NINA K. SCHUESSLER
Producing Artistic Director
Nina has been a driving force in Cape Cod theatre for the past 40 years as a teacher, actress, and director. She has been in her current role at the Cape Cod Theatre Company since 1996. During that time she has produced and/or directed more than 200 plays and musicals, including 20 new scripts by playwrights in residence. Building on the vision of Harwich Jr. Theatre founder, Betty Bobp, Nina also has helped develop the organization’s education and outreach into extensive, year-round programs. Under her direction, the organization was given the Regional Award for Theatre by the New England Theatre Conference, among many other accolades. Nina is the recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.
Matt has been working steadily on Cape since 2012 as a freelance theater director, technician, producer, and teacher. He is a founding member of the New Classics Company in the Guyer Art Barn in Hyannis, and has worked with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Boston Children’s Theatre, Iowa Pacific Holdings, and Cotuit Center for the Arts. Matt joined CCTC as technical director in 2015, and continues his work at the New Classics Company. He is a graduate of Keene State College with a BA in theatre and dance with concentrations in directing and design/technical theatre.
Teacher, Director, Box Office Manager
Emily has an MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School at New School University in New York City. She has been working as an actor in New York and on the Cape for most of her life. Acting credits include: CCTC, WHAT, Payomet Performing Arts Center, Cotuit Center for the Arts, The Zipper (NYC), The Red Room (NYC), Looking Glass (NYC), and 45th Street Theater (NYC). She has directed productions and is a teaching artist at CCTC, and in addition to theatre arts education courses and school vacation workshops, she is involved in many of CCTC outreach programs.
Artists in Residence
Artist in Residence from Theatre Lila, Director
Mary received an MFA in acting from New York University and was co-artistic director of Odyssey Theatre Company in New York for many years. Since moving to Cape Cod, she has directed productions for many Cape theatres including Cape Rep, CCTC, Provincetown Theatre Company Playwrights Festival, and Chatham Drama Guild. Mary and her husband Andrew co-wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for CCTC, which received the 2001 Aurand Harris Award from the New England Theatre Conference. It is now published by Dramatic Publishing.
Damian has appeared on Broadway in the revival of Machinal and over the span of seven years, he appeared as Timon in Disney’s The Lion King on tour, and in Taipei, Las Vegas, and London’s West End. He is a longtime associate artist with the Obie Award-winning company, The Civilians, and has appeared in many of their works including the original production of the Off-Broadway hit, Gone Missing, and recently, The Great Immensity at the Public Theatre. Other work includes Here’s Hoover, directed by Alex Timbers; A Murder, A Mystery and A Marriage, directed by Aaron Posner; and Blood Wedding directed by Mark Wing-Davey. At Soho Rep, he appeared in Attempts On Her Life, directed by Steve Cosson and an adaptation of Frankenstein by The Flying Machine. His solo show, Pugilist, played at Barrow St. Theatre. He has written screenplays, television pilots and web series with his wife, Alison Weller. Their production company, Flowerbox, currently is developing a film entitled The Last Talk With Lola Faye, based on the novel by acclaimed writer Thomas Cook.
Anna is an actor, director, and teacher. She is the Fine Arts Department chair and I.B. Theatre instructor at Sturgis Charter Public School West. She is an actor on Cape and a certified Hatha Yoga teacher through the Kind Yoga School. She loves teaching Yoga for Actors and non-actors and also enjoys creating fun flow sequences focused in breath work and flexibility. Her style is laid-back, fun, and quirky!
James P. Byrne
Director, Scenic & Lighting Designer, Jr. Players Teacher
Jim has directed, designed, produced, taught, and acted in theaters from Boston to New Orleans, and from New York to Los Angeles for the past thirty-five years. Jim works extensively as a teacher, director, and designer for the award-winning sister theatres, Wheelock Family Theatre and CCTC. He is a visionary director who developed CCTC’s Shakespeare program, and continues to open students’ ears and souls to Shakespeare’s language and poetry. Jim runs the CCTC summer Junior Players workshop, and also is the director and designer of The Gold Dust Orphans, winner of the 2004 Elliot Norton Award for Best Fringe Theatre.
