Kevin Connors
Executive Artistic Director & Co-Founder

Jim Schilling
Managing Director & Co-Founder 

Joe Landry
Marketing & PR Director

Sarah Pero
Administrative Manager

Ellen M. Turner
House Manager 

Diane Vanderkroef
Resident Costume Designer


Michelle Berti
Alyson Cahill
Kevin Connors
John Flaherty
Jeri Kansas
Deborah Levy
Tracey Marble
Sarah Pero
Jim Schilling
Kate Simone

Board of Directors

Gavin Arneth
Dan Aron
Kevin Connors
Mark Corpron
Irene Dixon
Roz Koether
Amy Lang
Barbara McAree
Henry C. Rapp III
Jim Schilling
Rob Sciglimpaglia


Meet the Co-Founders . . .

Kevin Connors 
(Executive Artistic Director & Co-Founder) 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.

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.