Jenn Batchelder has been performing throughout all of New England and beyond since the tender age of six. Twice-nominated Best Actress in a Musical for her work here on the Seacoast, she has also served as a critically acclaimed Music Director, Choreographer and Children’s Theater Director.
Ms. Batchelder has been teaching children’s theater since 1996, including Theater Arts Excel and Vocal Excel for District 60, Maine, grades 2-12.
Jessica Lynn Berman
Jessica Lynn Berman has been involved with theater since she was four years old. With fond memories of her own time in youth theater, Jessica is excited to share her experiences with students at GP! She is a 2009 graduate of Keene State College where she earned degrees in Theatre and Psychology. Shortly after graduating she moved to Dover and started performing with Garrison. Her first appearance as “Babe” in Crimes of the Heart earned her a Seacoast Spotlight Best Actress nomination. Jessica is a passionate performer who loves to share her passion with people of all generations. She has worked as a camp counselor, teaching everything from horseback riding to outdoor survival skills. She currently works at Langdon Place of Dover as the Lead Activity Coordinator for the Alzheimer's unit and was recently recognized as Caregiver of the Year.
Mara Flynn is a co-director and instructor at Acting Out (Newburyport, MA), an actress, musician and teacher. She has been teaching theater for last twenty years, including workshops at Governor's Academy, Newburyport Montessori, New Hampshire Theater Project, as well as over a decade of her own summer theater programs. She has a degree in Theater from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Christopher M. Gempp
Mr. Gempp, an elementary music teacher by day, is excited to be teaching back at Garrison Players. He has a bachelors’ degree in music education from Keene State College and a master’s degree in technology education from Full Sail University. He has music directed for numerous children’s theater in Dover, Strafford, and Concord. He has acted extensively throughout the seacoast at local theaters including Garrison Players, Rochester Opera House, the Leddy Center, the Ann White Northwood Theater Workshop and Hackmatack Playhouse. His favorite roles at Garrison Players have included Jack Stapleton in Hound of the Baskerville, Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest, Vinny in The Odd Couple, Eddie in Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 and Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol.
Kristin St. Hilaire
Kristin St.Hilaire has been an art instructor for 17 years. She graduated from Rivier College with a BA in Art Education where she received her NH certification in Art Education for grades K-12. She is currently an art teacher at St.Mary's Academy in Dover, NH and has worked with local nonprofits integrating art classes into their programs. She is excited to be able to offer art classes to children and teens at the Garrison Players Arts Center, where she moonlights as the set painter for many of our mainstage productions. Her goal is to teach students how to use the techniques of the visual arts to explore and develop their own personal style of creative expression. When she's not being an art advocate, she loves to oil paint, hike and watch the Red Sox with her husband, three awesome children and dog Sadie.
Mary Irons has been involved with Children's Theatre as an actor, director and producer. She holds a BA in Youth Drama from UNH as well as a master's of education. Her early work included the revitalization of the Lakeside Little Players, and the direction there of several plays including The Velveteen Rabbit, Sleeping Beauty, Narnia, and Rumplestiltskin. She taught after school drama classes at Barrington, Moharimet and Mast Way Elemtary schools and also worked for both the UNH Dept. of Theatre and Dance and The New Hampshire Theatre Project directing and teaching technical theater to students in their summer theatre camp programs for a number of years. She has been teaching Drama to Gr. 5 - 8, Creative Drama to Gr. 1 - 4 and producing and directing yearly performances involving 50 or more students in the Strafford School Players since 2001. She is very excited to join the team at Garrison Players to bring a lively theatre experience to youngsters this summer!
Megan Davenport Karas is a lifelong member of the Garrison Players and holds a BA in Theatre with a minor in German from UNH. Megan returned to the area in 2006 after 11 years in Berlin, Germany and has performed in many recent GP productions. She has also served as Director, Costume Designer, and Stage Manager and is currently GPAC’s Marketing Director. She has performed with a variety of performing groups throughout the years, including: SeaCoast Ballet Company, Hackmatack Playhouse and Repertory Theatre, Berliner Grundtheater, the Bell Center, and the Players Ring. Megan has helped facilitate A Play in a Day, currently organizes the annual Variety Show at a local elementary school, and is busily raising three children.