FOUNDER
Jarvis Green
Founder & Producing Artistic Director
director@jagproductionsvt.com

Jarvis Antonio Green moved to the Upper Valley of Vermont/NH in 2011 from New York City and founded BarnArts Center for the Arts in Barnard, VT. He is the Founding Producing Artistic Director of JAG Productions and the former Director of Theatre Arts at ArtisTree Community Arts Center right outside of beautiful Woodstock, VT. Jarvis received his training at the prestigious Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City, Anderson University and South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts.  Directing credits include: Choir Boy, Fences, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill  (JAG Productions), Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Fiddler on the Roof (ArtisTree Theatre Company), The 39 Steps, Master Class, Porgy and Bess in Concert, Oliver!, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors (BarnArts Center for the Arts), Suessical the Musical (NCCT). He has also had an extensive career on the stage including My Heart is the Drum (World Premiere), Once On This Island, The Who’s Tommy (Village Theatre), Twelfth Night (RAW Shakespeare Company), Our Town, Clybourne Park, Twelve Angry Men (Northern Stage), The Wizard of Oz, Pirates of Penzance (Pentangle Arts), Ragtime (New London Barn Playhouse), Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus Line, La Cage Aux Folles, A New Brain (Capital Playhouse), Smokey Joe’s Café (Bellevue Civic Theatre), The Buddy Holly Story (5th Ave Theatre), Stardust (Harlequin Playhouse), The Play’s The Thing, Black Nativity, Our Town (Intiman Theatre).

Serena Nelson
Operations Associate
operations@jagproductionsvt.com

Serena Nelson joins our team as the Operations Associate, assisting with day to day logistics within the office and re-amplifying the systems and softwares utilized by JAG to create streamlined efficiency as an organization. Serena comes to us with a background in theatre work, hailing experience from the HOP and Pentangle Arts. Her skill sets in videography, database management and communications software coupled with her passions for nature, animals, and people makes her an invaluable asset to the JAG team.

Kayce Mae Penn
Marketing Associate
marketing@jagproductionsvt.com

Kayce Mae Penn serves as the Marketing Associate, assisting with JAG's core communication channels by managing our social media, print collateral, and event coordination. Kayce comes to us with a background in eco-friendly event design and public relations expertise for non-profits. Her current endeavors include running a sustainable events company with socially conscious efforts and practices.  Kayce has earned her Associates of Arts in Communication and a Digital Marketing Certificate from Cornell University. Her passion for seeing women and other marginalized groups succeed drives her goal focused approach to working with the JAG team, and she is excited to have the opportunity to make a positive social impact. Kayce lives in the Upper Valley with her partner, Dylan, and two daughters, Autumn and Haylee. 

Brian Cook
Co-Chair

Brian Cook is a native of the Washington, DC area. Brian’s professional trajectory spans both the private and social sectors. He currently works as a global brand manager at Colgate-Palmolive in Manhattan. Previously, Brian led diversity recruitment efforts as the founder and national director of the Black Male Recruitment Initiative at Teach For America. He also served as a 7th and 8th grade English Teacher in the DC region after college. Brian is passionate about the arts, and after having worked closely with Jarvis through his second season, he is grateful and excited about the opportunity to join the board of directors for JAG Productions.  Brian received an AB in English and Sociology from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He lives in Connecticut and Quechee, VT with his wife, Theodosia, and daughter, McKenzie.

Jackie Fischer
Co-Chair

Jacqueline Fischer has spent decades working in and teaching community and social entrepreneurship. As a community organizer in rural America, non-profit director, creative thought leader and in-the-trenches practitioner, Fischer has worked in community arts, youth development, food systems, community health and wellness.  She currently teaches in the Education Program at Goddard College, where she leads studies in Community Education, a program she co-founded in 2012. Fischer has long been a friend and committed fan of Jarvis and JAG Productions.  She considers this work of bringing compassion to the world through the African-American experience to be the most important work of this contemporary moment.  She is honored to serve as a founding JAG board member. 

Nathalie Batraville
Writer (Marketing & Activism)

Nathalie Batraville is research and teaching fellow at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship examines the sexual politics of race in the wake of the transatlantic slave trade by analyzing cultural formations of the francophone Black Atlantic – literature, essays, visual art, as well as archives of social and literary movements. She places these works in conversation with Black feminist, queer of color and decolonial theory, and Black studies. Since completing her PhD at Yale in 2016, she has been working on a monograph titled Black Feminisms Beyond the State: Poetic Figurations of Liberatory Sex and Politics in Haiti that conceptualizes liberation beyond independence by rethinking postcolonial power in Haiti. Her scholarship has appeared in Small Axe, The CLR James Journal (Special issue: Black Canadian Thought) and Francophone Postcolonial Studies, and is forthcoming in Tangeance. As part of her commitment to public humanities and liberatory pedagogies, she designed at Dartmouth a series of workshops called Project X that supports Black collective action on and off campus.

