OUR MISSION: THE DRESS CIRCLE was created
to act as a showcase for the Performing Arts. Our
mission is to help preserve musical performances
and keep alive the memories of performers,
composers, lyricists, and librettists who made
contributions to the world of musical theatre, film,
and performance art. We feel that there is a need
to preserve these histories so that a fuller
understanding of the present can be had.
MICHAEL KOWNACKY was born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania
and graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 1981 with a B.F.A.
in advertising design, speech/theatre, and literature. Theatre, always a
passion, has played an important role in Michael's life, and he's been in over
one hundred productions in both professional and non-professional theatres,
toured in stock, and directed numerous productions for which he actually got
paid every so often. He has also appeared in a few films. He is a proud
member of The Actors' Equity Association, the union of theatre professionals.
He has taught in the Theatre, English, and Sociology Departments of Mercer
County Community College where he's currently an adjunct instructor teaching
freshman composition and second-year sociology courses. Michael is a juried
member of the Bucks County Guild of Craftsmen chapter of the Pennsylvania
Guild and freelances and shows calligraphy and quilling as well as creating
illustrations and graphic designs.



TED OTTEN was born in New York and grew up on Long Island. He attended
his first opera at the Old Met in 1955 at age 12 and was hooked from that
moment on. Ted began theatregoing to Broadway in 1958 and started
reviewing for his high school newspaper then and continued reviewing in
college at St. John's University, Brooklyn, from whence he graduated with a
B.A. in English in 1964. He received his M.A. in American Literature from New
York University in 1966 and taught high school and junior high school English
in New York City public schools from 1966 to 1968. In September 1968, he
joined the faculty of Mercer County Community College where he continues
to teach literature and freshman writing courses. He began reviewing locally
for a weekly shoppers' paper called
THE PRINCETON SPECTRUM which
was bought by
THE TIMES OF TRENTON; his editor at THE SPECTRUM
brought him to
THE TIMES where he has been writing a weekly theatre
column and frequent reviews since 1986.

Since 1984, Ted and Michael have been volunteer
hosts of two radio programs on
WWFM: The Dress
Circle
and formerly, the twice weekly S.R.O. The
Dress Circle
won the 1998 Silver Reel award for
Best Entertainment Program awarded by the
N.F.C.B. (National Federation of Community
Broadcasters).
WINIFRED T HOWARD (Our Engineer Extraordinaire) graduated with an
Associates Degree in Applied Science in Radio and Television from
Mercer County Community College in 1998. She interned at New Jersey
Network in Trenton, New Jersey and
WWFM at Mercer County College in
West Windsor. Winifred has worked in Media Services and Mercer
College's Cable TV station as well as WWFM since 1997, and she is
currently the heart and soul of our sister station Jazz On 2.