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Spiro Veloudos, now in his 18th season as Producing Artistic Director of the Lyric Stage, has recenently directed Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods (Elliot Norton Awards for Best Director and Outstanding Musical Production), One Man, Two Guvnors, and Death of a Salesman. In previous seasons he directed 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 (Into the Woods, Nicholas Nickleby, Speech & Debate, Miss Witherspoon, The Old Settler), and Outstanding Musical Production (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George); Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards for Outstanding Production (Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Settler, Glengarry Glen Ross), and Outstanding Musical Production (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.
Hannah Taytslin joined the team at The Lyric Stage Company in June of 2014, after two years fundraising at The Cambridge School of Weston, a progressive, arts-integrated high school. Her primary responsibility is growing and sustaining The Lyric Stage's Annual Fund, with direct outreach to our loyal patrons and institutional partners. As a professional arts administrator, Hannah has experience in public, private, and non-profit management and development. She has raised funds for major cultural organizations including Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, and for The Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham, MA. Hannah holds a BA in Art History from Brandeis University and a Master of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Having grown up in a veritable antiques shop, as the child of two artists and collectors, Hannah finds her passion in connecting the community, especially young people, with the arts world. She is a dedicated yogi and cherishes summer-time on Cape Cod with stacks of good books.
Matt Whiton is in his 7th year as Production Manager of the Lyric Stage, having joined the team in 2007. In addition to production management Matt is also a freelance scenic and lighting designer both at the Lyric and other theatres throughout New England. Matt holds a Master of Fine Arts in Design from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts in Technical Theatre from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. When not in the theater Matt is an avid cyclist, runner and gardener.
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.
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.
Shanna Heath joined The Lyric Stage Company of Boston in August of 2014. She became a Bostonian after four years with Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia, PA. Shanna has been acting, singing, directing and stage managing since she was eleven and has never lost her passion for the arts. Shanna heads Lyric Stage Company's digital media campaigns across many platforms including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and eBlasts. She also administers the Lyric First Stage Program, the Lyric Stage's intensive summer program for teens. Shanna received her M.Ed. from Widener University and B.A. in English and Theatre from Kent State University. When not tweeting or posting Shanna loves scary movies, writing and road trips.