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, and Only Yesterday, a world premier about John Lennon and Paul McCartney developed by Northern Stage. This season she will direct Dear Elizabeth and Once.
As an actress Carol was a company member of the Cleveland Play House for ten 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.
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.
Company Manager & Administrative Associate
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Shannon is a proud New Englander who is excited for her first season with Northern Stage. A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a BA in Arts Management, Shannon is currently completing a Master of Arts in Stage and Event Management from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. From Residency Coordinator to “Dandy Minion,” Shannon has held many titles and is thrilled to have work with artists such as Beck, The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Billy Bob Thornton, The National, Iron and Wine, Talib Kweli, Taylor Mac, Jason Isbell, Bang on a Can, visual artist Nick Cave, and Big Dance Theater. Highlights of her event experience include the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (venue manager), three FreshGrass Festivals (crewmember), Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival (crewmember), the Royal Horticultural Society’s Cardiff Flower Show (production assistant), and OISTAT Celebration Day at the Prague Quadrennial (assistant production manager).
Director of Development
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Margaret was born and raised in the Upper Valley and although she spent 18 years away, she returned in 2012 and is happy to call the Upper Valley home once again. She spent her professional life engaging with people. First, in her role as Human Resources Officer at First National Bank in Ames, IA, then in her position as Director of Business Development for American Capital Energy – an award winning solar development company. Margaret’s life-long love affair with theater started with her first appearance on stage at the age of eight in Carousel with North Country Community Theatre (NCCT). Since then, she has been an actor, singer, dresser, make-up assistant, set builder, props master, assistant stage manager, stage manager, production manager, and currently serves as President of NCCT. She is thrilled to marry these two sides of herself as Director of Development at Northern Stage. She has previously appeared at Northern Stage in Our Town, Mamma Mia!, and most recently in the New Works Now 5.0 staged reading of The Coup. She holds a BA in English with a minor in Performance Art from Iowa State University and an MBA with an emphasis in Human Resources from Drake University. Margaret is delighted to be a part of the leadership team at Northern Stage to help guide the company in its mission to change lives, one story at a time.
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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.
Development Manager, Corporate Relations
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Upper Valley parent and community volunteer, Heidi is passionate about offering outlets for youth to learn and express their creativity experientially. After starting a successful Sunday School program at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Hanover, Heidi served Northern Stage as a board member from 2010-2013 to support the theater education program. She is proud to have executed three successful fundraisers as chair of the Events Committee and to have approved construction of a new home, the Barrette Center for the Arts. After taking a hiatus to coach volleyball at Hanover High School and to work as Development Coordinator of Events and Volunteers at Montshire Museum of Science, she is happily ensconced as Development Associate at Northern Stage, working with this amazing team to secure a healthy future for Northern Stage.
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Isaac Lorton is excited for his first season with Northern Stage. Originally from Prescott Valley, Arizona he got his B.A. in the Program of Liberal Studies and a minor in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy at the University of Notre Dame. He spent three years in Cleveland, Ohio where as an AmeriCorps member he worked as a professional development coach and English teacher at Saint Martin De Porres High School. He is passionate about community building and the work Northern Stage is doing in the Upper Valley. He is excited to be back in the mountains again after a long stint in the Midwest.
