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Andrew Blau

845-341-3284 2 Underhill Rd. Apt. H Middletown, NY 10940 AndrewBlau1987@Yahoo.com

Objective:

Work Experience:

To obtain a position within a company; which is challenging, self-fulfilling, and makes use of my skills and expertise.

ALVA Press, Inc. 214 Hooker Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 (845) 454-5200 06/2013-Present

Education: Middletown Senior High School Degree: High School Diploma GPA: 3.0 SUNY New Paltz Degree: Bachelors of Arts in Art GPA: 3.4 (Graduated Cum Laude)

Qualifications:

I have a creative mind set which allows me to tackle any problem that is presented to me within the workplace. Computer Software/Web: Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Acrobat, CorelDraw, Flexi Sign, Quark Express, Roxio, Final Cut Pro, ICOMS and M i c r o s o f t O f f i c e ( Wo r d , E x c e l , a n d PowerPoint). Plus, I am also knowledgeable in HTML and CSS.

Title: Graphic Designer Responsibilities: I am responsible for the creation and layout of books published by Alva Press. Nexxlinx 139 West Street Newburgh, NY 12550 (845) 457-6000 05/2013-Present Title: Customer Service Representative Responsibilities: I am responsible for providing telephone support for customers of Timewarner Cable.

I am immensely knowledgeable in using social media web sites, including but not limited to; Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, and YouTube.

Nyack Village Theatre/Rockland World Radio 94 Main Street Nyack, NY 10960 (845) 826-2639 03/2013-06/2013

Computer Hardware:

Title: Freelance Graphic Designer

I am Comfortable working on both a PC and Macintosh computer platforms. Plus, I am also able to type at a speed of 60 wpm.

Responsibilities: I was responsible for the creation and layout of MMZ magazine.

Social Media Experience:


Andrew Blau

845-341-3284 2 Underhill Rd. Apt. H Middletown, NY 10940 AndrewBlau1987@Yahoo.com

Table Of Contents Wild Children Playbill Cover

Playbill cover created for Wild Children. A play written by Vincent Pastore, of Soprano’s fame, and produced by the Nyack Village Theatre. It was created in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign

Wild Children Playbill Credits And Cast

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Two-Page Layout of MMZ Magazine copyright page and table of contents. It displays the people involved in creating the magazine, as well as, giving a table of contents for the articles within the magazine. It was created in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.

MMZ Magazine Two-Page Layout

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Magazine front and back cover created for the MMZ Magazine Spring 2013 edition. The magazine is currently featured on Issuu.com and was created in both Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.

MMZ Magazine Copyright and Table of Contents.

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Two-Page layout for the described above Wild Children playbill. It was created in Adobe InDesign.

MMZ Magazine Spring 2013 Front and Back Cover

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Two-Page layout of the described above Wild Children playbill. This shows the credits and cast involved in producing the play. It was created in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.

Wild Children Playbill Two-Page Layout

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Two-Page Layout of an MMZ Magazine Article. This article was titled, Talk About It Cora. It was created in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.

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Andrew Blau

845-341-3284 2 Underhill Rd. Apt. H Middletown, NY 10940 AndrewBlau1987@Yahoo.com

Babes In Arms Flyer

Flyer created for Trinity Player’s Stage performance, Babes In Arms. It was created in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.

Promises, Promises Flyer

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Playing Cards created for the State Of The Union. The three most powerful figures in the United States, at this time, are Biden, and Michelle and Barack Obama. They are the Jack, Queen, and King respectively. They were created in Adobe Illustrator.

Vector First Couple

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Vector Playing Cards created for the State Of The Union. Being that the time of creation was 2006, the three most powerful figures in the United States of the time were Cheney, Rice, and Bush. They are the Jack, Queen, and King respectively. They were created in Adobe Illustrator.

State Of The Union Playing Cards (Obama Administration)

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Unofficial fan website made for the Bon Jovi Band It was created within Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver

State Of The Union Playing Cards (Bush Administration)

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Website for a dog grooming business called Pawfect Pets. It was created within Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver.

Bon Jovi Band Website

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Flyer created for Trinity Player’s stage performance; Promises, Promises. It was created in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.

Pawfect Pets Website

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Vector illustration of the First Couple of the United States, Barack and Michelle Obama. This is a working project where I intend to make a vector illustrated children’s book of all the United States Presidents. They were both created in Adobe Illustrator.

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Andrew Blau

845-341-3284 2 Underhill Rd. Apt. H Middletown, NY 10940 AndrewBlau1987@Yahoo.com

Benedict Arnold Thesis Cover

Cover Page for a Benedict Arnold Thesis I wrote. The thesis examined if Arnold was a traitor or misunderstood hero. It was created in Adobe Photoshop.

