Mike “Munchie” Santini is the current Executive Director at the Prospector Theater – a 501(c)(3) non-profit providing competitive and integrated employment to people with disabilities through the operation of a first-run movie theater in Ridgefield, CT.
The Munchie moniker is a nom de plume from his days as a rapper. At a D.C. non-profit using hip-hop arts as a tool for social change, Munchie was able to successfully bridge his personal passion and professional possibilities. Two years later, he returned home to become the Director of Development for the Prospector.
Since joining the Prospector team, Munchie has been helping the Theater to sparkle
brighter. Munchie’s work redefining educational content and fundraising strategies has
grown the Prospector from a start-up model of social enterprise to an internationally
recognized model of competitive and integrated employment. In May of 2021, Munchie
succeeded Founder & Visionary, Valerie Jensen, as the next Executive Director of the
Nearly 300 Prospects have worked at the Theater, clocking in over 800,000+ hours of
meaningful work, while engaging and educating 650,000+ moviegoers. The mission of the
Prospector has been shared far and wide – NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, The
TODAY Show, The New York Times, The Connecticut State Capitol, Department of Labor, and
White House. The Prospector’s “Bars & Beats” rap program was honored at The Teach-In: a
global hip-hop conference at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. For his
work, Munchie was recognized as part of Connecticut Magazine’s “40 Under 40”, as well as
the University of Maryland’s “30 Under 30”.
Munchie lives in Ridgefield with his wife, daughter, and dog (named Boba Fett). When not
working, Munchie can be found practicing his Spanish, watching fútbol, or reading a Stephen King novel.