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Before joining the Academy of Music Theatre, Executive Director Debra J’Anthony served as the executive director of the Shea Community Theater in Turners Falls, Mass., for sixteen years. During her tenure there, she was awarded the Community Theater Association Back Stage Award and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Senate Official Citation. In addition to her work as an arts administrator, Debra taught flute and chamber music at Stoneleigh-Burnham and Eaglebrook schools, and has performed professionally as a musician throughout North America and Europe. Her passion for the arts takes many forms. Debra is a published poet, and is a current advisory board member of the Hampshire Regional Tourism Council, a member of the Paradise City Cultural District Committee, the national planning committee for SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and New England Presenters.

Alison Klejna brings a robust arts administration background to her work as the Academy’s Theater Manager.  While living in the Boston area, she worked with Central Square Theater and its resident companies, The Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater, in Cambridge, MA, where she served as the organization’s first Manager of Artistic Operations, having previously held the positions of Artistic Administrator for The Nora Theatre Company and Administrative and Development Coordinator for The Nora and Central Square Theater. Alison has also worked as the Event Coordinator at Chamber Theatre Productions in Boston, and for the Ithaca College Department of Cinema and Photography. Immediately prior to joining the Academy staff, she worked as a freelance casting assistant in the film industry. Alison graduated in the first class at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School and earned a B.A. in Dramatic Literature at Ithaca College and an M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University.

Prior to his post as the Academy’s Technical Director, Hugh Hall spent two decades in commercial architectural design management, retail store design and display design for Yankee Candle, Lego Systems and other national companies.  Hugh served as a lighting and scenic designer for Amherst Leisure Services productions, Interplayers in Spokane, Washington and as instructor and technical director at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Theatre Department.  He began his career at Alaska Repertory Theatre Company, a LORT B company in Anchorage, Alaska, which took him on tour throughout the state.  He now lives in Belchertown with his wife Maureen O’Neil.

Martha Potyrala, Education Director, joined the Academy six years ago co-directing its Summer Musical Theatre Workshops. Since that time she has co-directed the winter musical theater Academy Youth Productions of Camp Rock, Fame Jr., The Phantom Tollbooth, Jr. and Into the Woods, Jr.  She comes to the Academy through education experiences in Springfield Public Schools and Holyoke Community College. She teaches musical theater dance at Pioneer Valley Ballet, performs with the company, and develops outreach performances for area schools. She earned her B.A. at Curry College and M.Ed. at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Jessica Recchia brings 14 years of customer service experience to the Academy’s Box Office. She has previously served the public at venues throughout the nation, including Yellowstone and Sequoia national parks. In the Pioneer Valley, Jessica served as a nature specialist at YMCA of Springfield Camp Weber before turning her attention to the arts. Prior to the Academy of Music, she worked for City Stage/Symphony Hall Box Office as Box Office Manager.

Kathryn Slater’s early career began in regional planning with the Massachusetts Cooperative Research Program and UMassSafe. She holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Nebraska Omaha and a M.S. in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As a former event coordinator for JAM fund, Kathryn joined the Academy of Music Theatre to continue her work in development and community building through new initiatives at the non-profit theater. As a life-long lover of the performing arts, and a former participant in musical theater and dance, Kathryn is thrilled to be working as the Development Coordinator to bolster the financial strength of the Academy for years to come.