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Toni is a graduate of Boston University (BA in Communication) and Emerson College (MA in Theatre & Community), and has performed in, directed, and produced many shows in and around the Boston area. She recently wrapped up a four-year run as the Executive Director/Producing Artistic Director of Riverside Theatre Works in Boston and is currently a professor at Massasoit Community College.

In addition to her theatre and teaching career, Toni is an aspiring children’s book author. She believes that a well-written children’s book can empower children in countless ways, by teaching them, among other things, to practice tolerance, use their creativity and to believe in the magic and potential that surrounds each of us.

"Children need to learn their regular school lessons, of course, but they also need nourishment for their imaginative life." - Dr. Robert Coles

Theatre Highlights

Acting credits include: To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (Ester), The Diary of Anne Frank (Mrs. Van Daan), Our Town (Mrs. Gibbs), Steel Magnolias (Truvy), You Can’t Take It With You (Gay Wellington), La Cage Aux Folles (Monique) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Gymnasia).

Directing credits include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sideways Stories From Wayside School, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Freckleface Strawberry the Musical, Scrooge the Musical and A Wrinkle in Time.

Producing credits include: Les Miserables, Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, Annie, Hairspray and Nuncrackers: the Nunsense Christmas Musical.

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