North Country Center for the Arts is delighted to announce that Artistic Director, Joel Mercier, is among the awardees recognized statewide as one of the outstanding “Forty under 40.”
This year’s “class” is made up of outstanding younger achievers in a wide range of industries and disciplines. Mercier, who came NCCA in late 2017 as executive director now serves as Producing Artistic Director following some changes in the leadership team at the popular Lincoln Playhouse. Under his guidance, the theatre continues to offer a summer schedule of live professional performances as well as presentation entertainment from May through December.
“NCCA has been a fixture since 1986, first as the old Papermill and since 2012 as Jean’s ,” said Managing Director, Lyn Osborne Winter, “and Joel’s many talents benefit what we both hope will be continued growth and strength for the future. Plus he’s a wonderfully creative energy to work with!”
Mercier is a NH native, and a Pinkerton Academy grad whose education took him to the Hartt School and University of Connecticut. From there, he has worked throughout the country, both as an AEA actor and Music Director at Goodspeed Opera House, Northern Stage, Idaho Shakespeare Festival in ID, Great Lakes Theatre and Playhouse Square in OH, American Music Theatre and Center for the Arts, and NYC’s Duplex, Westbeth Off-Broadway & Nokia Theatre Times Square.
An award winning composer and playwright, Mercier has written several musical adaptations including Ghost Hunting, which premiered in NH at the NH Theatre Factory, A Christmas Carol which can be seen annually in NH at the Palace Theatre, and a plethora of fairy tale musicals which are performed throughout New England.
In NH, Mercier has worked with the Palace Theatre, the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Dartmouth College where he was a Guest Artist for four years, New London Barn Playhouse where he was Artistic Associate for seven, Saint Anselm College where he was Director of Musicals.
Like every other arts organization, the Playhouse has struggled during the pandemic and is cautiously optimistic as plans are made for the return of live performances this coming summer. For updates on what Joel and team will be planning, information as available can always be found at www.jeansplayhouse.com