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Our Staff

SUZANNE BARABAS (Artistic Director)
In addition to being a founding member of the New Jersey Repertory Company, SuzAnne was the co-founder of the Cincinnati Repertory Company and the American Repertory Theater of Philadelphia, and served as the Artistic Director for these non-profit professional theaters. She was also the Founding Director of the Arts Access Program, a unique arts program for severely disabled children and adults at the Matheny School and Hospital in Peapack, NJ. The project began in a single classroom and is now housed in a state-of-the-art facility and theater. SuzAnne is the co-author and lyricist of Find Me a Voice, Immortal Interlude and Hyde and Seek. For NJ Rep, she directed many new works including Find Me a Voice, North Fork (world premiere), Immortal Interlude (world premiere), Octet (world premiere), Till Morning Comes (world premiere), Maggie Rose, Getting in Touch With My Inner B*tch (starring Christine Lavin), The Adjustment, Emil (world premiere), Ten Percent of Molly Snyder, Romulus Linney's Klonsky and Schwartz, Apostasy (world premiere), Women Who Steal, Apple, The Housewives of Mannheim (world premiere), Evie's Waltz, Dead Ringer (world premiere), Steven Dietz's Yankee Tavern, Sharr White's Sunlight, Puma, Night Train, The Judy Holliday Story, and Bakersfield Mist. In addition, SuzAnne has directed regional productions of Ibsen's A Doll's House, The Fantasticks, The Roar of the Greasepaint the Smell of the Crowd, Cabaret, Shaw's Heartbreak House, A.R. Gurney's The Perfect Party, Marsha Norman's 'Night Mother, Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story, Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, Mark Dunn's Belles, Lee Blessing's Down the Road, Tennessee Williams' The Mutilated, and Lanford Wilson's Home Free, among others. SuzAnne is a member of AEA, BMI, Dramatists Guild, SDC and the League of Professional Theatre Women.
SARAH CONGRESS (Literary Manager)
Sarah earned her BFA in Dramatic Writing from SUNY Purchase College, where she studied playwriting and screenwriting under the direction of Kathleen Tolan. She has had several of her plays produced by No.11 Productions at the Under St. Marks Theatre, as well as a staged readings at George Mason University and Arena Stage. She is so happy to be a part of the NJRep team!
JENNIFER TARDIBUONO (Stage Manager)
Jennifer started at NJ Rep in May 2011 as the Assistant Stage Manager and worked on Night Train, Judy Holliday, Jericho, and Bakersfield Mist before getting bumped up to the booth as the Resident Stage Manager. Previously, she was the Stage Manager for ArtsPower National Touring Theatre's east-coast production of Harry the Dirty Dog. Jennifer is a graduate of Hofstra University with a B.A. in English/Publishing.
MICHAEL "RUSTY" CARROLL (Technical Director)
Rusty is the Technical Director at NJ Rep Co. As part of an amazing team, he helps create beautiful and ambitious theatrical worlds. At Monmouth University, he is the Master Carpenter, building large sets and assisting with set design, rigging, and scenic painting for the Department of Theatre Arts. Whether at the Belmar Arts Council, or Belmar Elementary School, or the Girl Scouts, Rusty works behind the scenes helping to provide a safe and comfortable environment for myriad artists. Recent builds: Jersey Barriers Mural, Sandy Recovery, BES Garden, The Foreigner, Twelfth Night, ANTS, Noir, Happy, Saving Kitty, The Laramie Project, Broomstick, Middlemen, Admit One, Little Shop of Horrors.
