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

Sr. Danielle Dwyer Artistic Director

A founding member of Elements Theatre Company and current Artistic Director, Danielle Dwyer, CJ  has either directed or performed in nearly eighty of the Company’s productions since its inception in 1993. Classically trained but also skilled in contemporary drama, Dwyer earned her Master of Arts Degree with distinction from England’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of London. She also studied voice, acting, and writing with Joanna Weir Ouston at Central School of Speech and Drama (London, England); with David Male at Cambridge University (Cambridge, England) and Shakespeare at Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, MA) and at the Stella Adler Studio in New York City. She is the author of video scripts, poetic monologues, and narratives for worship and meditation.

In collaboration with Spirit of America Band, Dwyer was involved with directing the Wind Opera performances in South Korea, and the band’s theatre shows in South Africa. As opera co-director of the 2005 New England premier, and in 2017 the opera director of Vaughan William’s opera The Pilgrim’s Progress, she received rave reviews. She has devised and directed several shows for performances at home and on tours in Tuscany, Italy, the Eastern U.S., New York and Chicago. Dwyer’s directorial experience ranges from the timeless humanity of Shakespeare (King Lear, Merchant of Venice and Julius Caesar), Ibsen (Pillars of the Community) 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 preparation was meticulous; one seldom sees an operatic production as powerful in conception and polished in execution as this Pilgrim’s Progress.”  – The Pilgrim’s Progress, Boston Globe

            Under the able-handed direction of Sr. Danielle Dwyer this Julius Caesar soars with 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.”   –  Julius Cæsar, Barnstable Patriot

         “Awe-inspiring…spectacular pageantry…exhilarating production… she reliably illuminates hidden ironies in the text… – King Lear, Cape Codder

As an actress, Sr. Danielle Dwyer is equally highly acclaimed.  Her recent roles include Blithe Spirit, Madam Arcati,  All My Sons, Kate Keller, Merchant of Venice, Shylock; Talking Heads, Irene; 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.

           ” Madame Arcati, played to the hilt by Sr. Danielle Dwyer, is a show-stealer. The character, in contrast to the socialites who hire her, feels contemporary and real. She tells it like it is, expresses herself freely and is fun to watch. Dwyer brings Madame Arcati hilariously to life…” – Blithe Spirit, Cape Cod Times

            “Sr. Danielle Dwyer reaches unbelievable depths in her portrayal of Kate Keller … She makes us feel  the pain and strength of this matriarch ….compelling performance.
All My Sons, Broadway World

            “…her portrayal (of Irene Ruddock) in Alan Bennett’s monologue was so believable, so realistic, that at  play’s end it felt a bit like waking up in another place. … British accent was flawless, but it was her understanding of her character’ humanity that really delivered.
Talking Heads, Cape Cod Times

            “What a difference an actress can make….the crowning scene is given its emotional heft by  Dwyer… from the tiniest twitch of her eye to her stiff gait,  Dwyer plays this part with such painful humanity, and delivers a punch to the gut with her simple yet mournful delivery.”    – The Dining Room, Cape Cod Times

Brad Lussier Dramaturg Click to Show/Hide Bio

Brad Lussier Dramaturg

As the resident dramaturg at Elements Theatre Company, Brad Lussier serves as the 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.

As a member of Elements Theatre Company, he pursues regular courses of study focused on specific techniques, playwrights, and methods, at home and in theatre “hubs” around the country and internationally – specifically, in Chicago, New York, and London. With the Company, he has studied voice training with a specific emphasis in the Linklater method, with teachers Patsy Rodenberg, Joanna Weir Ouston, Elizabeth Ingram, Glynn MacDonald, and Sue Lefton.  The Company has had training in the Checkov Technique with Lenard Petit, and Combat Training with Nick Sandys Pullen.  Brad also leads workshops and classes whenever Elements Theatre Company tours to colleges and universities across the country.

Brad has notably played a wide diversity of characters, including the prestigious experience of Shakespeare’s King Lear.  Cape Cod Times theatre critics hailed him for his performance as one of 2016 best actors and he was acclaimed as “powerfully emotional….giving a compelling performance.”

His roles also include: Blithe Spirit, Dr. George Bradman; All My Sons, Dr. James Bayliff;  Merchant of Venice, Launcelot Gobbo & Prince of Morocco; 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.

“Lussier steals the show,” Merchant of Venice, Cape Cod Chronicle; … “magnificent!  Shines as Scrooge; his passion for the role is nearly tangible…a standout, spot-on, with nary a false note in the Brit accents”, A Christmas Carol, Barnstable Patriot.

“…extraordinary, totally inhabiting his role physically and emotionally one actually believes he is telling a story, rather than relating Bennett’s dialog….timing is perfect…understands his character’s baseline so every word he says after that rings true,” (Graham) Talking Heads, Cape Cod Times.


Karen Cragg Artistic Administrator Click to Show/Hide Bio

Karen Cragg Artistic Administrator

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