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 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.

E-mail at jmercier@jeansplayhouse.com.

Lyn Osborne Winter (Interim Managing Director) loves summer theatre, and brings a wealth of theatre management, marketing and development experience to this summer at Jean’s. Founding and steering committee member of the NH Professional Theatre Assn, and 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

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.

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), Town Moderator, Clark’s

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

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

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

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

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