Producing Artistic Director
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Carol is thrilled to lead Northern Stage for her sixth 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 Pussycat Foundation Genius Award. With the Pussycat 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 Pussycat 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.
Finance & Admin Manager
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Susan Dicken is excited to be a part of her second season at Northern Stage. This past year she served as the Box Office Manager and she is eager to step into the role of Finance and Administrative Manager for the 2019-20 season. 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.
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.
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Alison is excited for her first 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!
Company Management Apprentice
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Brooke Anderson holds her BA in French and Theatre with a concentration in Stage Management from SUNY Potsdam. She is excited to be joining Northern Stage for the 2019-2020 season! She has previously worked as a stage manager for many college productions as well as at Pendragon Theatre in Northern New York. Originally from Central New York, Brooke is excited to be coming to Vermont to work and learn! When not doing theatre, Brooke enjoys reading, swimming and traveling.
Director of Development
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With over 25 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 in health care leadership at The Dartmouth Institute. She just completed her 200-hour yoga instructor certification and will begin teaching in the White River Junction area. Robin and her husband, Stephen, reside in Norwich, Vermont.
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Sue Kessler comes to the Upper Valley from Chicago, where she has enjoyed a diverse career in the creative arts, from strategic planning and operations management to audience outreach and community engagement. She helped articulate the reimagining of Chicago’s Navy Pier as a new cultural arts district, curating all manners of arts programming – free and open to the public. The Executive Director and co-founder of the theatre for young audiences enterprise, Hamlet’s House, Sue has written several live theatre “epic-sodes” for Hamlet the dog and his friends. An avid marathoner, she parlays her passion for running into significant fundraising efforts on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and she is currently serving as a St. Jude Hero Ambassador, empowering other runners to similar achievement. Sue received her B.S. in Theatre from the School of Speech at Northwestern University and is honored to have the chance to serve the inspired and inspiring family of Northern Stage.
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Allison joins the Northern Stage Development team from Warrensburg, NY – a small town in the heart of the Adirondacks. She graduated with her B.S. in Music Business & Industry, A.S. in Business Administration, and a Marketing Minor from Northern Vermont University – Lyndon in 2019. She previously worked as a Development Intern at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY during the summer of 2018. Additionally, Allison has worked as a VIP Ambassador for CID entertainment working for bands like Mumford & Sons, Metallica, and Train. Allison’s passion lies in supporting the Performing Arts in any form, and she is excited to continue this pursuit in the Upper Valley at Northern Stage!
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
Director of Outreach
Katie Kitchel has been teaching music to young children and their families at the Upper Valley Music Center for over a decade. She has overseen youth artistic programs at Revels North and the Hopkins Center. She has performed on stages across the Upper Valley and has overseen the development of audience engagement activities for We the People Theatre. Her favorite roles at Northern Stage have been in support of the development of new works through staged readings of such plays as The Coup and Deployed. Katie graduated from Dartmouth in 1995 with a focus on French language and Comparative Politics, and has graduate training in mediation and conflict management from Woodbury (now Champlain) College. Ultimately, she is drawn to the power of theater to help communities grapple with challenging topics and to engage one another in open dialogue and transformative conversation. What more could she ask for than to join the Northern Stage family on its journey to change lives, one story at a time!
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 passionated 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 and 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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Shelby, from Houston, Texas, joined the Northern Stage family in August of 2018 as the new Education Assistant, working with Eric Love and Amanda Rafuse to support the expansion and elevation of the Education Department’s many programs, including the Youth Ensemble Studio (stage managed the Fall Community Engagement Project and the Winter White Box Production), YES Jr, Boot Camp, and BridgeUP: Theatre in the Schools (project Stage Manager). She received her B.F.A. in Stage Management from the University of Houston in 2017. While studying for her degree, Shelby completed stage management internships with Illinois Shakespeare Festival (Bloomington-Normal, IL), and the Guthrie Theatre (Minneapolis, MN). Her start in theatre began in education, working with students ages 3-18 for several years at the community theatre in her home town as a classroom assistant, visual art and theatre teacher, and stage manager. Other professional experience includes Houston Shakespeare Festival (Houston, TX) [2 seasons], Merrimack Repertory Theatre (Lowell, MA), Stages Repertory Theatre (Houston, TX), and Theatre at Monmouth (Monmouth, ME).
Boot Camp Apprentice
Hayden is ecstatic to be a Boot Camp Apprentice after graduating early from Hanover High School. He loves to work both on stage and off, wearing many hats as a performer, director, choreographer, educator, and technical artist. Recently, he spent his summer working with the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and looks forward to spending his “early gap year” at Northern Stage!
