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.

TOMATO PATCH STAFF

MEET THE

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Zachary Abbruscato
Master Class Assistant

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!

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Tim Cianfano
Director of Video Arts

Tim Cianfano is a former camper who is approaching his 4th year as an instructor 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.

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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. 

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Madelyn Curtin
Vocal 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.

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Lyndsey Goehrig
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.  

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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!

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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.

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Daniel Spalluto
Director of
Master Class 
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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).

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. 

MEET THE

KELSEY THEATRE STAFF

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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!

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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. 

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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.

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Michael Almstedt
Production Assistant
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Diana Maurer
Box Office Manager

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Martha DiBartolo
Box Office Swing

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Susan Galli
Director, Tomato Patch Jr.

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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. 

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Sheron Williams
House Management Swing

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Lyndsey Goehrig
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.