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Vermont theaters strengthen community bonds to overcome financial barriers

Local, non-profit theater is a vibrant space within our region’s art community, but the industry has also had its ups and downs. Theaters across the country are coming face to face with inflation, which is driving up the cost of production. This means materials like wood, used to make sets, have soared. It also means labor costs have gone up tremendously.

Sarah Wansley, the associate artistic director with Northern Stage in White River Junction, and Susanna Gellert, the executive artistic producer with Weston Theater Company, joined Vermont Edition to talk about recent productions, the impact of local theater and how their organizations are overcoming obstacles.

Broadcast live on Thursday, June 13, 2024, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Mikaela Lefrak is the host and senior producer of Vermont Edition. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The World and Here & Now. A seasoned local reporter, Mikaela has won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a Public Media Journalists Association award for her work.
Andrea Laurion joined Vermont Public as a news producer for Vermont Edition in December 2022. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. Before getting into audio, Andrea worked as an obituary writer, a lunch lady, a wedding photographer assistant, a children’s birthday party hostess, a haunted house actor, and an admin assistant many times over.