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  • A. Craig Brown, Esq. Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, P.C.
    60 State Street Northampton, MA 01060

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Before joining the Academy of Music Theatre, 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.

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Jessica Abbate 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.

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Prior to his post as Academy 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.

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Alison Klejna brings with her a varied arts administrative background.  Most recently she spent more than five years working with Central Square Theater and its resident companies in Cambridge, where she served as the organization’s first Manager of Artistic Operations.  In the past year she has also worked as a freelance Casting Assistant in the film industry. Prior to her tenure at Central Square Theater, she worked for Chamber Theatre Productions and the Ithaca College Department of Cinema and Photography.  Alison graduated in the first Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School class and then received her B.A. in Dramatic Literature at Ithaca College, followed by her M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University.