Development Consultant, Institutional Relations
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Alek comes to Northern Stage from New York City, where he worked variously as a fundraising professional, producer, and theatrical/events electrician. Most recently, Alek was Development Associate at The Flea Theater, an award-winning Off-Off-Broadway company situated in heart of downtown Manhattan. At The Flea, he was responsible for all areas of contributed income, including government, foundation, corporate, and individual giving, as well helping to manage an $18MM capital campaign for The Flea’s new three-theater complex. Prior to his years in New York, Alek worked as Master Electrician and Lighting Designer at Carolina Performing Arts’ world-class performance venue, Memorial Hall, where he collaborated with theater, dance, and music artists from around the world. Alek is also a composer, poet, and lyricist with current and recent projects in film, musical theatre, and dance. He holds a degree in English with a focus in Poetry Writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In his free time, Alek enjoys reading, studying Ancient Greek, and making terrible puns. To learn more about Alek’s artistic endeavors and to hear some of his music, visit www.alekdeva.com
EDUCATION & ARTISTIC OUTREACH
Director of Education
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Eric Love is thrilled to join the Northern Stage team 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 Artistic Outreach
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An actor, director, producer, and arts manager, Amanda received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas City – Missouri. With more than 20 years acting and directing in New York (American Shakespeare Theater, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, etc.), at various regional theaters (Kennedy Center, Missouri Rep, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, etc.), and more than 20 theaters in Minneapolis, she moved to Vermont as a member of Northern Stage’s new Leadership Team in 2013. Amanda initially served as the Director of Development for 4.5 years, managing the Campaign for Northern Stage and increasing contributed income by 100%, before being named the first BOLD Associate Director in 2017. With the completion of that seasonal position, Amanda now serves as the newly established Director of Artistic Outreach, helping to bring Northern Stage’s mission into our community and welcoming students and community members through our doors via deep theatrical experiences both on-stage and off. Audiences may remember Amanda from Our Town (Mrs. Webb), A Christmas Carol (2014 production – Mrs. Cratchit), Fox on the Fairway (Muriel) at Northern Stage; Steel Magnolias (Truvy) at New London Barn Playhouse; and at the Highland Center for the Arts as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which she also produced. Among favorite recent directing credits are the hilarious new 10-minute plays in Thirsty Theater (thanks to Jack Neary, Marisa Smith, and Elisabeth Gordon); Assistant to Stephen Brown-Fried on Northern Stage’s Macbeth; co-director for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear (with Craig Johnson at Shakespearean Youth Theater, Minneapolis); Caryl Churchill’s Love & Information, John Cariani’s Almost, Maine (Colby Sawyer College), and Twelfth Night (Lost Nation Theater). Next up: in addition to managing outreach and engagement programming, Amanda will direct Northern Stage’s incredible Youth Ensemble Studio Winter White Box production of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, will again produce/direct Thirsty Theater during New Works Now 6.0, and is working to create a new touring Summer Shakespeare Intensive for our young performers.
Shelby, from Houston, Texas, received her B.F.A. in Stage Management from the University of Houston in 2017. While studying for her degree she completed internships with Illinois Shakespeare Festival (Bloomington-Normal, IL), and the Guthrie Theatre (Minneapolis, MN). Her start in theatre began in the realm of education, working with students ages 3-18 for several years at the community theatre in her home town. 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
Marissa is a soon-to-be college student who is beyond thrilled to be joining Northern Stage for the next year. From acting to stage management and everything in between, she is excited to learn as much as she can about everything that she can in the next few months here. Favorite past shows onstage include Eurydice, Charlotte’s Web, Hairspray, Into the Woods (Lost Nation Theater), A Perfect Fit (VT Pride Theater), Baggage, and Strider (U-32 High School) while shows like A Fleeting Animal, Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day, Adventures of a Comic Book Hero, and Around the World in 80 Days are among her favorites offstage. When she’s not at rehearsal, Marissa lives in Williamstown with her cat, Max, and visits her family (and dogs) in East Calais as often as she can.
SALES & MARKETING
Director of Sales & Marketing
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Ruby began working at Northern Stage is 2015 and is honored to be the new 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 at StarKid Productions in Chicago for Firebringer (2016), Ani (2014), and The Trail to Oregon! (2014), and assistant stage managed on Twisted (2013). 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.
Marketing Manager & Assistant to the Artistic Director
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Amanda is thrilled to be part of the Northern Stage team! In 2013, she completed a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a Creative Writing focus at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and is happy to be living full-time once again in the Upper Valley. Amanda most recently comes from Boston, where she spent time working as a stage manager, assistant stage manager, and marketing manager with companies such as Shakespeare Now!, Underground Railway Theater, The Nora Theater Company, Holland Productions, Gan-e-meed Theatre Project, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Fort Point Theatre Channel, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and Fresh Ink Theatre. Amanda also spent 7 summers working as Company Manager and Director of PR at the New London Barn Playhouse in New London, NH.
