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Carol is excited to lead Northern Stage for her fourth season as 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), and MARY POPPINS (2015). 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 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 fourth 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. 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.
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. As a development specialist, Amanda works with organizations to hone communications, develop audiences, and grow value within communities. She successfully managed Commonweal Theatre Company’s capital campaign for a new theater in Lanesboro, Minnesota and subsequently developed and implemented communications and development strategies for non-profits throughout that state. Since coming to Northern Stage in 2013, Amanda has been manager of the Campaign for Northern Stage and is thrilled to welcome audiences into the new Barrette Center for the Arts. Amanda is also an actor, teaching artist, and yoga teacher, and brings her love of storytelling and community building to the stage, the classroom, and the board-room. Audiences may remember Amanda from her energetically short curtain speeches, as the battle-ax of a wife in Fox on the Fairway, or Mrs. Cratchitt in A Christmas Carol. Look for her in the first production of our 19th season as Mrs. Webb in Our Town. 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.
Assistant Development Director & Literary Manager
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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
Assistant Artistic Director & 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
Sales & Marketing Associate
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A relative newcomer to the Upper Valley of Vermont, Heidi brings her past experience in news reporting, freelance writing/photography, B2B and real estate sales, marketing, social media, and event planning to the Marketing and Community Engagement Team at Northern Stage. She has a BA in Sociology and Communications from Simmons College. Having lived in all but one of the six NE states, Heidi considers herself a truly native New Englander and loves her new Vermont roots. When not at Northern Stage, Heidi enjoys hiking and gardening with her husband, Rich, and spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Sales & Marketing Associate
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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
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.
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