OLT’s Executive Board consists of seven members elected by the Friends of Old Library Theatre. Our board members bring a unique mix of diverse expertise and professionalism to the board, with the universal intent to provide exciting performances and opportunities to the area.
2018 Executive Board
Craig Tiede – Craig has served as OLT’s President since its 2013 season, and has been involved onstage or behind the scenes of more than fifty theatrical productions. He began his time at OLT onstage as ‘Roger’ in the 2009 production of Rent, ultimately appearing onstage in our productions of Jekyll & Hyde, Pageant, Sex, Relationships and Sometimes Love, A Dream of Wings, Monster Makers, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Bridges of Madison County. Prior to joining OLT, he directed productions of Anyone Can Whistle, Into the Woods, and Urinetown. Here at OLT, he’s helmed productions of Spring Awakening, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman!, Meet Me In St. Louis, The Best Man, and the upcoming Casa Valentina. With seven NJACT Perry nominations (and seven losses!) to his credit, he’s well on his way to becoming the Susan Lucci of New Jersey community theater, but is proud to have played a part in bringing home the big win of Community Theater of the Year to OLT. A graduate of Ithaca and Dartmouth Colleges, Craig works for The New School in Manhattan.
Angela Vida – Last year, my letter to our membership spoke about the feeling of community I experienced upon working with OLT for the first time. As the 2016 Vice President, that sense increased with my involvement with the board. Gaining familiarity with the fundamentals of a theatre company has proved invaluable. I had always considered myself an actor who was willing to go above and beyond what was expected of me, but I was humbled to discover how little insight I had into the process of bringing quality productions to the stage.I happily accept my nomination for Old Library Theatre’s 2017 Vice President, eager to usher our growing company into its landmark 50th season. Working alongside the rest of the board, I have clear and attainable goals for the year: expand our membership and increase their involvement in all aspects of our operations, continue to receive feedback from our patrons to create fulfilling theatrical experiences, serve as historian to strengthen our narrative as the company grows, and use the 51st season to involve the Fair Lawn community in new and creative ways. Please join me in making Old Library Theatre an organization we can all be proud to call our own.
Maureen McNulty – Maureen is delighted to be serving as secretary for the 2017-18 OLT Executive Board. Maureen found OLT a little over two years ago when a good friend dragged her along to an audition, and then, it seems, she never left! Maureen has most recently performed as Belinda/Flavia in Noises Off, Mabel Cantwell in The Best Man, and Betty in The Great American Trailer Park Musical, all with OLT. She also helped to produce The Bridges of Madison County during OLT’s last season. Some of her favorite past roles include Estelle in No Exit, Carly in reasons to be pretty, Miss Julie in Miss Julie, Dolly in The Matchmaker, Maureen in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, the Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone, and Antigone in Antigone. Maureen
recently directed Steel Magnolias and Arsenic and Old Lace at Immaculate Heart Academy, where she also teaches English and Drama to the best students in the world. She looks forward to the opportunities that serving on the board will provide her, especially in terms of helping this wonderful theatre continue to grow and provide the quality, professional theatre productions for which it is known.
Linda Wielkotz – Linda is once again happy to be nominated as Treasurer. Linda has been a member for 42 years and has served in many positions. Being on the board involves dedication, wanting to see the group grow and making it a place for all to be involved, which was her goal in all the years involved. Linda is a producer, director and actor in the NJ/NY area and co producer on the upcoming Off Broadway musical Unexpected Joy. Happy 50th to OLT. Here’s to many more seasons.
Brendan Joel Bartlett – Brendan Joel Bartlett (publicity) has been in charge of OLT publicity off and on for the past 4 years. In his part time he helps OLT fund raise and is an eager theatrical talent scout, email writer, favor asker and attention seeker. Starting in ’09 he has been in numerous shows at OLT including Rent, Superman, Spelling Bee, Pageant, Spring Awakening, Young Frankenstein, American Idiot, Forum (Perry Award Nom) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Perry Nom), he has producer credits for Noises Off, Children Of Eden, 13 The Musical, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof And Singin in the rain (this April) He has play write credit for the one act “Off Grid” part of a past OLT annual one act presentation. He also has directorial credits including Shrek Jr, Jekyll and Hyde, Avenue Q, Aida and Side Show (This March)
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Sheryl Heffernan – Sheryl is happy to be serving her second term as the Old Library Theatre House Manager. She previously served the Executive Board as Secretary. In addition to her Board responsibilities, she has served as Co-Producer for the last three One Act Play Festivals, Assassins, and Noises Off, and recently served as Producer for the Readers Theatre production of THIS, an original musical. She has been seen on-stage in When Tony Met Oscar, Oliver!, the Sixth Annual One Act Play Festival, and three Readers Theatre productions. She was excited to be nominated for a Perry for the Sixth Annual One Act Play Festival. In her day job, Sheryl is the Director of Nursing for Colors Healthcare. She hopes to use her experience, caring & concern for people, and organizational skills, in life as well as in theatre, to help OLT to continue to grow and thrive.
Matthew Haines – I am honored to be nominated again to serve on the Executive Board for Old Library Theatre. I am still so grateful to be a member of this company, and I am thrilled to continue to work to provide a welcome environment that puts on fantastic productions. I feel as though serving on the board has given me insight into how to best help the company, and I believe that taking on the role of web master will be one where I can truly make a difference in the company. I will work to make sure our website provides all relevant information in a user friendly and efficient manner.