Producing Artistic Director (Interim) – Martha Banta
ATF’s founding producing artistic director, Martha Banta, is currently serving in that role on an interim basis while the organization conducts a national search for a permanent replacement.
Lake George native Banta – now NYC-based – has had a storied career in American theatre. She was the original resident director for the New York Theatre Workshop, Broadway, national tour and London productions of four-time Tony winner musical “Rent”. She was associate director of “Mamma Mia!” on Broadway and for one of the national tours. She also developed and directed “Playhouse Disney Live” for Walt Disney World; later called “Disney Jr. Live”, it closed in 2018 after 17 years. More recently, she directed a new tour production of “Rock of Ages” that made a stop in April 2019 at Proctors in Schenectady.
Banta and David Turner, along with a 12-member founding committee, created the Adirondack Theatre Festival in 1993 and presented its first 18-day season of new and contemporary theatre at the French Mountain Playhouse within the Lake George RV Park in June 1995.
Some of Banta’s New York directing credits include new plays at NYSF Public Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, New York Theater Workshop, New Georges, The Lamb’s Theater, Clark Theater at Lincoln Center, Urban Stages, Cherry Lane and Soho Rep.
She has directed new play and musical readings/workshops at New York Theater Workshop, The Public Theater, York Theater, Children’s Theater of Minneapolis, New Dramatists, Berkshire Theater Festival, ASCAP, La MaMa, New York University and New Georges.
Regionally she has directed at The Ordway Theatre St. Paul, Portland Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theater, St. Louis Rep, Westport Country Playhouse, Merrimack Rep, Capital Repertory Theatre, Vineyard Arts Project and the Berkshire Theater Festival. University Productions include Juilliard, NYU Graduate School, Stony Brook, Ramapo College and Dartmouth.
Managing Director – Tracey Sullivan
Tracey is excited to be back in her home state after spending the last 20 years creating and teaching theatre in New England. She earned a BA in Theatre from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT. There, she also spent 11 summers in various roles at St. Michael’s Playhouse, the college’s resident professional summer theater. Tracey also had the pleasure of working on several Broadway productions as a stitcher, craftsperson, and shopper at the famed costume shop Barbara Matera, Ltd., While there, she constructed costumes designed by Tony Award winners Gregg Barnes, Paul Tazewell, Susan Hilferty. and Julie Taymor. In addition, Tracey has designed costumes/props and served as Production Manager and Producer for several professional companies including Northern Stage, Pentangle Arts Council, and Artistree Theatre Company. She developed and taught several educational programs designed to teach students and educators the process of creating theatrical productions in their schools and communities. Originally from Yonkers, NY, Tracey is happy to call the Empire State home once again.
Olivia is delighted to have the opportunity to work as an administrative intern at Adirondack Theatre Festival for their 2021 season. She is a full-time student at SUNY Adirondack, and is anticipating to graduate with an associate’s degree this May. In the fall, she is planning to transfer to a four-year college to pursue a bachelor’s degree in communications. On the weekends, Olivia works part time at Angelina’s Pizzeria, where she has worked for the past four years. Olivia got her first taste of theatre when she was eight years old in a production of “Annie” with ACT. Since then, she has performed with various local theatre groups, as well as participated in APE’s 24-Hour Play Fest and volunteered at the Charles R.Wood Theater. Most recently, she was seen on stage performing as one of the disciples in Glens Falls Community Theatre’s production of “Godspell” in the winter of 2020. Her favorite past roles have been Little Sally in “Urinetown” (GFCT), Deloris in “Sister Act” (Glens Falls Theatre Ensemble), Kate Monster in “Avenue Q” (Lake George Youtheatre), and Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” (Broadway Upstate). She is beyond thrilled to be working with Martha, Tracey, the rest of the ATF staff and board, and a company that has inspired her for many years. Along with the town that she has always called home and the people that she has always called friends, Olivia is so excited to be a part of the magic that Adirondack Theatre Festival brings to her community each year.
Administrative Intern – Hannah Nolan
Hannah is ecstatic to be working as an administrative intern with Adirondack Theatre Festival for their 2021 season. Currently a full-time student at SUNY Adirondack, she is expected to graduate with an associate’s degree in May 2021. In the fall, she plans to transfer to SUNY New Paltz to pursue a degree in communications with a concentration in public relations. She has worked part time as a barista and a cashier at Panera Bread in Queensbury on the weekends for over two years. Hannah has worked and performed with many theatre groups in the Glens Falls area, most recently portraying one of the disciples in Glens Falls Community Theatre’s winter 2020 production of “Godspell.” Her favorite past credits include Hope Cladwell in “Urinetown” with GFCT, Ursula in “The Little Mermaid” with Broadway Upstate, and The Witch in “Into the Woods” and Esmeralda in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” with Hudson Falls Drama Club. She is incredibly excited to be working with Martha, Tracey, and the rest of the ATF board and staff this upcoming season, as she has idolized this organization, their magnificent productions, and the joy they bring to her local community, for many years.