Our Board of Directors

Steve Stott

President

Steve has been involved in community theatre for over 30 years in his native England and the US.  After moving to Brookfield, he heard about auditions at the Sherman Playhouse for ‘See How They Run’ and the rest is history.  In addition to acting, directing and producing on the stage Steve also appeared in CPTV’s EMMY award winning TV series ‘The Cobblestone Corridor’.

Elected in 2020 Steve is proud to be the latest in a long line of Presidents of the Sherman Players.

Al Chiappetta

Vice President and Technical Director

Al returned to theater for tech Sunday of Anne of Green Gables after a 30+ year theatrical absence.
He had no intention of resuming his technical theater endeavors that day. He has been here ever since.

In addition to his duties at the Playhouse he is the theater technician at the Fredrick Gunn School and has been known to design lighting at other local theaters occasionally.

When not in a theater he can be found relocating mountains one dump truck load at a time.

Lynn Nissenbaum

Secretary

As a school psychologist in New Milford, Lynn is happy to indulge in her love of theater, honed as a teenager and refined as a theater student in college. She has been seen on stage and off, lending her talents where needed and has served on the board since 2014.

Adam Pollock

Treasurer

Adam has held senior marketing positions at Island and Mammoth Records and Sony Music, and has worked with artists including Mother Love Bone, U2, PJ Harvey, David Bowie, Julian Schnabel, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Def Leppard, and Pulp. In the late ‘90s he was instrumental in the launch of seminal music website PlayJ.com and directed new business initiatives for online advertising agencies in San Francisco and New York. As a member of the NYC based rock band Bender he was briefly signed to Columbia Records. Also a journalist, his entertainment, travel and business writing has appeared in SOMA, Black Book, and Filter/FLOOD magazines.

Matt Austin

Artistic Director

Matt is an actor, director, writer & improviser living in New Milford. He has been seen on the stage acting in over 100 productions in the tri state area over the last 20 years. A graduate of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater in NYC, Matt was fortunate enough to perform improv with them for a time. He has appeared on comedy stages across the country and currently performs regularly with Sea Tea Comedy Theater in Hartford, CT. The job that actually pays the bills is as the Director of Education at The Center for Empowerment & Education (formerly The Women’s Center) in Danbury.

Jody Bayer

Board Member

Jody is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Skidmore College with a BA in Psychology/Theater Minor and earned her MSW from the UCONN School of Social Work. She dedicated her 41-year professional career to improving the lives of children and their families as a Licensed Clinical, and School Social Worker. Now retired, she is able to dedicate more time to her theatrical passions, volunteering, and beachcombing. Jody is an experienced performer with many of the area’s community theaters and comedy improvisation troupes, and has served on local theater boards in the past.  Jody’s mission in life is to bring laughter to others as often as possible.

Terry Hawley

Board Member and Costume Manager

Terry has been involved in the Sherman Players since 2003. She is thrilled to be a part of the Board of Directors where she has served as the costume manager for many years.
After 25 years as a Montessori school educator, Terry retired in 2017 to spend more time with her grandchildren. She has costumed countless shows for many theaters including, The Warner Theater, Theatreworks, Miss Porter’s School, Washington Montessori School, and a production at The Cherry Lane Theater in NYC. Terry is currently the costumes designer for the Frederick Gunn School where she is working on her twenty-third show there.

Chris Marker

Board Member

Chris has performed in over 20 community theater productions, starting at Western Connecticut State University in the mid 1980s.  He considers theatre to be his main hobby and while seen primarily on the Playhouse stage, he has been known to wander occasionally and appear at other local theatres too. 
He’s usually involved in some capacity with all our productions – backstage, front-of-house or in the tech booth.  In real life, after flying airplanes for a living Chris returned to the world of medical imaging, having been a military medical technician in his distant youth, and now works as an MRI Technologist.

Michael Schaner

Board Member

Michael is proud to have served on the board of the Sherman Players since 2019. He works as a neuroscientist and has found a home at the Sherman Playhouse for his deep love of theater, developed in childhood. He has appeared on stage at the Playhouse in Cabaret (Clifford Bradshaw), The Tempest (Sebastian), The Underpants (Versati), Murder Takes a Holiday (Ray), and Dark of the Moon (Hank).  He has also been seen as Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night at the Sherman JCC.  In fall 2021 he made his debut as a director with Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2, a life goal that he is incredibly grateful to the community of the Sherman Players for making happen.  He lives in Sherman with his partner Henry.

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