Dominique Cantwell, Executive Director
Dominique Cantwell has worked with the BPA team since 2010. Prior to her tenure here, she worked on political campaigns, in non-profit administration, and enjoyed performing onstage for nearly twenty years. A graduate of Scripps College with a degree in International Relations, Dominique volunteers for several other island non-profits and was named one of the Kitsap Business Journal's 2013 "Forty under Forty."
Pete Benson, Director Of Education
From the age of nine, Pete Benson pounded the boards in San Jose, California working primarily with San Jose Children’s Musical Theater (Now CMT San Jose) and City Lights Theater Company. After gaining a two-year degree from the Professional Actor’s Conservatory in Orange County he performed up and down the West Coast with various theaters, including The Western Stage and PCPA. Looking to further refine his skills, Pete attended California Institute of the Arts and graduated with a BFA in Theater Arts. For the last two decades, Pete has been working with Matt Groening Productions, first in the design department of the animated-show Futurama and then for a decade-long stint in merchandise and publishing with all of MGP properties, including The Simpsons and Life in Hell. Pete has most recently been seen in several BPA productions including Much Ado About Nothing, August: Osage County, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Deirdre Hadlock, Production Manager
Before joining the BPA team and the Bainbridge community Deirdre grew up in Seattle and participated in the thriving theatre scene there, graduating from Cornish College of the Arts’ Performance Production program. As well as stage managing for a variety of theaters, venues and traveling troupes, she has designed sets, props, projections and costumes. Now entering her eleventh season with BPA, she feels so fortunate to be working with such an amazing team of professionals in a community that values and supports the arts.
Siobhan Maguire, Operations Manager
Born and raised in Dublin, Siobhan attended Trinity College studying Theatre and Production Management. She has been a professional Theatre Practitioner for over twenty years, and has a wealth of experience as a producer and venue manager. Siobhan is delighted to have found a home at BPA where art flourishes and community thrives.
Sally Jo Martine, Public Relations Director / Web
Active behind-the-scenes at Bainbridge Performing Arts since 2000, Sally Jo Martine is thrilled to support the talented directors, actors, musicians, designers, artists, and BPA professionals who breathe life into a community where art thrives. Working off-site, her covert but pervasive influence ranges from publicity to programs, the website, and more.
Matty McCaslin, Front of House / Box Office Manager
Prior to becoming part of the BPA Team, Matty could be found singing and acting his heart out at many theaters and performance venues around Puget Sound for over 20 years. A Pacific Northwest native, Matty received his Education degree from Northwest Nazarene University while performing at Boise State University. He is thrilled to be overseeing front of house and box office operations. If his face seems familiar, you may recognize him as the Lion from The Wizard of Oz, Danny from Xanadu, or Bernadette in Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
RICHART SCHUG TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Richart Schug is pleased to join the BPA staff as Technical Director after arriving in the Pacific Northwest this season and providing scenic designs for BPA's The Wizard of Oz and Return to the Forbidden Planet. Previously, Richart spent six years as Resident Scenic designer for New Stage Theatre, and he holds a BFA in Theatre Design / Technology from SUNY Purchase. Check out his website at richartschugdesign.com.
Kathleen Thorne, Community Outreach Coordinator
Kathleen began hanging around BPA in the early 1990’s when her two sons were hit with the theatre bug. Eventually, BPA offered her a couple of roles that no one else seemed to want - grant writing, donation records, archives, and poster distribution – plus assisting with audience outreach events, which she has combined into “Community Outreach Coordinator.” A 2009 Island Treasure in the Humanities, she also coordinates Library U programs for the Bainbridge Public Library and volunteers at West Sound Wildlife Shelter. You will never see her on the BPA stage!
Mario Alejandro Torres - BSO Music Director & Conductor
Mario Alejandro Torres is a conductor, teacher, and performer native to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Currently based in Seattle, Washington, Mr. Torres made his Benaroya Hall conducting debut in collaboration with Maestros Ludovic Morlot and David Alexander Rahbee in an exciting concert with the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra. For the past two years, he has served in a conducting fellowship with the Seattle Symphony, assisting Maestro Morlot in collaboration with artists such as Hilary Hahn and John Luther Adams. As the Music Director of Poulsbo Community Orchestra, he has brought a new and exciting sound to the ensemble. Outside of the United States, he has conducted performances with the Eddy Snijders Orchestra in Paramaribo, Suriname, and in his hometown with the professional Chamber Orchestra of San Pedro Sula, and Victoriano Lopez School of Music Choir.
As an advocate for Education, Mr. Torres serves as Assistant Conductor of the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra, where he is a candidate for the doctoral degree in orchestral conducting under the mentorship of David Alexander Rahbee and Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot. His energy and passion to work with young musicians have brought the UW Campus Philharmonia Orchestras to a higher level of artistic performance. He has also held teaching positions at the Victoriano Lopez School of Music in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and Louisiana Academy of Music in Natchitoches, Louisiana. In his work for social inclusion, Mr. Torres has appeared internationally as a guest conductor and clinician for programs such as The National Music School of Suriname in South America and the Académie Musicale Occide Jeanty in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti.
As a violist, he has performed as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of San Pedro Sula, NSULA Symphony and Chamber orchestras, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, and the Monteux School and Music Festival. He has been co-principal violist for Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and Shreveport Summer Music Festival. He has also played with Symphoria, Shreveport, Longview, Rapides, Marshall, and Costa Rica Symphony orchestras. Mr. Torres performed with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas in Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, and England.
Mr. Torres holds a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Ithaca College under the mentorship of Jeffery Meyer, and a Bachelor and a Master of Music in Viola Performance from Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSULA). Mr. Torres completed a professional program with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas’ Global Leaders Program, focusing in community leadership, teaching artistry, and social entrepreneurship. Mr. Torres also holds degrees in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration.
His wife Jenny is an active member of the community, supporting and engaging in activities with the Seattle Music Partners Program, and the Special Events department of the Seattle Symphony.