Robert Walsh
Artistic Director
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GSC: My Station in Life, Cyrano, The 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.

Board of Directors:

Mary Barcus
Mary John Boylan, Secretary
Harry Hoglander
Judith Hoglander
Paul Horovitz, President
Lawrence Maver, Treasurer
Pauline Miceli
Richard P. Mills
Elizabeth Neumeier, Vice President
Sarah Oaks
Geoffrey Richon, Vice President
Carole Shauffer
William Taylor

Christopher Griffith
Interim Managing Director
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Chris has a demonstrated history of working in the performing arts industry and a passion for non-profit advocacy through marketing and development. Chris attained his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Entrepreneurship from Ball State University. Before joining GSC in October of 2017, Chris revitalized a non-profit community theater in Indiana; turning an organization on the brink of closing into the premiere location for live entertainment in East Central Indiana. Those efforts led to a successful $3million capital restoration of a historic landmark theater. Chris’s masters research explored generational giving and analyzing solutions for reaching the next generation of donors. Additionally, Chris executive produced Musical Mission Tour, a touring non-profit, bringing theater to at-risk youth in urban communities and children’s hospitals.

Board of Advisors:

Bea Waring, Interim Chair
Stephen Bates
Linzee & Beth Coolidge
Mark Gottesman
Tom Grilk
Barbara Hargrove
Sally Jackson
Tom Janis
George Marsh
Aria McElhenny
Regina Villa

Melanie Murray-Brown
Development Director
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Melanie joined the team at Gloucester Stage in October 2017. Prior to GSC, Melanie was the Director of Program Integration at another community nonprofit, Maritime Gloucester, where she also served on the board for 10 years. In the public sector, Melanie served as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. In Washington, D.C., she worked on international policy and communication at NOAA after receiving a degree in international relations from American University. Passionate about the community, she served on Gloucester’s Planning Board, volunteers at the Sawyer Free Library, and with the refugee outreach at St. John’s Church. Melanie is a neighbor of Gloucester Stage, living on Rocky Neck with her husband, Mark and their three kids. When not at a rugby game, concert, or the supermarket, you’ll find Melanie making dinner for friends, chasing rabbits out of her square foot garden, and pushing her limits at yoga.

Heidi Dallin
Media Relations & Education Director
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Publicist: Cape Ann Symphony, Chockstone Pictures, North Shore Music Theatre, Jim’s Bagel & Bake Shoppe, Duckworth’s Bistrot, Annisquam Arts & Crafts, Skin Cancer Awareness, Healthy Gloucester Collaborative, Suzuki Method. Actress: originated role Hillary Clinton in Hillary and Monica: The Winter of Her Discontent: Off Broadway; National Black Theatre Festival; Winner Midtown International Theatre Festival: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play; Panelist & Presenter: Association of Writers Conference. Television: CNN; Inside Edition; Fox 25 News; South Korea National News; 1623 Studios; Starred in Mo Rocca’s “Hillary’s People Problem,” “Hillary’s Campaign Videos.” Narrator: Katy and The Big Snow, Cape Ann Symphony; Peter and The Wolf, CAS and Quincy Symphony; Hillary Clinton Look-a-Like: throughout country. Director: Gloucester Elementary Schools: Castaways; Doo-Wop Wed Widing Hood; Wizard of Oz; Oliver; Grease, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Annie; Twinderella, Peter Pan at Christmas, 101 Dalmatians; GSC: Little Match Girl, Holiday Delights, 2007-2017; Teacher: Youth Acting Workshops, Eastern Point Day School; Glen Urquhart; Swampscott Schools; Gloucester Youth Council. Member: HGC Youth Substance Use Prevention Steering Committee, Advisor: Gloucester Youth Council; Creative Consultant HGC and GYC PSA Series. Education: Magna cum laude graduate in Special Concentration in Dramatic Expression: Literary and Artistic from Harvard University.

Joe Short
Production Manager

Joe is a professional actor, teacher, and production artist. Recent acting roles include Brutus in Julius Caesar and Richard in The Lover for Bridge Rep of Boston; George Tesman in Hedda Gabler, Man #3 in The Big Meal, Ray Dooley in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, William Tyndale/George Villiers in Anne Boleyn, Lars in Festen and Guildenstern/Francisco in Hamlet at the Gamm Theatre; Noah Curry in The Rainmaker at Gloucester Stage Company; Henry in Rich Girl at the Lyric Stage; Tom in These Shining Lives at Stoneham Theatre; Gordon in Strange Interlude at Shakespeare Theatre of DC; Lord Dumaine in All’s Well That Ends Well at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; Balthasar in The Merchant of Venice at Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival; Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol at Trinity Rep; Aston in The Caretaker, Andrew Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Padraic in The Lieutenant of Inishmore at The Wilbury Theatre Group.

