Executive and Artistic Director
Darren Farrington has worked and trained in companies on Broadway, Off Broadway, and in regional, community and children's theaters in New York and Connecticut. In addition to working for NBYT, Darren currently serves as part-time administrator and advocate for the Connecticut Alliance for the Arts. Darren earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University School of the Arts, and he received his undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where his activities included serving as president of an extracurricular theater group and as a mentor for bilingual inner-city children.
Administrative, Production &
Hallie Blejewski, Marketing and Development Assistant
Zackary Capitao, Technical Director and Set Builder
Yoshi Reyes, Assistant Technical Director
Rae Johnson and Laurine Lynch, Costume Coordinators
Brooke Ferguson, Teaching Artist and Director
Brooke is a 2014 graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a BFA in Theater Performance. She began as a Teaching Assistant with NBYT in 2011, and she’s now a Teaching Artist and Director, having co-directed all of NBYT’s “Little Kids on Stage” productions and its summer productions since 2015. Brooke is also a Floor Director at The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts. She enjoys performing theater among the Connecticut community, and her favorite roles include Mme. Thénardier in Les Misérables, LeFou in Beauty and the Beast, and Gloria Hawkins in Boeing Boeing. Brooke can also be found improvising with her troupe, History of the Future, at Sea Tea Improv in Hartford.
Krysten Drachenberg, Senior Teaching Assistant
Krysten has been involved in theater since she was ten years old, both onstage and behind the scenes. She has worked with NBYT for three years. In addition to being a Teaching Assistant, she enjoys co-leading the improv troupe, SquishyTown Asylum, and helping to design and paint sets.
Rae Johnson, Teaching Artist, Director, and Playwright in Residence
Rae has a B.A. in theater/dance, and has performed and held technical jobs throughout New England, Delaware, New York, and New Jersey. She has worked with Sta-Bis-Mus Theatre Company, North Shore Music Theatre, Stage One Productions, Tohill Theate, and several other theaters, and was part of the ensemble cast of Dream Time in New York City. Her credits include directing, stage managing, costume designing, and props designing. Rae owns and operates CarPort Productions, a homeschool based theater company.
Victoria Johnson, Teaching Assistant and Stage Manager
Victoria is working towards a BFA in the acting program at Central Connecticut State University. In addition to working as a Teaching Assistant, she has choreographed summer musicals. Victoria has also participated in many shows with NBYT and hopes to pursue acting in the future.
Angela Klimaytis, Senior Teaching Artist and Resident Musical Director
Angela has worked as a director and musical director in various Connecticut venues. Her favorite productions include: Into the Woods, Godspell, Hedwig, Songs for a New World, Rent, Bare and The Drowsy Chaperone. Angela received her B.S. in Education and B.A. in Music from the University of Connecticut, and her M.S. of Education in Music from Western Connecticut State University. A former middle school music and theater teacher, she now freelances to be a stay-at-home mother.
Nicki LaPorte, Senior Teaching Artist and Director
Nicki is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a double major in Educational Theater and U.S. History. During the day she works with New Britain Public Schools in special education, and in the afternoon and evenings Nicki brings a love of the performing arts to children and teens in acting classes and shows. Nicki has been with NBYT since January 2011, where she has taught, directed, performed, stage managed, and designed and built costumes. She has also taught theater programs through East Hartford Public Schools, Hartford Performs, Performing Arts Programs, and the Gateway Project in Huntingdon, Massachusetts. During the summer of 2016, Nicki traveled to The Freedom Theater in the West Bank of Palestine to work with children living in the Jenin refugee camp. Nicki has been a company member with Elmwood Productions as a puppeteer since early 2016, has performed at New Britain’s Hole in the Wall Theater in The Impracticality of Modern-day Mastodons (mastodon puppeteer) and Rocky Horror Show (Transylvanian ensemble), has performed at The Ridgefield Playhouse and Fairfield Theater Company in Dr. Phineas’ Magical Emporium (Queen and Princess), and performed in several main stage and student directed shows during her time at CCSU.
Carmine Lavieri, Senior Teaching Artist
Carmine graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater. In his time at Central, he performed in several mainstage and student-directed shows including The Tempest, The Arabian Nights, The Things They Carried, and Red Noses. Carmine was most recently featured in Eastbound Theater's production of The Complete History of America (abridged). He has been leading improv workshops and competitions since 2006 and joined the staff of New Britain Youth Theater as a teaching artist in 2011.
Jason Post, Teaching Artist
Jason was born in California and raised in New Britain. He started dancing his sophomore year in high school as a substitute to sports—in which his father and older brothers all seemed to be strongly involved. Jason took a different path, focusing his athletic talents towards street dancing, particularly bboying. Jason has studied and performed modern dance and ballet at Central Connecticut State University. He has also performed in many pieces such as "No Shade" and "Heart Beat" at the University. Jason has choreographed dances for "Break Dancing Shakespeare" in the summers between 2006 and 2012 at Hartford Stage. Even though his dancing has revolved around bboying for the fifteen years of his dance career, for the past six and half years, he has studied and developed a strong passion for house dancing and has been sharing that passion with others as well.
NBYT is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and young adults by encouraging creative thinking and collaborative teamwork, fostering self-confidence and self-esteem, and developing social, emotional, and academic skills through involvement in high-quality, low-cost programs in the performing arts. Copyright 2013-2018. All rights reserved.
New Britain Youth Theater
P.O. Box 306
New Britain, CT 06050