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 J. Swasey
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
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.
Amanda is elated to be joining the Ogunquit Playhouse family. Amanda has worked over 20 years in the industry wearing many hats, but most recently spent 6 years with Norwegian Cruise Line as Entertainment Production Manager/ Project Manager overseeing and installing entertainment on new ships and new shows during operations on older ships; all while she was a freelance TD for Boone High School (Orlando, FL) and lived/worked in NYC for 13 years as a PSM, LD, Programmer, Entertainer, and had her own organization business. Other Companies Amanda has worked with include The Imagination House (Double Dare Live!) American Family Theater (8 Tours), The Santa Fe Opera, The Cumberland County Playhouse, The Brick Theater, Orlando Reparatory Theater and various Off-Broadway theaters.
Geof Dolan is excited to be returning for his 13th season as the Ogunquit Playhouse's Technical Director and Scenic Coordinator. Immediately prior to Ogunquit, he served as Technical Director for Worcester Foothills Theatre. He has done supplemental design work for several shows. He is also the Technical Supervisor for the Children's Theatre program. Geof began his technical career working backstage for both of his parents who are theatre directors and began his professional career at Sierra Repertory Theatre in California. For five years, he split his seasons between Maine and Florida, working the same technical areas for the Orlando Shakespeare, but now stays with the Playhouse year-round. His wife Cheryl (Scenic Charge Artist at the Playhouse for ten seasons) has designed award-winning parade floats and designs many of the Childrenís Theatre shows. His daughter Ash is an aspiring writer and artist who can definitely call the Playhouse her second home.
Joyce A. Presutti
Company Manager/Manager, Education & Outreach
Joyce joins Ogunquit Playhouse from New York, spending the better part of 35 years as a Producer, GM, Company Manager, Theatre Educator and a Director/Choreographer. Joyce is proud to be an American Theatre Wing's Tony Award®-nominated Theatre Educator for the Inaugural Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education. As an Adjunct Lecturer at City College New York, Joyce developed the course Transitioning from Student Actor to Professional Actor. Joyce was the Producing Artistic Director at Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center in Sugar Loaf, NY and the Artistic Director of the Nationally Award-Winning Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Academy. Joyce has lectured and produced Master Classes on The Business of Show Business, Performing as a Career, and Auditioning for the Professional Theatre. Joyce was the Associate Company Manager on the Actors’ Equity National Tour of Man of La Mancha and the Company Manager of I Love a Piano-The National Tour, the Premier National Tours of Magic Tree House the Musical, and Kidz Bop Live and the Associate General Manager for the International Tour of Irving Berlin’s -I Love a Piano. As a voice-over artist, Joyce is proud of her association with Up In Arms Puppets where her voice can be heard on tour across America and Canada! Joyce and her husband Ed are thrilled to now call Maine, Home!
Kent Bridges is a seasoned business leader with 30 years of experience in business administration, finance and strategic planning both in the private sector and as an independent consultant. He joined Ogunquit Playhouse in the fall of 2017. Working with the board of directors, the executive artistic director, dedicated managers and staff, the community, and the organization’s business partners, Kent’s focus is to strengthen the theatre’s financial position, guide its long-term future, and ensure its rich and well-respected legacy is firmly secured.
A native of Presque Isle, Maine, Kent returned to the state in late 2014 after a successful career in the Washington, DC metro area. He is excited to be back in Maine and to call Ogunquit his home.
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 87 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!
Assistant Director of Development
Kelly grew up in Saco, Maine, and graduated with a BA in Studio Art from the University of Maine, Orono. 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.
Originally from New Hampshire, Brooke is thrilled to combine her love of theatre, the arts, and historic preservation at the Ogunquit Playhouse! She holds degrees in art history and philosophy from Syracuse University, and spent the last two years in Delaware earning her master’s from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. Before entering graduate school, Brooke worked at various museums, including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Historic Deerfield. When she’s not at the Playhouse, Brooke enjoys writing fiction, crocheting, and being near the beach.
Marketing, Communications and Patron Services
Director of Marketing, Communications and Patron Services
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!
