Professor of Theatre
BA, English and Theatre, St. Michael’s College
MA, Theatre State University of New York, Albany
While studying at SUNYA Glenn worked with Jarka Burian, Roger Herzel, and Judith Barlow. Glenn began his professional design career at the New London Barn Playhouse in the summer of 1978 and subsequently spent over 13 years working the Straw Hat Theatre circuit as a scenic designer and technical director. Glenn also worked as a freelance lighting designer for Hayles and Company, Travis-Stuart Dance, The New Hampshire Dance Alliance, and Petit Papillion, The Children’s Ballet Company of New Hampshire. Glenn began teaching at NEC in 1984 and serves as the resident scenic and lighting designer as well as technical director for the Theatre Department. In that time Glenn has designed scenery for more than 130 productions and lighting for more than 80 plays and dance concerts. In 2003 Glenn founded The Open Door Theatre where he has designed and directed 14 productions.
Associate Professor/Associate Director of Danforth Library
BA, English and History, University of Maine at Presque Isle
MLIS, University of Rhode Island
While his primary duty is serving as the Associate Director of the College’s H. Raymond Danforth Library, Russ is also closely involved with the NEC Theatre Department. He has been active in college and community theatre for over 30 years and has been a company member of NEC’s summer professional theatre, The Open Door Theatre, since 2008. He performs in NEC Theatre Dept. productions and has also begun to direct and teach within the department. If Russ had any spare time, he would spend it with his wife and his friends: watching movies, playing videogames (the wife, not so much) and riding steel coasters.
Lecturer in Theatre
BS, Dance, Skidmore College
While studying at Skidmore, Kelly worked with Sophie Maslow, Moss Cohen, Felix Smith, and Elisabeth Carroll as well as taking master classes with Twyla Tharp, Carla Maxwell. She has also studied with modern dance luminaires, Betty Jones, Liz Lerman and Sabatino Verlazza. Kelly was a member of Hayles and Company Dance where she performed in modern dance works choreographed by Suzanne Hayles, Gus Solomons, Jr,, Mihailo Djuric, and Arthur Hall. In 1990 she was a founding member and President of the New Hampshire Dance Alliance. She was Co-Director of Petit Papillion, the Children’s Ballet Theatre of NH where she created original ballets for children for 25 years. She is a roster artist for both Arts in Education and Arts in Health Care Programs with the New Hampshire Council on the Arts and a roster artist/trainer for Very Special Arts NH. Kelly was a core task member and writer of the Dance Standards for the N.H. Department of Education’s Curriculum Framework for the Arts. She most recently completed her work as a committee member and writer of the Dance Program Standards for N.H. Teacher Prep Programs for the N.H. Department of Education.
Associate Professor of Theatre
BA, Education, New England College ‘97
MFA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
While studying at the Krannert Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Alex worked with Tony Award winning director Dan Sullivan and playwright Lee Blessing and participated in an intensive residency with Ann Bogart’s CITI Company. After returning home, she taught high school in the Boston area for 6 years. Alex served as the Managing Director of the Devanaughn Theatre Company where she also appeared in Bella Donna, Closer, How I Learned To Drive and others. in the South End of Boston and acted professionally in the area with such companies as The Gloucester Stage Company in the English language premiere of Compromise with Israel Horovitz, The Huntington Theatre as a resident understudy including serving as the understudy for Lisa Kron in Well, among other credits. She also served as the Company Manager for Northern Stage Company where she appeared in The Diary of Anne Frank. Since returning to New England College as a faculty member nine years ago Alex has appeared in multiple productions with the Open Door Theatre Company and directed the department fall mainstage production each fall. She is currently working on The Hope Project: An Exercise in Listening featuring the survival stories of NEC students.
BA, Theatre Arts, New England College ‘97
MFA, New School University
While studying at the New School University in conjunction with The Actors’ Studio in NYC, Michael worked with Gene Lasko, Arthur Penn, and Havery Keitel. Previous directing projects with NEC include Equus, All in the Timing, Reckless, and The Dining Room. Acting credits include This is Our Youth and Self Torture and Strenuous Exercise with the Actors’ Studio, Romance with the San Diego Repertory Theatre, and As You Like It and The Winter’s Tale with Open Door Theatre. He is a visiting company member of the award winning comedy troupe Darwin’s Waiting Room and is featured yearly in The Music Hall's Left Bank Cabaret as Monsieur Le Tuc Tuc. He is currently developing his new one man show, Back Down East.
Assistant Technical Director
While studying at New England College, Ian was the president of the Carriage Theatre Ensemble and participated in a show each semester such as Louis in Angels in America, Alan Strang in Equus with the New england College Theatre and Tranio in Taming of the shrew with the Open Door. He exclusively works with Glenn Stuart and Alex Picard during The Open Door Theatre and New England College Theatre seasons. His Pre-College theatre career includes five seasons as an actor at Andys Summer Playhouse in Wilton, New Hampshire.