Artistic/Executive Director, Martin Scott Marchitto
Martin, a director, designer, and educator, is a former freelance theatre artist whose experience includes, but is not limited to, designing (sets, costumes, lighting, and soundscapes), directing and acting for theatre, opera, and musicals throughout the country.
Directing experience includes: I Hate Hamlet, Anything Goes, (both at Center Stage), Noises Off, Deathtrap, Moon Over Buffalo, The Wayside Motor Inn, Rumors, The Shadow Box, Company, Little Shop of Horrors, Venus, Children of Eden, Titanic the Musical, Me
and My Girl, Evil Dead: The Musical, Man of La Mancha, The Tenderland, Little Women,
and many more.
Favorite roles that he has performed several times include: The Lecturer in Reefer Madness: The Musical, King Arthur in Camelot, Georg Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Noah in Children of Eden, and Jesus in Godspell.
Martin has served as Resident Set Designer for the Blue Barn Theatre in Omaha, NE since September of 2008, designing all of their productions including The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, Bad Jews, and God of Carnage. His set designs there for Reefer Madness: The Musical, The Irresistible Rise of Autoro Ui, and In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), won Outstanding Set Design for the Theatre Arts Guild. Besides designing sets for the Blue Barn Theatre, Martin was also involved in the planning and design of their new theatre facility.
Martin has been affiliated with numerous theatres including: The Ivoryton Playhouse, The Downtown Cabaret Theatre, The Saybrook Stage Company, The Yale Repertory Theatre, The Clarence Brown Theatre, The Lake Erie Ballet, Opera North, Illinois Repertory Theatre, The Barrow Civic Theatre, The Academy Theatre, The Rose Theatre, Omaha Ballet Theatre, The New Paradigm Theatre, The New Haven Ballet, as well as many educational institutions though out the country.
Martin also has extensive teaching experience in theatre, including programs for middle school, high school, and college age students, including the Trumbull Youth Association, where he has been involved since 1988 as either director, designer, or both. He has taught at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Manhattan College, where he also served as the Players Director. Martin was also an active participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, where he has served as Respondent and Selector for Regions I, II, and IV. As a Respondent and Selector, Martin has attended over one hundred college productions and provided feedback to the students regarding their work. This responsibility also includes selecting the best productions to move forward to the National Competition.
Martin holds a BA from Albertus Magnus College, an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Certificate in Drama from Yale School of Drama. A lifelong learner, Martin has also attended conferences for The United Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT), as well as several conferences on mask making, puppetry, and directing.
Interim Director of Education, Michael Tartaglia
Michael Tartaglia is a resident of Shelton, Connecticut, and a Shelton High School
graduate, Class of 2012. During his time at SHS, Michael was an avid member of the
SHS Drama Club, having appeared in productions such as, Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Sound of Music, Bye Bye Birdie, and Big the musical. He
also appeared in annual productions of Adaptations and One Acts.
An alumnus of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, Class of 2016 and
Class of 2017, Michael holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in English, a concentration in
Writing, a minor in Performing Arts, and a Masters degree in Teaching. Michael holds a
Connecticut teaching certification in English Language Arts in Secondary Education for
grades 7-12. At SHU, Michael was a member of the Theatre Arts Program, where he appeared in productions such as The Awesome 80’s Prom, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown the musical, Chicago, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Snow Angel, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Fantasticks, Dogfight the musical, as well as student written and directed productions.
Having been a part of Center Stage Theatre for over 10 years, Michael has appeared in
Youth CONNection productions such as, The Music Man, Thoroughly Modern Millie,
Annie Get Your Gun, Legally Blonde, The Drowsy Chaperone, Les Misèrables, and
Children of Eden. As a teen, Michael appeared in our productions of Teen Musical
Theatre Workshop, also known as “Fall Cab”. He appeared in productions of You’re A
Good Man Charlie Brown & Seussical, My Generation, and Broadway Roadtrip. Michael
has served as a volunteer, worked in our Box Office, and has taught classes at Center
Stage Education Center. Some of the classes that Michael has taught have been Heroes
vs. Villains, Magical Musicals, Let’s Put on a Play, Musicals in Depth: The Addams
Family, Theatre in Our Generation, and Onscreen Acting.
Additionally, Michael has been working in Education for 3 years now, having worked in
the Trumbull, Stratford, and now, Shelton Public School districts. Michael is currently a
teacher at Shelton High School, where he co-directs Adaptations with the SHS Drama
Club. He is also a teacher at Horizons at Sacred Heart University, a tuition-free non-
profit, academic enrichment program serving low-income Bridgeport students in
kindergarten through 8th grade.
In August of 2017 through February of 2018, Michael worked as a Cast Member for Walt
Disney World in Orlando, Florida, as a participant in the Disney College Program.
Michael will be appearing in the role of Eddie, in Center Stage’s production of, "Mamma
Mia", this February!