Meet Our Staff

Danielle Howard (Artistic Director, Director of Spitfire Grill) is pleased to be returning to the barn this summer in the role of Artistic Director and to direct the season closer, The Spitfire Grill.   She spent her past three summers at Hackmatack, directing the musicals,  She Loves Me and The Bridges of Madison County, and last season’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.  Danielle has worked at theaters around the country as an actor and director, including Indiana Repertory Theatre, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, American Family Theatre, and Shadowland Theatre.  She holds a BA in Music from the University of New Hampshire, and earned her MFA in Directing at Indiana University.  After spending more than a decade in the Midwest, she was pleased to return home to her New England roots.  Local directing credits include: Jane Eyre: A Musical Drama, Driving Miss DaisyLittle Women, Titanic, and South Pacific (Seacoast Repertory Theatre); Kate Hamill’s Pride and Prejudice and Goblin Market (New Hampshire Theatre Project),  A Christmas Carol (Prescott Park Arts Festival); Enchanted April, Lettice and Lovage, and I Ought to Be in Pictures (ACT ONE), and Shrek the Musical and The Glass Menagerie (Firehouse Center for the Arts , Newburyport).  Danielle has taught theatre courses at UNH, Great Bay Community College, Franklin College, and Northern Essex Community College. When she’s not directing or teaching, she can be found coordinating the volunteer program at Pope Memorial Humane Society where she has been a dedicated volunteer herself for more than six years. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

John Berst Director of The Foreigner and Music Director for the 2020 season

Alden Caple (Director and Choreographer of Legally Blonde) A graduate of The Walnut Hill School ’06, and The Hartt School ’10, Alden has worked as a Seacoast based Director,Choreographer, Performer, and Teacher for the last 10 years.  He has worked with the Boston Ballet City Dance Program integrating arts education into third grade classrooms throughout the North Shore of Boston as well as teaching classes at Fusion Dance Academy and Great Bay Academy of Dance in Musical Theatre, Jazz, and Modern styles.  Alden is currently Theatre Director for Portsmouth High School & Middle School where he teaches theatre to grades 6-12 as well as musical theatre and movement at the high school level.  In 2018, Alden also co-founded Upside Arts, a Seacoast NH based educational theatre company offering performing opportunities as well as day and overnight camps. www.theupsideartscompany.org
Sarah Hashem (Camp Director) is thrilled to be working with the Hackma-Campers again! In the past, she has music directed the Hackmatack’s Children’s Camp, and worked as a costumer and counselor for Camp Centerstage! As a woodwind musician, Sarah has performed in orchestra pits for: The Rochester Opera House, Hackmatack Playhouse, Prescott Park Arts Festival, Biddeford City Theater, Stages Youth Theater, Seacoast Repertory Theater, the University of Southern Maine, and various middle and high schools. In fifth grade, she found a passion for theater while performing in her church’s Christmas play, and later carried on to study music education at USM, where she had the opportunity to study woodwind instruments, piano, and voice (classical and musical theater). Sarah currently teaches K-2nd general music in Saco, Maine, and is looking forward to a Summer of theater, music, and fun!

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