Angelo Fraboni – Artistic Director
Mr. Fraboni is thrilled to be part of the Molloy College and Rockville Centre community. After producing and presenting a variety of world-class talent, shows and events during Molloy College’s inaugural season, he looks forward to the continued development and growth of the theater for the South Shore of Long Island. He won the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience for the critically-acclaimed series Celebrity Autobiography at the Triad Theater in NY and the National Tour. He was the producer/general manager of The Magdalene which ran at Saint Clements Church in New York and The Break Up Notebook that opened September 8, 2011 at Revision Theatre in Asbury Park. He co-produced, with Daryl Roth, the production of Vigil starring Malcolm Gets and Helen Stenborg. He worked with Producer Carl Moellenberg on the Broadway productions of Speed the Plow, Hair, Hamlet, Mary Stuart and Lend Me a Tenor. He general managed the Off-Broadway production of Erotic Broadway at the Triad, Burleigh Grime$ at New World Stages, produced/general managed the weekly comedy series Campaign 04 Unzipped starring Judy Gold at the Zipper Theater, co-produced/general managed the highly successful children’s show It’s a Magic Al’s World at Playwrights Horizon’s Peter Sharp Theater, and the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway series Singular Sensations with Carol Channing, at the Village Theater in New York City. His production company continues to develop new scripts as well as produces and creates corporate events for a variety of corporate clients across the country. His group is part of Nora and Delia Ephron’s hit play Love Loss and What I Wore.
Angelo enjoyed a long performance career include 6 Broadway shows: Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Cats, Victor/Victoria, Dream, and The Full Monty. He performed in 4 Encore shows at City Center: Call Me Madam, Carnival, Ziegfeld Follies of 1936, and The Tenderloin. He has performed in the Radio City Christmas Show for two seasons, and has performed nationally and internationally in shows like A Chorus Line, Brigadoon, and West Side Story. Some of his movies include Across the Universe, The Mighty Aphrodite, Thomas Crown Affair, and Last Days of Disco. He has been seen in multiple TV shows as well as commercials. Angelo started his professional career as a principle ballet dancer with the Minnesota Dance Theater.
Ittai Shapira – Artistic Consultant for Classical Series
Israeli violinist, Ittai Shapira has been engaged and re-engaged by orchestra such as the Detroit Symphony under Yoel Levi, the Royal Philharmonic, the Russian Philharmonic with Thomas Sanderling, the Czech National Symphony under Libor Pesek, the English Chamber Orchestra on tour with Yuri Bashmet at the Barbican Centre, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the London Philharmonia, the Polish Chamber Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic, Israeli Virtuosi at Alice Tully Hall hosted by Itzhak Perlman, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Jerusalem, Budapest, Shaghai, Omaha and Harrisburg. He has recently assumed the role of conductor/soloist with various chamber orchestras, including the ECO, the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and the Israel Chamber Orchestra.
Ittai Shapira made a critically-acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in 2003 with the Orchestra of St Luke’s, performing the world premier of the violin concerto written for him by compatriot Shulamit Ran. The recording of this concerto is due to become part of a compilation of Ms Ran’s works performed by Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Ittai Shapira has performed as recitalist and chamber musician throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and China, at venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Louvre Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. He has appeared at the Ravinia, Banff, Aspen, and Schleswig-Holstein Festivals. He also performs regularly as a chamber musician with Concertante. His discography (EMI, Meridian Records, Sanctuary Classics, Quartz and Sony/BMG) represents his interest in both standard and unusual repertoire, ranging from Bruch to Berio. He is the dedicatee of 14 concertos, and his diverse projects range from the standard repertoire to the eclectic and popular. In September 2006 he reached and audience of 55 million playing on the Jerry Lewis Telethon which was televised nationally in the US. In October, he will be featured in a soundtrack for a film made about Daniel Pearl, “The Journalist and the Jihadi” and in 2006 will launch a special touring project, performing a concert piece written for him by Glen Roven, “The Runaway Bunny”. He has recorded this work with the Royal Philharmonic and Brooke Shields for Sony/BMG. Other special projects include a Ragtime Suite for violin, percussion and orchestra; He will be touring with his own compositions as well, titled “Virtuoso Variations” and “Concerto Latino”, “Liberation” for Violin, Orchestra and Chorus and has recently premiered the “Avner Dorman Concerto.”
Ittai Shapira, who now lives in New York, grew up in Israel, where he studied with the renowned pedagogue Ilona Feher. He continued his studies at the Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay and Robert Mann. A recipient of the prestigious Clairmont Award, Shapira has recently founded the Ilona Feher Foundation with esteemed colleague Hagai Shaham, dedicated to the nurturing and promotion of young Israeli violinists.
Ittai Shapira plays a 1745 Guadagnini Violin.
David Hibbard – Artist in Residence for Musical Theatre
Most recently was in the 10 time Tony Award-winning production of Billy Elliot both on Broadway and the second national tour. His mark on ‘the Great White Way’ is completing 2,197 performances in Broadway’s CATS, in the coveted role of the Rum Tum Tugger. Other Broadway credits include Patsy, in Monty Python’s smash hit Spamalot, The Jester, in the revival of Once Upon A Mattress starring Sarah Jessica Parker, (cast album RCA victor) and creating the role of Bobby/Michael Bennett in A Class Act, (cast album RCA victor), which he recreated the following summer in Tokyo.
David was thrilled to be a part of A Class Act‘s journey, which started around a table at Musical Theatre Works and fulfilled a life long dream: to create an original role in a Broadway musical. A Class Act was a critical success, earning five Tony nominations (see YouTube 55th Tony Awards A Class Act).
David has also performed in Encores! Production of Can Can starring Patti Lupone, and in the world premiere of Maury Yeston’s adaptation of Frank Loesser’s Hans Christian Anderson. Off-Broadway, he was seen in Chess, Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back! and Lincoln Center’s benefit of Anything Goes, also starring Patti Lupone.
Some of the regional theatres around the country in which he have performed include Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, St. Louis Muny, Nothshore Music Theatre, Kansas City Starlight, Artpark, Theatre by the Sea, and the Guthrie Theatre. Concert work includes Waterbury Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony Pops tribute to Gene Kelly, conducted by Marvin Hamlisch, and starring Donna Mckechnie.
David’s voice can be heard on numerous television and radio commercials hawking everything from investments to chewing gum. He was the narrator for the Bravo series Page To Screen and also performed numerous cable TV narrations from the History Channel to the Travel Channel. He holds a Music Education degree from Ohio State University, and since 1999 has devoted most of his time to his first passion, teaching vocal performance and audition technique, at CAP21 studios, part of NYU’s Tish School of the Arts.
Beth Kurot (Company Manger)
Beth receive her Bachelor’s degree in Business from SUNY Buffalo and she has just recently received her MBA here at Molloy College. She has had over 10 years of Customer Service and Marketing experience. After working here for over a year, Beth is excited to start another season here at the Madison Theatre as we make great ideas become reality.
Matt Pajor (Hospitality and House Manager)
Matt has twenty years of Customer Service experience. He has always been a big fan of entertainment and theatre. He is very excited to combine his years of experience and love of the arts here at the Madison Theatre as we kickoff our second season.
Kane Chiang (Technical Director)
Kane received his Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the City College of New York in Film and Theater. Kane worked as the Technical Director of the Triad Theater for three years and is extremely enthusiastic about what the next season has in store.