Derek Martin


Derek Martin – Artistic Director, Company Member

Derek Martin originally hails from Carver, Massachusetts and has been making a living acting, choreographing and directing professionally around the country for the last 15 years. He has performed with notable companies such as Connecticut Repertory Theatre, The York Theatre Company, Musical Theatre of Connecticut, Virginia Musical Theatre, Virginia Stage, The Palace Theatre in Manchester NH, The Broward Stage Door Theatre, The Round Barn Theatre and many others. Last summer, Derek played Clown 2 in ATC’s production of The 39 Steps. In ATC’s inaugural season, Derek directed ATC’s production of And Sarah Laughed and played Elyot Chase in Private Lives. Derek is the director for William Jessup University’s B.A. in Creative Arts in Rocklin, CA and is passionate about telling transformative stories and empowering the next generation of artists. He would like to thank his mother and father for everything and especially his wife Jennifer for all her love, support, and talent.


Derek Martin

Derek Martin
Derek Martin
Artistic Director, Company Member

Derek Martin originally hails from Carver, Massachusetts and has been making a living acting, choreographing and directing professionally around the country for the last 15 years. He has performed with notable companies such as Connecticut Repertory Theatre, The York Theatre Company, Musical Theatre of Connecticut, Virginia Musical Theatre, Virginia Stage, The Palace Theatre in Manchester NH, The Broward Stage Door Theatre, The Round Barn Theatre and many others. Last summer, Derek played Clown 2 in ATC’s production of The 39 Steps. In ATC’s inaugural season, Derek directed ATC’s production of And Sarah Laughed and played Elyot Chase in Private Lives. Derek is the director for William Jessup University’s B.A. in Creative Arts in Rocklin, CA and is passionate about telling transformative stories and empowering the next generation of artists. He would like to thank his mother and father for everything and especially his wife Jennifer for all her love, support, and talent.

Jennifer Martin


Jennifer Martin

Jennifer Martin – Producing Director, Company Member

A west coast girl, Jennifer Martin journeyed from Southern California and Northern Nevada to Regent University where she received her MFA in Acting. She has enjoyed working from east to west with theatres such as Virginia Repertory Theatre, Virginia Musical Theatre, Richmond Shakespeare, The Round Barn Theatre, and Sacramento Theatre Company. Selected regional credits include: Tablereads for 26 episodes as Joy for the hit animated series Superbook!, Cinderella (Into the Woods), Corrie Bratter (Barefoot in the Park), Jill Tanner (Butterflies Are Free), Julie Jordan (Carousel), Poppy (Noises Off), Raina (Arms and the Man), Solveig (Peer Gynt), and the swashbuckling Pirate Queen (Pirate Adventure). ATC credits include Amanda Prynne in Private Lives, Sara in And Sarah Laughed, Women in The 39 Steps and Angel in Redeeming Love. Jennifer free-lances as professional performer, producer and teaching artist on stage and on screen. Love to her wonderful husband, family, and the South Shore!


Jennifer Martin
Jennifer Martin
Producing Director, Company Member

A west coast girl, Jennifer Martin journeyed from Southern California and Northern Nevada to Regent University where she received her MFA in Acting. She has enjoyed working from east to west with theatres such as Virginia Repertory Theatre, Virginia Musical Theatre, Richmond Shakespeare, The Round Barn Theatre, and Sacramento Theatre Company. Selected regional credits include: Tablereads for 26 episodes as Joy for the hit animated series Superbook!, Cinderella (Into the Woods), Corrie Bratter (Barefoot in the Park), Jill Tanner (Butterflies Are Free), Julie Jordan (Carousel), Poppy (Noises Off), Raina (Arms and the Man), Solveig (Peer Gynt), and the swashbuckling Pirate Queen (Pirate Adventure). ATC credits include Amanda Prynne in Private Lives, Sara in And Sarah Laughed, Women in The 39 Steps and Angel in Redeeming Love. Jennifer free-lances as professional performer, producer and teaching artist on stage and on screen. Love to her wonderful husband, family, and the South Shore!

