Meet Our Staff

Artistic

Bradford T. Kenney

Executive Artistic Director

Bradford T. Kenney is an artistic director, producer, stage and film director, and artist. Since joining the Ogunquit Playhouse in 2005, the Playhouse has tripled its audience growing from a single season summer stock theatre into one of the Northeast's pre-eminent regional theatres with a three-season performance schedule. During his stewardship, the Playhouse has garnered a number of awards and honors including the Moss Hart Trophy, Regional Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre from the New England Theatre Conference, multiple IRNE Awards and a number of BroadwayWorld Awards including Best Musical and others. Mr. Kenney is also noted for his work at Carnegie Hall including directing the holiday special The Christmas Rose starring Jane Seymour and producing An American Christmas Carol with Tim Janis. Mr. Kenney's film work includes the upcoming movie musical Buttons starring Dick Van Dyke, Jane Seymour, and Charles Shaughnessy. In New England, Mr. Kenney has been proud to be associated with a number of different theatre companies. Ogunquit highlights include Damn Yankees starring Carson Kressley, Sunset Blvd starring Stefanie Powers, Charles Shaughnessy and Rachel York in Monty Python's Spamalot, Jefferson Mays in My Fair Lady, Lorenzo Lamas in The King and I, Rue McClanahan in Crazy for You, Sally Struthers in Hello, Dolly!, Andrea McArdle in Cabaret and Valerie Harper in Nice Work If You Can Get It. He was also formerly the Artistic Director of the Foothills Theatre and Wachusett Theatre Companies in Massachusetts. He is a fourth generation plein air landscape artist, having studied with Beth Ellis and at Rhode Island School of Design, Heartwood College of Art, and Maine College of Art. His artwork is represented by the Sea Bell Gallery, Shore Road, Ogunquit, Maine.

Brian Swasey

Associate Producer

Brian J. Swasey is originally from South Portland, ME, and is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. After moving to NYC in 1995 and focusing on pursuing a career as an actor, he changed focus and became the Founding Artistic Director of The Astoria Performing Arts Center, followed by the Associate Producer position at Queens Theatre in the Park in Flushing, NY. There he was involved in producing the 20th Anniversary Revival of Closer Than Ever starring Sally Mayes and Lynne Winterstellar. Prior to coming to Ogunquit, he was the Managing Director for The New York Theatre Barn. NYC developmental projects have included: the rock musical The 12 and a new holiday musical entitled Tim and Scrooge. As a Director/Choreographer, Brian has had the pleasure of directing such shows as Pump Boys and Dinettes, Hairspray, Chicago, A New Brain, and Altar Boyz. He was the Assistant Director for the NYC Revival of Die, Mommie, Die! starring Charles Busch. At the Playhouse, Brian directed the TYA productions of The Berenstain Bears and The Cat In The Hat. In addition, Brian has been involved with booking cabaret entertainment at The Triad in NYC, as well as bringing such artists as Christina Bianco and Bruce Vilanch to MaineStreet in Ogunquit, ME.

Some performing credits include George in The Drowsy Chaperone, Harry Houdini in Ragtime, Slightly in Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby, and international tours of West Side Story. For more information visit www.brianswasey.com


Administration

Leslie Randazzo M.S.

Director of Finance and Administration

Leslie earned her degrees in Accounting at Franklin Pierce College, (B.S.), and an M.S. in Non-Profit Management from New England College.  Her twenty years of Non-Profit Financial Management most recently include eight years at Goodwin Community Health in Somersworth, NH, serving as their Finance Director.  

Controller was her first role cast, as she began the adventure in 2011 of working at the Ogunquit Playhouse. It quickly evolved to include multiple managerial tasks, a difficult challenge at times, but rewarding.

Leslie is thrilled to join her colleagues and the community supporters of the Playhouse in their work to continue the historic mission of bringing the excitement and enrichment of theater to Ogunquit.

Cheryl Farley

Interim Managing Director/Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Cheryl is thrilled to be a part of this cultural institution and to help ensure its legacy lasts long into the future. Cheryl worked many years as the Community Relations Director for the Museums of Old York, in York, Maine where she headed the Marketing, Publicity, Special Events and Fundraising for the museum, as well as chaired many of the Old York Decorator Show Houses. She earned her BA in American Studies with a minor in Business Management at Franklin Pierce College and a Certificate of Interior Design from the University of New Hampshire. She is the founder and past chair of the annual York Festival of Lights and has served on the Board of the Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce, the York Beach Renaissance Committee, the Board of the Old York Garden Club, and is a member of the York Art Association. Cheryl’s off hours are spent with her darling husband Kevin Farley, (Maine’s greatest Irish musician!) their four children and dog Rosa. She is a movie buff (loves the classics in particular), enjoys puttering around in her garden, is passionate about oil painting and of course – going to the theatre!

Jean Benda

Assistant to the Executive Artistic Director/Children's Theatre Administrator

Jean has been with the Playhouse since 1999 and has been in the business of theatre for over 20 years. In addition to her duties as Mr. Kenney's assistant, she serves as assistant and recording secretary for the Ogunquit Playhouse Foundation Board of Directors and tremendously enjoys her work with children's theatre! Formerly, Jean was a ballet dancer and model. She is a certified yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance and enjoys time with her husband and grandchildren, hiking and ballet.


