Who is DVC?
Artistic Director and Managing Director: Mario Savastano Mario Savastano can often be found teaching English at Wilson Magnet High School, where DVC was formed (as a drama/video club) in 2000. In keeping with the organization’s mission to perform affordable, relevant, socially-conscious theatre, he has directed productions that include The Freedom of the City, No Exit, Necessary Targets, Titus Andronicus, and Eleemosynary, as well as original projects such as American Skin, Disenchanted, Overcoming Andromeda, JUNK, and
Somewhere Under Wonderland. In 2013, he wrote and co-directed More Than This, an original musical featuring the songs of Vanessa Carlton, which Vanessa herself called
“awesome!” In September 2018, he will continue the tradition of incorporating the music of beloved recording artists when DVC performs Obligatory Villagers presents The Big One featuring the music of Nellie McKay.
Associate Artistic Director: M.J. Savastano
A supporter of the group since its inception, M.J. became an official member of DVC in 2011. A Rochester-based actor, teaching artist and producer, M.J. has also co-directed, designed costumes for and stage managed various productions. Having worked in theatre and theatre-based training for over ten years-locally and nationally- M.J. is proud to bring their experience to DVC and to continue
learning from this team of artists. M.J. helped found the Rochester theatre companies METHOD MACHINE and Lady Parts Theatre Co. and has performed with Geva, Blackfriars, Out of Pocket Productions, Screen Plays, RCP, among others. M.J. holds a BA in both Theatre Arts and Education.
Music Directors: Claire Janezic and Doug Waterman
Stage Manager: Vanessa Acevedo
Set Designers: Kelly Flegel and Alexus Maxam
Script Consultant: Zoe Behncke