Lawrence is President of Shakespeare on Main Street. He recently played the role of Brabantio in SoMS’s production of Othello. With the Dorset Players, he has portrayed Deputy Governor Danforth in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, for which he was nominated for a Golden Circle Award; and Jacob Marley-Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol. Performing as Henry in The Fantasticks, Lawrence was awarded the Golden Circle Award for Favorite Cameo this past season. He lives in Manchester, Vermont, with his wife Shari, and their three children.
A faithful supporter of the performing arts, Kristen devotes a great deal of her time and energy to the theatre whether on stage, back stage, or as a patron. In her youth, Kristen studied baton, ballet, international dance, jazz, and voice performing with dance studios, choirs, drill teams, cotillions, and pageants.
As a parent of two aspiring actresses, Kristen delved into the areas of stage make up, set design; stage managing, production, costuming, props, ushering and box office management. Kristen has acted in numerous community theatre productions of musicals, murder mysteries, and variety shows. Presently Kristen serves as a volunteer house manager for the Paramount Theatre. A retired Army Logistics Officer, Kristen is currently employed as a community health educator and life coach. As Recording Secretary for Shakespeare on Main Street, Kristen shares her life experience in the areas of event planning, producing, and fundraising.
Board Member-at-large, Zachary was most recently tasked with playing multiple characters in SoMS’s Othello. Previously he has portrayed Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dromio in The Comedy of Errors, and performed in past SoMS productions of A Christmas Carol. Additional roles include Dr. Pipt in The Patchwork Girl of Oz and two roles in A Christmas Carol with the Dorset Players.
Gary Meitrott, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Shakespeare On Main Street, is a former Broadway actor. He has been passionately immersed in Shakespeare’s work for many decades.
Gary’s enthusiasm created two other venues for his love of Shakespeare. With Shakespeare Under Lock & Key, Gary worked and directed inmates at a maximum security prison in New York State. In his educational School of Outrageous Shakespeare, Gary teaches youth and adults how to perform Shakespeare’s work, and in the process reclaim the ability to speak well in our societal world.
Diedre has long had a love of the performing arts. Since childhood, she has trained in ballet, piano, guitar, ballroom dance and acting. She has performed in numerous plays in elementary and high school, as well as in summer stock. Notable performances include Ado Annie in Oklahoma; and “Her” in George Bernard Shaw’s How He Lied to Her Husband. Diedre also brings extensive experience in teaching sports- and dance-related movement. Currently her focus is on the healing arts.
A former agency public relations executive, Diedre lends her marketing and communications experience to nonprofits, including Shakespeare on Main Street of Vermont, where she sits on the board as Corresponding Secretary, as well as acting Treasurer.
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