All the World's a Stage

Alumnus' Gift Ensures That Musical Theater Thrives at UMass

Stephen Driscoll

Stephen Driscoll feels at home on the stage, which is why his estate gift will support musical theater at UMass Amherst.

Stephen P. Driscoll ’73, ’75 is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in theater from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Stephen serves on the executive committee and is chair of LGBT outreach of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. He taught dance at MIT for 15 years and concurrently was associate director and resident choreographer of the Opera Company of Boston. He served as resident photographer at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival for a decade. A proud member of Actors Equity Association, he recently played Shylock at UMass, Amherst’s Department of Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

After many years of generous support to the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Theater and Dance programs, Stephen has left a gift in his will to support the Stephen P. Driscoll Musical Theater Endowment. This endowment will help fund the production of musical theater at UMass and prioritize collaborative productions with music, dance and the Department of Art.

The news of Stephen’s gift was greeted with a standing ovation at the Department of Theater’s year-end celebration. When Stephen addressed the crowd, he explained that this came out of his own experiences at UMass. “I hardly ever went to class; I went to rehearsal,” he recalls. Stephen became enamored with musical theater. He remembers music, dance, and theater students coming together to put on shows and recalled art students sitting in the audience, sketching the performers. This endowment, he hopes, will enable such cross-disciplinary work.

Stephen resides in Pembroke, Massachusetts, and in Wilton Manors, Florida, with Robert Tocci, his spouse of 38 years, where he grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. He is the owner of NewPro Wrestling and has had a career in professional wrestling as a referee, ring announcer, wrestler and now promoter, here in the United States and in the United Kingdom.

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