Archive of Program Bios

  • Merlyne E. Desire November, 2021
    Merlyne E. Desire is a senior who created her own major of Music Technology and Business, through the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Growing up, she sang in school and church choirs. With music technology under her belt, she composes, produces, and is an artist of the songs she creates as well as film music. She has published songs “Lemonade”, and “Reflection” so far this year. She hopes to work in the music industry someday not just as an artist and performer, but as a producer, A&R, and musician too. She is looking forward to working as an audio engineer this school year.
  • Joey Gold November, 2021
    Joey Gold is a sophomore music theatre performance major, and is incredibly excited to make her Plymouth State debut with this production. Joey would like to thank her family, friends, and the entire cast crew of Charlie Brown, as well as Fran page and Hannah Murray for supporting her throughout this production! Past credits include Tracy Turblad (Hairspray), Dragon (shrek), Paulette (Legally Blonde).
  • Thomas (Teddy) Wilkin November, 2021
    Thomas (Teddy) Wilkin is a Sophomore Musical Theatre Performance major at Plymouth State University. He recently played Appa Ratchen in Silverstar Voyages, and Cameron Mitcheljohn in this past spring’s show A Killer Party. He would like to thank his friends and family for all the positivity they have given him through his journey, and he is very excited to be playing Linus in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. He hopes you enjoy the show!
  • Fran Page (Director) November, 2021
    Fran holds a BA in Theatre Arts (Acting) from Plymouth State University and a MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts (Applied Theatre) from Goddard College. He has performed, taught, and directed throughout New England, South Africa, Canada, and Eastern Europe. Fran is a Teaching Lecturer in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance and also coordinates the Standardized Patient Program at PSU. PSU Theatre directing credits include: A Killer Party, Little Romance, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Deathtrap, Sweet Charity, A Man of No Importance, and Avenue Q. He spends his winters with The Educational Theatre Collaborative creating community through the arts while putting on large-scale Broadway-style musicals. Fran’s solo show BareFruit premiered at PortFringe with subsequent productions at The West End Studio Theatre (Portsmouth, NH) and Plymouth State University. Special thanks to LBP – “For happiness is anyone and anything at all, that’s loved by you.”
  • Harrison Christilles November, 2021
    Harrison Christilles is a junior Music Theatre Performance major, making his PSU debut with this show! He’s very excited to be working with Fran Page and Hannah Murray, as well as the wonderfully talented Justin McCarthy. Harrison is thrilled to be performing again with a live audience and can’t wait to share this sweet charming story with everyone. Previous credits include Javert (Les Misérables), Al Deluca (A Chorus Line), R.F. Simpson (Singin’ in the Rain), and more. Harrison would also like to thank his friends and family for their endless support.
  • Mackenzie Goodwin November, 2021
    Mackenzie Goodwin is a Senior Theatre Arts major with a Theatrical Design/Tech Option. Past design credits include SilverStar Voyages (Assistant Costume Design), War of the Roses (Assistant Costume Design) and Steel Magnolias (Costume, Hair and Makeup Design). When not designing, Mackenzie loves to perform as well. Favorite roles include Natalie Goodman (Next To Normal) Wendla Bergmann (Spring Awakening) and Mary Lane (Reefer Madness). During the day, Mackenzie can often be found in the costume shop, where she works as a stitcher. She would like to thank her friends, Danee included, for being a source of endless support throughout the process.
  • Grace Murray November, 2021
    Grace Murray is in her senior year as a Music major with an option in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. This is her first time assistant music directing a show and she is incredibly grateful to the faculty and cast that made this experience so positive. Grace has also been performing on stage for many years. Some of her favorite roles include Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown and the Sour Kangaroo in Seussical. Grace is also a part of the Chamber Singers ensemble and is working as this school year’s Choral Fellow.
