A. Craig Brown, Esq.
Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, P.C.
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 MassCreative. Debra is a member of the Hampshire Regional Tourism Council, Paradise City Cultural District Committee, Massachusetts Cultural Council Gaming Mitigation Panel, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and New England Presenters.

Melissa Cleary Pearson is delighted to be returning to the Academy of Music Theatre as Theater Manager. During her 6 year hiatus from the Academy, she held a position as Audience Services Manager for the UMass Fine Arts Center and as an events coordinator for the Downtown Northampton Association. She is an active member of the arts community serving as Treasurer of the Board of Directors at the Northampton Center for the Arts and rehearsal captain for the Legible Bod(ies) dance company. She teaches ballet at the Children’s Ballet and Movement Company. Melissa is a UMass Theater graduate.

Dashiell Menard is an alumnus of the San Francisco State University School of Theatre and Dance (BA, Drama) and the Yale School of Drama (MFA, Technical Design and Production). Having spent the last several years working in custom fabrication for live performance, broadcast television, interactive museums, themed retail, and more, he is thrilled to have his “boots on the ground” again working for the Academy. Originally from California, he is enjoying getting to know the Pioneer Valley.

Kyle Lawrence is new to western Massachusetts, having just moved here from northern Utah where he’s been an active part of the theater community for the past 16 years. His experiences in theater range from being an actor and director, to designer, composer, and educator. He studied Musical Theatre at Weber State University, and has a Level 2 Certification in Evidence Based Voicework from Maddie Tarbox Vocal Studio. As an educator he loves helping students to find their home in the arts. He encourages students to explore and excel as individual artists and as collaborators of the theater, striving to support safety, respect, and cooperative creativity with all.

Kadence Cole comes to the Academy from her hometown in Georgia. She first got involved with Massachusetts’s thriving theatre scene by working with Berkshire Theatre Group for their 2018 and 2019 summer seasons, where she worked as a Box Office Assistant and Accounting Intern. When she isn’t working on shows for the Academy, you can often find her writing scripts, learning about the circus, and hosting boardgame nights.