Meet our Staff
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, The Infinite Wrench, Smash the Patriarchy, 60 in 60, 24 Hour Too Much Light, 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 serves as Interim Director of Theatre and Theatre Studies, lectures, and directs the annual documentary drama based on students’ personal narratives for Wellesley College’s Orientation, Let Me Speak. Marta has had the pleasure of performing and directing for Wellesley Repertory Theatre since 2006, and is honored to be guiding it into its ongoing decades of community, conversation and creative life! www.martarainer.org
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
FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
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 continuing 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 over nearly 40 productions and has 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 Bountiful, Playboy 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 Emeritus of Theatre and Theatre Studies here at Wellesley College after 28 years running the program. She has been teaching 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. There is much more creativity for Nora on the horizon. 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.
In her final season as Artistic Director of Wellesley Rep, Nora’s production of Piece of My Heart won the company’s third Moss Hart Award for professional theatrical excellence, and Nora herself received a Special Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre from the New England Theatre Conference.