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2019/2020 Staff Listing


Jess Johnston
Production Manager
(802) 296-7000 ext. 120


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.


John Seidensticker
Technical Director
(802) 296-7000 ext. 128


John Seidensticker is looking forward to working with Northern Stage and to continue the incredible work that they produce. A native of Arkansas he grew up around a college theatre program and a small community theatre where he discovered his love of technical theatre. He is a recent graduate of the Technical Direction MFA program from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He believes that being able to build the world of a play and to immerse the audience into the play is always a rewarding experience.


Jill Koenig
Scenic Charge Artist
(802) 296-7000 ext. 130

Jill Koenig is excited to join Northern Stage! She has an undergraduate degree in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Northern Colorado. Previously she has worked as a scenic artist at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre in Holland, MI and as a Charge Artist at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN.


James Roeder
Props Master
(802) 296-7000 ext. 129

James Roeder has been working at Northern Stage since mid-August 2015. He has an undergraduate degree in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Evansville, in Evansville, Indiana. He has worked in the Upper Valley as both a Properties Artisan and a Scenic Designer. His previous design work includes Vinegar Tom, Anatomy of Gray, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Young Frankenstein, Anne of Green Gables, Red White and Tuna, Jane Eyre, The Triangle Factory Fire Project, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, The Secret Garden, and School of Rock. He is excited to continue his Design work and Props work in the Upper Valley and looks forward to many more projects to come.


Helen Rooker
Master Electrician
(802) 296-7000 ext. 131

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! After college she toured internationally with Teatro Travieso (Troublemaker Theatre) before settling in to Northern Stage.


Celeste Jennings
Costume Shop Manager
(802) 296-7000 ext. 112