cast and creative

Keith Anctil (Greg Scott) spends his days as a special educator in Westbrook where he lives with his lovely wife and silly little dog.  He is also the Tech Director for Westbrook High School and the Artistic Director for the Cheverus High School Drama Society.  When he's not working, Keith is a year round gardener, kayaker and fisherman.  Keith has been making appearances on The Theater Project stage for about 20 years.  He works at other theaters too, but this place is his favorite.  It's like being home. 

Burke Brimmer (Jim Hatcher)it has been a little while since Burke was on stage here at The Theater Project, but he is ecstatic to be back.  He was last seen here at TTP in Wonder of The World as Kip.  He is currently a company member of Mad Horse Theatre Company, and has been since 2008. A some of the previous productions that he has performed in are: The Explorers ClubThe Last Days of Judas IscariotTrevorOf Mice and Men and A View From The Bridge … all with MH.  He recently was in The Seven Deadly Sketches at this summer’s Port Fringe festival in Portland.  You can also see him in the upcoming film: 1918as the ambiguously evil character of Sparks, which will be premiering as part of the Damnationland horror film festival at the State Theater in Portland on October 12.  Burke is very excited to work with this great cast and crew and hopes that you enjoy the show!

Walt Dunlap (Norman Epstein)is a founding member of Mad Horse Theater. His last performance there was as Kent in King Lear.  He is enjoying the privilege of helping to introduce this new work with a first appearance at The Theater Project.

Clay Graybeal, MSW, PhD, (Playwright)is a Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of New England.  He has worked with clients with substance abuse and mental health issues in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and has trained practitioners in strengths-based assessment and solution-focused practice locally and nationally for more than thirty years.  His previous plays include The Callingand Shadow Souls, as well as several radio plays for Rocky Coast Radio Theater, including Tumbledown Valleyand It’s a Wicked Good Life, which were broadcast on MPBN.

JP Gagnon (Lighting Design) has been designing in Maine since 1993 and is the Resident Lighting Designer at The Theater Project, where he most recently designed THE LIAR,  JEKYLL & HYDE, THE ANZACS, UNCLE VANYA and EURYDICE, for which he won a PEER Award for Lighting Design.  Past work includes STUPID F*#!@NG BIRD for Mad Horse Theatre, LOVE’S LABOR’S LOST and KRAZY KAT for Bowdoin College, THE GLASS MENAGERIE and WORKING for City Theater, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE and THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD for USM, as well as many shows for Oak Street Theater, Acorn Productions and Mad Horse Theatre.  JP trained at The University of Southern Maine in technical theater and then served as Master Electrician for 2 seasons at Portland Stage Company   During the daytime, JP can be found managing High Output, Inc. which specializes in lighting for the entertainment industry.

Tom Handel (Colin Thornton) has studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts East, Colby College and Columbia University.  He has acted and/or directed plays for River Company, Lincoln County Community Theater, Heartwood, Snowlion Repertory Company, Footlights Theatre and Lyric Theater. His favorite roles includeCharlie and 7 other roles in Stones in His Pockets,Jerry in Zoo Story,Billy in Carousel, Erie in Hughie, Howie in Rabbit Hole and Lord Henry in The Theater Project’s production of The Picture of Dorian Gray.  He most recently played Jerry in A Cherry Orchard in Maine.  He is from New Jersey and currently lives in Portland.

Elisabeth Hardcastle (Amanda Kelly) is super excited to be back at the The Theater Project! She has worked extensively at the Saco River Theatre in recent years, including roles in Accomplice, Moon Over Buffalo and Love Song. When not acting, Liz spends her time raising two cool kids with her husband Nate, gardening, running, cooking and baking.

Robbie Harrison (Jonathan Stinson) is proud to be acting in his sixth production at The Theater Project. Previous TTP productions include Tempest (Caliban) and The Liar (Dorante). Robbie will be back next month to play Orlando in As You Like It. Thank you to Al Miller and Wendy Poole for bringing him into this community! 

Wendy Poole (Props) when Wendy isn’t finding bed restraints she is playing the role of Executive Director of The Theater Project. She has been fortunate enough to work at this beautiful space for 25 years. Wendy grew up in New York and studied acting at HB Studios with Uta Hagen and William Hickey and William Esper Studios before moving to Maine. She lives in Portland with husband Christopher Price and their two amazing daughters, Rowan and Tess.

Christopher Price (Scenic Designer) works in theater, radio and television as a director, an actor, a voice artist and a scenic designer. Maine credits include work with The University of Southern Maine, The Public Theater, Portland Stage Company, The Portland Symphony, The Portland Ballet, Mad Horse Theatre where he is a company member and here at The Theater Project where he most recently directed Cocktails and Travails, The Liar, Eurydice and Circle, Mirror, Transformation. He holds a Master’s Degree from The Harvard University Graduate School of Design. 

Michael Rafkin (Director) has been a director, actor, teacher and playwright in Maine for the past 40 years. He is a graduate of Beloit College and the University of Copenhagen. He received his MFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon. He is the founding Artistic Director of Mad Horse Theatre and an Affiliate Artist at Portland Stage Company. He has directed numerous productions for these two professional theaters as well as productions for Portland Players, Lyric Theatre and USM. He has collaborated with Figures of Speech Theatre for many years and co-authored the award winning play BEANSTALK VARIATIONS. He has partnered with Maine playwright Clay Graybeal to produce three world premiers . He is thrilled to be directing for the first time at The Theatre Project. And as always, profound gratitude and love to his wife Kate, and a big woof to Sophie and Gus.

Barbara Truex (Sound Designer) lives in Windham and splits her time between playing, composing, teaching, sound design, and community radio. Her primary instruments are mountain dulcimer (acoustic and electric), ukuleles, guitars, and hand percussion. She performs regularly with Maine Squeeze (eclectic ethnic),The Dark Follies (vaudeville/dance), Le Bon Truc (traditional French) and hosts a weekly global music program on WMPG 90.9 in Portland.   www.barbtruex.com



Greg Scott
Amanda Kelly
Jonathan Stinson
Colin Thorton
Norman Epstein
Jim Hatcher

Keith Anctil
Elisabeth Hardcastle
Robbie Harrison
Tom Handel
Walt Dunlap
Burke Brimmer


creative staff

Technical Director
Scenic Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Sound Designer
Stage Manager
Production Manager
Poster Design
House Manager

Michael Rafkin
JP Gagnon
Christopher & Rowan Price
Jen Roe
JP Gagnon
Barb Truex
Jennifer Crosby
Wendy Poole
Jen Roe
Maggie Adolf
Molly Haley
Nick Caruso



High Output, Bob Keyes, Sheri Nadell, Sarah Delage, Jackie Bostic, Tessa Price, Bryanna Alley, Sam & Jean Kelley, Wicked Joe, Willow Crosby, Leko Gagnon, Chris Rose, 207/WCSH6


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