Staff

Click each name to learn more about our staff members and for contact information.

Jim Petosa (Artistic Director)

Jim Petosa (Artistic Director) joined New Repertory Theatre as an award-winning theatre artist, educator, and leader in 2012. He has served as Director of the School of Theatre, College of Fine Arts, at Boston University since 2002, and Artistic Director of Maryland’s Olney Theatre Center for the Arts and its National Players educational touring company (1994-2012). While at BU, he established the Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP), the professional production extension of the BU School of Theatre, in 2008. Throughout the Northeast, Mr. Petosa has directed for numerous institutions, including Brecht on Brecht, Good, Freud’s Last Session, Broken Glass, Assassins, On the Verge, The Elephant Man (IRNE Nomination), Amadeus, Three Viewings, The Last Five Years, and Opus at New Rep. In Boston, his work was nominated for two IRNE awards for A Question of Mercy (BCAP). He has served as one of three artistic leaders for the Potomac Theatre Project (PTP/NYC) since 1987. In Maryland, his work earned over 25 Helen Hayes Award nominations as well as the award for outstanding direction of a musical for Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well… His production of Look! We Have Come Through! was nominated for the Charles MacArthur Award for outstanding new play, and he earned the Montgomery County Executive’s Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Award for Outstanding Artist/Scholar. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Mr. Petosa has served on the executive board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for StageSource. Originally from New Jersey, he was educated at The Catholic University of America and resides in Quincy.

Email: jimpetosa@newrep.org     Phone: 617-923-7060 x8201

Harriet Sheets (Managing Director)

Harriet Sheets (Managing Director) joined New Repertory Theatre as Managing Director in Fall 2000, bringing with her experience in human resources, union contracts and negotiations, budgeting and cash flow management, as well as Marketing, Development and Special Events. During her tenure, Ms. Sheets has successfully managed the theatre’s increasing operational budget, while maintaining several years of positive net assets and moving the company from Newton Highlands to Watertown’s Arsenal Center for the Arts. Her management of the Marketing and Development departments has garnered increased growth in subscription and single ticket sales, as well as increased support for annual fundraising events and funding from corporate and foundation sources. Prior to her employment with New Rep, Ms. Sheets was the General Manager at Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT). Ms. Sheets was at MRT for nine years, where she worked as Stage Manager, Production Manager, Operations Manager, and finally General Manager. Ms. Sheets started her theatre career as an Equity Stage Manager and has worked for numerous theatres including The Opera Company with Sarah Caldwell, North Shore Music Theatre, The Wilbur, The Huntington Theatre Company, Worcester Foothills Theatre, Theatre by the Sea in Portsmouth, and the Ogunquit Playhouse. She holds a BFA from Arizona State University, where she met her husband, Dave Brown, Production Manager for Stoneham Theatre.

Email: harrietsheets@newrep.org     Phone: 617-923-7060 x8202

Alexis Dearborn (General Manager)

Alexis Dearborn (General Manager) joined the New Repertory Theatre in the summer of 2013. Locally, she has worked with the production and box offices at the Huntington Theatre Company. Prior to moving to Boston, Alexis served as Production and Facilities Associate at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD and as Project Coordinator at Leadership in Medicine in White River Junction, VT. As an undergraduate at Dartmouth College, she pursued a B.A. in Psychology and Linguistics and worked as a stage manager in her free time. She recently received her M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University. A native of Santa Monica, CA, Alexis now resides in Boston.

Email: alexisdearborn@newrep.org     Phone: 617-923-7060 x8200

Susan Hepler (Director of Development)

Susan Hepler (Director of Development) joined New Rep in the spring of 2017. Prior to working at New Rep, Sue was the Director of Mission Advancement for Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School in Lawrence, MA. She has been a fundraiser for more than twenty years and has worked for a variety of non-profit organizations and educational institutions. She has experience in annual giving programs, major gifts, donor centric special events and grant writing. She earned her B.S. in Human Development and Family Relations from the University of Connecticut and received a Certificate in Fundraising from Boston University’s School of Continuing Education. She currently resides in Tewksbury, MA with her husband, Bryson and son, Ethan.

Email: susanhepler@newrep.org     Phone: 617-923-7060 x8210

Hannah Huling (Production Manager)

Bio coming soon.

Email: hannahhuling@newrep.org     Phone: 617-923-7060 x8208

Lily Linke (Education Associate)

Lily Linke (Education Associate) joined New Rep in 2015 as a member of Classic Repertory Company, and joined the staff in the summer of 2016. Lily earned her BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University, where she discovered her passion for theatre as a catalyst for education, community building and social change. In 2013, she lived and worked with Double Edge Theatre in western MA, immersing herself in their unique approach to physical devising and community engagement. In the fall of 2014, Lily was the Connectivity Intern for Central Square Theater, where she focused on directing, dramaturgy, and organizing a variety of pre and post-show events. In addition to managing New Rep’s Classic Repertory Company, Lily is currently a part-time preschool teacher in Somerville, where her passion for merging art and education takes adorable and silly new form. She has worked as an actor, director, dramaturg, and art teacher over the past decade.

Email: lilylinke@newrep.org    Phone: 617-923-7060 x8207

Jan Nargi (Group Sales Associate)

Jan Nargi (Group Sales Associate) joined New Rep in early 2016. The owner and creative director of JMN Publications, Jan has more than 30 years of experience in marketing, public relations, sales and journalism. Her equally strong creative, technical and organizational skills equip her to provide innovative solutions for a wide variety of clients including Broadway stars Leslie Uggams and Rachel York. She manages publicity, websites and social media. A writer and theater devotee her entire life, Jan has served as publicist for Reagle Music Theatre in Waltham, Mass. and as senior editor and theater critic covering Boston and New England for BroadwayWorld.com. Throughout her career she has had hundreds of articles published in business, entertainment and consumer publications. She has also acted, directed, and written for the theater since high school, and starred in the occasional B-movie with SideShow Cinema. She can be found online at www.jmnpublications.com.

