Senior Staff

New London Barn Playhouse Senior Staff

Keith Coughlin
Executive Artistic Director

Keith Coughlin is proud to be a part of another wonderful season, celebrating his 11th summer here at the Barn. He has worked as a performer, director, choreographer, and master class teacher across the country. Directing/Choreography: West Side Story (2017 NH Theatre Award, Best Professional Musical), Crazy for You (2016 Moss Hart Award for Excellence in Professional Theater), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (NH Theatre Award nomination, Best Musical, 2015), Kiss Me Kate (NH Theatre Award nomination, Best Musical, 2014), The Drowsy Chaperone (Cape Repertory Theatre), Click Clack Moo! (Theatreworks, U.S. National Tour). Choreography: 5-time NH Theatre Award winner for Best Choreography, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Singin’ In The Rain, Ragtime, The Drowsy Chaperone, Pirates of Penzance, Clifford the Big Red Dog Live (U.S. National Tour), Mary Poppins, White Christmas (Northern Stage), Urinetown, Chicago, Spring Awakening, Hairspray (Dartmouth College). Associate Choreography: The Toxic Avenger (Outer Critics Circle Best Off-Broadway Musical, 2009), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Detroit Company). He also serves as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Theater at Dartmouth College. Special thanks to my family and friends for their unending support. Sarah, Samuel, and Luna our black Lab, I couldn’t do it without you.

Elliott Cunningham
Director of Operations & Associate Artistic Director

Elliott is happy to be back ‘on the porch’ for his fourth consecutive year. Last season he came on as Company Manager and is continuing that this summer and performing in Little Women. Barn credits include: Crazy for You, Shrek, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Souvenir, and All Shook up. Other favorite credits: Lead Production Singer, Cunard Line Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth, Altar Boyz, Urinetown, The Secret Garden, Addams Family, Hairspray, My Fair Lady, She Loves Me, The Shadowbox and Brigadoon among others. BFA, Musical Theatre, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. LTMDGBR.

Jody Cooper
Director of Development

Jody is excited and honored to return to her beloved Barn in her new “off stage” role after having played the role of Gretl in The Sound of Music in 1964 at the tender young age of 8 and repeating the same role again when it returned to the Barn the following summer. She also appeared in Annie Get Your Gun at the Barn in 1967 as Nellie and in 2011 in The Man Who Came to Dinner. After returning to the stage many years later, she has appeared in many community productions including Carousel (Carrie) and Brigadoon (Fiona) at the Newport Opera House, Nunsense (Sr. Mary Amnesia) in Franklin and Newport, Company (Susan) at the Lebanon, NH Opera House and The Medium, City of Angels (Donna/Oolie), Bye Bye Birdie (Mrs. MacAfee) and Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette) at Colby-Sawyer College. Most of her “performing” time is now spent singing with the Kearsarge Chorale, the Sunapee Singers and most recently playing percussion in the Kearsarge Community Band. Jody holds her B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Colby-Sawyer College and, after working for 20 years in corporate America in account management, received her M.Ed. in School Counseling from Plymouth State University. Jody spends much of her time as a professional organizer, rentals manager at New London Historical Society and as a customer service/service advisor at Marshalls Garage as well as many other volunteer and fundraising activities. She was raised in Bedford, NY, summered all her life on the shores of Little Lake Sunapee and has lived in New London, NH for 40 years.

Joshua M. Feder
Director of Education & Artistic Associate

Josh is honored to be calling the Barn his home for his 12th summer. In addition to directing, choreographing, and overseeing the Junior Intern Company since 2008, he directed Over the Pub, Sylvia, and three Straw Hat Revues, choreographed The Student Prince and Side by Side by Sondheim, and has taught several acting classes. Locally, he directed Cymbeline (Hanover High); choreographed South Pacific (Opera North), The Liar (Dartmouth College), and Anything Goes (NCCT Teens); and assistant directed Trick or Treat and Mamma Mia! (Northern Stage). Other favorite productions include: The Drowsy Chaperone, Legally Blonde, The Heidi Chronicles, The Learned Ladies, Sweeney Todd, How I Learned to Drive, Time Stands Still, and The Last 5 Years. Assistant Director: 1776 (Paper Mill), Pirates! (Huntington), Dramatis Personae (Cherry Lane), and The Sisters Rosensweig (South Coast Rep). He has worked with Roundabout Theatre Company, New York Theatre Workshop, and Goodspeed Musicals. He spent three years as the Director of Theater at the Kingswood Oxford School and has taught at Terpsichore Dance and Theatre Company. Josh received his BA from Dartmouth College and is currently pursuing his MFA in Directing at UC Irvine. Love and thanks to friends, family, and Philip.

Beth Adele Perregaux
Business Manager

Beth is a graduate of Colby-Sawyer College. Beth is very happy to be celebrating her 13th season at the Barn! She joined the staff in 2006. Beth has been coming to the Playhouse for many years and cherishes the history of the Barn and is very proud to be a part of the current team. She also enjoys helping Wynne with many of her Barn projects, while also working at Hudkins Law and with several other local businesses using her accounting skills. Beth enjoys being outdoors – walking, skiing, snowshoeing, and kayaking on Pleasant Lake. Beth is the proud mother of two wonderful sons, Timothy and Paul. Beth looks forward to seeing everyone on the Porch this summer. With love and thanks to all my friends and family.

Martha Bristol
Usher Coordinator

Martha Bristol is excited to begin her 10th season on staff at the Barn as Usher Coordinator!  She has been involved with the usher group for 29 years.  There are about 120 incredible volunteers looking forward to seating our patrons this summer.  During the day she is a customer service representative at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.  She is also the Treasurer for SKIT and appeared on stage this past April in Skit’s comedy The Red Velvet Cake War. See you on the Porch and enjoy the show!

Wynne DeMille
Chair of the Friends of the Barn

A Registered Nurse by profession and theater buff by preference, Wynne DeMille has been involved in the operation of the Barn Playhouse for over four decades. As one of “Norman Leger’s girls”, Wynne has served in many different capacities over the years, from publicity to costuming to marketing to working backstage. Wynne and her husband Tom were instrumental in the successful effort to preserve the Playhouse as a non-profit corporation. As Founder and Chair of the Friends of the Barn Playhouse, she led the campaign to refurbish the 302 Art Deco chairs and other interior features of the Playhouse and each year manages a major fundraising event. Her role as archivist of Playhouse activities plays a vital role in preserving the Barn’s history for future generations. After all these years, Wynne finally made her on-stage debut in 2012’s Our Town, which fittingly was presented in recognition of the Barn’s 80th Season. Wynne looks forward to the opportunity to continue serving the Playhouse as its Director of Front of House and Chair of the Friends.