Addams Family Staff Bios

Staff Bios



Peter Barbieri Jr.: Set Designer - is an established force in theatre since 1979. Peter is the Associate Artistic Director and Resident Set Designer of Curtain Call in Stamford CT. He is also the Founding Director and Designer of Shakespeare on the Green, celebrating over 10 years of free outdoor Shakespeare. Broadway credits include Technical Direction of the Tony Award winning revivals of CABARET and A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE. He also designed the scenery and costumes for SESSIONS, a new off-Broadway Musical, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and CATS at the Walnut Street Theatre, and numerous shows at The Westchester Broadway Theatre. Favorite designs include JEKYLL & HYDE and the Koppit/Yeston PHANTOM. Overseas, he designed the sets for the Danish production of CATS. Most recently, Peter designed and directed THE PRODUCERS, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE and ROMEO and JULIET and TITANIC. He also directed THE RIMERS OF ELDRITCH and THE ELEPHANT MAN for the Darien Arts Center. For the last 8 years he has been a member of Rehabilitation Through the Arts, a non profit organization that works in the prison system of the State of NY (www.p-c-i.org). He designed and directed their productions of TWELVE ANGRY MEN, WEST SIDE STORY, and their production of The Scottish Play (shhhhh Macbeth) in Sing Sing Prison. Peter is currently designing MEMPHIS the musical for Riverside Theatre in Fla. and Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. Peter is thrilled, as always, to be collaborating with his good friend Ben Frimmer on THE ADAMS FAMILY. Peter also designed Coleytown Company’s productions of GUYS & DOLLS, PETER PAN, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and SHREK. His latest and greatest production, his son Peter Barbieri III, will be one this January.

Chris Coogan: Pit Orchestra Director - has been declared by The New York Times as "a masterful pianist." He is currently leading and performing with the Chris Coogan Quartet, directing and writing for the Good News Gospel Choir, working as a performing pianist and teaching piano. Chris has played parties for Martha Stewart, Bill Clinton and Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. He has performed jazz at the Blue Note, NYC. His compositions are heard on PBS as well as BBC America. He has performed with Donna Summer, Bette Middler and Mavis Staples, as well as Jose Feliciano, Steven Van Zandt, Paul Shaffer, Darlene Love. He’s performed Cabaret and Broadway with Marilyn Maye, Kelli O’Hara and Jim Naughton. He’s played and recorded jazz with Chris Parker, John Tropea, Jimmy Vivino, Larry Coryell, and more. Chris comments on his music: "I see myself as a catalyst who uses the medium of music to spread joy."

Joe DiPalma: Carpenter - is no stranger to Coleytown Company, having served on the crack flight team that allowed Peter, Wendy, Michael, and John to fly over Neverland in the 2012 production of PETER PAN. In addition to Pan, Joe has assisted on numerous other Coleytown Company productions in his role as Head Custodiam at CMS. He is thrilled to be part of this year's technical team as it will allow him to see the production grow from start to finish.

Tommy DeSalvo: Stage Manager - serves as director and producer of the Strawberry Hill Players since 2007. Tommy has been a resident actor/stage manager at Curtain Call since 2000. Local audiences may remember him as Harry the Horse in GUYS AND DOLLS, Dan in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, Tiny Tom in URINETOWN (playing alongside Mr. Frimmer) and Filipo in MULBERRY STREET. He has recently stage-managed SPAMALOT, LES MIZ, and RENT at Curtain Call. In the past few years, he has directed SPELLING BEE, MILLIE, MOON OVER BUFFALO, GUYS and DOLLS at Stamford High. He has a Masters in Accounting from he University of CT and has 6th year degree in Education from University of Bridgeport. As a director, producer and stage manager, he has been responsible for over 50 productions with both children and adults.

Joe Fili: Master Carpenter - with over 35 years experience as a Tech Ed Teacher and 25+ years as a part time carpenter, Joe Fili enjoys the challenge of designing and building for theatrical productions. Prior to arriving at Coleytown in 1995, he had worked on school productions at both the Middle and High School level on Long Island. Since then, he has been involved in numerous Coleytown Company productions such as: PETER PAN (two times), ANNIE, DAMN YANKEES, GREASE, and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Joe has also worked at Curtain Call in Stamford. As a Long Island resident, Joe feels it’s worth the ride to be part of the team at Coleytown Company , whose productions he holds in high esteem.

