Weathervane is best known for its signature alternating repertory. Each season’s mainstage calendar features the best of Broadway musicals, cutting edge and classic dramas and comedies, new works and more. Each world class production is performed by a resident company of professional actors. Since 1966 the theatre has produced a wide variety of titles as listed here.
The Weathervane has called Whitefield, NH home since its founding in 1966. Located on Route 3, our 250 seat theatre is accessible, comfortable and was recently outfitted with heat and air conditioning.
Weathervane Theatre Players, Inc. is a federally-registered not-for-profit corporation led by a volunteer Board of Directors and managed by contracted staff. The fiscal year runs November 1 through October 31.
Winner of multiple NH Theatre Awards and nominations as well as significant national recognition and acclaim, Weathervane is a piece of American Theatre history and continues to position itself at the forefront of the Regional Theatre landscape!
In addition to the Theatre’s public performance property, the Weathervane owns the Spalding Inn that is used for artist and staff housing. Thanks to the Weathervane Theatre Alumni Association the theatre utilizes the Mount Washington Grange Hall for rehearsal, costume shop and storage and office space located in downtown Whitefield.
Jennifer Gaudette, President
Anthony Colacino, Vice President
Sara Martineau, Treasurer
Gina Damiano, Secretary
George C. “Kit” Carter, Immediate Past President
Meyer G. Koplow
Molly Meg Legal
Nicole Sakowitz, Liaison to WVAA
Gibbs Murray, Co-founder
Of course, the Weathervane’s very existence is due to Gibbs Murray, who co-founded the Theatre in 1966 with the late Tom Haas. For every summer since 1966, Gibbs has been an integral part of all things Weathervane.
As a young man, Murray brought artistry and considerable theatre experience onstage and off. A faculty member at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, he would eventually retire as Chair of the Display and Design Department having made an indelible mark on more students than can be counted.
And for every summer since 1966, it has been his artistry and singular design that have defined the look and style of the Weathervane. Thousands of alumni staff and audience members instantly recognize the ‘look’ of our productions, all guided by his inestimable talent and vision and his presence onstage and off is felt by every successive Company and each summer’s audience. You can see Gibbs in every drawing, his influence in each intricate stage design and of course you can see him yourself each and every summer at the Theatre.
Producing Artistic Director Ethan Paulini returns for Season 58. He brings a wealth of experience as director, performer and associate artist to the Weathervane where he has served as Intern Director, Co-Artistic Director, Director, Choreographer and AEA Company Member. Ethan’s experience includes: Associate Artistic Director of Out of the Box Theatrics (NYC); Director for Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Education Department, where he designed their Summer Training Program. Faculty at Harwich Junior Theatre and taught master classes at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Ouachita Baptist University and Singers’ Forum. He is the Resident Director for Reel Artistry. Founder of Ethan Paulini Career and Acting Coaching – YOU Inc #ethancoaches, a Manhattan based studio with over 200 clients represented on Broadway, TV/Film and more! Proud Member – AEA, SDC, SAG/AFTRA.
Visit ethanpaulini.com to find out more about other performing and directing credits!
Robert H. Fowler is grateful to return to the Weathervane as Associate Artistic Director for Season 58, and be a part of this amazing theatrical community, and incredible creative team. He continues to be excited about working with Ethan Paulini and his continued dedication to the vision of its Founders, Gibbs Murray and Tom Haas, and former Artistic Director, Jacques Stewart. As Associate Artistic Director, Robert remains intent on the Weathervane Theatre being a leading professional theater company of the North Country. As well as being a company member, he brings his non performer experiences, including teacher, associate choreographer, associate director, and stage manager, to this position. Proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
After graduating with degrees in Criminal Profiling and Costume Design, Rien (she/her) started working at The Weathervane Theatre and is always so happy to return to the mountains. Her favorite Weathervane designs include Blood Brothers (set/costume), Eurydice (set/costume), Buyer and Cellar (set design), A Man of No Importance, Sweeney Todd (NH Theatre Award), Once on this Island, Memphis (NHTA nom), The King and I (NHTA nom), Seussical, Bright Star, Little Shop of Horrors, and Amadeus (set/costumes). Her New York theatre credits include multiple shows with Out of the Box Theatrics including the Drama Desk nominated Baby!, several seasons with Theatre For A New Audience, Radio City, Mark Morris Ballet, and many other theatres and tv commercials. She designed The Mysteries at The Flea (Drama Desk nom), The Jinx for HBO, worked on The Woodsman at New World Stages, and the stage and film productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Julie Taymor. Thank you for supporting live theatre!
