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Our People

  Kate Katcher, Artistic Director
Actor, director, writer. Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof with Zero Mostel & Herschel Bernardi, directed by Jerome Robbins. Film: Made For Each Other. TV: Nurse Jackie,
Jon Benjamin Has a Van, Guiding Light. New Media: Creator or the Husband and Wife webisodes, A Nice Drive and Planning Ahead with real life husband, Don Striano. Directorial credits include professional and amateur productions, musicals, plays and works-in-progess.

Don Striano, Founding Member
Film: Rivers Wash Over Me, Made For Each Other, We Follow the Rules (Short film), Pacing the Cage. TV: The Sopranos, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, The Equalizer.  Off Bway: 9/12 at the Culture Project, Our Lady of Allapattah in NYC and the New Theatre in Coral Gables; Corps Values, Florescent Hunger by Tom DiCillo . New Media: Louis CK Learns About the Catholic Church, Onion News Network, A Nice Drive and Planning Ahead.  
 




Norman Allen
Broadway: English Stage Company’s Chips With Everything, Half A Sixpence, Borstal Boy, Comedians, Vivat, Vivat Regina, Major Barbara and Get Thee to Canterbury. Off-Broadway: Riverside Stage Company’s Carrin Beginning and The Trojan Women. Stratford Shakespeare: Hamlet and Henry VI with Christopher Walken, and Henry V with Christopher Plummer, Shaviana with Tammy Grimes, Whitechapel with Julie Harris, Toes with Celeste Holmes.







 



Mark Basile
Actor and singer, Theatre:The Folger Theatre, Baltimore’s Center Stage , North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. Long Island Rep and others. National tours include On The Twentieth Century, with Imogene Coca and Can-Can with The Rockettes as well as numerous revues, and cabaret in New York. At the Smithsonian Mark sang in The Music of Kurt Weill as well as Rosemarie, which was the only time that show has been recorded in its entirety. He also had the honor of working with the legendary George Abbott in Musical Theatre Works in Tropicana, written and directed by Mr. Abbott. Mark was  seen last summer at SKTC in Starting Here, Starting Now.








Scott Bryce
American film and television actor, Scott is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Craig Montgomery on As the World Turns. Initially paired as the love interest of budding star Meg Ryan, Scott continued in the role until 1987, departing, returning, and finally leaving the show in 1994. But the two-time Daytime Emmy Award winner has been anything but idle since then, appearing in over 50 films and TV shows.  He recently shot three episodes of the upcoming NBC drama Deception. Last season found him on Not Waving But Drowning, Person of Interest, and Homeland in the continuing role of Major Foster. He has been seen in both recurring and guest starring roles in such shows & movies as Up Close and Personal,  Lethal Weapon 3, Gossip Girl, 30 Rock, Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Murphy Brown, ER, Reba, Sex and the City, Judging Amy, Popular, Homicide: Life On the Street, One Life to Live and much, much more.



 





Brian J. Carter
TV: Pan Am, Law & Order SVU, Law & Order, Guiding Light and One Life to Live.  Off-Bway: in Wit (original production), Vigil, Waning Moon Over Bensonhurst, In The Shadow Of The Glen, The Dybbuk, Noon Divide, Brave New World Festival (Town Hall), The Curate Shakespeare, High Road, Henry IV. Regional: Cleveland Playhouse, Actors' Theater of Louisville, Stageworks, Virginia Shakespeare, and Fairfield Theatre Company.







 




Mia Dillon
Broadway: Our Town, Crimes of the Heart (Tony Nom, Clarence Derwent Award, Dramalogue Award), The Miser, Hay Fever, Agnes of God, The Corn is Green, Once a Catholic (Drama Desk Nom), and Da.   Off-Bway: The Exonerated, The Three Sisters, New England, Come Back, Little Sheba, Summer, Waiting for the Parade, Almost Perfect, Approximating Mother, Remembrance. Regional: Heartbreak House, Much Ado About Nothing,Concertina’s Rainbow, The Moonlight Room, The Cherry Orchard, The Murder of Isaac, Arsenic and Old Lace, Ghosts, A Delicate Balance. Film and TV: All Good Things, Gods and Generals, A Shock to the System, The Money Pit, Mary and Rhoda, Fine Things, The Jury, and all three Law and Orders.  Wrote, directed and edited Quiet, a short film seen in five film festivals and on the Sundance Channel. 








Keir Dullea
Film: 24 motion pictures including Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010, David & Lisa (Golden Globe), The Good Shepherd, Accidental Husband, Madame X, The Hoodlum Priest, Bunny Lake is Missing and The Fox. TV: Law and Orders, L&O SVU, L&O Criminal Intent, Ed, Castle, ABC-TV's Audrey Hepburn, Songs in Ordinary Time and Ain’t It Delicious. Broadway:  Dr. Cook's Garden, Butterflies are Free, The Shawshank Redemption, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, P.S., Your Cat is Dead, Doubles. Off-B’way: I Never Sang for My Father, The Exonerated, Mary Rose, and The Other Side of Paradise.  West End: Bus Stop.
 





