Student Organizations

Blackfriars Student Organization

In the Spring of 1948 Oswego's rather loosely organized and defined Dramatics Club became Blackfriars. The name was adopted at the suggestion of Dr. Erwin Palmer, then technical director & co-advisor to the group with Dr. Rupert Stroud. 

Blackfriars' Mission:

The purpose of this organization shall be to provide opportunities for the college community to experience all aspects of theatre and to cultivate a general interest in theatre.

Blackfriars Constitution Email Blackfriars

2021-22 Blackfriars Theatre Executive Council

  • President: Abigail Hines
  • Vice President: Shy Sims 
  • Treasurer: Saul Diaz Cruz 
  • Secretary: Gregory Hartman-Souder 
  • Parliamentarian: Anastasia West 
  • Faculty Advisor: Cole Sostak

The duties of all the elected officers are described in Article V, "Elected and Appointed Officers and Their Duties," Sections 1 - 6 of the Blackfriars constitution.

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Blackfriars Events

Blackfriars is responsible for a number of events and activities throughout the year. These include:


Blackfriars Student Production

Blackfriars funds the Blackfriars Student Production, a SUNY Oswego mainstage production that has a student led production team, cast, and crew!

24 Hour Play Festival

From 8pm on Friday until 8pm on Saturday a series of 10-minute plays are written, cast, rehearsed, and performed! It's a crazy tiring coffee-fueled adventure in the theatrical arts!

Holiday Cabaret

A classic holiday tradition filled with songs, skits, games, cookie baking contests, and more!


Blackfriars' Drag Competition

A themed drag competition judged by a panel of faculty/community guest judges. Sign up to compete as a King or Queen! Proceeds are donated to LGBTQ Charities! Intended for Adult Audiences only.

Fall Tea

An opportunity for new students to mingle with returning students and faculty. All are welcome! Light refreshments are served.

Blackfriars' Picnic

An end of the year event to celebrate all of the hard work we’ve done throughout the year! Filled with games, food, and fun!

Miscast Cabaret

Performers Wanted!

A cabaret that does not conform to the gender norm! Singers perform pieces that are typically for the “opposite” gender.

Various Workshops

Blackfriars' is dedicated to creating educational opportunities for all students interested in theatre.

To name a few workshops, here are some recent ones:

  • Theatre Professionalism
  • Stage Combat (Hand, Single-sword, Broadsword)
  • The Actor’s Voice, Film and Television Auditions, and more with Oswego Theatre Alumni Steve Mazzoccone ‘06 and Megan McGarvey ‘07

Blackfriars Advisors

  • William Teufel, 1948 - 1951
  • Mrs. Hilda Stahl Wagner, 1951 - 1952
  • Frank W. (Crane) Johnson, 1952 - 1954
  • Harold Hogstrom, 1954 - 1959
  • John W. Kingston, 1959 - 1979
  • John W. Mincher, 1979 - 1982
  • Jon R. Vermilye, 1982 - 1990
  • Ron Medici, 1990 - 2001
  • Jonel Langenfeld, 2001 - 2002
  • Paul Savas, 2003 - 2004
  • Kelly Cullinan, 2005-2006
  • Jessica Hester, 2006-2016
  • Kelly Cullninan, 2005-2013 (Financial Advisor)
  • Greg Brewster, 2013-2019 (Financial Advisor)
  • Cole Sostak, 2016-present

Alpha Psi Omega (Mu Iota Cast)

Alpha Psi Omega is a Honorary National Theatre Society. The Mu Iota Cast of the organization was instituted at SUNY Oswego in 1950.  Over the years the cast has produced plays, sponsored guest speakers and hosts (with the Theatre Department and Blackfriars) the annual High School Drama Festival (now in its 59th year). Membership is by invitation to Theatre Majors and Minors. Alpha Psi Omega, through conferring membership on a student recognizes that student's outstanding contributions to the Theatre program at Oswego including academic excellence and exceptional achievement in production work beyond that required through classes.  

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