MARA CANTRELL-PAULSON (Technical Director) is currently an MFA Candidate in Technical Direction at Northern Illinois University. She completed her BA in Theater at Augustana College in 2015. A Midwestern girl at heart, most of her work has been in and around the Quad Cities area of Iowa and Illinois. Favorite productions she has worked on to date include Blithe Spirit, Blue Stockings, Fiddler on the Roof, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, and The Passion of Dracula. She is a proud member of IATSE Local 85, and would like to thank her parents, Korey and Jon; her twin sister Julie; and her fiancé Stephen for all their support and love throughout her pursuit of a theater career.
COLLEEN DOHERTY (Electrician & Spot Op) comes from Rochester, NY, and just finished her junior year at the State University of New York at Fredonia, studying lighting design. She is so excited to return to the Barn for her third season as an electrician. She can’t wait to see all the past friends that are returning and meet all the new faces of the Barn family. Outside of Fredonia, Colleen has worked for The Theatre of Youth (TOY) at the Allendale Theatre in Buffalo, NY. In her free time she enjoys reading, seeing friends, and being outdoors. A fun fact about Colleen is that her hair has been every color of the rainbow at least once since she has graduated high school. So if you see a girl with brightly colored hair in town feel free to say hello!
JENNIE FISCHER (Props Master) is an upcoming third year MFA student in Scenic Design at Indiana University. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Northern Colorado. Prop Master credits include Machinal, Julius Caesar, Peter and the Starcatcher, Persuasion, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Dames at Sea, The Duchess of Malfi, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Who’s Tommy, A Raisin in the Sun, and The Abduction from the Seraglio. Design credits for IU Theatre: City of Angels (Projection), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Scenic and Projection), Joe Schmoe Saves the World (Asst. Projection), and Prospect Hill (Scenic). For the University of Northern Colorado: At the Boar’s Head (Scenic), Captain Lovelock (Scenic), Once in a Lifetime (Projection, Asst.Scenic) Alice in Slasherland (Sound, Projection, and Special Effects) and Polaroid Stories (Scenic). Jennie is from Durango, Colorado. www.jfischer-design.com
ASHLEY GREEN (Master Electrician) is excited to be returning to the Barn this summer! She is a recent graduate of Valdosta State University and received a BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Production and a minor in Spanish Language and Literature. She enjoys working as both a Master Electrician and Lighting Designer and some of her recent credits include, Book of Days, I and You, Sylvia, The Imaginary Invalid, and Seussical. Thanks to Mom and Dad for their constant support, and to her brother, Connor, for making the 20-hour drive to the Barn with her.
VINCENT GUNN (Scenic & Props Artisan) is thrilled to be returning for his second summer at the Barn! Last year he was the Scenic Artist and is looking forward to painting the 2018 season as well as designing Sylvia and Murder for Two. New York Design Credits: The Merry Wives of Windsor (The Drilling Company at Bryant Park). New York Assistant Credits: New Year’s Eve: Bernstein on Broadway (The New York Philharmonic/PBS), Live From Lincoln Center at the Appel Room (Jazz at Lincoln Center/PBS), Entremeses (INTAR), and Hyena (La Mama ETC). Vincent is a recent graduate of Fordham University where he designed nine productions. He has also worked as a scenic artist at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and for MTV’s Crash Karaoke. Vincent would like to thank his friends and family for their endless support.
FRANCES HARRISON (Draper/First Hand) is delighted to be spending her first summer with the Barn as a draper/first hand. Favorite credits include Much Ado About Nothing (costume design) with Kent State Trumbull Theater, The Illusion (draper/assistant wig designer) with Eldred Theater at Case Western Reserve University, and Little Shop of Horrors (costume design) with the CWRU Footlighters. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and English from Case Western Reserve University. She has worked in university and high school theaters since her graduation as well as two theme parks. She also moonlights as a substitute teacher when she isn’t building costumes.
KRISTIN M. HERRICK* (Stage Manager) Off-Broadway: Twelfth Night, The Liar, Nathan the Wise, Hamlet, The Heir Apparent, Ivanov (Classic Stage Company), Honky (Urban Stages), All in the Timing (Primary Stages), Cymbeline, Macbeth (Theater for a New Audience). National Tour: Smokey Joe’s Café. Regional: The Secret Garden, All Shook Up (New London Barn Playhouse), Return to the Forbidden Planet (The Rubicon), Annie Get Your Gun, To Kill a Mockingbird (Mirror Repertory Company), A Funny Thing…Forum, Much Ado About Nothing, HONK!, Jitney, In This House, My Wonderful Day (Two River Theater Company), Pal Joey (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (McCarter Theatre Center). Other: Jesus Hopped the A-Train (AITAF – Tokyo), Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab 2015, TEDI 2013-2016, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Walnut Hill). BFA from Rutgers University. Love to Mom and Zack for their support. Lou, you are my sunshine.
