Michael J. Hartman – Founding Artistic Director
As Artistic Director for Ocean City New Jersey’s Professional Stock Type Theatre Company and Staging Director for the Ocean City POPS, Mike has Directed/Choreographed: Joseph, The World Goes Round, Seussical, Grand Night For Singing, Grease, Forum, The Wizard of Oz and Bye Bye Birdie. When not running the Summer Broadway Series, Mike oversees the theatre education programs for OCTC and the City of Ocean City Dept. of Recreation. Mike is also the Staging Director and Choreographer for East Bradford Elementary School in West Chester, PA and previously worked at Owen J. Roberts High School in Pottstown, PA. In 2009, Mike joined the Cabrini College Theatre Department as Choreographer for their Musical Theatre program. Mike has also served as Choreographer for Roxy Regional Theatre of TN where he worked on such shows as My Way, High School Musical, Grease, Seussical, and The Full Monty.
Favorite Professional Performing Credits: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Huck Finn), The Wild Party (Sam), A Chorus Line (Don), Surflight Christmas Spectacular, Plain and Fancy (Ezra), Footloose (Ren), La Cage (Lo Singh), Aida (Ensemble/Dance Captain), Molly Brown (Roberts/Dance Captain), Hersheypark and Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere). Michael was also a singer/dancer for “Spirit Cruises” and performed in a four person revue at the National Constitution Center. He was also featured in the benefit show “Broadway By The Bay” at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.
Mike is responsible for Pageant Production and Choreography in over 20 states and the Virgin Islands, as well as, four Miss America Preliminary Titles, the National Pre-Teen Pageant, America’s National Sweetheart, and the America’s National Teenager Talent, Essay and Modeling Competition. His work has been recognized for three years in the row as “Best Production” for NJ National Teenager and recognized nationally as Outstanding Pageant Production by the Turn For The Judges Magazine.
In the Fall of 2011 Mike joined the production team of the 6 ABC/Dunkin Donut Thanksgiving Day Parade as a choreographer and coordinator of the “Salute To Broadway” production number that featured over 120 High School Musical Theatre Students
Currently, Mike serves on the Advisory Board for Cultural Affairs at West Chester University and is on the Board for West Chester’s Uptown Entertainment Alliance. In 2014 Michael was named to the Alantic City Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40 list for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the arts in the Greater Atlantic City Region. In 2015 Michael was recognized as one of the “Top 10 Pageant Choreographers in the Country” and was inducted in the WCU Legacy of Leadership.
Laura Bretherick – Production Stage Manager
Laura Bretherick grew up in Ventnor, NJ and graduated from Wagner College in 2008 having earned a BA in theatre with a concentration in stage management. While attending school, she interned as an assistant stage manager for The New Jersey Opera Theatre for their summer production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte. She also studied abroad in London where she interned for the Kings Head Theatre. After graduating, she worked off Broadway with The Pearl Theatre Company as an assistant stage manager for the 2008 – 2009 season. At the Pearl, she worked on Vieux Carre, Tartuffe, Twelfth Night, Nathan The Wise, and The Oedipus Cycle. Her time with the GOCTC began in 2009 with Little Shop of Horrors and went on to include Oklahoma, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Anything Goes, and A Christmas Wonderland with the professional company as well as stage managing GOCTC Jr.s company production of The Magic of Broadway. She traveled with the GOCTC as the touring stage manager the regional tours of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and A Christmas Wonderland.