Box Office Manager
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Susan Dicken is excited to be a part of her first season at Northern Stage. This past year she served as the General and Company Management Apprentice at Cleveland Play House. Previously she 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.
Front of House & Concessions Manager
Liz is extremely excited to be back in New England joining the Northern Stage team for her first season! Originally from Gloucester Massachusetts, Liz is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a B.F.A concentrating in stage management. Liz has a passion for unique and challenging theatre and ready to be apart of producing it at Northern Stage. When Liz isn’t House Managing she can be found relaxing at home with her wife and their cats.
Sales & Marketing Associate
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Hannah is a 2015 graduate from Dartmouth College with dual focus in theater and visual arts. She is delighted to be part of the Northern Stage family as Sales & Marketing Associate, Volunteer Coordinator, and Access Coordinator. Hannah loves interacting daily with patrons in the Upper Valley: handling ticketing requests in the box office, collaborating with fellow nonprofits and local volunteers, and learning how to make the theater more accessible and welcoming to all patrons. In 2017, Hannah created a program to recycle show banners and costume fabric into handbags, fridge magnets, and other merchandise. She always welcomes ideas on how to make Northern Stage more sustainable through reuse of materials! Hannah is an avid circus and theater lover, and is constantly revising plans for her youth adventure camp and Tiny House circus-theater company, SoleilRising, which she hopes to take on the road in the next 20 years.
Sales & Marketing Assistant
Pacific Northwest born and raised, Maddie comes to Northern Stage after completing a Marketing and Communications Fellowship at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. She is a 2017 graduate from Portland State University’s Honors College with a BA in Communication Studies and a minor in Theater Arts. Additionally, Maddie is a Walt Disney World College Program Fall 2015 Alumna. When she isn’t seeing theatre, she is likely found raving about roller coasters and drinking matcha lattes.
Box Office Assistant
Dallyn Brunck is thrilled to join the team for her first season at Northern Stage. Dallyn is originally from Floyds Knobs, Indiana and has now happily settled down in the upper valley with her fiancé and their dog. She is an actor with a BFA degree in Musical Theatre from Ball State University. Notable credits include How the Grinch Stole Christmas (National Tour), Logainne in The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Greenwood Lake Theater), and Jeannie in Hair (The Barn Theatre). She has performed at Stephen Schwartz’s ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop and in the legendary Joe’s Pub. When not working, she is usually knitting.
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 Gurley Brown Artistic Fellow
Virginia Ogden is thrilled to be working at Northern Stage as their first BOLD Fellow in the Artistic Director’s office. She graduated from Dartmouth this past spring with a major in Theater modified with Film and English. At Dartmouth, she acted in ten productions, notably the Emcee in Cabaret and Mrs. Daldry in In the Next Room, and directed/choreographed the play What Every Girl Should Know by Monica Byrne and the musical Hair as her thesis. She participated in the 2016 inaugural E-Term program at Northern Stage as an actress in Macbeth and A Christmas Carol. This year at Northern Stage she is assistant directing on the main stage, working in the Producing Artistic Director’s office, Jr. Producing New Works Now, and directing the YES Community Outreach production inspired by the novel Bread and Roses, Too. She is grateful for her incredible friends and family and the opportunity to work at a company that truly changes lives, one story at a time.
BOLD Resident Director
Maggie Burrows is a theater and film director living in New York City. She is thrilled to serve as the first BOLD Resident Director for the 2018-2019 season and first came to Northern Stage in 2014 to direct Fox on the Fairway. For Northern Stage, she has also directed Mad Love, Last of the Red Hot Lovers and the upcoming Venus Rising. Maggie has worked with Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, NYTW, Roundabout, Second Stage, Manhattan Theater Club, Lookingglass, Steppenwolf, and with the Finborough in London. She received her BA from Yale University where she was a nominee for the Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Arts. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and a recipient of the Boris Sagal Directing Fellowship at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Maggie has served as an Associate Director for some of the industry’s leading artists including: Bartlett Sher, Phyllida Lloyd, Dan Sullivan, James Bundy and Daniel Aukin. Most recently, Maggie curated a female director-driven reading series called PUBLICREADS and completed her first short film titled CONDOLENCES.
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: www.chadlarabee.com