SUNY Fredonia Emeritus Professor receives acting nomination

SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus Tom Loughlin received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play from the 2024 Artie Awards Committee for his performance as Gregory Solomon in the Irish Classical Theatre Company production of “The Price” by Arthur Miller. Conceived in 1991 by Artvoice Theatre Editor Anthony Chase, the Arties are the Buffalo theater community’s version of Broadway’s Tony Awards.

This is Loughlin’s fourth Artie nomination in his 35 years acting in Buffalo theatres, including D’Youville Kavinoky, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Buffalo United Artists. Musicalfare, and 14 seasons with Shakespeare in Delaware Park. He won the Outstanding Supporting Actor category in 2014 playing Polonius in Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s production of “Hamlet,” and in 2022 he was honored with a Career Achievement Award for his body of work as an actor as well as a lifelong theater educator. He joined the SUNY Fredonia Department of Theater and Dance in 1988, and was promoted to the rank of SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2010. He chaired the department from 2010-2016, and retired after 29 years in 2017. He currently produces and hosts the 1891 Fredonia Opera House podcast “Notes from the Aisle Seat,” which appears every other Wednesday during the opera house season.

Set in New York City in 1968, “The Price” tells the story of two estranged brothers who meet unexpectedly after 30 years in the attic of their boyhood home to sell their parents’ furniture. Loughlin played the role of the 89-year-old Russian-Jewish immigrant furniture dealer who comes to potentially buy the estate’s goods.

The play was Arthur Miller’s last Broadway success, running for 429 performances. The Irish Classical Theatre Company’s production ran from April 19 to May 12, and the production has garnered nominations in eight categories, including Outstanding Production of a Play and Outstanding Ensemble of a Play.

The 33rd Annual Artie Awards ceremony will take place on Monday June 10th at 8:00pm at Shea’s 710 Theatre in Buffalo. The Artie Awards is presented by Buffalo-Toronto Public Media. For more information please visit their website at https://www.wned.org/community/screenings-and-events/artie-awards/.


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