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Susan Parker – Secretary

Susan ParkerSusan is a member of the Board of Directors, serving as Secretary. She also serves on the Reading and Box Office Committees and does most of the publicity for MLT. She is the former chair of the Marketing Committee. Susan started out with MLT as a “Jitterbug” dancer in The Wizard of Oz in 2007. She has appeared in many productions but has of late turned to the production side of the theatre. She has had a hand in approximately 50 productions to date. Susan was the Stage Manager for Godspell 2012 Revival for which she received the 2014 DASH award for Best Stage Management. Susan considers MLT to be her home away from home and an absolute treasure for the community. Susan is proud to be a part of an organization which consistently offers outstanding theatrical productions.

Janet Neely

Janet Neely has had a duel career working in theater and higher education. Balancing both has enabled her to remain passionate and committed to each for over 20 years.

She has worked in all aspects of the theater, on stage and off.  The newest member of the Marblehead Little Theatre Board of Directors, Janet was the Assistant Director of MLT’s production of American Idiot and co-produced August: Osage County. She began her directing career coaching poets in “full contact poetry”, a performance art-poetry reading hybrid. These innovative pieces were performed at a variety of alternative venues including the Trenton Avant-garde Festival, the New York International Fringe Festival and CB GBs in New York City. She has directed a number of new works, both one acts and full length staged readings, with productions at the Arlington Center for the Arts New Theatre Festival, the Boston Conservatory, Theatre 1, Another Country Production’s SLAMBoston, Salem Theatre’s Moments of Play, Salem Theatre Company, and Boston’s Playwrights’ Theatre. She has had the pleasure of working with a number of Theatre Companies, including Proscenium Circus, Salem Theatre Company and Metro Stage Company, on more established plays and musicals including, The Mousetrap, Twelve Angry Jurors, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Painting Churches, Assassins, & Songs for a New World.

Janet has worked at a number of Universities and Colleges and is currently the Associate Director of Career Development in Career Services at Salem State University. Leading a staff of Assistant Directors, Graduate Assistants and Undergraduate Career Peer Mentors, she is invested in integrating Career Development into every student’s experience at the University.  In addition, she has been an adjunct faculty member at a number of higher education institutions teaching courses in Career Development, Industrial Psychology, Communications, and Public Speaking.

Ms. Neely received a certificate in basic mediation from North Shore Community Mediation Center.  She studied directing with Scott Zigler at the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University, and acting at the William Esper Studio in NYC and Shakespeare’s Globe in London. She holds a MEd in Counseling Psychology, a MA in Theatre Arts, and BA in History and Theater all from Rutgers University.

Julie Schoenthal – Box Office Chair

Julie Schoenthal…. Has cats. (I couldn’t help myself!) Julie believes ‘home is where your wifi connects automatically’ and MLT has been her second home since May 2009 when she played Mama Euralie in Once on This Island and it’s been a wild ride ever since! She’s been part of over 10 productions at MLT as an actor and multiple shows behind the scenes as stage manager, hair and makeup and assistant director. Her proudest moment came in August 2014 when she won the DASH award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her work in MLT’s production of Godspell. After taking over the Box Office duties in January 2010 she finally joined the board in October 2014 as Box Office Chair and recently joined the play reading committee. Julie is looking forward to a long, fruitful and productive collaboration with her fellow board members.

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