Faculty


Michelle Berti
Michelle has worked in the performing arts for over twenty years. She has taught musical theater, drama, voice, and dance at such schools as Riverdale Country School, New York University, TADA!, USDAN, Periwinckle National Theater, Alicedale Primary School in South Africa, Coleytown Middle School, and the Malibu Ballet Studio by the Sea.  Michelle most recently worked as a choreographer for Coleytown Company’s production of Mary Poppins. Her most memorable directing/choreography experiences include Peter Pan, Shrek, The Wizard of Oz, Anyone Can Whistle, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Alice in Wonderland, Footloose, Once on This Island, My Fair Lady, Seussical, Into the Woods and On the Town. Michelle’s performing credits include Cathy Rigby’s Peter Pan (Broadway), My Fair Lady (Tour), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Babes in Toyland, Nunsense, The Music Man, The Flintstones Show, Oliver!, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma!, Stepping Out and George M!. Michelle holds a BA in Theater from Pepperdine University and an MA in Educational Theater from New York University.  


Alyson Cahill
Alyson holds a B.A. in Music Theatre from The American University, a Masters Degree in Educational Theatre from The City College of New York, and teaching certification in Theatre for Grades PreK-12.  As a performer, some of her favorite roles include Luisa in The Fantasticks, Wendy in Peter Pan, and Kate in the original workshop of Michael Rupert and Matthew Riopelle’s musical Streets of America, performed at The Kennedy Center.  Alyson is currently a faculty member at The Unquowa School, teaching Drama and Music to Pre-K through 8th Grade, and has previously taught in Stratford, Norwalk, and in New York City where she co-managed educational programming at TADA! Youth Theater for five years.  She is very excited to be teaching at MTC! 


Kevin Connors

Kevin Connors 
Off-Broadway credits include Play Like A Winner (2016 NYMF),Prime Time Prophet, Jukebox Saturday Night, The Abandoned Loves of Frederick R., Life Anonymous, Lover - The Valentino Musical, Babes Off Broadway, Saloon and Suzy Q. Regional credits include The Fantasticks, Baby, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Babes in Toyland, Bah Humbug!, Grand Re-Opening of the Palace Theatre starring Skitch Henderson, Louise Pitre, James Naughton and Joan Rivers. Mr. Connors began his career as a performer touring his own act with Bob Hope, Henny Youngman and Johnny Mathis. In 1987 he co-founded Music Theatre of Connecticut with Jim Schilling, and has since directed many of the MainStage productions including Yours, Anne, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Moss Hart Award Winner), The Fantasticks, A Little Night Music, Edges, john & jen, Doubt, Evita, Little Shop of Horrors and Master Class. He is a six-time Connecticut Critic's Circle Best Director nominee and the recipient of the CCC's Killen Award for Outstanding Contribution to Connecticut Professional Theatre, as well as a Connecticut Legislative Citation for Execllence. As a composer he has penned the score for both It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play and A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play (with playwright Joe Landry and both published by Playscripts, Inc.). He served as Adjunct Professor at The Hartt School of Music/University of Hartford, Sacred Heart University, the University of Bridgeport, and at Musical Theatre Works in NYC, and created many of MTC’s educational programs including the nationally-recognized College-Bound in the Performing Arts. Proud member of AEA, ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild. 


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John Flaherty
A resident of Norwalk, John has performed in the MTC MainStage productions of The Fantasticks, God of Carnage, Master Class and Ancestral Voices. John’s other credits include: The Shakespeare Theatre Company: Othello. Ford’s Theatre: A Christmas Carol. Academy of Classical Acting, Shakespeare Theatre Company: The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Maid’s Tragedy. Regional: Hartford Stage Company: The Philadelphia Story. New York credits include the Rattlestick Theatre, The Kraine Theatre, and Expanded Arts. He has an MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at GW University, and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Niagara University.


Jeri Kansas
Jeri began her professional career at age 19 as a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall. She made her Broadway debut in the original cast of Sugar Babies starring Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney, and the following summer was handpicked by the legendary Gower champion to create the role of Phyllis in the original Broadway cast of 42nd Street. She has appeared nationally as Mona Lipschitz in Chicago, Showboat, The Music Man and as Anytime Annie in 42nd Street; and on film and TV in Saturday Night Fever, Gossip Girl, White Collar and The Goodbye Girl. Jeri is a master teacher and choreographer, having taught all levels of ballet, jazz, theatre dance, tap an lyrical, and has worked with the top Broadway and television choreographers including Peter Gennaro, Alan Johnson, Earnest Flatt, Tommy Tune and Gower Champion. 


