Production Staff

2017/2018 Staff Listing

jess-headshotJess Johnston
Production Manager
802-296-7000, ext. 120

Jess is thrilled to be celebrating her first season as a member of Northern Stage’s leadership team. Having graduated with a BA in Theatre from the University of Mary Washington in 2006, Jess spent the following 9 years working in event and stage management with a number of companies in New York and regionally. Her stage management work includes 16 world premiere productions, 5 years as PSM for the Brits Off Broadway festival at 59e59 Theaters, and 7 summers of Vermont Theatre at Weston Playhouse and Dorset Theatre Festival. In addition, Jess has managed events such as the National Magazine Awards, the Annual Blossom Ball, and the Product of the Year Awards, and has spent 5 years as Associate General Manager for Japan Day, an annual cultural festival in Central Park. Jess continues to stage manage at Northern Stage along with Production Managing.

mmillsMatthew Mills
Technical Director/Associate Production Manager
802-296-7000, ext. 128

This is Matthew’s second season with Northern Stage, and he couldn’t be more excited to be back working in the new Barrette Center for the Arts. He is originally from Ithaca New York and holds a BFA from Ithaca College where he studied technical theatre with a concentration in Technical Direction. He has most recently worked as the Assistant Technical Director at Olney Theatre Center in Maryland. His other previous places of employment include; Carpenter at Arena Stage in DC, Carpenter at Long Wharf Theatre in CT, Carpenter at Shakespeare and Co. In MA, Technical Director at Des Moines Metro Opera in IA, and Technical Director for Running to Places Theatre co. in Ithaca NY.

Nick Potts
Associate Technical Director
802-296-7000, ext. 128

Matthew Sergeant
Scenic Carpenter

Chance Morgan
Carpentry Intern

jhgkjMelissa Robinson
Scenic Charge Artist
802-296-7000, ext. 130

Sami is excited to be joining the production team at Northern Stage for her first season! Originally from South Jersey, she attended Ithaca College and graduated in 2015 with a BFA in Theatrical Production Arts. She recently spent a year freelancing in NYC and was able to work as a Scenic Artist on sets for Fashion Week and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She also acted as the Scenic Charge for several productions at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott, NY. Other places of employment include; Scenic Artist at Utah Shakespeare Festival, Scenic Artist at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Scenic Art Intern at the Hangar Theatre, and Technical Intern for Camp Walnut at the Walnut Street Theatre.

Sami Adamson
Assistant Scenic Charge Artist

This is Sami’s second season with Northern Stage and she is excited to be returning as Assistant Scenic Charge! Originally from outside of Philadelphia, she grew up around amazing theatre and graduated from Ithaca College in 2015 with a B.F.A. in Theatrical Production Arts with a concentration in Scenic Design. This summer she stayed in the Upper Valley to act as the Scenic Charge for the YES program’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone and Midsummer Night’s Dream and the new Highland Center for the Arts. Other places of employment include; Utah Shakespeare Festival, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Hangar Theatre, Cider Mill Playhouse, and Walnut Street Theatre. She also spent a year freelancing in NYC where she had the opportunity to work on sets for Fashion Week, paint at the Lincoln Center, and stage high end real-estate with Interior Marketing Group.

John Kantack

Kat Morrill
Master Electrician
802-296-7000, ext. 131

Clif Rogers
Assistant Master Electrician/IT

Calvin Guevara
Sound & Lighting Intern

Calvin is excited to join Northern Stage as the Lighting and Sound Intern. Calvin is a proud Long Island, New York native, where he is a recent graduate of Adelphi University with a BFA in Theatre Technology/Design with a concentration of Sound and Lighting. Calvin has helped design several shows at Adelphi such as Brighton Beach Memoirs, Marat/Sade, Circle Mirror Transformation, and The Me Nobody Knows. He is also excited to experience new things and meet new people during his time here at Northern Stage.

