A graduate of Msgr. Farrell High School, Andrew “Monte” Monteleone has been impacting students’ lives in the Staten Island high school theatre community for the last quarter century.
Upon graduating from Stevens Institute of Technology, he returned to Msgr. Farrell as assistant musical director beginning with the school’s acclaimed 1994 production of “West Side Story.” The following year, he began a seven-year stint at St. John Villa Academy, serving as musical director for shows including “42nd Street,” “Crazy for You,” and “Grease.” While at St. John Villa, he also served as director and musical director for Staten Island Technical High School from 1997 through 1999.
Beginning in 2001 and lasting through 2015, Andrew was the director and musical director of the Farrell Players. The shows produced under his direction include “Damn Yankees,” “1776,” “South Pacific,” “Lil’ Abner”, “How to Succeed . . . Trying,” and “A Funny Thing . . . Forum.” His productions of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “The Drowsy Chaperone” were awarded the St. Genesius Award for Outstanding Musical in 2011 and 2013, respectively.
He is the current musical director at Moore Catholic High School, a position he assumed in 2018 with the school’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.”
Outside of the classroom, Andrew has been a ubiquitous presence in the Staten Island theatre community. He has musically directed for various theater organizations including Sundog Theatre (“The Last Five Years”), Holy Child Players (“Jesus Christ Superstar”), the St. John Stagers (“Jekyll and Hyde”), Hemlock Theatre (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”), Standing Ovation Players (“Chicago”), Ghostlight Productions (“1776”), and In the Wings (“Les Miserables”). In 2006 he founded Subset Players, a group that presented annual summer productions through 2012 including “Assassins,” “Lucky Stiff,” and “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.”
“Andrew is an educator, friend, and a mentor in the truest sense of the word,” said Michael J. Pinto, founding Executive Director of the Minty Organization. “He has inspired and touched the lives of countless students. As part of our tenth anniversary festivities, I am so excited to honor Andrew and celebrate the lasting impact he has had on a generation of Staten Island youth."