Meet the Directors
Cher Laston is a graduate of Vermont College of Norwich University with a B.A. in Liberal Studies/Theater History, Theory, and Technique, and a licensed Vermont theater arts educator (PK-12). She has directed for local community theater groups and in the Vermont public school system. Her professional acting credits include "Stone" (2005) and "Stone, revised" (2006) with Lost Nation Theater, "To Kill a Mockingbird" (2008), "The Miracle Worker" (2009), and "It's a Wonderful Life" (2008, 2009, 2010). Her one film is "Stone: the Docu-Drama," a Jeff Farber/Kim Bent collaboration (2009). She is currently the Executive Assistant for The Barre Opera House and is developing an in-house educational program for the summer of 2011.
Carol Dawes has over 20 years of theater experience as an actor, director and production stage manager and has worked professionally at theaters in Vermont, Boston, Albany and New York City. Favorite roles include Aldonza (Man of LaMancha), Josie (Moon for the Misbegotten) and the voice of Audrey II (Little Shop of Horrors). Favorite directing experiences include The Elephant Man, Agnes of God and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You. Favorite stage management projects include NYC productions of Hentry V (Theatre for a New Audience), The American Plan (Manhattan Theatre Club), and Happy Days (Classic Stage Company).
Kim Ward has worked in theater for over 25 years with such companies as Lost Nation Theater, The Fairfax Community Theatre Company, Champlain Theater Arts and others. She is a poet, playwright, choreographer, director, actor, singer and producer. She is the founding president of The Vermont Playwrights Circle, an organization dedicated to developing plays and other theater pieces written by Vermont playwrights. She is co-producer of the 3rd annual Ten-Fest Production in Waitsfield.
Tom Stevens has served as production coordinator at QuarryWorks Theater in Adamant, where he directed "Measure for Measure," "Twelfth Night," "Moon for the Misbegotten," "Johnny Tremain," and "Alice in Wonderland." He is the voice of Joe Gunther in a recent recording of "Open Season," the first book in Archer Mayor's detective series. Tom is a state representative, serving the towns of Waterbury, Duxbury, Huntington and Buel's Gore and recently finished his first term. He holds a BFA from the Boston University College of Fine Arts in Theatre. Tom lives in Waterbury Village with his wife and three children.
Eva Zimet has been unable to refrain from creating art despite many attempts in earlier and even recent years. A first career as a performer led to the next in film writing and directing and then into motherhood, the ultimate creative endeavor. Her valiant attempts at conformity included being awarded a J.D., an Ivy League M.F.A., and getting married. Her most recent work is in community peace-building and as Vermont’s Arts Bus resident artist.
Maureen Hennigan - see SLAM playwrights
Jeanne Beckwith - see SLAM playwrights