Staff

Charlotte Meehan

CHARLOTTE MEEHAN, Artistic Director (she/her/hers) co-founded Sleeping Weazel with David Hopkins in 1998 for productions of new stage works and audio theatre in the UK and New York. She re-launched the company with Adara Meyers in Boston (2012), and has since been premiering multimedia performance works at venues including Boston Center for the Arts (within a three-year residency), Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, ArtsEmerson, and the old Factory Theatre. Sleeping Weazel has premiered her multimedia plays, Cleanliness, Godliness, and Madness: A User’s GuideReal Realismand 27 Tips for Banishing the Blues. Most recently, the Company premiered Elliot Norton Award-winning The Audacity: Women Speak, which she conceived and arranged from the real-life stories of more than 30 women ranging from gender bias to sexual assault. The Boston Globe named that production one of the top ten of 2019. Previous stage works have been presented in Providence at Perishable Theatre, in Bristol (UK), and in New York at Dixon Place, the Flea Theater, La MaMa, Bleecker Street Theatre, and Pratt Institute, among others. She has been a resident artist in HERE Arts Center’s HARP program (NY), was a 2008-09 Howard Foundation fellow in playwriting, and was awarded an Alpert/MacDowell Colony residency through the Herb Alpert Foundation. Professor Meehan is Playwright-in-Residence and Mary Heuser Chair in the Arts at Wheaton College (MA).

JESSICA ERNST, Managing Director (she/her/hers), is a Boston-based freelance director and producer. Her directing credits include Romeo and Juliet (Eastern Nazarene College), Henry IV (Praxis Stage), The Women Who Mapped The Stars (The Nora Theatre Company, world premiere), Daughter of Venus (Artists’ Theatre of Boston), The Love of the Nightingale (Open Theatre Project), The Weaver of Raveloe (Oberon, world premiere), Hedda Gabler (The Longwood Players), and various short plays and staged readings. She has worked as an assistant director and/or artistic intern at the Huntington Theatre Company, New Repertory Theatre, and Actors’ Shakespeare Project. With The Poets’ Theatre, she produced, curated, and directed The Ghostlight Series — a performance series exploring poetry in performance, new plays, and more. Jessica is currently enrolled in the Masters in Arts Administration program at Boston University, and is a graduate of Gettysburg College.

Adara Meyers

ADARA MEYERS, Communications Director (she/her/hers), is an interdisciplinary writer. Her performance works and plays, Picture ThisTalk To At Me, and Birds, premiered at Boston Center for the Arts (Sleeping Weazel), and Tryouts received its world premiere at Salvage Vanguard Theater. Her work has been developed or produced at Great Plains Theatre Conference, the old Factory Theatre (Sleeping Weazel), and Perishable Theatre; new music collaborations with composers Kirsten Volness and Leaha Maria Villarreal have premiered at Roulette and the L.A. Philharmonic. She is the recipient of a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts merit award and has been a resident at Sedona Summer Colony. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and a BA in English from Wheaton College (MA). Adara re-launched Sleeping Weazel with Charlotte Meehan in 2012 and served as Sleeping Weazel’s Managing Director until 2019.

David Marshall

DAVID MARSHALL, Photographer, has been obsessed with photography since the age of six. He covered the tumultuous events of the sixties in Philadelphia and Washington and documented arts events and the work of artists in schools in Connecticut and Massachusetts for twenty years. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Photography from the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University. Marshall also pursued doctoral research in Anthropology at the New School for Social Research, specializing in critical anthropology and American community. He has directed two arts centers, conducted oral history projects as an independent consultant, and worked for the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. A published poet, he also authored a history of Roger Williams Park, The Jewel of Providence. Marshall is an avid gardener and has proudly worked as a tango beginner for four years.