Lebanon Opera House Board of Directors

Ann Munves Malenka, President
Matthew Locker, Vice President
Phil Harrison, Treasurer
Ann Greenwald, Secretary

Christopher Adams
Paul Coats
Dianne Estes
Patrick Hayes
Kevin Lane Keller
Kay McCabe
Christine Morin
Patricia Morse
Dr. Robert Racusin
Jonathan Scott

Catherine Charnov, Tuck Revers Board Fellow

Lebanon Opera House Staff 

Joe Clifford, Executive Director

Joe is an arts administration leader with more than 20 years of non-profit and arts presenting experience; he joined LOH in March 2017. For the previous 17 years, he had risen through the ranks at Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover, NH. His most recent work as Audience Engagement Director included oversight of the organization’s strategic communication—marketing, public relations and design—as well as ongoing research about student engagement in the arts. Previously, Joe spent ten years leading the Hop’s Outreach and Arts Education programs. In that role, he planned 200 multi-disciplinary residency events each year through the visiting performing artist series.

Joe is a 2018 graduate of Vital Communities’ Leadership Upper Valley program and an active board member (and past president) of the Arts Presenters of Northern New England (APNNE) consortium. He recently completed a two-year fellowship program created by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) and the Arts Leadership Program at the University of Southern California. In 2004, he was identified by APAP as an “emerging leader” in the presenting field. Joe is also a founding member and past chair of the NH/VT Upper Valley Arts Alliance. He holds a BA in Communications/Public Relations from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.  A long-time resident of Windsor, VT, he recently crossed the Connecticut River via covered bridge and relocated to Plainfield, NH, with his wife and two teenage sons.

You can contact Joe by emailing jclifford@lebanonoperahouse.org.

Lauren “Duff” Cummings, Stage Manager

Duff is 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.

Ellen Phillips, Box Office Associate

Ellen is a proud Upper Valley local and has been visiting the Opera House since she was a child. Ellen developed an early love of the theater through opportunities to participate in plays and a film at the Hopkins Center as a child actor. Ellen enjoys gardening in the community garden, cooking, reading, swimming and exploring the city on foot. She has a long background in customer service in the Lebanon area so you might recognize her when you visit the box office.

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 thereafter 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, managing school children and teachers reminiscent of so many a field trip. Many of you will see Claire in the box office for most 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.