Shoreline Theatre Company (STC) started in the Spring of 2018 as a discussion with The Branford Parks and Recreation Department to try and fill a void in our community as we felt more performing arts opportunities should be available for people of all ages.  Our first show, Hairspray, had a cast of 60 from 10 different towns ranging in age from 13-70.  We also offered a summer theatre camp experience for 2nd through 8th graders that concluded with performances of Aladdin Jr.  Due to the success of the summer theatre camp, we then offered a Winter camp opportunity with the production of Elf Jr.  In one year our number of campers have doubled for this Summer's production of Alice in Wonderland Jr.  


The community has been very supportive of us and we look forward to offering a wide array of shows with different sizes of cast members and immersive experiences for audiences in the future.  We hope that STC continues to influence and inspire everyone that experiences a production with us whether it be onstage, behind the scenes or as a spectator. 

Thank YOU for supporting THE ARTS!


- Mike Martone Jr. & Colin Sheehan 

Meet The Team


Mike Martone Jr.

Branford (Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director) graduated from Branford High School in 2001 where he was fortunate to play in Crazy for You!, Lil’ Abner, and especially the role as Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls. He attended Western Connecticut State University where he obtained his B.S. in Music Education. Mike performed in several operas as a member of the WCSU Opera Ensemble. Credits include; Tamino in The Magic Flute, Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro, King Kasper in Amahl and the Night Visitors, as well as several others. Mr. Martone graduated with high honors and was awarded the Ruth P. DeVillafranca Certificate which is given to the most promising music educator as deemed by the music faculty. He also has his M.S. in Music Education from WCSU again graduating Magna Cum Laude. Mike also created and directed a summer music camp for young performers for the last several years as well as performed in a couple plays with a theater company himself.

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Colin Sheehan

Branford (Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director) is thrilled to be directing on a stage that he is VERY familiar with as a BHS graduate ('03) and the current Director of The Branford High School Performing Arts' Spring Musical.  He continued his studies at Wagner College ('07) with a B.A. in Theatre and Speech Performance. Colin founded the charity MusiKids CT, Inc. giving away over $25,000 in scholarships. In 2003, he made his Broadway debut in the closing night production of Les Miserables. In ’99, Colin appeared numerous times on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and worked for 3 seasons on “The Wendy Williams Show.” Colin has produced, directed, hosted, and performed in the tri-state area and abroad with Broadway Cruises, Nickelodeon Cruises, and R Family Vacations Cruises. Colin is also a philanthropist and has raised funds and awareness for many Branford organizations, Rosie’s Theatre Kids, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Pulse of Orlando, Make-A-Wish, and many more. For years, Colin worked for the Tony and Olivier and Award-winning Seaview Productions. Other directorial credits include Her Song at the Ivoryton Playhouse and Artistic Director of Tabor Arts Branford. For more information, visit 


Paola Rarick

Branford (Choreographer) is thrilled to be a part of the creative team at Shoreline Theatre Company.  Paola has been co-owner of StudioOne Dance Center in Branford for the past 10 years.  Aside from teaching and operating her studio, Paola has choreographed numerous musical theatre productions such as James and the Giant Peach and
The Little Mermaid at Walsh.  She also serves as choreographer for Artful Living Productions in Killingworth where she choreographed productions of Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, and The Music Man.  She is also currently working on Beauty and the Beast.  Paola received a B.S. in Corporate Communications at SCSU.  She resides in Branford with her husband Bill and her daughter Bella


Chris Lemieux

(Sr. Camp Counselor/Assistant Director) is an actor and director based in NYC. He assistant directed Shoreline Theater Company’s Aladdin Jr. last year. He assisted Sheehan in multiple shows throughout the year at TaborArts and will be the Acting Teacher at the TaborArts camp at the end of the summer at the YMCA. As an actor, he will be seen this summer in STC’s production of The Producers as Leo Bloom and Legacy Theater’s production of Midsummer Night’s Dream as Bottom. He is the Director of Development for a theater company in LA, which will be premiering Pocketmon! A Pokémon Parody Musical at the LA Fringe Festival. Lemieux is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association. 

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Jess Strassburg

Branford, (Technical Advisor/Costume/Lighting/Digital Design) Jess is a BHS alumnus of the class of 2001. She holds a B. A. in Theatre Design/Technology/Management from Wagner College. Past design credits include The Santa Fe Opera (New Mexico), Goodspeed Opera House (Connecticut), Forestburgh Playhouse (New York), and College Light Opera Company (Massachusetts).  Jess is proud to currently be the Technical Advisor to the BHS Performing Arts Department since 2010

Adam Jackson

Branford (Head Stage Manager/Lighting Designer) recently graduated from BHS in 2019 and is currently studying Music Education at Western Connecticut State University. Onstage, Adam has been seen in Titanic (2017), The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail (2017), Shrek (2018),  A Christmas Carol (2018), and The Addams Family (2019). Backstage, Adam spent four years assisting with Lighting Design and crew at WIS and has been involved with every STC show starting with their premier season in 2018. Adam is also a musician: His primary is Trombone but he is also a Vocalist. Some recent projects outside of theatre include recording an album of barbershop songs, conducting a big band recording session and planning a live concert covering both styles including over 30 musicians. Adam plans to continue his studies and someday become a music educator while also pursuing his passion for theatre.


Maeve Cunningham

Currently studying theatre at Southern Connecticut State University. She's been in several of their productions including Student Directed One Acts, Doctor Faustus, Lysistrata, and Stop Kiss (Irene Ryan Nomination). Maeve also has been exploring a career as a director and has directed several shows including To Kill a Mockingbird and The Lottery. This past January she participated in the Directing Initiative at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She's really excited to be working with everyone at Shoreline Theatre Company this summer!


Kristin Hottin

(Set Designer) is excited to be back for Shoreline Theatre Company's second year as part of the creative team. She comes from North Branford with a Bachelor of the Arts in Studio Art from the University of Rhode Island. You may have previously seen her work in Tabor’s Peter Pan, Jr., Willy Wonka Jr., and Seussical Jr., as well as Aladdin, Jr., Hairspray and Elf Jr. with the Shoreline Theatre Company. Kristin is also recently finished designing for Sister Act with Shared Stage Productions in May and will be working on Alice in Wonderland Jr. with the STC camp. She is honored to be a part of the Shoreline Theatre family and looks forward to many more shows.

Alicia Loesche

East Haven, Costumes.  Alicia is a Sacred Heart Academy graduate ('07) where she performed in Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes, and Annie.  She also was on stage crew for The Sound of Music and performed in multiple stage plays while at SHA.  Alicia attended the University of Connecticut where she received a B.A. in Mathematics, and Quinnipiac University where she received a Masters in Secondary Education and Sixth Year Diploma in Educational leadership.  Alicia began working with costumes in 2018 when she costumed the Branford High school production, Shrek.  Since then Alicia has worked with directors Colin Sheehan and Mike Martone Jr. on Hairspray and The Addams Family.  Alicia is thrilled to be working on the creative design team with the Shoreline Theatre Company.