Producing Artistic Director
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Carol is thrilled to lead Northern Stage for her seventh 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 “BridgeUP: Shakespeare and Musical Theater in the Schools” that brings professional residencies into area schools and serves over 500 school children each year. 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, the record breaking Mamma Mia, Disgraced, Only Yesterday — a world premier about John Lennon and Paul McCartney developed by Northern Stage — Dear Elizabeth, and Once. This season she will direct Million Dollar Quartet.
As an actress Carol was a company member of the Cleveland Play House for 10 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 Foundation Genius Award. With the Helen Gurley Brown 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.
Carol’s leadership is underwritten by the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle, an initiative to support and promote women’s theater leadership funded by the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation.
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Irene joined Northern Stage in August of 2013 as the Director of Sales & Marketing, became the Associate Managing Director in January of 2018, and the Managing Director November 2018. She is honored to lead the company with Carol Dunne. Previous to her life in Vermont, Irene’s work as a 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, UK. Irene has been seen (occasionally!) on stage locally at Shaker Bridge, Northern Stage, and Artistree. Irene lives in White River Junction with her husband Fred, daughter Piper, and their dog, Jaco. Outside of Northern Stage, Irene serves on the Board of Directors for the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of the Leadership Upper Valley program hosted by Vital Communities — Class of 2016.
Associate General Manager
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Starting her Northern Stage career as the Box Office Manager in 2018, Susan is eager to step into the role of Associate General Manager. Previously Susan spent a year as the General and Company Management Apprentice at Cleveland Play House. She also worked at Near West Theatre developing programming that coincided with their new ADA compliant building including sensory friendly productions, signed performances, and generally making the arts accessible to all. Susan holds a Bachelors of Arts in Marketing and Economics from Wilmington College and completed her course work for her master’s in Arts Administration at The University of Akron.
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Alison Durso is excited for her second year here at Northern Stage as the Company Manager. Recently she finished off her summer as Company Manager at The Dorset Theatre Festival just across the state in Dorset, VT. She has previously worked in Company Management at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, FL and Sharon Playhouse in Sharon, CT. Originally from Connecticut, she graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a BA in Theatre Management, Design, and Production. She is happy to be joining such a great and welcoming community!
Special Projects Manager
Eric served as the Northern Stage Managing Director from 2013 to 2018 and now leads special projects at the company. 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), A 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, his wife Gayle, and daughters Kelley and Jayne, are pleased to call the Upper Valley home.
Director of Development
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With over 26 years of development experience, Robin has held senior positions at Valley Regional Healthcare, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Middlebury College, The Sharon Academy, and The Trust for Public Land. She earned her B.S. degree in business management from Franklin Pierce University and took several masters level courses at The Dartmouth Institute. Robin enjoys teaching yoga and loves running, hiking, tap dancing, and anything that involves the outdoors. She and her husband Stephen reside in Norwich, Vermont with their son Tray (when home from college) and their sweet dog, Danny.
Ruth Ann Pattee
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Ruth Ann Pattee has worked with Vermont schools, organizations, and community groups for over 20 years as a theater educator, and for 15 years with non-profit arts organizations as a database manager and fundraiser. She grew up outside Philadelphia, studied Theatre Arts and Communications at East Stroudsburg University, and moved to Vermont in 1989. In response to the lack of theater programs for children in her area, in 1998 Ruth Ann founded KidsACT, a children’s theater company based at the Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield. Ruth Ann began working on development programs in 2005 with the Mad River Chorale community chorus, while also continuing her passion for theater education. In 2009, she was commissioned by the Vermont Department of Education to facilitate and direct the creation of a new work by high school students, resulting in a 30-minute script which uses HIV/STD/pregnancy prevention messages to explore how communication, gossip, and risk behaviors impact sexual health. The script and support materials continue to be available from the VDE for schools to produce.
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Amber is thrilled to be joining the Northern Stage family as the Development Manager. Prior to making the move to the Upper Valley she lived in New York City where she attended Marymount Manhattan College. As the Associate Producing Director at The York Theatre Company, Amber found her niche in supporting new work and working with young emerging artists; she looks forward to pursuing this passion by changing lives, one story at a time here at Northern Stage!
