Who We Are
Staff and Board of Directors
Dale was introduced to The Barnstormers Theatre while living in Francis Cleveland’s father’s house. Being next door, she became personal friends with Francis and Alice and enjoyed many stories behind the scenes. Now company Manager, she works directly with The Artistic director assisting with the day to day planning of each season. This includes researching the rights to each show, organizing auditions and contracts, traveling with the AD to interview stagehands. During the summer season she handles transportation and housing for cast and crew.
In addition, she owns and operates The Highland House Bed and Breakfast and catering on Cleveland Hill Road, which is home of The Barnstormers Supper Club.
Box Office Manager
Evelyn came to The Barnstormers with a background in commercial photography, marketing and design. She was formerly Creative Director at Keepsake Quilting, and head of catalog design at Northeast Auctions in Portsmouth, NH.
She takes all the photos, produces the program book, advertising and website; manages social media and occasionally makes cheeky curtain speeches.
The Barnstormers has been in my blood since before I can even remember. Summer and The Barnstormers were truly synonymous terms. Francis Cleveland was my “revered uncle,” (his term), and I was lucky enough to be a part of The Barnstormers family from the beginning. Now it is a huge privilege to play a part in the current life and future of the organization.
By day, I am an executive strategy coach and business educator, specializing in leadership, change, and wrangling difficult conversations and conflict. I moonlight as a freelance writer and speaking coach, helping individuals and organizations hone their messages for a variety of audiences. I live in Portland, Maine, near my favorite sons, and spend as much time as possible in Tamworth, and love The Barnstormers as if it were a close relation!
Having fallen head over heels for The Barnstormers, I have served on the Board since 2004. Being involved with The Barnstormers and working to create a sustainable theatrical model for future generations has been a meaningful and rewarding endeavor.
Community outreach has always been a priority for me. Over the years, I have been involved with Easter Seals, the Pan Mass Challenge, soup kitchens, the Salvation Army and southern N.H. sports programs. Since relocating to the Tamworth area, I continue to be involved in community affairs as a volunteer at the Saint Andrews Food Pantry and the Brett School Oasis Tutoring Program.
In my professional career, I served as a Senior Vice President of Sales. I was responsible for managing the sales revenues for some of the largest Lubricant Distributors in the continental United States.
When not at the theatre I am passionate about skiing, cycling, reading and gardening. My most important accomplishment is my loving family. Along with my wife Linda, I am creating a new patron base with my seven grandchildren, all avid Barnstormers fans.
My husband Gene and I owned Indian Mound Hardware in Center Ossipee for 28 years before we retired. I was very honored to be asked to join the Board of the Barnstormers Theatre and subsequently become Treasurer. I enjoy sharing my experience in the accounting field and being a part of a great team of people working to insure the future success of The Barnstormers.
Anne McKey Batchelder
Anne grew up in Wonalancet. When she was twelve, Francis Cleveland cast her in January Thaw. She then worked properties and moved up to stage managing through her college years. She spent many years in New York, working as a casting director for commercials and industrial films, as a design assistant for such Broadway shows as Company (original production), Two by Two, and Captain Brassbound’s Conversion among others. As stage manager for The Martha Graham Dance Company, she toured the US, Southeast Asia and Europe. Her last act in New York was helping director Scott Elliott to found off-Broadway’s New Group. She retired to Tamworth in 1998 and has been on the board of the theatre ever since.
Hope P. McGowan
I grew up in Washington, DC, but my family spent every August on my aunt’s farm in South Tamworth, a vacation that would always include at least one visit to The Barnstormers. The summer before I began my freshman year at Dartmouth, I was lucky enough to be hired by Francis Cleveland as an apprentice technician and properties mistress. Soon after retiring from my career as a criminal prosecutor, including 24 years at the US Department of Justice, I moved back to the Tamworth area and am now delighted to be once more part of The Barnstormers’ family.
Mary Breasted Smyth
Mary has been a Barnstormers board member for eight years. Her father, James Breasted Jr., served on the board in the 1970’s. Her aunt, Katherine Hocking, acted in numerous Barnstormers productions. Mary was a small animal in the first production of “Toad of Toad Hall” in the theater in the 1950s, painted scenery as an apprentice in her teens and has been a Barnstormers fan all her life. A novelist and former journalist, she divides her time between the family home on Mt Mexico Rd and an apartment in NYC. She is married to former diplomat and businessman, Ted Smyth, now vice-president of the board of NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House and Chairman of the board of the Clinton Institute at University College Dublin. They have three children, Nicholas, Sally and Jenny, and three grandchildren.
Minda has been involved with the Barnstormers for about 10 years. She lives in Wellesley MA and spends her summers in Moultonborough, NH. Attending the theatre has always been a special interest of her husband and her parents. They still bring her 89 year old father who loves the experience. Minda’s family supports the Barnstormers every season and want to be a part of its success. She comes to as many board meetings as possible when she can be in NH, as she feels it is a wonderful group of hard working members. She is excited about the success The Barnstormers are having this summer with the wonderful show selections.
Lynn and her family have been enjoying the Barnstomers Theatre for over six years. Their love of the Barnstormers is what drove her to serve on the Board of Directors. She is the Director of Development and Fundraising for the Gibson Center for Senior Services in North Conway, NH. With over 15 years of health and humans service experience, the mission of any organization is extremely important to her. Lynn states, “The mission of the Barnstormers and the experience it brings to our patrons is bound to bring a smile to those that join our Barnstormers family.” She holds a Masters in Health Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and serves on several committees locally including Treasurer of the Greater Ossipee Chamber of Commerce. She lives in Tamworth with her husband Ed. They have four children, Andrew, Kevin, Tony and Dan, and three granddaughters.