Master of Ceremonies    
     
ANTHONY CHASE, drama critic, is Assistant dean of Arts and Humanities at Buffalo State, where he teaches theater history and dramaturgy.  He earned the Ph.D. in English Literature from the University at Buffalo with a concentration in dramatic literature, and a B.A. in theater from Trinity College, Hartford, where he was President’s Fellow in Theater Arts. 

He’s been theater editor at Artvoice for 22 years; longtime co-host of WBFO’s Theater Talk; and founder-producer of the Artie Awards, recognizing excellence in WNY theater -- raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for AIDS charities.  He regularly lends his knowledge to local theaters, most recently staging seldom-seen King John for Shakespeare in Delaware Park. 

He appeared in, “Buffalo: All the City’s a Stage,” video produced by the Theatre Alliance of Buffalo and Visit Buffalo Niagara, and recently narrated the Buffalo presentation of The Gay Marriage Plays, staged simultaneously at theaters throughout the world.  He was a longtime writer for Theater Week magazine in New York, and has published in numerous other periodicals.  His analysis of events at Columbine High School for the cover of In These Times magazine and has often been cited for its insight on bullying, teen violence and suicide. 

He served as the literary representative for Endesha Ida Mae Holland, negotiating contracts in the USA and Britain for her play, From the Mississippi Delta, which chronicled her triumph over poverty and prostitution in Greenwood, Mississippi, and experiences in the civil rights movement. He provided leadership for Buffalo State’s acquisition of the Studio Arena Theatre archives, and the Madeline Davis GLBT Archives. 

Chase has been the ghostwriter for a surprisingly diverse range of prominent WNY leaders, and often lends his wit as master of ceremonies for such organizations as Empire State Pride Agenda, embraceWNY, and (before they told him he had gotten too old) Gay and Lesbian Youth Services. 

 

 

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