Chris Sabol is the Business Manager, Resident Musical Director, and co-founder of Pivotal Productions. Chris graduated from Wagner College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Arts Administration with a concentration in music. His Masters in Music Education was obtained at Boston University. He has musically directed over thirty shows in the tri-state area.
Past credits include You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Last Five Years, Spring Awakening, Company, A New Brain, Fiddler on the Roof, Seussical, The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, Sweeney Todd, Godspell, and most recently, Grease and Jesus Christ Superstar . Having been a pianist for almost twenty years, and a drummer for fifteen, he has experience playing in multiple pit orchestras, jazz ensembles, concert bands, concert choirs, and chamber orchestras.
He is also the co-founder of Student Run Musical Theatre (SRMT), a group formed on the Wagner College campus. The organization is completely student run, with current undergrads having complete creative control of every aspect of the production. SRMT was the first organization in the United States to perform and produce Next to Normal after it left the Broadway stage. It was from this group that the idea of Pivotal Productions was born. He also composed music for the Off-Broadway production Friends, that played at Theatre 3, Mint Space in the Fall of 2010. He has also worked with Marlboro Middle School in New Jersey, and served as their musical director for four years. He also served on the creative staff at St. John’s University Staten Island Campus, serving as the musical director. He is currently the choir and orchestra teacher at Monmouth Regional High School in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, where he has musically directed Songs for a New World, Footloose (Count Basie Award Nomination, Best Musical Direction), and Cabaret. He is currently the president of the New Jersey All Shore Chorus.
Resident Musical Director
Billy Aberle could not be more thrilled to be leading a new an exciting team through this journey that is the co-founding of Pivotal Productions. A 2013 graduate of Wagner College, Billy achieved a Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration with a concentration in combined arts. Billy’s many experiences have led him and the team to the create Pivotal Productions, whose mission is a cause for which each member is deeply passionate. Growing up in eastern Long Island, Billy discovered his strong growing passion for theatre rather late in his pre-collegiate experiences performing in his High School productions and participating in various other theatrical and musical programs at school and in his community. These experiences led him to Wagner College where he founded the successful organization "SRMT: Student Run Musical Theatre" with his friend and business partner, Chris Sabol. With this organization, Billy directed and produced shows such as Rent, A New Brain, Spring Awakening, Company, [title of show], The Normal Heart, and Next to Normal, which was the first collegiate level production of the show in the country since closing on Broadway in January 2011. The organization's shows have been featured in media such as BroadwayWorld.com, Broadway.com, the Staten Island Advance, as well as a full television segment on NY1 News. With the idea planted from SRMT, Pivotal Productions was born. Alongside these endeavors, Billy kept busy with other activities as well. He is a brother of Theta Chi Fraternity which he held Treasurer and Scholarship Chair positions at his chapter, he was heavily involved with the Wagner College Choir and Chamber Choir where he held the President position for a term, he was a Peer Leader for three years, served as an assistant for the Stanley Drama Award, and many other accomplishments. Billy also interned at Telsey and Company Casting for his last collegiate semester.
Billy could not be happier with the Pivotal Productions team. Each member of the team is very strong in each of their areas, and combined we form a solid machine of innovative and exciting plans to serve our mission. Billy has no doubt that Pivotal Productions has an extremely bright future and he looks forward to its new plans, projects, team members, and community outreach.
Pivotal Productions is a non-profit educational theatre outlet that strives to push new boundaries in all aspects of theatre, while preserving traditional musical and non-musical theatrical practices in New Jersey communities. Our programs are designed completely around education from the ground up leaving lasting impressions of the magic of theater with the younger generations we work with.
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