Stoneham Theatre Staff
Weylin Symes, Producing Artistic Director
Weylin Symes was extensively involved in the renovation of Stoneham Theatre’s building in 1999 and over the past 13 years he has overseen the growth of the Theatre into one of Boston’s five largest performing arts centers (Boston Business Journal). After serving as the Theatre’s first Artistic Associate, Weylin assumed the role of Artistic Director in 2003 and was named as Producing Artistic Director in 2007. In his time at Stoneham, he has directed over 25 productions for the Mainstage and the young company and adapted several pieces for performance on Stoneham's stage, including The Old Man and the Sea, Dracula and It's a Wonderful Life. In 2013, he 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 Cop 2, Gaslight, Strangers on a Train, Marathon, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Violet Hour, The Dazzle, and 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 Rafson is in her 2nd season as Managing Director but has been proudly involved with Stoneham Theatre since it opened. 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 ½ years with the Boston company of the Off-Broadway hit Blue Man Group. As a theatre administrator, she completed a Master of Science in Arts Administration at Boston University, a general management/company management internship at the Huntington Theatre Company, and spent 4 seasons as the Management Associate for New Repertory Theatre. From 2009–2012, Debra was the Director of Systems and Operations for Graduate & Professional Programs at Emmanuel College. Debra holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University and completed a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management at Emmanuel College.
Caitlin Lowans, Associate Artistic Director
Dori Robinson, Education Manager
Development and Marketing:
Sue D'Arrigo, Director of Marketing and PR
Carol Dempsey, Director of Sales
Kelly Gaudet, Operations Manager
Filomena Cunha, Audience Services Manager
Honey Lee, Box Office Associate
Dave Brown, Production Manager
Jason Cotting, Technical Director
Tatsuya “Tito” Ito, Master Carpenter