KELSEY KOGA (Assistant Stage Manager) Kelsey is a fourth-year stage management student at Rutgers University and will be graduating with a Bachelors in Fine Arts this December. Rutgers Credits include The Other Shore, An Octoroon, Almost (W)here, As You Like It, Julius Caesar, The Cider House Rules, L’enfant et les Sortilèges, My Name, Too, Trial By Jury, Franny’s Way, and Family Style. Other credits include Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Seussical The Musical, Jr. (Bucks County Playhouse) and The Dread Pirate Project (Baryshnikov Arts Center). Kelsey has studied under Christopher Cartmill, Elizabeth Clancy, Caroline Chao, David P. Gordon, Donald Holder, Leslie C. Lyter, Eliza Simpson, Dan Scully, Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams, Christine Whalen, and J. Steven White. Recently, Kelsey worked on An Octoroon with director David Esbjornson and Emmy award-winning costume designer Shane Ballard. This is Kelsey’s first season at the Barn and she is excited to be a part of the Barnie legacy.
BRIAN LYNN (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to become a “Barnie” and to call New Hampshire his home this summer! He is a rising junior at Mason Gross School of the Arts within Rutgers University, working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Stage Management. Recent Mason Gross School of the Arts credits: Henry IV, The Other Shore, Rutgers Actor Presentation 2018 (Pershing Square Signature Center), Motion: New Dance Works (in collaboration with CoLAB Arts), Pullman Car Hiawatha, The Long Christmas Dinner, Venus and Adonis, Heel (reading), I Have Been Told (reading), Sardanapalus, and Fear and Misery in the Third Reich. Many thanks to his family and friends, and all associated with the Barn!
BEN MONTMAGNY (Resident Sound Designer & Engineer) is happy to be back for his fourth season! Last year, he designed Godspell, The Secret Garden, Souvenir, West Side Story, All Shook Up, and On Golden Pond. His designs for The Secret Garden and West Side Story as well was his designs for 2016’s Shrek and Brigadoon, were nominated for NH Theatre Awards. He is the Resident Sound Designer/Engineer at Northern Stage. Other credits include How to Succeed…, The 39 Steps, Crazy For You, and Don’t Dress for Dinner, Kiss Me Kate, Spamalot, Damn Yankees, A Little Night Music, Over the Pub, Dial M for Murder (NLBP), Noises Off, Only Yesterday, Robert Frost: This Verse Business, The Drowsy Chaperone, Trick or Treat, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Mountaintop, Hound of the Baskervilles, Mary Poppins, Our Town, Songs for a New World, Orwell in America, Blithe Spirit, Clybourne Park, Good People, Fox on the Fairway, 12 Angry Men, God of Carnage (Northern Stage) and The Other Place (Weston Playhouse).
SAYLOR NOVONGLOSKY (Props Master) is a skilled Prop Artisan from North Florida. He attended Chipola College where he worked as both an actor and a technician. After college, he joined the Barn as a Props Master for the 2017 Summer Season. This past year he had the opportunity to work as an apprentice at the Rose Theater in Omaha, Nebraska. Now he’s back at the Barn ready to help bring the stage to life again. He hopes that his work will add to the experience and that you all enjoy the show!
RYLEE PAULING (Box Office Manager & House Manager) is beyond thrilled to be back at the Barn for an eighth summer season. Audience members may recognize them from the Box Office last year or from six seasons with the Junior Intern Company. Rylee is a local New Londoner, and has spent the past year with the Northern Stage Theater Company in Vermont. In the fall they will be headed to Muhlenberg College to study art history and dance. In their free time they are an amateur figure skater and sporadic songwriter, and treasures spending time with their cat Smokey.
