Assistant Artistic Director is Recognized for his Work

After he graduated high school, our Assistant Artistic Director, TJ Jozsa, started his own theatre company.  Below is a story about his company, DRAMATIK.  They had one successful run of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.  Following that story is an article that recently appear about him in the newspaper.  Look at how far our boy has come!

Both articles appeared in the Stow Sentry.

High school grads start acting group / On Aug. 17, 18 members will perform “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’

August 8, 2007

by Andrea Cole
Associate Editor

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Stow — A theater group made up of current and former Stow-Munroe Falls High School students is getting ready for its first performances.

According to T.J. Jozsa, a recent SMFHS graduate, several former SMFHS students recently created D.R.A.M.A.T.I.K., a theater group for current Stow-Munroe Falls High School students and graduates.

“Most acting groups are centered around adults, so we decided to start a younger group,” said Jozsa. “The group is completely student-run. I think it will be a good learning experience for the kids involved.”

The 30-member group is preparing for their first show — “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

“I selected it because I think it’s a good show for a first-time director,” said Jozsa. “It’s an easier show. The show is about a day in the life of Charlie Brown.”

The show is scheduled for Aug. 17 at noon and Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. in Kimpton Middle School at 380 N. River Road in Munroe Falls. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and senior citizens.

Based on Charles Schultz’s Charlie Brown comic strips, Bethany Davis and Jelena Hotic will direct the show and Kyle Magilavy will play piano. Musical numbers include “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “My Blanket and Me,” and “Suppertime and Happiness.” Jozsa is the show’s producer.

The cast includes Snoopy, played by Jozsa; Charlie Brown, played by Kevin Klemm; Lucy, played by Natalie Dove; Schroeder, played by Ian Downing; Sally, played by Caroline Linden; Linus, played by Keith Foster; Peppermint Patty, played by Liz Lindholm; and Marcy, played by Nicole Oles.

Dove, who is studying theater at Kent State University, said she is excited about the group’s first show.

“It’s a fun environment,” said Dove, who graduated from SMFHS in June. “It’s like hanging out with a bunch of friends.”

Anna Klemm, whose son plays Charlie Brown, said she is proud of the students. “They are rehearsing every day,” she said. “I think they’re doing a great job.”

For more information about the group, call Jozsa at 330-612-3090.

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Theater ‘something I have to do,’ says Stow grad

February, 13, 2011

by April Helms |
Special Products Editor

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TJ Josza said he got his first taste of theater at Highland elementary school in Stow.

“They did a musical, ‘Rainbow Connection,'” said Josza, who graduated from Stow-Munroe Falls High School in 2007. “The music teacher assigned us all parts, and I was picked to be the conductor.”

Today, Josza is the assistant artistic director of Heads Up Productions, an Akron-based theater company. He is a senior at Mount Union College, studying political science and pre-law.

“Actually, it’s a better fit than you might think,” Josza said of his studies and his love of theater. “A lot of theater is very political.”

Josza said he had actually taken a hiatus from theater for a while when he went back to school, but after meeting with Benjamin Rexroad, artistic director of Heads Up, “I realized that theater was something I had to do.”

As well as being assistant artistic director, Josza has acted in several of Heads Up Productions shows, including “Eurydice,” “The Laramie Project” and “1,000 Hills-A Staged Reading.” He also will be in Heads Up’s production of “Corpus Christi,” which will be staged April 21 through 23 at the First Grace United Church of Christ in Akron.

Josza said some of his more memorable shows were “The Laramie Project,” “Les Miserables” and “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” “Charlie Brown” was one he directed for his own theater company, Dramatic, and was staged at Kimpton Middle School when he was 19. He also played Snoopy.

“That was my precursor to Heads Up Productions,” he said.

Rexroad said that the two of them work well together.

“We complement each other very well,” Rexroad said. “What I don’t do well, he compensates for and can pick up the slack.”

“The way I put it is he’s left handed, which means the right side of his brain is more active, and I’m right handed, which means the left side of my brain is more active,” Josza added. “The two of us together work very well.”

Josza said that he saw theater as a way of “moving people on a community-wide basis.”

“One of the reasons why I do theater is to reach a more fully realized version of myself,” Josza said. “I also hope the audience will realize something about themselves.”

For details on Heads Up Productions, visit the company’s web site at www.headsupproductions.net.

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