 
GABOR BARABAS (Executive Producer)
received his BA from NYU and his MD from the University of Cincinnati. He was co-founder of the Cincinnati Repertory Co. and the American Repertory Theater of Phila. His poetry has appeared in various literary journals, and his collection of poems, Russian Chronicles, was published by Gray Falcon. The short film The Spider by Juan Delcan, based on Gabor's salon poem, has been featured in numerous film festivals throughout the world, including GermanySpain, NY and India. He has written several plays including Find Me a Voice, Immortal Interlude and Hyde and Seek. For NJ Rep he has produced the professional premieres of Ends, A World I Never Made, North Fork, Octet, The Girl With the High Rouge, In Search of Red River Dog, Naked by the River, An Unhappy Woman, Immortal Interlude, Getting in Touch With My Inner B*tch, Till Morning Comes, Slave Shack, Panama, Big Boys, Winterizing the Summer House, Piaf in Vienna, The Color of Flesh, Emil, Touch of Rapture, Beyond Gravity,  A Child’s Guide to Innocence, The Good Daughter, Apostasy, The Best Man, Tilt Angel, Love and Murder, tempOdyssey, October 1962, Place Setting, And Her Hair Went With Her, Engaging Shaw, Poetic License, The Housewives of Mannheim, Dead Ringer, Exposure Time, Character Assassins, The Tangled Skirt (nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America), Puma, Night Train, The Judy Holliday Story, Jericho and the musicals Bookends and The Little Hours, as well as productions of On Golden Pond w/Kim Hunter, Memoir w/Salome Jens, Find Me A Voice, Adult Fiction, Harry and Thelma in the Woods, The Play's The Thing, The Dead Boy, Maggie Rose, Raft of the Medusa, The Laramie Project, Best Kept Secret with Katharine Houghton, The Adjustment, Spain, Lemonade, Old Clown Wanted, Whores, The Speed Queen, Don't Hug Me, Circumference of a Squirrel, 10% of Molly Snyder, Tour de Farce, The Women of Lockerbie, Athol Fugard’s Exits & Entrances, Romulus Linney’s Klonsky and Schwartz, Minstrel Show, Apple, Women Who Steal, Sick, Cupid and Psyche, Evie's Waltz, The Rant, Two Jews Walk Into A War, Yankee Tavern, Bakersfield Mist and Summer In Sanctuary, as well as New York premiere's of The Housewives of Mannheimand Poetic License.  In addition, Gabor is the Director of the Long Branch Arts Council and received the Louis G. Libutti Community Service Award from the Long Branch Chamber of Commerce for outstanding professional achievement and community service to the City of Long Branch, and most recently, the Rotary Club of Long Branch Community Service Award.
ADELE SAMMARCO (Director of Marketing and Communications)
Adele Sammarco received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she majored in film and television communications. During her junior year, Adele wrote, produced and directed the film "Rush Hour," a day-in-the-life of a student's commute on the world famous Staten Island Ferry long before "Working Girl" hit the theaters. She was Staten Island Cable's first television intern who wrote, produced and directed the documentary, "Karlus Trapp"....and went onto become the Borough's first cable television news reporter. Adele began her professional television news career at WWOR-TV/Channel 9 News after the Gulf War broke out in 1990, where she produced the trial of John Gotti Sr. and the Crown Heights Riots of 1991. A year later, Adele became an original NY1 News Reporter and went onto become NY1's first female Criminal Justice Reporter, reporting on police brutality, ethnic profiling, and the changing leadership within the New York Police Department. Adele filed thousands of stories for NY1 between 1992 and 2001, from breaking news to high-profile cases such as the Genovese Crime Boss Vincent "Chin" Gigante trial, the World Trade Center bombing trial, and the Osama Bin Laden in absentia trial six months prior to the second bombing of the WTC. Adele investigated the Fresh Kills Landfill, and reported on rare forms of cancers that developed in residents living within its vicinity and was first to report the landfill's official closure. Her reports earned Adele an award for outstanding coverage from the Natural Resources Defense Council, an organization dedicated to environmental protection, spearheaded by Robert Kennedy, Jr. In 1999, Adele covered the police shooting trial of the four police officers who shot an unarmed West African immigrant 41 times while he stood inside the vestibule of his Bronx apartment building. The Associated Press said Adele's report of a disabled Haitian man beaten by police had them 'riveted to TV'. Widely known as an indepth and empathetic reporter, Adele found a homeless man a job and helped free a woman imprisoned under the draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws. The William Moses Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice exemplified Adele's reports calling them "worthy of a dozen Emmys", and hailed her as one of New York's "most hardworking and fearless television reporters on the scene today." The National Italian-American scholarship organization known as Fieri, which in Italian means "to be proud", presented Adele with the Leadership in Education award. Her television news managers called Adele, their 'role model for borough beat reporters' and one of NY1's 'most recognizable faces', 'someone who gets material no one else gets'. Adele is a member of SAG-AFTRA and has appeared in several films and commercials.