The Team


Board of Directors

Phillip E. Anderson

David Drescher

Debbie Hesse

Dr. Richard Lau

Andrew Martelli

Patricia Nozell



Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development

Maier Design Group, LLC

Capitol Region Education Council (CREC)


Meet Kevin, Jeffrey, and Ilona

Three founders and co-artistic directors share responsibility for the artistic realization of the project.

Co-founder and Artistic Director, Board Secretary
Jeffrey is a pianist, conductor, chef, and arts administrator. He is currently Music Administrator for New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. He has served as Artistic Planning Administrator for New York City Opera, Artistic Administrator for Opera New Jersey, and Director of Administration and Development for the Golandsky Institute Symposium and International Piano Festival at Princeton University. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the French Culinary Institute. Like Ilona and Kevin, he is member of Cheshire High School's class of 1986.


Co-founder and Artistic Director, Board Treasurer
Ilona is a faculty member in the design department at the Yale School of Drama. She has worked as a professional costume designer at regional and commercial theaters in New York City, around the country and in Europe. She has collaborated at non-profit theaters of many different sizes from very small artist­initiated companies to multi-million dollar institutions. These include Hartford Stage, Westport Country Playhouse, Long Wharf Theater, Yale Repertory Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, among many others. She received a BFA from Parsons School of Design and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. She has been a Cheshire resident since the age of five.


Co-founder and Artistic Director, Board President
Kevin is an artist, educator, and curator from Cheshire. He is the founder of the international artist collaborative MANIAC (Multi-media, Artist Network, Idea exchange, And Collaboration) which has been featured in numerous art publications and the subject of 3 major exhibitions. In addition to exhibiting extensively in New York, Connecticut, and California, he has curated numerous national and international exhibits. He is a graduate of Cheshire High School and has studied art at the Parsons School of Design, the San Francisco Art Institute, where he received a BFA in painting, and at Hunter College where he earned his MFA.