  • Sierra Norko November, 2021
    Sierra Norko is a 3rd-year student at PSU, majoring in Theatre Art with an option in Acting. Sierra considers herself to be both an actor and a technician. This semester Sierra will be taking on the role of hair and makeup designer for PSU’s You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Sierra is excited to work with everyone and to see her work come to life on stage! Recently, Sierra has appeared in PSU’s Rights and Riots, Shakespeare’s War of the Roses: She-Wolves and Queens, and served as costume assistant for The SilverStar Voyages. 
  • Sierra Norko November, 2021
    Sierra Norko is a 3rd-year student at PSU, majoring in Theatre Art with an option in Acting. Sierra considers herself to be both an actor and a technician. In fact, this semester Sierra will be taking on the role of hair and makeup designer for PSU’s You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Sierra is very excited to work with everyone and to see her work come to life on stage! Recently, she has served as the costuming assistant for The SilverStar Voyages and appeared in Rights and Riots as well as Shakespeare’s War of the Roses: She-Wolves and Queens (2021).
  • Justin McCarthy — Conductor/Pianist November, 2021
    Justin McCarthy has been a member of the Piano Faculty at Plymouth State University since 2009. As conductor, his recent productions at PSU have included The Addams Family, Mary Poppins, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Wedding Singer, and Sister Act. Justin has given recitals in New York, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Ireland, and the Czech Republic.  Recently, Justin has appeared in recital with violinist Elliott Markow, clarinetist Stephanie Ratte Jenkins, and sopranos Hannah Murray & Emily Jaworski.  Justin received his Bachelor & Master’s degrees from Rice University, and his Doctorate from Boston University. In addition to maintaining an active teaching studio at the Manchester Community Music School, Justin is currently the music director and organist at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Bedford, NH.  Justin also serves as pianist for the Nashua Choral Society.
  • Hannah J. Murray November, 2021
    Hannah Murray, lyric coloratura, received her B.A. in vocal performance from Connecticut College, and her M.M. in vocal pedagogy and performance from Westminster Choir College.  Additional studies include the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, and  Middlebury College’s Deutsch fur Sangerin program.  A highly sought after voice teacher,  Mrs. Murray’s students have gone on to sing at some of the nations leading Schools of Music, such as Boston Conservatory, Elon, the Tisch school at NYU and Yale, and have also sung on national musical theater tours, and off and on Broadway.   An accomplished singer in her own right, Mrs. Murray has performed throughout the Northeastern United States.  She has been a soloist for the Nashua Symphony, The Paul Madore Chorale, The Opera circle,The Keiser Concert Series at St. Paul’s School, and the Musicians of Wall Street series at Concord Community Music School, amongst others.   A resident of Concord NH, Mrs. Murray is the Coordinator of Voice Performance Studies and a Teaching Lecturer in Music, Theater and Dance at Plymouth State University where she specializes in voice for musical theater.  Formerly, she held the position of Voice and Choral Department Chair at Concord Community Music School, Adjunct Lecturer of Music at St. Anselm College, and  spent three years as Music Director at South Congregational Church. She is the mother of two, Grace and Caroline, and is on the board as Director of SNATS for the Boston Chapter of the  National Association of Teachers of Singing. 
  • Emily Trubey October, 2021
    Emily is a Senior Music Theatre major, and thrilled to be making her seventh appearence in a main stage production here at Plymouth State. Emily was most recently seen In PSU’s digital production of A Killer Party as Detective Justine Case. Past roles and works include The Addams Family as Grandma, Quilters as Jody, A concert version of West Side Story directed by Dr. Dan Perkins as Maria, and Carmen in Sweet Charity. Emily had the honor of making it to the National round this past spring in the NATS (National Music theatre) vocal competition, as well as recieved the first place title in the Seacoast Regional idol competition in 2018, and the First place winner of the Bedford Rotary Scholarship Idol competition in 2017. other favorite roles include Ella in Cinderella, Joanna in Sweeny Todd, Yonah in Children of Eden, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, and the Elephants Child in Just so, where she won a NH theatre award for best actress in a Youth production in 2012. She would like to thank her friends and family for their enormous love and support as well as her directing team, faculty at psu and of course her wonderful cast for working so hard to create meaningful and enjoyable performance opportuities during these difficult times. She hopes that the audience enjoys the sweet and joyous messages that Charlie Brown has to offer and througoughly thanks you for being here and in person and for your support for the arts which is as important as ever now. Enjoy the show!
