Board of Directors


Annalise Smith is a Doctoral Candidate in Music History at Cornell University. She has performed numerous roles on stage, including Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Angelina in Trial by Jury, and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas. Her most recent roles with Savoyards include Constance in The Sorcerer and the title role in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She has also sung with the chorus for Opera Ithaca. In Fall 2017, Annalise produced and sang in the American premiere of David Rhymer's Songs from Nightingale Alley, a cabaret which explores the lives of prostitutes in eighteenth-century London. She is currently serving as producer for Savoyards Ithaca's upcoming production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers

Vice President, Marketing, Educational and Community Outreach

Justin Cray is a sophomore at Cornell University studying Electrical Computer Engineering. He has been an avid Gilbert and Sullivan fan since he discovered the duo in middle school and regularly attended performances by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan players back home as well as Cornell Savoyard productions for the past several summers. He is excited to see the group grow over the next few years. In his "free time" Justin is involved in Cornell's Mars Rover Team, Model UN club, Splash!, and student government as well as local political activism.

Vice President, Fundraising and Growth

Wendy Kimble-Dugan joined the Savoyards ten years ago for The Mikado, again three years ago for HMS Pinafore, and in 2014 and 2015 for The Mikado and Princess Ida.  A community volunteer, she has served on the Campaign Committee of the United Way and chaired the Allocations Council.  Presently she is on the Board of Directors of Tompkins Cortland Habitat for Humanity, and is active with Women Build.  She and her husband Dirk have three daughters.


Ellen Hobbie joined the Savoyards in 1970 as an undergraduate.  She served as Vice President, President, Treasurer and Technical Director at various times until 1983. She rejoined the Savoyards in 2011 and has performed every summer since. She volunteers with the Municipal Historians of Tompkins County and the Fine Arts Booster Group. She presently works for a local art book company in acquisitions.




Anthony Di Renzo joined the Cornell Savoyards this year, playing Pooh-Bah in The Mikado. A freelance publicist and copywriter, he has served such nonprofit organizations as Barnert Memorial Hospital, Greyhound Rescue of New England, and the Readers' Theatre of Ithaca. When not teaching proposal and grant writing at Ithaca College, he sings in regional music companies, specializing in Gilbert and Sullivan and Italian opera buffa. A published novelist and essayist, he is working on a collection called Nights at the Opera.