Executive Artistic Director

Keith Coughlin is proud to be a part of another wonderful season, celebrating his 12th summer here at the Barn. He has worked as a performer, director, choreographer, and master class teacher across the country. Directing/Choreography: West Side Story (2017 NH Theatre Award, Best Professional Musical), Crazy for You (2016 Moss Hart Award for Excellence in Professional Theater), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (NH Theatre Award nomination, Best Musical, 2015), Kiss Me Kate (NH Theatre Award nomination, Best Musical, 2014), The Drowsy Chaperone (Cape Repertory Theatre), Click Clack Moo! (Theatreworks, U.S. National Tour). Choreography: 5-time NH Theatre Award winner for Best Choreography, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Singin’ In The Rain, Ragtime, The Drowsy Chaperone, Pirates of Penzance, Clifford the Big Red Dog Live (U.S. National Tour), Mary Poppins, White Christmas (Northern Stage), Urinetown, Chicago, Spring Awakening, Hairspray (Dartmouth College). Associate Choreography: The Toxic Avenger (Outer Critics Circle Best Off-Broadway Musical, 2009), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Detroit Company). He also serves as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Theater at Dartmouth College. Special thanks to my family and friends for their unending support. Sarah, Samuel, and Luna our black Lab, I couldn’t do it without you.

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Managing Director

Elliott Cunningham is happy to be back ‘on the porch’ for his 6th consecutive year and elated to serve in his new position. He is honored to be on this journey with Executive Artistic Director Keith Coughlin along with the other members of the Barn company. Elliott served as the Company Manager and Artistic Associate for the last two years as well as a Guest Artist in various seasons. Elliott recently worked as Company Manager on the World Premier of the new musical Renascence produced Off-Broadway with Transport Group Theatre Company directed by Jack Cummings III and Dick Scanlan and score by Carmel Dean. He has previously served in management positions with Cunard Line and Cumberland County Playhouse. Also a performer, Elliott’s Barn credits include: Little Women, Crazy for You, Shrek, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Souvenir (now that’s a true Barn story) and All Shook Up.  Other favorite performance credits: Lead Production Singer, Cunard Line Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth, Altar Boyz, Urinetown, The Secret Garden, Addams Family, Hairspray, My Fair Lady, She Loves Me, The Shadowbox and Brigadoon among others and is a part of the group Four Guys Who Sing. BFA, Musical Theatre, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Elliott is thrilled to have a home in New London and at the Barn- there is truly magic in this old barn. Love your Barn, it loves you. LTMDGBR. 

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Director of Development

After having served as Interim Managing Director/Director of Development at the Barn last summer, Jody is excited and honored to return to the Barn as Director of Development.  Her love affair with the Barn Playhouse began in 1964 when she appeared on the Barn stage as Gretl in The Sound of Music, reprising the role in 1965 and more recently appeared in the 2011 production of The Man Who Came To Dinner.  She has also appeared in numerous other productions at the Newport and Lebanon Opera House, Franklin Footlights Theater and Colby-Sawyer College.  Much of her time is now spent performing with the Kearsarge Chorale, Kearsarge Community Band, New London Bell Choir Ensemble and the Sunapee Singers.  Jody holds a B.S. degree from Colby-Sawyer College and after having worked for 25 years in corporate America in various account and proposal management positions, received her M.Ed. from Plymouth State University.  In addition to joining the team at the Barn, Jody spends much of her time as a professional organizer, rentals manager at the New London Historical Society, customer service/service advisor at Marshall's Garage and in various fund-raising and volunteer activities. She was raised in Bedford, NY, spent all of her summers on the shores of Little Lake Sunapee and has been a full-time resident of New London since 1978.  She looks forward to another wonderful summer working with such an amazing group of people and reconnecting with all of our wonderful patrons! 

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Director of Sales and Marketing

Abby is thrilled to be joining the Barn this season! This New London gem holds a very special place in her heart, having been an usher for several seasons starting at age 10 as well as performing in the 2002 children’s production of Tom Sawyer. This year’s role takes her behind the scenes where she’ll put the expertise of her company, Strategic Social Media, to work handling all sales and marketing efforts for the Barn. Abby is a 2013 graduate of Emerson College in Boston where she majored in Broadcast Journalism. In 2014, she founded Strategic Social Media where she loves helping businesses large and small successfully utilize all aspects of marketing and social media. Abby grew up in the Lake Sunapee region and looks forward to seeing lots of familiar faces this summer along with connecting with many new friends. As always, “I’ll see you on the porch!”

