Staff 

Kevin Connors
Executive Artistic Director & Co-Founder 
kevin@musictheatreofct.com

Jim Schilling
Managing Director & Co-Founder
jim@musictheatreofct.com 

Joe Landry
Marketing & PR Director
joe@musictheatreofct.com

Hunter Nicolson
Marketing Associate 
hunter@musictheatreofct.com

Sarah Pero
Administrative Manager
admin@musictheatreofct.com

Ellen M. Turner
House Manager
ellen@musictheatreofct.com 

Diane Vanderkroef
Resident Costume Designer

Faculty

Michelle Berti
Alyson Cahill
Kevin Connors
John Flaherty
Jeri Kansas
Deborah Levy
Tracey Marble
Matthew Johnson
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) has been a professional musical theatre composer and director for more than 35 years. Off-Broadway: Play Like a Winner (NYMF 2016 and 2017), 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. Selected regional productions: The Fantasticks, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Babes in Toyland, A Christmas Carol and Baby; with such stars as Joan Rivers, James Naughton, Skitch Henderson, and Johnny Mathis. In 1987 he co-founded Music Theatre of Connecticut where he still serves as Executive Artistic Director. He has directed over fifty Equity MainStage productions including Next to Normal, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Little Shop of Horrors, Evita, Doubt, Master Class, Gypsy, (all Connecticut Critics’ Circle Award Nominations/Winners), and It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Moss Hart Award Winner). As a composer he has penned the score for numerous musicals including It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play and A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play (both published by Playscripts, Inc.). He is a seven time Connecticut Critics’ Circle Best Director nominee, the recipient of the Tom Killen Award for Outstanding Contribution to Connecticut Professional Theatre, and served on the faculties of The Hartt School of Music/University of Hartford, Sacred Heart University, the University of Bridgeport and Musical Theatre Works in NYC.  www.kevconnors.com

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.