Meet Our Staff

  • Crystal Lisbon
    Crystal Lisbon
    Artistic Director, Director: Peter and the Starcatcher
  • Danielle Howard
    Danielle Howard
    Director:"The Bridges of Madison County", "Curious Incident"
  • Christopher Gempp
    Christopher Gempp
    Children's Camp Director

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Crystal Lisbon
Artistic Director, Director: Peter and the Starcatcher

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 The Fantasticks for the barn in 2017, On the Town 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
Director:"The Bridges of Madison County", "Curious Incident"

Danielle Howard is pleased to be returning to the barn this season after directing She Loves Me, one of her favorite musicals, last summer. Danielle has worked at theatres around the country, including Indiana Repertory Theatre, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, and Shadowland Theatre. Local directing credits include: Jane Eyre: A Musical Drama, Driving Miss Daisy, Little Women, Titanic, and South Pacific at Seacoast Repertory Theatre; the Sheldon Harnick/ Michel Legrand musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol with Prescott Park Arts Festival; Enchanted April, Lettice and Lovage, and The Spitfire Grill at ACT ONE, and The Glass Menagerie at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport. When she’s not directing, Danielle teaches acting at Great Bay Community College, and she is a dedicated volunteer at the Cocheco Valley Humane Society. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Special thanks to John, her longtime collaborator in theatre and life (ATIAAATIH!)

 

Christopher Gempp
Children's Camp Director

Christopher is an elementary music teacher by day and is excited to be back again at Hackmatack Playhouse, in his second summer as Children’s Camp Director. You may have previously seen him on stage at Hackmatack as Hucklebee in The Fantasticks, The King in Once Upon a Mattress, along with the ensemble of many other shows, such as Les Miserables, 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 5 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.