Benedict Arnold Dollar Bill

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Album cover and logo for the heavy metal band, Echoes in Radiance. It was created in Adobe Photoshop.

Three Moons Fantasy Poster

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PowerPoint Cover for Capital District Health Care Associates (CDHCA). It was created in Adobe Photoshop.

Metal Band Album Cover And Logo

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Fictional Nintendo Power Magazine two-page layout. It was created in late 2006 and emphasizes the new release of the Wii at the time as well as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. It was created for a school project and created in Adobe Photoshop and Indesign.

CDHCA PowerPoint Cover

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Fictional Nintendo Power Magazine Cover created for a school project. It was created in 2006 and emphasizes the new and upcoming releases at the time from Nintendo. It was created in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.

Nintendo Power Magazine Two-Page Layout (Fictional)

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United States Dollar Bill with Benedict Arnold replaced for George Washington. This was used as an example in the thesis I wrote for Benedict Arnold. It was created in Adobe Photoshop.

Nintendo Power Magazine Cover (Fictional)

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Fantasy Poster that displays a fictional three moons over looking a mountain. It was created in Adobe Photoshop.

Back Cover


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THE PLAYERS

Steve Zarro

Dana Duff

Peter Evangelista Jonathan Baldwin

Ted Odell

Leigh Pupps

Dr. Sam Waymon

Warren Bub

Anthony J. Ribustello

Rocco Parente Jr.

Wesley Laga

Vincent Cueva

Al Sapienza

Dominic Marcus

Shana Lin

Joe DeSpirito

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WHO’S WHO Steve Zarro (Frankie) has appeared both locally and regionally on stage and screen. He has been seen in three consecutive seasons of Shakespeare on The Green in Wilmington NC (As You Like It-Corin, Taming of the ShrewBaptista, Merry Wives of Windsor-Sir Hugh).  The Thalian Association, NC’s official community theater, also nabbed him for three eclectic roles as well (A Wonderful Life-The Musical* as Mr. Potter, Little Women as Prof Bhaer, and You Can’t Take It With You* as Boris Kholenkov (*Best Supporting Actor nominations for each).  Steve has also provided his talents for Indie films such as On The Market and Justice, and is currently venturing as Leo and two separate productions of the Steinbeck classic Of Mice & Men, where the big galoot got to play Lenny to his heart’s content. “It’s a humbling privilege to be a part of this cast and crew and I am so incredibly grateful for this opportunity. This one’s for my beautiful wife, Laura.  By your side I am already a winner. Thank you, baby!”

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Dana Duff (Maggie Bennett) made her professional debut with the Centenary Stage Company as The Funeral Director in Marvin’s Room, Clara in Pygmalion, Mrs. Los Angeles in Mrs. California, and Tricia in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. Other favortie roles iclude Chris in Dancing at Lughnasa, Wicked Stepsister & Elmer the Elf in Cinderella Confidential, Doofy in Snow White and Sheila in Jakes Women. Dana’s film credits include; Kim in Little Bart Needs a Job, Lisa in The Weekend, (nominated for the Rotterdam Film Festival), and The Airline Clerk in Leela. She performed Stand Up at the New York Comedy Club, Scene performance nights at Theater Row Studios in NY, and studies at Uprights Citizens Brigade. Dana is co-founder of Ship of Fools

Productions based in Nyack, NY. She writes, directs and performs in Antics Roadshow, a Ship of Fools all-original sketch comedy troupe. “Thank you to Vincent for sharing his play, to Richard for helping it breathe and Brooke for her ongoing support. Big hugs to the cast and crew, talented, fun and dynamic human beings who have all touched my life in different ways.  May you always live your dream.  ‘You Know How To Whistle?’ James, thank you for supporting my dreams always.” Anthony J. Ribustello (Wally) is a born and bred NY actor who has been seen on Television, the Big Screen and walking the Boards. “It is a privilege to do what you love and I am truly blessed.” Al Sapienza (Carmine “Smash”) is a native of Rockland County and graduate of Spring Valley High School, Kakiat Jr. High School, and Elmwood Elementary. Al is thrilled to be performing back home. After Graduating NYU he began his professional career on Broadway Playing Ringo Starr in Beatlemania at the Winter Garden Theatre. Next was Got Tu Go Disco at the Minskoff. He then returned to Beatlemania to do the American and Canadian Tours. Most recently he starred as Dr. Jake Housman in the Broadway bound North American Premiere of Dirty Dancing at the Royal Alexandria Theatre in Toronto. During his sixteen years in Los Angeles he was one of the original founding members of The Alliance Repertory Company where he performed in or directed over 20 original productions or West Coast premieres which garnered twelve Drama Logue Awards and eight Theatre League Awards. He also starred in The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun at the Coast Playhouse


