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 her free time, Jaclyn enjoys horseback riding, running, reading, and taking far too many pictures of her 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

Nada Shaaban (Marketing & Box Office Associate)

Nada Shaaban joined the New Rep team in 2019, bringing her love of digital marketing, community outreach, audience development, and dedication to theatre for social change. She earned a B.A. in Communications Arts – Magna Cum Laude, concentrating in Theatre and Film Production from Framingham State University. She has been nominated Best Stage Manager in The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, for her theatre work in college. She spent some time studying arts education and volunteering in India as an undergrad. Nada spent 6 years working with Company One Theatre starting in high school, as a Production Apprentice. In addition to her position at New Rep, Nada works as a Videographer for the Boston Ballet. Nada enjoys going to the theatre, doing photography, making short films, eating far too many vegan snacks and living on Tim Burton aesthetics.

Robbie Flanagan (Development Associate)

Robbie Flanagan (Development Associate) joined the New Rep team in 2019 with experience in development, producing, and general management. He holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Emerson College where he specifically focused in Directing and Arts Management. Robbie is coming to New Rep after spending a year as the Development Assistant for ArtsEmerson. In addition to his position at New Rep, Robbie serves as the Reading Coordinator for Reground Theatre Collective—a collective dedicated to connecting college aged artists through the collaborative process of theatremaking. In his free time, Robbie enjoys reading as many new plays as he can, watching Golden Girls and enjoying a bit of cheesecake.

Sarah Morrisette (Artistic & Education Associate)

Sarah Morrisette (Artistic & 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 over a decade of Box Office, Front of House and Production experience. 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 the Patron Services Manager for New Rep, she stays busy teaching dance and choreographing for a local studio. In her spare time she enjoys writing, singing, reading, hiking and traveling.

Email: angelicapotter@newrep.org   Phone: 617-923-8487 x8100