Laurel was privileged to choreograph for eleven years at Wheelock Family Theater (WFT). Most recently, Laurel choreographed Oliver! at CCTC. While at WFT Laurel won two IRNE Awards for Best Choreography and had the honor to choreograph Hairspray, which won Elliot Norton Awards for both Best Musical and Best Ensemble. Currently, she is nominated for a third IRNE for Best Choreography for that production.
Laura has worked extensively on- and off-Broadway, and in film and television. She received the Obie, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for her work in the play Marvin’s Room. She appeared in Kafka’s Metamorphosis with Mikhail Baryshnikov, in The Master and Margarita opposite F. Murray Abraham, in The Suicide with Derek Jacobi, and with the Cape’s Julie Harris in Ladies in Retirement at the Coconut Grove in Florida, among many other roles. She has appeared at theatre venues including The New Group, The Roundabout, The Signature, and Playwrights Horizons. Regionally, she has performed everything from new plays to Shakespeare in theaters from LA and Seattle to Connecticut. On the Cape, she performed in several plays at WHAT with Jeff Zinn and Gip Hoppe, and appeared at the Cape Playhouse in a play directed by Pat Carroll. She has acted and directed at The Monomoy Theatre in Chatham.
Grace grew up on Cape Cod and at CCTC. She has been involved in many shows – backstage and onstage and as stage manager – at CCTC and at other Cape-based theatres. Grace has taken many theatre arts classes at CCTC, and now enjoys having the opportunity to teach them.
Ellie integrates her background in theatre in her teaching and in her work with Wheelock faculty and students in Speaking and Listening Across the Curriculum, as well as in her work with the Wheelock Family Theatre and Cape Cod Theatre Company. Her research and practice focus on education for social justice, anti-bias teaching, and teaching and learning through the arts. She is a Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner, and integrates this work into her teaching, as well as her community activism. She frequently offers professional development for teachers in anti-bias education and cultural competence. Ellie is an associate professor in Early Childhood Education at Wheelock.
Director, Sound Designer, Composer, Playwright
J has designed and composed music for many shows over the years at CCTC including his own adaptations of Frankenstein, The Kabinet of Dr. Caligari, and Sherlock Holmes’ Greatest Adventure. J has designed for corporate productions and videos, independent films, Broadway and off-Broadway, regional theaters, WHAT, and many Boston theatre companies including eight years with Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. In 1999, he received an Elliot Norton Award and an NEA/TCG Design Grant in 2001. J mentors the CCTC Sound Design Interns.
Julie Allen Hamilton
Maura – more commonly known as “Mo” – is the Associate Artistic Director at Cape Rep Theatre where she has directed many, many plays and been the sound designer for many, many more. She’s even written a play or two. An actor in her former life, she came out of retirement after nearly two decades to play the title character in Cape Rep’s The Drowsy Chaperone and the “Princess Puffer” in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. A Holy Cross graduate, Mo studied acting and directing at Trinity Rep Conservatory and received her MFA in directing from UCSD.
Teacher, Open Mic Host
Kathleen is a singer/songwriter with a master’s in Early Childhood Education and more than 15 years of experience working with young children. She has delighted Cape Cod audiences of all ages with her own brand of family entertainment. Her repertoire includes American folk music, such as This Land is Your Land and I’ve Been Working on the Railroad; children’s classics such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Old MacDonald; as well as many of her own original songs for children and adults.
