Who's Who at The WorkShop

Executive Staff Biographies
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Thomas Coté
Artistic Director

Joseph Giardina
Managing Director

Most recently, Joe has worked as an arts education consultant for the New York City Department of Education’s (NYCDOE) Office of the Arts and Special Projects. He contributed to the DOE’s Curriculum Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Theater and for the past nine years he has been a lead facilitator for their professional development workshops for certified drama teachers. He is a mentor for the Michigan State University Wharton Center's Young Playwrights Festival and teaches a graduate course in the Education Department at Lehman College on how to teach Shakespeare in the classroom. He was the Director of Education at the New Victory Theater in New York City, which is New York City's only theater dedicated to kids and their families. Prior to that he was the Education Director at Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) an award-winning Off-Broadway classical theater company. At TFANA he helped win grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities for their Shakespeare Fellows project. He was the Artistic/Education Director at Arts Horizons where he helped to re-design the Artist/Teacher Institute. While at Arts Horizons he was one of the co-founders of the New Jersey Arts Education Collective. Mr. Giardina started his career as an actor and director. He continues to direct for various theater companies.

Steven Petrillo
Artistic Associate (Musical Theater)

A performer for many years, Steven's Broadway and National Tour credits include Peter Pan, starring Cathy Rigby, Man of La Mancha, starring Robert Goulet and Jesus Christ Superstar, starring Carl Anderson. TV and Film credits include Law & Order C.I., The Sopranos, The Stepford Wives, and the mini-series A Will of Their Own, opposite Lea Thompson and Thomas Gibson. As a director, he received critical acclaim for Rumors for Parkside Players; the East Coast premier of Route 66 in the Berkshires; Operaplay at the WorkShop Theater Company, as well as for choreographing Fiddler on the Roof for The Gateway Playhouse, and Love! Valour! Compassion! in St. Louis. Steven has been an Associate Director/Choreographer in theatres across the country including North Shore Music Theatre, The North Carolina Theatre, Seattle's Fifth Ave Theatre and Theatre Under the Stars in Houston. Mr. Petrillo, an Associate Producer and Director at Algonquin Productions in NYC, is currently developing a new musical, SESSIONS, by Al Tapper, slated for Off-Broadway in the spring of 2007.

David M. Pincus
Director of Outreach

David recently stepped down as Managing Director of the WorkShop Theater Company after having served as both a WST Producing Director and Artistic Associate. He now has taken the position of Director of Outreach for the WorkShop.

Administratively, David created the WorkShop's successful annual direct mail campaign which has been an important part of the formula which has kept our creative doors open since 2004. WorkShop creative credits include acting with and directing Olympia Dukakis in two readings of RULES on our Main Stage, and recently appearing in the critically acclaimed production of INTERCHANGE, among many other projects on our two stages.

Additional directorial efforts at the WorkShop include SOLACE, GRACELAND, and WHEN YOU TRY TO SAVE YOUR LIFE YOU LOSE IT.

Other NYC acting credits include the role of "J.J." in BLOOMSDAY ON BROADWAY with William Hurt, Marian Seldes, and Fritz Weaver at Symphony Space; A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM as "Demetrius", "Thisby" and "Flute" with Theater for a New Audience at Lincoln Center; and in MEDEA as the Blind Messenger, directed by David Herskovits for Target Margin.

David serves on Manhattan Community Board 4, where he is the Chair of its Theater Task Force. He is working with all 12 Manhattan Community Boards to form an unprecedented alliance with many New York City art support and advocacy organizations in an effort to find innovative solutions to the ever growing financial and real estate issues facing New York's performing arts community. Presently he is working on the issue of property tax relief for all NYC non-profit performing arts organizations that pursue an artistic mission, or rent to those companies that do.

He also serves on CB4's Clinton/Hells Kitchen Land Use and Quality of Life Committees and as a result now knows more about R8 zoning variances and ULURPs (being ULURPed is a verb) than he ever anticipated.

David has produced Country music in Nashville, bungy-jumped off the highest bridge in New Zealand and Scuba-dived the Great Barrier Reef.

Go Niners!