  • Grace Gilbert October, 2021
    Grace Gilbert is a junior Music Theatre Performance major with a minor in Standardized Patient Training. Some of her favorite past roles include Sister Mary Lazarus in Sister Act, Portia in Something Rotten, Natalie Haller in All Shook Up and Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly. She is also a member of Mixed Emotions and Plymprov, and enjoys singing in the Chamber Singers ensemble.
  • Kyle Sidders October, 2021
    Kyle is a junior Theatre Arts Major here at Plymouth, with an option in Music Theatre Performance. Some of his favorite roles include William Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Baker in Into the Woods, and Riff in West Side Story. He is overjoyed to be working with both Fran Page and Hannah Murray again in a production, and thankful to the other seven members of this talented cast for their trust and kindness throughout this experience!
  • Emily King October, 2021
    Emily King is currently a Junior studying Music Theatre Performance. Credits to her name include Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls), Dragon (Shrek), Ethel Toffelmeir (The Music Man), and Tina/Ensemble (Sister Act). This is her first credit working as an Assistant Stage Manager and is very proud of the work this cast and crew has done to showcase an incredible piece of work.
  • Aleksei (Lexi) Ellis October, 2021
    Aleksei Ellis, a senior Acting major, is excited to be returning to the Hanaway Stage once again as a Voice inside Christopher’s head. She’s previously been in Shakespeare’ War of Roses: SheWolves and Queens; Rights & Riots; and a student written series, SilverStar Voyagers. Off the stage, Aleksei enjoys writing, reading, and works as a front end supervisor.
  • October, 2021
    Christian Simpson is a Senior Theatre Arts Major with options in Music Theatre Performance and Acting. Christian’s previous credits at Plymouth State include: Mal in The Addams Family, Captain Horster in An Enemy of the People, Curtis in Sister Act, Commander Mac in Silverstar Voyages, and Jeremy Jordan in A Killer Party. This will be Christian’s first performance in a straight play since the spring semester, 2019. This show is very unique, Christian is extraordinarily proud of the work that that he and his cast mates have put in and the discoveries they’ve made along the way. Enjoy the show!
  • Dan Hopper September, 2021
    Dan Hopper holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Plymouth State University and an M.F.A. in Theatrical Lighting Design from the University of Florida. His theatrical design credits include Next To Normal, The Last Five Years, Sweeney Todd, Pippin, The Seagull, Little Shop of Horrors, The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee, and The Addams Family. Dan’s concert experience includes work for musical artists Snoop Dogg, Megan Thee Stallion, Russ, Lil Uzi Vert, Future, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Common, and Bishop Briggs. He has worked for companies such as The Asolo Repertory Theatre, Utah Festival Opera, and The Sharon Performing Arts Center.
  • MADELINE ANNA September, 2021
    Madeline Anna is a theatre arts major with a concentration in musical theatre from Skaneateles, New York. She has previously performed in the Syracuse Area Music Awards, the Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival, the 2018 All-Eastern Honors Ensemble, Bronte at Northern Vermont University, and several of Skaneateles High School’s musical productions. She is thrilled to debut in her first live PSU performance and she wishes her cast and crew the best of luck.
  • Garrison Barron September, 2021
    Garrison Barron (Voice Number 2) is a Senior Theater Arts Major with a emphasis of acting and writing.  With recent roles being in War of Roses as (Gloucester, Clifford and Clarence), Silver Star Voyages as (Miami) and Sister Act as (Ensemble).  This year Garrison is why continuing his work as a student he is also taking a step in the role as a assistant director while working with Advice to The Players to further push the arts out into the world for the upcoming generation.
