Directors


L-R, back row: Jane Lopes, Rober Rashid, Neil Rosenthal
front row: Merrie Mizaras, Alberto Rizzotti, Eleanor Osborne

Merrie Mizaras, Producing Artistic Director

Merrie has been participating in local theater for nearly 40 years. She is a graduate of Boston University. She began performing with Middleborough Little Theater during the 60's, was a supporting member of the Haight Ashbury Theatre Company in San Francisco, and an ensemble actor with Theatre One Productions during the 80's. She has also performed at Your Theatre in New Bedford, the Country Club Players of Randolph, the Gateway Players in Wareham and at fund-raisers for the Star Players of Taunton. As a founding member of this company, along with performing in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, I Hate Hamlet, Moon Over Buffalo, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Lion in Winter, Sylvia, Death Defying Acts and The Women, she has been the general manager, grant writer and principal fundraiser.

Dr. Rober Rashid, Chairman

Rober was pleased to be invited to join NRP's Board of Trustees after being a major Sponsor of NRP for many years. Growing up in Illinois in a family devoted to the arts, he was happy to discover, on moving to Middleboro in 1997, that he had found a Town in which he could become immersed in many satisfying community activities. Dr. Rashid is both a team sponsor and chiropractor to the Cobras (football team), as well as a member of the Middleboro Rotary Club, the Elks and a very proud member of the Shriner's Transportation Group. This organization offers transit to patients and their families to any of the burn centers sustained by the latter organization. Dr. Rashid is the principal chiropractor and owner of Gudmundsson's Chiropractic on Anderson Avenue, Middleborough.

Alberto Rizzotti, Clerk

Alberto has been active in the theatre scene from Boston to Providence since 1999. His debut on stage with NRP was in 2012 as Frank in Over the River and Through the Woods. Alberto, a native of Genoa, Italy, is the Sales Director for a large insurance company. He holds designations of Certified Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) from the American College. He has resided in Berkley, Massachusetts, since 1989 and is a committed member of the local arts community.

Eleanor Osborne, Treasurer

Eleanor is a Boston University graduate, School of Fine Arts, has a BA from Bridgewater State College, taught English and Drama, Middleboro High School, Director of Speech and Theatre Workshop for 20 years, has sung with Handel and Haydn Society, Chorus Pro Musica, Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh Symphony, and currently performing with New England Conservatory's Camerata. Since 2002 has been the Film Coordinator of Herring Run ArtsFest, is currently a Trustee of Middleboro Public Library, was the First Chairperson of Middleboro Cultural Council, and has been on NRP Board since 2005. Loves the ARTS!

Neil Rosenthal

Neil is a lifelong resident of the area. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bridgewater State College and a Master's degree in English from the University of Connecticut. A former Middleboro selectman and School Committee member, Mr. Rosenthal has served on a number of town building committees and is currently a member of the Capital Planning Committee and Business and Industrial Commission. A local businessman, he has been a supporting member and sponsor of Nemasket River Productions for many years.

Jane Lopes

Jane is the editor of The Middleboro Gazette and has been a journalist for more than 40 years. She has a Bachelor's degree in history and philosophy from Bridgewater State College and completed advanced course work in historical archaeology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is the chairman of the Middleboro Historical Commission and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, the Board of Directors of the Soule Homestead Education Center and the Eddy Homestead, and the vestry of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Taunton. She is also past president of the Middleboro Rotary Cub.