Boot Camp Apprentice
Maya Small is thrilled to be joining Northern Stage as a Boot Camp apprentice. Maya is a 2018 graduated homeschool student and hopes to continue pursuing her love for acting and theatre, something she has been involved in most of her life. Her most recent roles have been Alithea Pinchwife in William Wyscherley’s The Country Wife and Viola de Lesseps in Tom Stoppard’s and Marc Norman’s Shakespeare in Love.
SALES & MARKETING
Director of Sales & Marketing
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Ruby began working at Northern Stage in 2015 and is honored to be the Director of Sales & Marketing. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, she got a B.A. in History at the College of Wooster in Ohio. She stage managed StarKid Productions’ Firebringer (2016), Ani (2014), and The Trail to Oregon! (2014), and assistant stage managed on Twisted (2013) and their 10niversary Celebration concert (2019). She also stage managed the Off-Broadway run of The Trail to Oregon! at the Cherry Lane Theatre in 2015. Ruby could not be more proud to work alongside the wonderful and inspiring Northern Stage team.
Box Office Manager
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Robin is so excited to be joining Northern Stage for their 2019-2020 season. 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.
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Isaac Lorton was named such on a dark, rainy day in late November. It was chilly, windy, and silent – he thinks. People still call him Isaac; you can too. He is excited for his second season at Northern Stage as the Marketing Associate. In his first season, Isaac acted as the Development Associate. Previously, Isaac spent two years as an AmeriCorps member doing a whole host of jobs at Saint Martin De Porres High School in Cleveland, OH. He then spent a year as a light hanger, set builder, waffle maker and data entry-er before moving to Vermont. Isaac is originally from Prescott Valley, AZ. He graduated with a B.A. in the Program of Liberal Studies and a minor in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy from the University of Notre Dame in the Southerly Bend of Northwest Indiana. He freelances as a journalist in the area and is an assistant baseball coach at Hanover High School. He is passionate about service, community building, and the work Northern Stage is doing in the Upper Valley.
Sales & Marketing Assistant
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Michael is a 2019 graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he studied Theatre and Creative Writing. Acting credits include Twelfth Night (Duke Orsino) and Be More Chill (The SQUIP) at Vanderbilt University, and Over The Pub (Eddie) at the New London Barn Playhouse. Michael also had the honor of performing with Kristin Chenoweth and Mary-Mitchell Campbell at the Nashville Symphony in 2018. An Upper Valley native, he’s thrilled to be returning home to join the Northern Stage family as a Sales & Marketing Assistant. When not working in theatre, Michael is a graphic designer. You can find his work on Instagram, @maerlenderdesignco.
Sales & Marketing Assistant
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Mollie is thrilled to be joining the Northern Stage community for the 2019-2020 season. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York and started acting when she was seven years old. She attended Marymount Manhattan College for Acting and Costume Design, with a minor in Musical Theatre. Then transferred to Brooklyn College for BFA Acting, before taking time off to work in theatre. Mollie spends her summers directing youth theatre shows at Long Lake Camp for the Arts. In her free time, Mollie knits, paints, doodles cartoons, juggles, and sings while she plays her Ukulele, named Chuck.
Olivia is a recent graduate from Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, VT. She is thrilled for the opportunity to work for the Northern Stage as the Box Office Assistant for the 2019-2020 season. Passionate about the theater, she has worked both on and off stage in the past; most recently producing and directing Burr and Burton’s first annual one-act festival. She is so excited to start her gap year here at the Northern Stage!
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
BOLD Artistic Fellow
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Virginia is thrilled to be in her second year as Northern Stage’s BOLD Artistic Fellow. She first worked at Northern Stage during the inaugural Dartmouth Experiential Term in 2016 where played the Third Witch in Macbeth and a ghost in A Christmas Carol. She graduated from Dartmouth in 2018 with a major in Theater modified with Film and English where she directed/choreographed several projects, including What Every Girl Should Know by Monica Byrne and Hair as her thesis. In her first year at Northern Stage, she directed the YES Fall Community Engagement Project, E-Termer Sam West’s cabaret “East Coast Meet Sam West,” and Little Shop of Horrors at Hanover High, in addition to assisting on mainstage productions Dear Elizabeth and Matilda. She spent this summer as the COMMUNITY WORKS Intern at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
BOLD Resident Director
Theater/film director living in New York City. Northern Stage: Fox on the Fairway, Mad Love, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Buyer & Cellar. Developed work with Playwrights Horizons, Atlantic Theater Company, NYTW, WP, WTF, The Geffen, and the Finborough in London. Member of Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, nominee for Yale Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Arts, recipient of 2018 Boris Sagal Directing Fellowship at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and inaugural BOLD Resident Director at Northern Stage. Served as Associate Director for Bartlett Sher, Phyllida Lloyd, Dan Sullivan, James Bundy, and Daniel Aukin. Most recently, Maggie directed a GOTV video for Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote. Upcoming: Mark Sonnenblick’s new musical DEVOTION.
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