Artistic & Administrative Staff

DunneCarol Dunne
Producing Artistic Director
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Carol is thrilled to lead Northern Stage for her fifth season as Producing Artistic Director. She brings a wealth of experience from her former position as Producing Artistic Director of the New London Barn Playhouse, a company she transformed from a semi professional summer stock theater to one of the most successful summer theaters in New England which serves as an important training ground for top musical theater students. Dunne also serves as an award winning Senior Lecturer at Dartmouth College.

Since 2013, Dunne and her team have overseen the $9.2 million Campaign for Northern Stage, which culminated in the opening of the theater’s new home, the state of the art Barrette Center for the Arts. During Carol’s tenure, she has introduced the development of new plays to the Northern Stage repertoire with New Works Now, Northern Stage’s annual new play festival. New Works Now has launched five world premiers and two Off-Broadway transfers. Dunne has also overseen the creation of an expansive educational program including the “Youth Ensemble Studio” of 40 students who train and perform at Northern Stage throughout the school year and “Bridge Up: Shakespeare and Musical Theater in the Schools” which brings professional residencies into area schools and serves over 500 school children. She has developed a formal relationship with Dartmouth College through the Experiential Term for Dartmouth students, which provides students with professional experiences in performance, administration and production both at Northern Stage and Off-Broadway. Carol and her team have expanded Northern Stage programming to a year round calendar with the sold out Summer Musical Theater Intensive and the new Summer Shakespeare Intensive. Audiences have grown by 25% and a new membership model is helping to stabilize and sustain the company.

At Northern Stage, Dunne has directed productions of The Importance of Being Earnest, White Christmas, Good People, Into the Woods, Songs for a New World, Our Town, The Mountaintop, the world premier of Trick or Treat by Jack Neary and the record breaking Mamma Mia. This season she will direct Disgraced and Only Yesterday, a world premier about John Lennon and Paul McCartney developed by Northern Stage.

As an actress Carol was a company member of the Cleveland Play House for ten years, where she played such roles as Daisy in Side Show and Rose of Sharon in The Grapes of Wrath. She performed for many years at Northern Stage prior to becoming Artistic Director, appearing as Grizabella in Cats, Agnes in Dancing at Lughnasa, Woman 2 in Songs for a New World, Diana in Lend Me A Tenor and Amanda in Private Lives.

Dunne has served on the Faculty of Dartmouth College as a Senior Lecturer since 2005 where she has directed Hair, The Rocky Horror Show, Angels in America, Eurydice, Hairspray and Chicago. She has also served on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University and Baldwin Wallace College. She was honored by Dartmouth in 2009 with the Distinguished Lecturer award. In 2017 Carol was granted the Helen Gurley Brown Pussycat Foundation Genius Award. With the Pussycat Foundation, she created and serves as director of the BOLD  Theater Women’s Leadership Circle, a $1.25 million annual grant program to nurture women artistic directors in the professional theater. Other awards are the Leadership Upper Valley’s Heroes and Leaders: Mentors award (2016) and the New Hampshire Professional Theater Award for Best Director of a Musical for Pirates of Penzance (2010.) Carol is a graduate of Princeton University and received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee PTTP. She lives in Etna, NH with husband Peter Hackett and children Ellie and Jamie.

Eric BungeEric Bunge
Managing Director
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As Managing Director since March 2013, Eric is part of Northern Stage’s leadership team responsible for day to day operations. In addition, Eric is sometimes seen on stage: Northern Stage performance credits include roles in TWELVE ANGRY MEN (2013), CLYBOURNE PARK (2014), MARY POPPINS (2015), CHRISTMAS CAROL (2016), and MAMMA MIA (2017). Also a director, Eric most recently led the production of the critically acclaimed A Doll’s House. Eric received his MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory – Denver, CO. He founded the Commonweal Theatre of Lanesboro, MN in 1988, served as Managing Director until 2010, and acted as Project Manager/Owner’s Representative during the 2006/07 construction of Commonweal’s new home. In 2011, he joined the Great River Shakespeare Festival of Winona, MN as their first Managing Director and led a successful reorganization process. Eric and Gayle; daughters Kelley(20), and Jayne(16), are pleased to call the Upper Valley home.