ARTISTIC & EDUCATION
Associate Artistic Director & Director of Education
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Eric Love joined Northern Stage in 2015 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
BOLD Associate Artistic Director
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Jess Chayes is an award-winning director and founding co-artistic director of The Assembly, with whom she has created and directed ten original productions over the last decade, including Seagullmachine (La MaMa ETC), I Will Look Forward To This Later (New Ohio/IRT Archive Residency) and HOME/SICK (NY Times and Backstage Critics’ Pick). Recent directing includes productions with the Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, SC, the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles, CA, and Dutch Kills in Edinburgh, Scotland, as well as The Juilliard School, The Tank, Lesser America, New Georges, and Ars Nova in New York. She has developed new work with The Vineyard Theatre, The New Group, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Playwrights Center, and New York Theatre Workshop, among others. Jess is a NYTW Usual Suspect, a 2018 Audrey Resident with New Georges, and alum of The Civilians R&D Group and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Her Broadway associate directing credits include Peter and the Starcatcher, The Snow Geese, and Misery. Jess is the recipient of the 2017 Lucille Lortel Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women.
As a producer, Jess co-founded the New Georges Jam, a collaboration-based “performance gym” for early-career theater-makers, and co-curated the Jam on Toast Festival in 2014. She has also worked for The Civilians and The Public Theater, and she produced the Obie-winning premiere of Julia Jarcho’s Grimly Handsome. Jess graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Theater and English. www.jesschayes.com
Director of BridgeUp: Shakespeare in the Schools
Kate Kenney is delighted to take on this exciting position with Northern Stage. A lifelong lover of Shakespeare and a passionate advocate of arts education for all, Kate trained for a year at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, and has been a teaching artist for Bridge UP since its inception in 2016. Kate is also an actress and aerialist whose favorite credits include Romeo & Juliet (Juliet), Eurydice (Eurydice/Aerialist), Peter Pan (Wendy), Hamlet (Ophelia), The 39 Steps (The Woman), and HACK! An I.T. Spaghetti Western (The Soldier). Some of the great companies Kate has been an actress with include Shakespeare & Company, The Pearl, Shakespeare Forum, New Light Theater Project, Oldcastle, Lost Nation, Penobscot, and NJ Rep. Kate is a Company Member of Shakespeare & Company and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Kate has spent a decade volunteering in New York State prisons with Rehabilitation Through the Arts, a non-profit dedicated to building life skills through theatrical techniques. Shows inside the walls include Our Town, Twelfth Night, Golden Boy and Superior Donuts at Sing Sing Correctional, Macbeth, Cyrano, and The Odd Couple at Fishkill Correctional, and Cafe of the Heart and Midnight at Greenhaven Correctional. Kate holds a BFA in Acting from Rutgers University,
and an MS in Corrections and Offender Rehabilitation from the University of Cincinnati.
BOLD Associate Producer
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Emma Orme is a Brooklyn-based performer and producer with a focus on new theatrical work. Producing credits include: Time Out Critics’ Pick Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8 (i am a slow tide); NYT Critics’ Pick Red Emma & The Mad Monk (The Tank); Flea Fridays & SERIALS (The Flea); Polylogues (Dixon Place); and NYT Critics’ Pick AGNES (Lesser America). Performance credits include: The Daughters and Black Dick [readings] (New York Theatre Workshop); Tongue Depressor (Weasel Festival @ The Public Theater); Bad Penny and LOCKED UP BITCHES (The Flea); Napoli, Brooklyn [reading] and Song For A Future Generation (Williamstown Theatre Festival); and The Bacchae (LaMama Experimental Theatre). Alongside her work at Northern Stage, Emma is the Artistic Producer of VoxFest, works in the Development Department of Williamstown Theatre Festival, and worked as a video producer for The New York Times and the documentary The Keptocrats. BA: Dartmouth College.
