Who are we?

The New Paradigm Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theatre promoting social responsibility and fostering creative problem solvers, leaders, and global citizens through theatre arts education and productions.

We are a professional theatre that bridges, elevates, and advances society. Through its synergistic mission of combining Broadway, Film, and Television professionals, it cultivates today and tomorrow’s creative leaders through experiential learning; leading up to professional productions.

Our theatre arts education enhances students’ complete intelligence through classes, seminars, and workshops. This places them side by side with professionals, who combine artistic techniques with experiential and project-based learning activities.  This transformative platform fosters creative and critical reasoning skills necessary for problem solving, global thinking, and leadership growth.

Our professional productions are designed as “theatre shows on the move” with a limitless community reach, often assisting other nonprofits by way of partnerships. We understand theatre and the arts are key components to a healthy community.

Our Founder, Kristin Huffman, has music in her heart…

Kristin Huffman came out of the womb singing!  She was a product of an alto junior-high school music teacher, and a baritone Lutheran minister/professor.  Her brother is an educator and a tenor.  Her formative years consisted of flute, theatre, voice, and piano lessons, along with performing and traveling throughout Virginia as a family.  The Huffman family also performed in Ohio for local non-profit organizations and business.

In high school, Kristin created a singing group called Friends and Neighbors, who performed for corporations and churches in various towns throughout Columbus, Ohio.  When she won the title of the Miss Ohio and became a runner-up to Miss America, she began producing and performing in earnest for non-profit fundraisers to attract the crowd and boost tickets sales.  After making her Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning musical Company, her pool of “friends and neighbors” grew to include many other Broadway performers who felt strongly about supporting the arts, education and community based organizations.

From then to now, service through the performance arts remains imbedded in Kristin’s personal value and mission.


Professional Biography

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Kristin Huffman’s professional career has spanned over 20 years of performances with operas, theatres, symphonies throughout the United States and Europe.  Kristin appeared as a lead in the Tony award winning Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim – Company. It also won a Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Revival of a Musical in which she played the leading role of “Sarah” as well as flute, sax and piccolo.  The production was filmed and aired on PBS’ Great Performances.

As a former Miss Ohio/Runner-up Miss America, she continues to host and produce for public charity events.  She and her team founded The Powerful Image Events to assist non-profits raise awareness of their own cause, by using the star power of the theatre to attract and build an audience.  

Kristin is the Co-founder and  Artistic Director of The New Paradigm Theatre, a professional 501(c)3 not-for-profit theatre company in Connecticut.  As a seasoned theatre professional, she envisioned a regional theatre model that succinctly combines theatre art education with professional performances as an “audience-builder”.  Spotting industry “markers” such as live music performances using online and cable technology.

With Millennial’s instant use of technology, she envisioned a professional theatre model that would turn the curve by re-engaging the audience back to the theatre house, filling the seats to nourish the audience’s full sensory experiences once again.  But this time, Kristin produced a theatre model that enrolled and involved the theatre-goers with a buy-in, which included audience members and business sponsors participating and rubbing elbows with the Broadway Stars on stage as part of the production.  Her theatre-goer “tribe,” built on one-to-one marketing, was participatory and excited to be part of the theatre production process.  After several test runs of Kristin’s NPT professional theatre model, New Paradigm Theatre’s collaborative productions created a synergy between the audience, performers, community partners, and sponsors.  Kristin calls this by-product synergy a “Sustainable Harmony” that goes beyond breaking the 4th wall.

As community linkages developed, NPT established a community partnership with The Klein Auditorium, where Kristin and NPT teaching artists were invited to assist in the development of the After School at the Klein (ASK) program – a tuition-free, leadership-building program that benefits inner city students in Bridgeport, CT.  

She’s is delighted to include NPT college interns from Hartt, UArts, Uconn, WCSU and other colleges in the shows and events that NPT produces. In 2016 sixteen college students from Hartt sang onstage in Kristin Chenoweth’s Broadway show “My Love Letters to Broadway” as part of NPT’s college intern program. 