Suzette holds a BA in dance performance, choreography, and education. In addition to teaching and choreographing at CCTC, Suzette is an adjunct faculty member and teaches modern dance at the Cape Cod Community College (4Cs), and is on the dance faculty at the Academy of Performing Arts (APA). She is active in outreach programs at schools throughout Cape Cod. Suzette has choreographed numerous productions on Cape Cod at CCTC, APA, Cape Rep, Chatham Drama Guild, and 4Cs. Her choreography has been performed in Rhode Island, Boston, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Barbara Johnson, LMHC
Barbara listens to the muse of story in her work as an Expressive Arts therapist, and incorporates a multiple approach to the arts. She has worked in homeless shelters, substance abuse rehab centers, schools, private practice, professional collaborations, and created a pilot project for veterans suffering from PTSD. Barbara highlights people’s journeys through theatre and community arts programs, such as Face to Face, a state grant-awarded mask-making project with five homeless shelters and five community groups in Boston.
Susan got her start in theatre at CCTC as a protégé of Betty Bobp and continues to direct productions here. She is the founder and long-time producer of Wheelock Family Theatre; professor emerita of theatre and education at Wheelock College, where she continues to teach for the Center for International Programs and Partnerships; and a member of the boards of StageSource, New England’s alliance for theatre artists and producers; Wheelock Family Theatre; and CCTC. Sue has written many plays which have been produced at theaters around the country, co-wrote The Young Actor’s Book of Improvisation, and has directed numerous plays.
Frances Covais Lautenberger
Professor Lautenberger was a member of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Theatre and Dance faculty from 1986-2012. She was awarded Emeritus at her retirement and currently lives in Orleans. She taught costume Design, Intro to theater, Makeup, 3-D Makeup, Puppetry and numerous specialty classes. She has designed costumes, puppets, makeup and lights for UAA and various professional and community productions. In addition she has directed over 20 plays but has a fondness for directing musicals, including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 1776, Godspell and Singin’ in the Rain. She has written several plays including her last play at UAA ,Bring Back the Sunshine, which was a puppet play written with former UAA student Jon Minton. She is excited to be part of the Cape Cod Theatre company family where she has designed costumes for Wrinkles, and Anne of Green Gables.
Matt has designed sets for Gloucester Stage Company, the Gold Dust Orphans Theatrical Company, CCTC, Kidstage, New Rep Theatre, The Pee Wee Players of Provincetown, and Wheelock Family Theatre (WFT). He designed CCTC’s Ramona Quimby, Oliver!, Where The Mountain Meets The Moon, and Doctor Dolittle, WFT’s Alice, and New Rep’s Little Prince. Matthew has received an Elliot Norton nomination for outstanding design in WFT’s The Secret Garden, as well as an IRNE Award nomination for costume design for WFT’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Ari is thrilled to be part of such a wonderful and supportive theater community here on Cape Cod. Favorite roles at CCTC include Bill Sykes in Oliver! and Lord Farquad in Shrek. Some other Cape favorites are Dumb Waiter, Woolgatherer, (TUTS), Edwin Drood, Evita (Cape Rep); and 39 Steps, Utility Monster, I Am A Camera (WHAT). Ari has performed in almost all 50 states, at the Metropolitan Opera, and in The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He also can be seen in the Simon Bath and Showroom TV commercial.
Lenore is passionate about living life artistically and inspiring others to explore their creative selves through individual or community art. She is a mixed-media artist who fills her work with color and energy. Art that may present a change in point of view is her trademark; she sees connections in life more than differences. Lenore is the founder of Explore Art and the Journal Project. Her initiative, The Key Idea™ is a community art project that chronicles art and writing responses from people ages 1-100. www.ExploreArtTheJournalProject.com
Production Stage Manager
Erin is a student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she was the assistant stage manager for The Secret Garden and Catch Me If You Can. She has been involved at CCTC both on and offstage since 2005.
A long-time resident of Cotuit, Karen has contributed to the art community of Cape Cod through her talents as an artist and as a teacher. She received her BFA in painting as well as a BFA in education from Annhurst College in Connecticut. She studied painting and art history at the University of Perugia in Perugia, Italy. Throughout her 24-year career as an art educator for the Bourne and Barnstable schools, Karen strove to instill a love of art in her students. Apart from her role as a public school educator, Karen has extended her interest in the art community as an illustrator for children’s books and as the proprietor of the Art Maker’s Studio, a private art school in Cotuit.