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Jaclyn Pageau is a New Hampshire native and is excited to be coming back to the Upper Valley for her first full season at Northern Stage where she has previously been a founding E-Term member and teaching artist. She graduated in 2018 from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Theater and has spent the last two years as a stage manager and theater educator based out of NYC. Most recently, she stage managed the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s education tour of Romeo & Juliet and was a camp teacher at The New London Barn Playhouse. jaclynpageau.com
BOLD Artistic Fellow
Kerrigan is a recent 2020 graduate of Dartmouth College where she received her BA in Theatre. She is so excited to return back to Northern Stage where she previously acted in Oslo and Matilda the Musical as a part of the E-term. At Dartmouth College, she held roles in productions of The Sweet Science of Bruising (Violet Hunter), The Living (Sarah Chandler), 1984 (Julia), Circle Mirror Transformation (Lauren), Away This Night (Rosalind), First Year (Kelly Green), Cabaret (Fritzie), and Hair (Adult Female/Ensemble). She also completed a senior thesis in which she wrote and acted in a solo piece titled Inhibit/ed. Her directing credits include Assistant Director to Martha Banta for Mention My Beauty (NYTW Dartmouth Residency), and Assistant Director to Daniela Varon for the Neukom Prize Winner Choices People Make (VoxFest 2018). She can’t wait to join the wonderful Northern Stage community as well as the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle.
Director of Production
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Jess is proud to be 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.
Sound/AV Engineer & IT Associate
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Clif has been working in the industry for over a decade and is thrilled to be currently employed at Northern Stage. Over the years Clif has been involved in most aspects of Technical Theatre with Sound, Lighting, and Carpentry as the primary focuses of Study. Clif attended The New England School of Communications, in Bangor Maine, first as an Audio Engineer Student and then later switching to the new program, Entertainment Production. Clif loves technology and it has led to being the IT person for Northern Stage. It has allowed for much growth and will continue to do so.Clif is a native of the Upper Valley and loves being back in the area. The mountains were very much missed.
Production Manager Assistant
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Helen Rooker is an Upper Valley native who has only recently returned. She is overjoyed to be back working at Northern Stage for her fourth year, and fourth capacity!
SALES & MARKETING
Sales & Marketing Manager
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Ryan is thrilled to return to New England where he began his theatrical career in the press department at the Westport Country Playhouse, followed by serving as the Public Relations Manager for Goodspeed Musicals for four seasons. Post-New England life, Ryan spent time in the marketing departments at the Walnut Street Theatre and Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia, Manhattan Theatre Club (assisting the marketing campaigns for the re-opening of Broadway’s Biltmore Theatre and the Pulitzer Prize-winning production of Doubt), and several years in the ad agency world working on the Broadway campaigns behind the original Spring Awakening, the revival of A Chorus Line, and the now notorious Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (among many others). For the past six years, Ryan was the Director of Marketing at The York Theatre Company, an Off-Broadway theater company dedicated to “bringing musicals to life.” He is looking forward to spending some quality time on the snowy mountains.
Box Office Manager
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Robin is so excited to be joining Northern Stage as Box Office Manager. Originally from Roswell, GA, she graduated from Gainesville Theatre Alliance/University of North Georgia with a BFA in Stage Management. She has been fortunate to be able to work in several different states with New Harmony Theatre (Indiana) and Gulfshore Playhouse (Florida), as well as the Center for Puppetry Arts and Broadway Dreams Foundation in Atlanta and even touring the country with StarQuest Dance Competition for two seasons. She has spent two summers at Dorset Theatre Festival in Dorset, Vermont and is looking forward to spending a winter here and experiencing real snow. She loves musical theatre and the color pink.
Jacqui is so excited to be a part of the Northern Stage community as an E-term student. She currently lives in Montreal, but grew up in Switzerland and New Hampshire. She is a Junior (’22) at Dartmouth College, majoring in Theater and minoring in English. She transferred to Dartmouth after freshman year from Chapman University and has been participating in theater since elementary school. Last summer, she interned at Jeffrey Richards Associates in producing and performed in her first Dartmouth show this past winter, as Matty in The Sweet Science of Bruising. Other past roles include Clarice in The Liar and Olivia in Twelfth Night.