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Bert Bernardi

 
Bio:
Bert Bernardi grew up in Milford, Massachusetts not far from Boston (The area now has a much fancier name, Metro West, but its just a sleepy bedroom town no matter what one calls it). His parents, Dora and Andy, were always supportive of their creative son enrolling him in art classes and dance ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Bert Bernardi grew up in Milford, Massachusetts not far from Boston (The area now has a much fancier name, Metro West, but its just a sleepy bedroom town no matter what one calls it). His parents, Dora and Andy, were always supportive of their creative son enrolling him in art classes and dance ... (read complete bio)

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Bert Bernardi Biography

Bert Bernardi grew up in Milford, Massachusetts not far from Boston (The area now has a much fancier name, Metro West, but its just a sleepy bedroom town no matter what one calls it). His parents, Dora and Andy, were always supportive of their creative son enrolling him in art classes and dance lessons (though the baseball little league thing never worked out). He got his first big break in the movie business at the tender age of fourteen when he began work as an usher at the Milford Cinemas I and II (Alas, the former vaudeville theatre-turned-movie house is now a parking lot).

It was the University of Bridgeport that brought Bert to Connecticut in 1977. He studied graphic design, advertising, cinema and theatre. Though his concentration of studies was in graphic arts, Bert was honored with the Deans Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre for his work as producer of several student productions and an on-campus summer theatre series. He graduated Summa Cum Laude (That's Latin for 'he did a good job').

In the summer of 1980, Bert accepted his first position with a professional theatre company. He worked as the Press Assistant at for the Westport Country Playhouse during its 50th Anniversary season. There he rubbed elbows with not only the Connecticut press, but the likes of Sada Thompson, Farley Granger, Richard Thomas, Glynnis Johns, and Van Johnson (And yes, he really did wear red socks all the time!)

Just out of college, Bert began his work as both a graphic artist and an actor! His first show for Downtown Cabaret Theatre was Grease in 1981, and he's been associated with the Cabaret ever since! Under the guidance of Richard Hallinan, Bert started writing and directing a series of children's shows inspired by the British Pantomimes. Thus, the Downtown Cabaret Theatre Children's Company was born! The company's 25th Anniversary was celebrated during the 2007 season. Bert has written over a hundred new musicals during that time (and almost all of them have some reference to cheese hidden somewhere in the text). The Children's Company was invited to appear on the CBS Early Show for its Halloween Special in 2006.

Over the years, Bert has worked with many other theatre companies including the former Boston Post Road Stage Company in Fairfield, Theatreworks New Milford, Theatre Fairfield at Fairfield University, Surflight Theatre in New Jersey, Wagon Wheel Playhouse in Indiana, Music Theatre North in Upstate New York, the Arundel Barn Playhouse in Maine, Cortland Repertory Theatre in New York and Hofstra USA productions on Long Island. He has worked extensively with Millbrook Playhouse in Pennsylvania where he served as Associate Artistic Director and as Artistic Director at the Theater Barn in New Lebanon, New York.

For his work with the Children's Company, and his other theatrical endeavors, Bert was honored with the Tom Killen Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre in Connecticut, presented by the Connecticut Critics Circle in 2004 at the Yale Repertory Theatre. (It was a great night...they had wine and cheese!!)

Bert and his partner Jimmy Johansmeyer created the ridiculously entertaining Pantochino Productions Inc. in 2010. In its brief history, productions have included "Lifeboat Dahling!," "The Bookworms," "Cinderella Skeleton, the Musical," "Teen Santa," "Predictable Heart: The Music of Justin Rugg" and "The Brothers Grimm and a Showgirl."





Bert Bernardi News

Victoria Sautee Will Star in Pantochino's CHRISTMAS CAROL Photo Victoria Sautee Will Star in Pantochino's CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Stephi Wild - Nov 25, 2022

Pantochino Productions, a professional not for profit theatre company in Milford has announced the casting of Victoria Sautee in its upcoming new musical, “Pantochino's Christmas Carol” playing December 2 through 18 at the MAC, Milford Arts Council on Railroad Avenue in Milford.

