Meet the Staff

Sam Scalamoni, Artistic Director

Sam Scalamoni is a founding member of Skyline Theatre Company and has directed many of its productions. Sam is a director who is inspired to tell great stories that move audiences. He is based in New York and his work has been seen by audiences across the United States and worldwide. Sam is the director of the critically acclaimed National Tours of Elf the Musical which has had thirteen companies across seven years playing The Theatre at Madison Square Garden and the Kennedy Center. Sam is currently developing a new musical, A Thousand Faces, based on the life of film legend Lon Chaney, the musical Unbelievable, about American baseball legend Jackie Mitchell and a stage adaptation of the MGM musical Summer Stock. In 2018 Sam directed the world premiere national tour of the new musical Noel with book by best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl book series, Eoin Colfer. Sam has a long relationship with the classic musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast which he has directed for the Ogunquit Playhouse, North Carolina Theatre and The Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. Sam is the Associate Director of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for Disney Theatrical Group which he supervised on Broadway and mounted multiple companies world-wide, most recently in Shanghai, China. Sam directed Les Miserables at Cortland Repertory Theatre, winning the SALT Award for Best Director of a Musical along with Best Musical of the Year. He also won the Broadway World Award for Best Director of a Play for his direction of Agatha Christie’s An Unexpected Guest also at CRT. Other national tours directed; Nickelodeon’s Storytime Live! which broke box office records at Radio City Music Hall and The Gazillion Bubble Show. Sam’s direction of original works include the two original incarnations of Alan Menken’s Broadway musical Leap of Faith in workshop, the original developmental workshop of Mulan Jr. for Disney Theatrical Productions, a workshop presentation of Sense and Sensibility at Playwrights Horizons, workshops of the musical At the Back of the North Wind at the National Arts Club and The Village Theatre, a workshop of The New Picasso at New World Stages, Treaty 321! at the Lucille Lortel, and Fidelity Futurestage at New World Stages for Richard Frankel Productions. He is a founding member and currently serves as the Artistic Director of Skyline Theatre Company, a professional non-profit theatre company in New Jersey.  He is a proud member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and currently lives in Morris County, New Jersey, with his wife, son, and daughter.

Stephanie Simons Neal, Managing Director

Stephanie has more than 20 years of experience working with New Jersey amateur and professional theatres, including the last three working with Skyline Theatre Company in various roles and on multiple productions and special events. In addition to stage management responsibilities and many other backstage roles, she has worked with and volunteered for theatre companies on special events, fund raising and audience development projects. She also volunteers with a dog rescue transport group bringing adoptable dogs to New Jersey. A native of Franklin Township, she currently resides in Fanwood with her husband and two rescued dogs.

Michael Whitney, Associate Artistic Director

Michael is a director choreographer and fight coordinator residing in Manhattan, NY. Michael started his professional career just after his 19th birthday when he joined the national tour of "Disney’s "Beauty and the Beast". There he dance/fight captained the production for nearly four years. Since then Michael has moved into the world of directing and choreographing both plays and musicals. In his career Michael has traveled the entire US, most of Canada and cities further afield such as Istanbul, Turkey with his work. Over the years Michael has helped mount several international and national companies of Disney’s "Beauty and the Beast", as well as several national companies of Warner Brothers "ELF". One of which starred George Wendt, and sat down at Madison Square Garden for the month of December. In his career, Michael has also been very lucky to have worked at many regional theaters across the country. Some include: The North Carolina Theatre, Arizona Broadway, Theatre Institute at Sage, The Geva Theatre, Lyric Stage, and Ogunquit Playhouse. Michael is also very passionate about development. A piece he is very proud of in which he helped create is a new play called “Sixteen”. “Sixteen” sheds light on issues with the Juvenile Justice System. The project had a sold out limited run at the Theatre For A New City in 2018. Michael is also very excited to announce that he is currently in development for a new musical comedy for the holidays in which he conceived. The project is called “Christmas With The (Almost) Stars” and centers around a 1960s Christmas TV special gone wrong. Please check out my website for more information. MichaelJWhitney.com

David C. Neal, Marketing Director

David is a marketing professional with many years of experience in both the entertainment and professional services industries. He is proud and privileged to be associated with Skyline on and off the stage. "From the start it has been the theatre's business to entertain people ... it needs no other passport than fun." Bertolt Brecht
Denise Estrada as Aldonza and James Van Treuren as Quixote in Man of La Mancha, 2009
Melanie Beck as Corie Bratter in Barefoot in the Park, 2011