 



Sean Hannon
Credits include George Gibbs in Our Town with Richard Dysart and Dana Elcar. Off-Broadway he was seen in the lead role of Charlie Galloway in Life Anonymous by N. Richard Nash.  Regionally, Sean has appeared in Flights of Angels at the Emelin Theatre, Wenceslas Square at the Schoolhouse Theatre, and was King Arthur in Camelot at the Summer Theatre of New Canaan.  Founding member of Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, performing the juvenile lead in many Shakespeare plays.










Leigh Katz
Theater: Portia in Julius Caesar and Mary in The Women (Off-Broadway); She Stoops To Conquer (Long Wharf Theatre); Golde in Fiddler On The Roof and Fraulein Kost in Cabaret (Amarantes Dinner Theatre); Barbara in Social Security (Producing Guild Hartford,Ct); Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Staten Island Shakespeare Company); Linda in Play It Again Sam (Seaview Playwrights Theatre); and M'Lynn in Steel Magnolias (Darien Arts Center), Rosalind in As You Like It; Kleopatra in Diary Of A Scoundrel; Miss Prism in The Importance Of Being Earnest; and Masha in The Seagull among many others.  As an acting instructor, Leigh has been teaching scene study and monologue work through Fairfield Adult Education and has also worked as a private coach.  She is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City , and she also holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the New School University and an MA from Columbia University.

 



Patrick Kearney
A recent transplant to Sandy Hook from NYC, Patrick still keeps one foot in NY and last holiday season directed the NYC Gay Men's Chorus in SING YOUR BRASS OFF at Town Hall. Previous trips to the boards have included playing Renfield in The Passion of Dracula, multiple roles in Under Milkwood and Wang the water seller in Good Person of Sichuen. You might also hear his voice in some of the films he has looped over the years.


















E. Katherine Kerr
Actress, writer, teacher, director and workshop leader, E. Katherine Kerr won an Obie for her performance in Cloud 9 and was twice nominated for a Drama Desk award.  Her roles in films include Harriet Tollman in Songcatcher, Congresswoman Grace Comisky in Suspect, Gilda Schultz in Silkwood.  As a writer, her play, Juno’s Swans was presented at Second Stage in NYC and is published by Dramatist.   She wrote and directed her play, Intelejunt Dezyne, at The Fairfield Theatre in CT.  She has taught acting and master classes at NYU, Sarah Lawrence, Queen’s College in Canada, and the International Study Center at Herstmonceux Castle in England.  For over 20 years taught classes privately in New York City as well as frequently conducting the two day Creative Explosion Workshop on which her book is based.




 




Wynter Kullman
Film: The Waterhole, The Iron Man, Four Lane Highway, Garden State, Uptown Girls, Anything Else, Two Weeks Notice, It Runs in the Family. TV: Valentine, The Miracle of Dommatina, CSI: Miami, Law & Order SVU, Law & Order, Ed, Pom ‘N Chicken.

 









 




Kimberly Maresca
Credits include Lovers and Other Strangers, I Hate Hamlet, and Fallujah. Most recently she appeared in Westport Country Playhouse's production of Twelfth Night and as Maureen in Rent at the Thomaston Opera House.  TV and Film credits include 30 Rock, A Very Serious Person (directed by Charles Busch), and the independent film Fugue.  SKTC will remember her from Our Lady of Allapattah. Kim currently resides in New York City.






 











Robert Resnikoff
Actor, teacher, radio host and writer. Stage: Last seen in Connecticut as Jack in Brighton Beach Memoirs at Playhouse on Park; Adrian in Theatre 4’s production of Private Eyes at Long Wharf Theater, Oddfellows Playhouse and the Kate; Claudius in  Hamlet at Oddfellows. In New York, he played Dr. Lyman Hall in 1776 at New York’s historic Fraunces’ Tavern, created the role of Hersh in the premiere of Brian C. Petti’s Masquerade at the Cherry Lane Theater and performed a story by the Prime Minister of Iceland at a reception in his honor at Scandinavia House. Film/TV: a psychotic TV network news anchor in Crumbling Walls, a frustrated group therapy leader in Father and the Master Distiller of Stolichnaya Vodka in a video promotion. His extensive voice-over work includes the CPTV documentary East of the River and the audiobook Emigration. Robert has presented classical music on WQXR-New York and WSHU-Fairfield, where for years, he wrote, produced and hosted the popular “Saturday Buffet.” He directed the Oddfellows Playhouse Summer Shakespeare Academy and is teaching “Acting Shakespeare” in Wesleyan University’s Graduate Liberal Studies program.


















Barbara Rhoades
Film: Don’t Just Stand There with Mary Tyler Moore & Robert Wagner, The Shakiest Gun in the West with Don Knotts, Harry & Tonto with Art Carney, The Goodbye Girl, There Was A Crooked Man, Up the Sandbox, and Serial. TV: Continuing roles on Soap, Busting Loose, Blue Knight, Joe Forrester and You, Again, and most recently on ABCs One Life to Live, plus over 100 appearances on many primetime series. Broadway: Funny Girl. Off-Broadway: Love Loss & What I Wore.

















