Our Board

Valerie Cain: Valerie has played two roles with the Gazebo Players: Princess in Love's Labour's Lost and Maria in Twelfth Night. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Valerie studied voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto. Her favorite non-Gazebo roles include Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (Royal Conservatory of Music) and Polly Peachum in The Beggar’s Opera (Hillfield Strathallan Dramatic Society). She is thrilled to be treading the boards after a hiatus as an elementary school teacher and stay-at-home mother to two future Tony Award winners.

Bob Eiland (Founder): Bob brings virtually a lifetime of theater experience to the Gazebo Players, including directing, producing, acting and writing. He has directed extensively at the Stageloft Repertory Theatre in Sturbridge and the ArlingtonFriends of the Drama, and has acted in a large variety of theatrical venues in the greater Boston area. He has been named Honorable Mention twice in the Writers Digest Script competition, and has had full productions and staged readings of four of his plays. Three of his plays have been published by JAC Publishing:  Philosophical Differences, Super Cooper  and Star Bright. Among his many directing credits are Miracle Worker for Gazebo and AFD, The Night of the Iguana and Arsenic and Old Lace. A few of his acting credits include Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night; and many non-Shakespeare roles such as John Proctor in The Crucible, Charly in Flowers For Algernon, Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace, Applegate the Devil in Damn Yankees, Biff in Death of a Salesman, and Zach in A Chorus Line. He produces, directs and acts in an annual Old Time Radio Theatre staged reading for his town library.  He has also played principal roles in four straight-to-video movies and a variety of murder mystery dinner productions. Bob lives in Harvard, MA with his family, and runs a retainer-based executive search business serving high tech. 

Debbi Finkelstein (Co-President): Debbi has been either acting, directing, stage managing or building sets since she was a wee thing.  She's happy to bring her love of theater to The Gazebo Players after working on several shows at Brandeis University and working as a Production Assistant at the North Shore Music Theater.  Debbi has been in or worked on such musicals as Thoroughly Modern MillieFameCinderella (3 times!), RagsOliverHow to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Annie.  Her favorite shows of all time are Taming of the Shrew (Producer, Curtis, Old Man, Widow), Penelope (Storyteller, Menelaus), Wonderland (Assistant Director, Stage Manager), Merchant of Venice (Director), and Goodnight Desdemona (Goodmorning Juliet) (Director).  Debbi co-directed The Little Prince, directed Twelfth Night, and acted in As You Like It (Audrey) and Love's Labour's Lost  (Katherine) for Gazebo Players. Debbi is also the Assistant Director and Stage Manager of Natick Drama Workshop.

Ashley Harmon (Co-President): Ashley’s favorite roles include: Donna Elizabetta Maria Cristiana in opera Don Giovanni di Casanova, Fiona in one-act opera The Frat Party, and The Evil Queen in musical The Strange Tale of Snow White, His Stepmother, and the Seven Lovely Dwarves (roles written for her). Other favorite roles include Evadne in The Maid’s Tragedy, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Luisa in The Fantasticks (EMACT award, Best Actress in a Musical), and Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest. In addition to the Gazebo Players, Ashley is on the Play Reading Committee for the Walpole Footlighters.  She is also the student liaison for the Massachusetts Speech-Hearing Association (MSHA).

Amy Klesert: Amy is excited to join the Gazebo Players of Medfield's Board of Directors after working with Gazebo Players for two seasons. She has been involved with theater all her life as an actress and producer and has always had a special place in her heart for Shakespeare, particularly when performed outdoors. Producing credits include The Comedy of Errors and Love's Labour's Lost (Gazebo Players); Hamlet (The Psych Drama Company); and Lysistrata and The Comedy of Errors (again!) (Brandeis University). Favorite acting credits include Red in The Love Talker, Gertrude in Hamlet, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, and Essie in You Can't Take It With You. During the day, Amy works for the Huntington Theatre Company as a Box Office Associate.

