Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center Staff

For immediate assistance please call our main line: (802) 760-4634
Or email:
for general inquiries: info@sprucepeakarts.org
to view the lobby gallery: gallery@sprucepeakarts.org
for information on educational programs: education@sprucepeakarts.org
for marketing questions: marketing@sprucepeakarts.org
for development questions: development@sprucepeakarts.org
for booking questions: booking@sprucepeakarts.org


Elliot Fox
Interim Executive Director (as of March 23, 2023)
Email: efox@sprucepeakarts.org
Elliot is an Arts Manager with more than 25 years of experience as a producer, presenter, educator, & administrator. He has served as the Executive Director of the Emelin Theatre (Mamaroneck, NY), Managing Director of Primary Stages Company (NY, NY), Creator & Co-Director of the Fordham University/Primary Stages MFA in Playwriting (NY, NY), the original Associate Director & GM of Signature Theatre Company (NY, NY), and is an Associate Consultant with DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland. A graduate of Brandeis University, he was an Adjunct Professor at Fordham and a guest speaker at Cornell and Brandeis Universities and has served on the Boards of Primary Stages, Signature Theatre, the Foundry Theatre, The Off-Broadway League. He is also proud to have served on panels for the NEA, NYSCA, Arts Westchester, Alliance of Resident Theatres/NY, and the Kennedy Center’s Arts in Crisis program.


Photo of Belinda Emerson wearing a sleeveless black top, green lawn, blue skies and billowing clouds behind herBelinda Emerson
Director of Production and Services 
Email:  bemerson@sprucepeakarts.org
Phone: (802) 760-4634
Belinda grew up in Vermont and has been involved with the technical side of theater for over 30 years. She has worked for Spruce Peak Arts since opening day! She loves the technical side of theater, and her experience has been all hands-on learning. She earned a degree from the University of VT in education with post-graduate work in Exercise Physiology. What she loves about lighting is how subtle visual changes can profoundly affect how the viewer responds to and experiences an event and the physical sensation when the lights “feel right.” Her favorite role is Technical Director and finding resolutions to the many issues that arise during a live production. Belinda has worked as over Hire for the Flynn Center and as a volunteer with Lyric Theater Company, Girls Night Out Productions, and Stowe Theater Guild.


Hayley Fien
Event Marketing Manager 
Email:  hayley@sprucepeakarts.org
Phone:  (802) 760-4638
After living in the Midwest and graduating from Indiana University- Bloomington studying Arts Administration, Hayley spent the summer of 2017 living in Vermont on her uncle’s farm. It didn’t take long for her to fall in love, and she knew one day she’d be back. Fast-forward to November 2019 and she made the decision to call the Green Mountain State home. Within the week, as luck would have it, she found her home at Spruce Peak Arts and has been with the team ever since. She’s grateful to be a part of this incredible, resilient team and have been lucky enough to assist in a little bit of everything with her new focus being marketing. She looks forward to furthering our mission and fostering our impact with the wonderful town of Stowe. When not at work, Hayley enjoys long walks over mountains, skiing, running, and lake days. If she’s in nature, she’s (usually) happy. 


Alex Kauffman
Development and Program Manager
Email:  alex@sprucepeakarts.org
Phone: (802) 760-4648
Alex Kauffman has a diverse skill set of experiences in non-profit performing arts organizations. He has worked at Carnegie Hall, where he managed over half-a-million constituent data for the Weill Music Institute, Carnegie’s educational wing. He also has worked at Jazz at Lincoln Center both as a teaching artist and in the education department, where he worked on expanding Public Programs. Previous to working at Spruce Peak Arts, Alex worked at the Flynn in Burlington VT, where he was the producing coordinator and coordinated all planning and execution of the 39th Burlington Discover Jazz Festival! Alex is also a jazz musician and you can regularly see him perform around the State. Alex has a Bachelor of Music from Temple University in Jazz studies and a Master’s in Educational Leadership, Politics and Advocacy from NYU. Alex loves the outdoors and can be seen regularly skinning Mansfield, mountain-biking, hiking, fly-fishing, and rock-climbing around this great state! Often with his dog!


Katya Luchanskaya, white woman, long brown hair, thin necklace, close mouthed smile and bright eyes, in v neck floral blouse in front of a white brick wall and windowKatya Luchanskaya
Director of Development
Email:  katya@sprucepeakarts.org
Phone: (802) 760-4648
An arts non-profit professional with over 14 years of experience, Katya has worked in institutional and individual fundraising at top arts institutions, including BRIC Arts Media, the PROTOTYPE Festival, Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, the MacDowell Colony, and the New York Philharmonic. She has also worked as a grantmaker at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. An erstwhile pianist, Katya received her B.A. in Music and Russian Studies from Bucknell University and M.A. in Music History from Hunter College, CUNY. She loves to explore the outdoors with her family and is thrilled to make her home in beautiful Vermont.



Linda Hunter
Deputy Director
Email:  lhunter@sprucepeakarts.org
Phone:  (802) 760-4647
Linda emigrated from Scotland in 2004 having graduated with BA in Accounting and MA in Economics & Education. Her early career in Scotland was in banking and higher education, ultimately transitioning to Financial Director of a vehicle leasing and management company. Within the US, prior to joining SPAC Linda successfully developed 2 hotels into hybrid long term apartments, short term lodging and commercial spaces. As the former owner of The Bistro at Ten Acres and General Manager of Gristmill Builders, Linda enjoys a solid knowledge appreciation of the Stowe community. Linda enjoys hiking, cooking and traveling.



Photo of Julianne Nickerson wearing a blue flannel shirt and vest, green lawn, blue skies and billowing clouds behind herJulianne Nickerson, MSW
Director of Education
Email:  jnickerson@sprucepeakarts.org
Phone: (802) 760-4637
Julianne brings her passion for theater, arts and education to The Curious Place theater programs. She has developed the pedagogy of the arts for all ages and is always looking for new, creative ways to engage our audiences. With Spruce Peak Arts she has dabbled in marketing and led the services department with part-time efforts in education. With board support, she is now able to focus all her energy on the outreach and education programming of the theater. In her free time, Julianne volunteers with the local community theater company, Lyric Theatre, in many roles including Production Supervisor, Assistant Stage Manager, Technical Director and Special Effects co-chair. She is grateful to her adult children, James and Madeline, who brought her back to the theater world as they were growing up. And to Spruce Peak Arts to allow her to make the shift from her work in Early Childhood care and education, and healthcare systems, to follow her passion of partnering in the world of creative arts.



Rosalie Wasser
Marketing and Services Associate
email: Rosalie@sprucepeakarts.org
Phone: (802) 760-4634







Will Anderson
House Lighting Technician

Bill Lascomb
House Sound Engineer