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Colin Fleming-Stumpf

Colin Fleming-Stumpf is a lover of all things theatre and performing arts. A native of Rochester, NY, Colin has acted on stages across Upstate and Western New York and is active in the regional theatre community as a performer, musician, fundraiser, board member, and writer, also serving avidly as a local theatre critic for the Buffalo Theatre Guide. Colin holds a Masters degree in Nonprofit and Arts Administration, and by day works as a grant writer for a large health system in the Rochester area. 



BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Rochester Broadway Theatre League PhotoBWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Rochester Broadway Theatre League
Posted: Feb. 19, 2020

Rochester's Theatre Community Copes with Coronavirus Outbreak PhotoRochester's Theatre Community Copes with Coronavirus Outbreak
Posted: Apr. 5, 2020

BWW Review: SLOW FOOD at Geva Theatre PhotoBWW Review: SLOW FOOD at Geva Theatre
Posted: Jan. 20, 2020

BWW Review: THE LION KING at Rochester Broadway Theatre League PhotoBWW Review: THE LION KING at Rochester Broadway Theatre League
Posted: Dec. 21, 2019

BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Brings Triumph of Human Spirit to Rochester PhotoBWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Brings Triumph of Human Spirit to Rochester
Posted: Nov. 20, 2019

BWW Review: ONCE at Geva Theatre Center PhotoBWW Review: ONCE at Geva Theatre Center
Posted: Feb. 28, 2020

BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER At Blackfriars Theatre PhotoBWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER At Blackfriars Theatre
Posted: Dec. 16, 2019

Local Artist Channels Rene Magritte with Multimedia Collaboration
April 9, 2020

Given the current reality of social distancing and isolation that we're all grappling with, there has perhaps never been a greater need for art that is collaborative and deeply reflective. Kelly Izzo Shapiro, a local singer-songwriter, is hoping to bring that experience to Rochester through a multimedia work titled 'Ceci n'est pas: The Treachery of Images', a project that channels surrealist art and the human psyche, and conveys the idea that our subconscious is going to reflect onto the art that we consume.

Rochester's Theatre Community Copes with Coronavirus Outbreak
April 5, 2020

There is no facet of life that hasn't been impacted in some way by the COVID-19 outbreak. Streets are empty, people can't go to work, students can't go to school, gatherings large-and-small are forbidden, and that's to say nothing of the devastating public health realities of widespread illness, the plummeting economy and skyrocketing unemployment rate, and the emotional tolls of social isolation. Here in Rochester schools have been closed since mid-March, as have most non-essential employers (many of which have their employees working from home), and the number of positive coronavirus cases within Monroe County currently stands at 512. Given the scary and unprecedented moment that we're all living in, speculating about the future of theatre and the performing arts seems trivial. But in Rochester, home to one of Upstate New York's most vibrant artistic communities, it's anything but trivial. Our region's theatres are employers and economic drivers of the Finger Lakes area, but more importantly, they bring tremendous joy to the community, which is palpably missing during a crisis that has forced the temporary shuttering of our city's theatres.

BWW Review: CRY IT OUT at Geva Theatre Center
March 11, 2020

BWW Review: ONCE at Geva Theatre Center
February 28, 2020

Continuing Geva Theatre's 2019-2020 season is the story of an unexpected meeting that blossoms into love, vibrant music, and a renewed vigor for life. It will warm your heart on a cold and dreary Rochester evening.

BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Rochester Broadway Theatre League
February 19, 2020

There is perhaps no greater contributor to the musical theatre art form than Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Cats, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, etc.), and perhaps no more generation-defining contribution than Jesus Christ Superstar. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, Rochesterians can once again be reminded why this stylish musical is iconic and timeless.

BWW Review: ANASTASIA at Rochester Broadway Theatre League
January 22, 2020

Perfectly timed for the blistery cold Rochester weather we're all suffering through, the RBTL is currently presenting 'Anastasia', the stage adaptation of the 1997 animated movie in which audience members are whisked away to snowy St. Petersburg during the height of the Russian Revolution of the 1920's. This era of political upheaval is the backdrop, but the story focuses on a young woman and her journey through the past to find her family and her identity.

BWW Review: SLOW FOOD at Geva Theatre
January 20, 2020

There is nary a more unifying social experience than receiving horrid, mind-bogglingly bad service at a restaurant. It cuts across class, background, geography, ideology, upbringing, and every other imaginable social divide. With minimal effort we can all probably recall a recent experience in which we were out to dinner with friends or significant others and had a server who was slow, rude, invasive, negligent, easily distracted, too chatty, or-in the case of Stephen (Danny Vaccaro), the waiter in Wendy MacLeod's 'Slow Food', currently on stage at Geva Theatre-all of the above. And while it might trigger flashbacks of dining horror and peak hangry-ness, it makes for a truly entertaining stage comedy.