  • Ryan Konrad September, 2021
    Ryan Konrad (Stage Manager) is a junior Theatre Arts major with a focus is in Tech and Design and a minor in photography. Other shows that he has worked on are War of The Roses: She Wolves and Queens (Sound Board Operator/ Sound Designer), Rights and Riots (Deck Manager), and SilverStar Voyages (Assistant Stage Manager). He also works in the scene shop as an electrician/carpenter. Ryan would like to thank everyone that has supported his passion in theatre tech and design and those who have helped to get him where he is now.
  • Emma Molloy September, 2021
    Emma Molloy is a junior Theatre Arts major with an option in Music Theatre Performance and a contract in stage management. While this is her first stage show at PSU, she enjoyed stage managing both Sister Act and Shakespeare’s The War of the Roses: She-Wolves and Queens last year. In addition to classes and shows, she enjoys creating chaos at the Costume Shop in the Silver Center, laughing with friends, and petting every possible dog that she can find. She is so thrilled to be returning to the stage after COVID cut short so many opportunities.
  • Jackson Ploof September, 2021
    Jackson Ploof is a sophomore Theater Major with an emphasis on Musical Theater. He is excited to be making his PSU debut performance with this production. Prevoius shows he has performed in include Man of La Mancha (Don Quote), Footloose (Willard), Catch Me If You Can (Carl Hanrady), The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), and Hello Dolly! (Horace Vandergelder). He would like to give thanks to his friends and family for always supporting him and giving a helping hand in his career as an actor.
  • Emma Littig September, 2021
    Emma Littig is a Senior studying Theatre. Emma’s a Background Actor based in New York City. Emma was recently wrapped as a Featured Core Background Actor on WeCrashed. This 8 part mini series is in post production but soon to be streaming on AppleTV+. PSU: War of the Roses (Joan la Pucelle, Prince Edward, others) The Addams Family (Newsie Ancestor) SilverStar (Menos Pavos) Yale Opera : A Midsummer Night’s Dream (fairy) , Cozí Fan Tutte (Supernumerary). She walked in the Mothers Ball fashion show wearing Vivian By Emilia George and Totally Fringe nursing bag by Laura Faye.  
  • Andrew Hotham September, 2021
    Andrew is a graduate of Plymouth State University with a B. A. in Theatre Arts with an option in Musical Theatre Performance. Some of his most recent work includes King Henry VI in War of the Roses, Lucas in The Addams Family, and George Gibbs in Our Town. Right now, his aspirations include pursuing a Masters in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance, as well as continuing to perform professionally. He is very excited for the show and extremely proud of everyone in the cast and crew! Thank you all for supporting PSU Theatre and enjoy the show!
  • Audrey Solinas September, 2021
    Audrey Solinas (Judy) is a senior Theatre major with an Acting option. Her recent performances at Plymouth State include her roles as Richmond, Exeter, and Salisbury in Shakespeare’s War of the Roses: She-Wolves and Queens, as well as originating the role of Nikki in SilverStar Voyages. This year she began working in the Silver Center Costume Shop as a stitcher and has enjoyed exploring a new side of theatre.
  • Lindsey Brunelle September, 2021
    Lindsey Brunelle (Siobhan) is a junior Music Theatre Performance and Theatrical Dance major with a minor in Standardized Patient Training. She was most recently seen in War of the Roses: She-Wolves and Queens (Charles/Lewis/Lady Anne), Silverstar Voyages (Europa Inga), and Sister Act (Sister Mary Patrick). Lindsey would like to thank everyone at PSU for their hard work in getting this production to the stage, and for the opportunity for her to perform and share its story.
  • Calle Marion Bisaillon September, 2021
    CALLE MARION BISAILLON (Voice Three) is a Sophomore Theatre Arts Major with an option in Acting. She began acting in her hometown of Epping, New Hampshire, both at Epping Middle and High School and the Leddy Center. Acting has been her passion since she was in middle school, and she is also extremely interested in costume design and makeup. Past roles include Little Shop of Horrors (Doo-Wop Girl), Into the Woods (Jack’s mother), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), and Twelfth Night (Viola). She would like to thank her family and friends for the love and support over the years!
