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 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


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 - 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

Meg Roche - Kingswood Regional High School

Meredith Ellis - Gilford High School

Michael Von George - Laconia High School

Trinette Hunter - John Stark Regional High School