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Spiro Veloudos (Producing Artistic Director), now in his 19th season as Producing Artistic Director of the Lyric Stage, opened the season by directing Company, and directed Sondheim on Sondheim and Peter and the Starcatcher last season. In previous seasons, he directed Sweeney Todd, City of Angels, Into the Woods (Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards for Best Director, Best Musical, and Best Ensemble), One Man, Two Guvnors, Death of a Salesman (IRNE Award for Best Play),The Mikado, 33 Variations, On the Town, Avenue Q (Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Ensemble, five IRNE Awards including Best Musical and Best Director), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Elliot Norton Award for Best Production and Best Director, five IRNE Awards including Best Director), Big River, Superior Donuts, Animal Crackers, Blithe Spirit, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, and Kiss Me, Kate. Spiro received the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from Salem State College. He was the recipient of the 2006 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence. During his tenure, the Lyric Stage has earned numerous awards and honors including Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Production (Nicholas Nickleby, Speech & Debate, Miss Witherspoon, The Old Settler), and Outstanding Musical Production (My Fair Lady, Into the Woods, Avenue Q, Sunday in the Park with George); IRNE Awards for Outstanding Production (Death of a Salesman, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Settler, Glengarry Glen Ross), and Outstanding Musical Production (My Fair Lady, Into the Woods, Avenue Q, Grey Gardens, Urinetown: The Musical, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George). His numerous directing credits at the Lyric Stage include A Little Night Music (IRNE Award for Direction), Glengarry Glen Ross (IRNE Award), Sunday in the Park with George (Best of the Year in Boston’s Globe, Herald, and Phoenix; Elliot Norton and IRNE Award for direction), Assassins (Best Production of 1998: The Boston Globe), Lost in Yonkers, Never the Sinner: The Leopold and Loeb Story (Elliot Norton Award, along with Assassins), and Speed-the-Plow (Elliot Norton for Outstanding Production). Mr. Veloudos received StageSource’s Theatre Hero Award (2003) and was named Best Artistic Director by Boston Magazine in 1999. He serves as the president for the Producers’ Association of New England Area Theatres, and is adjunct faculty in Performing Arts at Emerson College.
Matt Chapuran was previously Managing Director of Stoneham Theatre, where he produced over 70 plays, musicals, concerts, and educational productions for an annual audience that grew to over 50,000. During his tenure, Matt ran the 2010 Boston Marathon with Producing Artistic Director Weylin Symes in support of Stoneham Theatre’s educational mission. At The Nora Theatre Company, Matt was Managing Director during the inception of a capital campaign that ultimately led to the construction of the Central Square Theater. Matt comes to the Lyric Stage from the Huntington Theatre Company, where he managed institutional giving. A graduate of Boston College with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College, Matt has performed, taught, and directed improvisation for two decades, most recently as a part of Babson College’s M.B.A. program, as one half of the improv team The Angriest Show in the World, and as the director of An Improvised People’s History of the United States. He lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife and their three daughters.
A. Nora Long is responsible for dramaturgy, casting, and working with the artistic director on season planning and artistic programs. She is an Artistic Director of New Exhibition Room, a Boston-area fringe company and member of the Boston Center for the Arts Emerging Theatre Company program. She has worked with several theatre companies in Boston as a writer, director, actor, dramaturg and translator including the American Repertory Theatre, Bad Habit Productions, Mill 6, Whistler in the Dark and Another Country Productions. She received her MFA in Dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theatre/ Moscow Art Theatre School Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University and her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in Theatre and Italian. She is the Fall 2012 recipient of the Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of Americas’ Dramaturg Driven Grant.
Kelly comes to the Lyric Stage Company from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Volunteer Leadership team where she worked with Major Gifts and the Annual Fund team to secure committee membership contributions. A seven-year company member of Watertown’s Flat Earth Theatre, she has experience in all aspects of small theater management and established their Founding Donors and Annual Fund programs. In addition to her work at Harvard and Flat Earth, she has been part of fundraising efforts for several organizations including Bad Habit Productions, Apollinaire Theater Company, Conservatory Lab Charter School, GO Campaign in Santa Monica, Create Now in Los Angeles, and the UMass Amherst’s Annual Fund.
Her first career was as an art educator in the Everett Public Schools where she spent three years teaching K-8 art and she is passionate about bringing the arts to under-exposed communities. In her free time, Kelly enjoys painting, contributing to a popular humor website, and attempting to learn to play the harp.
James is excited to come back to the Lyric Stage and work again with Spiro, this time behind the scenery. Though he comes to us from Wheelock Family Theatre where he was Technical Director since 2005, James had the pleasure of acting in Spiro’s very first production at the Lyric Stage, Assassins in 1998. James studied acting and theatre production at Oklahoma City University, and has seen his loyalties split over the last 20+ years between the Kansas City Chiefs, where he grew up and the New England Patriots of his adopted Boston home.
Nora is the Lyric Stage's Operations Manager having previously been Box Office and Front of House Manager. Prior to joining the Lyric Stage, Nora was the House Manager for Actors' Shakespeare Project. Nora received her masters in Cultural Policy and Arts Management from University College Dublin and her bachelors from Bridgewater State University. Nora grew up in Holbrook, MA.
Stephanie Hettrick, a recent transplant to Boston, Stephanie lived in Georgia and Florida before making the move up north. She has her BA in Theatre Arts from Reinhardt University and spent a semester beginning her masters at Florida State University in Technical Production. In addition to working at the Lyric Stage, she freelances as a stage manager around the Boston area.