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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Jess joined the Northern Stage staff as the Production Manager in 2015, before becoming the General Manager in 2020. 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, before permanently relocating to Vermont. 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 managed events such as the National Magazine Awards, the Annual Blossom Ball, and the Product of the Year Awards, and spent 5 years as Associate General Manager for Japan Day, an annual cultural festival in Central Park. Jess is so happy to help fulfill Northern Stage’s mission of changing lives, one story at a time.
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.
Thalia V. Schramm
Company Manager & Artistic Producer
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Thalia is thrilled to be join the Northern Stage team! She comes to Vermont by way of Chicago and Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is so happy to be surrounded by mountains and rivers. Chicago credits: Drury Lane Productions (Company Manager), Paskal Rudnicke Casting (Casting Associate), First Folio Theatre, Northlight Theatre. Michigan credits: The Encore Musical Theatre Company (Associate Artistic Director, Casting Director). Education: The University of Michigan, Northwestern University.
Abi is a Dallas, TX native and a recent graduate of Ouachita Baptist University where she earned a BA in Theatre Education and a certification for teaching. After graduating, she spent time as a teaching artist, freelance stage manager, and production assistant. Abi is thrilled to be a new addition to Northern Stage.
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 27 years of development experience, Robin has held senior positions at Valley Regional Healthcare, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and The Trust for Public Land. Her development experience includes annual and leadership giving, planned giving, campaign and event planning, and non-profit management. She earned her B.S. degree in business management from Franklin Pierce University. 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 sweet dog Danny.
Ruth Ann Pattee
Development and Campaign Manager
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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, Vermont. Ruth Ann began working on development programs in 2005 with the Mad River Chorale community chorus while also continuing her passion for theater education. From 2016-2019, she was the Campaign Manager for the Joslin Memorial Library’s More Than Just a Good Read capital campaign to renovate and make handicapped-accessible the 100 year old library building in Waitsfield Village. Ruth Ann lives in the Mad River Valley and, most days, enjoys her commute to Northern Stage by listening to a theater podcast or catching up on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.
Major Gifts Officer
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Milena Zuccotti is overjoyed to return to Northern Stage after an absence of 11 years. Originally from Brooklyn, she first arrived at the company in 2005, spending six years in administrative and development roles. Other work has included the Wang Center for the Performing Arts and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Boston; the New London Barn Playhouse, where she served five years as Managing Director; the Dartmouth Dept of Theater; and the Dorset Theatre Festival, where her fate as a Vermonter was sealed when she met her husband Jason. They live in Hartland with daughters Cassie and Lily and a cacophony of household pets.
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
Sarah Elizabeth Wansley
BOLD Associate Artistic Director
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Sarah Elizabeth Wansley directs and develops new plays and musicals, as well as highly theatrical adaptations of classic works. Previously she was the Artistic Producer at Chautauqua Theater Company and the inaugural recipient of the Cleveland Play House Artistic Directing Fellowship for Women. Recent directing projects The Amish Project by Jessica Dickey at PlayMakers Repertory Company, Egress by Melissa Crespo and Sarah Saltwick at Cleveland Play House, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. by Alice Birch at Dobama Theatre, The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe at SUNY Purchase and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Chautauqua Theater Company. She has directed new work at New York Stage and Film, The Flea Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, White Heron Theatre, and Pipeline Theatre Company. Sarah is a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a 2018 Drama League Resident Artist, a 2015 Drama League Directing Fellow, and a member of the 2011 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. Sarah received her MFA in Directing from UCSD; from 2016-2020 she was a faculty member at Fordham University. Upcoming: Heisenberg by Simon Stephens at Northern Stage.
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.
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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
Brian R. Sekinger
Director of Production