Staff and Board

Meet the Executive Staff

Website Image Joel MercierJoel Mercier (Producing Artistic 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 was the Director of Musicals for five, and of course NCCA where he directed Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Always Patsy Cline, Titanic, Cinderella, The Sound of Music in Concert at Loon, Clue the Musical, and our annual production of A White Mountains Christmas.

E-mail at jmercier@jeansplayhouse.com

Lyn Osborne Winter (Managing Director) loves summer theatre, and brings a wealth of theatre management, marketing and development experience to Jean’s Playhouse. Founding and steering committee member of the NH Professional Theatre Association, and former Board member of the NH Theatre Awards, Winter has lived and worked in the North Country for many years in business, civic, and arts endeavors – including Marketing and Managing Director at Weathervane Theatre and former Board member and President of Upstage Players. She also pastors churches in both Lisbon and Bath, NH when not making the scenic drive here or remotely working in management and consulting.

E-mail at lwinter@jeansplayhouse.com

Meet the Board

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

Connie Chesebrough (Vice President), Retired Plymouth State University

Robert Wetherell (Secretary), Clark’s Bears & Lincoln Town Moderator

Brian Baker (Trustee), New England Journeys

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

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

Jean Gessner (Trustee), Resident North Woodstock

Deb O’Connor (Trustee), Lin-Wood School District

Kimberly Pickering (Trustee), Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce

Jerry Stringham (Trustee), Former Grafton County State Representative