Jared Mezzocchi (Writer & Director, Projection Design)
Jared will have directed at Andy's Summer Playhouse for 10 years this summer, and is happily within his third year as Producing Artistic Director. Between 2009 and 2018, he directed Donkey Xote and Dick Tracy, as well as wrote/adapted and directed The Lost World, The BFG, The Little Prince, The Block, The Kid of Billy The Kid, and Viewfinder. Last year he directed his first musical, Posted, written by Owen O'Reilly and composed by Duncan Pelletier, both of whom were dear friends of his as an Andy's kid back in the 1990's. Last summer, Jared was awarded residency for 4 weeks at The Macdowell Colony in Peterborough, NH. Jared won a 2017 Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award and Henry Hewes Award for his projection design in Vietgone (Manhattan Theatre Club, NYC), and also was the first projections designer to receive the Princess Grace Award (2012). He was also nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk for his work on Vietgone. Additional New York credits include Downtown Loop (3LD) and You Are Dead. You Are Here (HERE Arts Center). He is a company member at Woolly Mammoth (The Nether, Women Laughing Alone with Salad, Chad Deity). D.C. credits include I'll Get You Back Again (Roundhouse Theatre, directed by Tony-nominated director Rachel Chavkin), Smart People (Arena Stage), Astro Boy and the God of Comics (Studio Theatre) and BELL (National Geographic). Regional credits include Portland Centerstage, South Coast Rep, Milwaukee Repertory, Baltimore Center Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, and The Wilma. He has designed nationally and internationally for Big Art Group, The Builder’s Association, and Connect4Climate/Alcantara (Design Week, Milan IT). Jared created and currently leads the Multimedia & Projection curriculum within the MFA Design program at The University of Maryland, College Park. This upcoming Fall 2018, Jared will be creating and directing How To Catch A Star, based on the work of children's author Oliver Jeffers, at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Duncan Pelletier (Music director/composer)
DUNCAN PELLETIER is a teacher and musician born and raised in Peterborough. Although he performed in Andy's for years back in the late 1990's, this is only the second year he's had the honor of composing the songs for the musical (after last year's Posted!). A lifelong lover of music, Duncan has been a singer, songwriter, and bandleader since he was 15 years old. He is very excited to be back at Andy's making theater magic with Jared and the rest of the gang!
Amanda Leslie (Scenic Design)
Amanda is a DC based event designer where she has worked on events ranging from The White House Easter Egg Roll to March For Our Lives (with plenty of galas, fundraisers, and conferences in between). Collaborating with the Andy's family is her favorite part of the year and she is so happy to be back for her 5th season!
Peter Leibold (Lighting Design)
Peter leibold is thrilled to be back for his second summer with Andy's.
When not in beautiful New Hampshire, Peter is a freelance lighting designer all over the country (and soon, the world). Peter recently earned his MFA degree in Theatrical Lighting from the University of Maryland, and comes to Andy's directly from the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. He has designed at the Kennedy Center, Signature in the Schools, Dance Place, and extensively in the Clarice in the DC area, and at various companies in California. After The Resisters, Peter will be designing two shows in California at Sierra Repertory Theater, where he was the Resident Lighting Designer for three years.
Thanks to everyone at Andy's, particularly Jared and Katerina for getting him here and bringing him back this year.
Betsy Rugg-Hinds (Costume Designer)
besty rugg-hinds is returning for her third summer with Andy’s. Previous shows include last summer’s Froggy and The Arrival. Originally from Vermont, her work has been seen in the Pacific Northwest, New York City and the woods of New Hampshire. It’s great to be back!
Heather Stockwell (Props Design)
HEATHER STOCKWELL (Props Designer, Froggy, My Hero, The Things We Keep) returns for her fifth season at Andy’s designing props. She studied at The Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston and Parsons School of Design in NYC. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge in using many different media in the arts and crafts realm, as well as many years of experience in making things and teaching kids and adults. She taught for many years locally at the Sharon Arts Center, Worcester Center for Arts & Crafts and The Beady Eye. She has also shown her work and taught nationally at The Whole Bead Shows and Bead and Button magazine shows. Her son, Woody, is a current “Andy’s Kid” in his eighth season and her sister,Wyckham, is returning this season to write and direct the tour, My Hero. Heather is thrilled to be back this year and to work with this great team of professional artists, designers and directors.
montana Schultz (Stage Manager)
MONTANA SCHULTZ is a recent graduate of Adelphi University with a BFA in Acting and a minor in Music. She is thrilled to be returning to Andy's for her second season on staff after stage managing Melissa, So Far last summer. Montana has most recently assistant directed the Steak Tartare Caper, a cabaret with music written by Jonathan Larson. She has also been in her university’s productions of Peter and the Starcatcher (Teacher), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cobweb/ Music Director) and Marat/Sade (Coulmier’s Daughter). Montana would like to thank Jared, Michael and Katerina for the opportunity to return back home to Andy’s this summer and for helping to nurture her love of the arts and the theatre. She would also like to thank Wyckham for the incredible learning opportunity from the Greenhouse Project, and Jared, Duncan and the entire crew of The Things We Keep for such an amazing experience. She would also like to thank her friends, her mentors and her parents for supporting her!
Mariah Busk (Choreographer)
Mariah Busk is an NYC-based performer, writer, set designer, and director. She writes grotesque musicals, a genre she is continuing to experiment with and develop. Originally from Ft. Lauderdale, FL she is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University (Theatre, BA 2016) and Sarah Lawrence College (Theatre, MFA 2019). She has created with Dan Hurlin, David Neumann, Liz Prince, Raja Feather Kelly, Kota Yamazaki, Sara Rudner, and Arne Glimcher. Additionally, she has worked on the production teams of Movement Research, Dancers Responding to AIDs, The Vanguard Theatre (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), and City Theatre (Miami, FL). Visit mariahbusk.com for more information and upcoming projects.