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Spiro Veloudos (Producing Artistic Director), now in his 21st season as Producing Artistic Director of the Lyric Stage, He has produced or directed over 140 productions at the Lyric Stage, The Publick Theatre, The Seacoast Repertory and throughout New England. At the Lyric Stage he has directed last season’s award-winning Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins along with Stephen Sondheim’s Roadshow, Co-Directed by Ilyse Robbins. In previous seasons he has directed Company, Camelot, Sondheim on Sondheim Peter and the Starcatcher , Sweeney Todd, City of Angels, Into the Woods (Elliot Norton and Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards for Best Director, Best Musical, and Best Ensemble), One Man, Two Guvnors, Death of a Salesman (Elliot Norton andIRNE Award for Best Play),The Mikado, 33 Variations, On the Town, Avenue Q (Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Ensemble and five IRNE Awards including Best Musical and Best Director), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Elliot Norton Award for Best Production and Best Director, five IRNE Awards including Best Director), Big River, Superior Donuts, Animal Crackers, Blithe Spirit, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, and Kiss Me, Kate. Spiro received the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from Salem State College. He was the recipient of the 2006 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence. During his tenure, the Lyric Stage has earned numerous awards and honors including Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Production (Nicholas Nickleby, Speech & Debate, Miss Witherspoon, The Old Settler), and Outstanding Musical Production (My Fair Lady, Into the Woods, Avenue Q, Sunday in the Park with George); IRNE Awards for Outstanding Production (Death of a Salesman, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Settler, Glengarry Glen Ross), and Outstanding Musical Production (My Fair Lady, Into the Woods, Avenue Q, Grey Gardens, Urinetown: The Musical, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George). His numerous directing credits at the Lyric Stage include A Little Night Music (IRNE Award for Direction),Glengarry Glen Ross (IRNE Award), Sunday in the Park with George (Best of the Year in Boston’s Globe, Herald, and Phoenix; Elliot Norton and IRNE Award for direction), Assassins (Best Production of 1998: The Boston Globe), Lost in Yonkers, Never the Sinner: The Leopold and Loeb Story (Elliot Norton Award, along with Assassins), and Speed-the-Plow (Elliot Norton for Outstanding Production). Mr. Veloudos received StageSource’s Theatre Hero Award (2003) and was named Best Artistic Director by Boston Magazine in 1999. He serves as the president for the Producers’ Association of New England Area Theatres, and is adjunct faculty in Performing Arts at Emerson College.
Matt Chapuran is in his fifth season at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. During his tenure, the Lyric Stage has added a performance hall, established numerous partnerships, and expanded its educational offerings. Previously, Matt Managing Director of Stoneham Theatre, where he produced over 70 plays, musicals, concerts, and educational productions for an annual audience that grew to over 50,000. At Stoneham, Matt ran the 2010 Boston Marathon with Producing Artistic Director Weylin Symes in support of Stoneham Theatre’s educational mission. At The Nora Theatre Company, Matt was Managing Director during the inception of a capital campaign that ultimately led to the construction of the Central Square Theater. Matt came to the Lyric Stage from the Huntington Theatre Company, where he managed institutional giving. A graduate of Boston College with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College, Matt has performed, taught, and directed improvisation for two decades, most recently as a part of Babson College’s M.B.A. program, as one half of the improv team The Angriest Show in the World, and as the director of Improvised History. He lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife and their three daughters.
Courtney O’Connor is a senior affiliated performing arts faculty member at Emerson College. She has directed productions for the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, The Nora Theatre, The Bostonian Society, UBU Theater, AIM Stage, and Coyote Theatre, Emerson Stage, UMass Boston, Suffolk University, Brandeis University, and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (intern company). Courtney received the Elliot Norton award for Outstanding Direction for her work as the Associate Director on the Lyric Stage’s production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby and the Alan L. Stanzler Award for Excellence in Teaching. Other productions she has directed at the Lyric include Stage Kiss, Buyer & Cellar, Red Hot Patriot, Rich Girl, Stones in His Pockets, Red Herring, and The Miracle Worker. She has previously served as the Director of Education and Outreach for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Artistic Director of Coyote Theatre, and Program Director of the Emerson Summer Stage for High School Students. Through her work with the Coyote Theatre Project, she oversaw the creation of more than 200 new 10-minute plays written by at-risk youth from Boston. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Cabrini College and a master’s degree in theatre education from Emerson College.
James is excited to come back to the Lyric Stage and work again with Spiro, this time behind the scenery. Though he comes to us from Wheelock Family Theatre where he was Technical Director since 2005, James had the pleasure of acting in Spiro’s very first production at the Lyric Stage, Assassins in 1998. James studied acting and theatre production at Oklahoma City University, and has seen his loyalties split over the last 20+ years between the Kansas City Chiefs, where he grew up and the New England Patriots of his adopted Boston home.
Nora is the Lyric Stage's Operations Manager having previously been Box Office and Front of House Manager. Prior to joining the Lyric Stage, Nora was the House Manager for Actors' Shakespeare Project. Nora received her masters in Cultural Policy and Arts Management from University College Dublin and her bachelors from Bridgewater State University. Nora grew up in Holbrook, MA.
Stephanie Hettrick, a recent transplant to Boston, Stephanie lived in Georgia and Florida before making the move up north. She has her BA in Theatre Arts from Reinhardt University and spent a semester beginning her masters at Florida State University in Technical Production. In addition to working at the Lyric Stage, she freelances as a stage manager around the Boston area.