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Presenting a Profile of Diane Nuccitelli
By Michael H. Arve

Diane Nuccitelli with members of the cast of Portraits

Diane Nuccitelli (center)
with the cast of Portraits

Diane Nuccitelli, the founder managing director of GRRC, has been involved in the Rochester Theater scene since childhood. Her love of music won a Scholarship to the Eastman School of Music where she studied violin and music theory, she ultimately chose a career in Dance and Theatre. Under the guidance of Alvera Sarson, Val Mates, Curly Fisher and Betty Purvis, Diane polished her skills and went on to teach all disciplines of dance.

Her performing credits include shows with Rochester Community Players, RAPA Players, Eastridge Follies and many Musical Revues on the professional and amateur level. Diane has choreographed many shows including The Music Man and Funny Girl.

In 1985, she became Managing Director of the RAPA Playhouse and successfully produced six play for the Rochester Rotary Club including, Barnum, Carousel, Singin’ In The Rain, Hello, Dolly! and Sweet Charity. With these productions, she helped the Rotarians raise over $250,000 for The Rotary Sunshine Camp.

In 1966 Diane formed Greater Rochester Repertory Companies and the first production under the GRRC logo was Pocahontas: An Algonquin Princess, an original, historically correct musical written by two local playwrights, Charles Buckpitt and William Marvin. A support staff was formed and assisted Diane in the writing and directing of Life Upon The Wicked Stage performed in November 1996 and I’ll Be Seeing You which debuted May 1997. She returned to the director's chair as Artistic Director of Dames At Sea, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? and the award winning Portraits.

Diane was a Board Member of the Upstate NY Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and has chaired many fundraising events. She is also a Board Member of Theater Association of New York State (TANYS).

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