As a theater company in a rapidly changing world, Island Stage seeks to be open and sensitive to the issues of our times. Through the authentic telling of diverse stories, we strive to reveal the inner truths that connect us all.
It is Island Stage’s mission to provide a quality year-round theater and performing arts presence in the Lake Champlain Islands. We seek to engage and strengthen the whole community by offering shows annually in a variety of venues throughout the Islands. We also seek to connect the Lake Champlain Islands to the broader global community by providing diverse, entertaining, and intellectually stimulating productions that address the human condition. Our mission will be supplemented by providing acting classes for adults and children, reading groups and other opportunities for engagement and education. It is our mission to help vitalize the local economy and other arts organizations by partnering with local businesses and to draw audiences from a wide range of Vermont counties as well as from NY and Quebec.
Noni Stuart (President)
Noni’s passion for theater first became evident in childhood when she created and performed plays for family and friends. In elementary school, she took acting lessons and remembers her teacher telling her mother, “That girl belongs on stage”. Age 12, she was singled out by a talent scout to host a TV show called Tween Set in Montreal, her home town. But pre-adolescent shyness had taken its’ hold by then and acting was set aside for many years until the millennium when the stress of dealing with a life crisis inspired her to audition for a show in Charlotte VT. She was cast as one of the leads, began studying acting for film with Jock Macdonald, and has been taking classes and performing on stage and in film consistently ever since.
She has studied with acting coaches from L.A, VT and Canada and has pursued her career professionally, with an agent in Montreal. She has directed, written a screen play, taught as well as acted. Favorite roles include Blanche, in A Streetcar Named Desire, Ruth in Blythe Spirit, Natalia in A Month In The Country, Kimberly in Kimberly Akimbo and most recently, Miss Connor in Women Without Men.
Noni is particularly excited about Island Stage’s mission to create a theater space and community center in the Islands. She plans to work hard with her fellow board members to build a vibrant theater community partnering with local businesses, schools and individuals who share a love for the performing arts.
Lesley Becker (Vice President)
Lesley Becker is a playwright, director, composer and gardener. Her plays have been staged in Vermont and New York, with readings and performances at venues including the Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Valley Players and the Brick Theater. Currently, she is collaborating with composer John Daly on a rock musical about the life of Matthew Lyon, a free-speech martyr, revolutionary and founding father. She is co-founder of Theasters Theater, and vice-president of the Island Stage Board of Directors in Grand Isle.
Bill Champagne (Treasurer)
From a family with deep roots in Grand Isle, Bill has been a long-standing patron of the arts, both on the islands and statewide. Bill has owned several local businesses, including the former A&B Supermarket and the current Island Homemade Ice Cream. He has produced many local theater shows and is husband to our President, Noni Stuart.
Alex Nicola (Secretary)