MIDDLETOWN, NJ  The Middletown Arts Center is excited to announce that Kathy Connolly will assume the role of Theater Education Director effective immediately. Kathy is an award-winning actor, director, choreographer and teaching artist. She has directed and choreographed hundreds of New Jersey students in grades K-12 in several original collaborative pieces as well as in musical theater. Kathy has performed extensively in productions on and off Broadway and in regional and national tours. Most recently, Kathy was the Artistic Director at Holmdel Theater Company. Under Kathy’s skilled leadership, the company and artistic staff received several prominent theater awards. Last month, HTC was named “Best Community Theater Company in New Jersey” and Kathy herself was awarded “Best Director of a Musical” by Broadway World as part of its 2019 Regional Theater Awards.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Kathy has agreed to work with us in this capacity,” said Maggie O’Brien, Executive Director. “Kathy is one of our most beloved instructors, and we look forward to great things to come as we continue to grow together.” 

Ms. Connolly has been teaching at the Middletown Arts Center for more than six years, presenting enriching educational experiences to students. In her new role, Kathy will work with the Middletown Arts Center to further develop the educational component of MAC programming in theater for both children and adults. She will also explore new opportunities for community engagement including a Master Class Series, a formalized Teen Theater Competition, a Student Playwright Series and other impactful and entertaining theatrical experiences. 

About the Middletown Arts Center

The Middletown Arts Center (MAC) is an award-winning, state-of-the-art facility run by the nonprofit Middletown Township Cultural and Arts Council which is dedicated to bringing quality arts programming and events to Middletown and surrounding communities. The MAC offers enrichment programs and entertainment for all ages and abilities. Visit middletownarts.org for more information and to join our mailing list for updates on exhibition opportunities, classes, workshops and events at the Middletown Arts Center. Support the Middletown Arts Center and become a member! middletownarts.org