Alumni News: Scott Fish ’89

Scott Fish ’89 combined his company with three other managers to form Velocity Entertainment Partners in Los Angeles.  They handle both actors and writer/directors. (5/27/14)

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Alumni News: Dan Pelletier ’13, Joe Nelson ’11

Dan Pelletier ’13 founded Cue Zero Theatre Company.  Its debut production will take place in July with a night of original one acts, one written by Dan himself and the other written by Joe Nelson ’11. (5/27/14)

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Alumni News: Robert Tarushka ’11, Meghan Blakeman ’11, Allyson Capetta ’11

Robert Tarushka ’11 co-founded Dawn Overdue Productions. Robert is also the Marketing Director for Underling Productions, a theatre company focusing on Shakespeare founded by fellow alumni Meghan Blakeman ’11 and Allyson Capetta ’11. Robert also does web design and teaches literacy part time at Academic Leadership Charter School in the Bronx to 2-5th graders.
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Short Film by Liam Billingham ’05 To Be Screened in Portsmouth May 29

Liam BillinghamA short film by Liam Billingham ’05 will have a screening at the Portsmouth Short Film night on Thursday, May 29, sometime between 7pm and 9pm at the Portsmouth Public library.

“Future Perfect”: Xia, an English-as-a-Second-Language student and writer studying in New York, struggles with language. He lies to his parents about his goals, misses his classes and jeopardizes his student visa. When his former teacher invites him to a book reading in Brooklyn during class time, Xia has to choose between his passion and his obligations. His choice teaches him some sad realities about the ESL system, and the teacher he wanted to call ‘friend.’

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Announcing the Winners of the Second Annual John C. Edwards Undergraduate Prize Plays!

Winner's of 2014 Undergraduate Prize PlaysThe John C. Edwards Undergraduate Prize Plays honors outstanding work in playwriting, as well as directing, stage management and design. The program was created to foster student playwriting through the development of new works. It has been underwritten through a generous gift by Mike O’Malley ’88 (“Diverting Devotion,” “Yes Dear” and “Glee”).

These original student productions will be featured in an evening of one-act plays, April 16-19 in the Hennessy Theatre. The winning entries are:

“Ones and Zeros,” written by Brian Walker ‘15 of East Kingston, NH.

Seen. Typing… now there’s nothing. What’s going on? Adam and Violet struggle to keep their relationship together as it gets pulled apart by the petty problems of online communication. Meanwhile, Brick and Ava have a much more serious problem to deal with.

The winning playwright, Brian Walker, is a junior marketing and acting double major from East Kingston, New Hampshire. Brian is a board member for Mask and Dagger’s dramatic society and loves music, acting, sports and writing. He hopes to pursue a career in music/writing/acting when he graduates. “Ones and Zeroes” is his first play and will be directed by Kaitlin Deyo ‘14.

“Raisin Hell” written by Dan Shine ’14 of Shrewsbury, MA.

Sixteen year-old Mel and her mother don’t always get along, but when Mel accidentally summons a soul-bargaining demon, Mel is forced to realize the consequences of her actions and see that perhaps she is not always right.

Dan Shine is a senior English and theatre major from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He hopes to pursue a career in writing and directing for stage, but also enjoys performing improvised comedy with UNH’s Improv Anonymous as well as collecting comics and playing video games in his free time. This is his second John C. Edwards playwriting award. “Raising Hell” is directed by Danielle Barrett ’14.

“Party of Three” written by Amy Desrosiers ’14 of Salem, NH.

When recent-college-grad Julia gets the house to herself for the weekend, she plans to take advantage of her alone time. The step-father/step-son robber duo, Cal and Dennis, find the perfect house to hit in order to save their butts from an angry mob boss. When the two worlds collide, mayhem and confusion commence.

Amy Desrosiers is a junior theatre and Spanish major from Salem, New Hampshire. She is involved with the social justice group, WildActs, and the leadership organization, uLEAD. Amy hopes to pursue a career in either acting or international hospitality. This is her first play and she plans to keep writing. “Party of Three” is directed by Rachel Vilandre ’14.

“Uncle Zeke” written by Thomas Spencer ’16 of Bedford, NH.

When Zeke suspects his own wife Connie may be in the Mafia, he attempts to confirm his theory with schemes woven of hints from old friends, the assassination of President Kennedy and aliens.

The winning playwright, Tom Spencer, is a sophomore journalism major from Bedford, New Hampshire. He frequently contributes to The New Hampshire and UNH Tales. He is studying Arabic and hopes to pursue a career in journalism. “Uncle Zeke” is directed by Samantha Smith ‘14.

Other prize winners include set designer, Lyndsey Nowlan ’15 of Leominster, Massachusetts; costume designer, Sarah LaFlamme ’14 of Franklin, Massachusetts and lighting designer, Connor McGrath ’14 of Manchester, New Hampshire.

