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 Downeast Christmas Carol Production Team​

Mark Puglisi

This is Mark’s 21st production with ACT or its precursor (After School Players).  He is proud to have been part of the birth and growth of ACT and hopes that it will continue to foster the love of and participation in live theater.  It constantly amazes him that this company, homeless and without assured funds, manages to do what it does on the strength of its volunteer labor.


Matt Cornish

​This will be Matt’s 3rd production with, but first directing for, ACT.  No stranger to the director’s notebook, Matt formerly served as Director of Theatre at East Catholic High School in Manchester, CT, as well as directing for the Naugutuck Teen Theatre, The Goshen Players (both in CT), the Theatre Week program at Camp Washington(Lakeside, CT), and the Susquehanna University Chancel Drama program(Selinsgrove, PA).  some of his favorite Directorial credits include: Godspell (NTT, CW),Working (NTT), Antigone, Metamorphoses, As You Like It, Seussical, Anything Goes (ECHS), and the great classic of the American Theatre, The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (GP), among many others.  He recently had the once in a lifetime experience of performing Sondheim’s Assassins for Stephen Sondheim (although he didn’t know he was there until after the show…thank God).  When not chasing his daughter through the woods of Acadia, Matt spends his days as a completely different kind of director in his role as Camp Director at Camp Beech Cliff.  Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming virtual musical production of Super Happy Awesome News, A Joint effort between CBC and ACT. 


Mark Carrignan

This is Mark's first foray into Directing for ACT, but he is confident that his earlier ACT experiences as a Murderous Brother, Bloated Corpse, Creepy Uncle, Spry Grandfather, Bus Driver, Sour Santa, Blues Belting Cop, Suspiciously Older Revolutionary, and Pessimistic Padre, have prepared him to Assist Matt in this production. 

Assistant Director

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Doug Van Gorder

Doug has filled every role possible for ACT from Producer and Director, to Actor as Shrek's Father and Yertle the Turtle,  This is his 5 millionth ACT production


Matthew Hochman

This is Matthew's 9th show as Tech Director for ACT,  He has also appeared on stage for ACT  in A Christmas Story and Shrek (as the cross-dressing wolf) He Produced 2018's production of 39 Steps and was the director for last winter's holiday show Closed for the Holidays.   He has also appeared in productions at MDI High School (Oliver, Guys and Dolls, The Clouds, A Man's a Man),  The Grand (Guys and Dolls, Hello Dolly), Acadia Repertory Theatre (The Unexpected Guest, Harvey).  He can also be found backstage at The Criterion during live music events working as an A2 and Monitor Tech.

Technical Director

Angel Hochman

Angel is a graduate of Mount Desert Island High School where she was active in the drama program with George Demas and Joyce Higgins, appearing in many productions including The Hobbit, Funny Girl, and The Pirates of Penzance. After high school she worked several shows at The Grand in Ellsworth, appearing in Guys and Dolls and stage managing Hello, Dolly! These days she is a member of Acadia Community Theater’s Board of Directors. She was the Stage Manager for the previous three ACT shows (Nutcracker,  Shrek the Musical & Seussical). She made her directorial debut 2 years ago for ACT’s holiday show Christmas in the Land of Oz, and directed ACT's summer’s production of The 39 Steps. The past 2 holiday seasons she stepped out from behind the curtain to appear onstage as Miss Shields in A Christmas Story and as Shelby in Closed for the Holidays


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