Penobscot Theatre Company – Penobscot Theatre Company, America’s Northeastern-most professional theatre company, started in 1973 by George Vafiadis and Lou Collier as the Acadia Repertory Theatre. Penobscot Theatre Company was incorporated as a 501(c) 3 on March 17, 1983. The School For Wives was the first play officially produced by the PTC. Penobscot Theatre has toured productions throughout the state of Maine, initiated a new play development program which includes a 2-week long New Play Festival, and begun the restoration of the Bangor Opera House. Beyond the theatre’s mainstage season, Penobscot Theatre’s educational and outreach programming is the largest in the state, serving thousands of Maine students in schools with workshops. The theatre also offers post-show discussions, student matinees and summer theatre workshops.
Director of Education and Outreach (will be the blogger) – Jasmine A. Ireland is pleased to be joining the staff at PTC. Jasmine received her BA in theatre from the University of Maine and her Master of Fine Arts in acting from Actor’s Studio Drama School/New School University in NYC. Upon graduation, Jasmine spent several years working in New York as an actor and teaching artist. Since returning to Maine, she has performed with Tenbucks Theater Co., The Grand Auditorium, and Penobscot Theatre appearing in shows such as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Honey), You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Lucy), and the world premiere of The Velveteen Rabbit (Vel) . Jasmine recently became a member of the Educational Theatre Association and has been employed at Ellsworth High School as a director, choreographer, and instructor for the past four years and as a guest teaching artist throughout the state. Jasmine has received awards at both the state and national level for her work as a choreographer and director and was included among the list of “People to Watch in 2011” by the Bangor Daily News.