L. Don Swartz

Don holds a BA in Theatre Education from Concordia University, Chicago and a MAH in Theatre and English from SUNY at Buffalo. As an actor, Don has appeared with the Ghostlight, TOY, UB Theatre & Shakespeare in the Park. Artistic and Executive Director of Starry Night/Ghostlight since 1982, Don has published over 25 plays that have been produced in 47 States, England, Ireland, Guam, Canada and British Columbia. His original titles include All Through The Night, Noodles, The Lottie & Bernice Show, Here We Sit, Final Notice, Halloween Dreams, Halloween Screams, The Birds That Stay, The Forest of the Dead, The Silver Lady, Danse Macabre to name a few. His adaptations include: A Christmas Carol, Little Women, Frankenstein, The Monkey's Paw, Tales From the Enchanted City, The Edgar Allan Poe Show, and Nosferatu: The Legend of Dracula. Don has directed over 130 plays and has appeared in almost as many. Don enjoys noisy evenings at home with Debby, Emily, Rosemary, DJ and Michael.

Jesse Swartz

Jesse has been a member with the Company since 1982... Jesse has appeared with Studio Arena and The Alleyway Theatre in downtown Buffalo. Jesse has been featured in GTC productions for nearly 30 years, as well as serving as Technical Director and Designer. Jesse is also honored to be the recipient of the 2005 Stephen Holesko Memorial Achievement Award. Off time includes working for Delorenzo Electric as a supervisor and spending time with Princess Maddy....

Debby Koszelak Swartz

Debby has a BS in Elementary Education with an extension in English from Buffalo State College. She received her MA in Theatre and English from the University of Buffalo. She has been involved in theatre since 1975. She works in all facets of the theatre arts. She is most known for her work as Dean of Starry Night Acting School, an actress, director of our annual musical, art director, and costumer. Her favorite acting roles include Bernice of the Lottie & Bernice duo, the dead grandmother in Birds That Stay, Violet in All Through the Night, Gram (2011) Autumn(1992) in Halloween Dreams, Mrs. Hanson in Silver Lady, Dot Ott in Final Notice (aka Night We Knocked the Critic Dead), Lulu in Noodles, & Mama Van Tassel in Sleepy Hollow (all L. Don originals). Favorites to direct have been, Fiddler '12, Oklahoma '11, The Sound of Music '10, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oliver!, Big River, & Pippin. Costuming favorites include Little Women, Frankenstein '12, Nosferatu, Fiddler on the Roof, A Christmas Carol, Joseph, & Pippin. She loves working with her wonderful husband, L. Don. She enjoys spending quiet evenings at home with Don, Emily, Rosemary, D.J.,& Michael. Debby is a sixth grade teacher at Drake Elementary School in North Tonawanda.

Joann V. Mis

Joann Has been a proud member of the company since it's beginning. She has been performing in productions and with local choral groups for almost thirty years. Needless to say, performance is a big part of her creative outlet. Joann serves on the board of directors here at the Starry Night Theatre. Some of her favorite roles include: Van Helsing in Nosferatu, Golde in Fiddler on The Roof, Nancy in Oliver, Mrs. Webb in Our Town , and of course, Lottie of the Lottie and Bernice series. Joann also has been very honored to serve as music director for the theatre for over twenty Summer musicals. She developed and instructed a summer theatre arts program for the Frontier district which she has proudly taught for over twenty years. When not onstage, she enjoys being involved in stage crew, sound crew and helping to organize and clean the theatre. She holds an MAH with a concentration in Theatre and Music, and proudly teaches Chorus, Music and is the director of the Drama program for Frontier Middle school.

Julie Senko

Julie has been an active member with the company since 1986. She started with us as a chorus girl in Oklahoma! Since that time, she has been involved with every show. Some her favorite musical roles include: Yente in Fiddler '12 &'01, Aunt Eller in Oklahoma '11, Marian in Music Man, Esther in Meet Me in St. Louis, Agnes Gooch in Mame, Hodel in Fiddler '91, as well chorus in Joseph and Pippin. Aside from musicals, Julie has been seen in many main stage productions. Her favorites include: Justine in Halloween Screams and Final Notice, Mrs. MacDoogle in Nosferatu, Mrs. Pratt in The Birds That Stay, Ingrid in Night of Dark Intent, Anne and Sarah in All Through the Night and the Maid of Honor in Regrets Only!. When not on stage, Julie has been seen constructing sets, costuming, running lights or sound, and helping to run the house. She is secretary of Starry Night Theatre, Inc. Julie is happy to be an important part of the Ghostlight family.

