The Lebanon Opera House Board of Directors
Kevin Lane Keller, President
Ann Munves Malenka, Vice President
Phil Harrison, Treasurer
Ann Greenwald, Secretary
Dr. Robert Racusin
Sarah Richmond, Tuck Revers Board Fellow
Lebanon Opera House Staff
Dan Merlo, Facilities Manager
After running lights for his seventh grade production of Finian’s Rainbow, Dan Merlo decided that he wanted a career in technical theater. He was twelve.
Dan now has over thirty years of experience including thirteen as Master Technician at Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College, five as technical director of Pentangle Arts Council in Woodstock, Vermont and has held numerous positions with Opera North, North Country Community Theatre and City Center Ballet. He has been working at Lebanon Opera House since before the organization was officially formed and becaome LOH’s full time production manager in 2011.
A New Jersey native, Dan has lived in the Upper Valley since 1986 and currently lives in Windsor with his wife and three children.
You can contact Dan by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark A. Bradley, Assistant Director
A lifelong supporter, advocate, and worker in the performing arts, Mark began his career in Montreal, Canada as a freelance clarinetist and bass clarinetist. After completing a Master of Music from McGill University, he performed regularly with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and other Montreal area ensembles. He was also an agent and consultant for Latitude 45 Arts Promotions, Inc., a boutique Canadian music agency.
After a brief stint freelancing back home in the U.S. (Seattle, Washington), Mark made the decision to return to school in 2013. He moved to Toronto and enrolled at the Schulich School of Business, completing a Master of Business Administration and Graduate Diploma in Arts and Media Administration. While in Toronto he also interned as associate director of Orchestras Canada.
Mark is involved with several local service organizations and community groups. He is Treasurer of the Upper Valley Community Band, an alternate member on the City of Lebanon’s Pedestrian and Bicycling Advisory Committee, and alumni of Vital Community’s Leadership Upper Valley program.
Prior to his journeys through Canada’s metropolises, Mark grew up upstate New York. He has been a Lebanon resident since February, 2016.
Claire Swanson, Box Office Associate
In 1999, Claire and her husband Peter built their vacation home on Mascoma Lake. Upon her retirement after 35 years as a special education teacher/supervisor/coordinator, they moved full time from Connecticut to Lebanon in 2009. Shortly there after Claire began volunteering at the CHaD Family Center’s Molly’s Place and ushering LOH shows. She loved both so much that they have turned into part-time jobs. Claire enjoys bringing her expertise working with children and families to DHMC. At LOH this experience has been tapped as she is now the house manager for the Youth Education Series shows-managing school children and teachers reminiscent of so many a field trip. Many of you will see Claire in the box office for most of our evening and weekend shows. She continues to enjoy making the Upper Valley her permanent home as she gets to meet you at the opera house.
Lauren “Duff” Cummings, Stage Manager
Duff is also a native of the Upper Valley. In 1969 while a student in technical theater production at Dartmouth, Duff and a group of classmates were asked by their Professor to join Ralph Bowie and the late Jack O’Connell in bringing the Opera House “out of mothballs” after six years of sitting unused.
That experience piqued an interest within Duff that has lasted 47 years through a professional career which has included Production Manager at the Hopkins Center, Technical Director of the Reichhold Center for the Arts in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, co-founder of Mink Brook Outfitters at the PowerHouse Mall in West Lebanon, and many years as a Public Safety professional here in the Upper Valley. Through all of this he has made time to hone his theater skills by helping with shows at the Opera House and other regional venues. Now in so-called retirement, Duff is pleased to be able to focus even more on helping bring quality productions to our stage.
Duff lives in West Lebanon with his wife Sandy and their four “kids”, Chopin, Teddy and Lilly who masquerade as dogs, and a spirited quarter horse mare, Trixie. You may also see him around the area playing bass with the Reckless Breakfast Band or various progressive bluegrass/folk bands.