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.
A professional actress residing in NYC, Elissa has been part of the MTC family since 2012. She has been seen here in Jekyll & Hyde (Lucy), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Next to Normal (Natalie) as well as others! Other select credits include: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Standby), Kiss Me Kate (Lois/Bianca), Seussical (Gertrude), Shout!: A Mod Musical (Red Girl), Light in the Piazza (Ensemble/Franca U/S). She holds a BFA in musical theatre from Point Park University. Proud member of AEA. www.elissademaria.com
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.
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.
Alex holds a B.A. in Film, TV, and Media Arts from Fairfield University where he also performed in a multitude of plays and musicals. As a performer, some of his favorite roles include Bud Frump in How To Succeed, Rod in Avenue Q, and Claudio in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. Outside MTC, Alex was the acting coach for Middletown Stage Company where he also taught a Shakespeare abridged workshop, an acting for the stage and camera workshop, and an improvisation workshop for their teen theatre camp. He has also worked on a few independent films, as a professional photographer, and in the New Haven Public Schools system as a paraprofessional. At MTC, Alex teaches acting, improv, and film production classes.
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.