  • Hanna Street September, 2021
    Hanna Street-(Mrs. Alexander, Man With The Socks, London Police Officer, Station Guard, Voice Six), Is thrilled to be a part of The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night Time. Hanna is a senior, Musical Theatre Performance major and has had a passion for the performing arts since she can remember. She is excited to graduate and to see what the professional theatre world will bring for her in the future. Some of her recent credits include,  A Killer Party (Clarke Staples), Sister Act (Michelle/Nun), Annie (Star-To-Be), and Little Mermaid (Adella).  Hanna would like to thank her boyfriend, Mike for being so supportive of her performing arts career, and for convincing her to chase her lifelong dream. “Enjoy the show, mate!”
  • Timothy L’Ecuyer September, 2021
    Timothy L’Ecuyer (Director) has BAs in theatre and English from Keene State College as well as an MA in theatre education and applied theatre from Emerson College (where is is currently finishing his MFA). In addition to being a teaching lecturer at PSU, he is the director of education at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse.  He holds New Hampshire state teacher certifications in both English and theatre and taught high school in New Hampshire for ten years. He is a former president of the New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild and an Equity stage manager. Previous directing credits at PSU: Our Town and An Enemy of the People. Representative directing credits elsewhere: The 39 Steps, Red, Grace and Glorie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Rocky Horror Show, Mary’s Wedding, California Suite, Joseph and the ATD, Treasure Island, The 25th… Spelling Bee, Romeo and Juliet, Carrie the Musical, Godspell, Lord of the Flies, The Secret in the Wings, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Pippin, Electra, Fahrenheit 451, The Laramie Project, Spring Awakening (the play and the musical), Children of Eden, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jane Eyre, The Dining Room, I Am My Own Wife, Proof, Altar Boyz. He has worked with many New Hampshire and Boston area theatres including American Stage Festival, Barnstormers, theatre KAPOW, Peacock Players, StageCoach Productions, Greater Boston Stage Company, the Nora Theatre Company, and Underground Railway Theater.  timothylecuyer.com
  • Christian Simpson February, 2020
    CHRISTIAN SIMPSON (Ed Boone) is a Senior Theatre Arts Major with double options in Music Theatre Performance and Acting. Christian’s previous credits at Plymouth State include Mal in The Addams Family, Captain Horster in An Enemy of the People, Curtis in Sister Act, Commander Mac in Silverstar Voyages, and Jeremy Jordan in A Killer Party. This is a very unique and eye opening show, and Christian has found the creative process to be his most engaged and challenging as an actor. Christian is very thankful for the talented and dedicated castmates and crew and hopes everyone enjoys this incredible show!
  • Daneé R. Gosselin September, 2016
    Daneé Gosselin has been a member of the PSU design team since 2007.  Favorite past PSU costume designs include The Addams Family (2019), Dracula (2014), The Pleasure Men (2013), Orpheus in the Underworld (2013), and Marat/Sade (2010).  Occasionally she spends her off-time designing costumes for The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, where she has done Jesus Christ Superstar, Table Manners, and Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Summer 2015), and Peter and the Starcatcher, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Living Together, and Cabaret (Summer 2016).  Daneé also teaches classes relating to costume design, costume construction, and stage makeup.
  • Matt Kizer August, 2016
    Matt Kizer has been the resident designer for Plymouth State since 1996. He has presented workshops on projections for performance nationally and internationally, including the National Opera Association in New York, and The Cyprus Theatre Organization in Nicosia.  His work has been presented at the Kennedy  Center in D.C., and with A-Fortiorni dance company in Germany.    He designed for two years with Operafestival Di Roma in Italy with the Orchestra Sinfonica dell’ International Chamber Ensemble at Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza in central Rome.  In 2019, his work was included on behalf of the United States at the The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space both in exhibition and performance.  He has a B.A. from Purdue University, and an M.F.A. from The Ohio State University.