Company

Lynne Bolton

Lynne Bolton
Founder and President

Lynne Bolton is a professional actor and director. She is the founder and president of the White Heron Theater Company. Ms. Bolton is a member of the Yale Drama School Advisory Board and the board of the Yale Repertory Theatre. She has served on the board of the Women’s Project, the nation's oldest and largest company dedicated to producing and promoting theater created by women. She has also served on the Advisory Board of the New York City Ballet and an advisory panel for the National Endowment for the Arts. Prior to launching her acting career, Ms. Bolton served as a public official in Washington, D.C., including press secretary to a cabinet secretary under President Reagan. She also served as press secretary to the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, a U.S.Senator and two U.S. Representatives. Ms. Bolton’s acting and directing credits include many regional and off-Broadway theatres. Her acting career began at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville in 1976 where she began performing as part of a resident company during the bicentennial.

Michael Kopko

Michael Kopko
Co-Artistic Director

Michael Kopko is a professional actor and director and Co-artistic director of White Heron and the Nantucket Theatre Institute. Michael has acted in many local and regional productions. Highlights include: Jerry in Zoo Story, Tom in The Time of Your Life, Harry Brock in Born Yesterday, and Richard in Time Stands Still, as well as Harold in Orphans and Bobby Gould in Speed-the-Plow for Actors’ Theatre of Nantucket; Boss Finley in the Powerhouse Theatre production of Sweet Bird of Youth ; Rev. Morrell in Candida in Nantucket and Edinburgh, Scotland and Michael in God of Carnage for White Heron. Directing credits include many plays by David Mamet among other playwrights. Michael is a professional musician and a former selectman for the Town of Nantucket.


Callie Barber

Callie Barber

A native of Nantucket, Callie is a graduate of the New Actors Workshop in NYC where she studied under famed director Mike Nichols and his partners Paul Sills and George Morrison.  After 5 years in Los Angeles working in commercial & film, Callie came home to Nantucket for “just one last summer” and never left. 

Nantucket audiences have most recently seen Callie in the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket’s productions of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and John Patrick Shanley’s, Doubt: A Parable.

Callie is thrilled to be a performing member of the White Heron Theatre Company as well the Director of Development for White Heron and the Nantucket Theatre Institute.

Callie is also the Development and Special Events Coordinator for the Screenwriters Colony.  

Tim Rush

Tim Rush

Tim is very excited to be working here on Nantucket with White Heron. He was recently seen as Charles II, William Scott, and Lady Davenant in Or, and James in Time Stands Still, at The Shaker Bridge Theater (NH). Other regional credits include The Things They Carried, at Barrington Stage (MA), As You Like It, at The Weston Playhouse (VT), and The Little Foxes at Triad Stage (NC). He also spent seasons with Shakespeare Santa Cruz (CA) and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Tim is a member of The Actors Center (NYC), and holds an M.F.A. from The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.


Brandy Zarle

Brandy Zarle

(Veronica, Claire) International Tour:(Asia)  Joy in Cinderella (w/ Lea Salonga) Original Cast Album Sony Records. Off- Broadway: (World Premieres): Once Around The City at Second Stage, Sleepover at The Cherry Lane, What You Will at The Connelly.  Regional Theatre: Ivy Weston in August: Osage County at Fulton Theatre, Sarah in  Time Stands Still, Or, and Boston Marriage at Shaker Bridge Theatre,  Maggie in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof at Portland Center Stage, Title Role in Mary Stuart at Baltimore Center Stage, Death of a Salesman (starring Christopher Lloyd) Tartuffe and David Copperfield at Weston Playhouse, The Elephant Man Virginia Stage Company, The Importance of Being Earnest at St. Louis Rep, James Joyce's The Dead at Huntington and American Conservatory Theatre, Awake and Sing at Merrimack Rep,, Amy in Company at  Barrington Stage Company, the American Premiere of Pentecost and The Skin of our Teeth Yale Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Utah Shakespeare, Goodspeed Opera House, Geva Theare, New Harmony Theatre,, and many more. Awarded Best Actress 2003 in Mary Stuart by Best of Baltimore Magazine. Member of the Actors Center Workshop Company. Film: More Harm Than Good, Chekov: Master Teachers. TV: Guiding Light. MFA: Yale School of Drama, BFA: Southern Methodist University.

Laura Byrne

Laura Byrne

Shenandoah University and Conservatory of Music, BFA in Musical Theater. Meisner Technique at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Shakespeare with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass.  Credits include Theaterworks USA, Mill Mountain Playhouse, Dorset Theater Festival, Townson Musical Theater,The Harlequin, The New York Hysterical Society.  Stage roles include: Agnes, I Do! I Do!; Flavia/Belinda, Noises Off; Rona Lisa Perretti, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Karen, Dinner with Friends; Annette, God of Carnage.   Directorial: Really Rosie, Cinderella, Rounding Third, Peter Pan, Oliver!The Vagina Monologues.  Member: National Association of Teachers of Singing, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.


Jenny Mercein

Jenny Mercein

Jenny is thrilled to join White Heron on Nantucket, an island near and dear to her heart. NY Theater credits include “Hillary” (New Georges), “Good Morning, Bill” (Keen Company), “Gallethea” (HERE), and “Animal Farm” (Synapse Productions). Regional Theater: Pioneer Theater, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Florida Studio Theater, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Fulton Opera House, Connecticut Free Shakespeare, Stamford Center for the Arts, Seattle Children’s Theater, and ACT (Seattle). T.V./ Film: 30 ROCK, BLUE BLOODS, UNFORGETTABLE, LAW & ORDER, “The Prospects,” and “Birth Date.” Jenny teaches acting at AMDA. B.A. Yale, M.F.A. University of Washington.

Anney Giobbe

Anney Giobbe

ANNEY GIOBBE (Annette) Anney is very happy to be part of White Heron's inaugural season on Nantucket. Credits include: Post Office, New Ohio Theatre; Period of Adjustment, Berkshire Theatre Festival; The Pavilion, One, and The Glass Menagerie at Cincinnati Playhouse; Satisfy Me, Elephant Stages; Out of the Quarry, Studio Tisch; The Ladies Man, Pioneer Theatre; The Immigrant, San Jose Repertory; Proof, Coconut Grove Playhouse, directed by the playwright David Auburn (Carbonell Award, Best Actress); The Molière Comedies, Roundabout Theatre Co. at Stamford Center for the Arts; Naked Faith, Naked Angels; Wonderful Time, WPA Theatre; Suburbia, Lincoln Center; Baton Rouge, Ensemble Studio Theatre. TV & Film: DamagesLaw & Order, Third Watch, Numb3rs, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Stop at Nothing, Spin City, The 4th Tenor, Fear of Fiction, Pieces of April, Patient 001, and the upcoming Hands. MFA from NYU TSOA. Actors Center Workshop Company Member.



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