Sunday, December 16
CM Performing Arts Center
931 Montauk Hwy, Oakdale
Tickets start at $16
On Sale: October 8
COLLEEN M. HUGHES
Colleen M. Hughes is a playwright from Somerville, MA. She received her BA in English and Theatre from the College of the Holy Cross and her MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. Colleen’s work has been produced and developed at the Boston Theater Marathon, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Fresh Ink Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Boston Podcast Players, and the Brazen-Faced Varlets. She was a national semifinalist for the 2011 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Ten-Minute Play Award, an O’Neill semifinalist, a 2011–2012 New Voices Fellow at New Rep, and a 2015–2016 member of Company One’s C1 PlayLab Unit. Colleen spent her childhood at the Mary Flynn Murphy Dance Studio in Somerville, MA, where she was a member of the Mary Flynn Murphy Dance Ensemble under director Kathy Kozul. www.colleenmhughes.com
Mary Naftal is the president and artistic Director of Dance Connection in Islip, New York. With 40 years of teaching experience, Mary holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from Long Island University. Her work as an arts educator has been recognized with an inclusion in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” and being named a “Teacher in the Spotlight” in Dance Studio Life Magazine. Her students have performed on Broadway, on TV, in Disney Parks, and across the world. Mary currently serves on the DanceStudioOwner.com panel of experts and has served on the seminar faculty at the Energize conference in Chicago. She is a recipient of the Town of Islip Small Business Award, a long-standing member of Dance Educators of America, and a member of the National Dance Education Organization and the New York State Dance Educators Association.
Joe is proud to serve as the Producing Director for Step into Christmas. Joe’s producing experience includes the Making Wishes Grow Performance Initiative, bringing Long Island performing artists together to raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. Joe works as the Marketing Director for Dance Connection in Islip, New York. In addition to his work at Dance Connection, Joe has a career as a theatrical lighting designer, assistant designer, and production manager in New York City and across the country. His experience spans the worlds of classical and contemporary theatre, musicals, ballet, modern dance, and opera. Joe also collaborates with Dance Studio Owners across the country, is a member of the DanceStudioOwner.com Panel of Experts, and has been featured in the business section of Dance Teacher Magazine. He has been on the seminar faculty for the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City and the Energize Conference in Chicago. Joe also serves on the Board of Directors for Robin Becker Dance, a professional modern dance company in NYC. Joe holds a BFA from UNC School of the Arts and is a proud member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).
We are excited to offer a VIP experience for Step into Christmas!
VIP Guests will receive:
Please Note: The five-person tables are high-top tables and may not be suitable for young children.