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 Sullivan is excited to be back in her home state as Managing Director for ATF after spending the last 15 years creating and teaching theatre in New England. Tracey 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. In addition, Tracey has designed and served as part of management teams for several professional companies including Northern Stage, Pentangle Arts Council, and ArtisTree Theatre Company. She has also developed and taught several educational programs designed to teach students and educators, with varying levels of experience, the process of creating theatrical productions for their schools and communities. Most recently, Tracey served as Accounting Clerk for a major property management and operations company in Portland, ME