NATHANIEL REID (Box Office Assistant & Marketing Associate) is a 2nd year graduate student at The University of Alabama pursuing his MFA in Arts Managment as well as his Masters of Business Administration. Originally from Austin, TX he was previously the Production Management Assistant for the Austin Theatre Alliance and the Moontower Comedy Festival, the Conventional Lighting Technician for Christie Lites Dallas location, Assistant Director of The Murder Mystery Co. Dallas troupe, a Teaching Artist for the Dougherty Arts Center, a Sales Representative for Stage Spot, Master Electrician for the Georgetown Palace Theater and an Actor whose most recent credits include two national tours with Dallas Children’s Theater, The Storywranglers and Literacy to Life, Theatre Britain, The City Theater, The Royal Pretenders and as a voiceover artist for Funimation. This is Nate’s first summer at The Barn and he is overjoyed to share this space and time with such a welcoming and talented community of artists and theatre lovers. Roll Tide!
JESENIA RODRIGUEZ (Wardrobe Supervisor) is a costume technician. She recently graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BFA in Design & Technology. Her favorite Theatre UCF credits include: Costume Designer for Of Thee I Sing, Assistant Costume Designer and Wardrobe Supervisor for Oklahoma!, and Wardrobe Supervisor for Cloud 9!. After enjoying her work as a Stitcher last summer she is excited to be returning to the Barn for a new season of wonderful productions.
ELEANOR SEAMAN (Costume Shop Manager) is thrilled to be returning to New London for another summer of adventures! A 2017 graduate of Davidson College, she has spent the past year working as the Wardrobe Supervisor at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. This is her seventh season at the Barn and her fourth as costume shop manager.
BRIAN R. SEKINGER* (Production Stage Manager) REGIONAL: Noises Off, Disgraced, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Christmas Carol (Northern Stage); On Golden Pond, West Side Story, Godspell, How to Succeed, Crazy For You (New London Barn Playhouse); Disgraced (Swine Palace); Who’s Your Baghdaddy? (New Musical Foundation); Mary Stuart, Othello, 1 Henry IV, The Winter’s Tale, Arcadia (Folger); Stoop Stories (Studio Theatre); Shape (force/collision); A Trip to the Moon (Synetic); August Wilson’s 20th Century (Kennedy Center). NYC: Cleopatra: The New Pop Experience (Theater for the New City); It Will All Work Out (Dixon Place); 9 Circles (Sheen Center); Daddy Long Legs (Davenport Theatricals); Claudio Quest (NYMF); Zombies on Broadway (RKO Stage); Broken (Horizon); Self Made Man (Nikita); Sheila’s Day (Lincoln Center Education); Jasper in Deadland (Prospect Theater); Eudaemonia (Not Just 3 New Plays); Standby (NYMF); The (*) Inn (Target Margin); Burnt Umber (Soulographie). INTERNATIONAL: American National Curatorial Team (Prague Quadrennial 2011). MFA: Carnegie Mellon University. briansekinger.com
NATHAN STELTS (Box Office Assistant & Marketing Associate) is a senior studying Marketing and Theater at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, Ohio. This will be his first Summer with the Barn. Nathan’s recent acting credits include BGSU’s productions of The Drowsy Chaperone and The Threepenny Opera. He is a member of the BGSU American Marketing Association, University Men’s Chorus, College of Business Student Ambassadors, and Honors College. Last Summer, Nathan completed an internship with Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio. He is looking forward to a great Summer with the Barn!
SHANA M. STRUBLE (Assistant Technical Director / Master Carpenter) is a Senior at Harding University in Searcy, AR. She will be graduating in December 2018 with a BA in Theatre. She is passionate about baking, mathematics, and musical theatre. Over the past several years, she has worked as the Master Carpenter at her university, the Props Master at the Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre, and the Carpentry/Technical Direction Intern at the Westport Country Playhouse. She is now excited to be joining the New London Barn Playhouse as the Assistant Technical Director for their 2018 Summer Season.
NOAH SHAPIRO (Kitchen Manager) was born in 1600. In 1630 he made pilgrimage to the Massachusetts Bay Colony and in 1635 helped to found the city of Boston. On many trips outside the newly created city, he found himself in Salem, MA, where he made extraordinary friends. Although he was forced to live in secret, he became very involved with the Salem coven scene. With this technical understanding under his belt, he has committed himself to both the culinary gods and to the moon ones as well. Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc!
* Denotes Membership in Actors’ Equity Association, the union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers
Additional Staff & Outside Services
Kitchen Staff: Paige Bartlett, Jared Fortier, Jordan Hurley
Landscape Services: Lisa Crockford of Crockford Gardens
Graphic Design: Ann Kiley & Kate MacRae
Maintenance: Glen Lohmann
Electrician: Bill Brown