Caitlyn Piccirillo is a New York based actress and singer. Her passion for the stage has inspired her to wear many hats, including that of puppeteer, stagehand, production assistant, props designer, SFX makeup artist, and dramaturg.
Caitlyn grew up in Malverne, New York, a small Long Island village you pass through before you realize you’ve been there. Her love of the theatre began young, when she was taken to see Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on Broadway at the age of three. She knew from that moment she wanted to recreate that same magical feeling for others. She developed an ardent love for theatre, and took every opportunity to learn and grow as a performer.
Caitlyn has studied voice with a number of vocal coaches including Alyssa Orapallo, opera singer Julie Ruemert, and Broadway-veteran Whitney Bashor. These different perspectives have fostered a versatile singing range of different musical styles.
She attended Adelphi University where she studied in the Honors College, gaining her BFA in Theatre Studies with a minor in English. Her favorite collegiate credits include Marcy in “Dog Sees God”, Monique in “Who Will Carry the Word?”, The Old Woman in “The Good Person of Szechwan”, and her repeated involvement in the V-Day productions of “The Vagina Monologues” (first as a visual dramaturg, and second as a performer of the monologue “The Memory of Her Face”).
Her studies at Adelphi opened her eyes to all of the aspects of production, including technical, directorial, and literary. While attending Adelphi, Caitlyn worked as a stagehand and stage manager for the Performing Arts Center, learning the ins and outs of working within a event space/ concert hall. During this time, Caitlyn also discovered a love for dramaturgy, which combined her voracious appetite for reading with her passion for the stage. She worked as production dramaturg under the direction of Maggie Lally on Adelphi’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice”, for which she was nominated for the LMDA/KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Award. During her senior year, she also worked as production dramaturg for Adelphi’s production of “The Basset Table” by Susanna Centlivre under the direction of Jade King Carroll.
For her undergrad thesis, “A Woman’s Place is in the Revolution: a Musical Cabaret,” Caitlyn spent the entire summer and most of the fall semester collecting research dealing with feminism and issues pertaining to female-identifying people. Besides spending months entrenched in heavy research material, she also wrote the cabaret, directed the piece, designed the set and costumes, and acted as Emcee within the performance.
In 2017, Caitlyn graduated with her Masters in Theatre at Hunter College. Her graduate thesis, entitled “The Force of Seduction: the Use of Rape Narratives in the Plays of Aphra Behn,” is published online as a part of CUNY’s thesis archive. Caitlyn has aspirations to continue her education in the future, gaining either a MFA or PhD (or both!). She hopes that through both her performance and analytical work she can help promote social justice and keep the magic of theatre alive.
Caitlyn now lives in New York City, with her partner, her books, and her cats. She is currently auditioning for projects as well as freelancing as a SFX makeup artist, production assistant, and dramaturg for different projects.