Toni Ruscio 

Toni Ruscio, Instructor, Founder

Currently the Producing Artistic Director of Curtain Call Theatre in Braintree, MA, Toni is a graduate of Boston University and Emerson College, and has performed in, directed, and produced many shows in and around the Boston area. In 2003, she founded her first theatre company, Athena Productions. Then in 2016, she wrapped up a four-year run as the Executive Director/Producing Artistic Director of Riverside Theatre Works in Boston. She is currently a professor at both Bridgewater State University and Massasoit Community College. Learn more about Toni at


Toni Ruscio 

Jim Gross, Instructor, Technical Director

A graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, Jim is over 30 years into a career in the arts that includes illustration, graphic design and portraiture. He's also approaching 20 years in theater; designing, building and painting sets, designing lights and sound, and creating props. He's the Art Director for SMi Awards in Mansfield, MA, part of the team that runs and supports Curtain Call Theatre, and lives in Weymouth, MA.


Hallie Nowicki 

Hallie Nowicki,    Instructor

Hallie Nowicki is a performer, songwriter, and sound designer. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from University of the Arts in Philadelphia. During her time in Philly, she performed in multiple Fringe Festivals including Michael R. Jackson’s, White Girl in Danger. After working with Jackson, she was inspired to co-compose a one act musical, Red and Black. Red and Black went on to become a fully developed show after various workshops and was selected for the 2020 Fringe Festival. Since the pandemic began, she has continued to tutor others in songwriting and Logic Pro, while broadening her horizons by working as a Production Coordinator and Marketing Manager on independent films. She is excited for the opportunity to collaborate with others and incorporate her songwriting experience into new and exciting workshops.