor at Niagara Community College. As a performer, Paschal has been involved in over 100 professional productions. Favorites include: European Tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR as Peter/Annas, the US National Tour of COPACABANA as Rico Castilli, five production contracts on cruise lines, Off-Broadway production of BECOMING SOMETHING: CANADA LEE, and a Broadway workshop of a musical, CAIRO, directed by the brilliant Baayork Lee. Paschal has also been involved in over 20 productions at Artpark in the past, and was their theater camp director from 2011-2015. He is excited to be rejoining Artpark in 2017 with their new summer program as the Theater Academy Director. Other previous professional acting/directing credits include: FUNNY GIRL, MUSIC MAN, JOSEPH, GUYS AND DOLLS, A FEW GOOD MEN, BUDDY-THE MUSICAL, ALTAR BOYZ, BROOKLYN BOY, CINDERELLA, GREASE, CHESS, FOREVER PLAID(x3), KING AND I, THE MERRY WIDOW, MAN OF LA MANCHA(x2), SHOW BOAT, BUS STOP, TOMMY, OVER HERE, BLOOD BROTHERS, ROMEO AND JUILET, SECRET GARDEN, MARY POPPINS, PIPPIN(x2), and STEEL PIER(supervised personally by John Kander and Fred Ebb).