Our Staff

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Stephen Scovasso - Founder and Artistic Director

Alberto O. Benitez - Director of Operations

Thomas Ramos - Programs Director/Treasurer

Board of Directors

Stephen Scovasso - Chair of the Board

Thomas Ramos

Alberto Benitez

Maria Giorgio

Cristina Ispas Charron

Artistic Advisors

Dr. Isola Jones

KS Tichina Vaughn

Deborah Surdi

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Stephen Scovasso

Founder and Artistic Director

Stephen Scovasso is a musicologist, conductor, director and author. He has directed operas including, Carmen, Tosca, La Bohème, Don Giovanni, Gianni Schicchi, Cosi fan Tutte as well operetta's such as The Merry Widow and Die Fledermaus. He has also directed American Musical Theater pieces such as Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and Bernstein’s Candide. In the dramatic theater, Stephen has directed Garcia Lorca’s La Casa del Bernarda Alba, Oscar Wilde’s Salome.

In conjunction with SAS Performing Arts Company, he has produced and directed 6 full length virtual streams including Dracula: The Radio Play, Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest and Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream as well as many virtual concerts and holiday concerts.

Stephen studied Operatic and Symphonic conducting under the tutelage of the late Vincent La Selva. Among the works he has conducted are Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 in D minor, Handel’s Messiah, Puccini’s Tosca, and Mozart's Don Giovanni

During his years at Arizona State University,  he taught classes on the Baroque Style, Opera, American Musical Theater, and Stephen Sondheim.
Mr. Scovasso has also published a treatise on Puccini's Il Trittico and the end of Italian Opera

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Thomas Ramos

Programs Director

Thomas Ramos hails from Phoeniz Arizona and has a varied career in the Profit and Non-Proft world. He has worked for companies such as Salvation Army and the Arizona Opera as an bookeeper, telemarketer, and assistant Box Office Manager. In his capacity with SAS Performing Arts Company, Tom is responsible for the day to day operations as well as the implementation of the program and liaison with the artists and studios participants.

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Maria Giorgio

Artistic Advisor

Maria Giorgio singing style has been called passionate, enthusiastic, and incomparable as she embodies the gems of the Great American Songbook. As the lead singer of MG & the Orbs, she entertains you with much enthusiasm and flair for entertainment! Maria has ten (10) yrs. of Bel Canto training, matched with a voice the encompasses a 3 1/2 octave range.  Her song repertory includes music of  Classic R&B, Blues, Disco, R&R, and Jazz standards.

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Jonathan R. Parks

Coach/Accompanist

Jonathan K. Parks is a Manhattan-based music director, vocal coach and pianist, equally versed in musical theatre and opera. Broadway: Chicago. National Tours: Chicago, Young Frankenstein. Regional: Barrington Stage Company, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, Northern Stage, New London Barn Playhouse, Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Amarillo Opera. Favorite past shows include: West Side Story (New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Musical), Hair (Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Musical), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Colorado Theatre Guild Nomination for Best Music Direction), Mary Poppins, 42nd Street, Gypsy, and Street Scene. He is a proud graduate of Florida State University and is currently on the faculty of Marymount Manhattan College. www.jonathankparks.com

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Nick Stamatakis

Music Director/Coach/Accompanist

Nick Stamatakis is a pianist, music director and composer who has worked with professional, educational and community organizations, striving to create collaborative environments that foster the exploration, interpretation and execution of music in theater. Credits include work with Pittsburgh CLO, City Theatre, Quantum Theatre, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Carnegie Stage, Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Arcade Comedy Theater and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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Matthew Stephens

Coach/Accompanist

With diverse repertoire ranging from Rossini to Guettel, Matthew’s music direction credits include productions and workshops with the Abingdon Theatre Company, York Theatre Company, Seagle Music Colony, Light Opera of New York, American Lyric Theater, College Light Opera Company, Fort Worth Opera and Kentucky Opera. Recent projects include The Mikado (New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players), Kurt Weill On Broadway (at Feinstein’s/54 Below, featuring Tony nominee Mary Testa) and Paris Through the Window (Abingdon Theatre Co).

An advocate for new works, Matthew has worked on many new opera and musical theatre workshops, facilitating the development process. He is currently the resident musical director for the composer/librettist duo, Hurley & Osborne whose theatre/opera work The Body Politic headlined at NYMF in 2017. Other notable workshops include Voir Dire (Fort Worth Opera) and The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing (American Lyric Theatre).

A passionate educator, Matthew has served on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Division as well as Montclair State University, where he works as a vocal coach and pianist. Matthew was selected for the prestigious William R. Kenan Jr. Teaching Artist Fellowship with Lincoln Center Education where he developed his skills as a teaching artist. He made his Lincoln Center debut creating an art/music/song concert featuring visual projections and featuring the music of Aaron Copland, Ken Frazelle and Adam Guettel.

A Staunton, Virginia native, Matthew was raised on a steady diet of NPR classical, Billy Joel, and Karen Carpenter. He earned his B.M. in piano performance from James Madison University and his M.M. in collaborative piano from the NC School for the Arts.