 Jesse Sullivan


Jesse Sullivan – Associate Artistic Director, Company Member

Jesse is thrilled to be returning to his hometown to perform. National Tours: Miss Saigon and The Scarlet Pimpernel (Coupeau/Fight Captain). NY credits include Scandalous People, NY Fridge (Clarence), Battleship Potemkin with the York Theatre Co. (Gregory), Moonlight and Magnolias (Ben Hecht), and Map to Buddha with Remote Theatre Co. ( Jeff ). Regional credits: The Spitfire Grill (Sheriff Joe Sutter),Cyrano de Bergerac (Cadet ), The Game (World Premier, Fight Captain), Annie Get Your Gun (u/s). Jesus Christ Superstar (Apostle), Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy), Carnival! (Marco), Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince), Little Shop of Horrors (Orin). Training: BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Hartford, The Hartt School.


Jesse Sullivan

Jesse Sullivan
Jesse Sullivan
Associate Artistic Director, Company Member

Jesse is thrilled to be returning to his hometown to perform. National Tours: Miss Saigon and The Scarlet Pimpernel (Coupeau/Fight Captain). NY credits include Scandalous People, NY Fridge (Clarence), Battleship Potemkin with the York Theatre Co. (Gregory), Moonlight and Magnolias (Ben Hecht), and Map to Buddha with Remote Theatre Co. ( Jeff ). Regional credits: The Spitfire Grill (Sheriff Joe Sutter),Cyrano de Bergerac (Cadet ), The Game (World Premier, Fight Captain), Annie Get Your Gun (u/s). Jesus Christ Superstar (Apostle), Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy), Carnival! (Marco), Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince), Little Shop of Horrors (Orin). Training: BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Hartford, The Hartt School.

 Brittney Reimert


Jennifer Martin

Brittney Reimert – Production Stage Manager, Company Member

Broadway: Wicked (SM intern). Off-Broadway: King Lear at the Public Theater. NY Regional Theatre: As You Like It, Machinal, There are Crimes and Crimes, Three Sisters. Americana Theatre Company: The 39 Steps, Private Lives, And Sarah Laughed, Redeeming Love, An Inspector Calls. Edinburgh Fringe: Language of Angels, The Kentucky Cycle Part 2. Other credits include: The Disorientation of Butterflies, Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Magic Flute, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Bartered Bride, Waiting for Godot, A Flea in her Ear, The Seagull. Stage Management MFA from Columbia University.


Brittney Reimert
Brittney Reimert
Production Stage Manager, Company Member

Broadway: Wicked (SM intern). Off-Broadway: King Lear at the Public Theater, Black Milk. NY Theatre: BOB: Blessed be the Dysfunction that Binds, As You Like It, Machinal, There are Crimes and Crimes, Three Sisters. Americana Theatre Company: An Inspector Calls, Redeeming Love, The 39 Steps, Private Lives, And Sarah Laughed Edinburgh Fringe: Language of Angels, The Kentucky Cycle Part 2. Other credits include: The Disorientation of Butterflies, Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Magic Flute, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Bartered Bride, Waiting for Godot, A Flea in her Ear, The Seagull. Stage Management MFA from Columbia University.