Nancy Boyd Grant
Treasurer (Finance)

Nancy Boyd Grant has over 35 years of experience in both staff and board leadership roles in the education and non-profit realms.  As a Principal of Grant Associates along with her husband David, she consults with schools and nonprofit organizations, specializing in strategic planning and the creation of effective administrative systems.  She also holds a half-time position with the Appalachian Mountain Club as Director of Volunteer-led Camps and Cabins. Nancy began her career in education at Cushing Academy (MA), and has worked at Milton Academy (MA), Newark Academy (NJ), Dartmouth College (NH), and as Interim Head at Crossroads Academy (NH).  She was the co-founder, along with her husband, of The Mountain School of Milton Academy, an innovative, nationally recognized one-semester academic program for high school juniors located on a working organic farm in Vershire, VT.  She also served as Director of Programs for New Jersey SEEDS, a non-profit organization based in Newark, which assists low-income students in preparing for and gaining admission to private secondary schools and colleges. Nancy was a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Antioch University New England, and is currently Chair of the Provost’s Advisory Group. She is also an ex-officio member of the Board of Advisors of The Mountain School and a trustee of The Childrens’ Initiative, a Portland, ME-based organization that supports children and their families in small villages in Honduras, Haiti and Vietnam.  Over many years and in several capacities, she has served on the governing committee of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Three Mile Island Camp on Lake Winnipesaukee.  While living in New Jersey, she was a member of the Boards of Trustees of New Jersey SEEDS and the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race. Nancy holds a BA in Urban Studies from Connecticut College, and a M.Ed. from the Department of Organization and Management at Antioch University New England. 

Jameson C. Davis
Marketing & Activism

Jameson C. Davis is a Juris Doctor (JD) Candidate at Vermont Law School and a Selectboard Member for the Town of Hartford, Vermont. During his time as a student at Vermont Law School thus far, Davis has earned a Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) Degree and helped found the Environmental Justice Law Society, of which he is now a Co-President for this academic year. Outside of his roles and responsibilities as a student and Selectboard Member, Davis served as a Volunteer Member for the Vermont Attorney General's Advisory Panel on Racial Disparities in the Juvenile and Criminal Justice System. Currently is also serves as a member of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO). Davis was also appointed Chairman of the Data Collection Practices for Vermont Law Enforcement Subcommittee while serving on the Attorney General's Advisory Panel

Alka Dev
Development

Alka Dev has worked for over 20 years as a global health professional. Currently, Dev is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Dartmouth College, working to reduce neonatal mortality in southern Haiti. Her work focuses on building integrated technical and management systems in complex medical settings with the goal to improve neonatal outcomes and support maternal well-being. While her work currently takes her to Haiti, she dedicates her personal time to working with local organizations that promote social justice and the arts. She is delighted to be currently supporting JAG Productions' mission. She has worked for several non-profits in New York and is a former Board Member of the South Asian Women's Creative Collective (SAWCC). Dev holds a dual Bachelors in Chemistry and Women's Studies form the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, a Masters in Health Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Doctorate in Public Health from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has traveled to over 40 countries and finds her roots in India and North Carolina, the two homes of her younger years.

Vincent Mack
Development

Vincent Mack is fascinated with all things at the intersection of culture and leadership and strives to be a continuous learner in this field. This passion leads Vincent to often serve as a coach, predominately situated in academic settings where he seeks to support students, staff and faculty reimagine their existing ideas of effective leadership practices through a more culturally informed non-traditional lens. Vincent is the inaugural Associate Director of Intercultural Leadership at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. In this role, Vincent develops intercultural competence based leadership programs, is a leadership coach, advises international students, and supports Tuck’s recruitment efforts in Africa. Vincent is also the co-founder of Measured Leadership, LLC a culturally focused leadership and strategy consulting practice. Vincent is asked to lecture and coach individuals on specific skillsets that help individuals and teams develop greater capacity to leverage difference. Prior to Tuck, Vincent was the Program Officer at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth College. Before Vincent’s tenure at Dartmouth, he lived and worked in Germany for nearly four years. Vincent holds an MA in Public Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and a BS in Political Science with a concentration in International Affairs. Vincent's experiences abroad continually inspire him to encourage all audience to broaden their global perspective through leadership in service to others.

Amanda Rafuse
Finance

With 20 years experience acting, directing, teaching, and consulting for non-profits in Minneapolis, New York, and across the country, Amanda moved to Vermont as a member of Northern Stage’s new Leadership Team in 2013 initially serving as Director of Development. She was named the first BOLD Associate Director in 2017, and now serves as the newly established Director of Artistic Outreach. Audiences may remember Amanda from Northern Stage in Oslo (Marianne/Toril - Sept/October 2018) Our Town (Mrs. Webb), Christmas Carol 2014 (Mrs. Cratchit), Fox on the Fairway (Muriel); New London Barn Playhouse in Steel Magnolias (Truvy); or at the Highland Center for the Arts as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which she also produced. Next up: in addition to directing all outreach and engagement programming, Amanda will direct the YES Winter White Box (selections from Curious Incident…), produce/direct Thirsty Theater (NWN 6.0), and is working to create a touring Summer Shakespeare Intensive for young performers. Amanda holds a BA from Notre Dame, MFA from University of Kansas City – Missouri.

JAG PRODUCTIONS
Address: 5 South Main Street/PO Box 354
White River Junction, VT 05001
Email: info@jagproductionsvt.com
Phone: 802-332-3270
 
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