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Meet Our Staff

Crystal Lisbon

Crystal Lisbon

Artistic Director
Director, "The Fantasticks"

Crystal has been a part of Hackmatack Playhouse since 1997, appearing in productions of Arsenic and Old Lace, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Boeing Boeing , Leading Ladies, Godspell, Wait Until Dark, The King and I, Oklahoma!, The Foreigner, Tommy, and Carousel, among many others. Her choreography has been seen at the barn in The Music Man, The Sound of Music (2013 & 2000), Godspell, The King and I, and Oklahoma! (2012 & 2001). She directed and choreographed On the Town for the barn in 2016, and West Side Story for Hackmatack's 2015 season. Crystal holds a B.A. in Theater/Performance from The University of Vermont, where she graduated with honors. She has trained with The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon, Shakespeare and Company, and The Friches Theatre Urbain in Paris, training in the Lecqoc technique. Crystal has also toured the U.S. with The Diary of Anne Frank, and worked with The Manhattan Children's Theater, along with additional regional and touring credits. Over the past 8 years she has been working extensively in Boston as an actor, choreographer, and dialect coach. She has performed in productions of Closer (IRNE nomination Best Play, Best Ensemble), Learn to Be Latina, Blackadder II, Gasping, Act a Lady, The Gingerbread Lady, and The Laramie Project. She has served as dialect coach for Top Girls, Jack the Ripper, And Neither Have I Wings to Fly, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, and Rooms: A Rock Romance. Locally she has been seen as an actor in Metamorphoses, Arcadia, Into the Woods, and Dead Man's Cellphone. Crystal is a classically trained ballet dancer, studying with The Seacoast Ballet Company, The Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, Bradford College Dance Company, Portland Ballet, and Anna Myer Dancers. Along with her Hackmatack credits, she has choreographed productions of Kiss Me Kate, Guys and Dolls, Much Ado About Nothing...With a Twist, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Paint Me a Picture, excerpts from The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and various other individual dance pieces. She has previously served as the Production Manager for Great Bay Academy of Dance, and is the former Director of Dance for Camp CenterStage. In her "off season" from Hackmatack she is a ballet instructor at Joy of Dance, and an Elementary School Librarian.


Danielle Howard

Danielle Howard

Director, "She Loves Me"

Daniel is pleased to be returning to Hackmatack Playhouse this summer after a sixteen-year hiatus. She has many fond memories of her summers at the barn, both as a performer and director, and is especially pleased to be back this season to direct one of her favorite musicals, She Loves Me. Danielle has worked as a director and actor at theatres around the country, including Indiana Repertory Theatre, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, American Stage Festival, and Shadowland Theatre. Locally, her most recent directing credits include: A Christmas Carol with Prescott Park Arts Festival, Little Women and Titanic at Seacoast Repertory Theatre, The Spitfire Grill and Lettice and Lovage at ACT ONE, Goblin Market at New Hampshire Theatre Project, and Next to Normal for Stoptime Productions at The Players' Ring. She holds an MFA in Directing from Indiana University and a BA in music from the University of New Hampshire. She is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Danielle teaches acting at Great Bay Community College. She will begin the new year at Seacoast Repertory Theatre, directing their season opener, Driving Miss Daisy.


Billy Butler

Billy Butler

Director, "Buddy"

Billy was born into a musical family and grew up around NH and Maine back-wood jamborees and Paganini concertos. His mother is a classically trained pianist and his brother is a virtuoso jazz violinist. At a young age he showed an affinity for the performing arts and tiring of the dramatic living room re-interpretations of Cheech and Chong, his mother brought him the closest theatre group she could find. Billy is returning to the barn after a 17 year absence, he was lighting designer for the 2000 season. Since then, he has gone on to have a career spanning the globe as a performer, musician, writer, composer, and theatre-maker. In 2007 Billy received the Excellence in American Theatre Award by the New England Theatre Council. As a director he has helmed nearly 100 plays, musicals, concerts, and readings. As an actor he has played roles ranging from The Artful Dodger in Oliver, to the title role in Hamlet. As a writer he wrote the music, lyrics and co-wrote the book for the cult-hit rock musical, Gay Bride of Frankenstein, which premiered in Portsmouth, NH and went on to play NYC to sold-out crowds and rave reviews. In 2015 he wrote the music and lyrics for Cynthia von Buhler's 1920s immersive show, Ziegfeld's MidnightFrolic, where he ended up playing and singing all his songs at The Liberty Theatre on 42nd street in NYC. His new show, A Bitter Pill: The Songs of Billy Butler premiered to a sold out run at The Players' Ring last fall. Other writing credits include the new fairy tale musical, Missing: Wynter and a performance art piece created in the classroom with his students, Weapons of Mass Construction. Billy has been featured on many studio recordings, including his own: The Lot 20 Sessions, Neptune, and his latest, To The Depth Of Jazz. Billy is a member of the League of Independent Theater, Inc., the only 501(c)6 advocacy organization for the performing arts in New York City. He is a proud father and husband, currently living on a beach in New Hampshire with his wife, Paula and their two cats Jack and Purl.


