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Purchase College Alum Jeff Croiter Wins Tony Award

PURCHASE, N.Y. – Purchase College alumnus Jeff Croiter won a Tony Award for lighting design for his work on “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a play about the origins of Peter Pan.

Upon receiving the award, Croiter thanked the late Bill Mintzer, a former Purchase College professor and native of Eastchester. Croiter credited Mintzer with persuading him to continue his studies at Purchase College.

“We are thrilled that Jeff has been awarded a Tony for his amazing work on 'Peter,' ” said Greg Taylor, director of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts in the School of the Arts at Purchase College. “We are also very proud that he’s a Purchase design/technology graduate. I am continually heartened by the sheer dedication and talent of our Conservatory’s students and faculty. And achievements such as Jeff’s remind us all that with the right skills and training and a touch of brilliance you can indeed realize your dreams, no matter how profound they may seem.”

Croiter has been the lighting designer for numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions in recent years. He is currently working on several projects, including a touring production of “Jekyll and Hyde.”

Croiter wasn’t the only Purchase grad at the Tony Awards. Brian MacDevitt (1980) and Kenneth Posner (1987) were both nominated for the lighting design award this year. MacDevitt has won five Tony awards in his career, and Posner won one in 2007.

Click here for a list of all the 2012 Tony Award winners.

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