By Erin Focone
As we head into our final show of the season, we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to introduce the newest additions to our small-but-mighty staff – Artistic & Management Coordinator Samantha Goober, Patron Services Supervisor Eve Lyons, and HR & Finance Associate Kerry Maloney.
We recently sat down with Samantha, Eve, & Kerry to learn a little bit more about them as they begin their Playhouse journey.
1. Where were you before starting at the Playhouse?
Samantha: I graduated from Boston College in May with a B.A. in Theatre Arts & English. I then worked for a Commercial Producer in NYC before making my way to the Playhouse!
Eve: Before working at the Playhouse I bounced around Los Angeles, Brooklyn and now New Haven. All in that time meeting new people, working on different productions and working in customer service.
Kerry: I was living in NYC with my fiancé. I started out using my musical theater degree to audition and that somehow devolved into a job walking and training dogs. It was a great job and as you can imagine, a ton of fun.
2. What interested you about working at the Playhouse?
Samantha: I grew up performing at regional non-profit theaters in the Boston area and I’ve always had an affinity for working in those types of environments. I love the history of the Playhouse, and the palpable family-like connection that the staff has here. It really seemed like an idyllic place to work and grow as I begin my post-graduate career in the theater.
Eve: I wanted to be involved in theater again. I knew it would be a fun place to work (which made it more appealing). Also, being around creative people all the time and not thinking about freelance constantly is always a plus.
Kerry: Theater is my first love and I really wanted to stick with it for the long run so when I heard about a position at the Playhouse opening I jumped on it. Sarah, the previous HR & Finance associate, is a friend of mine and she really loved working at the Playhouse. She recommended that it would be a good fit for me.
3. What is your favorite thing about working at the Playhouse so far?
Samantha: The staff dynamic is definitely my favorite thing so far. I love how everyone here has the ability to get their work done, do a great job, and still have a blast. I’m looking forward to becoming a real member of the WCP family.
Eve: So far everyone I have worked with has a great sense of humor. Everyone seems to love the Playhouse and is constantly working to improve it to be better every day.
Kerry: Being around like minded people is wonderful. Everyone has a similar passion and goal, to make thought-provoking art. It’s really nice to have a small knit group of genuinely kind people around all the time. Everyone is so generous and laid back, it’s a nice environment.
4. If you could rename your position based on your first few month’s experience, what would you call it?
Samantha: Michael & Mark’s helpful sidekick
Eve: I would change the box office name to Game of Phones and I would be Eve Lyons… Lady of Subscriptions, Seat Changes, Patron Whispers and Other Awesome Things.
Kerry: I guess it would be something like “Keeper of the Cash.”