Meet Our Staff

Judy LB Zanin

Artistic Director

Judy holds her Masters of Fine Arts in Directing Theatre from Syracuse University and her Bachelors of Arts in History from SUNY Potsdam. She is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the Theatre Communications Group. She is a proud mother to her son Nate, and wife to her loving and supportive husband, Robert.

 

Locally, Judy has directed many productions for Geneva Theatre Guild, The Palmyra Players, a group that she created, which performed three free Shakespeare in the Park productions. She also has directed murder mystery productions for the Palmyra Players, the Palmyra-Macedon Rotary, and Zion Episcopal Church. Judy also acted in numerous cemetery walks for Historic Palmyra and acted in the Palmyra Community Library’s Murder Mystery fundraiser. Judy has directed William Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors for Victor Senior High School,  and also two musicals for Victor, The Sound of Music and Anything Goes. Additonally, Judy acted as Director for Palmyra-Macedon Middle School's performances of School House Rock Live, Jr., Pirates of Penzance, Jr., Willy Wonka, Jr., High School Musical, Jr., and School of Rock. Judy has worked in the professional theatre world as well, working and assistant directing at both GEVA Theatre and Syracuse Stage.

Judy is the recipient of the 2016 Robert G. Boehmler Community Partners for Education award, as well as the Canandaigua National Bank Excellent in Teaching award for 2006.

In 2017, Judy attended the Broadway Teacher's workshop where she took master classes with directors, stage managers and designers from Broadway's Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Newsies, and more, as well as Tony nominees Sheryl Kaller, Marcia Milgrim Dodge, and Paloma Young.

Jennie Gilardoni

Executive Director

Jennie began performing at age 5. She was most recently seen on stage as Charlotte in Pittsford Musical's Cinderella, Ado Annie in Oklahoma at the JCC, and at the Highland Bowl as Julia in WallByrd Theatre Co.'s production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Other recent credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon, Dangerous Signs) and Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Ensemble, Webster Theatre Guild).

 

As a youth performer, her stage credits included over 30 productions, such as Winnie The Pooh (Christopher Robin) at Rochester Children’s Theatre at age 12, and Cinderella (Ensemble) at Blackfriar’s Theatre at age 15. Other favorite credits include Annie (Annie, Brighton Summer Theatre), Peter Pan (Peter Pan, Pittsford Summer Enrichment Institute), Fame (Carmen Diaz, Pittsford Summer Enrichment Institute), Into the Woods (Little Red, Spotlight Summer Stage), Bye, Bye Birdie (Kim MacAfee, Victor High School), Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney, Victor High School) and Fiddler on the Roof (Bielke, Niagara University). At age 9, Jennie recorded the title track on WARM 101.3’s “See My Spirit Soar” charity album, and began working professionally in Great Lakes Productions dinner theatre show Joey & Maria’s Comedy Wedding in  a role that was written in for her. 

 

In 2005, Jennie served as student choreographer for Victor High School’s production of Anything Goes, for which she and her 70 cast mates won Best Dance Ensemble honors at RBTL’s “Stars of Tomorrow” ceremony. Other choreography credits include STAGES summer theatre, serving as co-captain of the Niagara University Dance Team, and Palmyra-Macedon Middle School productions of School House Rock, Jr., High School Musical Jr., School of Rock, and Palmyra-Macedon High School's Bye Bye Birdie.

In 2017, Jennie attended the Broadway Teacher's Workshop in New York City where she participated in master classes with Broadway choreographers and actors like JoAnn Hunt & Patrick O’Neill (School of Rock), Morgan Marcell (Hamilton, Bandstand), Connor Gallagher (Elf Nat'l Tour), and Jenn Colella (Come From Away, If/Then, Urban Cowboy). She currently studies voice with Diane Abrahamian. 

Joanne Thomas

Business Manager

Joanne brings over 30 years of administrative and theater-related experience to Studio Z in her role as Business Manager, including 13 years of work for our US government at the Veterans Administration. She has produced many stage shows for adults and children in the community as well as theatre productions for local schools.

 

In 2003, she founded and produced a fundraising variety show at Victor High School that ran through 2008. In 2005, she assisted in teaching tap to 70 students in a production of Anything Goes at Victor High School. The group went on to win Best Dance Ensemble at RBTL’s “Stars of Tomorrow” and took third place after performing on television in 13-WHAM’s “RocheSTARS” contest. 

 

Additionally, Joanne spent several years managing professional dinner theatre shows at Great Lakes Productions and also has an extensive background working with non-profit organizations in the Rochester area and NYC.  Currently, she is also the Grading Secretary and Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Principal at Victor High School.

David Curry

Director of Finance

David Curry is an analytical, hands on executive with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University. He holds a Professional Engineering license and was a scholarship winner in the Simon Games in 2011 from the Simon School of Business in 2013 where he earned his MBA graduating with honors. With an emphasis on technology transfer and new technology commercialization, David has worked with startups through the pre-revenue and early growth period providing technical guidance, market development and sales support by bringing an analytical, fact and data driven approach to everything he does.

Much of David’s telecom background is in industrial and commercial wireless deployments, system integration and optimization. David was part of growing the Wireless Systems Group at Microwave Data Systems acquired by GE, from $1.5M to $17M in 4 years where he deployed SCADA, microwave and public safety networks.

At Clearwire and Ericcson, he designed and deployed several citywide commercial wireless networks and lead teams responsible for optimizing the nationwide networks for growth. David was successful in technical sales at PAETEC, which was acquired by Windstream, a Fortune 10 company, earning a slot at Presidents Club and finishing second in the nation for network sales.

As the Chief Technical Officer at OneStream, he oversaw the expansion and upgrade of a unique, global VoIP network to support customers in major financial cities worldwide. He increased the network resiliency significantly reducing the ticket quantity per revenue dollar and bringing visibility and efficiency to the network. This experience gives Mr. Curry a solid understanding of how to build fault tolerant VoIP networks for large enterprises. He has extensive networking and project management training.

Extending beyond telecommunications, Mr. Curry has worked with alternative energy startups to quantify the market impact of their product and their technical success bringing engineering rigor to the process. He is an active member of the National Ski Patrol serving several lead committee positions with the Bristol Mountain Ski patrol, and the Telecommunications Advisor for the Genesee Valley Region. He is also an instructor and plays keyboards, bass and lead guitar in the Americana band, The Revelers.     

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