Cristina Alicea (She/Her)
Producing Artistic Director
Cristina has been Producing Artistic Director of Vermont Stage since 2011. During her tenure, she has shifted Vermont Stage's programming to focus on the production of contemporary theatre. By highlighting present-day stories, Vermont Stage creates world-class theatre experiences for Vermont audiences while starting meaningful conversations with our community about important issues of the day. As a director, favorite Vermont Stage credits include The Pitmen Painters by Lee Hall, the world premieres of Doublewide by Stephen Spotswood and The Quarry by Greg Pierce, The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl, Venus In Fur by David Ives, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, Dancing Lessons by Mark St. Germain, The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, and The Call by Tanya Barfield. Prior to her arrival in Burlington, Cristina worked as Assistant to the Managing Director at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and 10 years as a freelance director working with many gifted producing companies, both large and small. Cristina was a finalist for a Denham fellowship given by the SDC and is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. BA Theatre, George Mason University.
Shoshannah Boray (She/Her)
Shoshannah’s been writing, making theatre and leading workshops since she convinced her professors to let her turn her research into plays instead of term papers. She’s passionate about supporting creative expression and nurturing a deep interest in society and the world we create everyday. Her plays-- about love, courage and embracing complexity-- have been staged nationwide. Most recently, Shoshannah’s four play series A Sibling Quartet was presented at Spotlight Theatre, VT (2022) featuring “The First Sister Trip” (BAPF Semi-Finalist, B Street Theatre Festival Finalist) and The Most Important Thing in the World (Sullivan Drama Workshop, NY; published by YouthPLAYS.) Other productions and honors include “Me Talking 2 Me” (Theatre Odyssey One-Act Festival); “Strawberry Moon” (2018 VT State Winner, Clauder Competition); “Escaping Warsaw” (Sage Productions, NYC; Sefira Jewish Theatre (staged reading), Los Angeles; Pittsburgh New Voices, and UVM’s Royal Tyler Theatre and the Center for Holocaust Studies); “Water People” (Best Original Script, Maryland One-Act Festival); “Mensch” (JET Festival of New Plays): “Cassandra Syndrome” (BHTG Competition for Youth Theatre 2nd Prize; VAC Development Grant); “Step-Sisters” (NETC Aurand Harris Award Honorable Mention ); “Coyote Dreams” (2004 VT State Winner, Clauder Competition; Orange Theatre Collective); “Witches’ Brew” (135 Pearl/Shoestring Productions, VT); “Momo No Kawa” (for K-5, published by YouthPLAYS). Shoshannah is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild, MFA in Playwriting from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BA in Social History from Brown University. She’s excited to continue her work with Vermont Stage (VYP Teaching Artist since 2017) as Education Coordinator. In her spare time you can find her baking rugelach with her daughters while listening to the Fiddler on the Roof soundtrack.
Jamien L. Forrest (She/Her)
Jamien is a theater administrator and lighting designer based in Vermont for the past 14 years. She has been working for Vermont Stage since 2010. Before moving back to Burlington, Jamien lived in New York City where she spent several years working at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center Education as Technical Supervisor and Rental coordinator for the Clark Studio Theater and Samuel’s Teaching Studio. She also worked Off-Broadway at New World Stages as stage manager and licensed laser operator for The Gazillion Bubble Show. Prior to that, she was technical director and Youth Theater Director at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH, and spent two seasons on tour with American Theater Arts for Youth. She also spent four amazing summers at Camp Kiniya in Colchester as their Drama director.
Jillian Holland (She/Her)
Jillian is thrilled to get to bring theatre to the Burlington community as a part of the Vermont Stage team. She recently started House Managing and working the Box Office for the 2023 season and is excited to take on more responsibility as Production Manager. She has previously Stage Managed and been a technician for Vermont community theatres including Saint Michael's Playhouse, Shelburne Players, Essex Community Players, Island Stage, Valley Players, and Stowe Theatre Guilde. You may have seen her onstage with local Burlington theatre collectives such as Foul Contending Rebels and Historically Close Friends. Since obtaining her B.A. in Theatre from Saint Michael's College, she continues to find joy in bringing theatre to Burlington and beyond.
Dayton Shafer (He/Him)
Marketing and Engagement Coordinator
Dayton J Shafer's pieces have been featured in fringe festivals, barns, abandoned factories, converted laundromats, black boxes, street sides, and with Vermont Public Radio, The Susan Calza Gallery, PoemCity, and Split Lip Magazine. He's a former Writing Fellow at Vermont Studio Center, Managing Editor of Hunger Mountain Literary Journal, and grant recipient from the Montpelier Public Arts Commission. His collection of ethnographic monologues, Homeslice, is available through Alternating Current Press.