Join us for our free 2022-2023 Speaker Series on select Sunday afternoons during our Season. With each session led by one of ICTC’s distinguished speakers, the afternoon will begin at 1:30 pm with a dramaturgical presentation and moderated discussion to introduce the world of the play, followed by the matinee performance. After the show, join the speaker and select members of the cast for an enlightening Talk Back.

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The Importance of Being Earnest: June 11, 2023
Guest Speaker: Anthony Chase

This year, Anthony Chase celebrates his 30th year as the host of “Theater Talk” on WBFO, providing commentary on theater in Western New York, Southern Ontario, and across the continent, and signing off each week with his familiar tag, “And I’m Anthony Chase.” He is the senior theater critic for the “Buffalo News” and editor of the popular theater website,

Chase is founder and producer of the Artie Awards, which, for 30 years, have recognized excellence in Western New York Theater, while raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for local AIDS charities. For many years he served on the Erie County Arts & Cultural Advisory Board (EACAB). County Executive Mark Poloncarz recently appointed him to the board of Visit Buffalo Niagara.

Chase earned a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in dramatic literature from the University at Buffalo, and is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut, where he was President’s Fellow in Theater Arts.

By day, he serves as the Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences at Buffalo State, where he teaches theater history and graduate level drama studies. By night, he has recently scored success with his solo nightclub performance, “Anthony Chase: My Life in the Audience” at the Bittersweet Piano Lounge at Buffalo’s beautiful and historic Hotel Lafayette.


Stay tuned for our 2023-2024 Speaker Series!