Our Team

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Livi Perrone

Creative Director, Playwright-in-Residence

Livi Perrone is currently studying at NYU Tisch in the Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing. Her first original work titled “Wondering About Olive” was produced in New York City when she was thirteen years old. Since then she has written a number of adapted plays and musicals for young performers. Some of her works include “Happily: The Musical,” “Scarlet,” and “Peter Pan, Flight to Neverland.” Throughout her career as a writer and an actress, she has received training in film and TV in addition to her extensive musical theater background.

Livi found her love for the dramatic arts at age 7 when she was cast in her first role as Marta in “The Sound of Music.” Since then she has made it her mission to create and develop entertainment that caters to young audiences. She believes that art inspires compassion and emotional literacy. Throughout her life, Livi has worked with incredibly diverse groups of people who have inspired her to create art that brings people together.

Join Livi in her brand new summer program: riversidetheatrearts.com/…/brand-new-expression-in-the-arts-summer-program

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Luis Villabon

Director/Choreographer

Luis Villabon is a bilingual actor/singer/dancer/director/choreographer/voice-over artist. New York theatre stage credits: Broadway: Peter Pan (Cathy Rigby). Off-Broadway: Reefer Madness (Variety Arts Theatre); Naked Boys Singing! (The Actor's Playhouse); Erik Ransom's More Than All The World (Theatre for the New City); Barcode (NY Int'l Fringe Festival) Cooper Savage (West End Theatre); Twist (Kraine Theatre); Thank You, Mr. Douglas (Dixon Place); Crewneck (Mint Theatre). Staged Readings: Jim Rado's SuperSoldier (MMAC);  Toulouse! (NY Theatre Barn); ConnectionsThe Curse of Batvia; True Love; Sharknado, The Musical

First National/International Tours: Jesus Christ Superstar (Carl Anderson); Seussical, The Musical (Cathy Rigby); A Chorus Line; Grease

Regional stage credits: La Cage Aux Folles; Into The Woods; Hello, Dolly!; Once On This Island; A Chorus Line; West Side Story; Crazy For You; Follies; The Music Man; Kismet; A Midsummer Night's Dream; The Lion In Winter; On Golden Pond. 

Film/TV credits: Pan Am; 30 Rock; Julia & Julia (Meryl Streep/Nora Ephron); The Wolf of Wall Street (Leonardo DiCaprio/Martin Scorsese). 

Luis works with Project Runway alum and internationally acclaimed fashion designer, Malan Breton, directing all of his shows at Fashion Weeks throughout the year and around the world. 

He is extremely proud to have directed shows with Riverside Theatre Arts for the last four summers and is honoured to be asked back for a fifth one! Special thanks to the Perrone family and my entire team here!!!

Luis is making his NYC Directorial debut this summer with NIGHT TIDE, an original musical to be featured in the prestigious New York Musical Festival. 

https://www.nighttidethemusical.com/music

Member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA; Graduate of the William Esper Studio in NYC. 

luisvillabon@gmail.com

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Devon Perry

Musical Director

Devon Perry is an actor, musician, teacher, and coach in the New York City area.  Originally from the MidWest, Devon attended Interlochen Center for the Arts throughout high school and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre.  Devon teaches piano, voice, and musical theatre with organizations such as Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, Play On Studios, Play Music NYC, and MaxTheatrix NYC.  She also works on faculty for the Summer Conservatory Program at American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), teaching in their Contemporary Vocal Styles/Pop Rock department.  Devon also works as an actor, with her most recent credits including Annie Get Your Gun (WBT), The Wizard of Oz (TBTS, WBT), and A Beard Grows In Brooklyn (upcoming webseries).  For more info, check out www.devonperrymusic.com.
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Sean P. Pallatroni

Musical Director

Sean Pallatroni is an EMMY® Award Winning composer, songwriter, and pianist from southern New Hampshire. Sean completed his undergraduate degree in Music Composition at the Hartt School of Music Dance Theatre (University of Hartford, West Hartford CT) and has musically directed youth to professional theater across Connecticut and New Hampshire. He has written for musical theater, classical chamber ensembles, jazz, choir, and orchestra. Sean has also written and recorded music for several short films, and for Connecticut Public Television. He currently musically directs and accompanies in Manhattan.