Green, IreneIrene Green
Director of Sales and Marketing
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Now in her fifth season as Northern Stage’s Director of Sales & Marketing, Irene is thrilled to call the Upper Valley home. Previous to her life in Vermont Irene’s work as an theater artist/administrator included positions as the Director of Sales & Marketing at the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minnesota, Box Office Manager at the Commonweal Theater Company in Lanesboro, Minnesota, and artistic work for several theater companies including The National Theatre for Children, Missoula Children’s Theatre, the Commonweal, Metropolis School of the Performing Arts, Concerned Citizens for a Creative Community, Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, and Navy Pier Entertainment. Irene holds a B.A. from Luther College and an M.A. with Distinction in Acting Musical Theatre from the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, U.K. Local audiences may remember Irene most recently from the 2017 production of 4000 Miles at Shaker Bridge Theater and Northern Stage’s 2016 production of A Christmas Carol. Irene is honored to serve as one of Northern Stage’s six leadership team members and lives in White River Junction with her husband Fred, and their dog, Jaco. Irene and Fred are expecting their first baby in October! Outside of Northern Stage, Irene serves as a board member for the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce.

Rafuse, AmandaAmanda Rafuse
Gurley Brown Associate Director & Interim Director of Development
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Originally from Massachusetts, Amanda has journeyed through Washington, DC, California, Indiana, Ireland, Kansas City, New York, and Minnesota to finally arrive in Vermont. Since coming to Northern Stage in 2013 as Director of Development and part of the new leadership team, Amanda successfully managed the Campaign for Northern Stage, raising $9.25 million to build a new home and a strong financial foundation for Northern Stage. Working with an incredible development team, the Board of Directors, and all the members of the Northern Stage company, Amanda has grown operational contributed income by more than 27% in 4 years. With 23 years as a professional artist/administrator (actor, director, teaching artist), Amanda’s acting credits include stints at the Coterie Theater/Kennedy Center, Park Square Theater, National Shakespeare Company, New Jersey Shakespeare, Commonweal Theatre Co., Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Missouri Repertory Theater, and more than 20 wonderful theaters in Minnesota. Since moving to Vermont in 2013, Amanda has been seen onstage atat Northern Stage in A Christmas Carol, Fox on the Fairway, and Our Town, at the new Highland Center for the Arts as Titania/Hippolyta in their inaugural production A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and at the New London Barn Playhouse in Steel Magnolias and Crazy for You. Amanda worked with Stephen Brown-Fried as his assistant director for Northern Stage’s acclaimed production of Macbeth and is proud to have created and annually produce Thirsty Theater, a site-specific 10 minute play series performed in conjunction with Northern Stage’s annual New Works Now new play festival. Amanda is a Professor of Theater at Colby-Sawyer College where she directed Caryl Churchill’s Love & Information and John Cariani’s Almost, Maine. Amanda received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas City – Missouri.

Amanda Sheehan
General Manager
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Amanda is thrilled to be part of the Northern Stage team! In 2013, she completed a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a Creative Writing focus at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and is happy to be living full-time once again in the Upper Valley. Amanda most recently comes from Boston, where she spent time working as a stage manager, assistant stage manager, and marketing associate with companies such as Shakespeare Now!, Underground Railway Theater, The Nora Theater Company, Holland Productions, Gan-e-meed Theatre Project, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Fort Point Theatre Channel, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and Fresh Ink Theatre. Amanda also spent the last 7 summers working as Company Manager at the New London Barn Playhouse in New London, NH.

