Weston Playhouse Company Members


Producing Artistic Director
Steve Stettler :: E-mail

Founding Directors
Malcolm Ewen
Tim Fort

Managing Director
Lesley Koenig :: E-mail

Director of Company Administration
Debora Harry-Spencer :: E-mail

Director of Development
Charma Bonanno :: E-mail

Director of Education & Outreach
Piper Goodeve :: E-mail

Development Associate
Amanda S. Merk :: E-mail

General Management Assistant
Jeremy Lupowitz :: E-mail



Steve Stettler (Producing Artistic Director) guides the theatre’s artistic and strategic growth from its year-round office in Weston. His Weston directing credits include the world premiere of the chamber version of The Light in the Piazza and Death of A Salesman with Christopher Lloyd. A former Artistic Director of the Obie-winning TNT/The New Theatre of Brooklyn, Steve has directed in New York, regionally on both coasts and internationally. He taught acting for the O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute for many years and frequently adjudicates for the American College Theatre Festival and Vermont State Drama Festival. A longtime site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts, he has served as a panelist for the NEA and the Vermont Arts Council. Steve is an Emeritus Board Member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and past Co-Chair of the Committee for its annual Festival of New Musicals in NYC.

Malcolm Ewen (Founding Directors) has directed such Weston favorites as A Chorus Line, The Oath, Doubt, Urinetown, Kiss Me, Kate, The Full Monty, The Drawer Boy, Ragtime, Chicago and Of Mice and Men. He recently stage managed the Tony winning Broadway revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. The production was originally produced by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, where he has worked since 1987. Also on Broadway he was the PSM for Paul Simon’s The Capeman, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Song of Jacob Zulu and the Tony award winning The Grapes of Wrath. Regional theatre credits include Steppenwolf, Arena Stage, Northlight, Kennedy Center, Long Wharf, Goodman, Berkeley Rep and the La Jolla Playhouse. His international travels have taken him from London's Royal National Theatre and to the Festival of Perth in Australia. Malcolm is a graduate of Amherst College.

Tim Fort (Founding Directors) Since he first tumbled onto the Weston stage in 1973's The Drunkard, Tim has acted in more than fifty Playhouse productions, directed over sixty-five (including the Vermont premieres of Les Misérables, Spelling Bee, Ella and Avenue Q), and designed lighting for many others. Tim also oversees the Playhouse’s Young Company program and particularly enjoys working on Weston’s “Other Stages,” having directed twelve productions “off campus” in recent years (including Souvenir, Bad Dates, and The Marvelous Wonderettes) as well as more than 100 cabarets. Beyond Weston, he has worked extensively in his home province of Ontario as a director, actor and (Dora-nominated) designer – recently lighting Driving Miss Daisy for both the Thousand Islands Playhouse and Western Canada Theatre. Since 1986, Tim has been a professor in the Department of Drama at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario where he teaches Directing, Design, Theatre Administration, and Musical Theatre – and for a dozen years also served as unit Head.

Lesley Koenig (Managing Director) Lesley Koenig took the reins as WPTC’s Managing Director in June 2014. With over twelve years of experience in executive management of performing arts organizations and a twenty-year career as an opera director, she began her professional career at age 17 as a stage manager with San Francisco Opera. At 23, she joined the Metropolitan Opera as a stage director, mounting over 30 productions with the company, while also directing in other top opera houses and festivals worldwide. During a sabbatical from her directing career, she earned an MBA and an MA in Education from Stanford University in 2001 and has since served as General Manager of San Francisco Ballet, Director of Production at the Met, General Director of Opera Boston, and Senior Consultant with Arts Consulting Group. A graduate of Harvard University, she lectures on the strategic management of non-profits, and continues to direct an opera production every year.

Debora Harry-Spencer (Director of Company Administration) As Director of Company Administration, Debora oversees the day-to-day business activities of the office, including accounting, employee contracts, union compliance, Board minutes, information technology, scheduling, and human resources. She worked previously as a free-lance television producer, a high school English teacher and drama director, and for nine years held the position of Concierge for both The Charles Orvis Inn and The Equinox Resort and Spa where she was a member of the international concierge association, Les Clefs d’Or. A graduate of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, she holds degrees in Television Production and Secondary Education/Communication with a minor in Speech and Theatre.

Charma Bonanno (Director of Development) ​Charma ​enjoyed a successful performing career in theaters in Chicago, New York, and touring around the U.S. She also performed in several summer seasons here in Weston in such roles as Velma Kelly in Chicago, Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera, and Prudie Cupp in the inaugural ​Rod & Gun Club production, Pump Boys and Dinettes. After the birth of her son, Charma pursued her other passion for small business, working with several start-ups and rapidly growing companies. She was most notably the Financial Manager at a New York legal staffing firm (Lexolution) for nine years. Charma is married to Weston Playhouse favorite, David Bonanno, and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).

Piper Goodeve (Director of Education & Outreach) Piper Goodeve first came to Weston as an intern in 1998, was part of the inaugural Young Company in 2000, and joined Actors’ Equity playing Ado Annie in the 2002 production of Oklahoma!. Other Weston credits include Swingtime Canteen, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and The Marvelous Wonderettes. Off Broadway, Piper played Anne in Anne of Green Gables, earning a Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance, and has performed at Syracuse Stage, McCarter Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Tennessee Shakespeare Co, Trinity Rep, and Merrimack Rep. She comes to Weston now with ten years of teaching experience, having taught for the Hangar Theatre Next Generation, Project Contemporary Competitiveness/Advanced Studies Program at Bridgewater State College, The Studio New Canaan, and the high school Summer Shakespeare Program at the McCarter. Piper holds an MFA in Acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep where she was the Teaching Assistant to the Head of Voice and Speech.

Amanda S. Merk (Development Associate) Amanda Merk joined the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company in 2015 and is also the librarian at Weston's Wilder Memorial Library. Amanda has experience in marketing, fundraising and development. Most recently she served as the Marketing, Business Development & Fundraising Manager at the Social Law Library in Boston, Massachusetts. Amanda is also a yoga instructor. She is passionate about creating spaces where communities can come together to enjoy theatre, the arts, and cultural enrichment. Ms. Merk earned a Masters of Science in Library Studies at Simmons College and a BA in Literature from McGill University.

Jeremy Lupowitz (General Management Assistant) Jeremy A. Lupowitz joined the Weston staff in summer 2015 as a Development Intern before moving into his current, year-round position. A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, Jeremy earned BA's in Theatre Arts and French from Dickinson College. His passion for arts administration has led him to work for Pendragon Theatre, Red Rising Marketing, and Dickinson's Department of Theatre and Dance before coming to Weston. He plans to spend a few years in the work force before pursuing his masters degree, and aspires to one day manage his own theatre company.