Rose grew up within the colorful walls of CCTC, climbing the rainbow stairs for performances and classes alike. Rose has studied at Improv Olympic, Chicago; The Second City, Chicago; The Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin; Mountview Academy, London; and obtained her BA in theatre/sociology at UVM. Rose loves exploring improvisation with students, including the notion of “failing gracefully” onstage as a courageous act to our fellow players. Rose loves to help students find their distinct voices through character development and story-building. She is proud to be affiliated with such a timeless, creative, and safe space for students of all ages.
Hannah McLaughlin grew up on Cape Cod and has been with CCTC for more than 10 years. She will be a junior this fall at Wheelock College and is double-majoring in Early Childhood Education and Performing Arts! Along with her teaching, she also stage manages at Cotuit Center for the Arts. She has taken many classes at CCTC and has been teaching Creative Movement for four years now. Teaching is one of her passions and she’s so pleased to have the opportunity to teach theatre to children.
Robin served as resident Costume Designer for CCTC since 1997. Before coming to the Cape, she lived in Los Angeles and was a costume designer for movies and television. Recently, she returned to California, however, continues to do costume design for select CCTC shows. Locally, she has designed costumes for Cape Cod Opera, Wheelock Family Theatre, Cape Cod Community College, Cape Rep, and WHAT.
Melissa is a visual artist whose works most recently appeared in the group show Sacred Earth…The Artist’s View at the Atelier Decorative and Fine Art Gallery in Greenport, NY. Melissa worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a textile conservator, and has designed costumes for the Light Opera Company of Manhattan, CCTC, and the Wheelock Family Theatre. She lives in New York City with her children, Harry and Josie.
Karen is a long-time supporter of CCTC and has designed costumes for productions at CCTC as well as for local Cape schools.
Director, Choreographer, Teacher
Terry has appeared professionally in productions from South America to New York City. Broadway and national tours include Hello Dolly, My Fair Lady, No, No Nanette, Cabaret, Annie Get Your Gun, and Anything Goes. Terry was a featured dancer at Lincoln Center and assisted Jacques d’Amboise at The National Dance Institute. She now teaches dance at the Academy of Performing Arts (APA). She has directed many shows at CCTC, APA, Wheelock Family Theatre, and has choreographed productions at CCTC, Cape Rep, and Provincetown Theatre.
Director, Choreographer, Teacher
Ethan grew up at CCTC and is an actor, director, choreographer, writer, producer and acting/career coach. He has taught at CCTC, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, SMTI, and Ouchita Baptist University. Ethan has appeared in numerous national tours and regional theatre, including Elf (title role), Avenue Q, The Who’s Tommy, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Young Frankenstein (NH Theatre Award) and has several directing credits. His play, Mama and Her Boys, premiered in 2011 and since has been performed more than 300 times across the country, including an 18-month Off-Broadway run. Ethan has a BFA in acting from Emerson College and is a proud member of AEA/SAG/AFTRA. www.ethanpaulini.com
Lighting & Costume Designer
Joanne Callum Powers
Joanne is a developmental specialist and works with children from birth to three years in an early intervention program. Joanne applies her background as a dancer and choreography/expressive arts facilitator in her teaching. Her involvement with CCTC spans 20 years where she has taught in the theatre arts education program, and appeared as “Mrs. Peggotty” in David Copperfield. Joanne’s Living Room Theatre project, Aging on a Sandbar, was presented at The Arts Center and included excerpts from her solo show, The Couch: The Winter of Discontent.
Jane began her acting career at age 16 as “Rapunzel” on the CCTC stage under the direction of Betty Bobp. Jane has continued her relationship with CCTC over the years, and frequently performs and directs musicals. She has worked in NYC, California, Ohio, and New Jersey in Shakespeare Festivals and in productions on Broadway and off-Broadway. Jane helped found Harwich Winter Theatre, and in 1981, cofounded Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston where for 33 years she was an actor, director, composer, and business manager. Her favorite onstage role is “Emily Dickinson,” (Belle of Amherst) whose poems light the world and go on for immortality.
