Staff and Board

Meet the Staff

Website Image Joel MercierJoel Mercier (Executive Director), a NH native, has worked all over the country at notable theaters such as the Goodspeed Opera House in CT, Northern Stage in VT, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival in ID, the Great Lakes Theatre and Playhouse Square in OH, American Music Theatre and Center for the Arts in PA, and NYC’s Duplex, Westbeth Off-Broadway & Nokia Theatre Times Square. Prior to returning to NH part time in 2008, Mercier started his career in NYC as a professional Equity Actor, but quickly found himself working all facets of the dramatic arts, including vocal coaching, music direction, composition, orchestration, arts administration, and stage direction.

As an Artist, Mercier has been seen on stage in hundreds of famous character roles, in the orchestra pit conducting all over the country, and behind the scenes directing bold interpretations of well-known works as well as new pieces. An award winning composer and playwright, Mercier has written several musical adaptations including Ghost Hunting, which premiered in NH at the NH Theatre Factory, A Christmas Carol which can be seen annually in NH at the Palace Theatre, and a plethora of fairy tale musicals which are performed throughout New England.

Locally, Mercier has worked with the Palace Theatre, the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Dartmouth College where he was a Guest Artist for four years, New London Barn Playhouse where he was Artistic Associate for seven, Saint Anselm College where he has been the Director of Musicals for the past three, and even Jean’s Playhouse where he performed as Cogsworth in Beauty & the Beast and Bert Barry in 42nd Street back in 2006 under the former name, NCCA Papermil. Mercier also founded the NH Theatre Factory, a company in Southern NH that produces lesser known works, original pieces, and a thriving education program linking youth performers with out-of-state industry professionals.

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Sharon PaquetteSharon Paquette (Producing Artistic Director) is an interdisciplinary artist who holds a MFA from Goddard College in Vermont and a Masters of Education from Plymouth State University. She hails from Franklin, NH and has been a director, actress, and undergraduate Theatre professor in the state for the past twenty-five years.

As a director Sharon has worked at New England College, Plymouth State University, The Barnstormers, and Jean’s Playhouse as well as other venues around the state. Her most recent directing credits include Les Miserables and Three Penny Opera for Plymouth State University, Nunsense, Godspell, and On Golden Pond for Jean’s Playhouse and the critically acclaimed Women at the Well by Grace Bauer which Sharon adapted for the stage.

For 10 years Sharon taught at and ran a theatre company, The NH State Prison Players / Fourth Wall Theatre Project, at the NH State Prison for Men where she directed such shows as Waiting for Godot, The Real Inspector Hound, and Macbeth. Sharon authored a chapter in the book Performing New Lives – Prison Theatre published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers entitled “From the Meanest Creature-Theatre as a Vehicle for Change”, which chronicles a portion of her time spent as a theatre facilitator at the NH State Prison for men.
As a theatre workshop facilitator and presenter, Sharon has taught across New England for such companies as The Community Players of Concord, Northern Stage in Vt., Arts in Reach in Portsmouth, The New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild, the Kimball-Jenkins Art School in Concord, Advice to the Players and Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts.

She has studied and teacher trained at the world-renowned Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. Recent roles she has played are Sylvia Merkel in Ghost Encounters at Canterbury Shaker Village and Queen Elizabeth in Richard III for Advice to the Players.
For the last six years Sharon has been adjunct Theatre faculty at Plymouth State University. Sharon is also a Reiki Master practitioner and the proprietor of Healing Hands Reiki.

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vickiVicki Etchings (Box Office Manager & Community Engagement) has worn many theatre hats over the years. She was Assistant Director to Carmen Savoca, co-founder of the TriCities Opera Company in Binghamton, NY as well as Company Choreographer for all main stage productions and Administrator and frequent stage director of their touring education program, OperaGoRound. Favorite productions as actress, director or choreographer include Man of La Mancha, Oklahoma, South Pacific, The Mikado, A Little Night Music, and Harvey. Since returning to Jean’s Playhouse after a 26 year absence, Vicki has directed the inaugural Playhouse Players production of A Christmas Carol, A Funny Thing Happened… and Blithe Spirit as well as the Jean’s Teens productions of Seussical, Jr., The Stinky Cheese Man, The Phantom Tollbooth, and The Magic Flute.

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Meet the Board

David Yager (President), Forest Ridge on Loon Mountain

Brian Baker (Vice President), New England Journeys

Robert Wetherell (Secretary), Linwood Ambulance Service, Lincoln Town Moderator

Ken Chapman (Trustee), Linwood Ambulance Service, Woodstock Town Moderator

Dennis Ducharme (Trustee), InnSeason Resorts and RiverWalk at Loon Mountain

Linda Hartman (Trustee), Town of Woodstock

Richard Hunnewell (Trustee), Professor Emeritus of Art History, Plymouth State Univ.

Tony Ilacqua (Trustee), Bank of New Hampshire

Scott Rice (Trustee), Woodstock Inn, Station & Brewery

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