 Michael Kirkland


Michael Kirkland – Returning Director

Michael Hill-Kirkland hails from Los Angeles, CA where he began his professional career playing Deputy Bobby Tate in the hit musical Sagebrush at Milt Larsen’s Variety Arts Theatre. He then moved on to such respected venues as The Kennedy Center, The Mule Barn Theatre, The Park City Shakespeare Festival, New Stage, East Carolina Summer Music Theatre, The Alternative Theatre Company, Berks Festival Theatre, and Virginia Musical Theatre.  Michael earned his Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Utah, an MFA in Acting and Directing from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a B.A. in Acting from Cal. State Fullerton. He also did post-graduate study in directing at the University of Michigan under the guidance of Walter Eysselinck and Richard Burgwin, where he also worked as resident stage manager for the Michigan Ensemble Theatre, the professional theatre in residence at UM. He is a professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at Regent University where he specializes in teaching the Meisner Approach to acting, directing, and stage combat. He is a member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, and is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD). Michael has worked professionally as an actor, director, and fight director all over the U.S. He has also team/guest-taught abroad at such prestigious institutions as London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Birmingham School of Acting in the U.K. He also serves as the on-site coordinator for the Virginia Beach BASH, an annual SAFD stage combat workshop that regularly draws from among the best fight direction talent in the industry. Last fall Michael directed a critically acclaimed production of Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers at Regent University.  Michael currently resides in Chesapeake, VA with his wife, actress CJ Hill, daughter Bronwyn, a precocious (and lovable) little mutt named Toby and the newest addition to the family, Gemma, a silky terrier. Michael directed ATC’s inaugural production of Private Lives and returned in 2012 to direct the acclaimed production of The 39 Steps.


Michael Kirkland

Michael Kirkland
Michael Kirkland
Returning Director

Michael Hill-Kirkland hails from Los Angeles, CA where he began his professional career playing Deputy Bobby Tate in the hit musical Sagebrush at Milt Larsen’s Variety Arts Theatre. He then moved on to such respected venues as The Kennedy Center, The Mule Barn Theatre, The Park City Shakespeare Festival, New Stage, East Carolina Summer Music Theatre, The Alternative Theatre Company, Berks Festival Theatre, and Virginia Musical Theatre.  Michael earned his Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Utah, an MFA in Acting and Directing from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a B.A. in Acting from Cal. State Fullerton. He also did post-graduate study in directing at the University of Michigan under the guidance of Walter Eysselinck and Richard Burgwin, where he also worked as resident stage manager for the Michigan Ensemble Theatre, the professional theatre in residence at UM. He is a professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at Regent University where he specializes in teaching the Meisner Approach to acting, directing, and stage combat. He is a member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, and is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD). Michael has worked professionally as an actor, director, and fight director all over the U.S. He has also team/guest-taught abroad at such prestigious institutions as London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Birmingham School of Acting in the U.K. He also serves as the on-site coordinator for the Virginia Beach BASH, an annual SAFD stage combat workshop that regularly draws from among the best fight direction talent in the industry. Last fall Michael directed a critically acclaimed production of Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers at Regent University.  Michael currently resides in Chesapeake, VA with his wife, actress CJ Hill, daughter Bronwyn, a precocious (and lovable) little mutt named Toby and the newest addition to the family, Gemma, a silky terrier. Michael directed ATC’s inaugural production of Private Lives and returned in 2012 to direct the acclaimed production of The 39 Steps.

 Marianne Savell


Marianne Savell

Marianne Savell – Returning Director

Marianne Savell (Director, Moonlight and Magnolias) Professional directing credits include: The critically acclaimed Jeff nominated Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Victory Gardens, Chicago). In Los Angeles: the world premiere and LA Weekly award winner Gulf View Drive, LA Weekly award winner Wit, King Lear, Angel Street, Translations, the critically acclaimed and multi-award nominated As It Is In Heaven, It’s A Wonder Life: A Live Radio Play, The Crucilbe, Hamlet, and Molly Sweeney. A Christmas Carol at New Stage Theatre and at Americana Theatre Company An Inspector Calls. Marianne is a professor at Regent University where she directed Dancing at Lughnasa, Our Town, and Beau Jest. Marianne is an associate artist at Taproot Theatre Company in Seattle, the former Producing Director of Actors Co-op in Hollywood and served on the advisory board of Provision Theater Company in Chicago.


Marianne Savell
Marianne Savell
Returning Director

Marianne Savell (Director, Moonlight and Magnolias) Professional directing credits include: The critically acclaimed Jeff nominated Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Victory Gardens, Chicago). In Los Angeles: the world premiere and LA Weekly award winner Gulf View Drive, LA Weekly award winner Wit, King Lear, Angel Street, Translations, the critically acclaimed and multi-award nominated As It Is In Heaven, It’s A Wonder Life: A Live Radio Play, The Crucilbe, Hamlet, and Molly Sweeney. A Christmas Carol at New Stage Theatre and at Americana Theatre Company An Inspector Calls. Marianne is a professor at Regent University where she directed Dancing at Lughnasa, Our Town, and Beau Jest. Marianne is an associate artist at Taproot Theatre Company in Seattle, the former Producing Director of Actors Co-op in Hollywood and served on the advisory board of Provision Theater Company in Chicago.