Billy Burgoyne
Box Office Manager

Billy is excited to be back for his second season at Gloucester Stage Company. In addition to managing the box office at GSC, you can also find Billy assisting Heidi Dallin with the Youth Acting Workshop Program during the winter. Billy graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a B.A. in English and has previously hosted weekly radio programs on WUML 91.5 FM and Digitally Imported Radio. When he is not managing the box office, he is probably DJing at a local bar or club or taking Mosquito, his rescue Chihuahua, for a walk along the beach.


Fiona Kerr
Company / House Manager
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Fiona is new to Gloucester Stage but is returning to her theatrical roots which were planted in London, England in the late 1970s.  A few years later, she was working on the production side of the camera for Thames Television when she and her husband moved to Tucson, Arizona – a slight case of culture shock! Next stop – Connecticut, where she started producing her own plays at her daughters’ Montessori school. The family found their ideal surroundings on the North Shore 23 years ago.  She has taught English as a second language and trained others to teach English in Boston, where she and her husband are regular theatergoers – as well as at Gloucester Stage.  She has run after-school drama programs and has assisted in productions at Brookwood school.  Most recently, she worked in the Education department of the Cape Ann Museum.  She is looking forward to connecting with Gloucester Stage patrons and volunteers.

Julia Lorello
Digital Marketing Coordinator
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Julia started with Gloucester Stage as a marketing apprentice for the 2018 season and has since joined the administrative team! Julia graduated from Bennington College with a B.A. in Theatre. You may have also seen her at the Crane Estate in Ipswich where she spent two summers as a Cultural Site Interpreter.


2019 Apprentices

Jessica Brennan
Stage Management

Jess is thrilled to have the opportunity of joining the Gloucester Stage Company’s 2019 Apprentice Program! She fell in love with theatre when she was a little girl and has had the privilege of working on many shows both on and off the stage. Jess hails from Leicester, MA and has an MA in Theatre Arts from Middlesex University (London, UK) and a BA in Creative Arts from Siena College (Loudonville, NY). Some of her credits include Top Girls (Ghost Light Players, Stage Manager), When We Came Here (Cuckoo Bang, SM), I Don’t Speak Spanish (Middlesex University, SM), Hamlet (GLP, Assistant Director/Assistant SM), Pippin (GLP,SM), Bach At Leipzig (Flyleaf Theatre, SM), Romeo and Juliet (GLP, SM), Godspell (GLP, Gilmer), and House of Blue Leaves (GLP, AD). Jess would like to thank her family and friends for their continued love and support.

Ryan Cannister
Marketing / Development

Ryan grew up in Hamilton, MA and recently graduated from Gordon College where he double majored in Theatre Arts and Communication Arts. During his time in the Gordon Theatre Department he pursued acting, directing, and marketing. Some of his acting credits include playing Peter Shaw in Silent Sky, Orlando in As You Like It, and Ladislav Sipos in She Loves Me. For his senior theatre thesis production he directed Constellations by Nick Payne. Previously Ryan has interned at ImprovBoston and worked as the Marketing Director on numerous productions for the Gordon College Theatre Department. Ryan believes theatre should be approachable to everyone and incorporate elements of ensemble, collaboration, and cohesive storytelling. He is looking forward to Gloucester Stage Company’s 2019 season and hopes you make it to a show!


Madison Cook-Hines

Madison just graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Theatre BFA in Directing and Stage Management. During her senior year, she received a grant to research, write, direct, design, build, manage, and produce Daughters of Lavinia, a puppet-filled play that uses Lavinia from Titus Andronicus to tell the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Madison also spent the year as a TA for the Sophomore Acting Class, a job she’ll miss dearly. Her favorite on-stage role (at URI and of all time) was playing the Provost in Measure for Measure. She adores making the most out of the littlest characters. But a close second favorite was performing in The Wolves. Madison is over the moon to be jumping in at Gloucester Stage and can’t wait to learn something different from everyone. She hasn’t had spare time in several years, but if she did, she might go hiking.

Clarissa Messer
Technical / Properties

Clarissa just graduated from Bard College. She was a theater major and loves being a techie. While at Bard, Clarissa worked in the scene shop at the Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts. She grew up overseas in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia as a third culture kid. She isn’t the biggest fan of the question “where are you from?” but thinks of new and creative ways to answer it. While she hasn’t settled on her role in the theater world, she loves production and is excited to be the scenic apprentice this season.

