THE STAFF

Nora Hussey

Nora Hussey

PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, FACULTY

Nora Hussey has directed well over a hundred and fifty productions up and down the East Coast since arriving in Boston in 1981. She is enormously grateful for all the wonderful talent she has encountered on this journey. The productions were as widely divergent as Uncommon Women and Others, Spoon River Anthology, The Crucible, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ms. Hussey founded the Wellesley Summer Theatre Company in 1998 with the vision of offering alumnae and undergraduates the opportunity to fully participate in the Boston theatre community. In the past 16 years the company has produced nearly 40 productions and grown from a small non-equity company to its current status as a New England Area Theatre member of the Actors’ Equity Association. The company has received numerous awards and citations for its work and continues to expand its repertoire of Boston area and American premieres. Ms. Hussey received a “Life-Time Achievement Award” from the IRNE committee in 2004. Some of her personal directing favorites include: Little Moon of Alban,The Trip to BountifulPlayboy of the Western World, The Mai, Our Town, Under Milkwood, After Mrs. Rochester, Anna Karenina,The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Dancing at Lughnasa, Brontë, Holiday, and The Clearing. She is currently the Director of Theatre and Theatre Studies here at Wellesley College. She has been at Wellesley since 1990 and is deeply committed to the work created here by students and faculty. In 1998 she was awarded The Pinanski Prize for teaching. Ms. Hussey is married to Kieran Brennan and they have one son Rory Gareth, who is a cinematographer in San Francisco. As she looks to the future, documentary film making is definitely on the horizon. Having studied with Amanda Micheli, Janet Roach and Alan Myerson at the Maine Media Workshops over three recent summers, she envisions further work behind a camera as well as the theatrical tech table.

Marta Rainer

Marta Rainer

FACULTY, DIRECTOR, ACTOR

Marta Rainer* is an internationally produced solo performance artist (Unaccustomed to My Name, Dabble Rhapsody, A Day in the Life), an award-winning actress and performance artist, founding ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists (Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, You are in an open field), guest author of the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, a stage director, a produced feature-length screenwriter (Radio Cape Cod), and a published writer of fiction, non-fiction and drama. She has taught acting/playwriting at several institutions, including New York Film Academy, New Voices for the Theatre (Playwright-in-Residence), and her alma mater New Actors Workshop, where she trained with Paul Sills, George Morrison and Mike Nichols.  She studied Russian and Theatre Studies at Wellesley College, where she now lectures.  In addition to directing the annual documentary drama based on students’ personal narratives for Wellesley’s Orientation, Let Me Speak, Marta has had the pleasure of directing Dancing at LughnasaHay Fever and Three Sisters for Wellesley Repertory Theatre.

Jane Howland

FACULTY, SCENIC DESIGNER

Janie E. Howland has been teaching Scenic Design at Wellesley College since 2006 and designing scenery for over 20 years. Recent productions include: Peter and the Starcatcher (Lyric Stage Company), Guys and Dolls (Emerson Stage), Arcadia (Nora Theatre), Mary Poppins (Wheelock Family Theatre), Urban Nutcracker (Tony Williams Dance Center), Casa Valentina (Speakeasy Stage), Caps for Sale (BCT), Clybourne Park (Northeastern University),  Richard III (ASP). Work seen at CONSENSES conceived by Sally Taylor. Other venues include: Central Square, New Rep, Weston Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, A.R.T. Institute, Boston Conservatory, Company One, Stoneham Theatre, Seacoast Rep, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Huntington Theatre Studio 210. Brandeis University MFA; Co-founder CYCO SCENIC; 3 time Elliot Norton Award winner, 4 time IRNE Award winner; adjunct faculty at Emerson College, Wellesley College. USA Local 829. janiehowland.com

Chelsea Kerl

Chelsea Kerl

FACULTY, COSTUME DESIGN

Chelsea Kerl is very pleased to be designing at Wellesley College for the first time, having just started this year as Wellesley’s Costume Shop Manager and Designer.  She recently graduated from Boston University with her MFA in Costume Design, and she holds degrees in both Theatre and English from the University of Maryland.  She has been freelance designing around Boston for several years now, and her work has been seen at New Repertory Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, Gloucester Stage, Bridge Repertory Theatre, and Brown Box Theatre Project, among others.  She has also worked in several local costume shops, including American Repertory Theatre and The Boston Conservatory.  More of her work can be seen at www.chelseakerl.com

George Cooke

George Cooke

SOUND DESIGN

George Cooke has been working as Audio engineer/Sound Designer in the Boston area for 16 years. His primary place of employment is Boston College, where he is the Sound Technician for the Robsham Theatre Arts Center. He has designed for many BC productions including Dracula, Hamlet, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Pirates of Penzance. George also works as an Audio Engineer for corporate events and conferences. In his spare time, George enjoys ultimate Frisbee and he is the coach for the Wellesley College team.

Becky Marsh

Becky Marsh

LIGHTING DESIGN

Becky Marsh is thrilled to be working with Wellesley Repertory Theatre! Lighting design credits include Hlas Lesa & Veselohra Na Moste (LSU Opera), Unnecessary Farce (Umass-Lowell), Mary Shelley (Wellesley College Theatre), Hay Fever and Three Sisters (then Wellesley Summer Theatre), Sylvia, Aladdin, Talley’s Folly, The Foreigner, The Brundibar Project, James and the Giant Peach, The Unicycle of Life, Barefoot in the Park, and The Mousetrap (The Winnipesaukee Playhouse), Freckleface Strawberry and Cabaret (Riverside Theater Works), and The Maids and 4.48 Psychosis (Portland Stage Intern Company). Becky is a freelance lighting designer and technician based out of Boston. www.beckymarshdesign.com

Lindsay D. Garofalo

STAGE MANAGER

Lindsay D. Garofalo* is excited to make her Wellesley Repertory Theatre debut with Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet). Recently, she worked at Wheelock Family Theatre as their resident stage manager. Some of her favorite shows include Seussical, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver!,  and The Miracle Worker. She also stage managed Johnathan and Safekeeping with The Accessible Theatre. During the day Lindsay works as a first grade teacher in Somerville.

David Towlun

David Towlun

FACULTY, PRODUCTION MANAGER

David Towlun is currently the Production Manager at Wellesley College. NYC: Assistant to Tony Walton: Candida, The Devil’s Disciple (Irish Rep), A Tale of Two Cities (Broadway), The Sleeping Beauty (ABT – The Met), Well (Broadway). Regional Theatres: Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Wellesley Repertory Theatre, Harbor Light Stage, Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Allenberry Playhouse, Chester Theatre Company, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Purchase Opera, Theatre Conspiracy, Pirate Playhouse, J. Howard Wood Theatre, FL Repertory Theatre. TV: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC), Food Detective (Food Network). Education: MFA in Scenic Design; SUNY Purchase College. Awards: 3-time recipient of NH Theatre Award for Best Scenic Design. David lives in Wellesley, MA with his lovely wife, Kimberly and their busy little boy, Malcolm George. His work is featured at dtowlun.com

 

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