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Three Purchase College Alums Up For Tony Award

PURCHASE, N.Y. – Three graduates of the Purchase College School of Arts are nominated for the same Tony award for “Best Lighting of a Play.”

Jeff Croiter (1993), Brian MacDevitt (1980) and Kenneth Posner (1987) will go up against each other for the honor on June 10. The other nominee for the theater award is Peter Kaczorowski for his work on “The Road to Mecca.”

Croiter is nominated for his work on the Rick Elice penned play “Peter and the Starcatcher,” an offshoot of the popular play “Peter Pan.” A news release by Purchase College said that Croiter owns his own lighting design company in New York City and has been working in Broadway and Off-Broadway productions for years. For Croiter, it is the first nomination for a Tony Award he has received in his career.

MacDevitt, now an associate professor at the University of Maryland, has already won five Tony awards. MacDevitt’s nomination this year is for his work on the Arthur Miller classic “Death of a Salesman.” Last year, MacDevitt took home the lighting designer honors for his work on “The Book of Mormon.”

Posner is nominated for his lighting designs in “Other Desert Cities” by Robin Baitz, a story about a novelist dredging up a pivotal event in his family’s history. Posner won a Tony Award in 2007 for his work on “The Coast of Utopia.”

“The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Purchase places major emphasis on studio/classroom training under the guidance of established working professionals,” the news release said. “After a freshman year of general courses, students choose a specialty among a variety of concentrations: scenic design, costume design, lighting design, costume technology, stage management and technical direction/production management. The lighting design concentration teaches students to develop conceptual and artistic ideas that will be used to guide the design of the lighting for a production.”

The 66th Annual Tony Awards will be broadcast live on CBS on June 10 at 8 p.m. For more information click here .

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