Staff

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

Michael J. Bobbitt (Artistic Director)

Michael J. Bobbitt (Artistic Director) joined New Repertory Theatre as an arts leader, director, choreographer, and playwright in 2019. Michael J. Bobbitt served as Artistic Director for Adventure Theatre-MTC in Maryland since 2007, where he led the organization to be a respected theatre/training company in the DC region, as well as a nationally influential professional Theatre for Young Audiences. He led a merger with Musical Theater Center, increased the organizational budget and audience, commissioned new works by noted playwrights, transferred two shows to Off-Broadway, built an academy, and earned dozens of Helen Hayes Award Nominations including eight wins. Bobbitt has directed/choreographed at Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Olney Theatre Center, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Center Stage, Roundhouse Theatre, The Kennedy Center, and the Washington National Opera. His national and international credits include the NY Musical Theatre Festival, Mel Tillis 2001, La Jolla Playhouse, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Jefferson Performing Arts Center, and the Olympics. As a writer, his work was chosen for the NYC International Fringe Festival and The New York and Musical Theatre Festival. He has two plays published by Rogers and Hammerstein Theatricals. He trained at Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management, The National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, and other top leadership programs. He earned the Excel Leadership Award (Center for Nonprofit Advancement) the Emerging Leader Award (County Executive’s Excellence in the Arts and Humanities), and Person of the Year Award (Maryland Theatre Guide), among others.

Email: michaeljbobbitt@newrep.org  Phone: coming soon

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

Jaclyn Dentino (Communications Director)

Jaclyn Dentino (Communications Director) joined the New Rep team in 2018 with experience in marketing, audience development, and general management. She holds a B.A. with a double major in Music Performance and Spanish from Case Western Reserve University, in cooperation with the Cleveland Institute of Music. Jaclyn completed her M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University in 2015, and a graduate certificate in Fundraising Management the following spring. In addition to her position at New Rep, Jaclyn teaches private flute lessons at the North End Music & Performing Arts Center. In her free time, Jaclyn enjoys attending other theatre performances, and spending time with her horse and dog.

Email:  jaclyndentino@newrep.org     Phone: 617-923-7060 ext. 8205

Hannah Huling (Production Manager)

Bio coming soon.

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

Ari Herbstman (Development Manager)

Ari Herbstman (Development Manager) arrived at New Rep in 2018.  He has received a Masters of Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University, as well as a B.A., specializing in business administration from the University of Iowa.  He has served as a Donor Recruiter at Brigham and Women’s and Dana-Farber, as well as several years in AmeriCorps *NCCC as a Team Leader.  His love of theatre began at an early age and has not waned since.  His two daughters, Viola and Miranda, as well as his wife, Myfanwy live in Arlington, MA.  In what free time he has, he enjoys performing with Theatre@First, knitting, and playing with his daughters.

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

Sarah Morrisette (Education Associate)

Sarah Morrisette (Education Associate) joined the New Rep team after performing with Classic Repertory Company on the 2017-2018 tour. Sarah earned her BFA in Acting from Ithaca College, where she began to explore her passion for using the arts to educate, build community and inspire social change. She was an intern at the Centro de Teatro do Oprimido in Rio de Janiero, Brazil where she immersed herself in the methodology of Augusto Boal and worked with various theatre groups throughout the vibrant city. As a facilitator of Theatre of the Oppressed, she has led workshops in Mozambique, Brazil, India, Pakistan, Chile and throughout the Northeastern USA. Sarah is a resident theatre teaching artist at Hyde Square Task Force, a community development organization in Jamaica Plain.

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

Angelica Potter (Patron Services Manager)

Angelica Potter (Patron Services Manager) 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

Sarah Vandewalle (Patron Services Associate)

Sarah joined the New Rep team in early 2018. After graduating with a B.A. in Drama from Tufts University in 2016, she worked as the Education Apprentice at Gloucester Stage Company, later becoming the Company Manager for GSC’s 2017 and 2018 seasons. Currently, she also serves as the North End Music & Performing Arts Center’s Concert Series Manager. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys singing with Chorus Pro Musica and baking up a storm whenever she can.

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