Pantochino Productions Inc. is a professional non-profit 501 c 3 tax exempt theatre company specializing in theatre for the entire family. Founded in 2010, our mission is to entertain, engage and enrich young audiences and their families with an array of original, affordable, professional entertainment experiences, and provide positive, nurturing training to young actors.

Bert Bernardi

Bert Bernardi is an actor, director and playwright of over two hundred original musicals. His extensive theatrical experience includes Artistic Director of the former Downtown Cabaret Children’s Company (28 years!), Artistic Director of The Theatre Barn in New Lebanon, New York, and Associate Artistic Director of Millbrook Playhouse in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania.  His work has also been seen at Music Theatre North, NY, The Arundel Barn Playhouse, ME, Surflight Theatre, NJ, the former Boston Post Road Stage Company, CT, Theatreworks New Milford, CT,  and Theatre Fairfield at Fairfield University. Bert also continues his long association with Cortland Repertory Theatre in Central State New York where he has worked as a Guest Director for over a decade. With composer Justin Rugg, his original musicals have been published and licensed by internationally-known Steel Spring StageRights, and was commissioned to create an original musical for students at NYU’s Steinhardt School.  With composer Scott Simonelli, he has adaptations of award-winning children’s books include Cinderella Skeleton, Auntie Claus and The Adventures of Dish & Spoon.  Bert has served on the Nominating Committee for the Connecticut High School Musical Theatre Awards and has received the Cultural Contribution Award of Distinction from the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerece. For his life work in this field, Bert was bestowed the Connecticut Critics Circle Tom Killen Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre in Connecticut.


Jimmy Johansmeyer

Jimmy Johansmeyer is an award-winning actor, costume designer and educator. For sixteen years, he was the ‘resident villain’ with the former Downtown Cabaret Children’s Company. A graduate of Marist College, Jimmy has performed on hundreds of stages including New York Stage & Film/Powerhouse Theatre, NY, Wallkill River Repertory, NY, The Theatre Barn, NY, Millbrook Playhouse, PA, and on the Main Stage of the Downtown Cabaret Theatre. His costume designs and creations have been seen throughout the country and include Cold As Ice starring Oxsana Baiul at Gateway Playhouse on Long Island, My Kinda 60's starring Charles Busch at Below 54,  the Off-Broadway premiere of Matthew Passion and at The Theatre Barn, Cortland Repertory Theatre, Gorilla Theatre Tampa, The Emelin Theatre NY, Allenberry Playhouse, PA, Arundel Barn Playhouse, ME, to name a few. Jimmy has led theatre camps, classes and in-school drama programs for the past seventeen years and currently teaches at the R. J. Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts in Hartford. In 2015, he was inducted to the Marist College Hall of Fame for his contribution to theatre, and he is the recipient of three Syracuse Area Live Theatre "Outstanding Costume Design" Awards for his work on Cortland Repertory Theatre's Always A Bridesmaid, The Thirty-Nine Steps and La Cage Aux Folles. Jimmy is also recipient of the Cultural Contribution Award of Distinction presented by the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce.


Justin Rugg

Justin Rugg is a composer, actor, singer and multi-instrumentalist from New Jersey. He has been performing as a percussionist for over twenty years, and attended Lebanon Valley College for music composition, percussion performance and pedagogy. He is resident musical director here at Pantochino!

With Bert Bernardi, Justin has composed the scores to sixteen musicals for young audiences, six of which have been published by Steele Spring Stage Rights, Inc. He also provides music for summer camps and the After School Drama Club series, having written ten musicals for young performers. In 2012, he penned the score to Special Breakfast for NYU's Steinhardt School, and his one-man cabaret, Predictable Heart has been performed in Connecticut and in New York City.

He is recipient of five BroadwayWorld Awards including Best Musical Director, Best Supporting Actor in a Play ("The Little Dog Laughed") and Best Original/New Work ("Pirate Schmirate" and "Christmas Cookies) for Pantochino and was a member for the award-winning cast of "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" at Cortland Repertory Theatre.


Company Members

Jimmy Johansmeyer, Actor / Costume Designer

Shelley Marsh Poggio, Actor

Justin Rugg, Actor / Composer

Mary Mannix, Actor

Dale Allen, Actor

Rachael Dugas, Actor

Maria Berte, Actor

Hannah Duffy, Actor

Carol Koumbaros, Business / Development

Joe Landry, Creative / Graphic Design

Don Poggio, Carpenter / Technician

Shawn Boyle,  Lighting Design

Tim Cook, Lighting Design

Jeff Carr, Lighting Design                                                                 

David Sexton, Lighting Design

Nathaniel Dobas, Sound Design

Sara Brown, Sound Design

Guest Teaching Artists

Sheryl McCallum, Actor/The Lion King
Lara Hayhurst Compton, Actor/Legally Blonde
Brian Michael Hoffman, Actor/Broadway Animal Handler
Will Porter, Actor/Cats
Adam Kaplan, Actor/ Newsies
Gaelen Gilliland, Actor/Wicked
Christopher Timson, Actor/Young Frankenstein
Kerry Conte, Actor/Mary Poppins
Kyle Metzger, Actor/Improvisation
Rin Allen, Actor/Stage Combat
Kenneth Llambelis, Make-up Artist
Steven Cardona, Dancer/Disney Teaching Artist
Kathleen Armenti,Actor/Improvisation                                                                                                                          

Becki Walter, Dance