Email: groups@newrep.org     Phone: 617-923-7060 x8206

Bridget Kathleen O'Leary (Associate Artistic Director)

Bridget Kathleen O’Leary (Associate Artistic Director) joined New Rep in 2008. Most recently, she has directed New Rep’s productions of Blackberry WinterMuckrakers, Pattern of Life, Lungs, Fully Committed, Collected Stories (Elliot Norton Nomination, Best Production 2012), DollHouse (Elliot Norton Nomination, Best Production, 2011), boom, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and Fool for Love. Other directing credits include: The Other Place, for The Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater; Recent Tragic Events and Aunt Dan and Lemon, for Whistler in the Dark; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, for Summer Festival Theatre, Roxbury Latin; The Boys of Winter (IRNE Nomination, Best New Play, 2008) for BKS productions; Reconsidering Hanna(h) and The Devil’s Teacup (IRNE Nomination, Best New Play, 2007) at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The American Clock, Much Ado About Nothing, Curse of the Starving Class, Dancing at Lughnasa, and Sarah Kane’s Crave and 4.48 Psychosis, all at Boston University. In 2007, she assisted Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg at the National Playwrights’ Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and worked as an assistant on new plays by Rebecca Gilman and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Before moving to Boston, Bridget worked in Washington, D.C. with the Olney Theatre Center, Theater Alliance, Cherry Red Productions, Charter Theater, Studio Theatre Second Stage, and Phoenix Theatre DC, of which she was a founding member. Selected D.C. directing credits include: Independence, Parallel Lives, and the creations of Unwrapped and Lulu Fabulous by area playwrights. Since 2012, Bridget has curated the Next Voices Reading Series, a program she established for New Repertory Theatre. She serves as the Literary Chair for the National New Play Network and is a member of The New England New Play Alliance. Bridget received her MFA in directing at Boston University. She lives in Watertown with her husband Chris.

Email: bridgetoleary@newrep.org    Phone: 617-923-7060 x8204

Angelica Potter (Box Office Manager)

Angelica joined New Repertory Theatre in the summer of 2017 with ten years of Box Office experience; having spent the last three and a half years as Box Office Manager for Fiddlehead Theatre Company. She has an A.S. in Theatre, earned a specialty degree in Shakespeare from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a minor in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. In addition to working as Box Office Manager for New Rep, she stays busy teaching dance and choreographing for a local studio.

As a classically trained vocalist, she began her career on stage performing in a variety of musicals, plays and dance productions, but it wasn’t long before she began working behind-the-scenes as well. Over the past decade, Angelica has worked in a variety of roles outside the Box Office, including Director, Make-Up Designer, Company Manager, House Manager, and Production Assistant. In addition to her role as teacher and choreographer for her dance studio, she takes on the role of Stage Manager for all of their productions and dabbles in lighting, music and sound design. She also has numerous years of experience in the customer service industry having worked at a bank, a busy casual dining restaurant, multiple retail stores, and a comedy club.

In her spare time she enjoys writing, singing, reading, hiking and traveling to both new places and old favorites. She currently resides in Chelmsford.

Email: tickets@newrep.org     Phone: 617-923-8487

Tyler Prendergast (Marketing & Creative Services Manager)

Tyler Prendergast (Marketing & Creative Services Manager) joined New Repertory Theatre in 2013. He is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a B.A. in Fine & Performing Arts and English/Communications, and is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Theatre Education at Boston University. In 2012, he worked as the Production Graphic Design Intern for the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Tyler was a company member for New Rep’s Classic Repertory Company’s 2015 summer tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and has also worked with New Rep as Assistant Director for Brecht on Brecht, Freud’s Last Session, On the Verge, Assistant to the Director for Rancho Mirage, and Teaching Assistant for summerSTAGE2. Tyler is a co-producer of ShotzBoston, and has also worked with Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Anthem Theatre Company, Fresh Ink Theatre, Flat Earth Theatre, Merely Players, and Longwood Players.

Email: tylerprendergast@newrep.org     Phone: 617-923-7060 x8211

Jillian Smith (Development Manager)

Jillian Smith (Development Manager) joined New Rep in the spring of 2014. Jillian began her career in stage management and box office, and eventually made her way to fundraising! She most recently served as the Development Coordinator at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy where she worked in database management and special events, including Party in the Park (named Must-Attend Charity Gala by Boston Magazine). She previously served as the Public Relations Assistant at Boston University College of Fine Arts and prior to that was the Development Assistant at AIDS Action Committee. She holds a BFA in Theater from the University of the Arts and an MS in Arts Administration and Fundraising Management from Boston University, where she completed her graduate practicum in Development at New Rep in 2012. Jillian currently resides in Watertown.

Email: jillian@newrep.org     Phone: 617-923-7060 x8212

Michael Duncan Smith (Marketing & PR Director)

Michael Duncan Smith (Marketing & PR Director) joined New Rep in early 2014 after working as the Senior Marketing Manager at the Boston Center for the Arts and seven seasons as Marketing Coordinator at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre at Boston University. Mike received an MS in Arts Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management from Boston University in 2011. An avid American Revolutionary War re-enactor, Mike can be seen each April on Lexington Green as a member of the Lexington Minute Men Company. A native New Englander, Mike currently lives in Reading with his wife and two daughters.

Email: michaelduncansmith@newrep.org     Phone: 617-923-7060 x8205