Just who IS 7SSC?
Dan Beaulieu, Co-Founder & Artistic Director
Dan Beaulieu (he/him) is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where he majored in a theater and dance. In addition to being a founding member of 7SSC, Dan is an award winning actor and director who has toured New England multiple times presenting Shakespeare's work to over forty thousand students and led a variety of workshops and panel discussions centered around the bard's work for people of all ages. A Hampton native, Dan is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, and went on to study with Anna Smulowitz Acting Studio & received a BA in Theatre & Dance from UNH. Dan also studied at Regent’s College in London, UK. Previous credits include: Petruchio (The Taming of the Shrew), Richard III (Richard III), Hamlet (Hamlet) Cassius (Julius Caesar), Rochester (The Libertine), Romeo (Romeo & Juliet Tour), Lysander/Flute (A Midsummer Nights Dream), Malcolm (Macbeth), Jaques/Silvius/Oliver (As You Like It), Romeo (Romeo & Juliet), Friar Laurence & Benvolio (Romeo & Juliet), Mercutio (Romeo & Juliet), Chiron (Titus Andronicus) , Orsino/Sir Toby (Twelfth Night), Ferdinand (The Tempest), Borachio (Much Ado About Nothing), Guildenstern (Ros & Guil are Dead), Brian Dowd (Jerry Finnegan’s Sister), Charlie Conlon et al (Stones in His Pockets), Garry (Noises Off), Fred Gailey (Miracle on 34th St) , Henrik (A Little Night Music), Jean-Michel (La Cage) , the Emcee (Cabaret), Perchik (Fiddler on the Roof), Gaston (Beauty and the Beast) Tartuffe (Tartuffe), All the Ladies (Complete Works of Wlm Shkspr Abridged) among many others. Dan has directed Romeo & Juliet: The Remix, Much Ado About Nothing, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Wait Until Dark, A Christmas Carol , Oliver!, Much Ado About Nothing, Terminal Connection, Twelfth Night, The Stations and has co-directed Stones in His Pockets and The Palestinian. For ShakesBEERience, Dan has directed As You Like It, King Lear, Romeo & Juliet, Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream & King John. Dan has won awards both for acting and directing, including Most Original Direction at the NH Theatre Festival for his work on The Diary of Adam and Eve.
Kevin Condardo, Managing Director
Kevin Condardo (he/him) is currently the General Manager, Programming at the Park Avenue Armory. Prior to that, he worked as General Manager at TheaterWorksUSA and The New Group, an award-winning Off-Broadway theater company. Kevin spent three years as the Budget Manager at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and five years as a Company Manager at The Public Theater in New York City. He received his M.F.A. in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College and completed dual majors in Theater and Business Administration at the University of New Hampshire.
Tim Jacobs, Company Manager
Tim Jacobs (he/him) serves as Company Manager for 7SSC, and is also a skilled lighting designer and actor. Previous credits with 7SSC include: Pericles (7SSC Company Manager, Lighting Design, Thalliard, Leonine, Murph); Hamlet (Company Manager); Hamlet/Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Lighting Design); The Winter's Tale (Lighting Design); Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio); Romeo + Juliet: The Remix #Ahranjay (Tybalt); The Taming of the Shrew (Lucentio). Many ShakesBEERiences. Other previous credits: Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio x2); As You Like It (Orlando); Threepenny Opera (Tiger Brown); Guys and Dolls (Angie the Ox); The Odd Couple (Speed). Training: University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.
Christine Penney, Co-Founder & Producing Director
In addition to being the Co-Founder & Producing Director of 7SSC, Christine (she/her) also works as Chief Advancement Officer of the Dempsey Center. Prior to joining the Dempsey Center team, she served as the Associate Director of Development for New York Theatre Workshop, a Tony Award-winning Off-Broadway theater in NYC. She is a winner and nominee of multiple regional press awards for both acting and directing, and has over 15 years of non-profit experience in marketing and development. She is an alumna of the University of New Hampshire with dual degrees in Theatre and Communication. Her previous performance credits include: Celia (As You Like It), Olivia (What you Will, or twelfth night), Katharina (The Taming of the Shrew), Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing), Gale (Life During Wartime), Anna (Burn This), Joan (Love Song), Tammy (Arlington), Stella (A Streetcar Named Desire), Gertrude (Hamlet), Yitzhak (Hedwig & the Angry Inch), Elizabeth Malet (The Libertine), Curly's Wife (Of Mice and Men), Titania & Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Rabbi, Henry, Hannah, Ethel (Angles in America: Millennium Approaches), Helena (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Gila (One for the Road), Mayor Stockmann (An Enemy of the People), and Myrrhine (Lysistrata). Christine has directed Julius Caesar, Sharp Dressed Men, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Sharp Dressed Men Trilogy. For ShakesBEERience she has directed Othello, The Tempest, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Titus Andronicus. Regional press awards include: 2012 Spotlight on the Arts Award nominee, Best Actress in a Play for Beatrice, Shakespeare in Prescott Park's Much Ado About Nothing; 2011 Spotlight on the Arts Award winner, People’s Choice Best Play for Shakespeare in Prescott Park’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 2010 Spotlight on the Arts Award winner, Best Supporting Actress in a Play for multiple roles; 2009 Spotlight on the Arts Award nominee, Best Director and Best Play for Julius Caesar; and 2008 Spotlight on the Arts Award nominee, Best Supporting Actress in a Play.
Julia Sommer, Associate Artistic Director
My name is Julia Sommer (she/her/hers), a.k.a. Ghoul a.k.a. Jsom. I’m a NH native with a degree in Theatre from the University of New Hampshire, and am currently a graduate student at Mary Baldwin University working towards an M.Litt and MFA in Shakespeare and Performance. Some of my recent credits with 7SSC include various characters in Pericles, a handful of ‘BEERiences, and directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Some things to know about me are that I infinitely prefer sweatshirts to sweaters, the first song I learned the full lyrics to as a kid was Irreplaceable by Beyoncé, and I’m left-handed (although I can bat righty). I am so incredibly excited to be joining as Associate Artistic Director. My vision and hope for my work with this company is far easier to talk about over coffee than it is to express through this text format, but the gist of it is to further combine the “passionate irreverence” 7SSC has always brought to Shakespeare’s texts with scholarly understanding of Early Modern textual and stage practice. In doing this my hope is to dismantle the barrier between audience and performance and to explore the ways in which Shakespeare’s works invoke community, subversion, and conversation. I am a firm believer in audience as ensemble, and I think Shakespeare was, too. Furthering the breaking down of barriers requires commitment to those values 7SSC already treasures. Accessibility, development, collaboration, and dialogue (to name a few) are vital to the healthy growth of any community, and artistic spaces are no different. I commit myself to these values with intention and alacrity. “Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.”