Patriot Program

The Patriot Program is MRT’s unique approach to establishing a network of artists associated with the theatre. The program is designed to benefit playwrights, directors, actors, designers, and others from across the theatre field, as well as enhance MRT’s network of collaborators.

Sean Daniels developed the program as he thought about ways to incorporate his large national network into the work he’s doing at MRT and his future goals for the company. Daniels aims to put Merrimack Repertory Theatre and Lowell on the national radar by originating work here that goes onto to have future life in the American Theatre. Part of that means attracting artists to MRT so that it is one of the first places they think of when they have a new project.  According to Daniels, “We’re building a national theatre for our town and a local home for these national artists.”

“As we talked to these artists - we kept hearing ‘I’d love to just have a place to come write’, or ‘I’d love to be writing when other writers are there so we gather for dinner for each night and compare notes’ or ‘I’d love to just start with some designers and dream up a project’. This program aims to provide those generative opportunities.  As we grow, and have more to offer, these will be the artists we reach out to first.”

Richly diverse in age, race, geography, experience, and skill sets, the Patriot  Program brings a wealth of talent to MRT’s network.

The complete list of the MRT Patriots

James Albrecht, Creative Director, St. James Theatre (London)
May Adrales, Director
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Playwright/Writer  (Spiderman, American Psycho, Glee, Big Love, Marvel Comics) Chief Creative Officer for Archie Comics
Jill A. Anderson, General Manager O’Neill Theatre Center
Dan Bakkedahl, Actor (Life in Pieces, Veep, The Daily Show, Legit)
Charissa Bertels, Singer and actor currently on the national tour of If/Then, conceiver and performer of MRT’s 2016-17 My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend
Judy Bowman, Judy Bowman Casting
Ilana Brownstein, Dramaturg, Director of New Work at Company One
Eleanor Burgess, Boston-native, currently New York-based playwright whose production of “Chill” will be featured in MRT’s 2016-17 Season. Winner of the Alliance/ Kenededa National Graduate Playwriting Award.
Monica Byrne, Novelist, Playwright
Jen Caprio, Costume Designer
Aysan Celik, Actor, Educator, NYU Abu Dhabi, Founding Member Theatre Mitu
Jeremy Cohen, Artistic Director, Playwrights Center
Jennifer Cody, Actor
Joel Colodner, Boston-based actor who appeared in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Mark Cuddy, Artistic Director, Geva Theatre & Cape Playhouse
Celina Dean, Actor
Kristoffer Diaz, Playwright, Pulitzer Prize Finalist
Julie Dubiner, Dramaturg
Veronika Duerr, Actor, Director, Producer
Steve Drukman, Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright of 2016's Holiday Red Sox play Going to See the Kid
Reginald Edmund, Playwright
Jessica Ford, Costume Designer whose work was recently seen at New York’s Atlantic Theatre Company and at MRT in Home of the Brave. She is also on the faculty at UMass Amherst.
Nick Gandiello, Playwright
Michael John Garces, Director and playwright, artistic director of Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles
Wendy Goldberg, Artistic Director, O’Neill Playwright’s Conference
Idris Goodwin, Playwright
John Gregorio, Actor
Lauren Gunderson, Playwright, Steinberg/ATCA Award winner
Leah Hamos, Agent, Gersh Agency
Jon Jory, Artistic Founding Director of Long Warf Theatre, Former Artistic Director of Actors Theatre of Louisville, Creator of the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Winner of the Special Tony Award for Regional Achievement
Lila Rose Kaplan, Playwright
Tom Kirdahy, Five-time Tony Award-nominated Producer
Greg Kotis, Two-time Tony Award-winning Playwright (“Urinetown”)
Victor Lesniewski, Playwright
Brian J Lilienthal, Lighting Designer
Karen MacDonald, Actor
Wendy MacLeod, Playwright
Kristin Marting, Artistic Director, HERE Art Center
Cheryl McMahon, Boston-based actor appearing in MRT’s Home of the Brave
Lisa McNulty, Producing Artistic Director, Women's Project Theater
Kristen Mengelkoch, Actor
Kelly Miller, Dramaturg/Producer
Allison Moore, Playwright, currently a Core Member of the The Playwrights’ Center. Television writer for Powers, Da Vinci’s Demons, Beauty and the Beast.
Aaron Muñoz, Actor
Nael Nacer, Boston-based actor who appeared in MRT’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Playwright
Stowe Nelson, Sound designer whose work was heard at MRT during Tinker to Evers to Chance. Drama Desk Award-nominee. Company member of the award winning theatre company the Mad Ones and Wingspan Theatrical Design.
Celeste Oliva, Boston-based actress who appeared in MRT’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
A. Rey Pamatmat, Playwright
Topher Payne, Playwright
christopher oscar peña, Playwright
Heather Provost, Tony Award-nominated Producer
David Remedios, Sound Designer
Tlaloc Rivas, Director, Educator
Leon Rothenberg, Tony-Award winning sound designer (The Nance) whose credits also include Cirque du Soleil and MRT’s The Lion and The White Chip
Mike Sablone, Dramaturg
KJ Sanchez, Director
Megan Sandberg-Zakian, Director
Benjamin Scheuer, Writer/Composer– Drama Desk and New Theatre World Award Winner
Wendy Seyb, Choreographer
Mat Smart, Playwright
Niegel Smith, Artistic Director, The Flea Theatre
Molly Smith Metzler, Playwright
Justin Townsend, Lighting and set designer whose work can currently be seen on Broadway in American Psycho and The Humans, and was seen by MRT audiences in The White Chip
Sam Willmott, Composer, Kleban Award Winner
Reggie D. White, Actor who appeared the Lowell and New York runs of MRT’s I and You
Jessica Wortham, Actor
Lucky Yates, Actor (Archer), Puppeteer
Karen Zacarias, Playwright