Development

Dan Green Director of Development at the Ogunquit Playhouse

Dan Breen

Director of Development

Dan has 30 years of fundraising experience at educational and arts institutions, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Middlebury College. Helping to preserve the powerful art form that is musical theatre while securing and strengthening the physical plant of the Ogunquit Playhouse are two of the overarching goals Dan will help the Playhouse to achieve. His plans are to increase the Ogunquit Playhouse Membership program and expand the Hartwig Legacy Society while working with the Board and the community to craft a capital campaign which will address some of the long-needed physical plant issues in the 84 year old Playhouse.

Dan and his family have relocated from the Philadelphia area to Kittery Point and are excited to make the seacoast their new home!

Kelly Thayer

Manager of Individual Giving

Kelly grew up in Saco, Maine, and graduated with a BA in Studio Art from the University of Maine, Orono. She is currently the president of the Maine alumnae chapter of her sorority and proudly serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors at the Saco Bay Center for Civic Engagement. During the last 10 years, Kelly has worked with several non-profits in fundraising and development. The chance for Kelly to combine her love of the arts and fundraising at the Ogunquit Playhouse is a dream come true! 

While not living the dream at the Playhouse, Kelly enjoys creating and teaching arts and craft classes throughout Southern Maine. Kelly and her husband Oliver enjoy living in Saco with their two fur-babies, Twinkie the Bulldog & Tig the Bull Terrier.

Kelly Johnson

Development Associate

Kelly Johnson is a community engagement professional, writer, fundraiser and public speaker. In 2012, she received from American University her MA in Public History, with a concentration in cultural and theater history in the United States. Prior to joining the Ogunquit Playhouse team, she served as the Director of Communications & Development at Opera House Arts in Stonington, Maine.

As a strong believer that communities of artists can effect real change in the world, she is the creator of the annual Writers For Hope Auction, benefiting the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.


Marketing

Cheryl Farley

Interim Managing Director/Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Cheryl is thrilled to be a part of this cultural institution and to help ensure its legacy lasts long into the future. Cheryl worked many years as the Community Relations Director for the Museums of Old York, in York, Maine where she headed the Marketing, Publicity, Special Events and Fundraising for the museum, as well as chaired many of the Old York Decorator Show Houses. She earned her BA in American Studies with a minor in Business Management at Franklin Pierce College and a Certificate of Interior Design from the University of New Hampshire. She is the founder and past chair of the annual York Festival of Lights and has served on the Board of the Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce, the York Beach Renaissance Committee, the Board of the Old York Garden Club, and is a member of the York Art Association. Cheryl’s off hours are spent with her darling husband Kevin Farley, (Maine’s greatest Irish musician!) their four children and dog Rosa. She is a movie buff (loves the classics in particular), enjoys puttering around in her garden, is passionate about oil painting and of course – going to the theatre!

Neil McMahon

Marketing Design Manager

Neil comes to the Playhouse with over a decade of experience as an Art Director.  In his 10 years with The Princeton Review, K-12 in New York City, Neil oversaw the creative for their print and online products as well as their print and online marketing materials. As an independent Art Director and Graphic Designer, Neil has had the pleasure of working with a variety of clients including; Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Breyer Reeves, and Random House.

Neil comes from a long line of artists and musicians. He and his two brothers grew up hearing the sounds of the American Songbook played by their father, a professional pianist and teacher. Music and Art were a constant in their household. His brother Joe is now a professional bassist (upright and electric) in Boston and his brother Paul is now an Art Director in NYC.

After being hired at the Playhouse, he learned that Joseph Curtin (his father's cousin) was one of the original actors with the Manhattan Theatre Company in 1933. Neil is honored to work with the talented team at the Ogunquit Playhouse over 85 years later and is proud to pass by a photo of Joseph Curtin that hangs in the lobby every day!  

Aimee St. James

Marketing and Public Relations Manager

Bio coming soon.


Sales

Brian Crawford

Sale Manager

Bio coming soon.


Front of House

Sandi Clark

Front of House Coordinator

Sandi celebrates her 7th season at the Playhouse; for three years prior to that she promoted group sales for the Playhouse. A graduate of Elmira College with a BA in Theater, Sandi has 20+ years’ experience in theatre under her belt. Proud mom is to say the least of sons Kenneth and Christopher, and check out the smile when anyone mentions grandson Nathaniel. Sandi’s love for theatre began at a young age, when her mom would write skits to keep her and her 9 siblings occupied. Of course, they had to perform them at family and friends functions. 

When Sandi isn’t working at the Playhouse you may find her digging in the garden, feeding the birds, riding on the back of a motorcycle or onstage performing. She is the founder of "Jukwaa Mazoa” (Swahili for staged productions), doing everything from acting, directing, producing, costumes, casting - whatever it takes to get the show up and running. She is a strong community supporter and volunteers for various NH based non-profits as well as her church. Sandi is thrilled to be a part of the Ogunquit Playhouse history and magic.