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.
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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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.
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
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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.
SALES & MARKETING