Olivia Paluzzi
Stage Management

Olivia is a Massachusetts native who recently graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BFA in Theatre. She has concentrations in both acting and stage management and has a love for the work that happens on and back stage. Her time at URI was filled with participating in many productions, trying everything from carpentry, stage combat, sound board operating, and acting in vastly different roles. To end her senior year, she was the stage manager for an eight show one act festival and found the process challenging but rewarding. She believes having a passion for both the artistic side and logistic side of theatre keeps her well rounded and helps her see things from different perspectives. She can’t wait to see where this new chapter in life leads her and is looking forward to her time at Gloucester Stage.

Liana Genoud
Youth Education

Liana is an actor, director, choreographer, performance artist, and aspiring educator. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, she is a recent graduate from Emerson College in Boston with a BFA degree in theatre and performance. While in Boston, she had the amazing opportunity to work as a Handmaid/Supernumerary in The Handmaid’s Tale (Boston Lyric Opera), directed by Anne Bogart. She has also worked on multiple independent activist projects from co-choreographing a dance piece that confronts the audience with unconventional bodies to demanding an open dialogue about climate change through an ensemble-driven outdoor performance. She cannot wait to see what magic awaits her while surrounded by the creative team at Gloucester Stage! None of this would be possible without her parents for all their unending support, and to Sarah Hickler and everyone at Gloucester Stage who gave her this opportunity.

Alexis Rappaport
Production Management

Alexis is a recent graduate of College of the Holy Cross who received her BA in Theatre and Psychology. While at Holy Cross, Alexis was able to be involved in a number of different production areas, including directing, acting, sound design, and stage management. Her studies also included the opportunity to spend a summer in London studying dramatic criticism.  Last year she worked as an intern with the Ko Festival of Performance in Amherst, MA, where she took on a variety of technical and front of house roles for touring productions. Alexis is looking forward to learning about production management at Gloucester Stage Company, and is thrilled to be working with a company that emphasizes the collaborative processes that are necessary in order to bring a show to life.

Patricia (Pat-rice) Rooney
Stage Management

Patricia (Pat-rice) Rooney is wicked pumped to be joining Gloucester Stage Company as a Stage Management Apprentice for this season. She is currently a senior seeking her B. F. A. in Stage Management at Millikin University in Decatur Illinois, after transfering from Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Future and recent credits include: Production Manager, Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre: 2019-2020 Season, Production Manager, Millikin University School of Theatre and Dance: Fall 2019. Stage Manager: The Guide to Being Single with Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, The Medium and Hand of Bridge with Millikin University’s School of Music, and Julius Caesar with Millikin University’s School of Theatre and Dance. She would like to thank everyone at Gloucester Stage Company for this incredible opportunity, Emily for her for her energy, the mom’s for their unyielding support, and Meg for always being there.


2019 Interns

Emily Grace

Emily will graduate from Gloucester High School next year. She is very excited to gain experience through this internship in all aspects of the theatre. Emily wants to study either musical theatre or vocal performance in college. Over the last year, Emily was involved in many productions with Neverland Theatre Company, and she is so grateful to get this chance to learn from the great staff at GSC and form connections for the future.


Miranda Joyce

Miranda will be graduating from Brookline High School in 2020. She has participated in the Youth Acting Workshop at Gloucester Stage for many years, and is excited to gain more theatre experience outside of acting through the internship program.


Madison Kolterjahn

Madison will be graduating from Gloucester High School in 2021. She is passionate about musical theatre, and is an active member of the Gloucester High Theatre Program and Drama Council. Madison has participated in the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop and Holiday Delights 2018. She is excited to be returning as a Gloucester Stage intern for the second year in a row.


Anya Lichtenwald

Anya will graduate from Gloucester High School in 2022. She has participated in in the Youth Acting Workshop and Holiday Delights at Gloucester Stage Company since 2015. Through the internship she hopes to gain the full theatre and tech experience that the apprentices and staff members have gained through their work at GSC.


Nathaniel Oaks

Nate will be graduating from Gloucester High School in 2022. Nate was last seen at GSC in To Kill A Mockingbird. Nate has been involved at GSC since 2015. Nate has recently performed in Mamma Mia, Mmmbeth and Hamlette (Gloucester High School), Annie Jr, Aladdin Jr (Hamilton-Wenham Community House), Shrek Jr, Mulan Jr, Lion King Jr (O’Maley Middle School), and has been participating at GSC Youth Acting Workshop for the past five years. You can find Nate on the beach or hanging out with friends.


Ethan Brien

Ethan is making his theatrical debut as a Gloucester Stage Company intern. He has done many hours of community work with The YMCA Teen Leaders. He has interest in learning the business behind stage work, also how to do sound and music production.