Dina Janis has served as the artistic director of the Dorset Theatre Festival for the past seven years, where she recently directed the acclaimed production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill by Lanie Robertson, as well as past productions of The Whipping Man by Mathew Lopez and Out of the City by Leslie Ayvazian. As part of her work at the Festival, Janis runs the acclaimed Dorset Theatre Festival New Play Development Program in conjunction with Theresa Rebeck and The Lark New Play Development Center. Writers Janis has hosted as part of this program include Martyna Majok, Adam Rapp, Samuel L. Hunter, Sherry Kramer, Laura Eason, and Cusi Cram, among others. She has served as one of the contributors to the renowned Kilroy List for the past two years. This list attempts to address gender equity in new play production nationally. During the summers of 2005–08, Janis hosted the renowned LAByrinth Theatre Company and their well-known Lab Intensive at Bennington College. This intensive brought more than 150 top theatre artists together for two weeks each summer for the purpose of developing new plays. Some of the artists who have participated in the past include Eric Bogosian, Sam Rockwell, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ellen Burstyn, John Patrick Shanley, and Stephen Adly Guirgis. Janis is a lifetime member of the famed Actors Studio, currently led by Ellen Burstyn, Al Pacino, and Harvey Keitel. As an actor she trained directly with Kim Stanley, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, and Sanford Meisner. She has taught at Bennington since 2000. Read more about Dina here.
Interim General Manager
Marissa Hutton is an arts professional and dance maker. Past projects include The Dead (Irish Repertory Theatre), The Hairy Ape, An Occupation of Loss, (Park Avenue Armory), the FreePlay Project. Recent performance and choreography includes Do You Know These People (Movement Research), Super Natural (Creators Collective), Hush Up Sweet Charlotte (Performatica, Mexico), The Tank XYZ series (NYC). She served as Dorset Theatre Festival’s company manager during the 2017 summer season.
Marketing & External Communications Manager
Natalie comes to Dorset from the comparably-wintery-but-much-flatter state of Michigan. Previously, she has worked in marketing departments at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, Chautauqua Theater Company in Chautauqua, NY, and Detroit Public Theatre in Detroit, MI. Natalie holds a BA in English and Theatre from Rochester College in Rochester Hills, MI.
Director of Design
Michael has been with Dorset Theatre Festival for 8 years, the first 6 as producing director. His lighting designs include the original Broadway production of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, 45 productions at The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC (including five years as resident lighting designer), 26 productions at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and multiple productions at Trinity Rep, Capital Rep, Portland Stage, Shakespeare & Company and the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company. He’s also designed for Barrington Stage, Chautauqua Theater Company, Virginia Stage, Indiana Rep, George Street Playhouse, Arena Stage, Old Globe, Seattle Rep, Huntington, Yale Rep, Olney and other theatres. New York lighting designs include Dance Theatre Workshop, Danspace Project, The Joyce, The Kitchen, Here Arts Center, P.S. 122, La Mama, and the Off-Broadway production Sounding Beckett, originally produced at the Library of Congress. He has been on the Bennington College Faculty since 1992. As a Fulbright Specialist Grant recipient, he taught in New Zealand and Romania. MFA: Yale School of Drama; BA: Bates College. www.michaelgiannitti.com.
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