Spring, 2017 Instructors
Eric Bunge, Managing Director of Northern Stage since March 2013, is responsible for day to day operations. In addition, Eric is sometimes seen on stage. Northern Stage performance creditsinclude roles in Twelve Angry Men (2013), Clybourne Park (2014), and Mary Poppins (2015). Eric received his MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory – Denver, CO. He founded the Commonweal Theatre of Lanesboro, MN in 1988 – served as Managing Director until 2010 and as Project Manager/Owner’s Representative during the 2006/07 construction of Commonweal’s new home. In 2011, he joined the Great River Shakespeare Festival of Winona, MN as their first Managing Director and led a successful reorganization process. Eric and Gayle; daughters Kelley(20), and Jayne(16), are pleased to call the Upper Valley home.
Dr. Barbara Butler grew up in Durham, New Hampshire and now lives in Woodstock. A retired professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, her professional research focused on indigenous Andean peoples. Although archaeology and cultural evolution was not her field of expertise within anthropology, she taught that subject as part of her regular duties as college professor. A study leader in the OSHER (previously ILEAD) program at Dartmouth since 2009, with 4 different courses in rotation, Barbara will be teaching From Foragers to Farmers to an adult audience for the first time at Woodstock’s Learning Lab.
Rai d’Honoré has been on the faculty at numerous colleges and universities in the US and overseas, including The American University, the University of Maryland, the National University of Lesotho. Most recently at East Carolina University, she designed and directed the Language Academy, lectured at the Fletcher School of Music, organized medieval colloquia, took students on study abroad trips, and coordinated a Medieval & Renaissance Festival. Rai received her Ph.D. in Modern Languages from the Catholic University of America, with a specialization in political, sociological, and sexual heresy in medieval French literature. She also composes and performs troubadour-style songs and has also led horse trails though the mountains of Lesotho and been an archaeological guide for jeep safaris in Turkey.
Carol Dunne, Artistic Director of Northern Stage, brings a wealth of experience from her former position as Producing Artistic Director of the New London Barn Playhouse and as an award winning Senior Lecturer at Dartmouth College. She has directed many productions and initiated programs including Summer Musical Theater Intensive at Northern Stage and the ongoing Youth Ensemble Studio, both of which train theater lovers and practitioners of tomorrow. She also successfully launched Shakespeare in the Schools: Class Act, which brings professional teachers of Shakespeare into local schools for a month long residency.
Margaret Edwards (B.A. Bryn Mawr, M.A./Ph.D. Stanford) was a professor in the University of Vermont’s English Department for 30 years before her retirement in 2001. Her specialty was American poetry. She now leads memoir workshops and also teaches occasional literary seminars for Woodstock’s Learning Lab. She lives with her husband, David Green, in Barnard, Vermont.
Peter Fox Smith came from a family of singers and wrote his Ph.D. thesis on Richard Wagner at Harvard University. He has taught opera courses at Harvard, Dartmouth, and elsewhere. In addition to cultivating his “passion” for opera, Peter writes poetry and gives readings of his work at colleges here and abroad. He has published three books of poems. He lives in North Pomfret, Vermont, with his wife, Joanne.
Rushad Thomas is the program and editorial associate at the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. A native of central Florida, he holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida A&M University and a Master’s degree in Government from Regent University. He has taught courses in the past on the history of the British monarchy for the Woodstock Learning Lab and Dartmouth’s OSHER Adult Learning Institute. A keen observer of international affairs, he resides in West Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Jane Lee Wolfe is Director of Bog Chapel, Inc. an educational not-for-profit that focuses on personal, communal and global spiritual health and fitness. She writes a daily internet piece called “Meds,” and has written several books, the most recent two being Swingin’ Loose and Weather in Heaven. She is the former President of the World YWCA, Director of a think tank called World-Peace, Center for Religious Studies and Practice, plus many other jobs in the field of human rights, justice and peace. She currently works with people who want to get their spiritual lives in some kind of order, is writing a book on Forgiveness, and is, with this curriculum, starting to help people who want to understand, live, and contribute to world peace. She lives in Woodstock Vermont.