Coordinator, Scharmann Theatre
Robert T. Schlick has been the Coordinator of Theatre at JCC since the fall of 1996. Mr. Schlick’s education in theater originally began at JCC, where he graduated from the Speech and Theatre program in 1972. He went on to study at SUNY Oswego, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Fredonia, and UCLA, as well as at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in Los Angeles, California. While on the west coast, he served as the head writer and a performer in the comedy troupe “The Cream O’ Wits.” He was featured in several small student films at USC, and worked at the American Film Institute as the Second Assistant Director on an independent film. Since returning to the Jamestown area in 1979, he has directed in Fredonia, NY; Warren, PA, and various other places throughout the Chautauqua County area. Mr. Schlick became a member of Alpha Psi Omega, a theater honors fraternity, in 1992, and won JCC’s President’s Award for Excellence in 2002.
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Steven's love of music and the stage began early. His first stage experience was as the lead bird in his third grade production of Rufus Robin's Day in Court. At 10, Steven taught himself to play the guitar and toured the summer playground circuit and nursing homes with his neighborhood friends in their band, Jim and the Jokers. During his senior years of high school, Steven performed in three theatrical productions: M*A*S*H (Trapper John), Fiddler on the Roof (The Rabbi's son), and The Pajama Game (Perez).
In college, Steven studied music theory, psychology, photography, video production, and radio production, eventually earning a degree in liberal arts at Jamestown Community College. He served on the concert committee, wrote for the student newspaper, and was program director of the student-run FM radio station, WJWK.
Steven helped found the alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs in 1981. With fellow JCC students Dennis Drew, Robert Buck, and Natalie Merchant, the band went on to sell over 10 million records world-wide and performed on such stages as: Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, CBGB’s, The Royal Albert Hall, First Niagara Arena, Ralph Wilson Stadium, Joyce’s Keg Room, Red Rocks Amphitheater, The Greek Theater, and the Hollywood Bowl. Steven has also performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, The Ru Paul Show, Sabrina The Teenaged Witch, The Today Show, Saturday Night Live, MTV Unplugged, the MTV Inaugural Ball for President Bill Clinton, and for President Clinton’s second Inaugural Ball at the Kennedy Center. In 1988, the college received a gold and platinum record from the band for their album “In My Tribe," their first of 4 to sell over a million copies.
Steven has been serving as the Technical Director of the Scharmann Theatre since 2005, and is an adjunct professor of Theater Production and The Business of Music at JCC.
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