Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Studio Theatre, one of Long Island’s oldest and finest theatres, started producing plays more than 50 years ago. Housed in a dance studio (hence, the name) In Massapequa in the late 1950’s,

it was incorporated in 1961 and then moved to its current location in Lindenhurst in 1970. Founding members included Ken Schwartzman, Marilyn Rosen, Mike Engel and Barbara Zinn. In the 1970’s Macey Levin assumed the position of artistic director and in the 1980’s the company was sold to Pat and Jerry Zaback, when it became part of the BroadHollow family of theatres .About 15 years later Bob O’Neill  took over the theatre, eventually taking over  the other two BroadHollow theatres as well . BroadHollow ran Studio until January 1, 2015. 

Today, David Dubin and Mike Vellecca are the owner/producers. Bob O’Neill continues to run The BroadHollow Theatre in Elmont and the Bayway Arts Centre in East Islip.

A look through the Studio archives tells the story of a theatre company that has produced a long line of cutting edge, challenging works for its audiences. Early productions included Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot, Ibsen’s The Master Builder, Peter Weiss’s Marat/Sade, Bruce Jay Friedman’s Steambath and Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

It is our hope that Studio will run for another 50 years, presenting first rate theatre for its discerning audience members.

David Dubin – Executive Artistic Director

David Dubin has directed theatre productions in the northeast for over 35 years. With a B.A. in English and Drama from Colgate University and a Masters from NYU, he also studied Script Interpretation with Miss Stella Adler in her studio in Manhattan, trained in method acting with Cyprienne Gabel of the Equity Library Theatre, and while living in London, studied play direction with Euan Smith of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Mr. Dubin has directed hundreds of productions with many of Long Island’s theatre companies, including The Arena Players, The Bare Bones Theatre, the Star Playhouse, and all of the BroadHollow theatres. He also devised and directed Fire Island’s Original Play Festival in 2003.

Michael Vellecca – Executive Producer

Michael Vellecca has worked on Wall Street for over 25 years in a variety of roles for Merrill Lynch, Bankers Trust, Broadridge Financial Solutions and the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation. He also operates as an independent consultant for financial software firms in areas including sales, marketing, product strategy and management and derivatives. He has a B.A. in English from Fordham University.