Longtime theatre professor to be remembered

October 28, 2010 | Events, UToday
By Staff

A memorial gathering for Charles H. “Chuck” Vicinus will take place Saturday, Nov. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts.

Charles “Chuck” Vicinus posed for a photo in the Center for Performing Arts in 1993.

Charles “Chuck” Vicinus posed for a photo in the Center for Performing Arts in 1993.

During his 22 years with the Department of Theatre and Film, he directed more than 100 productions for the UT stage.

Vicinus was appointed UT professor of theatre in 1978 and was the program adviser for the acting and directing segment of the department’s new bachelor of fine arts degree program.

He started UT Summerstage in 1979. The program gave students a chance to work with Equity actors under Equity rules from June to August. UT Summerstage ran through the mid-1980s. During that time, Vicinus was managing director.

The native of Rochester, N.Y., served as chair of the UT Theatre and Film Department for six years and for 13 years was a co-director of the Governor’s Gifted Summer Institute, which gave Ohio students the chance to perform Shakespearean plays.

Vicinus was involved with the American College Theatre Festival at the state and national levels, and he helped establish the Performing Arts Council of Toledo. The Toledo Repertoire Theatre board member also was a co-artistic director of the First Night Toledo program from 1994 to 2002.

In 1993, he was named professor emeritus and continued working at the University until his retirement in 2000.

Vicinus maintained homes in Holderness, N.H., and Toledo. For the past three years, he taught at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.

Tributes are suggested to the Theatre Alumni Scholarship at the UT Foundation. For more information, call 419.530.7730.

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