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WHO WE ARE

Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts Workshops, held annually on the West Windsor Campus of Mercer County Community College, is one of the longest-running and most successful multi-disciplinary summer arts programs in central New Jersey. Since 1973, over 7,300 junior and senior high school students have spent several weeks of their summer exploring the visual arts, dance, theater, and vocal music under the guidance of a highly qualified staff of teaching professional artists.

Zachary Abbruscato
Counselor

A counselor by day but a performer by night, Zach always enjoys the thrill of the Tomato Patch season! Focusing on the acting courses, Zach enjoys to make classes fun and easy to pick up. Zach still fancies in the performing arts as well. Attending Montclair State University he's done a number of shows such as the Rocky Horror Picture Show, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and even an improv group. No matter, what Zach is always determined and ready to make summer a grand old time!

Jane Coult
Choreographer &
Dance Instructor

Jane is a veteran Tomato Patch teacher, starting with the program in 2008.  In addition to teaching dance, she helps with acting and music classes, including choreographing for some of those classes.  She also helps out in the Tomato Patch office.  She has taken dance classes for most of her life and has taught in area dance schools.  She has also choreographed for theater groups in the area and in Northeast Philadelphia.  She served on the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters for several years and has been nominated by the organization several times for her choreographic work at Kelsey Theatre.  She is currently the resident choreographer and a board member for Maurer Productions OnStage, who perform here at Kelsey Theatre.  She has a BA from Thomas Edison State College and a CPM certification. 

Genevieve Estanislau
Director of Dance

Genevieve is happy to return to Tomato Patch. Teaching credits include Rutgers University (New Brunswick Campus), European School of Dance (Fords, NJ) and Main Street Dance and Music (Manville, NJ). Favorite choreography credits include "Pillars of New York" at St. Luke's Theatre, NY, "Hairspray" and "Titanic" at Villagers Theatre, NJ, "James and the Giant Peach" at Cranford Dramatic Club, "Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stiller" (also serving as director), "Addams Family" and "Disaster" (NJ Premiere) at Somerset Valley Playhouse, NJ.

Tim Cianfano
Counselor

Tim Cianfano is a former camper who is approaching his 4th year as a counselor at Tomato Patch! A recent graduate of Pace University with a focus in Filmmaking and Photography, he has specialized skillset that ranges from years as a performer and working in video production which allows him to help foster young campers passion to express themselves and foster their creativity on the stage or either side of the camera! Tim has been able to utilize the skills he learned throughout his years at Tomato Patch in the Film and Television industry, recently working on shows such as Netflix’s “Patriot Act with Hasan Minaj”, as well as a position as a Teacher’s Assistant at the New York Film Academy.

Madelyn Curtin
Master Class Instructor

Former camper turned counselor turned instructor, Madelyn recently received her Bachelors Degree from The College of New Jersey in Music Education with a concentration in voice. Throughout her time at TCNJ, Madelyn was heavily involved in theater, directing, performing, and tech-ing. She also became an award winning a cappella arranger and music director. She prides herself in her passion and drive to fuse musicianship, pedagogy, and fun into the choral classroom. She is currently the interim choral director at the high school and middle school in Springfield, NJ.

Lyndsey Rose Harper
Chaos Coordinator 

Lyndsey wears many hats, including Kelsey Theatre's Program Coordinator, Author, Makeup Artist, and Chloe's Mom. Her legal last name might not be Harper, but it's a heck of a lot easier to pronounce than her married name. Lyndsey's specialty is keeping the Tomato Patch ship running smoothly, including its social media and web marketing. She holds an AFA in Theatre from MCCC, and a BA from Rider University. When she's not behind her desk, she's either on stage acting, or she's writing speculative fiction. You can find the books to her series, The Evos Saga, on Amazon.  

Melissa Jackson
Director of Acting

Missy Jackson studied acting and directing at MCCC and Montclair State. After working in the entertainment field for several years, she returned to college at Rider University to pursue a double major in English Literature and Secondary Education. She has been teaching in public school for 20 years as a literacy and theater teacher. She has continued her studies with 15 master credits in curriculum and educational leadership. She loves directing her school shows, and spending her summers with her crazy TP crew!

