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 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. For the past 4 years, Debra has been the Director of Systems and Operations for Graduate & Professional Programs at Emmanuel College. In that role, she worked extensively on data/reporting, enrollment, and marketing, and she was the lead project manager for 2 major software implementations that have revolutionized the department’s student recruitment capabilities. Debra holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University and completed a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management at Emmanuel College.
Kathleen McDonald, Director of Development
Kathleen McDonald joined the Stoneham Theatre staff in June, 2013, after having spent the last two years creating the advancement communications strategies for a multi-million dollar campaign for Salem State University. She was head of the Center for Creative and Performing Arts at Salem State University, where she began in 2004, juggling annual fund, audience development and corporate sponsorship to support theatre, music and other arts programs. Prior to her arts administration and fundraising focus, McDonald spent several years working with Boston and Lynn students through college readiness programs. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies from Simmons College and a Bachelor of Arts from Salem State University.
Carol "Kat" Katinoglou, Management Associate
Caitlin Lowans, Associate Artistic Director & Director of Education
Caitlin is the Artistic has directed seven shows for Stoneham Theatre's Mainstage, sixteen for the young company, and Thrill Me [IRNE nomination, best musical, best director] for the Emerging Stages series; most recently My Fair Lady and The Dinosaur Musical on the Mainstage. Other Boston area work includes directing for Fort Point Theatre Channel and StageCoach productions, assistant directing with the Actors Shakespeare Project, the Publick Theatre and New Rep and serving as a dramaturge for the Orfeo Group’s production of Island of Slaves. Caitlin holds an EdM in Arts in Education from Harvard University.
Dave Brown, Production Manager
In the past, Dave has worked at Capital Center for the Arts in Concord, NH and at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA as Production Manager. Before that, he was a Lighting Designer that worked in the Boston area for 10 years. Dave is married to Harriet Sheets, the General Manager of New Rep Theatre in Watertown, MA.
Marketing and Development
Carol Dempsey, Director of Sales
David Costa, Director of Marketing & Public Realtions
Kelly Gaudet, Membership Manager