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Sr. Danielle Dwyer Artistic Director Click to Show/Hide Bio

Sr. Danielle Dwyer Artistic Director

Danielle Dwyer, CJ

Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Elements Theatre Company

A founding member of Elements Theatre Company, Sr. Danielle Dwyer has either directed or performed in nearly seventy productions since the company’s inception. Classically trained but also skilled in contemporary drama, Sr. Danielle earned her Master of Arts Degree from England’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of London. She also studied voice, acting, and writing with Joanna Weir at Central School of Speech and Drama (London, England); David Male of Cambridge University (Cambridge, England); and Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, MA); and studied Shakespeare at the Stella Adler Studio in New York City.

Sr. Danielle’s directorial experience ranges from the  timeless humanity of Shakespeare (King LearMerchant of Venice and Julius Caesar) and Chekhov (The Cherry Orchard) to the biting comedy of Oscar Wilde (Lady Windermere’s Fan) and Yasmina Reza (God of Carnage) to the razor-sharp wit and deeply felt humanity of Alan Bennett (Talking Heads). The Barnstable Patriot recently noted:

“Under the able-handed direction of Sr. Danielle Dwyer this Julius Caesar sight and sound. Dwyer is able to combine the intimacy of the columned setting, the sound of the slap of the sandals on the stone floor, the dance of burning torches, the rich acting and the beautifully composed music…into not just a play for the audience to view but more like the transport of actually being there.”

As an actress, Sr. Danielle has received comparable critical acclaim. Recent roles include All My Sons, Kate Keller;  Merchant of Venice, Shylock; Talking Heads, Irene Ruddock; Julius Caesar, Calpurnia; God of Carnage, Annette Raleigh; Pillars of the Community, Lona Hessel; Twelfth Night, Malvolio; The Cherry Orchard, Ranevskaya; Lady Windermere’s Fan, Mrs. Erlynne; The Lion in Winter, Eleanor; Doctor Faustus, Mephistopheles; Richard III, Queen Elizabeth; Everyman, Everyman; and Lettice and Lovage, Lettice Douffet. Sr. Danielle is also the author of several performance pieces, including short stories and plays, video scripts, poetic monologues, and narratives for worship and meditation.

Christopher Kanaga Technical Director Click to Show/Hide Bio

Christopher Kanaga Technical Director


Christopher Kanaga has been a member of Elements Theatre Company since 2002. His experiences as both performer and technical director have taken him from Cape Cod and across the United States, to the international stage, including opera houses in South Korea and South Africa. Chris’s diverse skills and knowledge in theatre, art, and architecture lend to his ability to oversee the transformation of performance spaces, enabling audiences to enter fully into the world of the play.

As an actor, Chris has recently performed the following roles:  All My Sons, Joe Keller;  King Lear, Earl of Kent and Caius; Merchant of Venice, Antonio; Julius Caesar, Antony; Christmas Carol, Jacob Marley; The Lion in Winter, Henry II; Twelfth Night, Feste the Clown; The Cherry Orchard, Lopakhin; Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lord Windermere; Richard III, Lord Rivers; Pillars of the Community, Karsten Bernick; and God of Carnage, Michael Vallon.

Brad Lussier Dramaturg Click to Show/Hide Bio

Brad Lussier Dramaturg


As the resident dramaturg at Elements Theatre Company, Brad Lussier serves as literary and historical advisor. Brad earned his AB in English and American Literature from Brown University. He also studied Creative Dramatics for Children at Roger Williams University, and conducted extensive studies in psychology, earning a Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling from Boston University.

A member of Elements Theatre Company since 2001, Brad’s most notable roles include All My Sons, Dr. Jim Bayliss;  King Lear, King Lear;  Merchant of Venice, Launcelot, Tubal, Morrocco, Duke, Talking Heads, Graham Whittaker; Julius Caesar, Brutus; Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge; The Cherry Orchard, Gayev; The Trial of Jesus, Judas; Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lord Darlington; The Lion in Winter, Geoffrey of Anjou; Everyman, Everyman; The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus, Faustus; The Comedy of Errors, Dromio of Ephesus; Richard III, Clarence; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oberon/Theseus; and God of Carnage, Alan Raleigh. Brad also leads workshops and classes whenever Elements Theatre Company tours to colleges and universities across the country.

Karen Cragg Artistic Administrator Click to Show/Hide Bio

Karen Cragg Artistic Administrator

Karen Minster Administrative Assistant Click to Show/Hide Bio

Karen Minster Administrative Assistant



Sr. Danielle Dwyer Founding Member Click to Show/Hide Bio

Sr. Danielle Dwyer Founding MemberSince 1992



Christopher Kanaga Member Click to Show/Hide Bio

Christopher Kanaga MemberSince 2002

Joe Keller


Brad Lussier Member Click to Show/Hide Bio

Brad Lussier MemberSince 2001



Sr. Phoenix Catlin Member Click to Show/Hide Bio

Sr. Phoenix Catlin MemberSince 2005


Peter Haig Member Click to Show/Hide Bio

Peter Haig MemberSince 2009



Stephanie Haig Member Click to Show/Hide Bio

Stephanie Haig MemberSince 2012


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Sarah Hale Member Click to Show/Hide Bio

Sarah Hale MemberSince 2010

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Peter McKendree Member Click to Show/Hide Bio

Peter McKendree Member

Rachel Mckendree Member Click to Show/Hide Bio

Rachel Mckendree MemberSince 2003



Heather Norman Member Click to Show/Hide Bio

Heather Norman Member

Lydia Lubey, All My Sons
Oswald, King Lear
Jessica, The Merchant of Venice


Kyle Norman Member Click to Show/Hide Bio

Kyle Norman MemberSince 2007



Ellen Ortolani Member Click to Show/Hide Bio

Ellen Ortolani MemberSince 2002

Ellen Company


Sr. Diana Shannon Member Click to Show/Hide Bio

Sr. Diana Shannon MemberSince 2007





Lindsey Kanaga Apprentice Click to Show/Hide Bio

Lindsey Kanaga ApprenticeSince 2010

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Hannah Tingley Apprentice Click to Show/Hide Bio

Hannah Tingley Apprentice

Curan, Celtic Band, King Lear
Servant to Calphernia, Julius Caesar
Belinda Cratchit, A Christmas Carol