Who We Are and What We Do
The Revolutionary Youth Theater is a non-profit theater arts organization. Established in 2018 as Connecticut’s youth theatre, our goal is to nurture the talent of young people throughout our state. We aim to inspire and challenge young artists to develop their talents, self-confidence, leadership, teamwork skills, compassion and self-awareness. We commission new and relevant dramatic plays and musicals as well as reinterpreting classic stories for our time. We are as ambitious as the young people we serve. The Revolutionary Youth Theater provides a variety of theatrical experiences for young people eight to twenty-two. Students in our program can be involved onstage as actors or behind the scenes as members of the production team. RYT’s expert production staff provides artistic education and direction in a positive, safe and professional theatrical environment.
Revolutionary Youth Theatre’s Teaching Artists Staff
Mark Mazzarella, a two time Tony Award Nominee for Excellence in Theatre Education and Emmy Award Winner has over 32 years of experience in the performing arts. Notably, for more than a decade Mark has been the director of St. Paul Performing Arts, an Award Winning and Nationally Recognized High School Theater Program. His career has spanned theater, television, and film. He has produced hundreds of productions including educational films, television, documentaries and stage productions.
Mark Mazzarella, Founder, Executive Director
Katherine Bittner grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. She received her early training at Raleigh School of Ballet. She attended University of Hartford and graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in ballet pedagogy in May, 2016. She has taught dance as well as reading and comprehension skills at a CDF Freedom School program in Rocky Mount, NC, beginner ballet and creative movement at the (CREC) Ana Grace Academy summer school program in Avon, CT, and beginner/intermediate contemporary technique at Nutmeg Conservatory’s summer intensive, 2016. She has worked with choreographers Adam Barruch, Doug Varone, and Takehiro Ueyama. Additional experience includes Jose Limon repertoire, Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels, excerpts from Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, renditions of Petrushka and Carmen, and Rodgers and Hart’s On Your Toes. As part of a two-week choreographic intensive, she had the opportunity to perform at the Museo Soumaya in Mexico City under the direction of former Batsheva dancer Doron Raz. She currently teaches classical ballet at Ballet Theatre Company in West Hartford and works as a freelance dancer. Most recently she has performed with Hartford-based companies The Dance Collective and Playhouse on Park, as well as NYC-based contemporary dance company TAKE Dance.
Spencer Bazzano is a graduate of Pace University where he received his BFA in Acting. He performed in numerous Pace productions including The Who’s Tommy, The Cradle Will Rock, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. In New York City, he worked as an actor Off-Broadway at The American Globe Theater (Hamlet, Titus Andronicus), The York Theater (O’ Night Divine), and La Mama ETC (The Family Continues, I Fioretti In Musica). Spencer also appeared in a film titled When Harry Tries To Marry, which for a time could be found on Netflix. After graduation, Spencer performed regionally at the Payomet Performing Arts Center in Truro MA where he played Demetrius in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Off stage, Spencer has given private lessons in acting, improvisation, Shakespeare, and other subjects to children ages 5-25, and has also directed numerous productions starring performers of all ages. Spencer is a co-founder of Middletown Stage Company, where he held numerous roles as an instructor, director, actor, stage combat choreographer, and lighting designer. Spencer is currently working as a Lighting Technician at Mohegan Sun, where he designs lights for major acts in a 10,000-seat arena. Spencer has also designed lights for production put on by both public and private schools across Connecticut. Spencer is eager to pass on lessons learned from his experiences, in hopes of helping his students be more mindful of their choices, regardless of whether there is an audience present or no one is watching.
Melanie Guerin holds a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance and music education, as well as a Master of Music Education degree, both from The Hartt School. She was a professional educator in Connecticut public schools for eleven years, having taught band, orchestra, chamber music, composition, music history, and music theory. She is currently a faculty member at The Hartt School, where she teaches conducting and serves as vocal coach, music director, and accompanist in the theater division. As a music director and pianist, Melanie has worked with community and professional theater companies throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. She has composed a number of original works for instrumental ensembles, as well as a children’s musical and a full-length theatrical piece about the power of music called “Clamor & Ranting,” which premiered at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts in December 2015. As an educator, Miss Guerin strives to use music to help students express their unique selves and form meaningful connections with others.
Mark Ceppetelli is a theater music director, pianist, composer, and arranger, having worked in Connecticut with several community and regional theaters. He has music directed at Castle Craig Players (The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot, The Marvelous Wonderettes), Newington Children’s Theater (13 the Musical, Sleeping Beauty KIDS, Annie JR), and SRO Productions (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown), in addition to University of Connecticut with the student club Dramatic PAWS (Spring Awakening, Legally Blonde, American Idiot). Pit appearances include Ivoryton Playhouse (Saturday Night Fever: The Musical), Groton Regional Theater (Sister Act), Newington Children’s Theater (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), and RHAM High School (Annie).He has composed incidental music for The Hartt School’s Sunday on the Rocks with Hartt faculty David Watson, and continued work with him for Capital Classics’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, for which he wrote a solo guitar score. He recently graduated from The Hartt School with a BM in Composition.
Megan McNerney is a puppet designer, builder, and performer with an MFA in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut. Her performance work has been seen in venues ranging from arenas, in How to Train Your Dragon: Live Spectacular in China and Walking with Dinosaurs: the Arena Spectacular, to smaller stages (and barns and gardens) in original works at Sandglass Theater’s festivals and the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Her building and design work includes skins maintenance for Walking with Dinosaurs, puppet design and construction for Thomas and Friends Live: Thomas to the Rescue and Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, and puppet construction for Avenue Q, Gypsy, Seemore’s Playhouse, and Go, Diego, Go! She and her partner Ulysses Jones recently taught a biomechanics-based movement performance class at UConn’s Puppet Arts Program. Megan and Ulysses live in the woods of Connecticut with their son and a steadily declining number of chickens.