People

Behind the Scenes

Francesca Hansen-DiBello

Producing Playwright, Composer, Performer

Francesca (she/her) is a Theatre Artist currently based out of Western Massachusetts. She earned her BFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch school of the Arts at New Studio. Francesca’s musical Blood & Water, which she wrote the book and music for, was workshopped in New York City at The Kraine Theatre in 2017. In 2020 she was asked to write Golden Child, a short play for Workshop Theatre’s Out of the Hat festival. Francesca is excited to be working with Viewpoint Theatre to give Blood & Water new life.

Shevaun Keogh-Walker

Producer, Performer

Shevaun Keogh-Walker has worked professionally as a voice-over talent in Boston and NYC and has directed and performed on the Boston stage. Shevaun has also performed in several local television shows and movies and is the author of two musical plays for young people that were produced by the Boston Children’s Theatre. 

Naomi Fortier

Producer

Naomi Fortier is a recent Hampshire College graduate based in Greenfield, MA. Naomi currently works in administration and has worked on several fundraising campaigns and projects prior to joining the team for Blood & Water. Naomi is excited to be branching out into theater production and to see Blood & Water come to fruition. 

John Walker

Set Design, Music

John Walker is a man of many talents. He majored in Graphic Arts at Massachusetts College of Art and has been working as a professional musician in New England for decades. His artwork has also been displayed at the Attleboro Fine Arts Museum in Attleboro, MA and at the Muddy River Gallery in Brookline, MA. He has also designed and constructed theatre sets for several productions in Providence, RI; Boston, MA; and Pittsfield, MA.
John is married with two grown children and two Goldendoodles. He and his wife, Shevaun, reside in Cummington, MA.

Robin Johnson

Choreographer

Robin Johnson (she / her) is an actor, dancer, director, and sometimes-poet based in NYC. She earned her BFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts alongside director Francesca Hansen-DiBello. She had the great pleasure of choreographing the 2017 incarnation of Blood & Water at The Kraine Theater in NY, and is thrilled to help bring this story to life again! She’s currently directing an original short film, Beach Day, produced by Sassy Mare Films and set to release Fall 2022. She’s interested in the arts as a healing modality for communities & individuals, and the intersections of radical social change, storytelling & magic.

Nikki Beck

Stage Manager

Nikki Beck is a board member of CitySpace in Easthampton and thrilled to see this project coming to life in our Blue Room! She is the Production Manager for the Smith College Department of Theatre. She also works at the Academy of Music and as a freelance stage manager. Nikki runs the Pioneer Valley Theatre Newsletter which you can subscribe to – and submit your theatre events – at www.pioneervalleytheatre.com

Zoë Dong

Videographer

Zoë Dong is an artist and videographer based in Northampton, Massachusetts. Originally from the Rust Belt of Ohio, she moved to Western Mass in 2015 to pursue a degree at Smith College and has lived here since. She has produced videos for the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Zea Mays Printmaking, and was assistant producer for the documentary Where I Became, a recent award winner at the Toronto International Women Film Festival. Her video work can be seen at www.vimeo.com/zoedong.

On Stage

Shevaun Keogh-Walker

Producer, Christine

Jackie DeGiorgis

Georgie

Jackie DeGiorgis is a “realistic actress” with a day job! She teaches Biology at Drury High School in North Adams, MA since 1993. Jackie was introduced to acting “later in life” at the ripe age of 43 when she was asked to play Auntie Em opposite her youngest daughter’s Dorothy. Once she stepped on the stage, she didn’t want to leave (those poor Munchkins never stood a chance!) Since then, she’s been in more than 23 productions, directed 5 full-length production and countless one-acts. Her favorite roles, however, have been as wife to her husband, Butch, for almost 30 years, stepmom to Travis and Ella and mom to Samantha.

Francesca Hansen-DiBello

Producing Playwright, Rosie

Erika Fay Greenwood

Arabella


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