Tim Moran
Acting Instructor

Tim is a member of SAG-AFTRA and holds a B.A. in Theater with a double-concentration in Acting and Directing/Stage Management from Ramapo College of New Jersey. He has been teaching acting to ages varying from 6 to 18 for over a decade. Most recently, he has been teaching Acting and Improvisation classes at ArtsForm in East Windsor.

 

At Tomato Patch, he is one of the Acting Major Instructors, where he also serves as one of the writers/directors for the Acting Major and Children's Theater plays. Tim also teaches classes in Advanced Acting, Improvisation, Comedy and Creative Theater.

Tim has performed on camera and on stage throughout the tri-state area. He has worked in comedy, drama, musical theater, Shakespeare, and sketch comedy. Credits include Arsenic and Old Lace (Mortimer), 12 Angry Jurors (Juror #8), Moon Over Buffalo (Paul), Romeo and Juliet (Capulet), You Can't Take It With You (Tony), The Last Place on Earth (Curtis), and It's a Wonderful Life (George Bailey).

Elizabeth Rzasa
Director of Vocal &
Musical Theatre

Elizabeth is a graduate of Montclair State University with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance, where she was chosen as the Presser Foundation Scholar and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota. By day, she is the Teaching and Administrative Assistant to the Music Department at Mercer County Community College, and also serves as the Director of Voice and Musical Theatre for the Tomato Patch Performing Arts Summer Workshop.

 

Behind the scenes, she has been the Music Director for Bugsy Malone, Jr., High School Musical 2, Jr., Camp Rock, and Zombie Prom, produced at Kelsey Theater on the Mercer County Community College campus in conjunction with Tomato Patch and the Kelsey Players. An active performer in musicals and operas in the tristate area, favorite roles include Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), Peter Pan (Peter Pan), Maria (The Sound of Music), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Anna (The King & I), Ida (Honk! —2007 NJACT Best Actress in a Musical Nominee), Marian Paroo (The Music Man), Luisa (The Fantasticks), Narrator (Joseph…), Miss Dorothy (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Lily Craven (The Secret Garden), Julie Jordan (Carousel), Beth March (Little Women), Laurey (Oklahoma), Polly Peachum (The Threepenny Opera), Cinderella (Into the Woods), Mother (A Christmas Story the Musical). She has also appeared onstage as Mollie Ralston (The Mousetrap), Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Katarina Cavalieri (Amadeus – 2015 NJACT Best Supporting Actress in a Play Nominee), Mariette Levieux (The Dinner Party), and Chelsea Thayer Wayne (On Golden Pond).

 

She won the 2013 NJACT Perry Award for Featured Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of The Ghost of Christmas Past in Scrooge the Musical.  She has served on the executive board of the NJACT Perry Awards, in various capacities, since 2009.

Hannah Thompson
Counselor

I was a Tomato Patch camper for four years, and just finished my first summer as a counselor! I'm a nursing student at Ramapo College, and I also volunteer at PEI Kids during my free time. I've also done four years of crew in high school productions and performed in three school musicals, so I know exactly how much can go wrong and how to fix it!

Sean McGrath
Executive Director of Tomato Patch

Sean McGrath is a writer and teacher who lives in Bucks County. He has been the Tomato Patch director for about 20 years. He writes a good portion of the show and looks forward to seeing students perform. He has the greatest staff in the world.

Rachel Rivera
Counselor

A Tomato Patch Workshops and Master Class alum, Rachel Rivera began working as a counselor for the acting classes in 2017. She attended the workshops as a camper for five years and participated in many things such as acting, singing, dancing, and directing. The knowledge she gained from Tomato Patch Workshops and Master Classes allowed her to move onto being president of her high school's Internation Thespian Society Troupe, stage manage, and to win an award from Bucks County Playhouse's Student Theatre Festival for 'Best Student Director'. She currently attends Montclair State University as a Psychology Major and is a Resident Assistant there.

Tyann Sells
Director of Video Arts

Tyann has worked in video production for nearly 10 years. She graduated from Montclair State University with a B.F.A. in Filmmaking and is currently pursuing her M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School of Management. This will be Tyann’s 6th summer as a Tomato Patch Video Instructor. She enjoys working with children and showing them just how fun and beautiful the world of visual storytelling can be! 

