Melissa Sekzer-Kane- Director
Melissa is a graduate of Touro College with a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Special and General Education. She is a theater teacher for the New York City Department of Education. She also is currently the Assistant Director at St Joseph By the Sea HS for their spring musicals. She not only teaches, but has performed with countless groups around Staten Island including Seaview Playwrights Theatre and KillHer Entertainment. Melissa is a founding member of The Star Players and is proud of the growth it has accomplished and the future it’s headed for.
Robert Butler- Musical Director
Rob currently works as a music teacher for various Catholic schools across the island. Rob served as the musical director for St. John Villa Academy until it closed June 2018. He currently serves as the musical director for St. Joseph Hill Academy. His past credits with Villa include; High School Musical, Fame, Avida, Legally Blonde, Sister Act, 9 to 5 just to name a few. He can also be seen playing drums in the pit for many different theatre groups across the island.
Nicole Colonna- Director
Nicole is a graduate of Wagner College. It is there that she earned both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in elementary education. While attending Wagner College, Nicole minored in music, studied choral conducting, and was a member of the Wagner College Choir. During that time, she received vocal training, participated in vocal recitals, and served as stage manager in the college’s Performance Hall. As a founding member of The Star Players, Nicole has been their director and conductor since it began. Nicole is very happy to be able to pursue her two loves of teaching and music in her work.
Stephanie Langella- Assistant Director
Stephanie currently works at Serenity Hair Studio as a stylist. Stephanie has been apart of the theatre community on Staten Island for many years, she can be seen performing with various theatre groups across the island. Her most recent credits include; Pinball Wizard (Tommy- Seaview Playwright Theatre) and Ensemble (American Idiot- Hemlock Theatre). Stephanie is a women of many hats she can be seen helping do a sound check or getting of our actors into wigs that she styled.
Briana (Kohm) Cleary- Production Assistant/Concession Stand Manager
Briana has been with the Star Players for the past 15 years from being a cast member to being apart of the team, Briana is always there to lend a helping hand. Pre-show you can see her managing our concession stand, during the show she can be seen backstage moving set pieces and helping with quick changes.
Maryanna Guenther- Assistant Stage Manager
Maryanna is a recent graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University doubling majoring in Musical Theatre and Childhood Education. She currently works at Our Lady Star of Sea as their music teacher. She can be seen performing with many different theatre groups across the Island. Her most recent credits include; Ensemble/Choral Vocals (Mamma Mia!- In The Wings Theatre Organization) and Ensemble (Chicago- Standing Ovation Players).
Jaime Amoroso - Costume Designer
Maria Curcio- Basket Chair
Maryann Langella- Box Office Manager