Timothy Cole, Director of Musical Theatre Arts

Timothy Maureen Cole Headshot

Timothy Maureen Cole is a Soprano performing throughout New Jersey and the New York area. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College as well as a Master of Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College. Recent productions include Cask of Amontillado, performed at The National Opera Center, Damon in Acis and Galatea, La Boheme and Pagliacci. Previous roles include Adina in Elixir of Love and Marie in La fille du Regiment.



Jessica Lombardi

Jessica Lombardi brings years of performance experience to the classroom with professional credits that include Graziella in the European Tour of West Side Story, Anytime Annie in 42nd Street, Mitzi and Dance Captain in Crazy for You, and Texas in Cabaret. Other favorites include:  La Cage Aux Folles, Damn Yankees, Grease, and Little Women. Off Broadway, Jessica appeared in Marcus is Walking, Cotton Girls, The Brothers Menaechmus, Lives of the Great Waitresses, Spooktacular 2000, and The Great Debate.  She also danced the original choreography for PBS’s special of A Chorus Line with the Naples Philharmonic.  She choreographed and directed a mainstage production of Chicago for Otterbein College as well as dance sequences for Snow White and the 7 Dwarves for Cleveland Signstage.  She received her B.F.A. in Acting from Otterbein College.  In addition to teaching at the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, Jessica runs the Dance and Musical Theatre Program for the Township of New Providence, choreographs and directs musicals for the New Providence Recreation Department and offers private “Broadway Intensive” lessons to local children who are pursuing professional audition experiences.

Alyssa Mannarino

Alyssa Mannarino began voice lessons with former Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Musical Theatre Arts Director Michelle Oram at the age of 12 and continued her performing arts education at Wharton with private lessons and cabaret ensemble class. Mannarino appeared in several WIPA musical theatre productions, including starring roles in Thoroughly Modern Mille, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Little Shop of Horrors, and Urinetown. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Muhlenberg College and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Music Therapy at Montclair State University with a focus on music therapy hospice care. Mannarino has served as senior counselor and Assistant Director of WIPA’s musical theatre arts summer camps and joined the faculty in the Fall of 2015 as an instructor of Explorations in Musical Theatre and Pathways to Musical Theatre classes.

David Seamon, Musical Theatre Arts Instrumental Ensemble Director

Pianist, singer, and composer David Seamon, a graduate of Rutgers University, has worked on stage and behind the scenes for community theater, regional theater, and Off Broadway. He is a Teaching Artist at the George Street Playhouse, where he has composed music for original plays written by New Brunswick public school students, as well as composed and arranged for a mainstage event, Our Town Now (2014). In the Spring of 2015, David composed four original musicals about the Industrial Revolution which were performed at the George Street Playhouse. At The Workshop Theater in Manhattan, Mr. Seamon worked one-on-one with a songwriter to arrange and transcribe a full length musical, The Kingdom of Vincent Grapelli (2015). He composed the award-winning score to the short film Melody, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, receiving the Silver Tripod Award, Campus Moviefest. David is a certified cantor, voice and piano teacher, and avid songwriter and performer. David joins the Wharton faculty as the Musical Theatre Arts Company Instrumental Ensemble Director.