Derry Opera House Team

Mary McCarthy Hoegen
GDAC President and Rental Team Lead

Mary Hoegen (she/her) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and Minor in Technical Theatre Design. She has worked on hundreds of productions from producing, to directing and performing. She is the former owner and current co-director of Dance Progressions in Londonderry. She is very active in the community and also serves as co-director for the Miss Capital Area Scholarship Program. Mary is honored to serve on the board as President and is proud to lead a team who loves the theatre as much as she does while collaborating to bring new ideas, processes and programming to the Derry Opera House and the surrounding community.

Ryan Barrett
Program Assistant

Meet Ryan! Ryan (he/him) has been a part of The Derry Opera House family for the past eight years and is super excited to be joining the GDAC Support Staff Team as our Program Assistant. Ryan has worked with several local performing groups during his time at The Derry Opera House. These companies include but are not limited to...Kids Coop Theatre, Londonderry High School, The Voice Studio, and many more. When Ryan is not at The Derry Opera House he can be found at SNHU where he is studying for his Masters in Information Technology. 

Pat Pettengill
Technician
Jim Browne
Technician

I have been working at the Derry Opera House since 2002 and started as volunteer staff as an Assistant Tech Director in 2008. My career background is structural engineering and heavy construction which led me into over 15 years in stage lighting and rigging alongside almost 20 years in live sound. I have worked for several local production companies and learned so much from professionals in our field locally and nationally. In 2015 I was made one of the Opera House's Tech Directors and enjoy both helping our clients use the space safely, efficiently, and to have the best show possible as well as directly working for them as a lighting and sound engineer. I have seen the Opera House grow and improve over nearly 20 years and look forward to being part of keeping this space at its best and safest for the next 20!

Erin Downey
Theatre Support

Erin Downey (they/them/theirs) has been a part of The Derry Opera House technical crew since 2018 and performing on its stage since 2015. They have worked with several companies including Kids Coop Theatre, The Voice Studio, New Hampshire Academie of Dance, and more. They graduated in spring of 2021, and plan to pursue a career in technical theatre in the future. Erin can often be found at The Derry Opera house wearing a spider-man watch to bring luck to shows that come through.

Sammy Fraser
Resident House Manager

Sammy (she/her) is excited to be joining the Derry Opera House! She has been involved in theatre for many years both on and off the stage. She has formally been President of SNHU Drama where she also directed numerous productions and events. Other groups she has worked with include Nashua Theatre Guild and Kids Coop Theatre. In addition to completing a Bachelor’s in Business, Sammy is working on her Master’s in Business Administration at Southern New Hampshire University.

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