Tamworth, NH: The Barnstormers Theatre board of directors is pleased and excited to welcome Joe Longthorne as Interim Artistic Director. Joe plans to honor the fine heritage of the theatre and bring a fresh perspective with diverse, socially relevant productions to our stage. The Barnstormers will be celebrating its 91st season this summer with an exciting lineup of performances, and patron health and safety in mind.
Joe’s infectious enthusiasm, energy and extensive entrepreneurial background in theatrical management were the key drivers in the board's selection process. In addition, Joe’s finance background and experience in production, marketing, strategic planning, acting and equity negotiations bring a robust skill set to the theatre, ensuring The Barnstormers is positioned to be artistically relevant moving forward.
“I am so very humbled and thrilled to be appointed interim artistic director of this historic American theater." said Joe. "I made my professional debut onstage at The Barnstormers Theatre in 2010 in a summer production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, a production which also featured another former artistic director, Cope Murray. I have quite literally grown up at BST over the years, personally and professionally. My predecessor Bob Shea, cast me in that first production of Forum, and my great task ahead is continuing the strong traditions of his wonderful stewardship, while envisioning a new path forward for the future of live theater in Tamworth and the White Mountains of New Hampshire."
"I look forward to shepherding The Barnstormers out of the pandemic and into a new world, full of vibrant possibility. In whatever time allows during my tenure, my solemn promise to our devoted audiences is that The Barnstormers is committed to presenting robust and imaginative theater, and will be an artistic home for all. We stand proudly with Black Lives Matter, we oppose Asian Hate, and we will make space to tell stories that reflect the world around us."
Joe Longthorne is a Tony Award Winning Producer, General Manager, Blogger, and Theatrical Entrepreneur. Joe is a managing partner at Fourth Wall Theatricals, a firm specializing in General Management, Ticket Inventory Management, and Broadway Group Sales. Proud graduate of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and current MBA candidate at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. As an actor, Joe has appeared in 11 productions on The Barnstormers Theatre stage.
The Barnstormers Theatre is located in the scenic village of Tamworth, NH, is one of the longest-running professional summer theatres in the country. The company was founded in 1931 by Francis Cleveland, the youngest son of President Grover Cleveland, Francis’s wife Alice and their friend Ed Goodnow – all of whom were involved with theatre on Broadway. Over eighty years later, their legacy continues. Today, The Barnstormers is one of three Equity theatres in New Hampshire and provides the region with brilliant summer theatre.