Deborah Levy
Deb has been on the faculty at MTC since 1989! Aside from teaching and directing at MTC, Deb worked at the Johnston Talent Agency for thirteen years. Deb was a commercial agent for two well known children’s agencies in New York; Abrams Artists and Associates, and Jordan, Gill and Dornbaum. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Deb studied acting at Circle in the Square in NYC. She performed in several Off Broadway productions including Inside Out and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Summer Stock credits include Fiddler on the Roof at the New Jersey Festival Theatre, as well as roles with Keene State Theatre, Hope Theatre, and The Summer Theatre at Mount Holyoke College. Deb also performed in a live Industrial for Pepsi Cola (where she met her husband, Mark), and she also appeared in several soap operas including One Life to Live and As the World Turns. Currently Deb performs with Steppin’ Out Entertainment, a local theatre group that does murder mysteries, musical revues and the holiday show at the Spinning Wheel Inn in Redding, CT. She lives in Trumbull with her husband and their daughters, Leah (a graduate of the MTC College-Bound program) and Justine. Member AEA, AFTRA.


Tracey Marble
As an actress and a singer, Tracey has performed off-broadway, way off-broadway, on TV and on the radio.  She has done live and recorded industrials, hundreds of sound-alikes and jingles for a multitude of clients--spanning the spectrum from PBS to The World Wrestling Federation. She has written and directed for Pepsico.  Tracey is a co-creator/songwriter and producer as well as one of the actresses in Another Day In Paradise, a musical that has enjoyed three New York runs to date and is now available for licensing (www.anotherdayinparadisemusical.com). She produced the first theatrical event for Mamapalooza at Off-Broadway’s Zipper Theater in Manhattan. This is the only cultural festival of its kind, celebrating moms in the arts.  In addition to being part of Music Theatre of Connecticut’s Voice Faculty, Tracey is on the Voice Faculty in the Musical Theatre Division of The Hartt School. She maintains a private studio and is an adjunct professor of voice at Fairfield University. Tracey is a member of the New York Singing Teachers Association and The National Association of Teachers of Singing.  She was the lead vocalist for the popular metro area band, Celebration for 25 years. Tracey is as comfortable with jazz, swing, pop, rock and R&B classics as she is with show tunes. And as today’s musical theatre is melting pot of these various styles, Tracey integrates these genres into her teaching.  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University and received a BA with Distinction in Theatre and Telecommunications.  She studied voice with Margaret Harshaw and Don Pfost. Tracey continues her professional development as an artist and an educator by regularly attending Broadway Teaching seminars, workshops and master classes. She is happily married with three great kids and is living proof that family and career are not mutually exclusive.


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Sarah Pero
Sarah holds a BFA Theatre degree with a concentration in Directing from the University of Rhode Island, and has extensive training in theatre craft including from Director, Dramaturg, and Stage Manager; as well as elementary school theatre teacher both in the New Haven Public Schools and with Performing Arts Programs Inc. throughout Connecticut. 


Jim Schilling
co-founded MTC in 1987 and has served as teaching artist, Artist in Residence, director, general manager, actor, producer and currently as Director of the School of Performing Arts and MTC’s Managing Director. Acting credits include John Guare’s A Day for Surprises, Upper Broadway (Westport Country Playhouse), Hamlet (with Tony Roberts), South Pacific (with Jamie Farr), The Fantasicks (Rich Forum) and on MTC’s MainStage in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well..., Three Guys Naked from the Waist Down, Yours, Anne, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Doubt, Almost, Maine, God of Carnage, The Fantasticks, A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play and last season’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Film credits include Bullets Over Broadway, Cadillac Man, Soapdish and as Sean Penn’s double in Dead Man Walking. Jim holds a BFA degree in Musical Theatre from Otterbein College and was also trained at the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Playwright’s Horizons in New York City and Improv Asylum in Boston. Jim, a graduate of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts’ AMICI Arts Management Program, continues as a Blue Ribbon Panelist for the Daytime Emmy Awards, and is on the voting committee for the SAG awards, and a member of “Who’s Who in the American Theatre” from 1991-present. Jim is a proud member of Actors Equity Association since 1980. Member AEA, SAG, AFTRA.


Kate Simone
is a professional actress who not long ago relocated to CT from NYC. Most recently she was seen playing Vivienne Kensington in Legally Blonde at the Summer Theatre of New Canaan. Other theatre credits include Sunset Boulevard (Roundabout Theatre Co. workshop) directed by Michael Mayer, South Pacific (St. Louis MUNY and Camelot (Sacramento Music Circus), as well as playing Lucy in  ...Charlie Brown, Mary Jane in Big River, Wendy in Peter Pan, Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd  and Beth March in Little Women. Kate has also been seen on TV in HAPPYish (Showtime) and Mistresses (ABC). She is a proud member of both AEA and SAG-AFTRA. www.katesimone.com