About

President - Timothy L'Ecuyer - Winnipesaukee Playhouse

Tim is the Education Director at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse. He has BAs in theatre and English from Keene State College as well as an MA in theatre education from Emerson College. He holds New Hampshire state teacher certifications in both English and theatre and has taught at Merrimack High School, Windham High School and Alvirne High School. He is the president of the New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild, an Equity stage manager, and an adjunct faculty member at Keene State College and Plymouth State University. Directing at the Playhouse: The 39 Steps, Red, Grace and Glorie, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Professional Company and Joseph and the ATD, Treasure Island, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Romeo and Juliet, and Carrie the Musical with the Education Department. Directing elsewhere: Pippin, Urinetown, Electra, Fahrenheit 451, The Rocky Horror Show, The Laramie Project, Spring Awakening (the play and the musical), Just in Case it’s the Devil, Children of Eden, Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jane Eyre, The Dining Room, I Am My Own Wife, Proof, and the New Hampshire premiere of Altar Boyz. He has worked with many New Hampshire and Boston area theatres including American Stage Festival, The Barnstormers, theatre KAPOW, Peacock Players, StageCoach Productions, Stoneham Theatre, the Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater.

Email: timothy@winniplayhouse.org

Vice-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. Scott is also the Multi-Media instructor at the neighboring Lakes Region Technology Center where he teaches Lighting and Sound 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

Secretary - 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 On Stage Theatre Company and Streetcar Theatre Company. Today, she is the music teacher at the Gilmanton School, but remains director of the LHS drama program and choral manager for the Lakes Region Jr. High Honors Music Festival. Amanda lives in Thornton with her husband Zak, their three dogs, two cats, and their newest addition, beautiful baby girl Natalie Joy.

E-mail: ababcock@sau79.org

Treasurer - Rich Smith - Plymouth Regional High School

Richard Smith is a teacher, farmer, poet, and member of the NHETG Board of Directors. He has taught technical theatre and acting, and was on the production team for multiple shows chosen to perform at New Englands. He has been named as a New England Poet of the Year, occasionally bumps into celebrities without recognizing them, and spends long hours keeping himself humble by competing in three-phase events with his horse, Colonel Parker.

E-mail: rsmith@pemibaker.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 festival. 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 triple crown thru-hiker and volunteer trail adopter.

E-mail: spiddington@sau73.org

New England Drama Council Representative - Sarah Bunkley

Sarah Bunkley is an educator, actor, director, and designer with over 40 years of theatre experience. As an undergraduate she appeared on stage and also developed lighting and set designs. She worked in high school and community theatre on Cape Cod before moving to New Hampshire to teach. Ms. Bunkley has brought multiple productions to New Englands, serves on the New England Drama Council and the board of directors for the New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild, and has been awarded life membership in both organizations. In her non-theatre life she trains equestrians for pleasure riding and competition. She also teaches quilting, her only domestic skill that does not involve gaff tape.

E-mail: bunksmit@roadrunner.com

Student Representatives

Garrison Barron - Kingswood Regional High School

Kaitlynn Mize - Laconia High School

Trinette Hunter - John Stark Regional High School