Meet "Ordinary People" Director Steve Gamba

Meet “Ordinary People” Director Steve Gamba


By Nancy Pahl Gilsenan.  Adapted from the novel by Judith Guest.

October 12 – 15, 2017 at Cayuga Community College

Conrad Jarrett had an older brother named Buck, and now Buck is gone. What’s left of young Conrad’s family, with his successful, well-intentioned father and his beautiful, organized and remote mother, is in terrible jeopardy, as is Conrad himself. They are all “ordinary people” and each is fighting a hard battle. This play goes to the essence of a young man, his friends and family, their relationships and survival.

A New York Times critic summed up, “The anxiety, despair and joy that is common to every human experience … if Conrad and his family are ordinary people, why then so are we all.”

Meet Stephen Gamba, Director

Steve is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education, and Kennesaw State University with a Masters of Education and Administration.

He has been a featured performer in theaters in Central New York as well as the Southeastern US. Some favorite roles include the title role in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Cornelius Hakl in Hello Dolly!, Fred/Petrucchio in Kiss Me Kate, Danny in Baby, and Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods. Melchoir in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Jinx in Forever Plaid, The Baker in Into the Woods,  George in Same Time, Next Year,  Max in Lend  Me a Tenor, and Thomas Andrews in Titanic: The Musical.

His performance of Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, earned him a SALT nomination, and was nominated for a Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Award for excellence in choreography.  He was music director and conductor for APCT’s production of Hair, receiving an award for Excellence in Music Direction and Excellent Pit Orchestra from The Theater Association of New York State (TANYS). Steve is also Artistic Director/Conductor of The Syracuse Gay and Lesbian Chorus.