Board of Directors

Kim Piazza, President
Maria Pendolino, Secretary
David Sambora, Treasurer

Michelle L. Bouton
Nakiea S. Cook
Leonard London
Shazad Mohammed
Armand Petri
Lee Ann Vogt

Advisory Members

Eric Bentley, in memoriam
Joan K. Bozer
Alfred T. Coppola
Maryalice Demler
Stephen McKinley Henderson
Carlos R. A. Jones
‍LeonardR. Lenihan
Dr. Donna Orlando-Martin
Adine Wittig
Hon. Penny Wolfgang


Chris J Handley

Executive Artistic Director

Chris served as Alleyway’s Associate Artistic Director for two seasons before his appointment as Executive Artistic Director in June 2020. He grew up in WNY and has worked as an actor, director, educator across the country.

At Alleyway, he has been seen onstage in Navigators, Philosophus, Reefer Madness and Unholy Trinity. He is a five-time Artie nominee for his work on stages across the region, most recently for Fun Home and The Tempest.

Chris's work as an actor and director runs the gamut from classic and contemporary musical theatre to Shakespeare and Ibsen, award-winning indie soaps to Mississippi Riverboat entertainment. In the new play field, he has directed and performed in multitudes of productions, workshops and readings, shepherding new work through all stages of development.

He previously taught Acting and Voice/Speech at Indiana University and is currently on the faculty at SUNY Fredonia where he teaches Acting and Directing. He is Vice President of the Theatre District Association, an inaugural cohort Cullen Fellow, 2019 Spark Awards Finalist for Artist of the Year, and previously served on the Buffalo/Rochester Actors’ Equity Liaison Committee.

MFA Acting Indiana University, BFA Musical Theatre SUNY Fredonia.

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Robyn Lee Horn

Managing Director

Robyn is an actor, director,educator, theatre administrator, and PhD candidate. As a member of Actors' Equity Association, Robyn performed in dozens of regional theatre productions, as well benefit concerts on Broadway and at Lincoln Center. She has directed several plays, musicals, and showcases in both educational and professional theatre. Before her current teaching assignments at UB and Niagara University, Robyn taught at an award-winning performing arts high school in New Jersey,where she was also the administrator of the extracurricular performing artsprogram. During a year-long internship at Premiere Stages in New Jersey, Robyn was assistant dramaturg on several world-premiere plays. Horn authored a chapter in the forthcoming collection, Theatre & the Macabre (University of Wales Press). She holds a BA (summa cum laude) in Theatre and Education from Kean University in New Jersey and an MA in English Literature from the Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English inVermont.

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