Claire Lukaczyn: Claire most recently portrayed Cleopatra in Gazebo Players' Antony and Cleopatra.  Last year, she was seen as Luciana in A Comedy of Errors. Recent roles include Hope Cladwell (Urinetown the Musical) with Walpole Footlighters, Muriel (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Lily Craven (Secret Garden) with Milton Players, Julie Jordan (Carousel) with Hingham Civic Music Theatre, and Maria (Sound of Music) with the Little Theatre of Stoughton.

Benjamin Medeiros: Ben, since the age of 16, has been from Somerset to Medfield doing theater and many places in between. He received an Associates degree in Theater from Bristol Community College in Fall River. With Gazebo, he played Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night, Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost, and Dromio of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors. Other favorites are Johnny in King of Hearts, Anselmo in Man of La Mancha, Al Joad in Grapes of Wrath, Diesel in West Side Story, and Dr. Livesey in Treasure Island. While with the BCC Theatre Rep, he has helped create and perform in MatchsticksShadows of a DreamKeepers of the Fires (as Talthybius), Whirled on a String, and Under Construction. Ben is happy to be on the board of a great company.

Barbara Schapiro (Secretary): Barbara has been with the Gazebo Players since its founding and has acted in all but one of its summer Shakespeare productions. Favorite roles include Malvolio in Twelfth Night, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Mistress Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor, Tranio in Taming of the Shrew, and Costard in Love's Labour's Lost. Barbara trained in theater at the University of Michigan and at the Williamstown Summer Theater Festival, where she worked as an apprentice. More recently she has participated in advanced acting workshops at the Gamm Theater and with New England Repertory Company in Mansfield. She has also been active with several other local community theaters, playing such roles as Mrs. Bennett in Pride and Prejudice (Newton Country Players), Rosemary in Picnic, Lucille in The Cemetery Club,  Cookie in Rumors (Walpole Footlighters), Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit (Mansfield Music and Arts), Kate in Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound (Community Players, Pawtucket), and Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest (Milton Players). In her other life, Barbara is a professor of English at Rhode Island College.

Cynthia Small (Publicity): Cynthia has served on the Gazebo Board since 2001. She has held a variety of roles including Director of Publicity and Director of Community Outreach. She has also performed in most of the Summer Shakespeare in the Park productions, some of the off-season productions, as well as worked backstage as everything from producer to chief bottle washer (sometimes they are, indeed, one and the same). Favorite roles are always her current production, plus a fondness for Blanche Brighton Beach Memoirs, Melissa Love Letters, Angelo the Goldsmith Comedy of Errors, all with Gazebo, Truvy Steel Magnolias with the Canton Community Theatre, and Clair in Rumors with the Walpole Footlighters. Cynthia is a former teacher and is training as a voice actor.

Steve Small (Treasurer, Publicity): Steve has been involved with Gazebo Players since the very first production - he was cast as Snout in our first Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night's Dream when he took his daughter to audition for a role as one of the fairies. He has since worked onstage or backstage on just about every show, and served as President for 6 years before graduating to Treasurer.

Shelby Speer (Webmaster): Shelby's love of the bard began in college, where fellow board member Debbi Finkelstein introduced her to Brandeis University's Shakespeare appreciation troupe, Hold Thy Peace.  While there, she was involved backstage in many productions, including her directorial debut in 2003 with Much Ado About Nothing.  It is also thanks to Debbi's encouragement that she became involved with the Gazebo Players.  Shelby is proud to have directed the 2010 production of Love's Labour's Lost, stage managed 2011's Comedy of Errors, performed in 2012's Antony and Cleopatra, and directed 2013's The Tempest for Gazebo.   Shelby has also prop wrangled, performed additional acting roles, and directed short plays for the group.

Jennifer Walsh: Jennifer's first production with the Gazebo Players was as the Second Merchant and Pinch in 2011's A Comedy of Errors. When not working at her day job, Jennifer enjoys studying her craft during her free time. She has done work in theatre as well as film, most recently as the Nurse in the Milton Players’ performance of A Streetcar Named Desire.