Kerry Foley: Parent Producer - is in her third year with Coleytown Company and her second year as Parent Producer. Her sole acting credit is Mrs. van Daan in the St. Augustine's CYO 1986 production of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK. She can tap dance and is quite willing to show anyone who volunteers more than 15 hours. Her involvement in Coleytown Company stems from her desire to avoid practicing law, her actual profession.

Emily Frangipane: Choreographer - holds a B.F.A in Dance from Emerson College and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Dance at Sacred Heart University. Performing credits include, RENT, A CHORUS LINE, GODSPELL, GREASE, EVITA, PIPPIN and the National Tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR where she was a swing and the Assistant Dance Captain. She has also danced with and choreographed for various companies and showcases in New York City, Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Currently she choreographs for High Schools, Dance Companies and Community Theatres in the area. Recent choreography includes MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, IN THE HEIGHTS, DREAMGIRLS, HAIRSPRAY, A CHORUS LINE and CHICAGO for which she was nominated for Outstanding Choreography by the Connecticut High School Musical Awards. In 1999, she founded her own modern-jazz company, The Reach Dance Project, and is currently a Choreographer and Artistic Director for this non-profit organization. She currently teaches Lyrical, Jazz, Broadway and Modern from Darien to Bridgeport. She has been teaching students ages 5 through adult for the past 15 years.

Ben Frimmer: Artistic Director - Training: Ithaca College (BFA – Acting), Sacred Heart University (MAT – Teaching), New York University (MA – Educational Theatre). As an actor Mr. Frimmer starred off-off-Broadway in Chaim Potok's world premiere production of THE CARNIVAL, and was also seen in THE GALLERY at the same theatre. At The Dorset Theatre Festival, in Vermont, he performed the title role of RUMPLESTILTSKIN, while stage managing a three month run of NUNSENSE. In Connecticut he has performed professionally with The Downtown Cabaret Theatre, and The Peanut Butter Touring Theatre. Local audiences may remember him in lead roles in such shows as ANYTHING GOES, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, SWEET CHARITY, SPAMALOT, URINETOWN, and as the lovable Seymour Krelbourn in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. He has appeared in the background of several films and starred in one entitled HIM OR ME. As a director, he has been responsible for over 50 productions with both children and adults. On Broadway Mr. Frimmer served as the assistant to producer Roy Somlyo, for THE TONY AWARDS in New York City.

Sarah Keiser: Production Assistant - started teaching Health Education at CMS in the fall of 2009. This is her fourth year with Coleytown Company. Her interest in the arts began through years of dance and participating in theater productions at Southport Congregational Church. Creative and efficient, she has helped with tech crew during the building and painting process as well as backstage throughout each performance; making sure each student fulfills their roles and responsibilities. She received a BA in Art History from the University of Connecticut before pursuing her MS in Health Education from Southern Connecticut State University. Sarah is excited to be a part of the Coleytown Company and to witness the growth of her students as they develop skills that they will use throughout their lives.

Ellen Knapp: Tech Coordinator - while only in her sophomore year of Coleytown Company productions, is a recognized veteran in corporate promotion and special events having created, produced and directed award-winning programs such as the Nabisco Wheat Thin Mayor’s Cup Cycling Criterion; the worldwide street date launch of Sonic The Hedgehog 2 on Sonic 2sday; the KIIS-FM and Unite Concert Series [to end Pediatric Aids]; and the infamous “Man vs Machine” chess tourneys of IBM’s Deep Blue against chess world champion Garry Kasparov. When not slinging hammers at CMS, Knapp and her husband own a branding and marketing consultancy – Neubrand – focusing on business transformation.

Karen Kupinse: Production Assistant - is in her ninth year with Coleytown Company. Her interest in theatre was sparked as a girl when she participated in the Fairfield Summer Theatre Programs and Drama School Productions. She spent two summers as a drama teacher in Philadelphia and Greenwich, and has assisted with drama productions in all of the schools where she has taught. She is a graduate of La Salle University (BA - elementary and special ed, MA - Bilingual/Bicultural Studies) and has participated in study abroad programs in over 17 countries. She has been teaching for 19 years in elementary, middle, and high schools in Pennsylvania and Connecticut and has taught Spanish at Coleytown since 1998.