Jorge Donoso is a Colombian born, NYC based performer and community organizer. As an artist, he has worked at Lincoln Center, The Drama League of NY, Playmakers Repertory Company, Columbia Stages, PEN America, Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, Weathervane Theatre, and the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre. With over eight years of work in the non-profit sector, he has worked with organizations such as the Corporation of Yaddo, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and North Carolina AIDS Action Network. Jorge holds an MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.
Season 58 marks Carrie’s fifth season with Weathervane Theatre. Carrie previously served in the Marketing and Development department at Theatre West Virginia in Beckley, WV and in the Marketing and PR department at Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, FL. Currently Carrie is Director of Marketing for Out of the Box Theatrics in NYC. Also a performer, Carrie has performed across the country as well as abroad. Favorite Weathervane credits include Heathers (Ms. Fleming), Hello, Dolly! (Ernestina), and Disaster (Sister Mary Downy). Carrie holds a BA in Musical Theatre and Public Relations from West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Grace returns for Season 58. When not in North Country, she fills her days being a mom to an awesome baby girl and as the Managing Director for Education at Penobscot Theatre Company. Grace is also a founding member of HEART Global, a performing arts driven non-profit that works with students all over the world. Favorite performance credits: Blood Brothers (Linda), Disaster! (Marianne), Little Shop of Horrors (Ronette), Speech & Debate (Teacher/Reporter), Curious Incident… (Mrs.Shears/Voice 1), Elf (Jovie), The Full Monty (Estelle), August: Osage County (Johnna).
Scout is an Orono, Maine based designer and technician, but always looks forward to summers in the White Mountains! She earned her BFA at the North Carolina School of the Arts and is currently working toward her Master’s at UMaine, building her own program of study centered on ethics in collaborative art-making. When not at Weathervane, she works predominantly in Maine, credits include work with Penobscot Theatre Company, True North Theatre, and the University of Maine. Other credits include programming work at New York Live Arts and Lighting Design for Out of the Box Theatrics’
production of Baby. She finds it impossible to name her favorite Weathervane designs, but she will always love Bright Star, American Idiot, and Blood Brothers.
Andrew Morrissey is a NYC based pianist, music director, vocal coach and composer. He has been involved with educational, community and semi-professional theatre in NH, NYC and the DMV area. A NH native, he has worked at many known theatres including Interlakes, Jean’s Playhouse, Winnipesaukee Playhouse and Plymouth State University, where he received a BA in Music. He has a MM in stage music composition from CUA, and his thesis project grew into a fully fledged staging of Lost In Wonderland with the Pallas Theatre Collective in DC in 2015. He is currently working on a few new musicals, one based on Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray and the other on the life of Rasputin. This is his fourth summer at Weathervane, but his first as the Resident Music Director – he is very excited to be back!
Check him out on Instagram: @Andrewmorrisseymusic
Marisa Kirby returns as the Intern Program Director for Season 58. She’s a member of the AEA professional company and also serves as the resident choreographer. With over fifteen years of experience in theatre, dance and education, Marisa is passionate and dedicated to her work with the Weathervane intern company. Under her guidance and training, many of her students have gone on to perform on Broadway, TV/film, cruise lines and music videos. She holds a BFA in dance performance from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and has been nationally recognized for her work with aspiring young artists. It’s is her privilege to work with such incredible talent from across the country and assist them in developing their own path in the entertainment industry.
For more info and updates…marisakirby.com!