Theatre Faculty & Staff
Director of the School of Music and Theatre
Dr. Richard Kravchak is the founding Director of the School of Music and Theatre at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. He has been heard as an oboe soloist, chamber and orchestral musician around the world, performing concerts throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Kravchak has appeared as a soloist with ensembles as diverse as The Dubuque Symphony, The University of Hawaii Wind Ensemble, The Carson Symphony, Banda Espinia de Portugal and the Orquesta Symphonica de El Salvador. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald has written “Kravchak’s playing revealed a real beauty of tone, not monolithic, but always changing in color and intensity. He makes even the most difficult lines seem almost effortless.” The Florida Flambeau raves “Kravchak made a good case for his virtuosity.” Dr. Kravchak has been invited to present solo performances at conferences and festivals including The International Double Reed Society, The North American Saxophone Alliance, Festival Forfest, the International Clarinet Society, and many others. He holds performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School, and Florida State University. Richard Kravchak served as Professor of Music at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he was the Chairman of the Music Department. His duties also included directing the Music Education program and serving as a studio woodwind instructor.
Previous to his appointment at Marshall University, Dr. Kravchak was the Chairman of the Music Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills, in the Los Angeles, California metropolitan area. There his duties also included directing the Music Education program and serving as a studio woodwind instructor. Concurrent to his work at CSUDH he served on the conducting faculty of the Valley Youth Orchestras, as well as serving an elementary music instructor for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Dr. Kravchak’s teaching has been widely recognized by his colleagues. Kravchak was the first California teacher to receive National Board Certification in music education. He has also received a Platinum Apple Award from the United Teachers of Los Angeles, a Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year award from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and has been a finalist for a Bravo Award, granted by the Music Center of Los Angeles. Dr. Kravchak received the Dunsay award from the Music Center, as the Bravo Award Finalist who “did the most with the fewest resources”.
John Colclough (Jack Cirillo)
Program Director, MU Theatre
Jack Cirillo is a professor in performance studies and the Program Director for Marshall University Theatre. Jack received his MFA from the prestigious, Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington in 1986, and a BS from the University of Idaho in 1983. As a professional actor, Jack has worked extensively on the New York City stages, as well as in many of our countries finest regional theatres. Some of these theatres include: The Tony award winning Roundabout Theatre Company, The Goodspeed Opera House, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, as well as The Hudson Guild Theatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and both the Colorado and North Carolina Shakespeare Festivals. He has had the good fortune to work with such notable celebrities as Bill Cosby, Lynn Redgrave, Peter Gallagher, Dorothy Loudon, Polly Holliday and Val Kilmer. He has numerous television commercials and episodic television appearances to his credit and has even appeared with the Radio City "Rockettes" in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular both in Branson, Missouri and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Since joining the faculty at Marshall University in the spring of 1998, Jack has been involved in many departmental productions both as a director and as a performer. Most notable performances have been: "Prospero" in The Tempest, "Donny" in American Buffalo, "The Stage Manager" in Our Town, and "Heisenberg" in Copenhagen. As a director, Jack has cultivated an eclectic portfolio, with an acknowledged nod to the "classics", among his directorial efforts include: The Glass Menagerie, Hair, The Seagull, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Terra Nova and To Kill a Mockingbird. For the last 25 years, Jack worked a great deal as a fight choreographer and has taught stage combat at numerous theatres and education institutions. He is the founding artistic director of New Works which is now in its third season on Marshall's campus. New Works is a not for profit organization that provides a forum for the development and exploration of new and exciting theatrical storytelling. Jack is a proud member of both Actor's Equity Association and The Screen Actor's Guild.