2020 At Home Gala

Online Fundraiser
Premiered July 30th  |  Closed August 2nd

Looking through screens, filled with our friends and supporters, we couldn’t help but feel together even though we were apart. It was so special to enjoy the outstanding actor couples from Gloucester Stage’s past. Until this weekend, it’s felt like forever since I saw two people performing theater together in the same frame.

The most important part of the weekend, however, was you. Thank you for celebrating Gloucester Stage Company in this unique format and supporting the theater’s mission as it has adapted for social distancing. Perhaps we should have named the evening It Takes You, because it was your contributions that raised over $25,000 to support online programming! Thank you again to our amazing list of sponsors, auction item donors, auction item bidders, and donors who made contributions with their online reservation.

We take great pride in fulfilling our mission and commitment to professional theater in the community. We are thrilled to continue sharing our NeverDark stories each weekend the rest of this summer and continuing to support theater artists onstage (or on their laptops in their kitchens). We look forward to welcoming you back to Cape Ann next season in person, where you can experience your gifts at work.

Featuring Paula Plum* & Richard Snee*, Sandra Shipley* & Paul O’Brien*, Dossy Peabody* & Lonnie Farmer*, Amanda Collins* & Lewis D. Wheeler*, Anne Gottlieb* & Robert Pemberton*, McCaela Curran Donovan* & Joe Short*, Marya Lowry* & Robert Walsh*, and Gigi Watson* & Alejandro Simoes*.

Gold Sponsors (alphabetically):



Silver Sponsors (alphabetically):


Mary John Boylan, Board of Directors

Judith Hoglander, Board of Directors

Jeanne Kinch, Development Director

Elizabeth Neumeier, Committee Member

Sarah Oaks, Board of Directors, Gala Chair

Alan Willsky, Board of Directors

About the Artists

All Members of Actors Equity Association
Paula Plum* is the recipient of five IRNE Awards, the 1995 & 2007 Eliot Norton Award for Best Actress, the 2004 Eliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, and the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University. In 2009 she was one of five actors nation-wide to receive the Fox ActorFellowship in association with SpeakEasy Theatre Co. Ms. Plum is an actress, director, writer, and teacher and has created seven one-person shows for the Undadilla Theatre of Vermont, most notably, Plum Pudding. Original work includes “Wigged Out!”, a comedy about her mother’s death, and “What Lips My Lips Have Kissed” a dramatic biography of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Other directing credits include: Jakes Women ( Merrimack Repertory Theatre) I’m Not Rappaport ( GSC) Baltimore Waltz (Lyric Stage) and Steel Magnolias ( Stoneham Theatre) She is married to actor Richard Snee.

Richard Snee* has appeared at Gloucester Stage in Table Manners, Round and Round the Garden, Living Together, Auld Lang Syne, Out of Sterno, and, most recently, in Barefoot in the Park.  Earlier this year he played Malvolio in the Actors’ Shakespeare Project production of Twelfth Night, directed by the lovely and talented Paula Plumat The Lyric Stage.  He is slated to appear this fall in Choirboy at Speakeasy Stage.

Sandra Shipley* BROADWAY: Present Laughter, The Importance of Being Earnest, Blithe Spirit, Equus, Pygmalion, Retreat From Moscow, Vincent In Brixton, The Deep Blue Sea, Indiscretions. OFF BROADWAY: Roundabout Theatre Company: Arms and the Man, Suddenly Last Summer; Public Theater: Venus, Stuff Happens; Lincoln Center: The Carpetbagger’s Children; Manhattan Theatre Club: Kindertransport; Second Stage Theater: The Clearing, Once Around the City; Mint Theater: Rutherford and Son; Hindle Wakes; City Center Encores!: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. NATIONAL TOURS: Anything Goes, Blithe Spirit. REGIONAL: American Repertory Theater, Boston Shakespeare Company, Cape Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Geva, Gloucester Stage, Guthrie, Humana Festival, Huntington Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf, Lyric Stage, McCarter Theatre, Merrimack Repertory, Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Yale Repertory, Shakespeare Theatre in D.C. and most recently the Cape Playhouse . INTERNATIONAL: U.K. Royal Court/West End/Royal Shakespeare Company. TELEVISION: Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU,Third Watch, Lipstick Jungle. AWARDS: Elliot Norton Medal for Sustained Theatre Excellence; L.A. Robbie, Elliot Norton Best Actress Award 1994 Medea, 2006 Mary Tyrone/ Long Day’s Journey Into Night, 2010 Kath/Entertaining Mr.Sloane I.R.N.E.

