staff

Weston Playhouse Company Members

Administration

Producing Artistic Director
Steve Stettler :: E-mail

Producing 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
Jacki Brown :: E-mail

Director of Production and Facilities
Bridget Sullivan :: E-mail

Administrative Assistant
Emily Matthees :: E-mail

 

STAFF BIOS

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 (Producing Director) 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 (Producing Director) 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) Debora Harry-Spencer previously worked as a concierge for nine years at both The Charles Orvis Inn and The Equinox Resort and Spa in Manchester, Vermont and was a member of the international concierge association, Les Clefs d'Or. She graduated from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania with degrees in Television Production and Secondary Education/Communication with a minor in Speech and Theatre. Debora worked as a free-lance television producer and on-air talent before teaching high school English and directing school drama productions. Her dream has always been to work in theatre, and she is so pleased to now be a staff member at The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company.



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).



Jacki Brown (Director of Education & Outreach) is a graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communications with a professional background that includes a 5-year stint with The Village Voice in New York City followed by over a decade of successful entrepreneurial and marketing work in Vermont. An enthusiastic attendee and supporter of WPTC programs for years, Jacki is an articulate spokesperson and writer with teaching experience and two children in the local school system.



Bridget Sullivan (Director of Production and Facilitie) Hailing from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Bridget's previous management work includes several years as Associate Production Manager and Concert Manager at North Shore Music Theatre in Massachusetts; Production Manager for Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre and Project Manager for Barbizon Lighting Company. In a previous life, Bridget had a lengthy career in props as well working at various theatres including NSMT, several Pittsburgh theatre companies, the Santa Fe Opera and Westchester Broadway Theatre in NY. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia and now resides in Chester, Vermont with her lovely and talented partner Collette.



Emily Matthees (Administrative Assistant) Emily Matthees, from Rochester, MN, returned to the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company as a year-round Administrative Assistant after serving as the 2014 Company Manager. With more special events, new works/education programs than ever, and a capital campaign under way, her help is invaluable "Emily proved herself to be gracious under pressure as she managed the comings and goings of our 136 seasonal employees this past summer," offered Director of Production and Facilities Bridget Sullivan. Emily has worked two seasons at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA. She graduated from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI with a BFA in Arts Administration and a BFA in Theatre.




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