Staff at Sharon Playhouse:

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Justin Boccitto,  Interim Artistic Director

Justin has maintained a diverse career working in the theatre industry for over three decades. He served as Executive Producer to The Group Theatre Too, a theatre collective in NYC, for 15 years producing the award-winning musical, Count To Ten at The New York Musical Festival, the revival of Michael Bennett’s Seesaw, and the Pulitzer-Prize nominated play, Album by David Rimmer. Other credits include: The Choreographer’s Canvas at the 92nd Street Y, The World Goes Round at Circle in the Square, and Song and Dance Men at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Justin is an award-winning director and choreographer with credits including Crazy For You (Berkshire Theatre Award), Hairspray (Lincoln Center Award), Errol and Fidel (NYMF Award), Gypsy of the Year, and the Off-Broadway musical One Night With Fanny Brice. In 2019 he was the program advisor for Peridance’s Commercial Dance Program, and currently is co-director of the non-profit youth organization, New Generation Theatre, in Rockland County. Justin appeared on MTV’s "Made" as a coach for aspiring performers and continues teaching as an adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College and Broadway Dance Center. He is also Artistic Director of Common Ground, a project bringing tap dancing and its history to people all around the world. He’s worked with such talented artists as Lady Gaga, Phillip Boykin, Nicole Fosse, Richard Kline, Chita Rivera, and many more. Justin is a member of Actors Equity and the Society of Directors and Choreographers. www.justinboccitto.com

Michael Kevin Baldwin,  Associate Artistic Director/Director of Education

Michael has performed in dozens of productions on the Playhouse stage, most recently as Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast.  Other favorite acting credits include playing Tony Whitcomb in Shear Madness at The Kennedy Center and The Notary in The Barber of Seville at The Metropolitan Opera.  Michael has taught at The Brearley School, Hunter College High School, Skidmore College, Ghost Light Theater Camp, TADA NYC, SOAR, and The Falls Village Children's Theater.  Michael co-created and directed the play #BraveSpace, which premiered at New York University's Forum on Ethnodrama.  #BraveSpace explores the impact that theater has on the development of youth identity.  Michael has conducted masterclasses and delivered speeches all over the country, most notably serving as a keynote speaker for The Educational Theatre Association's "Theater in our Schools" initiative.  Michael received a Bachelor's Degree in Theater and Sociology from Skidmore College and a Master's Degree in Education from The City College of New York.

Wendy Prause, Business Manager

This is Wendy's six season at the Sharon Playhouse. Wendy began as a part time bookkeeper but quickly moved into the role of General Manager.  She has over ten years experience in managing and working many different types of Business offices.  Customer service has always been a part of every position Wendy has held and is  therefore her strongest contribution to Sharon Playhouse.  As a Resident of Sharon, Wendy, has both professional and personal reasons to encourage the success of The Sharon Playhouse.

Sarah Cuoco,  Company Manager/Education Associate

Sarah Cuoco grew up locally in Salisbury, CT, and has dedicated her life to the Theater Arts. Whether performing on stage or working behind the scenes she feels joy in each and every performance. Sarah is a dance teacher/choreographer with an emphasis on Children’s Theater, as well as a 200hr Certified Yoga Instructor. While living in NYC, Sarah was the General Manager for Harney & Sons Soho. It was there that Sarah sharpened her interpersonal skills, communication, commercial awareness, and quick decision making. When deciding to return home, Sarah knew she wanted to focus her efforts on expanding dance and theater education in the area. Sarah is thrilled to hold the title of Company Manager for the Sharon Playhouse; a place that holds some of her earliest memories watching stories come to life on stage.