BWW Review: THE LION KING at Rochester Broadway Theatre League
December 21, 2019

BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER At Blackfriars Theatre
December 16, 2019

Keeping with the artistic diversity that makes this theatre a Rochester gem, Blackfriars continues its 70th anniversary season with Peter and the Starcatcher, a Tony Award-winning play like none other they've featured in recent seasons, one that's fueled by imagination, spirit, and a tremendous amount of fun.

BWW Review: RAGING SKILLET at JCC CenterStage Theatre
December 9, 2019

Continuing its 2019-2020 season, JCC's CenterStage theatre brings us Raging Skillet, a memoir-turned-play making its regional debut that that tells the story of a rule-breaker and boundary-pusher, a rebellious lesbian Jewish chef whose story is told through food and the ghost of her long-dead mother.

BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Brings Triumph of Human Spirit to Rochester
November 20, 2019

BWW Review: THE NICETIES at Geva Theatre Center
October 28, 2019

For thousands of years the theatre has been a place where storytellers go to evaluate the world around them and the people who inhabit it. Every period in history, every noteworthy event, near every moment of import has theatrical representation in one form or another, from Jesus to the Salem Witch Trials, the Nixon impeachment to the smartphone. The polarized and divisive times in which we're all currently living have been no exception, with playwrights and artists of all stripes stepping up and trying to make sense of the calamity of our politics and culture. 'The Niceties', currently playing at Geva Theatre Center, takes a sharp and assertive stance on the issues of race and class that have become a powder keg since 2016 (and long before), in one of the most searing and provocative commentaries written in recent years.

BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Rochester Broadway Theatre League
October 24, 2019

BWW Review: Blackfriars Theatre Explores Race Riots and the Civil Rights Movement with DETROIT '67
October 21, 2019

There are few forces more powerful than that of family, friendship, love and home. These forces are mightily strong under the best of circumstances, and become even more central to our existence in times of violence, oppression, and separation. Within the context of 20th century American history, the civil rights movement of the 1960's is probably the pinnacle of violence and oppression; it's this era that acts as the backdrop of 'Detroit '67', which explores the bonds that connect us to both our friends and loved ones, but also the place we call home.

BWW Review: SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL at Rochester Broadway Theatre League
October 3, 2019

The Rochester Broadway Theatre League opens its 2019-2020 season with a glitzy, glamorous, and soulful look at the queen of the disco era, Donna Summer. 'Summer: The Donna Summer Musical', which began its national tour in Rochester this week, isn't just for children of the 1970's, but for anyone who wants a more intimate look into the life and career of one of the music industry's most iconic figures.

BWW Review: Blackfriars' Summer Intensive Presents THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
July 15, 2019

To an outsider, the world of competitive spelling may not seem like one that's brimming with tension and intrigue. When one thinks about worlds that are rife for dramatization, a myriad of source material seems more plausible; but I suppose Mormon missionaries, SpongeBob SquarePants, and the life of Alexander Hamilton also seemed odd choices at-a-glance for stage adaptation, and things turned out ok for those musicals. Though competitive spelling is at the heart of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee', that's not what makes 'Spelling Bee' so compelling; it's the cast of eccentric characters, their personal baggage, and how that baggage informs their drive to excel at spelling that makes the show so heartwarming. Blackfriars Theatre's production of 'Spelling Bee' is as touching and wildly funny a production as you'll find on any professional stage, made more impressive by the fact that the cast, and the bulk of the artistic team, are local college students.

Waitress Closes the Rochester Broadway Theatre League Season
June 5, 2019

You don't have to be a talented baker (and I certainly am not) to appreciate a show that uses pie as a metaphor for life. Its variety, its many surprises, how with one wrong measurement or ingredient everything can go terribly wrong.

Wallbyrd's The 39 Steps is a Must-See Production
May 25, 2019

Screen Plays' Black Comedy De-Lights
May 24, 2019

Peter Shaffer's farce Black Comedy delights based on one absurd premise. What if we could see what goes on in the obscurity of darkness? From this thought, he literally flips the light switch. The play begins in darkness with a young sculptor Brindsley Miller nervously preparing for a life changing meeting with elderly millionaire art collector George Bamberger. To impress Bamberger, he and his fiancee, Carol Melkett temporarily purloin the furniture and artwork of his flamboyant neighbor Harold Gorringe. While questioning the ethics of this nefarious decision with his fiancee, the apartment building's main fuse blows and the stage is bathed in light. It becomes clear that the motor of the play is that the audience sees when the actors don't. This topsy-turvy conveyance heightens the slapstick humor and illuminates the frenzied panic induced by unethical contrivances gone awry. Adding to this madness are love triangles, jealousy and repressed feelings.

May 12, 2019