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
Aimee is a writer, illustrator, photographer and plant-whisperer from Portland, ME. After working as an editor and production manager for several years, Aimee was thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Ogunquit Playhouse and take a dive behind the scenes at one of her favorite theatres.
Aimee developed a love for the stage after making her debut as 'The Walrus and The Carpenter' in the Theater Project’s 2007 production of Alice in Wonderland, which she fondly considers her favorite role to date. She has continued to perform onstage in theatre and sing in the occasional punk band over the last ten years. Her paintings and illustrations have been featured in exhibitions throughout New England, and she was named Maine’s Young Writer of the Year for her short fiction writing in 2007.
When she’s not burying her nose in a flurry of social media sites, Aimee spends her time tending to her massive indoor garden, perfecting new recipes (currently on a Korean kick), and drinking all the iced coffee she can get her hands on.
Michael has spent a lifetime in the theatre as an actor, writer, director, producer, and instructor. She joined the Playhouse staff in 2016, after relocating from the West Coast three years earlier to perform in regional theatre throughout New England.
Originally brought on to manage the Box Office, Michael has since taken on the role of the Playhouse’s Marketing Strategist, armed with 15 years of marketing experience working with Hollywood’s studios, distributors, and agencies from offices in Chicago and Los Angeles where she also moonlighted as an entertainment journalist and radio host. Michael holds an MBA in Business Strategy and an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering.
When not in the office or on stage, she can be found on the beach or in the yoga studio.
Front of House
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.
Ticketing Services Manager
Morgan’s journey at the Playhouse began in 2017 when she was hired as a seasonal Box Office Associate, she was promoted to the position of Assistant Manager and is currently the Ticketing Services Manager. Morgan brings over 15 years of customer service experience and a strong background in the theatre arts. She earned her BA in theatre and minored in music at Principia College where she received the Helena Cobb Gunnison Theater Award, as well as being an Irene Ryan Acting Competition Nominee for her portrayal of Katharina in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Morgan has since worked as an actor, director, stage manager, and acting coach for the past 10 years in both community and regional theater settings throughout New England. Morgan was most recently seen onstage at the Players’ Ring in Portsmouth, NH starring as Abby in Neil LaBute’s Mercy Seat.
When you don’t see her in the Box Office, she is likely rehearsing for her next theatrical adventure, practicing photography, or enjoying a beach-walk with her charming husband, Nate. Morgan also spends a great deal of time cuddling her “babies”: Zoe (the tail-wagging Shih Tzu), George (the mischievous rescue cat), and Prince William Shakespeare (the Siamese who refused to be called anything less than “Prince!”).
Ticketing Services Assistant Manager
Bio coming soon.
Manager of Corporate Partnerships
Brian began working with the Playhouse in early 2016, bringing with him 10 years of experience in the digital music technology industry. Brian’s role focuses on developing strong and lasting relationships with the area’s business community.
After taking up residence in Atlanta, San Francisco, and Boston, Brian settled in Kennebunkport, Maine with his wife Lori and their two dogs Jimmy and Vera. When away from the office, he enjoys seeing and playing live music, and hiking and camping with his family.
Finance and Accounting
Finance and Accounting Manager
Bio coming soon.
Human Resources and Risk Management
Human Resources Manager
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Facilities and Maintenance
Bio coming soon.
Matt Broman joined the Ogunquit Playhouse first as desktop support in late September 2017, and in November 2017 took over as IT Manager. With over 20 years of experience in the field of IT, Matt spent 14 years as the IT Manager for the MIT Police Department in Cambridge, MA before moving full time to Portland, ME and working for Maine Medical Center as a desktop support specialist. He is an avid fan of the golden era of MGM musicals, and upon discovering that the Ogunquit Playhouse was looking for an IT person, Matt leapt at the opportunity and hasn’t looked back.
When not at work, Matt spends his time reading voraciously, dancing (poorly) with Portland Community Dance, cooking, and sometimes home brewing wines or meads. He still lives in Portland with his partner of almost 10 years, two cats who can’t seem to get enough snuggling, and numerous houseplants who largely ignore him.
While Matt grew up in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, he has strong family ties to Maine going back generations, from Portland to Bar Harbor.
Desktop Support Specialist
Bio coming soon.