O’Connell & Company


O’Connell & Company was founded in 1995 by Buffalo award-winning actress Mary Kate O’Connell. The Company was in residence at its own theatre, the Cabaret in the Square in Snyder, N.Y. until June 2008. During that time, O’Connell & Company grew into one of WNY’s most respected resident theatres. Performances have included: “Baby”, “Nunsense”, “Closer Than Ever”, “Passion”, “We’re Still Hot”, “Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues”, “Musical of Musicals-The Musical”, “Buffalo ZINGS”, and the wonderfully popular O’Connell & Company original, “DIVA by DIVA: A Celebration of Women!”, WNY’s longest-running production, which entered its 17th year in March 2015.


In April 2013, O’Connell & Company and The Park School of Buffalo announced an arts partnership that brought the Company to The Park School as the in-residence theatre beginning with the 2013-2014 Season.  The Park School of Buffalo, a leader in progressive, project-based education in Western New York for more than 100 years, is located on Harlem Rd. in Snyder, NY.  This new collaboration will bring new audiences and will provide an exceptional range of participation in professional theatrical work for the school as students will have the opportunity to audition for roles and be able to intern in technical, performance, production, design and docent positions for O’Connell & Company shows.  This move brings O’Connell & Company back “home” to Snyder, where it’s journey began in 1995.


Mary Kate O’Connell – Artistic/Executive Director
Pamela Rose Mangus – Managing Director
Elaine Todd – Box Office Manager & Volunteer Coordinator
Ann L. Mosner – Playbill Designer
Shauna Piwowar – Office Supervisor
JoSue Martin/Terry Tucholski – Office Staff


Peggy Wierzbicki, Chair
Ann B. Salter, Vice Chair
Marlene Arno, Secretary
Gina Chiasera, Treasurer
Marcy Dandes, Governance Chair

Ellen Bieler, Joey Bucheker, Jennifer Farrell Esq., Kenneth Farrell Esq., Sara Goldhawk, Marie Olczak, Michael J. Schroeder Esq., Guy Tomassi, Valerie Warren, Mary Kate O’Connell (Executive/Artistic Director)


Patricia Armstrong
Marilyn Ciancio
Mary E. Craig
Colleen DiPirro
Tom Fontana
Nancy Gacioch
Carol Greiner
Geri Grossman
Terry Kazmierczak
Mary Ann Kresse
Katherine Lucas
Pamela Rose Mangus
Arlinda C. Marrano
Katy Miner
Gerard J. Mosey
Ann L. Mosner
Roger Paolini
Victoria Perez
Shauna Piwowar
Donna Sawicki
David Schlein
David Shire
Elaine Todd

All donations made are fully tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

O’Connell & Company is a proud member of The Theatre Alliance of Buffalo (TAB). The Theatre Alliance of Buffalo is a consortium of Western New York professional theatre companies dedicated to promoting the welfare of its member organizations and the appreciation of the art of theatre.

TAB was founded in September 2004 when sixteen professional producing theatres from Western New York came together in an unprecedented and groundbreaking partnership. Since its inception, TAB has grown to over 20 member theatre groups governed by by-laws and elected officers. Regular monthly meetings and various committees have resulted in a shared database of over 75,000 contacts, allowing for a multitude of cross marketing initiatives to take place. Additionally, TAB rolled out its own website in March 2009, bringing a “one-stop” approach to finding information and links to its member organizations. For more information about TAB, please visit their website: http://www.theatreallianceofbuffalo.com

A promotional video was produced by TAB in 2011 to demonstrate the vibrance and importance of the WNY theatre community. To view this video, click on this link: BUFFALO: All the City’s a Stage.