Theater education and production in Northfield Vermont

About Dirt Road Theater

Dirt Road Theater is a brand-new theater company and theater education program based in Northfield, Vermont. It is run by Maren Langdon Spillane and Dominic Spillane, two local theater artists and educators. To inquire about involvement with current classes or productions, please email us at


Dirt Road Theater is dedicated to telling good stories to Vermonters like us. We are invested in using actors of all ages to bring to life both new and enduring works of theater. We believe that adults, kids, and everyone in between deserves to create and enjoy theater that challenges, inspires, and entertains. When it comes to education, we believe passionately in giving young actors a safe and invigorating space to explore their skills and ideas. We put kids first, allowing their interests, abilities, and passion to shine. By nourishing a playful spirit of experimentation alongside the opportunity to build professional skills, Dirt Road Theater’s education program provides a unique place for kids- whether aspiring actors or curious beginners- to learn about theater. 

Maren Langdon Spillane
Maren Langdon Spillane

After getting her graduate degree in education, Maren lived and worked as an actor in New York City for several years. Since moving back to her native Vermont, Maren has taught classes and camps around the state (including at Northfield Middle and Elementary schools, ArtisTree Community Arts Center, and Dog River Education). Maren continues to act locally, while also enjoying her role as homeschool mama to her two kids. 

Dominic Spillane

Dominic grew up in Colorado and has spent many years acting, directing, teaching, and producing in both Los Angeles and New York City. He continues to act and direct locally, as well as having recently taught with Dog River Education. He is currently developing an online platform for the performing arts called TheaterEngine (