MaryBeth Bunge
Interim Managing Director    
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MaryBeth Bunge has returned to the theatre in the new role of Interim Managing Director. Ms. Bunge served as Development Director throughout the Hangar for All Season's Campaign and was an essential player in its success. The campaign resulted in the opening of the renovated year-round theatre and performing arts center earlier this year. She brings 30 years of non-profit experience, including recent service as Director of the NYS CDFI Coalition and Development Director Alternatives at Alternatives Federal Credit Union. She has served as a professional in public relations, grants management and/or administration for the Cayuga Nature Center, Light in Winter Festival, Discovery Trail, Cornell University Libraries and Cornell College of Engineering.

MaryBeth is a member of the Lately Music Ensemble, The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers and the Ithaca Rotary Club. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/Theatre (Macalester College), an M.S. in Textiles & Clothing (Miami University) and a Master of Library Science (Kent State University).


Michael Barakiva
Artistic Director

Michael Barakiva has served as the Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre since September 2017, after one year as the Interim Artistic Director.  He is an Armenian/Israeli-American theater director who has worked in New York and across the country developing new plays and staging classics.  His first novel, One Man Guy, published by Macmillan (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), was ranked the #1 Gay Young Adult novel on Goodreads in 2014, named to the Rainbow List and Family Equality Council’s Book Nook and released in Brazil by LeYa.  The stand-alone sequel, Hold My Hand, is due out in Winter 2019.  Hangar credits include: Dégagé by Mimi Quillin (word premiere), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Third & I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti

Off-Broadway credits include Perfect Arrangement by Topher Payne (Primary Stages), White People by Neil Cuthbert and They Float Up by Jacquelyn Reingold (Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC).  Regional credits include UP by Bridget Carpenter (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Burn This by Lanford Wilson (Shakespeare Santa Cruz) and The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl, Turn of the Screw by Jeffrey Hatcher and Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward (all at Syracuse Stage).  

Michael is a recipient of the David Merrick Prize in Drama, a Drama League Summer Fellowship, a Granada Fellowship at UC Davis and the Phil Killian Fellowship in Directing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  He is a graduate of Vassar College and the Juilliard School, where he studied as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Directing. 

Read Michael's blog HERE


Nathan Norcross
Education Director and Artistic Associate

Originally from Kansas City, with stints in NYC, CT, DC, and FL, Nathan recently relocated to Ithaca to serve as the Hangar Theatre’s Education Director & Artistic Associate. As a director, Nathan’s career has spanned a variety of genres and forms—from large scale musicals to intimate chamber pieces, from developing new plays in collaboration with living playwrights to developing his own adaptation of Shakespeare’s MACBETH for two actors. He has also produced and directed regional premieres of Andrew Lippa’s JOHN & JEN and Lucas Hnath’s RED SPEEDO. In addition to directing, Nathan has been selected for Artistic Fellowship and Apprentice roles at the Westport Country Playhouse and DC's Studio Theatre where he worked alongside a number of directors he is now fortunate to consider mentors, including: Bob Moss, Mark Lamos, David Muse, Kent Gash, Nicky Martin, Eric Rosen, and Phylicia Rashad. An actor for a number of years, Nathan earned a BFA in acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, later earning his MFA in Directing at Florida State University. He is a proud member of both AEA and SDC.

Nathan also spent five years at the nationally recognized Coterie Theatre as a resident lead teaching artist and is eager to bring that experience here to the Hangar. Whether teaching acting classes in regional theatres, leading masterclass workshops at State Thespian Conferences, or directing productions with youth actors, Nathan has a passion for fostering young people to bring their own imagination and life experiences to an exploration of their world through the medium of theatre, creating work that is unmistakably unique and personal. 




Walter Weiner
General Manager
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Denise McEnerney
Operations Manager and Corporate Relations Officer    
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Mitchell Smith 
Director of Marketing & Communications 
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Emily Kadish 
Interim Audience Services Manager    
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Stephanie Waite
Annual Fund Manager   
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Rachel Philipson
Photography and Graphic Design

Adam Zonder    
Production Manager and Executive Technical Director   



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