Gene Connor began his own training as an actor at the National Shakespeare Company where he had the privilege to study movement with Peter Lobdell and Joan Evans as well as become indoctrinated in the art of simulated violence on stage. While there he had the wonderful opportunity to portray many of Shakespeare’s characters including Puck, Richard III, Prince Hal, Orlando and Petruchio to name just a few. After completing that program he attended Southern Methodist University where he graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance. Upon graduation from SMU, he became a soloist with Ballet Dallas for two seasons, before moving to New York City where he began his career in Musical Theatre. He has toured Europe and the US in productions of West Side Story and Oklahoma! as well as performing in numerous regional theaters across the country. As a performer he has portrayed various Shakespearean roles from an adolescent Puck in a sandbox version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to a leather clad Mercutio in an avant garde ballet version of Romeo and Juliet. A busy director/choreographer, he is currently the Coordinator of Theatre Arts at Syosset High School.