Dawn McAndrews: At the helm of a classic theater

Dawn McAndrews
Dawn McAndrews

Dawn McAndrews has worked as a director, producer and educator in theaters across the country, but when she accepted the job as producing artistic director at the Theater at Monmouth in 2011, she finally felt like she was home.

“I first directed here in 2009 and fell in love with the space and the community,” she says. “Once people step foot into historic Cumston Hall, they realize this is the way classic theater should be produced.”

The Theater at Monmouth continues to produce top-notch classic and Shakespearean plays. With McAndrews at the helm, the company expanded its educational outreach into schools and is committed to hiring 50 percent Maine artists.

This season she’s directing Shakespeare’s beloved comedy “Love’s Labour’s Lost” (set in 1960s London) and “Boeing Boeing,” a clever sex farce by Marc Camolleti. “Seeing a show in our beautifully restored opera hall is a great way to step out of the modern- day hustle and bustle.”

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