Tommy Iafrate is a stage director, musical director, arts educator, and pit musician who is thrilled to engage in these many passions as the Director of Musical Theatre at Binghamton University. He has directed and music directed productions around the world, and continues to freelance in these arenas outside academia.
Iafrate currently serves as the Producing Artistic Director of Festival 56, a summer-stock theatre in Princeton, Illinois, and previously served the same role at Iowa’s Clinton Area Showboat Theatre. He has directed, music directed, or performed with Infinity Theatre Company, the Barnstormers Theatre, the Cider Mill Playhouse, Thunder Bay Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. His favorite performance experience was touring the United States, Canada, Korea and Japan in Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall's Cabaret.
In 2018, Iafrate was a guest Musical Theatre Director in Residence at the Beijing Dance Academy in China. He previously toured several cities in China with the Open Door Theatre Company, music directing Next to Normal and directing Seussical. As an instrumentalist, he performs on piano, saxophone, clarinet, flute, and oboe. He is also a proud member of the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the Golden Key International Honour Society, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Iafrate currently serves as the Co-Coordinator of the Musical Theatre Intensive (MTI) for Region II of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and has attended two national festivals at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.: in 2019 for MTI and in 2012 as a directing fellow through the SDC Directing Initiative. He holds an MFA in directing from Western Illinois University and a BA in musical theatre and in physics from Rhode Island College.