 Grafton Doyle


Grafton Doyle – Guest Artist

Grafton is a Los Angeles transplant, actor, writer, director and producer.  His theater credits include: Til’ Tech Do Us Part (Avery Schreiber Playhouse), Titus in The Curious Savage (Avery Schreiber Playhouse), One in Almost an Evening (Gennitti’s Theater).  Film credits include:  Sam in The Illuminati Puppet (The People’s Club Productions), Agent Rockwell in Hopper and Rockwell (Bazelman Productions), and Bob in Love and Other Devices (Stanion Studios). Grafton is also proud to have directed his first short film, The First Day (Tomorrowland Productions), starring Julio Lopez, Giulianno Lopez and Tessa Evelyn.  Grafton also directed The Woolgatherer, a play by William Mastrisimone which performed in the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2014.


Grafton Doyle

Grafton Doyle
Grafton Doyle
Guest Artist

Grafton is a Los Angeles transplant, actor, writer, director and producer.  His theater credits include: Til’ Tech Do Us Part (Avery Schreiber Playhouse), Titus in The Curious Savage (Avery Schreiber Playhouse), One in Almost an Evening (Gennitti’s Theater).  Film credits include:  Sam in The Illuminati Puppet (The People’s Club Productions), Agent Rockwell in Hopper and Rockwell (Bazelman Productions), and Bob in Love and Other Devices (Stanion Studios). Grafton is also proud to have directed his first short film, The First Day (Tomorrowland Productions), starring Julio Lopez, Giulianno Lopez and Tessa Evelyn.  Grafton also directed The Woolgatherer, a play by William Mastrisimone which performed in the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2014.

 Brandy Caldwell


Brandy Caldwell

Brandy Caldwell – Guest Artist

NYC: The Waiter Project, The Barrow Group Theatre Co. Regional Theatre: A Christmas CarolThe Eistein Project, Macbeth, The Berkshire Theatre Group. International Tour: Sioux Center Sudan, Northwestern Theatre Ensemble. Brandy lives in NYC and works as a teaching artist for Trinity Grace Church. This is her Americana Theatre Company debut and she feels extremely blessed to play with such a unified and loving team!


Brandy Caldwell
Brandy Caldwell
Guest Artist

NYC: The Waiter Project, The Barrow Group Theatre Co. Regional Theatre: A Christmas CarolThe Eistein Project, Macbeth, The Berkshire Theatre Group. International Tour: Sioux Center Sudan, Northwestern Theatre Ensemble. Brandy lives in NYC and works as a teaching artist for Trinity Grace Church. This is her Americana Theatre Company debut and she feels extremely blessed to play with such a unified and loving team!

 Wade Dunham


Wade Dunham – Guest Artist

Wade is thrilled to be working with Americana Theatre Company this summer. Favorite New York credits:  Tape (Vince), Burn This (Pale), The Maiden’s Prayer (Taylor), Othello (Cassio), The Zoo Story (Jerry), The Bad and The Better (Bobby), The Cheaters Club (Pat). Wade had the pleasure of playing Victor Fleming in a previous production of Moonlight and Magnolias opposite Jesse Sullivan and Miranda Sullivan. Wade is a member of The Amoralists Theatre company in New York.


Wade Dunham

Wade Dunham
Wade Dunham
Guest Artist

Wade is thrilled to be working with Americana Theatre Company this summer. Favorite New York credits:  Tape (Vince), Burn This (Pale), The Maiden’s Prayer (Taylor), Othello (Cassio), The Zoo Story (Jerry), The Bad and The Better (Bobby), The Cheaters Club (Pat). Wade had the pleasure of playing Victor Fleming in a previous production of Moonlight and Magnolias opposite Jesse Sullivan and Miranda Sullivan. Wade is a member of The Amoralists Theatre company in New York.

