Staff and Board

Meet the 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 has been the Director of Musicals since 2016, and of course Jean’s Playhouse where he directed Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Always Patsy Cline, Titanic, Cinderella, and A Christmas Carol: The Musical Ghost Story.

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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.

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Meet the Board

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

Brian Baker (Vice President), New England Journeys

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

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

Connie Chesebrough (Trustee), Plymouth State University

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

Jean Gessner (Trustee), Resident North Woodstock

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

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

Jerry Stringham (Trustee), Grafton County State Representative