Paul O’Brien* BROADWAY: Six Degrees of Separation, On a Clear Day, The Importance of Being Earnest, Equus, Democracy, King Lear, The Crucible, Twelfth Night. OFF-BROADWAY: The Mountains Look Different (Mint Theater); DA, The Weir (Irish Rep); Hamlet (NYSF), Death Defying Acts (Variety Arts), The Seagull (Second Stage), Three Birds Alighting on a Field (MTC), Widow’s Blind Date (Circle in the Square), A Moon for the Misbegotten (Pearl Theater). REGIONAL: Playmakers Rep, Guthrie Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, Geffen Theater, South Coast Rep, Actors Theater of Louisville, Long Wharf, Trinity Rep, Huntington, Lyric Stage, Gloucester Stage. FILM: Shirley, Hail Caesar, The Boy Downstairs, Manhattan Romance, Fairhaven, Henry’s Crime, Redacted, The Devil’s Own, What’s The Worst That Can Happen?. TELEVISION: Search Party, Dangerous Book for Boys, Elementary, Forever, House of Cards, Person of Interest, Sopranos, The Practice, ER, Star Trek Voyager, Angel, A Case of Deadly Force, Law and Order, One Life To Live.

Dossy Peabody* is an award winning actor (Elliot Norton Award ’90) and acting teacher (Outstanding Teacher ’08 – Emerson College), Dossy Peabody coaches both professional and non-professional actors of all ages. Over the years, Dossy’s actors have been and are being accepted to some of the best graduate and undergraduate training programs in the country. They are being cast in productions at such regional theaters as Trinity Rep, Merrimack Rep, Gloucester Stage, Speakeasy, Lyric Stage, Actors’ Shakespeare, New Rep, Boston Playwrights’, A.R.T. & Huntington. In addition, her actors are auditioning for, and getting cast in, films & television at CP Casting, Boston Casting, Paradice Casting, & Slate Casting.

Lonnie Farmer* has appeared at the Huntington Theatre, Trinity Repertory, Boston Playwrights, SpeakEasy and Wheelock Family Theatre. FILM: The Cider House Rules, The Judge, and Black Mass. TV: Showtime’s Brotherhood and Hulu’s upcoming Castle Rock.

AMANDA COLLINS* has worked with many Boston-area theaters including the Huntington, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.,The Lyric Stage, Boston Playwrights’, Gloucester Stage, Wheelock Family Theater, Central Square Theatre, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT), Cape Rep, Publick Theatre, and Orfeo Group. Regional: The Outfit in NY and Philadelphia, American Stage in Florida, founding member of Harbor Stage Company. She recently won an Elliot Norton Award for her performance in Merrimack Rep’s Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Television: Olive Kitteridge (HBO), Castle Rock, Boston’s Finest (ABC Pilot) Film: Sea of Trees. Amanda is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA.