The second annual John C. Edwards Undergraduate Prize Plays runs April 16-19 in the UNH Hennessy Theatre. Tickets are $8 for UNH students, ID holders and seniors and groups of 15 or more, and $10 for the general public and can be purchased through the PCAC Ticket Office located in the Johnson Theatre lobby of the Paul Creative Arts Center. This full-service ticket office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour before curtain. Tickets purchased online will incur NO ADDITIONAL FEES. Call 603-862-7222 or visit For more information about our season, our programs, to book a tour or to make field trip reservations for your school, visit or call 603.862.2150.

Photo by UNH Photo Services: Left to right: Brian Walker, Danielle Barrett, Kaitlin Deyo, Samantha Smith, Thomas Spencer, Amy Desrosiers, Rachel Vilandre

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Announcing a Pilot Opera Program at UNH!

Melissa Manseau

The UNH Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce a new hybrid summer education program. The UNH Youth Opera Pilot Program is a group of advanced singers ages 12-26 years, exploring, performing and exposing other young audiences to the art of Opera. Cross-over work is more popular than ever as both theater and opera companies strive to meet audience demands. Most US opera companies produce at least one musical every year as well as operetta. Singers can learn more about cross-over work by adding opera and operetta to their portfolio.

Manseau plans to use the pilot to grow the program in its new home at the university. Based on a program founded in 2003 by Manseau as YOW! (Youth Opera Workshop), the group has performed many favorites including Mozart operas, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, and Cosi fan tutte as well as Bizet’s Carmen, Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel, and the comic opera by Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.

Using minimalistic costumes, props, and sets, the UNH Youth Opera Pilot Program will explore scenes from these and other famous operas for a June 2014 performance in UNH’s Hennessey Theatre, located in the Paul Creative Arts Center in Durham. Any registered UNH student can join the group for a greatly discounted rate.

Singers interested in joining the group should be able to learn advanced vocal music, sometimes in a foreign language, in regular lessons with a voice instructor. Singers who have not worked with Melissa Manseau before will need to meet and audition before the start of rehearsals (please prepare one classical style piece). For further questions or to set up an informal audition, please contact


  • Enrolled UNH Student: (fee waived for pilot program)
  • UNH Alumni: $50
  • General Public: $150

Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays 5-9p.m. and Thursdays from 5-7p.m. starting May 13 in the UNH Hennessy Theatre. There is flexibility in the schedule for conflicts that the director has in writing, in advance. Tech week is June 16-19, 5-9p.m. daily. Performances are on Friday, June 20, at 7p.m., Saturday, June 21, at 7p.m. and Sunday, June 22, at 2p.m. in the UNH Hennessey Theatre. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online at or at the PCAC Box Office, located in the Johnson Theatre lobby in the Paul Creative Arts Center, one hour prior to curtain.

To register visit

The UNH Youth Opera Pilot Program is part of ArtsREACH. ArtsREACH is the education and outreach division of the UNH Department of Theatre and Dance. Through ArtsREACH, the department provides opportunities for the community and area schools to participate in high quality theatre and performing arts experiences like Drama Day field trips, summer drama and dance camps, school matinees, and the famous Little Red Wagon professional summer theatre touring company. For more information about ArtsREACH’s mission and services call 603-862-0093 or visit

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Marketing & Promotions Specialist Position Available

RESPONSIBILITIES: Oversee all aspects of marketing, promotion, communications, public/alumni relations and related management for all department of theatre and dance programming, recruitment and fundraising; Create detailed annual marketing plans, budgets and workflow; Plan, organize, evaluate, coordinate and manage all of the Department’s outreach efforts including, but not limited to all ArtsREACH programs, including the hiring and supervising over sixty seasonal staff; Extensive graphics design for online and print; digital marketing strategies for Facebook, Twitter and electronic email communications for external audiences; conduct market research. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, or related field and two years of related marketing and/or communications experience; Graphic design skills and understanding of social media; Ability to deal effectively with the public and work cooperatively with internal staff; Supervisory ability; Marketing research and analytical skills; Excellent communications skills, both oral and written.

ADDITIONAL DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Prefer experience in the following areas: program development, program administration, budgets, scheduling, marketing, public relations, creation of promotional items; Background in the Performing Arts is preferred; Experience with all of the following: MS Word, MS Access, MS Excel, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Acrobat, MS Outlook/Exchange, MS Power Point; Proficient in organization and management of multiple projects, people, and data to meet strict deadlines

Starting salary normally not to exceed $46,750.00.

Review of applications begin March 24, 2014.  Search will continue until position is filled.  Hiring contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.  UNH prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.

Apply online at  Include a cover letter, resume, letters of recommendation, and writing or promotional samples.

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