Our Team

Leadership Team

Douglas Anderson

Artistic Director and Founder

Douglas Anderson is currently the Artistic Director of Town Hall Theater, Inc. (having been Executive Director until July 2018). Directing projects include all of OCM’s productions starting with Carmen in 2004 through Completing the Picture, Candide and The Maid of Orleans in 2020-21 and Orphée aux enfers in 2022; Forever Plaid, Smokey Joe’s Café, Falsettos and Hands on a Hardbody for Town Hall Theater; Falsettos, Company, Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, The Wild Party, Urinetown, Hairspray, Into the Woods, Les Miserables, Ragtime, Chicago, City of Angels, Cabaret, Sunday in the Park with George, The Light in the Piazza and Company for Middlebury College; Shirley Valentine for Middlebury Acting Company and Vermont Stage Company; musicals for the Middlebury Community Players, including The Music Man and Funny Girl; workshops of new musicals at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Cleveland Playhouse. In a prior life, he was head writer on the CBS daytime drama, Guiding Light. He directed and co-wrote RiddleLikeLove (with a side of ketchup), which appeared off-Broadway at the Ensemble Studio Theater. Doug lives in East Middlebury with his wife Debby

Mary Longey

Executive Producer and Founder

Mary Longey has produced and stage-managed all operas and events for the Opera Company of Middlebury since its first season in 2004. She has particularly enjoyed OCM’s Eugene Onegin (2013) and The Maid Of Orleans (having majored in Russian at Middlebury College). Since 1999, Mary has also produced, stage managed, or otherwise assisted with over 50 Middlebury Community Players’ shows, as well as numerous productions and events at Town Hall Theater, where she serves as the Resident Production/Stage Manager. 

Allison Steinmetz

Interim Administrative Director

Allison Steinmetz is an active performing artist, arts administrator, and voice teacher with 15+ years in the field. She has worked formerly as a development and marketing professional at organizations including the Sarasota Opera Association, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and the Monteverdi Music School. She also has experience in corporate communications and foundation work, and she serves as the Development Committee Chair for the Youth Opera Company of Vermont’s Board of Directors. Allison performs in a range of styles from opera to musical theater and also as a concert soloist. She has sung across the US and Canada, and since relocating to Vermont has appeared with many of the state’s most prominent ensembles (including the Opera Company of Middlebury). She has taught voice lessons and music classes privately and at the university level at St. Michael’s College and SUNY Plattsburgh, and she currently serves as Affiliate Artist/Professor of Voice at the University of Vermont. Allison holds degrees in vocal performance and music business administration from The University of Montreal and The Crane School of Music as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Marlboro College.

Filippo Ciabatti

Interim Music Director

Filippo Ciabatti is Music Director of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, and Interim Music Director of Dartmouth’s choral ensembles. In 2018, he led the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra in an Italian tour in collaboration with the Orchestra Toscana dei Conservatori. Recent guest engagements include the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Opera North (NH), ICM Orchestra, Martha Graham Dance Company, Universidad Central Symphony Orchestra (Bogota, Colombia), and University of Illinois’ Lyric Theatre, where he conducted a production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, directed by and featuring Nathan Gunn. In 2018, he was named a Conducting Fellow at the Aurora Music Festival in Stockholm, under the direction of Jukka-Pekka Saraste. Ciabatti also serves on the faculty of Camerata Bardi Vocal Academy and Opera Viva (Italy). Website: filippociabatti.com

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Sarah Cullins

Director of Young Artist Program

Ninth-generation Vermonter and soprano Sarah Cullins is thrilled to call the Green Mountains “home” again, and to be involved in a myriad of vocal programs that give back to her community. During her decade in the Andes Mountains of Bogota, Colombia, Sarah was a sought-after soloist in operatic, symphonic and oratorio repertoire with the country’s major orchestras, companies and festivals. She also designed and led the Universidad Central’s voice and opera program, inspiring a revitalization of operatic training and production nationwide. Back in Vermont since 2013, she continues to perform, including multiple roles with OCM, and particularly enjoys her collaborations with her husband Daniel Gaviria as the 8 Cuerdas Duo. Sarah maintains a large private vocal studio and is the founder and Executive Director of the Youth Opera Company of Vermont, offering unique opportunities and meaningful community connections to Vermont’s young talent. She was honored to join the OCM Board in 2021 and is excited to begin her new roles as Director of the Young Artist Program. Website: sarahcullins.com

Staff Team

  • Debra Anderson, Costume and Graphic Designer
  • Mary Jane Austin, Pianist, Chorus Master and Vocal Coach
  • Neil Curtis, Lighting Designer
  • Tim Joy, Videographer
  • Elinor Steele Friml, Scenic Artist
  • Kathryn Tilton, Properties
  • Dora Greven, Stage Technician
  • Jason Whitcomb, Orchestra Contractor

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