LEWIS D. WHEELER* has appeared at GSC in The 39 Steps, To Kill a Mockingbird (IRNE nomination, Best Actor), The TotalitariansGloucester Blue, Doubt: A ParableAn Ideal Husband, and he directed Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth. Recent credits include Pass Over, Between Riverside and Crazy, Hand to God (SpeakEasy Stage); Nat Turner in Jerusalem, Richard II (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); IdeationLong Day’s Journey Into Night, Muckrakers (New Rep); Finish Line (Boston Theater Company); Blood on the Snow (Bostonian Society), and five seasons with Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre. Regional: American Repertory Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Lyric Stage, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Nora Theatre, Underground Railway Theatre, Greater Boston Stage Company, Huntington Theatre, American Stage (FL), Publick Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Cape Rep. Lewis was a founding member of Harbor Stage where he performed in The Seagull and Hedda Gabler, and directed David Rabe’s Sticks and Bones. Film/TV: Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, Manchester by the Sea, Black Mass, Pink Panther 2, The Company MenLouisa May Alcott (PBS), City on a Hill, Brotherhood, NOS4A2. Upcoming: Honest Thief with Liam Neeson. Lewis is a member of Theatre Espresso, performing interactive, historical dramas about social justice for students. He also participates in improv-based training programs at Boston Children’s Hospital, helping clinicians practice challenging situations. BA Cornell University and MFA American Film Institute.

Anne Gottlieb* works in professional theatre as an actor, director, producer and creator of collaborative work. She has performed in numerous award winning productions over the last 15 years. Most recently she appeared in Futurity (a Musical by The Lisps) at the American Repertory Theatre and the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis. She is the recipient of the 2011 Elliot Norton Award for Best Performance for her work in In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) at SpeakEasy Stage as well as Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune at The New Repertory Theatre for which she also received an Independent Reviewer’s of New England Award. Anne founded FortyMagnolias Productions in 2007 and in 2009 co-produced, co-created and acted in the world premiere of The Wrestling Patient, based on the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum. She has taught Acting and Voice at Brandeis University, Boston College, University of Southern Maine and many other colleges and private studios. Anne is a devoted student and teacher of the Michael Chekhov work and is on the faculty of MICHA. Additionally, Anne is an executive consultant working with business leaders internationally in the area of leadership presence and presentation skills. Anne Currently resides in Boston and New York

Robert Pemberton* Previous prosecutions include Art, Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair de Lune, and Speed the Plow (IRNE Award). Other credits include Driving Miss Daisy, Ponies, Dinner With Friends, Antony and Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Elliot Norton Award), and Much Ado About Nothing (Elliot Norton Award). Film: “By the Sea” (nominated for Latin Oscar), “Treading Water”, Boondock Saints”, “The Exchange”, “Gentleman from Boston”, “The Still Point”, “The New England Connection”, “Temps”, and “Anathema”, among others. Television: “The Brotherhood” (Showtime), “Another World”, “Guiding Light”, and “Unsolved Mysteries”.

McCAELA DONOVAN* is happy to be back at Gloucester Stage Company after appearing in ‘Crimes of the Heart’. Local credits: Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group, Reagle Music Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Co, ArtsEmerson, New Repertory Theatre, Brandeis Theatre Company, Greater Boston Stage Company, Actor’s Shakespeare Project,The Lyric Stage, Bridge Rep of Boston, Fiddlehead Theatre Co and Company One. New York Credits: NYMT Festival, Primary Stages. BFA- Musical Theatre (Ithaca College), MA -Theatre Education (Emerson College), MFA Acting (Brandeis University ). She is a member of Actor’s Equity, SAG-AFTRA, SAFD. McCaela serves as the Assistant Director of the School of Theatre at Boston University. Thanks to the Gloucester team, the wonderful humans on this production and her husband Joe, the best scene partner onstage and off.

JOE SHORT* is a professional actor, teacher, and production artist. He has performed in numerous theaters in Boston, New York, Rhode Island, Washington DC, and elsewhere. Joe was a founding artistic associate of two successful New England theatre companies: Bridge Rep of Boston and The Wilbury Theatre Group, in Providence, RI. He has also directed both professionally and at the university level, most recently directing True West, by Sam Shepard, for the Gloucester Stage Company. Joe is an instructor of acting at numerous universities in the area, and has been an instructor of acting, voice, and movement at the University of Rhode Island since 2010. Joe is the Production Technician for the newly created Theatre, Dance, and Media concentration at Harvard University, and the production manager at Gloucester Stage Company since 2013. Joe earned his B.F.A. at the University of Rhode Island, and is an M.F.A. graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium.

