Who We Are
Staff and Board of Directors
Sarah has a true love and appreciation of our theatre. She is well respected within the Barnstormer family and has a true understanding of the BST heritage. The board has the utmost confidence in Sarah’s ability to embrace, execute and present productions that honor our rich heritage, while acknowledging our evolving culture and addressing contemporary social issues such as inclusion and diversity.
Sarah is no newcomer to The Barnstormers, having designed 20 productions dating back to 2010. Sarah’s educational pedigree includes a BS in theatre arts along with an MFA from Brandeis University, which makes her an ideal candidate for this position. Her partnership with The Barnstormers signifies a groundbreaking event in the theatre’s history with the hiring of our first woman Artistic Director.
BIO: Sarah Rozene(she/her) is a designer, director and teaching artist based in the Boston area. She began working with the Barnstormers in 2010 as a scenic designer, and most recently directed last season’s production of POPCORN FALLS. Sarah has worked, directed, and designed for organizations including Greater Boston Stage Company, Alight Theatre Guild, The Onstagers Dramatic Society, The Longwood Players, TEST at Babson College, Beatrice Herford’s Vokes Theater, Apollinaire, Quill Entertainment, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Brandeis University, and Curry College. Sarah received her MFA in Theatre Design from Brandeis University, is a graduate of Gettysburg College where she studied Theatre Arts and Biology, and spent six months in Florence, Italy studying Italian Theatre and Rennaissance Art History. She was Theatre Faculty within the Communication Department at Curry College for ten years where she strove to empower her students to tell stories through the medium of theatre. In 2016, Sarah and her cast of The Laramie Project were awarded The Human Rights Award by Curry College. In addition to her work at Curry, Sarah has worked with students at multiple Boston area colleges including Merrimack College, Brandeis University, Babson College, and Regis College. Visit www.sarahlrozene.com to learn more.
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, maintains the website; manages social media and occasionally makes cheeky curtain speeches.
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.
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 Barnstormers Theatre for over nine years. Their love of the Barnstormers is what drove her to serve on the Board of Directors. She is the State Director for New Hampshire for Groups Recover Together. With over 23 years of experience in the health and human services field, 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. Lynn also serves as the President of the Greater Ossipee Area Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Tamworth Economic Development Commission. Lynn lives in Tamworth with her husband Ed, who also volunteers his time to the theatre. They have four children, Andrew, Dan, Kevin, and Tony. When they are not busy volunteering for the theatre they enjoy spending time with their family and friends and enjoying all the outdoor activities this beautiful state has to offer.
Jean attended her first Barnstormers performance in 1989 when she came up with her newish boyfriend to visit his parents. Boyfriend turned husband, two kids, careers, 30+ years and goodness knows how many productions later, Jean has moved up here full time and is delighted to help the Barnstormers continue to thrive and grow.
Jean has been involved with the Vokes Theatre, in Wayland, MA for over 40 years – on stage, back stage, on the board, cleaning toilets – your typical theatre rat!
Jean has a BA from Connecticut College, and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and works in the field of leadership and strategy. She runs her own business as a consultant specializing in leadership development, executive coaching and strategic planning.
Jean is currently also on the board for The Clearway School a small, private, school for students with learning challenges. She loves to read, help, garden, spend time with friends and family, and watch Mt. Chocorua as the sun goes down. Long Live Tamworth, The Barnstormers, and theatre world-wide!
Lauren has been attending Barnstormers productions with her family since she was a child. Having a background in dance and music, she has always loved and appreciated the magic of the arts. This passion has driven her to become involved with the Barnstormers in a more intimate way and is excited to offer her assistance with this upcoming season. In her working life, she is the Animal Care Director at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, and in her down time, she can be found on the water, or performing with local community bands.
Ashley Kerr received a Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine and a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration on Nonprofit Leadership from New England College. She works at Kennett High School in North Conway as the Administrative Assistant to the Principal. Ashley served on M&D Playhouse’s Board of Directors for seven years, where she also acted as its Marketing Director. No stranger to the stage, Ashley has performed in many community productions with M&D and Arts in Motion, including Young Frankenstein, Clue: On Stage, The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, and Matt & Ben. In her spare time, Ashley loves to travel and go on adventures with her husband and terrier pit bull, play board games with friends, make people laugh, and drink tea. Ashley is excited to be on the board for Barnstormers and further her connection to theatre and the community!