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Blair Alexis Brown

Musical Director

Blair Alexis Brown has a B.F.A. in Acting with a musical theatre minor from Montclair University. She has worked as a private voice and piano instructor, music director, and acting/musical theatre instructor for companies such as Broadway Arts Lab Co., Williamsburg Music Studio, The Studio New Canaan, Music Theatre of Connecticut School of Performing Arts, New Jersey Youth Theatre, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center Young Artist's Institute. She has performed Off-Broadway and Regionally, in addition to her work in Film and Commercials.

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Emma Schilling

Assistant Choreographer, Stage Manager

Emma Schilling has been a dancer for 15 years. She has performed in countless full length ballets in addition to her musical theatre background. She has worked with many contemporary and classical choreographers on new works. She is currently a sophomore at Butler University, one of the top five university dance departments in the US. She is getting her Bachelor of Science degree in Dance/Arts Administration.

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Carolyn Pallister-Kulic

Costume Designer

She is proud to be designing for her second season with the Riverside Theatre Arts program. Recent costume credits include: Happily (New Musical by Olivia Perone) Hudson Guild Theatre, Once upon a Mattress (Riverside Theatre Co. Children’s Theatre)- King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  Love’s, Labour’s, Lost , Alls well that ends Well, and Much Ado About Nothing (Boomerang Theatre Company) Off Broadway Shows- The Capital Mall (Steenstein Productions)and Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead (The Bleeker Theatre), Off- Off Broadway and Regional work include- All the Little people, Ajax, and Charlie Sutton  (The Fall Collection), Hamlet (The Butchers’ Guild), Up The Sideways Mountain, Connect Five, and Variat (The Richmond Ballet), Farewell (Igal Perry), Discoveries Uncovered  (Jessica Lang), South Pacific (West Virginia Public Theatre). She has also done Make-up Design for ESPN, and Head Wardrobe Mistress for The American Songbook (Lincoln Center Jazz) which included artists such as, Duncan Sheik, Elaine Stritch, Megan Mullaly, Audra Macdonald, and Tonya Pinkins. Her training includes an MFA in Theatrical Design from The University of Georgia. After moving back to NY she was the Costume Designer/ Coordinator for The Dance Department of The Juilliard School.

Jodi Funck Andrews

Set Designer

Jodi Funck Andrews has worked from Broadway ( Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Dames At Sea , An American in Paris) , Off Broadway ( Hamilton, Martin Luther On Trial) to small local theater with Riverside Theatre Arts and Cornwall Central Schools.

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Laurie Perrone

Producer

Laurie is founder and producer of Riverside Theatre Arts. Perrone is a  graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and a successful designer recently launching her own Farm2Fashion collection of sustainable knitwear made in America. She is the costume designer for Riverside and has also worked on local school and community productions of Willy Wonka, Jr., The King and I, Jr. and The Sound of Music. Laurie's primary goal for Riverside Theatre Arts program is to provide a high standard of theatrical experience for children ages 7 - 17 in Orange County, N.Y.

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Bob Bray

Musical Director

Bob just finished 3 years with Matilda playing Keyboards for the show and training the kids for the Broadway and National Tour.

He was the conductor/musical director for Mamma Mia at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and was an assistant conductor for Mamma Mia on Broadway. He has played more than 20 shows on Broadway including Beauty and The Beast, The Lion King, Ragtime, Seussical, Annie Get Your Gun (with Bernadette Peters, Reba McIntyre), 110 In the Shade (Audra McDonald), My Fair Lady (Richard Chamberlain), Jersey Boys, Wicked and more.. He conducted the 1st National Tour of Hal Prince's Show Boat (Len Cariou, Cloris Leachman) and spent 2 years on the road playing for Jerry Lewis in Damn Yankees. He was the Musical Director/Conductor for the Montreal premiere of Beauty and the Beast, the Hong Kong/Singapore premiere of 42nd Street and Dreamgirls in Tokyo.

As an actor he's a member of Actor's Equity and toured the US as Billy Lawler in 42nd Street as well as Cosmo Brown in Singin in the Rain.

Pictured on the right is Bob with the cast of Matilda!

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