Staff and Board

Meet the Staff

christaChrista Hollingsworth (Managing Director) is a native Midwesterner who moved to the White Mountains after hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2010. Christa has worked in the business office at Jean’s Playhouse since June 2012. She has a B.A. in Theatre from Millikin University and an M.B.A. from Plymouth State University.

At Jean’s Playhouse, she enjoyed performing in You Can’t Take It With You (Alice), A Funny Thing Happened…Forum (Vibrata), Lincoln: A Tour Through Time (Ensemble), and Spamalot (Ensemble). She adapted the Lincoln town historical play from its original script written in 1964 by Malvine Cole into Lincoln: A Tour Through Time for Lincoln’s 250th Anniversary Celebration. She has acted as Stage Manager for Jean’s Teens’ Just So Stories and The Phantom Tollbooth, as well as the Playhouse Players’ Plaza Suite. Christa lives in Franconia with her husband Alex and their mutt Walter. E-mail at chollingsworth@jeansplayhouse.com.

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. E-mail at spaquette@jeansplayhouse.com

vickiVicki Etchings (Box Office & Outreach Director) 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. E-mail at vetchings@jeansplayhouse.com.

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

David Bownes (Trustee), David H. Bownes, P.C.

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 Planning Board

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

Tony Ilacqua (Trustee), Bank of New Hampshire

Christina Mason (Trustee), Voice Against Violence and Plymouth Episcopal Church

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

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