In the fall of 2014, Jimmy Calitri, a life-long resident of Rhode Island, will join the Department of Theatre, Dance & Film faculty as Assistant Professor and Managing Director of Theatre. Professor Calitri holds undergraduate degrees in both Art History and Design and in Theatre Performance as well as an MFA in Performance in Society from Rhode Island College, where his thesis production A-MIRROR-CA: A Critical Burlesque on America’s Media-Driven Culture was selected to be performed as part of the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Prior to his appointment to Providence College he served on the theatre faculties of The University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and The Community College of Rhode Island. He has also been affiliated with the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, RI and founded both Block-Head Touring Productions and Rumble Theatre Collaborative in 2002 and 2010 respectively.
As a stage director Mr. Calitri has extensive experience both professionally and as a visiting artist in university theatres. Members of the Providence College community will remember his work on a recent series of recent main stage productions staged in The Angell Blackfriars Theatre including: The Sweetest Swing in Baseball (2011) , Lend Me a Tenor (2012) and the musical, Curtains (2013)
In addition to directing and teaching courses in acting and oral interpretation within the Department of Theatre, Dance & Film, Professor Calitri, as Managing Director of Theatre, will assume administrative responsibility for overseeing theatre and dance production and for the theatre facilities housed within the Smith Center for the Arts.
Theatre has the ability to do much more than merely entertain. Theatre can provide a creative outlet, inspire positive change, explore the human condition, and improve the lives of those it reaches. I am a person who is extremely enthusiastic about theater. My work, my achievements, and my commitment to theatre reflect this passion, drive, and love. I further believe that the key to success in any department or theatrical production is collaboration, respect, and teamwork. I am a team player and an ardent supporter of positivity and productivity through education.