About Pushcart

Pushcart Players is the award-winning touring theater company specializing in arts education for children. Twice nominated for an Emmy©, Pushcart is the recipient of numerous state and private awards for excellence and innovation. A professional social-profit organization founded in 1974, Pushcart brings substantive musical theater, workshops, and residencies to young people and their families in schools and theaters nationwide. The company has traveled more than 2 million miles nationally and abroad, from the White House to the little red schoolhouse.

Pushcart Players addresses social studies, literature, history, the Autism spectrum, special educational needs, and values clarification for young people, their families and their educators. All performances by professional artists (Actors’ Equity Association) are supported by study guides, post-performance assessments and other supplemental materials, and adapt to any location with innovative scenery, lighting and sound systems. Pushcart has a substantive theater education program, providing in-school workshops, direction of student productions and curriculum development for elementary and middle schools. Among Pushcart cast members are experienced teaching artists, who provide workshops, acting classes and residency programs to schools, community centers and summer session programs.

Connect with us:

Pushcart Players
261 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite A
Verona, NJ     07044
Phone   (973) 857-1115
Fax   – (973) 857-4366

Administrative hours are Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00 pm (And often more than that…give us a call!).

We may be on the road if we don’t pick up so be sure to leave us a message and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

Who’s Who


  • Paul Whelihan – Producing Artistic Director
  • Samantha Simpson – General Manager
  • Terry Burnett – Financial Manager
  • Michael Gardiner – Marketing Associate
  • Ruth Fost –   Co-Founder

The Board of Directors

  • Ellen Beattie
  • Frank P. Costa
  • Arthur F. Fost
  • Thomasina Hyland
  • Merle H. Kalishman
  • Barbara Melone
  • Susie Paplow
  • Larry Steinman


Performing Ensemble (Actors’ Equity Members)

  • Megan Bussiere
  • Terrence P. Burnett
  • Stephanie Carr
  • Oscar Castillo
  • Harry Patrick Christian
  • Melissa Cox
  • Layan Elwazani
  • Ruth Fost
  • Stacie Gogo
  • Christina Gordon
  • James Holden
  • JD Lynch
  • Chris Morrissey
  • Lou Steele
  • Phebe Taylor
  • Gia Ware
  • Paul Whelihan


  • Terrence P. Burnett – Puppet Designer
  • Robert Evanick – Stage Manager
  • Paul Farinella – Composer
  • Ruth Fost – Playwright, Set and Costume Designer, Director
  • Larry Gates (Gater Music)-  Sound Recording/Mixing Engineer
  • Gerry Goodstein – Photographer
  • Larry Hochman – Composer/Orchestrator
  • Carol Huber – Scenic Artist
  • Steve O’Donnell – Graphic and Scenic Artist
  • Susie Paplow –  Resident Choreographer
  • Jessica Parks – Scenic Design / Construction
  • Raoul Roacha – Scenic Construction
  • Maria Rodriguez – Costume Construction
  • Matiz Design – Graphic Design: Arnaldo Ortiz, Jameson Matunas
  • Melody Moore Photography – Photographer
  • Will Rothfuss – Set Design/Construction
  • Strotz Photography – Photographer
  • Janice Su – Costume Construction
  • Sam Tucker – Stage Manager
  • Carole Wechter – Author/Composer
  • Paul Whelihan – Director/Actor
  • Sandi Zimmermann – Musical Director / Composer

Arts in Education Programs–Teaching Artists

  • Ellen Beattie
  • Oscar Castillo
  • Harry Patrick Christian
  • Gerald Fierst
  • Lauren Moran Mills
  • Christynn Morris
  • Samantha Simpson
  • Corey Whelihan
  • Paul Whelihan


  • Liam Fost
  • Harvey Glick
  • Alyssa Gastelu
  • Fiona Snoddy

National Touring Arrangements by Exclusive Representation:

kosson talent

Kosson Talent Agency:

108 Glenray Court
New Freedom, PA 17349
P: 717-227-0060
F: 717-227-0066

Larry Kosson – Founder/President

Robin Spielberg – Chief Operations Officer


Central to the mission of Pushcart Players is the promise that programs are available and accessible to all who wish to participate. To achieve this goal, Pushcart offers audio-described and sign interpreted performances at various intervals and locations throughout the year.  Pushcart will also arrange for sign interpretation, audio description, sensory seminars and open captioning in venues with prior notice and lead time.  Large Print versions of our study guides and support materials are available upon request.  Pushcart Players does not rehearse or perform in facilities that are not accessible to people with disabilities.

Pushcart also has sensory-friendly, adapted performances appropriate for children on the Autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities.  Please inquire.

Policy Statement regarding ADA Compliance: Pushcart Players does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to, treatment of or employment in, its services, programs or activities.  Upon request, accommodation will be provided to allow individuals with disabilities to participate in Pushcart Players’ services, programs and activities.  Pushcart Players has a designated coordinator to facilitate compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as required by Section 35.107 of the U.S. Department of Justice regulations, and to coordinate compliance with Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  While the above laws mandate equal access to persons with disabilities, Pushcart Players makes it a priority to establish a work place and environment that embraces the spirit of the law ensuring an optimal experience for all.  Upon request, information will be made available in alternative formats such as Braille, large print, CD or DVD.  In addition, Pushcart Players will arrange for audio-described, sign interpreted and/or open-captioned performances or sensory seminars at certain performances; and will provide scripts and study guide materials before hand to facilitate preparations for such performances.  Pushcart will also offer adapted, sensory-friendly performances, with advance notice, for students on the Autism Spectrum or with other developmental disabilities.  Pushcart Players recognizes that the arts are an essential component of each student’s academic career and that all artists, students and staff should have equal opportunity to present and experience the arts programs made available by Pushcart.  It is in this spirit and with this commitment that Pushcart Players has prepared [a] Plan for Compliance (including attitudes, practices and policies) with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The plan is to be an active one, reviewed and updated on a regular basis as warranted by new information, legislation, services and technology.


Pushcart holds a yearly Equity EPA and also attends the New Jersey Theatre Alliance Combined auditions each August.

For future casting consideration, actors may also submit a photo/resume via email USPS.  Send to:

Paul Whelihan, Artistic Director
Pushcart Players
261 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite A
Verona, NJ  07044  – or – paul@pushcartplayers.org

Photography by  GerryGoodstein.com  Melody Moore Photography