About

President - Scott Giessler - Kingswood Regional High School

Scott Giessler has served as the Theatre teacher at Kingswood Regional High School since 2001, and as their Arts Center Coordinator. In that time, he has directed and/or produced 60 productions, and has hosted numerous theatre festivals. Scott is also the Multi-Media and Stagecraft instructor at the neighboring Lakes Region Technology Center where he teaches Lighting and Sound Design, Costuming, Set Design, Television Broadcast and Audio Engineering. Giessler has a Bachelor's degree from Ithaca College, is a published playwright, father of three and husband of one. Guess which one is him in the photo. The answer will surprise you.

E-mail: sgiessler@sau49.org

Vice-President - Amanda Babcock - Laconia High School

Amanda attended the University of Southern Maine School of Music, studying voice with Margaret Yauger and Ellen Chickering and choral conducting with Dr. Robert Russell. She graduated in 2005 and was immediately hired at Laconia Middle School to teach chorus and general music, and to direct the middle school and high school drama programs. She has acted and directed locally with the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, On Stage Theatre Company, and Streetcar Theatre Company. Today, she is the music teacher at the Gilmanton School, choral manager for the Lakes Region Jr. High Honors Music Festival, and presents the Amanda Babcock Theatre Award to one deserving Laconia High School student each year. Amanda lives in Thornton with her husband Zak, their two dogs, cat, and their daughter Natalie.

E-mail: ababcock@sau79.org

Secretary - Kolby Hume - Coe Brown Northwood Academy

Kolby Hume is a Social Studies teacher at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy by day, and in the post-school hours, works as an assistant director, movement coach, and choreographer for CBNA's Theatre Company. These subjects are her favorite to talk about, but also to study. She has a B.A. in American History and a minor in theatre from Bates College in Lewiston, ME, and is currently studying to be a Master of History at SNHU. In addition to her work with her students, Kolby has performed in numerous productions on the New Hampshire seacoast. Favorite roles include "Beth" in A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard, "Bianca" in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, and "Ensemble/Aphrodite" in Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman. In her spare time she enjoys practicing yoga, cooking, and buying new shoes.

E-mail: khume@coebrown.net

Treasurer - Jule Finley - Franklin High School

Jule has been in Educational Theater for over 25 years. After earning her BA in Theater from SUNY Geneseo in 1990, she taught theater to children ages 5-18 in New York and in Texas before moving to NH in 1994. She started the FHS Players and Franklin Footlight Theatre (an award winning community theater) in 1995 and FACT (Franklin Area Children’s Theater) in 2007 which currently runs two summer camp experiences for kids grades K-8 and teen intern employment. Jule earned her Masters in Arts Integration from PSU in 2014 and her CAGS in Educational Leadership; Arts, Leadership and Learning in 2018 also at PSU. Working alongside her mentor, Dr. Trish Lindberg, Jule has been a part of PSU’s Educational Theater Collaborative project for the last seven years and that led to the start of Franklin’s District Wide Art’s Integration project for the Franklin School District each spring. Jule was named NH English Teacher of the Year in 2001, has won a Best Directing and Best Show Award with NHCTA and was a NH Teacher of the Year Top 3 Finalist in 2009. Jule raised two daughters in theater, one who earned her BA in Technical Theater and one working on a Dance Minor at this time. Jule currently is a Curriculum Coordinator for SAU 18 and has begun teaching Art’s Integration courses at PSU.

E-mail: jcfinley@sau18.org

New England Drama Council Representative - Scott Piddington - GIlford High School

Scott Piddington is the technical director at Gilford High School where he has hosted numerous New England, state & regional theatre festivals. He has been on the boards of the New England Drama Council and the New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild since 1989 and 1988 respectively. He is a life member of both organizations. When not in the darkened confines of the theatre, Scott spends months on end in the wilderness. He is a double triple crown thru-hiker and volunteer trail adopter.

E-mail: spiddington@sau73.org

New England Drama Council Representative - Betty Lent - Coe-Brown Northwood Academy

E-mail: elent@coebrown.org

Student Representatives

Chelsea Sasserson - Gilford High School

Cade Earick - Plymouth Regional High School

Garrett Olsen - The Founders Academy