The Inspiring Story of Evan Ruggiero

Artist Spotlight: Montclair State

Montclair, New Jersey — Evan Ruggiero is a senior musical theatre major at Montclair State University who is a testament to the performance arts after battling a diagnosis of cancer at the age of 19. Artist Spotlight includes his appearance on American Idol, and interview’s with University professors on the strength and resilience of Ruggiero’s character.

“All that I really wanted to do was to be on Broadway and to perform. At 19 years old being told you have cancer is extremely frightening.”

-Evan Ruggiero [student]

Montclair State | New Jersey

Steve McCarthy

Steve McCarthy is an Emmy Award winning network TV news producer. A former staff producer for "60 Minutes" and "Dateline," he formed McCarthy Productions, Inc in 2001 and produced, photographed and edited projects for "60 Minutes," "Dateline," "Charlie Rose," MSNBC, PBS, BBC America, Reuters and others. In 2006 he directed and wrote an independent film "Finding Paddy" and he is currently in production of a pilot for a series called "Who Says I Can't" which will feature extreme athletes with disabilities. Steve McCarthy is a member of the Director's Guild of America.