Marya Lowry* is delighted to return to GSC having been seen in Lettice and Lovage (IRNE Nomination Best Supporting Actress and The New Electric Ballroom (Elliot Norton Award Best Ensemble). Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Julius Caesar (Brutus), The Tempest (Prospero); Also: The Cherry Orchard, Two Gentlemen of VeronaCymbeline, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, Duchess of Malfi, Macbeth (title role), Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Richard III). Local Theatre: Gamm Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, American Repertory Theater, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre and New Repertory Theatre. Featured Performer and Narrator: Boston Pops and the Handel & Haydn Society at Symphony Hall, Cantata Singers at Jordan Hall. International and Regional: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Barter Theatre, Riverside Shakespeare Company NYC, Luminato FestivalToronto, Roy Hart International Arts Centre, France, Bulgarian singing tour with Divi Zheni. Teaching: Brandeis University. International Teaching includes Greece, France, Italy, Poland, Cyprus, United Kingdom, and Canada. Marya is a spiritual mentor to incarcerated women.

Robert Walsh* GSC: My Station in Life, CyranoThe Rainmaker, Bank Job, Songs For A New World, The New Electric Ballroom, North Shore Fish, Fighting Over Beverley, The Widow’s Blind Date, The Primary English Class, Our Town. GSC (Actor): Gloucester Blue, Sins of the Mother, The Subject Was Roses, The Barking Sharks, Two for the Seesaw. Producing Artistic Director, American Stage Festival: Bus Stop, Intimate Exchanges, Jacques Brel…, and Lend Me a Tenor, among others. Artistic Associate: Actors’ Shakespeare Project: Richard III, As You Like It, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Coriolanus, Twelfth Night, Measure For Measure. Other productions directed include: Othello (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Round and Round The Garden, Table Manners, K2, Later Life, Holiday Memories (Merrimack Rep); Rancho Mirage, Race, Speed-The-Plow, True West (New Repertory Theatre); The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, The Goatwoman of Corvis County (Shakespeare & Co.); Misalliance, A Life in the Theatre (Two River Theatre Co.); I Hate Hamlet (StageWest); The Little Foxes (Barter Theatre); and Of Mice and Men (Stoneham Theatre), among others. Roles in recent feature films include Black Mass, Patriot’s Day and the upcoming, Altar Rock. Robert directed the on-field ceremonies for the ’99 All-Star Game at Fenway Park. He is on the faculty at Brandeis University.

Gigi Watson* is gratefully making her Gloucester Stage debut! Many thanks to Chris, Bob, and the entire GSC team. Recent regional credits include Rhinoceros, Lenin’s Embalmers (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater), Small Mouth Sounds, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (SpeakEasy Stage), Brawler (Boston Playwrights Theatre), Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth (Brown Box Theatre Project), Billy Elliot (Wheelock Family Theatre), Finish Line (Boston Theater Company), and Café Variations (ArtsEmerson/SITI Company). Gigi holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. She joyfully coaches acting and audition prep with My College Audition. This winter, Gigi will play Portia in The Merchant of Venice with Actors Shakespeare Project.

ALEJANDRO SIMOES* Recent credits include Peter and the StarcatcherLight up the Sky, and One Man Two Guvnors (Lyric Stage), The Motherf**ker with the Hat (SpeakEasy Stage Co., IRNE Best Supporting Actor), Our Country’s Good, Recent Tragic Events, and Aunt Dan and Lemon (Whistler in the Dark), Paperbag Princess, Shh! (New Exhibition Room), Travesties, Romeo & Juliet, and Misalliance (The Publick Theatre), Titus Andronicus (Actor’s Shakespeare Project), The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.), King John (Shakespeare & Company), Olly’s Prison, and DidoQueen of Carthage (A.R.T.), as well as productions with Stoneham Theatre, Theatre on Fire, Holland Productions, Zeitgeist Stage, and Imaginary Beasts. He trained at Shakespeare & Company, Southwick Studio, and Northeastern University.

*Denotes Member of Actors Equity Association (AEA)

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