First Stats Released For The BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards; Playhouse on Park's PI Photo First Stats Released For The BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards; Playhouse on Park's PIPPIN Leads Best Musical
by BWW Staff - Nov 21, 2022

The first live standings have been announced for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favorites.

Pantochino's CHRISTMAS CAROL Debuts in Milford For The Holidays Photo Pantochino's CHRISTMAS CAROL Debuts in Milford For The Holidays
by Stephi Wild - Nov 7, 2022

Award-winning Pantochino Productions, a professional not-for-profit theatre company in Milford will debut it’s new musical panto “Christmas Carol” December 2 through 18 at the MAC, Milford Arts Council on Railroad Avenue in Downtown Milford.

Pantochino Opens Season With SCHOOL SPIRITS and ROCKY HORROR Photo Pantochino Opens Season With SCHOOL SPIRITS and ROCKY HORROR
by Stephi Wild - Sep 19, 2022

Award-winning Pantochino Productions, a professional not-for-profit theatre company in Milford will open its 2022-23 season with two musicals, Richard O’Brien’s  “The Rocky Horror Show” and a new family-friendly Halloween musical, “School Spirits.” The two shows will play in repertory from October 14 through 30 at the MAC, Milford Arts Council on Railroad Avenue in Downtown Milford.

Pantochino Announces 2022-23 Season In Milford Photo Pantochino Announces 2022-23 Season In Milford
by Stephi Wild - Aug 16, 2022

Pantochino Productions Inc., Milford’s award-winning, professional not-for-profit theatre for family audiences has announced its 2022-23 season including cult classics, family favorites and an exciting new musical comedy. Co-producers Bert Bernardi and Jimmy Johansmeyer founded and have led the company since 2010 with performances at the MAC, Milford Arts Council. The new season is generously sponsored by the City of Milford and the Devon Rotary.

Pantochino Teen Theatre To Present GREASE In Fairfield Photo Pantochino Teen Theatre To Present GREASE In Fairfield
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 19, 2022

​​​​​​​Pantochino Teen Theatre will present the fifties musical knockout, “Grease' at the SHU Community Theatre in Downtown Fairfield. Co-producers Bert Bernardi and Jimmy Johansmeyer have announced three performances, August 12 and 13.

Pantochino Debuts New Musical For Pride Month Photo Pantochino Debuts New Musical For Pride Month
by Stephi Wild - May 24, 2022

Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc. will celebrate Pride Month with the debut of a new musical, “As Long As We’re Talking” for a limited engagement of four performances June 24-26 at  the MAC, Milford Arts Council on Railroad Avenue in Downtown Milford.

Pantochino Productions Presents CHECKING IN ON CHARLES in April Photo Pantochino Productions Presents CHECKING IN ON CHARLES in April
by Stephi Wild - Mar 28, 2022

Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc. opens its new musical comedy, “Checking in on Charles” on Friday, April 29th at the MAC, Milford Arts Council on Railroad Avenue in Downtown Milford.

Pantochino Announces Summer Programs for Children & Teens Photo Pantochino Announces Summer Programs for Children & Teens
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 3, 2022

Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc. has announced and is currently registering children and teens for its summer programs in Milford.

Pantochino Teen Theatre Brings BAT BOY THE MUSICAL to Milford Photo Pantochino Teen Theatre Brings BAT BOY THE MUSICAL to Milford
by Stephi Wild - Jan 25, 2022

Award-winning Pantochino Teen Theatre will present “Bat Boy, The Musical” for three performances beginning February 25th at the MAC, Milford Arts Council in downtown Milford.

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STAGE TUBE: Pantochino Celebrates 2013-14 Season, Feat. THE DIVINE SISTER & More
by Stage Tube - Sep 22, 2013

Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc, the ridiculously entertaining non-profit theatre company specializing in theatre for family audiences has announced plans for its 2013/14 season which includes three new musicals and the Connecticut premiere of a recent off-Broadway hit. Check out a new promo for the season below!