Seton Hill Campus Chosen as Location for George A. Romero Film
According to Dr. Terry Brino-Dean, director of Seton Hill’s theatre program, the on-campus filming presents students with a wonderful opportunity, “Jeff Monahan taught at Seton Hill during former theatre directors Iva and Gene Saraceni’s tenure and he remains impressed by the high quality of our theatre program. He remains a good friend to our students, faculty and alumni. Through this project our students will see first hand how a small production company operates and learn the unique challenges faced on location shoots.” Brino-Dean added, “Jeff’s project helps bring more attention to the Seton Hill theatre program overall. This is particularly exciting as we prepare for our new University Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Greensburg.”
“Deadtime Stories” was cast at The Docherty Agency in Pittsburgh, Pa. The “On Sabbath Hill” cast includes John Romualdi. Seton Hill theatre students, and interested faculty and staff, will participate in the film as extras.
Jeff Monahan commented, “I am delighted to return to Seton Hill to film a feature for ‘Deadtime Stories.’ I actually wrote the piece with the University’s campus in mind and I look forward to working with theatre students and faculty on what promises to be an interesting production.”
Various locations were selected for the film including Seton Hill’s historic classrooms, residence halls and building exteriors.
Jeff Monahan Biography: Jeff Monahan began his career as a police officer, attending Penn State University, and graduating at the top of his class from the Pennsylvania State Police Municipal Training Officers Academy. After moving from uniform into the detective division and being recognized for his undercover work, he decided to retire from the force and turn to his first love, acting. Now a professional actor with his own production company, 72nd St. Films, Monahan is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, the Writers Guild of America, the Actors Equity Association, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. In New York, Monahan studied for two years with theatre legend Robert (Bobby) Lewis. Lewis’ former students include Marlon Brando, James Dean, Henry Winkler, Sally Field, Sigourney Weaver and Meryl Streep. Monahan’s film roles include Stephen King’s “The Dark Half” and John Sayles’ “Lone Star.” His network television roles include “Bet Your Life” on NBC and “The War that Made America” on PBS. Monahan has directed a number of theatre productions including Noel Coward’s “Private Lives,” and the north American premiere of “Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting on a Green Park Bench,” starring Carol Cleveland of Monty Python. Jeff Monahan has taught screenwriting, acting technique, and film production at Carnegie Mellon University, Seton Hill University, The Pittsburgh Filmmakers, The State Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, and New York University. Monahan currently teaches at Chatham University in Pittsburgh.
The Seton Hill University Center for the Performing Arts will bring two of Seton Hill’s most vibrant programs – theatre and music – into the heart of the city of Greensburg, Pa. The Center - designed by MacLachlan Cornelius & Filoni Architects, Inc. to complement the historic architecture of the surrounding buildings - will also serve as the completing piece of Greensburg’s Cultural District, with the Westmoreland Museum of American Art at one corner and Seton Hill University at the other, linked by the historic Palace Theatre, the restored Greensburg Train Station, cafes, restaurants and bookstores. Once completed, the 73,000 square foot center will include a flexible theatre, music hall, rehearsal spaces, set and costume design rooms, classrooms, and faculty offices for Seton Hill’s programs in music and theatre. The University Center project is the result of a collaboration among the City of Greensburg, the Redevelopment Authority of Westmoreland County, the Greensburg Salem School District, local legislators, and the Westmoreland Cultural Trust. As of November 2007, the University Center for the Performing Arts Campaign, chaired by Michele and Tom Ridge and Anne and Jack Robertshaw, has achieved more than $19.2 million toward its projected $21 million goal. Massaro Corporation began construction in August 2007, with a projected completion date of spring 2009.