Paul McGinnis

Little is known about the person known to most as Paul. Some say he is the offspring of the North Wind and a burnt out street light. Others say he came to North Tonawanda seeking truth and justice. Still others say he is just some schmoe from Cheektowaga. Quite honestly, no one has bothered to ask. He just kind of hangs around. What is known is that Paul has a degree in the Liberal Arts and has spent a good amount of time on the stage as a stand up comic. Since joining, some of his favorite roles include Jonathon Brewster from Arsenic and Old Lace, Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Wendell Boothe in Final Notice, and Norman Bulansky in Boys Next Door. On top of acting, he has some directing and writing credit with the company. He hopes to continue to grow as an actor and someday publish some of his writing. And ladies, he's single... wink wink, nudge nudge (he made us write that).

Christopher Fire

Holds a BFA in Illustration from UB with a minor in Digital Film. Chris has always been interested in telling stories through visual art as well as on stage, and his favorite roles include: Victor Frankenstein in “Frankenstein”, Junior in “Dearly Departed”, Ellard in “The Foreigner”, Dr. Einstein in “Arsenic and old Lace”, Ali Hakim in “Oklahoma”, Ethan in “The Silver Lady”, Algernon Moncrieff in “The Importance of being Earnest”, Mr. Martin in “The Bald Soprano”, Rene in “This is not a Pipe Dream”, and Yvan in Yazmina Reza’s one act play “Art”, which he also directed. In addition to acting, Chris likes to turn his artistic eye on occasion to set design, and has designed or built many sets for Ghostlight over the years.

Mark Woomer

Mark has been with the Ghostlight Theatre Group since November of '05 and he feels he has found a home. There are no people better in the world than "Ghostlight" people. He first graced the stage here as Harry Bailey in "It's A Wonderful Life." He followed that up with playing Ernest/Jack in "The Importance of Being Earnest", as brother Levi in the summer musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technocolor Dreamcoat," Dr. Armstrong in "Ten Little Indians," and was pleased to help create the role of Stu Boodle in L.Don's "Noodles". "Reeeeaaaaallllllly. . .I thought we were having meatloaf!" He was also seen in "Child's Play" and "Picnic," which he was able to interact with his daughter for the first time on stage, Mr. Cooper in "the Night of the Living Dead," Uncle Billy in "It's a Wonderful Life" ('08), Mr Van Daan in "The Diary of Anne Frank," and Ichabod Crane in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," another L. Don original. Since then, Mark was seen as Sgt. Trotter in "The Mouse Trap", Bob Cratchett in "A Christmas Carol", Ray-Bud in "Dearly Departed", and as Andrew Carnes to his daughter's Ado Annie in "Oklahoma!" (a forty year dream come true.) In 2011, Mark was able to perform as George Bailey in "It's A Wonderful Life". 2012 brought him a spot in "Frankenstein" (another L. Don original). Most recently, he appeared in "The Spiral Staircase" ('12). Mark is no stranger to the stage, having appeared elsewhere as Bob Cratchett in A Christmas Carol, Brother Dan in Joseph and the Amazing Technocolor Dreamcoat as well as roles in Up The Down Staircase, Mame!, Anything Goes, and Starring in Handel's Young Messiah. In the "off season" Mark runs his own Home Improvement Company and is happily allowed to build the many projects that you enjoy around the theatre (seen and unseen).

Daniel Arrasjid

Daniel first appeared on the Ghostlight stage in 2004, after attending the Theatre's adult acting classes. Many thanks to the Starry Night Theatre company for the opportunities and mentoring throughout the years. Favorite roles include: 
- Injun Joe in the World Premiere of "Tom Sawyer (2016)" 
- Jack Stapleton in the World Premiere of "The Hound of the Baskervilles (2014)" 
- Long John Silver in the World Premiere of "Treasure Island (2013)" 
- The Creature in the World Premiere of "Frankenstein (2012)" 
- Dracula in "Nosferatu: Legend of Dracula (2010)" 
- Brom Bones in the World Premiere of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (2009)" 
- George in "All Through The Night (2009)" 
- Hal in "Picnic (2008)" 
- Ben in "Night of the Living Dead (2006/2007/2008)" 
- Male Voices in the World Premiere of "The Lottie & Bernice Show (2008)" 
- Fred in "A Christmas Carol (2004/2007)" 
- Lucien in "The Boys Next Door (2004)". 
 

