DENISE SUMMERFORD | HMT School Director/ Instructor (Contact) has appeared on Broadway in such shows as the Rosie O’Donnell/Boy George musical Taboo, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Saturday Night Fever and Grease. She has played leading roles in the Broadway touring companies of Leader of the Pack, Grease, Company and The Who’s Tommy. Denise received a Drama Desk Award for her work in the hit a cappella musical In Transit and was also in the original cast of the Off Broadway musical Shout!. Regionally, she has performed at The Ford’s Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, Trinity Rep, and The McCarter Theatre to name a few. She has created roles in the development of many new plays and musicals most notably In Transit and Duncan Sheik/Steven Sater’s The Nightingale at The O’Neill Theatre Center as well as Dollface and Behind the Limelight (Broadway’s Chaplin) at Powerhouse Theatre/ New York Stage and Film. She has choreographed many musicals, cabarets and concerts including 42nd Street, How to Succeed in Business, Oliver and Bye Bye Birdie. A dynamic singer, Denise has drawn praise from around the music scene with her series of solo concerts in and around NYC and can be heard on various voice-overs, jingles and recordings. She has had the distinguished honor of singing at the White House for the President and First Lady and has sung with many national and international recording artists. Denise serves as the HMT School Founder & Director and has appeared in HMT’s productions of I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, Side by Side by Sondheim, And the World Goes Round. She has a BFA in acting and has taught master classes at the SUNY New Paltz, Governor’s School in NJ, Rosie’s Broadway Kids in NYC, and is a private singing/acting coach for adults and children. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA as well as the musicians union Local 802.
JOHN SUMMERFORD | HMT School Co-Director/ Instructor (Contact) has performed in New York City and across the country in numerous productions including Twelfth Night (Orsino), Falling (Bill), Dinner with Friends (Tom), Company (National Tour), Godspell (Jesus), Sweeney Todd (Sweeney) and Radio City Christmas Spectacular at theaters which include Carnegie Hall, Trinity Repertory Company, The York Theatre Company, The New Harmony Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse and The Cape Playhouse. John serves as the HMT School Founder & Co-Director and has appeared in HMT’s production of A Christmas Carol (Cratchit, Marley + 5 others), It’s A Wonderful Life (George Bailey) as well as numerous seasons of HMT’s annual PlayFest. He has also performed locally with Powerhouse Theater/New York Stage and Film, Shadowland Theatre and River Valley Repertory. Off-Broadway, John has served as Assistant Director on Sin: A Cardinal Deposed starring John Cullum for The New Group and Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano & The Lesson for Atlantic Theater Company. Other Directing credits include productions of Design for Living, Anything Goes, Babes in Arms, as well as numerous Benefit Galas and One-Act Festivals. John is an alumnus of the Atlantic Theater Company Acting Program and proudly carries union cards for Actors Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA and AGVA.
DEBORAH COCONIS | Instructor is a Half Moon Theatre company member, performing in their Ten-Minute Play Festivals and full-length plays, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Cassandra), and The Fantasticks (The Mute). Deborah regularly tours to Hudson Valley schools playing the roles of Rip Van Winkle and Ichabod Crane with the Center Players on Tour. She is a teaching artist at Mill Street Loft’s Dutchess Arts Camp, as well as a preschool teacher at Millbrook Community Preschool at Grace Church. She holds a degree in theatre from Roger Williams University. Prior to moving to the Hudson Valley, Deborah worked with Boston’s Behind the Mask Theatre as a mask maker and performer; presenting multi-cultural folk tales for First Night Boston, the Children’s Museum, and Boston Parks and Recreation. Her mask work has been featured on WGBH’s Greater Boston Arts and in print in The Boston Herald and Poughkeepsie Journal. She currently creates and performs her original masks and characters for New Year’s Eve Millbrook.
GEOFF TARSON | Instructor has been performing for almost thirty years and has taught improvisation on both coasts. He is a seasoned improviser working in both short form (games/scenes) and long form (improvised plays/musicals). Geoff has performed with such well-known improvisers as Wayne Brady, Brad Sherwood and Fred Willard.