Alek Deva
Development Manager & Institutional Relations
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Alek comes to Northern Stage from New York City, where he worked variously as a fundraising professional, producer, and theatrical/events electrician. Most recently, Alek was Development Associate at The Flea Theater, an award-winning Off-Off-Broadway company situated in heart of downtown Manhattan. At The Flea, he was responsible for all areas of contributed income, including government, foundation, corporate, and individual giving, as well helping to manage an $18MM capital campaign for The Flea’s new three-theater complex. Prior to his years in New York, Alek worked as Master Electrician and Lighting Designer at Carolina Performing Arts’ world-class performance venue, Memorial Hall, where he collaborated with theater, dance, and music artists from around the world. Alek is also a composer, poet, and lyricist with current and recent projects in film, musical theatre, and dance. He holds a degree in English with a focus in Poetry Writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In his free time, Alek enjoys reading, studying Ancient Greek, and making terrible puns. To learn more about Alek’s artistic endeavors and to hear some of his music, visit

Eric LoveEric Love
Director of Education
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Eric Love is thrilled to join the Northern Stage team after six years of acting and directing in New York City. Favorite directing credits include Twelfth NightAriel’s Way (A musical adaptation The Tempest), Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, and Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl featuring aerial silks, a masked chorus and live cello. For Northern Stage, Love assistant directed A Christmas Carol and Mary Poppins. Love is a co-founder of the CFS Alumni Theatre Project with Lucius Robinson and Kiernan McGowan, producing one play a year for the past ten years at Carolina Friends School in Durham, North Carolina. Love is an associate artist at the New London Barn Playhouse, where he directs, teaches, and performs. Love made his Broadway debut in BC/EFA’s Gypsy of the Year, performing to sold-out houses at The New Amsterdam Theatre. Love represented the eight-time Tony award-winning musical Once, where he worked for a year as a production assistant. As a result of this performance, Love was invited to spoof Once in The Easter Bonnet Competition, BC/EFA’s Spring talent show at the Minskoff Theatre, sharing a stage with the likes of Nathan Lane and Tom Hanks. Love made his Off-Broadway debut understudying Peter Pan and The Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher at New York Theatre Workshop. In 2014, Love performed for three months with the Off-Broadway company of Here Lies Love, an immersive musical by David Byrne playing at The Public Theater. Favorite regional acting credits include The Elephant Man (The Elephant Man), Peter Pan (Peter Pan), The 39 Steps (Clown 1), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), Hamlet (Horatio/ Guildenstern), The Comedy of Errors (Both Dromios), Godspell (Jesus), Fiddler on the Roof (Motel), Chicago (Mary Sunshine) and Fully Committed (1 Man Show with 40 Characters.) Love has a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Hartt School.

Heidi Reynolds
Development Associate
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Upper Valley parent and community volunteer, Heidi is passionate about offering outlets for youth to learn and express their creativity experientially. After starting a successful Sunday School program at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Hanover, Heidi served Northern Stage as a board member from 2010-2013 to support the theater education program. She is proud to have executed three successful fundraisers as chair of the Events Committee and to have approved construction of a new home, the Barrette Center for the Arts. After taking a hiatus to coach volleyball at Hanover High School and to work as Development Coordinator of Events and Volunteers at Montshire Museum of Science, she is happily ensconced as Development Associate at Northern Stage, working with this amazing team to secure a healthy future for Northern Stage.

Susan Haefner
Development Associate & Education Associate
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Originally from Rochester, New York, Susan has lived everywhere from New York to California plus many states in between, and is now proud to call Vermont home. As an actor, director, choreographer, teacher, and arts administrator she has worked on Broadway, national and international tours, and at regional theatres across the United States. Favorite appearances as an actor at Northern Stage include Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins, Spirit of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol and Tanya in Mamma Mia. Susan has performed on Broadway in State Fair, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and 42nd Street (Revival)and on national and international tour in Damn Yankees (with Jerry Lewis) and Billy ElliotAs a director and choreographer, Susan has directed and choreographed at regional theatres such as Playhouse on Park in CT, Shaker Bridge Theatre, and Weston Playhouse. Susan is also a teaching artist – currently on staff at New England Youth Theatre and Weston Playhouse. She has taught theatre at Castleton State University and is a teaching artist and consultant at Rutland High School. Passionate about story telling, community, and audience development as well as Northern Stage’s mission to change lives one story at a time, Susan is beyond excited to join the Development team at Northern Stage.

