Open Door Theater
Professional theater for the community
Co-Artistic Director &
Author of My Mother's Three Mothers
Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Erin began acting and performing at a young age. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy, a fine arts boarding school, as a theater major in high school and then studied Acting, Creative Writing and Dance at the University of Michigan and New York University. She lived in NYC for five years and worked as an actor, stage manager, dancer and assistant director with theater and dance groups as well as a teaching artist, director and choreographer in schools across the city with organizations including The Brooklyn Arts Council, Young Audiences New York and The Multicultural Music Group. In 2001, Erin visited Vermont to work with The Bread and Puppet Theater Company and decided to relocate to the Green Mountain state. For three years Erin headed up the North Country Union High School Theater program and then spent four years as director of The Lyndon Institute Theater Company before landing at U-32 High School where she has been the director of the award winning Theater company, Stage 32, since 2010. Erin has also served as a member of the summer Theater faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp where she taught Acting, Theater Workshop and Improvisation and choreographed musicals. In addition to The Bread and Puppet Theater, Erin has performed in Vermont with The Blue Barn Players, The St. Johnsbury Players, Moving Light Dance Company and Lost Nation Theater. Erin is currently an MFA candidate at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, studying Interdisciplinary Arts with a concentration in Theater Directing and Performance Creation. website: www.eringalliganbaldwin.com.
Co-Artistic Director &
Director of My Mother's Three Mothers
Jennifer Sassaman is a director, an actress, a playwright, and choreographer based in the Chicago/Milwaukee corridor; she has directed and choreographed over 50 productions (favorites include Urinetown, Proof, One Man Two Guvnors, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), performed in more than 20 (favorites include Mrs. Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer, Nicole in The Baker’s Wife and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew), recorded vocal tracks for various albums, and written several plays and musicals.
This is the second theater company Jennifer has started; early in her career she served as the artistic director of the New Mermaid Players in Philadelphia, PA for five seasons. She received and honors BA in Performance Studies from Bradford College and her MFA in Directing from Florida State University. Additionally, she is an Assistant Professor of Directing and Movement at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Jennifer has lived and worked in Washington DC, Philadelphia, PA, Key West, Florida, Bar Harbor, Maine, London, England, San Jose Costa Rica, and is now very happy to add Montpelier, VT to that list.
Young Frances (and others) in
My Mother's Three Mothers
Libby is happy to be working with some fantastic friends on the stage once again. She has been a student at UVM this past year. Before college, Libby was constantly a part of a performance of some kind, whether it was Shakespearean, musical, experimental or something completely awry from traditional theatrical experiences. Performance explains so much of life that we have no other means of conveying. It is the most vulnerable state with which one can open their heart to someone else. Libby hopes you enjoy this beautiful play, written by a forever friend and theatrical mentor, her school theater director, Erin.
Frances in My Mother's Three Mothers
Kianna has been performing since she was a child and is thrilled to be workshopping this new script with Open Door Theater. She studied theater at the University of Vermont and Circle in the Square Theatre School. She has been teaching theater in Vermont since 2012 and is currently working at Montpelier High School as a Community Based Learning Teacher and the Drama Director.
Kate in My Mother's Three Mothers
Ellen is grateful to be part of this project. " It is not often I am asked to step in the shoes of another in this way. This process is the "Circle of Courage" in action."
Ellen has an extensive background in dance, theater, performance and teaching. She is a School Counselor at U32 and lives on a small farm in Marshfield.
Stage Manager & Sound Designer for
My Mother's Three Mothers
Hailing from Milwaukee, Sam has worked for theater companies such as Skylight Music Theatre, Next-Act Theatre, as well as Theatre Gigante among others. He is currently holds resident artist positions with Theatre Gigante (WI) I Am My Own Wife, Metamorphosis, Tarzan (U.S. premiere), Spalding Gray: Stories Left To Tell (Midwest Premier) Three Crows Theatre (IL), Our Country’s Good, Trojan Women, These Shining Lives, and Open Door Theatre (VT), Proof. Upcoming productions include Beggars Opera, with Theatre Gigante.
You can find out more of Sam’s current projects at
Properties and Costume Design for My Mother's Three Mothers
Kelliann is happy to be in Vermont for the first time working with Open Door. A native from a small Wisconsin town you probably have never heard of, she received her BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Wisconsin - Parkside where she designed and fabricated props for A Christmas Carol: On The Air, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Most recently, she designed the scenery and props for the theater company Terra Nova with Three Crows in Evanston, IL.