Garan Mullin: Production Assistant - works full time at Coleytown as one of the School Counselors and has worked for Coleytown Company for the past 4 years as a vocal coach and musical director for the all-school musical and as an assistant director for the 6th grade plays. She has an extensive musical background in both voice and piano. Much of her vocal experience is in choral and a capella singing, including singing in various local a capella groups before and after college, and acting as musical director for her college a capella group, The Delilahs. In addition, she has performed in high school, college, and community musical theatre and has worked to organize musical events in the community. She is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross (BA - Psychology) and Southern Connecticut State University (MS - Counseling), and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership at SCSU.

Eli Newsom: Vocal Coach - is grateful to join the team at CMS for this production after recently serving as Musical Director for ANYTHING GOES at Bedford Middle School. Eli serves as the Founding Artistic Director of Bridgeport Theatre Company which produces musicals and plays at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre. He is the Executive Producer on all productions, and rotates between Director and Musical Director, and occasionally performer on various productions. In 2012 he joined the staff of Fairfield Teen Theatre, where he has directed/musical directed SHREK, THE SPELLING BE, RENT, Disney'sCINDERELLA, 13, and THE WHO'S TOMMY. He has also directed/musical directed at Curtain Call in Stamford and The Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Eli lives in Fairfield with his wife Christy, newborn peanut Carlson John, and two Yorkies, Abby and Fozzie Bear.

Meg Ormand: Costume Design - is the Costume Coordinator at Greenwich Academy and happy to be back designing Coleytown for her fourth time. She has a B.S. in fashion design from Philadelphia University; and has interned for ABC Daytimes All My Children, TLC’S What Not to Wear and NBC’s Saturday Night Live. She also won a TANY for excellence in costume design for her work on THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE ABRIDGED.

Peter Petrino: Lighting Design - is pleased to be working with Coleytown Company. Peter has been designing lights for Coleytown since 2008. He is the resident designer for Caramoor Center for Music and Art and has been since 1996. Regionally, Peter has designed shows for such Theater Companies as: Penguin Rep.; Curtain Call, Inc.; Seven Angels Theater; The Century Center for Performing Arts; The Vortex Theater Co.; Danbury Actor’s Theater; Wilton Playshop; Sherman Playhouse; The Schoolhouse Theater; Fleetwood Stage and San Juan Island P.A.C. Peter also designs for such dance companies as: Westchester Ballet Co.; Logrea Dance Academy; East Coast Youth Ballet; Dance Magic; Leslie Martin and Dancers; Nutmeg Ballet Co. His television credits include: NBCSports; Court TV; ESPN and MetroArts Thirteen. He has also designed special events for: the Conn. Republican Committee; Jacob Burns Film Center; Pepsico; Buick Classic and Gannett Newspapers.

Adam Reigler: Directing Assistant - began his career at age seven with a role in David Copperfield, directed by Joanne Woodward. Riegler has since originated two Broadway roles; Young Shrek, in SHREK THE MUSICAL, and Pugsley Addams in THE ADDAMS FAMILY, where he played alongside Nathan Lane, Bebe Neuwirth and Brooke Shields. He is also featured on the original cast recording and has been listed on the Broadway 30 under 30 for three years running. Riegler gained internet fame with the title role of the Cubby Bernstein: Tony Campaign Manager web series, has been named ambassador to Kids Night On Broadway and performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” With a credit for the revival of GODSPELL, he is the youngest producer in Broadway history. He shot a supporting role in "Camp Fred" for Nickelodeon and the film The Way, Way Back starring Steve Carrell. He can also be seen in the recently released feature film Premature.

Martel Rynderman: Production Assistant - is in her 5th year with the Coleytown Company and her 8th year as a teacher at CMS. She has a Masters degree in Art Education and is certified in art K-12. Before joining the staff at CMS in 2008, Martel worked as the Cultural Arts Director at the Riverdale Y in the Bronx. During her 7 year commitment at the Y, she created many non-permanent murals for musical productions, displays and exhibitions. She has taught fine art classes for adults and children and is really looking forward to working with staff, parents and students on this production.

Jane Schutte: Co-Choreographer - is a current junior at Staples High school and former Coleytown Company member (GUYS AND DOLLS and CINDERELLA). Previously, she served as dance captain for last year's production of Shrek the Musical. She has studied all variations of dance; specializing in ballet which she studied for the past 13 years. She is currently enrolled in Westport's Academy of Dance, and formerly trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She has been cast in the Nutcracker for the past seven years, playing roles extending from Spanish to Snow Queen and most recently playing The Queen of Heart's in her company's performance of Alice in Wonderland. In addition, she has taught dance classes at her studio and privately tutored young dancers.
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