* In Association with Amazon.com

Coni Ciongoli- Koepfinger Bio

Coni Ciongoli- Koepfinger has taught theatre arts at The School for The Carnegie and other art centers, believing that creative energy is never lost, it just changes hands, and hearts, and minds.... Currently, Coni is one of the producers of Sunday Nite Live, a weekly play reading service, and is the host of Dionysus 2000: A FORUM FOR THE ARTS IN PITTSBURGH, a live magazine the meets monthly to focus on the arts at The Cafe Decartes atop City Books on the Southside. Coni sings in a folk group and is a soprano in the St. Maurice Choir. She was one of the named "ones to watch" in Pittsburgh Magazine's 1996 Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts Awards. A review of her play SIDESHOW in The Pittsburgh Post Gazette compared her work to the mastermind of Twilight Zone's, Rod Serling.

Koepfinger worked as an administrative assistant at Carnegie Mellon University, where she completed three graduate courses in dramatic literature. She received her bachelor of arts in theatre from Penn State University, where she had a staged reading of one of her full-length plays and was asked to design for a equity production. She enjoys a career as a freelance artist, teacher, and director. Constance and Joseph, her husband, have been blessed with daughters, Katie and Mary, who share in the daily adventures such as creative dramatics and preschool playgroups. In 1992, she was the director of an arts-in-the-park camp for 140 children.

Koepfinger's efforts in playwriting begame known to area audiences with Trialproof in 1984, presented to an applauding house at The New City Theatre. In 1985, All Good Dreamers was chosen for production at The Pittsburgh Playwrights Festival. In 1986,The Day Rudolph Ran Away to Pittsburgh delighted audiences young and old at The Frick Fine Arts on the University of Pittsburgh campus. In addition to her writing, Koepfinger has enjoyed working for many companies, such as: Allegheny Repertory Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Fisher Scientific, South Park Conservatory Theater, Laurel Highlands Regional Theatre, Fine Line Theatre, Civic Light Opera, Citiparks, The Famous Rider and Wilkinsburg Arts Theatre. As an independent filmmaker, she studied with the Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and has written industrial videos for Allegheny East and Carnegie Mellon University Dining Services. As artistic director of Playmakers Pittsburgh, Koepfinger produced an original adaptation of Cricket on the Hearth, the Dickens classic, Big Secret, a children's play that was performed in December 1990. Ms. Koepfinger has been a member of The Acting Company since1983. In 1992, Onrushing Angels , a baroque Christmas carol, was commissioned for a local schola concert . The Baldanzi-Koepfinger musical, THE SHADOW DANCER was showcased at The Apollo Community Theatre in October 1995 with grand audience appeal. This year, Koepfinger's full length drama, SIDESHOW, was chosen for production in The Upstairs Theatre's 1996 New Play Festival. Most recently, Koepfinger produced THE RED ROOM, an original radio play, for R.I.S., a reader's radio service that reaches over 5000 visually impaired listeners. Koepfinger has a deep regard for all art, realizing its vital importance to our society. COFFEEHOUSE MAGIK received great reviews at The Acting Company in Pittsburgh and at THE MUSEUM OF SOUND RECORDING in New York City. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ORIGINAL WORK PRODUCED

  • 1980 *All in a Whispher Full Length Drama - Staged Reading Playhouse , Penn StateUniversity
  • 1982 *Hands Off Experimental Feature - Student Film Pittsburgh Filmmakers; Pgh, Pa
  • 1984 * Trialproof - Absurdist Play - Staged Reading New City Theatre; Oakland, Pennsylvania
  • 1985 *All Good Dreamers One-Act Play - Production Pittsburgh Playwrights Festival *Of Rhyme and Reason One-Act Play - Play Reading Hemingways; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania *Welcome to UDS Instructional Videos Series (6) Carnegie Mellon University; Pgh
  • 1986 *The Day Rudolph Ran Away Children's PlayProduction Frick Fine Arts ; Univ. of Pgh
  • 1988 *Growing Together Industrial Full Length Video American Cablevision A.E. M H M R; Pittsburgh,
  • 1989 *Suzie McSneezer Children's Play - Production Spirituality & the Arts; Pgh, Pa
  • 1990 *Moving through the Pain Collaboration - Production The Artery Mainstage; Pittsburgh, Pa
  • 1991 * Rudolph's Big Secret Children's Play - Production St. Maurice School; Pgh, Pa
  • 1992 *On Rushing Angels Baroque Choral Text - Performance St. Maurice Schola Concert; Pgh, Pa
  • 1993 *Journeys Operatic Collaboration - Performance St. Maurice School; Pgh, Pa
  • 1995 *The Shadow Dancer / Full Length Musical- Production ACT; Apollo, Pennsylvania * Jack and the Talkback Beanstalk / Children's Play ACT; Apollo, Pennsylvania
  • 1996 * Birdbath A metadrama in Two acts - Staged Reading Sunday Night Live, Pgh, Pa * SIDESHOW Comedy Metadrama - Production Upstairs Theatre Play Festival, * The Red Room A one -act - Radio Play Radio Information Service * Garrett, the Blue Giraffe - Staged Reading Valhalla; Pgh, Pa * Trialproof - Absurdist Play - Full Production M&M Productions; Pgh, Pa * Saints in Revolt - Full Production Eckartsberga Art Center; Pgh. Pa * SIDESHOW- Comedy Metadrama - Production Community College of Allegheny Co.
  • 1997 * SLEEPING WITH DESTINY - Staged Reading Sunday Night Live, The Beehive * COFFEEHOUSE MAGIK- metadrama- Full Production Recorded Live @Museum of Sound Recording, NYC * COFFEEHOUSE MAGIK--Full Production The Acting Company / Pittsburgh, PA * TALES OF BOBBY DE BUG -Children's Musical Comedy Pops for Kids Series- Monroeville Arts Council
  • 1998 * CANDLE DANCING- staged reading The Acting Company / Pittsburgh, PA * SAINTS IN REVOLT * GARRETT THE BLUE GIRAFFE Brewhouse Space 101 / Pittsburgh, PA * SAINTS IN REVOLT * GARRETT THE BLUE GIRAFFE Theatre 409 /New York, NY * JACK & THE TALKBACK BEANSTALK -Children's Musical Comedy Pops for Kids Series- Monroeville Arts Council * GARRETT THE BLUE GIRAFFE Lester Hamburg Studio / Pittsburgh, PA *SLAM, THE MAN * THE WORLD TOUR The Gemini Theater Company / Pittsburgh, PA ...*END

    *Comments Welcomed [Comments]
  • [back]

    (Kiami Jigsaw)

    <<   [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] >>  
    (Media Play)