Saturday Series

Saturday Series: Inclusion in the Arts – Amy D. Shephard-Teal

This Saturday, 7/25 at 8pm, we have the honor of having Amy D. Shephard-Teal hang out with us and discuss inclusion in the arts!

About Amy:

Amy teaches both private voice lessons and the Sophomore and Junior voice classes at Niagara University. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Master of Music in Music Education with NY Teaching Certification from The Eastman School Of Music. Amy enjoys a busy and diverse teaching and performing career in the WNY region. As a performer, she has been described as “delightful in her absolutely-rock-solid performance” (Buffalo Rising), and “perfect in voice and comic timing,” (Buffalo News). As a classical artist, Professor Teal has performed with The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Lytes, Opera Sacra, Cheektowaga Symphony, Amherst Chamber Ensemble, Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus, Erwin H. Johnson Memorial Fund Concert Series, Opera Buffs Concert Series, and Buffalo Opera Unlimited. Some of her operatic roles include Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte, Madame Warblewell in The Impresario, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Gianetta in The Elixir of Love, and Cunnegonde in Candide. A crossover artist, equally at home on the musical theatre stage, she has performed roles at Art Park, The Riviera, Lancaster Opera House, & O’Connell & Company. As an educator, she believes in creating strong relationships with her students and in fostering mutual respect. She was honored to be nominated by a student and included in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” Music Honors Edition, as a “teacher who made a difference”. Her students have won contests, and placed in competitions such as, Classical Singer Magazine, Golden Voices of America, BPO Idol, The 10,000 Maniacs tour and NBC’s The Voice. In addition to her work at NU, Amy directs plays and musicals for Lewiston Porter School District and owns and operates Teals Niagara Theatre & Music at The Niagara Arts & Cultural Center in Niagara Falls.

See you at 8pm on Saturday.


ITOWNY’s Monthly Short Play Reading Series Archives – Matt Boyle

We are proud to share Week 1 of ITOWNY’s Monthly Short Play Reading Series! This week, plays by the incomparable Matt Boyle (Lawn Wars & Brotherhood of the Whirlpool Box) were performed and starred Matt Boyle, Anthony Baldwin-GiambroneDallas Taylor and Andrew Zuccari! With Direction by Kim Queenie Robinson!! Kudos for a job well done and thank you to all who attended!

The next short play readings will take place on Saturday, August 8, 2020 with two plays by the extraordinary Donna Hoke! More information is coming soon!

Thank you for your continued support!!

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Virtual Auditions

Inclusive Theater of WNY (ITOWNY) is proud to present our monthly Short Play Reading Series and we need YOU!! The show must go on!!

We are holding an OPEN CASTING CALL – meaning we have a number of roles to fill (and on a rolling basis)! We welcome and encourage all levels of acting experience to audition. We are looking for a variety of actors, especially those that have been underrepresented in American theater.

Upcoming acting opportunities for short plays by Donna Hoke (August) and TJ Snodgrass (September) with more TBA!

VIRTUAL Auditions will be held on SUNDAY, July 19, 2020 and MONDAY, July 20, 2020 between 6 and 8 PM. Additional auditions will be scheduled as needed.

Email with your preferred time slots (please include two time options). You may also send a VIRTUAL audition to us at the same email address by 8PM on Monday, July 20, 2020. Be sure to include your name and contact information.

The readings will be held VIRTUALLY via Zoom on August 8 and September 19 with additional monthly reading dates TBD. VIRTUAL rehearsals will begin on July 27 for the August reading and September 1 for the September reading with additional dates TBD. Rehearsals scheduled in collaboration with director and actor availability.

These are not paid roles. Actors will self-costume and may need to provide minor props.

Questions? Comments? Email


Call for One-Act Plays


Submit your one-act plays to participate in ITOWNY’s monthly reading series “Know Your Neighbor(s).”

Rolling submissions. Please consider submitting your work and sharing our call!
Questions? More Info? Submissions?