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Past Productions

Joel Mercier
(Artistic Director)
Joel Mercier, a native of NH, received his degree in Music Theatre from the Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, CT. He then moved to New York City and pursued a career as a professional actor & musician. While in NY, Mercier's love for all aspects of musical theater led him down many different paths, working professionally as an actor, director, singer, vocal coach, pianist, music director, composer & copyist of sheet music.  Mercier has worked all over the country at summer stocks, regional theaters, and even a national tour covering a dozen different states. He has worked at numerous nationally recognized theaters including the Center for the Arts in PA, the Goodspeed Opera House in CT, Northern Stage in VT, and both the Westbeth (Off-Broadway) and the Nokia Theatre Times Square in NYC. In addition to portraying dozens of famous character roles, Mercier, a member of Actor's Equity Association, has also originated numerous principal parts in Staged Readings and Experimental Performances, several of which have continued to grow and become recognized throughout the country (one in particular has even been published crediting Mercier as a member of the original cast).

In 2009, Mercier returned to NH to continue his work at the New London Barn Playhouse in New London, NH as both the Resident Music Director and Artistic Associate. Working on both the artistic and administrative sides of the theater company allowed Mercier to take part in redeveloping the Barn into the thriving company that it is today, dedicated completely to quality and education. As an instructor, Mercier has taught students ranging from beginner to Broadway professional through his private studio both in NH and when he was living in NY, as well as a regular Guest Artist and Instructor in the Theatre Department at Dartmouth College in Hanover. Mercier continues to work as a local freelancer directing, musically directing, performing, and even composing and writing.

Wallace J. Pinault
(Producing Director)
Wallace J. Pineault has been involved in theater and film for almost 40 years. Beginning in 1970 as an actor, he was quickly bitten by the theater bug and started the Anselmian Summer Theatre (AST). The first production, The Lion in Winter, was his directing debut. The production was entered into the NH Community Theatre Competition and won every single award, a feat that has never been accomplished again to this day.  Pineault's education is certainly varied in disciplines, which he attributes to his success in the theater. He received his B.A. in Sociology from St. Anselm's College in Manchester, NH, an M.A. in Speech / Oral Interpretation of Literature from Emerson College in Boston, MA, and his Ph D in Theatre (Directing & Staging) from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. He taught at Saint Anselm's College from 1975 to 1980 and at New England College from 1986 to present day where he currently holds the title of Senior Professor of Theatre.

His theater experiences as a director have taken him across "The Pond" to England, Scotland, and Wales; and he has performed in professional and dinner theater as well as Industrials throughout New England. Although theater is his first love, Pineault has also been involved in film. While in CA, he worked for Eddie Foy Casting as well as with his close friend, Emmy Award Winning Costume Designer, Al Lehman. A member of SAG / AFTRA, he has been directed by Beau Bridges and has had the opportunity to work with Lloyd Bridges in Secret Sins of the Father and Walter Matthau in Odd Couple Two. Additionally, Pineault recently has delved into the arena of playwriting, and has been privileged to work with known playwrights John Cariani (Almost Maine), Lavonne Mueller (Breaking the Prarie Wolf Code), and Pulitzer Prize Winner, Tad Mosel.