WHO’S WHO directed by Charles Randolph Wright, the world premiere of Ladies Room written and directed by Kim Freedman at the Tiffany Theatre, the West Coast Premiere of Are You Now Or have You Ever Been directed by Allen Miller at the Back Alley Theatre, and the world premiere of Screen Test Take One which was Doris Robert’s (Everybody Loves Raymond) directorial debut where Al was her leading man. Most recently in New York he starred in 2006’s critically acclaimed hit Susan and God at the Mint Theatre directed by the Mint’s artistic director Jonathan Banks, and in 2005 he starred in Wild Mushrooms at the Arc Light Theatre. TV audiences best know him as Mikey Palmice, Uncle Junior’s Hit Man and Consigliore who had the dubious distinction of being the first series regular to get “whacked” in the first season finale of The Sopranos while taking that fateful jog! He is presently playing union leader Martin Spinella in House Of Cards, and Detective Raymond Terney on Person Of Interest. He also was Paul Koplan in 24, Mayor Frank Panzerella in Showtime’s Brotherhood, and Philly Falzone in Prison Break. He also starred in the Lifetime Original Movies Till Lies Do Us Part, Home Invasion, Walking The Halls and Her Secret Life. Look for him in the new film, The Dark Truth with Andy Garcia and Forrest Whitaker. Peter Evangelista (Manny) is a 2010 graduate of The Acting Studio Inc’s two-year conservatory program under the tutelage of James Price. Some of his credits include Theater: Romeo (Romeo & Juliet, Chelsea Repertory Company), Rocco (Band of Brother In-Laws), Frankie (The Guido Monologues), Larry Westcott (Stage Door, Chelsea Repertory Company). Film: Eddie Brigati (The Rascals),

Brock (Ninny, New York Film Group), Ashraf (The Countdown, Makarna Films). “Special thanks to the team behind this production as well as family and friends who keep me going.” Jonathan Baldwin (Rock) making his stage debut. Jonathan emerges from Syracuse but calls Brooklyn his home and is the youngest out of a very vibrant family. He knew early on he wasn’t like his peers; he had creativity in his soul. He dabbled in theater, film shorts & courses. Diverted from his true passion, he ended up winning 4 gold medals in the Olympics for Lacrosse. After that, the stars where aligned were he submerged himself into studying the complexes of acting & directing. He has yet to make an appearance on Boardwalk Empire or Law & Order. Nor has he been cast for Gangs of New York the TV series. Jonathan, currently is working on character development projects, exploring the art of direction, along with his unending quest for finding “the truth” in acting. Jonathan most importantly enjoys the right to remain ridiculous at all times. Rocco Parente Jr. (Alex/Carmine “Smash”) was born in the Bronx, New York and became a Rockland County resident in 1973. One of Rocco’s first professional acting jobs was playing a mobster in the soap opera One Life to Live alongside the writer of this amazing play, Vincent Pastore. It is an honor for him to be doing a play in his home town written by the man whom has inspired him to stay in the business for as long as it takes. Rocco has appeared in the movie A Bronx Tale and has been cast on all of the New York soap operas as well as the FX show, Lights Out and NBC’s Mercy Hospital. Most recently, Rocco has also appeared in the HBO television series Boardwalk Empire

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table of contents Media Mashup by Alex Hausner

Let’s Talk About it Cora by Cora Harrell

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Wild Children

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Dog Sees God

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Where Have All The Blue Birds Gone?

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by Laurie Lago Rispoli

Spotlight on Local Farming

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CSA Shares Available for 2013 Season

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Earth Day 2013: The Face of Climate Change

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Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess Review!!! Also!!!

an Exclusive Super Smash Bros. Brawl Preview Issue 163 November 2006

Plus!!! •Super Mario Galaxy •Metroid Prime 3 Previews

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Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess By: Nintendo Genre: Fantasy Action Adventure Release Date: Nov 19, 2006 Players: 1 Player

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well-designed puzzles and s ome interesting characters. But onc e you get over the rush of excitem e nt from a big, new Z elda game having fina lly a r r i v e d , i t ’s h a r d n o t t o f e e l a t i n g e o f disappointment--there

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re v isi t i n g t h at same f o r mu la. And that’s pr e ci sel y w h at t h e l at est game in the s e r i es, Tw i l i g h t Pr i n cess, does. F or t he mo st p ar t , t h at ’s a v er y good thing,

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more w i t h a f e w p r e s e n t a t i o n a l updates and more effective and i n t e r e s t i n g u s e s o f t h e W i i ’s unique control scheme. But even w i t h o u t t h o s e t h i n g s , Tw i l i g h t Princess is a great game that stays extremely true Zelda f r a n c h i s e ’s

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