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Director of Education & Artistic Associate

Josh is honored to be calling the Barn his home for his 12th summer. In addition to directing, choreographing, and overseeing the Junior Intern Company since 2008, he directed Over the Pub, Sylvia, and three Straw Hat Revues; choreographed The Student Prince and Side by Side by Sondheim, and has taught several acting classes. Locally, he directed Cymbeline (Hanover High); choreographed South Pacific (Opera North), The Liar (Dartmouth College), and Anything Goes (NCCT Teens); and assistant directed Trick or Treat and Mamma Mia! (Northern Stage). Other favorite productions include: The Drowsy Chaperone, Legally Blonde, The Heidi Chronicles, The Learned Ladies, Sweeney Todd, The Comedy of Errors, Arms and the Man, How I Learned to Drive, Time Stands Still, and The Last 5 Years. Assistant Director: 1776 (PaperMill), Pirates! (Huntington), Dramatis Personae (Cherry Lane), and The Sisters Rosensweig (South Coast Rep). He has worked with Roundabout Theatre Company, New York Theatre Workshop, and Goodspeed Musicals. He spent three years as the Director of Theater at the Kingswood Oxford School and has taught at Terpsichore Dance and Theatre Company. Josh received his BA from Dartmouth College and is currently pursuing his MFA in Directing at UC Irvine. Love and thanks to friends, family, and Philip.


Business Manager

Beth is a graduate of Colby-Sawyer College and is very happy to be celebrating her 14th season at the Barn! She joined the staff in 2006. For many years, Beth has been coming to the Playhouse where she cherishes the history of the Barn and is very proud to be a part of the current team. She also enjoys helping Wynne with many of her Barn projects, while also working at Hudkins Law and with several other local businesses using her accounting skills. Beth enjoys being outdoors – walking, skiing, snowshoeing, and kayaking on Pleasant Lake. She is the proud mother of two wonderful sons, Timothy and Paul. Beth looks forward to seeing everyone on the Porch this summer. With love and thanks to all my friends and family.

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Production Manager

David has been kicking around the business for many years and is happy to return to the Barn for the 2019 summer season. Past Stage Management credits include 11 years on tour with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking!, The Music Man: In Concert (Two River Theater/NJPAC), three years as PSM for the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Intringulis and American Jornalero (INTAR). Regional productions include Disney’s Mary Poppins (Gateway/Ogunquit), Elf: the Musical (Arkansas Rep), Les Miserables, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof (Reagle Music Theatre), Hairspray, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Sound of Music (Mill Mountain Theatre). David has stage managed many events for the New York Times TimesTalks, works annually as the Production Manager for NYU’s UltraViolet Live!, and teaches Theatre, Stage, and Arts Management at LIU Post, where he also directs.  MFA: LIU Post. BFA: Penn State.

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Usher Coordinator

Martha is more than excited to start her 12th season as an employee of the Barn and 30th season overall! Acting as General Cartwright in Guys and Dolls and Dead Woman #1 in Our Town on stage at The Barn are memories she'll cherish always. She has a crew of at least 100 dedicated volunteers eager to help and seat our wonderful patrons. Martha is a graduate of Colby-Sawyer College and currently works at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust as a Customer Service Representative. This Fall she is looking forward to directing the female version of The Odd Couple for SKIT, a local community theater group of which she a founding member and current treasurer. Here's to a wonderful season and see you on the porch! 

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Chair of the Friends of the Barn

A Registered Nurse by profession and theater buff by preference, Wynne DeMille has been involved in the operation of the Barn Playhouse for over four decades. As one of “Norman Leger’s girls," Wynne has served in many different capacities over the years, from publicity to costuming to marketing to working backstage. Wynne and her husband Tom were instrumental in the successful effort to preserve the Playhouse as a non-profit corporation. As Founder and Chair of the Friends of the Barn Playhouse, she led the campaign to refurbish the 302 Art Deco chairs and other interior features of the Playhouse and each year manages a major fundraising event. Her role as archivist of Playhouse activities plays a vital role in preserving the Barn’s history for future generations. After all these years, Wynne finally made her on-stage debut in 2012’s Our Town, which fittingly was presented in recognition of the Barn’s 80th Season. Wynne looks forward to the opportunity to continue serving the Playhouse as its Director of Front of House and Chair of the Friends.

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