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Open Door Theater

Professional theater for the community

Our Company

Erin Galligan-Baldwin
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.
Jennifer Sassaman
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, ProofOne 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.
Website: jsass.net
Libby Belitos
Artistic Associate
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. 
Kianna Bromley
Artistic Associate
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. 
Ellen Cooke
Artistic Associate
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.

Samuel Fitzwater-
Butchart
Artistic Associate
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 
Website: SFBaudio.com
Kellian Keeler
Artistic Associate
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.

David Klein
Artistic Associate
Charlie (and others) in 
My Mother's Three Mothers
David has played the title role in Uncle Vanya, Solyony in Three Sisters, Mick in The Caretaker, Trinculo in The Tempest, the Fool in King Lear,  and Falstaff in Henry IV, Part 1 all with The Unadilla Theater Company.  Additional roles include Mr. Bumble in Oliver! with the Montpelier Theater Guild, and Grandpa in You Can’t Take it With You with the Vermont Youth Theater, the Porter in Macbeth,  and Martin Van Buren in Smoke and Mirrors with the Plainfield Little Theater.
David will be appearing later this summer as Gaiev, in The  Cherry Orchard, at the Unadilla Theater, in East Calais, beginning July 18.
Zak Kline 
Artistic Associate 
Charlie (and others) in 
My Mother's Three Mothers 
Zak is a songwriter raised in Central Vermont who spends his time in Vermont acting, singing and dancing, appearing in high school and regional productions. Returning to Vermont from Interlochen Arts Academy, he is excited to work with Erin Galligan-Baldwin again (his high school theater director and teacher) and to return to this script since the first table read in 2018.
Previous VT credits include Sweeney Todd, Cry Baby, The Spitfire Grill and Mad As The Wind and Sea.
Cher Laston
Artistic Associate
Rita in My Mother's Three Mothers
Cher is a local veteran of the community and professional stages of Central Vermont...as an actor, director, and educator.  A VT licensed theater arts teacher, she spends her days nurturing her new granddaughter, caring for her mother, planning trips to NYC, gardening, and dreaming of future productions.  She lives in Williamstown with husband, Bob, dogs Griffyn and Britt, and a Torti named Estella.
Karli Robertson
Artistic Associate
Young Rita (and others) in 
My Mother's Three Mothers
Karli is a native of montpelier and is back from her first year at Hofstra University on Long Island. She is  excited to work with both the familiar and new faces of this production! Recent credits include assistant choreographer for “Godspell” with Hofstra’s musical theater club, Masquerade, Womper in “How to Succeed...” with  the Flynn Arts, “Into the Woods” at Lost Nation Theater, and “Cry Baby” at U-32 High School. Karli hopes that this new play production gets you thinking. Shoutout to the friends and family for the undying support and guidance!
Madeleine Sassaman
Artistic Associate
Child Kate (and others) in 
My Mother's Three Mothers
This is Madeleine's fourth theatrical production.  Previously she played a child in A Christmas Carol: On the Air at UW-Parkside, Daphne in Blithe Spirit at the Racine Theatre Guild, and most recently she stared in two of the three title roles in the audio play Hansel & Gretel (& Minna) commissioned and recorded for the Girl Tales Podcast which can be heard by following this link: Hansel & Gretel & Minna 
Madeleine lives with her mother (the director) in Racine, Wisconsin in the winters and spends summers in Montpelier where she gets to spend time with her beloved grandparents, uncle, and friends.  She is also a medal-winning gymnast (just ask her and she'll do some fierce moves for you).
Madeleine says "Gratitude to my mother for being so enthusiastic about this play!"
Open Door Theater's
Board of Directors
Erin Galligan-Baldwin
Eve Passeltiner
David Rowell
David Sanguinetti
Ginny Sassaman
Jennifer Sassaman