A. Craig Brown, Esq.
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60 State Street Northampton, MA 01060

Before joining the Academy of Music Theatre, Executive Director Debra J’Anthony served as the executive director of the Shea Community Theater in Turners Falls, Mass., for sixteen years. During her tenure there, she was awarded the Community Theater Association Back Stage Award and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Senate Official Citation. In addition to her work as an arts administrator, Debra taught flute and chamber music at Stoneleigh-Burnham and Eaglebrook schools, and has performed professionally as a musician throughout North America and Europe. Her passion for the arts takes many forms. Debra is a published poet, and is a current board member of the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce and the Hampshire Regional Tourism Council. Debra is a member of the Paradise City Cultural District Committee, the national planning committee for SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and New England Presenters.

Addison (Addie) MacDonald has had an expansive career in facilities management and arts administration. During his youth as a Vermont native, Addie spent many summers on tour with Circus Smirkus. Following his graduation from Kenyon College, Addie moved to New York City where he put his passions to work at Wine Spectator Magazine, Troma Entertainment, the Copacabana and the Tavern on the Green. He spent over five years at the Directors Guild of America, managing a 430 seat theater, and working with artist such as: Martin Scorsese, Noel Gallagher, Woody Allen, Sidney Lumet and Wes Anderson. In 2011, he moved to Northampton and served as manager at the Smith College Conference Center. Currently, as Theater Manager for the Academy of Music, Addie is excited to see the theater continue to grow and provide the valley with unparalleled arts programming.

Emily Curro was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. Before joining the Academy of Music as Development Manager, Emily lived as an avid performer and production stage manager. Her work took her all over the country and overseas to China for over a year, where she performed with the Shanghai Repertory Theatre. After slowing down on the travel train, Emily received her MFA in Theatre Management from Florida State University and joined the Tony Award-winning Williamstown Theatre Festival as the Associate of Marketing and Development. She believes the arts are an integral part of how we form communities; how we perceive and communicate with the world around us and with each other. She is thrilled to be coming back home, to join this gem of an organization, and to work tirelessly to raise awareness and support for the arts on a professional level in her community.

Prior to his post as the Academy’s Technical Director, Hugh Hall spent two decades in commercial architectural design management, retail store design and display design for Yankee Candle, Lego Systems and other national companies.  Hugh served as a lighting and scenic designer for Amherst Leisure Services productions, Interplayers in Spokane, Washington and as instructor and technical director at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Theatre Department.  He began his career at Alaska Repertory Theatre Company, a LORT B company in Anchorage, Alaska, which took him on tour throughout the state.  He now lives in Belchertown with his wife Maureen O’Neil.

Martha Potyrala, Education Director, joined the Academy six years ago co-directing its Summer Musical Theatre Workshops. Since that time she has co-directed the winter musical theater Academy Youth Productions of Camp Rock, Fame Jr., The Phantom Tollbooth, Jr. and Into the Woods, Jr.  She comes to the Academy through education experiences in Springfield Public Schools and Holyoke Community College. She teaches musical theater dance at Pioneer Valley Ballet, performs with the company, and develops outreach performances for area schools. She earned her B.A. at Curry College and M.Ed. at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Tanya Ritchie (aka Tanya O’Debra), a writer and performer on hiatus from Brooklyn, NY, is thrilled to join the Academy of Music as the Box Office Manager. As one half of the ECNY Award nominated comic sister duo, The O’Debra Twins, Miss O’Debra has spread mirth and filth all over NYC. Their annual O’Debbie Awards garnered a Best of New York Award from The Village Voice. Published by Original Works, her play Radio Star has been produced nationally and internationally, receiving numerous awards and accolades. Other theater credits include Patrice O’Debra in Straight Up Vampire (Joe’s Pub), The Evil Queen in Snow White (The New Acting Company) and Amanda McCloud in The Ultimate Stimulus (Dixon Place). Her newest Play, Shut UP, Emily Dickinson, is in development. She is currently an English major at Smith College.