Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center Staff

Hope Sullivan
Executive Director
E-mail: hsullivan@sprucepeakarts.org
Phone: (802) 760-4635
Photo of Hope Sullivan, seated and wearing a violet coat and hatA transplant to Stowe from (most recently) the Berkshires, Hope has an extensive background in fundraising, program development, finance, marketing, and advertising from her years as Executive Director at IS183, Art School of the Berkshires, and from prior work at Barrington Stage Company, Goldman Sachs, Sharpe Partners, and Second Stage Theatre. She holds a BS from Ithaca College and an MFA from Columbia University.  She serves as Treasurer for the Racial Equity Alliance of Stowe (REAL), is Clerk for the Stowe Arts & Culture Council, and is a member of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals of Northern New England, and New England Presenters. 

Belinda Emerson
Technical Director
Email:  bemerson@sprucepeakarts.org
Phone: (802) 760-4634
Photo of Belinda Emerson wearing a sleeveless black top, green lawn, blue skies and billowing clouds behind herBelinda 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
Development and Marketing Associate
Email:  hayley@sprucepeakarts.org
Phone:  (802) 760-4638
After living in the Midwest most of my youth, I spent a summer in Vermont in 2017 right after I had graduated from Indiana University- Bloomington studying Arts Administration. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with Vermont, and when I left, I told myself I’d be back one day. Fast-forward to November 2019 and I made the decision to call the Green Mountain State home. Within the week, as luck would have it, I found my home at Spruce Peak Arts. I’m grateful to be a part of this incredible, resilient team and have been lucky enough to assist in education programs, help facilitate events and programming, and focus on development and donor recognition efforts. I look forward to furthering our mission and fostering our impact with the wonderful town of Stowe.

Finance Manager
Email:  lhunter@sprucepeakarts.org
Phone:  (802) 760-4647

Director of Education & Services
Email:  jnickerson@sprucepeakarts.org
Phone: (802) 760-4637
Photo of Julianne Nickerson wearing a blue flannel shirt and vest, green lawn, blue skies and billowing clouds behind her Julianne brings her passion for theater, arts and education to the position. She is developing the Education aspects of the arts for all ages and always looking for new, create ways to engage our audiences.  As the Director of Services, she is happy to help patrons with any part of their theatrical experience to make for a great show; and to welcome any volunteers who wish to join our team. Julianne volunteers with Lyric Theatre Company in many roles including Production Supervisor, Assistant Stage Manager, Technical Director and Special affects co-chair. She is the mother of two young adults- James and Madeline who each have had a hand in the theatre world as well.


Sound Engineer and Social Media Coordinator
email: alex@sprucepeakarts.org
Phone: (802) 760-4634
Alex helms the soundboardWhite man with black Fender t-shirt, black sunglasses, and white yarn mop on his head, in front of car trailer and back of car with VT license plate with a steady hand and a musician’s ear.  Alex has been working as a live sound engineer for nearly twenty years and has played many roles backstage in the performing arts.  He has toured internationally as production and tour manager and is happy to be mixing near the top of the Green Mountains.