Creating a New World of Theatre
A culture that encourages and embraces new works is a culture that is less likely to repeat past mistakes. For when our only frame of reference are images, stories, myths, and fables from the past, they often become a blueprint for constructing the same patterns of behavior that result in the same predictable outcome. We tell ourselves, without question, “That’s how the story goes – and that’s how it ends.” And thus our worldview, beliefs, and opinions become narrowly focused through a lens of preconceptions and misconceptions.
New works are the lifeblood of any art form, they provide a vital stimulus for reawakening and reimagining. This is why New World Theatre endeavors to create a supportive community where new theatre works can be imagined, nurtured, and produced. Our hope is to awaken and reimagine a New World of Theatre that can serve as a blueprint for a New World.
Donald Tongue – Managing Director
A playwright, producer, director, actor, Donald Tongue enjoys all aspects of making theater. As the founder and managing director of New World Theatre, his primary goal is to foster the development of new works, which includes mounting full productions of plays that have been part of the NWT collective development process.
Donald has four published plays to his credit. His most produced work, Void, has been produced in Boston and Los Angeles. School Portrait Monologues was produced in New Zealand. Fishbowl was part of the 2010 short play festival in New York City at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, where it was held over for an extended run. My Neighbor, the Poet, was commissioned and produced by theatre KAPOW in October, 2010. Scene Changes was a featured work in the Page to Stage Encore production, Concord NH, produced at the Firehouse Center for the Arts 2012 New Works Festival, Newburyport MA, and produced at the Leddy Center for their 2015 Showcase Production series, Epping NH. Candid Candidate was produced at the Leddy Center for their 2016 Showcase Production series, Epping NH. The Truth Will Spring Yuh was produced at the 2014 NHCTA Festival, Concord NH.
As an actor, Donald has performed in over thirty productions in roles ranging from Judas, in Jesus Christ Superstar, to John, in David Mamet’s Oleanna.
Deirdre Hickok Bridge – Media Relations
For the past thirty years, Deirdre has been involved in regional and community theatre in New England, primarily as a performer in over 50 plays and musicals, but also as a costumer, assistant director and producer. Although her degree is in Textile Science, she began as a dancer, focused primarily on ballet and modern, but also studying tap, jazz, bellydancing and salsa. She has a natural ear for dialects and has also worked as a dialect coach. Deirdre finds new plays particularly exciting; creation being more interesting than re-creation. She has had the good fortune to appear in several new works by New England playwrights over the last few years, including three plays by Donald Tongue, “Scene Changes”, “The Truth Will Spring Yuh”, and “Candid Candidate”. She is a consummate observer of people, inventing backstories for them and filing them away for future use. In New Hampshire, some of the companies she has worked with include theatre KAPOW, Nashua Theatre Guild, Majestic Theatre, and The Leddy Center. She has also performed with and sits on the Board of Directors for The Community Players of Concord. Deirdre is thrilled to have the opportunity to help, in some small way, bring new works to new audiences through this venture that is New World Theatre.
Jackie Coffin – Casting Director
Jackie has been performing for over seventeen years and has been part of close to seventy productions. She found her home performing on the stage at a young age and eventually branched out to behind the scenes work. She has been choreographing for eight years and has also tried her hand at stage managing and directing. A NH Native, Jackie is a marketing professional by day and also teaches at Unbound Dance Academy in Hooksett. She has performed with and choreographed for several local companies across Southern New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts. Jackie is passionate about showcasing new and exciting pieces onstage and conveying art in unique ways. She is thrilled to be involved with New World Theatre and believes strongly in their mission of bringing new works of theatre to life. In addition to Candid Candidate, she will be part of NWT’s spring production of The Truth Will Spring Yuh.