Gary W. Cox

Gary (also known as "Greg" to some people) is celebrating 8 years this winter at the Ghostlight Theatre. After not performing for close to 30 years he returned to the stage in "Our Town" as Constable Warren. Then was cast in Oklahoma, "It's a Wonderful Life" as Ernie, the world premiere of "Frankenstein" as Dr. Polidori and "Fiddler on the Roof" as Reb Morcha. He has also assists in the booth with lighting and sound in other productions. His most exciting role was to finally play a dream role of his, The Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol.  This has always been a role he could only dream of playing and finally got his chance in 2016.

Amanda Woomer

Amanda joined the Ghostlight family in February 2006 and is so thankful that she did. She is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and was in the 2006 one acts as Joan in "The Children's Story," a member of the female ensemble in "Joseph ... Dreamcoat," Judy in 2006 and 2007's "Night of the Living Dead," Bet in "Oliver," Madge in "Picnic," Catherine in "Pippin," Ado Annie in "Oklahoma", and was most recently seen as Helen in "The Spiral Staircase." She now works down at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Carolyn Woomer

"Carolyn began acting many years ago, just for fun. Then in college, she had an opportunity to perform "Toymaker and Son" in NYC for 6 weeks. One of her fondest memories is of being proposed to by her now husband, Mark, during rehearsals for "Toymaker". Carolyn first appeared on the Ghostlight stage in "The Importance of Being Earnest" in 2006. Some other favorite roles include Mrs. Potiphar in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", Boo Boodle in "Noodles", Mrs.Van Daan in "The Diary of Anne Frank", Miss Casewell in "Mousetrap" , Lucille Turpin in "Dearly Departed and Flo Owens in "Picnic". When not on stage she is studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a certified health coach. She also enjoys travel, Disney, and especially spending time with her family. One of her greatest joys is getting to perform on stage with her husband and, at times, her children!

Jedidiah Woomer

The world lost an incredible light Wednesday, April 8 2015. We miss Jed so much but we know Jed is home, safe and whole in Jesus' loving arms.

Jed had a heart as big as the great outdoors, a smile that could bring sunshine to a cloudy day.

We were fortunate to play with him on stage, in the green room and throughout the entire theatre.

You can read the Buffalo News and Tonawanda Courier Biographical stories on this remarkable young man:

http://tonawandacourier.com/memories-never-fade-remembering-jed-woomer/

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/city-of-tonawanda/city-of-tonawanda-united-in-red-for-jed-loses-a-friend-finds-a-hero-20150409

Some of his performances include: 

  • Young Chorus in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2006)

  • Zombie Paperboy in Night of the Living Dead (2006)

  • Wally in All Through the Night (2006)

  • Oliver in Oliver Twist (2007)

  • Zombie Paperboy in Night of the Living Dead (2007)

  • Hello Dolly (2008)

  • Zombie Paperboy in Night of the Living Dead (2008)

  • George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life (2008)

  • Wally in All Through the Night (2009)

  • Zombie Paperboy in Night of the Living Dead (2009)

  • Neighborhood Kid in the world premiere of Lottie and Bernice Get off my Cabbage (2010)

  • Peter Cratchit/Young Scrooge/Caroler in A Christmas Carol (2010)

  • Cowboy in Oklahoma (2011)

  • Wally in All Through the Night (2012)

  • Future in A Christmas Carol (2013)

DJ Swartz

DJ has been apart of the Starry Night Theatre since he was born. He was first seen in the 2007 production of "Oliver" and he has been in plays since. DJ's favorite role was Tom Sawyer in "Tom Sawyer" and he can't wait to be in many more!  

Carla Kwasniak

Carla has been a member of the company since 2004. She has a BA in Liberal Arts with her concentrations in theatre and communications and a minor in writing and psychology. She has been in many productions over the years, but her favorite roles include: "Little Women" (Amy March), "The Birds that Stay" (Mrs. Pratt) and "The Uninvited" (Stella).

You can find Carla not only on stage, but building the sets, Ushering, and running spotlight for the productions. She also runs the website and is one half of the creative team behind the theatre's Instagram account.

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