David Halliwell, Artistic Director
David has worked in theater locally for the last forty-one years. He has directed at Polka Dot Playhouse, Downtown Cabaret Theater, Fairfield and Sacred Heart Universities as well as many regional theaters. He has been Drama Director for the Monroe Middle School Campus since 1976, and has directed over 30 productions for the local community.
Susan Halliwell, Creative Director
Susan began her career as a performer at the age of four. She has toured professionally onstage, has created and managed New England Repertory Company, and has raised four children, three of whom are currently working actors in Hollywood. Susan began TPTC’s summer workshop 22 years ago to create an opportunity for gifted young performers to showcase their talent. During the school year, she coaches acting and vocal performance locally and in Los Angeles.
Judy Abbatiello Choreographer
Judy has performed throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. A graduate of the New York’s High School of Performing Arts—the “Fame” school—she was a featured dancer and singer in numerous shows. Judy has choreographed many shows for New England Repertory Company, Downtown Cabaret, Polka Dot Playhouse, Wilton Playshop, and other regional theaters. She founded Monroe Dance Academy in 1983.
Brooke Burling, Executive Director – After a decade and a half working in Hollywood on everything from low-budget horror films in freelance film production to multimillion dollar blockbusters while on staff at Walt Disney Studios, Brooke spent the past ten years in education advocacy, collaborating with educators and families and managing nonprofits from California to Connecticut. With TPTC, he gets to marry his two careers to help develop a performing arts center where performers can learn and grow.