Lynne Haydn, Artistic Director/Producer, is one of the founders of The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Inc. The Chicago native majored in Theatre Performance and Directing at MacMaurray College, and soon afterwards moved to New York City. While performing there, she met Linda MacNish. Both recognized a need for a place where young hopefuls could gain experience in musical theatre, and when Linda said “where I grew up (Columbia County, NY) would be a perfect place”, the Mac-Haydn Theatre was born. Lynne performed in and directed shows in the early year of the theatre, (i.e. ‘Anna’ in THE KING & I, ‘the Queen’ in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS) but turned her expertise to more managerial tasks as the theatre grew. She and Linda led Mac-Haydn for many years and when Linda passed away in 2002, Lynne took over both the Artistic Director and Producer jobs. She has been the mainstay of the theatre for 48 years, and continues to oversee much of its operation.
John Saunders is honored to be working alongside this fantastic cast, crew, box office team, ushers, coffeehouse gang, and the amazing volunteers. As an actor here: 1776 ( Adams), MY FAIR LADY (Higgins), CAROUSEL (Jigger), THE SECRET GARDEN (Archie), and HAIRSPRAY (Edna). As a director here: THE BAKER’S WIFE, THE PRODUCERS, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THE FULL MONTY, LES MISERABLES, CHICAGO, OLIVER! and many others. Elsewhere: National Tours: MY FAIR LADY, OLIVER!, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. Regionally: The Papermill Playhouse and Northshore Music Theatre. Tremendous gratitude to his fellow directors, designers, and choreographers for the incredibly dynamic and brilliant work they present here. Thanks to Monica, Paul, Neal, James, Dee, Josh, Kevin, Jimm, Jeanne, Larry and Barbara for your constant support. And finally, a special thank you to Lynne Haydn for 16 years of opportunities, knowledge, guidance, friendship, and too many laughs to count. Enjoy the show!
Monica M. Wemitt
Associate Producer/Company Manager
Monica M. Wemitt, born in Pittsfield, MA and raised in Chatham, started with the Mac-Haydn Theatre as a volunteer on the Fairgrounds. After Monica moved to NYC., she tended bar, waitressed, & temped in the accounting departments of The Metropolitan Opera Guild, I. M. Pei, and British Telecommunications (BT) as her “survival” jobs. After a rather intense audition, Monica found she was going to be one of 12 women performing with Liza Minnelli at Radio City Music Hall. After the amazing response the show received in NYC, it toured nationally, Europe, and came back to Radio City. Later she auditioned and landed the role of Ernestina Money with Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly! when she made her Broadway debut. She later landed the 3rd National Tour of Beauty & The Beast & toured for four years. Monica was approached to be the office assistant, and gal Friday at Mac-Haydn. With the amount of office/bookkeeping experience in the temp jobs she’d had, and with meeting new people all over the country for several years while touring, it was pretty much a perfect fit. Monica was then made the Company Manager/Asst Producer in 2013 and still performs at Mac-Haydn as often as possible.
Barbara Peduzzi – had no intention of ever working in theatre but thought it might be fun to help out in 1969 “I like musicals, I can’t sing or dance but I can be a warm body”. Overheard the director of the first show, MY FAIR LADY, asking Lynne and Linda if they had the antique birdcage needed in the show and said “I think my mother has one in her antique shop”. “Your mother has an antique shop? How would you like to do props for us?” “Sure, OK, what are props?” Has helped with at least one prop thing every year since. Worked at Mac-Haydn part time while holding down other jobs both during the summer and off season, including newspaper reporter, department store copywriter, running a gas station, restaurant hostess, traveling salesperson and (personal favorite) over-the-road truck driver. Full time with MHT since 2002, but planning new things for eventual retirement. Spare time: 40+ year member of Chatham Rescue Squad. Very proud of daughter Sara, step-daughter Stephanie and their families; seven grandchildren and seven great-grands. Live in Chatham with fur-family Streetcar (“A Kitten On Desire Street”) and Prettypurr.
Director of Youth Programs and Education
Edgar is the founder of CCYT. He holds a B.S. in musical theatre [from SUNY Fredonia] and an M.A. in elementary education [from The College at Saint Rose]. During his tenure as a New York State certified teacher, he collaborated for three years with the Bill T. Jones Arnie Zane Dance Company (Education) to develop a program that integrated dance into the classroom (grades 3 – 5), and taught numerous professional development classes for teachers in active learning. Under the auspices of CCTY, he developed and currently produces the Theatre Arts Programs at the Hudson City School District Intermediate School, the Summer Funshop musical theatre program, and CCYT’s Performance Company. For the past thirty years, Edgar has directed and produced the Mac-Haydn Musical Theatre Workshop.
Director of Promotion and Social Media
Neal is stoked to be back at The Mac. Credits Include: SOUTH PACIFIC (Mac-Haydn), THIEVES (The Public), MY PEOPLE (NYC and Texas), AVENUE Q (Stevens Institute) PETER PANTOMIME (Kaye Playhouse), YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (St. John’s University), SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD (Porch Light), WIZARD OF OZ (Porch Light), THE GOD-SHAPED HOLE (Orange, CA). Neal is the former Artistic Director for Papermill Theatre’s TYA Program, and currently the Associate Production Director and Social Media Director at Shuffles Theatre School (shufflestap.com) Thanks Lynne, Monica, John and all of Mac-Haydn. http://www.nealkowalsky.com. Love to his family and Katrina. @KnealTweets | #NEALEDit
Administrative Assistant/Box Office Manager
Dee Lashway – Starting as an usher the first year on the fairgrounds and working her way up to Box Office Manager and Administrative Assistant, Dee Lashway has dedicated almost 50 years to The Mac-Haydn Theatre. The theatre has always been an important part of Dee’s life. “I look forward to each new season, meeting the talented cast and crew and visiting again with so many of our long-time patrons”.