Nevin Schleider
Director of Visual Arts

Bio coming soon.

Daniel Spalluto
Director of
Master Class 

Daniel has been teaching Tomato Patch Master Class for over twenty years. He is a member of SAG/FATAR and AEA, with experience in film, television, and off-Broadway. He holds and MED in Theatre and is an adjunct instructor at Mercer County Community College for the Theatre department. 

Joshua Wilson
Accompanist & Vocal Instructor

Joshua Wilson is a local pianist, organist, conductor, and teacher. He graduated in 2014 from Westminster Choir College with a Bachelors in Piano under Dr. James Goldsworthy. After college he began teaching private piano lessons as well as accompanying for the VOICES chorale of Hopewell, NJ and other local vocal soloists. He is a currently professor of piano at Mercer County Community College where he teaches class and private piano as well as working with the Jazz Band and other college ensembles. In February 2018, Josh became the Director of Music at Frenchtown Presbyterian Church where he had been the organist for three years. At Frenchtown he plays for weekly services, leads the Chancel Choir, as well as organizing concerts and ensembles. In the summer, Josh teaches and accompanies for the Tomato Patch Workshop as part of the Kelsey theater’s community outreach. Throughout the school year, Josh also works with the Trenton Children’s Chorus and Lawrence High School where he accompanies various choirs. Josh plays a few solo recitals each year where he enjoys exploring new music as well as old classics of the solo piano repertoire.

M. Kitty Getlik
Artistic Director

It's my job to put together an exciting season each year for Kelsey, seek out good companies and individuals to bring it to life, market it, coordinate it, and greet the folks when they come to see it. Of course there's a lot more to it and I couldn't do it without a lot of help from my friends - my assistant Amy Bessellieu, my coworkers and volunteers. I get a thrill out of live theatre and want to share that thrill with everyone. That is why I strive to produce good shows at a reasonable price here at Kelsey. In my spare time - I teach Introduction to Theater (TA 101) and do theatre. I have also been a director, actress, lighting designer, and the general manager of The Open Air Theatre at Washington Crossing State Park.. In most circles, nowadays though, I am known as "Jessica's mom" - which is as it should be!

Kate Pinner
Technical Theatre Coordinator

Hello, Kate Pinner here ... I design sets and costumes at the Kelsey Theatre and I teach Stagecraft, Scenic Art and Play Production - I am chief cook & bottle washer, jack of all trades (except writing or singing - I don't sing!). I do, however, have a husband who writes and a gorgeous daughter who does both! In what little spare time I have - I enjoy visits to art museums, discovering out of the way places, cooking, gardening, researching period clothing and math & logic puzzles.

Lyndsey Rose Harper
Chaos Coordinator
Amy Bessellieu
Administrative Specialist

Presently I work full-time as part of the Kelsey Theatre Staff, however many of you have seen me before. A Tomato Patch and MCCC Alumni, I have been working part-time and volunteering here for over 20 years. When I am not handling the numerous phone calls and paperwork you can find me backstage (creating scenic art, stage managing, making properties and even acting). Recently I just earned my Bachelor Degree in Art through Thomas Edison State College. I also enjoy bowling, bingo, watercolor painting and collecting mouse figurines. 

Diana Maurer
Box Office Manager

Bio coming soon.

Daniel Spalluto
Resident Grouch & House Manager 

Daniel has been teaching Tomato Patch Master Class for over twenty years. He is a member of SAG/FATAR and AEA, with experience in film, television, and off-Broadway. He holds and MED in Theatre and is an adjunct instructor at Mercer County Community College for the Theatre department. 

Lyndsey wears many hats, including Kelsey Theatre's Program Coordinator, Author, Makeup Artist, and Chloe's Mom. Her legal last name might not be Harper, but it's a heck of a lot easier to pronounce than her married name. Lyndsey's specialty is keeping the Tomato Patch ship running smoothly, including its social media and web marketing. She holds an AFA in Theatre from MCCC, and a BA from Rider University. When she's not behind her desk, she's either on stage acting, or she's writing speculative fiction. You can find the books to her series, The Evos Saga, on Amazon.