Producing Artistic Director
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Carol is excited to lead Northern Stage for her fourth 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 and as an award winning Senior Lecturer at Dartmouth College. At Northern Stage, Carol has directed the acclaimed productions of Our Town, The Mountaintop, Into the Woods, Good People, White Christmas, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Songs for a New World, in which she also performed. Under Carol’s leadership, Northern Stage has successfully launched a new works festival whose first play, Orwell in America, will transfer Off-Broadway in the Fall of 2016. She directed an industry reading of the musical A Legendary Romance in London’s West End in the Spring of 2015. Other hallmarks of Carol’s leadership are the highly successful Summer Musical Theater Intensive at Northern Stage and the ongoing Youth Ensemble Studio, both of which train theater lovers and practitioners of tomorrow. She also successfully launched Shakespeare in the Schools: Class Act, which brings professional teachers of Shakespeare into local schools for a month long residency.
Carol has also forged an official partnership with Dartmouth College, offering a groundbreaking Experiential Term for Dartmouth theater students.
Under Carol and Managing Director Eric Bunge’s leadership, the Campaign for Northern Stage was launched, and the theater’s new home, the $7.5 million dollar Barrette Center for the Arts, was built on time and under budget. At Dartmouth College, Carol introduced musical theater into the curriculum and has directed Chicago, Hair, The Rocky Horror Show, Eurydice, Hairspray, and Angels in America. In 2010 she received the Distinguished Lecturer Award from the College. Carol has worked professionally as an actress and director at the Tony Award-winning Cleveland Play House (as a member of the company for ten years), The Great Lakes Theater Festival, and here at Northern Stage where she appeared in productions of Cats (Grizabella), Dancing At Lughnasa (Agnes), Private Lives (Amanda), and Lend Me A Tenor (Diana.)
Other awards and honors include 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. Carol lives in Etna with husband Peter Hackett and children Ellie and Jamie.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 http://www.alekdeva.com
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 Night, Ariel’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. ericlove.com
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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.
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 Elliot. As 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. www.susanhaefner.com.
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.
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.
Videographer/Sales & Marketing Associate
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Jon is our in-house Videographer & Graphic Designer along with being a part of the Sales & Marketing team. Originally from a county called Essex in the UK, Jon studied sound design technology at the University of Hertfordshire. He would later go on to be a touring musician in London to then transition into working in theater production leading him to Northern Stage. To check out all the video work Jon has done for Northern Stage visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI68wHEwQabMb_3lKbI_cGw Also here is some original music composed by Jon himself soundcloud.com/jon-fixtion
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.
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: http://kylamermejo-varga.weebly.com/
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: http://www.chadlarabee.com