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. She has served as one of the contributors to the renowned Kilroy List for the past two years. Janis is a lifetime member of the famed Actors Studio. She has taught at Bennington College since 2000.
Will Rucker first came to Dorset Theatre Festival in its 39th season as the stage manager for Theresa Rebeck’s The Way of the World. Other Dorset credits include Downstairs with Tim and Tyne Daly by Theresa Rebeck and The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez. Will is a founding producer of The Party Line, where he has produced Emily Zemba’s We Know Edie La Minx Had a Gun and POP!, a walk-around festival in bars and public spaces. Will’s other producing credits include the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. As a theatre educator, he has served as a guest artist at the Yale School of Drama, New York City’s New School for Drama, and has taught Shakespeare and improvisation in Virginia juvenile correction centers. He received his MFA in stage management from the Yale School of Drama, where he served as an artistic director of the Yale Cabaret. Will has worked as an actor, director, stage manager, production manager, theatre educator, floral designer, crepe-maker, and tasting room manager. Originally from Virginia, he attended the University of Virginia and is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.
Marissa Hutton comes to Dorset, VT from a career in live event production. She has had the privilege of working with organizations such as the Park Avenue Armory, Irish Repertory Theatre, Monica Bill Barnes Dance Co.,Valencia Production Partners, and Bike New York. Marissa has also worked on live network television events for Condé Nast Entertainment, Hulu, Netflix, and CW. Prior to working in New York City, Marissa spent four years working as an arts administrator at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, CT, the last year as Special Programs Curator. Most recently Marissa served as Company Manager for the Dorset Theatre Festival 2017 Season. Marissa has taught and performed nationally as a movement artist. She is a founding member of CHARLOTTE, a dance collective with an investigative interest in physical relationships, distance, and collective body memory. Selected performance credits include: Comedy in Dance Festival, xyz nyc at The Tank, Open Performance at Movement Research, NACHMO Washington DC at Dance Exchange, Wander at Creators Collective, and Performática in Puebla, Mexico.
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Ryan Koss recently completed his master's degree in arts administration at Baruch College in Manhattan. Ryan was most recently the House Manager for the Dorset Theatre Festival 2017 season, and used his summer experience as research for his graduate thesis. During his graduate studies, Ryan was a producing Assistant for ABS Productions including a showcase of the new play, Simon Says, Off-Broadway at The Culture Project. Previously, Ryan was a performer with stage credits including: The New York Spring Spectacular Starring Derek Hough and the Rockettes (Radio City Music Hall), We Will Rock You! (International Tour), Surf! The Musical (Planet Hollywood Resort, Las Vegas), Lucky Guy, The Musical (Off-Broadway - Stage 42), and many productions at regional theaters across the country including North Shore Music Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, North Carolina Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Lyric Theatre OKC, and Music Theatre of Wichita. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Oklahoma.