As an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford, Kristin currently trains singer and actors for a life “on the wicked stage.”  She is a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG/AFTRA), National Association of Teachers (NATS), The CT CHAPTER of The League of Professional Theatre Women, and she frequently judges international choir competitions in the US and Canada.  Kristin graduated Summa Cum Laude from both Capital University Conservatory of Music BM (Music Ed: flute and voice concentration) and Northwestern University (Masters of Music-Opera)

The Board Members

Board of Directors

  • Mark Holleran, Chairman
  • Andrew Reimann, Vice Chairman
  • Lynn Vetare, Treasurer
  • Lou Benedetto
  • Scott Bryce
  • Barbara Distinti- Secretary
  • Kristin Huffman, ex officio

Board Advisors

  • Paul Bogaev, Grammy & Emmy Award Winning Musical Director, Arranger, Conductor & Composer
  • Karla Cohen, Assistant General Counsel, Marketing, Sales & Trademarks for Edgewell Personal Care
  • John H.S. Boys, Senior Warden and Program Coordinator- Emmanuel Church, Weston 
  • Louise Baranger, Producer, Trumpet Player, Band Leader

Youth Board of Directors

  • President Emily Kopstein (Milford)
  • President , Grace Jordan (Milford)
  • Treasurer, Cameron Distinti (Trumbull)
  • Secretary, Charlie Fischer (Westport)
  • Head of Marketing Committee, Ajibola Tajudeen (Bridgeport)
  • Head of Board Recruitment Committee, Marlena Ascher (Fairfield)

Board: Emily Kopstein, Cameron Distinti, Marlena Ascher, Sienna Rubin, Charlie Fischer, Grace Jordan, Jenny Kirk, Ajibola “Keeme” Tajudeen, Paul Litchfield, Madeline Lawler, Austin Lewis, Helen Hen, Mia Richardson

College Interns

  • Katherine Griffin – Director/Choreographer  (UConn)
  • Steve Musitano- Music Direction  (Sacred Heart) 
  • Tiara Stark-  Company Management and Marketing (University of New Haven)
  • Julia Levine – Dramaturgy  (Carnegie Mellon) 
  • Rachel Barclay –  Props and Tech (Full Sail University)
The Staff Members

General Staff

  • Artistic Director/Program coordinator: Kristin Huffman
  • Managing Director:  Lynn Vetare  (Martin DeCruze and Co) 
  • Associate Artistic Director and Accessibility Coordinator Barbara Distinti (MFA) 
  • Technical Director:  Mark Holleran (Holleran Media)
  • Technical Advisor:  Scott Bryce 
  • Grant Writer:  Zoe Rhulen
  • Development Director: Samuel Cournoyer
  • Website Manager: Kate Billard

Musical Production & Symphony Tour Professionals

Paul Bogaev
Musical Producer
Aida, Spider-Man, Tarzan, Bombay Dreams, Sunset Boulevard,
Aspects of Love, Chess, Starlight Express, Chicago, Across the Universe, Dreamgirls

Broadway, Film, & TV Stars

Jodi Stevens 
Jekyll and Hyde, Urban Cowboy, I Can Get It For You, Sex and the City, Guiding Light, All My Children

Scott Bryce
As the World Turns, Sex and the City, Murphy Brown, ER, Law and Order, Reba, 30 Rock

Gwendolyn Jones 
Radio City Music Hall (Mrs. Claus), Nunsense, Hair

Renee Lawless 
Beauty and the Beast, The Haves and the Have Nots, Wicked

Jeremy Sickels
NY agent with Daniel Hoff Agency

Randye Kaye
NPR, Voice Over artist, Author, Actor 

Tracey Moore
Ragtime, Professor at University of Hartford 

Chris Coogan
Professional Jazz and Musical theatre performer and conductor

Reviews

You want the best? You’ll find it at New Paradigm Theatre.

Jim Ruocco, From the Desk of Jim R: Take 2

“To watch young artists sparkle and bloom, displaying their talent – is what going to a New Paradigm production always delivers.

John Boys