Stoneham Theatre Staff
Weylin Symes, Producing Artistic Director
Producing Artistic Director, Weylin Symes. Symes assisted in the renovation of Stoneham Theatre's building and has been with the Theatre since its inception, starting as Associate Artistic Director in 2000 and becoming Artistic Director in 2003. In his time at Stoneham, he has directed over 25 productions and adapted several pieces for performance on Stoneham's stage, including The Old Man and the Sea, Dracula and It's a Wonderful Life. He also recently completed an adaptation of the Grimm's fairy tale The Handless Maiden for performance by the young company at Stoneham Theatre. Some favorite directing projects at Stoneham include: Seminar, Distant Music, I Capture the Castle, Buddy Cop2, Gaslight, Strangers on a Train, Marathon, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Violet Hour, The Dazzle, The Girl in the Frame. Prior to coming to Stoneham Theatre, he directed several productions in the Boston area, including Henrik Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman and We Bombed in New Haven by Joseph Heller, and spent a year training law enforcement personnel through role-playing exercises in Albuquerque, NM. Weylin graduated from New York University and studied at the Experimental Theatre Wing of the Tisch School of the Arts.
Debra Rafson, Managing Director
Debra is thrilled to be taking on this new role in the Stoneham Theatre team. From 2000-2003, Debra was the Assistant Stage Manager for 12 Mainstage productions and the Stage Manager for over 30 concerts and special events, as well as the Props Master, Company Manager, and a Box Office staff member. From 2005-2011, Debra was a member of the Stoneham Theatre Board of Trustees and participated in committees for Finance, Strategic Planning, and Branding. Her outside professional Stage Management experience includes work at New Repertory Theatre, Brandeis University, the Publick Theatre, and 8