Harriton Theater Coaches
Harriton Theater coaches are drawn from Philadelphia’s theater community and provide coaching for performance, technical and business aspects of theater.
Neill Hartley, Head Coach
Harriton Theater coach Neill Hartley is professional actor, director and educator. He has principal roles in The Sixth Sense, First Freedom (PBS documentary) and in three seasons of Netflix House of Cards. Neill was seen on QVC as a spokesperson for two national companies, and he works regularly in industrial, voice-overs and commercials.
Neill has acted with many regional theaters including Arden, InterAct and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival. He shared a “Best Ensemble” Philadelphia Barrymore Award for Batboy, The Musical for 1812 Productions. Neill is the artistic director of Acting Without Boundaries, a theater company for performers with physical disabilities. In addition to AWB, he has directed for University of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Arcadia University, Ursinus College, Luna Theater, Isis Productions, and New City Stage Company. Neill has directed the Working, How to Succeed in Business, Museum and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown for Harriton High School.
Neill is an assistant professor of theater at The University of the Arts, and he holds an MFA in Acting from Temple University.
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Sean Connolly, Technical Director
Sean Connolly (Technical Director) is a Adjunct Professor of Museum Theatre at Drexel University and the Artistic Director of Manayunk Theatre Company. Sean has a MA in Theatre from Villanova University and a BA in History.
Harriton High School Faculty
Harriton High School faculty are a key advocates for the arts in school, student run arts organizations such as Harriton Theater and coaches like the Harriton Theater coaches.
Scott Weinstein, Principal
Scott Weinstein joined the Harriton High School team in 2016 as the Principal. Prior to that, he served as the Principal of Gladwyne Elementary School, was an Assistant Principal at both Bala Cynwyd and Welsh Valley Middle Schools in Lower Merion School District. He also served 20 years as an educator in the School District of Cheltenham Township, mostly as an administrator at Cheltenham High School.
During his time at Cheltenham High School, besides being a teacher, department chair and Assistant Principal, Weinstein developed a leadership program. The program consisted of a leadership course that he taught as well as biannual student leadership conferences that focused on student leadership development and enhancing student voice.
Weinstein holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. He earned his Master’s Degree in Education and principal certification from St. Joseph’s University.
Weinstein is honored to serve as Principal in one of the nation’s finest public high schools and is committed to cultivating an inclusive and world class school community.
He also enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, connecting with friends, and staying active with his alma mater by serving as a member of the VCU Men’s Basketball Board.
Tom Ferguson, Athletic and Activities Director
Tom Ferguson became a member of the Harriton staff as the Athletic and Activities director during the 2002 school year. Prior to this role he spent seven years as a fifth grade teacher, first at Penn Valley Elementary, and then moved to Belmont Hills Elementary when it was reopened in 1998. During his time as a classroom teacher he also ran the stock club, intramural activities, and coached football, wrestling, and lacrosse at Welsh Valley Middle School. He has enjoyed being a part of the Lower Merion community at every level.
His educational degrees come from West Chester University, where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education, and St. Joseph’s University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership as well as a Principal’s certification K-12 and Supervisory certification K-12. In 2009 he became a certified Athletic Administrator and has been a member of PSADA (Pennsylvania State Athletic Director’s Association) since his tenure began at Harriton. He is currently the PIAA District 1 Boys’ Lacrosse Chairman, and served as the Central League President for 2010 school year.
In his off time, he enjoys golfing, attending sporting events and spending time with his wife Nancy, and children Ryan and Lauren.