Glenn moved to Cape Cod in 2006. Since then he’s been musical director and/or performance pianist for productions at Chatham Drama Guild (CDG), Eventide Theater Company, Cotuit Center for the Arts (CCftA), and Falmouth Theatre Guild. He also has performed onstage in roles at Cape Cod Community College, CCftA, and CDG. Glenn has three CDs to his credit and a solo show, My Music and Me.
Kristin has been active in the performing arts since her start at CCTC in 1983 when she had her first role onstage. She has had a varied career in performance including four years touring with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and managing her own entertainment company, Stewart Family Entertainment.
Becky Thompson, Ph.D.
Becky is a scholar, poet, activist, and senior-level yoga teacher (RYT-500) whose work focuses on trauma and healing. She is the author of several books on social justice including Survivors on the Yoga Mat: Stories for those Healing from Trauma. She is professor and chair of the Sociology Department at Simmons College and has received numerous honors and awards, including from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Association for University Women, the Ford Foundation, Political Research Associates, the Creative Justice Poetry Prize, and the Gustavus Myers Award for Outstanding Books on Human Rights.
Properties Mistress, Scenic Painter, Sign Artist
Marybeth happily has been applying her graphic arts, window dressing, and wild goose-chasing skills to sign painting, set dressing, and props at CCTC since 2007.
Samantha began taking classes at CCTC at age four and has worked both onstage and off as a student, actor, and teacher. Samantha has been involved in many plays here, including Pippi Longstocking, HONK!, and Anne of Green Gables to name a few. Samantha is MA-certified in early childhood and elementary education and is working on her master’s in special education. In her theatre classes, Samantha loves to explore childhood fairy tales, as well as feelings and emotions. She is proud to be a part of a theater and a community that allows individuals of all ages to express their creative talents.
Alison Weller is a writer, actor, and producer. She has been an associate artist with New York’s Obie Award-winning company, The Civilians, since 2002 and was an original collaborator on the company’s long-running hit Gone Missing and critically acclaimed This Beautiful City. Other credits include Coram Boy on Broadway and numerous off-Broadway and regional productions. Weller has taught the methodology of investigative theatre at Illinois State University, Colorado College, Sarah Lawrence, and Kingsborough Community College; Shakespeare and Moliere at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ; and acting and public speaking at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). A recent graduate of the London Film School’s Fast Forward Program for feature film producers, Weller currently is developing several projects with her husband Damian Baldet, including the screen adaptation of Thomas H. Cook’s The Last Talk with Lola Faye. Associate, London Film School; BA, Harvard; MFA, UCSD.
Musical Director, Director
Robert is the resident musical director for CCTC-HJT. He trained as a flutist, pianist, and harpsichordist and has performed in America and in Europe. While earning a master’s degree, his interests changed to theater and piano accompaniment. Robert has been a musical director at the Cleveland Playhouse, Off-Off Broadway, at several universities, and at CCTC-HJT, APA, Monomoy, and Provincetown Repertory Theatre. His musical director credits span the repertoire from The Three Penny Opera to Oklahoma. Directorial credits include CCTC-HJT productions of The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Pirates of Penzance; Seussical; Always…Patsy Cline; Promises Promises; Forever Dusty; and Madeline’s Christmas.
David has designed lighting or sound for more than 350 productions of opera, theater, concert, and dance. He served on the faculty of Brandeis University heading the graduate program in sound design, and has designed and taught at several other area educational institutions. He is the resident lighting designer at Reagle Music Theater. Recent designs include sound and music for The Comedy of Errors at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (Elliot Norton Award, Best Sound Design), sound and lighting for Boston Playwrights Theater’s Windowmen (Elliot Norton Nomination, Lighting and Sound), lighting design for Musical of Musicals at Moonbox, and Pinocchio at Wheelock Family Theater. www.dw-design.com
Resident Playwrights (Posthumous)
Albert T. Viola