ruby summersRuby Summers
Box Office Manager
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Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ruby got a B.A. in History at the College of Wooster in Ohio. Her love of theater began at age six when she was in the school play and continued to grow from there. She worked in the scene shop throughout college and has since stage managed four shows for StarKid Productions in Chicago. While most of her experience is in the technical side of theater, she is enjoying learning the administrative side of things. Ruby could not be more proud to work alongside the wonderful and inspiring Northern Stage team.

Hannah ColmanHannah Ferguson
Sales & Marketing Associate
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Hannah is a 2015 graduate from Dartmouth College with a focus on costume and props design. She is very excited to be working at Northern Stage. She is an avid circus and theater-lover and is constantly in the process of revising and designing her tiny house-based circus-theater company, SoleilRising, which she hopes to take on the road in the next 20 years.

michael-hornig-copyMichael Hornig
Artistic & Administrative Associate
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Michael is incredibly excited to be joining the Northern Stage Team.  In May of 2016, Michael received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music Theatre from The Hartt School.  He originally found himself in theatre through acting.  Regional credits: How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (Bud Frump) New London Barn Playhouse, Milo at the Movies (Milo) Festival of New Musicals, Goodspeed Musicals.  Damn Yankees (Ensemble), She Loves Me (Ensemble) Monomoy Theatre. Educational credits: Reefer Madness (Lecturer), Titanic (J. Bruce Ismay), The Robber Bridegroom (Little Harp).  In 2013, Michael shifted his focus to the technical and administrative and worked as the Assistant to the Director at The Monomoy Theatre in Chatham, Massachusetts for the 2013 summer season and as their Production Stage Manager for the 2015 summer season.  Michael is excited to assist Northern Stage in inspiring young artists to pursue theatre as a creative outlet.

Kyla Mermejo-Varga
Education & Administrative Intern

Kyla is extremely excited to be joining the Northern Stage Team for this 2017-2018 season! A recent Dartmouth College graduate, this past spring, Kyla received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater. Without any previous theater experience prior to Dartmouth, Kyla promptly fell in love with the stage her freshman fall after taking a work study position in the scene shop. Throughout her four years as an undergraduate student, Kyla filled a variety of roles on Dartmouth productions including props designer, spotlight operator and board operator. However, Kyla’s true passion lies in stage management. While at Dartmouth, Kyla stage managed multiple productions; her favorites include Chicago, Baltimore Waltz, and The Cotton Patch Gospel. Kyla also spent summer 2016, stage managing the New London Barn Playhouse’s Children Series. Her favorite New London productions include, The Legend of Sleeping Beauty, Tempest, and The Wizard of Oz. For more about Kyla, visit her website:


Chad Larabee

Chad Larabee
Associate Artist

Chad Larabee is thrilled to be an Artistic Associate at Northern Stage where his directing credits include Mary Poppins and Clybourne Park. Chad works primarily in the development of new plays and musicals and has projects slated for production in New York and internationally. He directed the critically acclaimed off-Broadway production of Garson Kanin’s classic, Dreyfus in Rehearsal, as well as the London world-premiere of Ain’t We Got Fun. Additional Off-Broadway credits include the world-premieres of POPart The Musical, Do Not Disturb, Molineaux, and Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island. Chad’s short films The Ghosts of Ethan Dean, (in) rhythm, and Life In Free Fall have been seen in film festivals across the country. Chad is a graduate of The University of Iowa and Florida State University where he received his MFA in Directing. Visit: