Local artist Brynn Tyszka will succeed Danny Hoskins as Artistic Director of the Blackfriars Theater. The three-month research process conducted by the Board of Trustees included candidates from Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Arkansas, as well as nominations from several local artists.
“In a highly competitive candidate pool, Brynn quickly climbed to the top as a clear choice to continue building on Blackfriars’ long history of entertainment, audience engagement and inspiration with exceptional theater featuring local performers,” says the chairman of the board. Jason Tortorici.
Blackfriars Director of Development Mary Tiballi Hoffman agrees, adding, “Brynn’s extensive professional experience as a highly regarded director, choreographer, performer, art marketing and teacher artist, coupled with her passion for this company and her strong vision for her future, make her the perfect candidate for the job. I know she will be a champion for our local artists, a caring art curator for our audience, and an active advocate in our community. I am thrilled to partner with her while let’s drive Blackfriars into its next exciting era. “
When she enters her new role on August 1, 2022, Tyszka will be the first artistic director to identify a woman in Blackfriars’ 73-year history. Hoskins will have served 16 years with Blackfriars, seven of them as art director and chief executive officer. Prior to her tenure, the company was managed by John Haldoupis for 35 years.
Tyszka’s history with the Blackfriars began in 2006 when she played Susan in tick, tick … BOOM! under the direction of Haldoupis. Since then, she has worked and performed several times with the Blackfriars, including on Heathers the Musical (Heather Chandler), Beehive (choreographer) and Boeing Boeing (Gretchen), as well as performing on multiple seasonal nights. Most recently, she collaborated with Hoskins and Hoffman to conceive, produce and direct Blackfriars’ 2020 digital Christmas show, Home for the Holidays.
Tyszka currently serves as the Social Media Manager (as well as teaching artist, director and performer) for OFC Creations Theater Center in Brighton. Previously, she was director of the Education for Actors ‘Theater of Indiana, where she also performed as a cast member on ATI (A Comedy of Tenors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and a reading of Lindsay Adams’ new comedy, Rattler) .
Prior to 2016, Tyszka served as Chair of the Acting Department for the Rochester Association for the Performing Arts (RAPA), where she developed and taught several acting courses, including Fundamentals, Scene Study, Characterization, The Art of Comedy, Script Analysis and Movement for the stage. Additionally, she has taught acting and musical theater privately as the founder of BKT Studio for Actors. She has also directed and choreographed numerous shows for high schools, colleges, community theaters and semi-professional theaters throughout the Rochester area.
A former member of the Actors ‘Equity Association and a proud former member of the Nazareth College Theater Arts program, Tyszka has performed nationally on tour with NETworks and ArtsPower productions, as well as regionally with Geva Theater Center, Actors’ Theater of Indiana, DEEP Arts, JCC CenterStage, Pittsford Musical and Playhouse on the Park in Connecticut.
“Like many other theater artists in Rochester, Blackfriars has always felt like a second home to me,” he says. “To say it has been a lifelong goal to work within a company that continually strives to inspire and engage the community through outstanding work would be an understatement – directing the artistic vision of such a company is an honor and a unprecedented privilege “.
The Blackfriars Theater, a non-profit professional theater, has entertained audiences for over 70 years in downtown Rochester, New York. Their mission is to enrich, entertain and inspire our community through exceptional theatrical arts, while engaging local talent.