VYT Staff

Mary List-Wheeler, Artistic Director

 Inspired by the intellectual curiosity, immense creativity  and artistic collaboration of her six children, Mary is honored to  write, compose, direct and design for Vermont Youth Theater. An accomplished actor who studied at Ithaca College and UVM, she holds a B.A. in English, summa cum laude, with dozens of actor/director credits in comedy,  drama, Shakespeare and musicals. She has taught music and theater in schools, k-12, and currently teaches Literature and Writing to homeschooling students. 

Jacqueline Wheeler, Assistant Director

 A pianist, vocalist, actor and events manager, Jackie is happy to be back in Vermont after some years away from its natural beauty and lively arts scene. She appears in VYT Adult/Student Company productions. In addition to assistant directing, she is the resident expert on hair design and makeup, skills she also puts to use as a bridal/wedding consultant. Her lifelong love of children continues to be nurtured at VYT. 

Kerry Noonan, Ph. D., Shakespeare

Kerry Noonan has a degree in Theater Arts from UCLA, and worked as a  professional actress in Los Angeles for 13 years. She has performed with  the L.A. Shakespeare Festival, the Grove Shakespeare Festival, Will  & Co., the L.A. Theater Center, the Arizona Theater Company, and  South Coast Repertory Theater, in addition to the company she  co-founded, City Stage, where she also directed. Her film and TV credits are numerous.  

Taryn Noelle, Choroeography

 Taryn Noelle of Stowe is a 2017 recipient of the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. She has been performing, teaching,  choreographing, and directing in Vermont for twenty years. She  teaches dance at Green Mountain Performing Arts in Waterbury and is the  Theatre Program director for Stowe High School. Other teaching credits:  Vermont One Act Festival, Green Mountain Performing Arts, Ballet  Wolcott, and the Vermont Young Playwright's Festival. (photo: David Garten)

Justin Lander, Improv/Comedy

 Justin Lander is a performer, puppeteer, musician, and cheap artist, and has toured nationally and internationally since 2002.  He is a cofounder of Modern Times Theater and is the emcee of Vermont Vaudeville.  Justin specializes in novelty instruments such as the slide whistle, the bicycle pump, and the human xylophone and teaches workshops for kids and adults in puppetry, junk music and improv comedy.  Justin is an alum of the Bread and Puppet Theater and Bates College and has been performing sketch and stand up comedy since he was eight. 

Sarah Trainor, Assistant Costume Design

As a child, Sarah was right at home in the costume workshop of a university. Her mother was a professional costumer, her father a leather craftsman. She has inherited a love of color, contrast and pattern and is pleased to make use of her designer's eye and instinct. She is also the VYT scout at thrift stores, junk shops and Goodwill, garnering many finds to serve VYT's commitment to original hand-made costumes of 95% recycled materials. Her daughter, Sylvie, is a VYT actor and excellent (and patient) dressmaker's model.