Ben Montmagny
Sound Engineer
802-296-7000, ext. 131

This is Ben’s fifth season as the Resident Sound Designer/Engineer here at Northern Stage. He also is the Resident Sound Designer at the New London Barn Playhouse. He graduated from Keene State College in 2013 with a BA in Design and Technical Theatre. Credits include Godspell, The Secret Garden, Souvenir, West Side Story, All Shook Up, On Golden Pond, Brigadoon, How to Succeed…, Shrek, The 39 Steps, Crazy For You, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Kiss Me Kate, Spamalot, Damn Yankees, A Little Night Music, Over the Pub, Dial M for Murder (NLBP), Trick or Treat, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Mountaintop, Hound of the Baskervilles, Mary Poppins, Our Town, Songs for a New World, Orwell in America, Blythe Spirit, Clybourne Park, Good People, Fox on the Fairway, 12 Angry Men, God of Carnage (Northern Stage) and The Other Place (Weston Playhouse). His designs for Shrek and Brigadoon at the New London Barn were nominated for a New Hampshire Theater Award in 2016.

Joe Dottsjoe-dotts-photo
Props Master
802-296-7000, ext. 129

Joe Dotts is excited to join Northern Stage as their Properties Master/Manager. Joe grew up in the hills of West Virginia, where an interest in the arts lead him to pursue a BFA in Design and Technical Theatre from West Virginia University’s School of Theatre and Dance. While at WVU he pursued both props and scenic design, and before graduating in 2015 he bolstered his experience with internships at New York Stage and Film and the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts (PCPA) in California. Since then Joe has been the Properties Artisan, and later Properties Designer, for Cortland Repertory Theatre, as well as the Properties Apprentice at Hartford Stage, where he got the chance on several major productions including the now Broadway-bound stage adaptation of Anastasia. In his spare time Joe enjoys games of all kinds and dabbling in personal artistic projects

james-roederJames Roeder
Assistant Props Master

James Roeder, Assistant Prop Master , has been working at Northern Stage since mid-August 2015. He has an undergraduate degree in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Evansville, in Evansville, Indiana. He has worked in the upper valley as both a Properties Artisan and a Scenic Designer. His previous design work includes Vinegar Tom, Anatomy of Gray, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Young Frankenstein, Anne of Green Gables, Red White and Tuna, Jane Eyre, The Triangle Factory Fire Project, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, The Secret Garden, and School of Rock . He is excited to continue his Design work and Props work in the upper valley and looks forward to many more projects to come.

Denise Block
Costume Shop Manager
802-296-7000, ext. 112

Denise is thrilled to join Northern Stage for her first Season! She has a BFA in Production and Design from Long Island University at C.W. Post. Some of her previous theater work includes Hartford Stage craft artist, Huntington Theater hair and makeup, 4 seasons with Long Wharf Theater as Wardrobe with an additional 7 seasons as the Assistant Costume Shop Manger, YBOP hair and makeup designer, and McCarter Theater craft artist.

Samantha Key
Wardrobe Supervisor

Rachael Garnjost
Costume Shop Assistant

Kelsey Willis
Costume Technician

ciara-heaps-headshotCiara Heaps
Resident Assistant Stage Manager
802-296-7000, ext. 119

Ciara is thrilled to return for a second season at Northern Stage. She is originally from Florida, where she graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Psychology, English Lit, and International Affairs. She spent 4 years stage managing at Lakeland Community Theatre in Lakeland, Florida, and has since worked at several regional theatres around the country. Some favorite ASM credits include Our Town, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Living Together at Northern Stage; Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily and I Hate Hamlet at Dorset Theatre Festival in Dorset, VT; Peter and the Starcatcher, The Whipping Man, and world premieres of Zealot and tokyo fish story at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA.

jill-gowacJillian Gowac
Resident Assistant Stage Manager
802-296-7000, ext. 119

Jillian is so happy to be back for a second season at Northern Stage, having worked on all six productions last season as stage management intern. Favorite credits include Mary Poppins, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Mad Love at Northern Stage; Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Seminar, and Time Stands Still at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. She has also recently worked in company management at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse/Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival in upstate New York. She is a Connecticut native with a degree in Theatre Design/Tech from Central Connecticut State University.