In 2016, St. John's created the Theatre Hall of Fame to recognize alumni who have demonstrated
outstanding talent in the theatrical arts, both at St. John's and beyond. 

The first five members were inducted on April 8, 2016.

2016 Inductees

List of 5 items.

  • Gene Morrill

    Gene Morrill’s theatre roots began in Minnesota, where he performed throughout his academic career. In 1962, his love of drama and theatre led him to Washington, DC, when he received a fellowship to The Catholic University of America; he graduated in 1965 with a master’s degree in fine arts from the CUA Drama Department. At the time, St. John’s often had a graduate assistant from Catholic University direct its school productions. In January of 1965, Gene found himself assisting with the SJC production of West Side Story. As they say, the rest is history and the start of an acclaimed career.
     
    In the fall of 1965, Bro. Michael Garry founded and moderated The Mask & Wig, now known as St. John’s Theatre. Gene soon became its moderator and was responsible for directing its two musicals each year. By the end of his tenure, Gene had presented more than 20 musicals for the school and served as the director of drama, drama instructor, football coach and assistant to the principal. 
     
    After St. John’s, Gene moved to Gallaudet University, where he developed drama courses for the high schools for the deaf throughout the country. He also produced and co-directed the school’s first musical, Oliver, which incorporated the voices of  St. John’s students while the cast used sign language. Gene left the university to join the George Meany Labor Studies Center (later the National Labor College). He remained there for 27 years, serving as the Washington, DC, area liaison representative. 
     
    In 1986, Gene was appointed executive director of The Olney Theatre for the Performing Arts. His career also led him to other prestigious roles, including 30 years as a judge for the Helen Hayes Awards. Over the years, Gene returned to CUA as a guest director, most notably for the university’s centennial celebration. In 1998, he was elected international president of the CUA Alumni Association and currently serves on the board of governors. 
  • Lawrence Redmond ’76

    After attending the 1972 St. John’s performance of Anything Goes, Lawrence Redmond aspired to be part of The Mask & Wig once he became a Cadet. That fall, he auditioned for West Side Story with fellow freshman James Patrick Raftery. By his junior year, he had performed in shows such as Celebration and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying  under Gene Morrill. After the departure of Morrill and the suspension of The Mask & Wig, there were many questions as to what would happen to the theatre productions at St. John’s. By his senior year, Redmond had helped revive the Drama Department, along with Raftery, and starred in productions such as Kiss Me, Kate and Charley’s Aunt
     
    After graduation, Redmond began a professional career in theatre. From directing to design, he has had many opportunities to perfect his craft. He participated in the local Wildwood Summer Theatre’s 1978 production of West Side Story. His love of theatre later brought him back to St. John’s as a set designer, and he also had the opportunity to be the drama coach at Georgetown Visitation Convent. 
     
    After living in New York City, Redmond returned to DC, serving at various institutions such as The Catholic University of America and Prince George’s Community College. He has been a member of SAG-AFTRA since 1986 and the Actors Equity Association since 1988. He is a multiple recipient of the Artist Fellowship Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the 1998 Mary Goldwater Award. 
  • Charles McNamara ’85

    Charlie McNamara’s performing career began on the SJC stage in the 1981 fall semester production of Once in a Lifetime. He had one line...and he delivered it from offstage. 
     
    After appearing in shows at St. John’s throughout his high school career, Charlie continued acting in productions with Wildwood Summer Theatre and at the University of Maryland, College Park, from which he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theatre. 
     
    Professional training at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory led to performances locally at Round House Theatre and a place in the company of the Maryland Traveling Repertory Theatre. In 1997, Charlie returned to the stage at St. John’s to appear as Ebenezer Scrooge in the school’s production of A Christmas Carol, directed by his childhood friend and fellow SJC theatre alumnus Tim Emerson ‘84. 
     
    You can still find Charlie on stage in his role as bassist for 40 Thieves, one of the area’s most popular Irish bands. An award-winning songwriter, Charlie’s lyrics have been featured in American Songwriter magazine. He lives in Bethesda with his wife and two daughters.
  • Lindsey Wilkes LoPresti ’98

    Lindsey Wilkes LoPresti became the St. John’s Cadet Corps’ first female regimental commander. During her time in St. John’s Theatre, under the direction of Timothy Emerson, she performed in seven plays and musicals and assisted with sound for one production. Emerson introduced her to Wildwood Summer Theatre, the Washington area’s only all-youth musical theatre company, where she acted in three productions, was a board member and tried her hand at music directing. 
     
    Upon graduating from St. John’s, Lindsey attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she earned a master’s degree in occupational therapy. At Duquesne, Lindsey performed in two productions with Spotlight Musical Theatre Company and sang in the Chapel Choir. Recently, Lindsey has performed in two Spotlight Alumni Cabarets. 
     
    Lindsey is an occupational therapist in the Pittsburgh public school system. She cantors at her parish, St. Raphael Church. She and her husband, Edmund, enjoy the riches of Pittsburgh cultural life with their three daughters, Sophia (10), Clara (7) and Amelia (4).
  • Branden Jacobs-Jenkins ’02

    Playwright credits include Gloria (Vineyard Theatre), Appropriate (Obie Award; Outer Critics Circle Nomination; Signature Theatre), Neighbors (The Public Theater), An Octoroon (Obie Award; Soho Rep, Theatre for a New Audience) and War (Yale Rep). 
     
    Branden is currently a Residency Five playwright at the Signature Theater.  His work has been seen at Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Victory Gardens Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theater, The Matrix Theater in LA, Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis, Company One in Boston and the High Tide Festival in the United Kingdom. He is under commission from LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater and MTC.  
     
    Honors include a Paula Vogel Award, a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the inaugural Tennessee Williams Award and the 2015 Steinberg Playwright Award. He has taught at New York University and Queens University of Charlotte and holds a master’s degree in performance studies from NYU and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. He is a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwrights Program at The Juilliard School.  

Theatre Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony