Program Director

Jerry Goehring

  • Tony and Grammy-nominated producer
  • Produced the critically-acclaimed Broadway Musical “A Christmas Story,” which broke box-office records at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, received Tony nominations for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book and was named one of the Top 10 Shows of 2012 by Time Magazine and #1 Musical of 2012 by USA Today.
  • Was the executive director of the Tony Award-winning National Theatre of the Deaf
  • Founded the Stuart Street Playhouse in Boston.
  • Co-founded, with his wife Patty Carver, Connecticut Children’s Theatre, the acclaimed national touring company.
  • Co-managing partner of Patriot Productions in New York City.

Assistant Director and Professor

Leo Carusone

  • Musical Director/Conductor for “Cats” on Broadway, “Jekyll and Hyde,” “Mary Poppins,” ”Kiss Me Kate,” “Hairspray,” “The Producers,” “The Yeston/Kopit “Phantom,” “By Jeeves,” “Rent,” “Spring Awakening” and “Chicago,” and many more.
  • Worked with Cy Coleman on the York Theatre Production of “Little Me.”
  • Worked with TV and Broadway performers Rue MacLanahan, Vicki Lawrence, John Raitt, Georgia Engel, Judy Kaye, Lucy Arnez, Kaye Ballard, Jamie Farr, and Mimi Hines, among many others.
  • Wrote all of the vocal and musical arrangements for the Nunsense musical series, which includes “Nunset Boulevard,” “Nunsensations,” “Meshuggah-Nuns” and “Nuncrackers- A Christmas Nunsense.”
  • Musical Director for the New York and Boston Companies of “Nunsense.”
  • National tours include “The Sound of Music” starring Burke Moses and Marla Schaffel, “The Music Man” starring Jim Dale,  “I Do, I Do” starring Lucy Arnez and Lawrence Luckinbill, “Annie” starring JoAnne Worley, “Carousel” with John Raitt and the 20th All-Star Anniversary tour of “Nunsense.”
  • Musical directed and performed in the TNN Television special “Nunsense Jamboree” with Vicki Lawrence.
  • Won the Festival of Emerging Playwrights Competition with his original piece “Dorothy Parker – A Symptom Recital”, which was fully produced at the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis.
  • Created many shows which are annually produced by the Connecticut Children’s Theatre.

Production Manager

Chris D’Amato

  • Designed and built sets at Sacred Heart University since 1994.
  • Involved in Performing Arts for over 30 years, as a technician, performer and a music teacher.
  • Built  sets for many Fairfield County theatres.
  • Worked alongside the local Stagehand Union at many events over the years.

Professor and Guest Lecturer

Craig Schulman

  • The only actor in the world to have portrayed Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” (2000 performances), the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s “The Phantom Of The Opera,” and the title role in “Jekyll & Hyde” on Broadway.
  • Starred in the PBS broadcast of “The 10th Anniversary: Les Miserables in Concert” (Jean Valjean).
  • Played Che in “Evita,” Tevye in “Fiddler On The Roof,” Archibald in “The Secret Garden” and Father in “Children Of Eden.”
  • Television credits include “The Guiding Light,” “All My Children,” “One Life To Live,” “As The World Turns,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “Weekend Today” and MTV’s “Celebrity Death Match.”
  • Produces and performs in Pops concerts worldwide

Assistant Director

Alison Roach

  • Graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2010 with a BA in English.
  • Post graduation career has focused on arts management, including merchandise manager for “A Christmas Story, The Musical” on Broadway and East Coast tour
  • Assistant to the producer and crowd funding campaign manager for “The Gig, The Musical” at New York Musical Theatre Festival
  • Licensee liaison for those obtaining the rights to perform ACS.
  • Currently assists with the Performing Arts, Theatre Arts Program and the Edgerton Center for Performing Arts.

Technical Director

Frank Veres

  • Professional stagehand for over 25 years.
  • Worked in in all aspects of theatre in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
  • Technical Director of the Edgerton Center since 1994.


Simone DePaolo

  • Trained by masters of dance such as Mr. Charles Kelley, Phil Black and Don Farnsworth.
  • Trained at Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theatre.
  • Recorded both lead and back up vocals for various artists, nationally and abroad.
  • Worked as a choreographer and artist for RAI TV in Rome, Milan and Naples.
  • Travelled the world as a singer and dancer for Costa & MSC Cruise Liners.
  • Toured nationally with musicals such as “Smokey Joe’s Café” (Brenda), “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Mary Magdalene) and “Pippin” (Leading Player).
  • Assistant Artistic Director at D’Valda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre in Fairfield, CT.
  • Guest faculty presenter at Dance Teacher Web conferences in Las Vegas.
  • Resident choreographer for several Sacred Heart University’s Theatre Arts Program productions.
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