The MYPT Professional Staff

The Methuen Young People’s Theatre is pleased to have the services of these experienced professionals to work with our summer musical theater program.

Joseph Gori, Director

Joe has been involved with music education and musical productions in the Merrimack Valley for over 20 years. Joe is the Choral & Drama Director at Haverhill High School and the director of the Merrimack College Concert Choir, having served at both schools for well over a decade, and he is an adjunct professor of Italian at Northern Essex Community College. Prior to Haverhill High School, Joe for eight years taught and directed shows at Methuen High School. Among the many productions he has directed are Fiddler On The Roof, Guys ‘n Dolls, Hello, Dolly, The Music Man, Camelot, Bye-Bye Birdie, Into The Woods, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Noises Off and Pippin. Joe earned his B.S. at Berklee College of Music and a master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell and studied with the HB Acting Studios in New York City

 Ben Hellman, Director

Ben’s involvement with Gilbert & Sullivan started as a cast member in MYPT and has grown to include nearly twenty G&S productions. Ben has performed in, directed or worked back stage for dozens of professional and community productions, including Camelot, Carousel, Beauty and the Beast, The Desert Song, Robin Hood, Dracula and The Fantastiks. As a theater professional, Ben has worked with College Light Opera Company in Falmouth, MA, the Hampton Playhouse in Hampton, NH, the Round Barn Theater in Nappanee, IN, and American Family Theater, a touring children’s theater company. He also spent a year performing with and managing a song and dance troupe on a cruise ship. Ben earned his B.A. in theater at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and M.A. in teaching English at Salem State College. He currently studies medieval literature at Harvard University’s Extension Schoo

Sara Sturdivant, Music Director

Sara brings to MYPT an array of musical talents and expertise. She has sung and taught opera, has privately taught voice and piano, has served as church music director and organist and has been the music director or accompanist in dozens of shows performed in local venues. Sara holds bachelors and master’s degrees in voice and opera from the University of Southern Maine, holds a professional studies diploma in voice and opera from the New School University and has served as studio artist with the Chautauqua Opera and teaching artist with the Metropolitan Opera Guild. At present, in addition to her work as musical director with MYPT and with a number of other theater companies, Sara is the music director and organist for St. Mary Parish of Georgetown-Rowley and maintains a private studio for teaching voice and piano in Haverhill, where she resides with her partner, John, her son, Andrew, and Lucy the dog.

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