  Emilie Roberts
Off & Off-Off Broadway:  leading roles in 5 original musicals,  As You Like It and Scapin.  Regionally: Deathtrap, The Respectful Prostitute, She Loves Me. Oklahoma, Robber Bridegroom, The A Threepenny Opera, and Me. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Emilie has appeared in operas and musical revues across the country. She currently teaches voice at University of Bridgeport.




David Rogers
Broadway: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, George Abbott's Broadway, Doubles. Tours: Tommy Tune's Grand Hotel, Fame. Regional: Old Wicked Songs, The Price, Road to Mecca, Perfect Party, Perfect Wedding; Empire, Sunshine Boy”.  TV: All 3 Law and Order shows. Writing credits: 45 plays and musicals with 5 Broadway shows, Tony Nomination for Charlie and Algernon, 5 novels, and TV including Carol Burnett and Jackie Gleason. David stars in his  autobiographical one man musical, Naked on Broadway.




William Jess Russell
Bill has worked regionally and on the New York stage for many years including work with Larry Sacharow, Quena Company and Theatre Genesis. TV: Law and Order, Criminal Intent, Third Watch. Film: Bill was praised in London and by New York film critics for his role as Raggs in Jim Thompson's film The Kill Off, directed by Maggie Greenwald.








  Chilton Ryan
During five-years at NBC TV as a writer, director and producer he wrote songs with Cy Walter.  Subsequently he has written lyrics for melodies by Gary McFarland, Otis Clements and Michel Legrand.  His voice-over and on-camera commercial work brought him back to acting when he joined the Theatre Artists Workshop and has appeared at Stamford Theatre Works, Boston Post Road Stage Company, Stage 2 at Long Wharf, Fairfield Theatre Company, the Westport Art Center and the Theatre Artists Workshop.






  Kimberly Squires
BFA in acting from UCONN and studied at A.C.T. in San Francisco. Off Bway: Winnie in Summer Cabin.  Regional: Long Wharf Theatre & west coast premiere, Dearly Departed; Yale Rep- Ivanov; Phase One- The Miss Firecracker Contest; Citi-Arts, Alabama Rain (World Premiere). Favorite musical roles: Rizzo-Grease: Giggling Gertie-Oklahoma; Yente-Fiddler on the Roof.  Kim's resume also includes TV, film, radio & voiceover work. 
 





Barbara Ellen Stuart
MFA in acting from the University of Pittsburgh and studied with The Groundlings and Larry Moss in LA. She wrote, directed and performed in a series of sketch comedy shows at The Improv in Hollywood. Regional credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cymbeline, Tartuffe, Othello, Evita, A Funny Thing…Forum, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Pirates of Penzance.  She directed the film short A Coming Out Homecoming which was selected for film festivals in New York, Hawaii and Australia. 




  Nadine Willig
Off Broadway: The Miranda, Synchronicity Space in Bench Plays, Pulse in Touch of Madness.  Films:  Fred Stroppel’s  Signs of Life with Keir Dullea, Rosemary Foley’s Oh Promise Me (shown at New York’s Big Apple Film Fest). Nadine can be seen in JIB Production’s  “Play With Your Food” readings throughout CT and NY as well as  Momoirs, The Umbilical Cord Stops Here. She was heard in multiple roles, on the London BBC’s  sci-fi soap opera Glowboys.
 



  Tom Zingarelli
Actor, director, writer, producer, teacher, and administrator, Tom has worked with the award-winning likes of Jason Robards, Teresa Wright, Mason Adams, Donal Donnelly, and others.  He starred in Tall Tales, a ten-series video production for children about American folk heroes in schools and libraries nationwide. He most recently portrayed P.T. Barnum in the one-man show Barnum Tonight! at the Quick Center for the Arts. Tom has also recorded digital audio books for Audible.com.




  JP Sarro
A New England native, JP spent the last nine years in Los Angeles.  His West Coast credits include Disney's Aladdin, Hairspray, The Sound of Music, Man of LaMancha, Tales From Hollywood by Christopher Hampton (Critic’s Pick: L.A. Times and Backstage West), The Odd Couple, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Secret Garden, and Born Tired (Official Selection:  Eugene O’Neill Festival).  His TV/film credits include Our Show (Dir. Larry Charles), Top Gearheads, and Unusual Suspects.  His comedic turns grace commercials for Carfax and Party City.
 
  Steven L. Barron
HBO’s Boardwalk Empire as a nosy, noisy reporter; Ivoryton Playhouse: The Woman in Black and Driving Miss Daisy; Centenary Stage Company: You May Go Now, A Laughing Matter, Quartermaine’s Terms, Sight Unseen, Tartuffe, and While the Sun Shines.  Other credits: Good Evening and Moonlight and Magnolias at the Florida Studio Theatre;  Art, Arcadia, The Glass Menagerie, and Moon Over Buffalo.  His New York credits include The Brothers Karamazov at La Mama and Lion Taming in Miami with the Medicine Show. 
Board of Directors
Kate Katcher, President     Jessica Kaufman, Secretary
Jennifer Rogers       Don Striano      Maureen Williams