 Bethany Lauren James


Bethany Lauren James

Bethany Lauren James – Guest Artist

Bethany is thrilled to be working on The Cottage, and she is very grateful to be joining the Americana family this year. Credits include: Off-Broadway- Daisy in Disguise, Holly. National Tour- Max & Ruby, Grandma Bunny.  Selected regional: Genesius, Fred (Goodspeed Musicals). The Sword Politik, Adolf (MITF Best Supporting Actress nomination). Carousel, Julie Jordan. Merrily We Roll Along, Mary Flynn. On the Town! Claire de Loon. BFA: The Hartt School. bethanylaurenjames.com


Bethany Lauren James
Bethany Lauren James
Guest Artist

Bethany is thrilled to be working on The Cottage, and she is very grateful to be joining the Americana family this year. Credits include: Off-Broadway- Daisy in Disguise, Holly. National Tour- Max & Ruby, Grandma Bunny.  Selected regional: Genesius, Fred (Goodspeed Musicals). The Sword Politik, Adolf (MITF Best Supporting Actress nomination). Carousel, Julie Jordan. Merrily We Roll Along, Mary Flynn. On the Town! Claire de Loon. BFA: The Hartt School. bethanylaurenjames.com

 Geir Thomassen


Geir Thomassen – Assistant Stage Manager

Geir Thomassen (Assistant Stage Manager) recently graduated from Regent University’s MFA program in Acting. Geir also holds a BFA in acting from The Russian Academy of Theater Arts. Geir has appeared in several theatre productions in his home country Norway, as well as  England, Denmark and Eastern Europe including Russia and Poland. At Regent University he just finished his thesis work, playing Warren Lewis in William Nicholson’s Shadowlands.  Other U.S. regional credits include Aslak in the feature film Yohan The Childwanderer and Menealaus in Trojan woman. His stage manager credits include The Adding Machine. Geir is very excited to work with Americana and is thankful for this opportunity. He thanks his parents for their constant support. He would also like to thank the love of his life, Brandy Caldwell, who he will marry on September 20th!


Geir Thomassen

Geir Thomassen
Geir Thomassen
Assistant Stage Manager

Geir Thomassen (Assistant Stage Manager) recently graduated from Regent University’s MFA program in Acting. Geir also holds a BFA in acting from The Russian Academy of Theater Arts. Geir has appeared in several theatre productions in his home country Norway, as well as  England, Denmark and Eastern Europe including Russia and Poland. At Regent University he just finished his thesis work, playing Warren Lewis in William Nicholson’s Shadowlands.  Other U.S. regional credits include Aslak in the feature film Yohan The Childwanderer and Menealaus in Trojan woman. His stage manager credits include The Adding Machine. Geir is very excited to work with Americana and is thankful for this opportunity. He thanks his parents for their constant support. He would also like to thank the love of his life, Brandy Caldwell, who he will marry on September 20th!

 Amelia Dobbs


Amelia Dobbs

Amelia Dobbs – Producer’s Assistant

Amelia Dobbs is a senior in the Governor’s School for the Arts and an intern at Virginia Musical Theater.  Regional theatre credits include: A Kind of ConscienceNext to NormalJekyll and HydeMary PoppinsLegally BlondeHoliday MelodyOliver!, and Children of Eden. Television credits: FBI Criminal Pursuit. Amelia would like to pursue a career in theater and thanks the Martins, the GSA faculty, and her family for their support.


Amelia Dobbs
Amelia Dobbs
Producer’s Assistant

Amelia Dobbs is a senior in the Governor’s School for the Arts and an intern at Virginia Musical Theater.  Regional theatre credits include: A Kind of ConscienceNext to NormalJekyll and HydeMary PoppinsLegally BlondeHoliday MelodyOliver!, and Children of Eden. Television credits: FBI Criminal Pursuit. Amelia would like to pursue a career in theater and thanks the Martins, the GSA faculty, and her family for their support.

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