Caitlin Lowans

Caitlin Lowans

Director, "Steel Magnolias"

Caitlin is delighted to join Hackmatack for the first time. Her current home is Chicago, where she is pursuing her MFA in Directing at Northwestern University. Formerly, she served as Associate Artistic Director at Stoneham Theatre where she directed 27 productions, favorites including Doubt, Walking the Tightrope, Romeo and Juliet, A Year With Frog and Toad, My Fair Lady and Picnic. Caitlin has a passion for developing new work, having directed the world premieres of Sunfish at Stoneham, Ryan Landry's M and Psyched! for the Huntington, A. Nora Long's Clytemnestriad and MJ Kaufman's Outlaw Jean for FreshInk. Other recent projects include Avenue Q at Jean's Playhouse, Silence by Moira Buffini at Northwestern, and In the Summer House by Jane Bowles with Fort Point Theatre Channel.



Adam MacDougall

Adam MacDougall

Music Director, "The Fantasticks"

Adam is a pianist, teacher, actor, and baker who currently resides in Rochester, New Hampshire. He is delighted to be returning to Hackmatack as Music Director for The Fantasticks!. His most recent Hackmatack productions were last season's Once Upon A Mattress, as well as West Side Story and Ruthless! from the 2015 season. He also has many acting credits at Hackmatack: Tim in Noises Off, Roy in A Trip to Bountiful, Officer Klein in Arsenic and Old Lace, Robert in Boeing Boeing, Enoch Snow in Carousel, and in the ensembles of several other productions. He also performs frequently as a pianist and teaches piano at Portsmouth Music & Arts Center.


Christopher Gempp

Christopher Gempp

Children's Theatre Camp Director

Summer Camp Details

Christopher is an elementary music teacher by day and is excited to be back again at Hackmatack Playhouse. Last summer he was on stage here at Hackmatck as the King in Once upon a Mattress and has been in the ensemble of many other shows, such as Les Mis, Hairspray, Spamalot, and Music Man. He recently directed Little Mermaid Jr., and 9 to 5 at Garrison Players, where he serves on the board of directors and director of Youth Education. He has also run the summer camp at Garrison Players for the past 4 summers. His favorite roles have included Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest, Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol and Pete and Lendall in Almost Maine.


Rob Finch

Rob Finch

Children's Theatre Music Director

Rob is excited to be returning to the Hackmacamp staff for his 2nd year as music director. He brings with him 10 years of experience teaching and directing music at the middle and high school levels. Recently graduating from Gordon College with his Masters of Music Education, Rob currently teachers middle school choir & classroom music at Dover Middle School in Dover, NH where he is also the music director for the drama club. In addition to teaching Rob is an active conductor in the New England region. Past conducting experience includes the instrumental chorus at The University of New Hampshire's Jr. Summer Youth Music School, honors music festivals including Vermont District VI, Maine District VI, Maine District III and Maine District II. He is currently the assistant conductor of the Seacoast Community Choir based out of York, ME and sings in the Portland Community Chorus. Rob is passionate about teaching kids to sing and has recently presented at the Maine Music Educators Allstate Conference (2015) on the male changing voice. Furthermore, Rob is thrilled to be working with such an energetic staff at Hackmatack that is sure to bring you an outstanding show and is looking forward to meeting and making music with the campers.