Mike Lopinto, originally from New Orleans, is a true Renaissance man, he has written, directed, music directed, designed sets and lighting for numerous productions, most recently directing shows including The Drowsy Chaperone (2018), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera (2017 – American Prize for Musical Theatre Semi-Finalist) and Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins (2015), for the Southern Miss School of Music and Sister Act (2019), James and the Giant Peach (2017– American Prize for Musical Theatre Semi-Finalist), and Rock of Ages (2016) for the Hub City Players, Hattiesburg’s professional theatre company.
Lopinto spent a decade teaching in some of the most successful programs in Texas winning state and national honors and continues to judge music and visual arts events internationally. Currently, He serves as the Assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for Arts PR/Marketing at Southern Miss.
Through innovative marketing, he brings a new level of recognition to arts programs in Mississippi. While with the symphony orchestra at Southern Miss, he coordinated events with world-renowned classical celebrities to pop icons as well as designing and directing the award-winning Symphony Galas. He has become a favorite emcee for the Mystic Krewe of Zeus and his voice can be heard at all Southern Miss games as “The Voice of The Pride” and on commercials across the South.
On stage, his favorite theatrical credits include Les Misérables (Thenardier); Hairspray! (Edna Turnblad); The Producers (Roger DeBris); Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II); Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth); Cats (Old Deuteronomy); A Catered Affair (Mr. Halloran), Annie (Daddy Warbucks); Carousel (Mr. Snow); Die Fledermaus (Frosch) and many more.
He is the artistic director of FestivalSouth® that has reshaped summers in the Hub City and the creative director of Consult M, a multi-faceted arts development organization that has worked regionally with performing arts organizations.
With a degree in Music Theory and Composition and an M.M. in Conducting from The University of Southern Mississippi, Tammy divides her time as a music director and arranger, accompanist, costumer, and stage manager. Her music director credits include multiple local productions with the Hub City Players, Hattiesburg High School, Pearl River Community College, Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera, Just Over the Rainbow Theatre, Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company, Southern Miss Theatre, Jones County Jr. College, and in New Orleans with the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, TheatreThirteenNOLA/Rivertown Theatres, Gulf Coast Theatre On Tap, and the historic Le Petit Theatre. Her favorite onstage credits include Cats (Grizabella), Legally Blonde (Paulette) and FestivalSouth’s LOL Cabarets. She was twice nominated for New Orleans Big Easy Awards for Best Music Director for Spring Awakening and Best Supporting Actress in Legally Blonde. Many summers have been spent directing music at theater camps for JPAS Theatre Kids, ENCORE Dance Studio, The Dance Project, and the Parkway Heights Arts Academy. Tammy is a founding member of the Hub City Players and shares her life in Hattiesburg with supportive hubby Steve, their four boys and a beagle.