Raymond Picozzi memorial tribute, Sept. 18

The life and career of the late longtime RIC theatre professor Raymond Picozzi will be celebrated in a special memorial tribute featuring a concert with video and live performances by alumni, honored guests and current RIC students. Songs from some of the RIC musicals staged by Picozzi will be highlighted in the concert.

Raymond Picozzi
“Doing It With Style: Remembering Raymond L. Picozzi” will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center. The event is free and open to the public.

A dessert reception and memorabilia display will follow the show.

“Our goal is to bring together alumni and current RIC students to pay tribute to a devoted teacher and guiding light in the development of the Musical Theatre Program here at RIC,” said Marcia Zammarelli, chair of the event. “We are hoping the coming together of family, friends, former colleagues, alumni and current students to honor Raymond will showcase his dedication to Rhode Island College and its students.”

Picozzi, who passed away in January 2011, was a professor at RIC for 36 years, until his retirement in 1997. He was department chair for 14 years – first of the Communications and Theatre Department and later of the then-newly joined Theater and Dance Department.

He became the director of the college’s musical theater performance program in 1981, and also served as director of the College Children’s Theater Program.

Picozzi directed other college and senior center productions and projects, including RIC summer cabarets in the mid-1980s.

After retiring from RIC, he became an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University, where he directed several theatrical productions.

At the event, an announcement will be made on the status of the newly established Raymond L Picozzi Memorial Fund for the enhancement of the musical theatre program at RIC.

The fund will allow the program to purchase equipment, send students to regional and national theatre festivals, grant scholarships and attract guest artists to RIC musical Theatre productions.

The event committee includes Alberta Picozzi ’64 (honorary chair and Raymond’s widow), Michael Ducharme ’80, Patricia Nolin ’84, Steven Pennell ’78, Edward L Rondeau ’62, Frank V Toti ’98 MFA ’10, Marcia Zammarelli ’81 and Bill Wilson (director of RIC musical theatre).

For more information, call Marcia Zammarelli at (401) 451-9145.