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 – 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 Los Angeles, New York City, and Vermont. As a teaching artist Dominic spent two years with The Unusual Suspects Theater Company in Los Angeles teaching theater and improvisation to at-risk youth ages 10 to 16. Most recently Dominic has taught acting, stage production, and playwriting with Dog River Ed., and Dirt Road Theater. He is currently developing an online platform for the performing arts called TheaterEngine, and writing and producing Dirt Road Theater’s episodic story podcast, Fairies and Dragons, Ponies and Knights.


Tamar Cole – Tamar Cole is a teacher and writer for stage, screen and television. She was a finalist at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference with her play Rhymes and Reasons and has written five additional plays including Variations On A Theme, for which she received a fellowship at the CAP21 theater residency in New York City. Screenplays include Living Conditions, optioned by Director/Producer Taylor Hackford and Producer Graham Leader, that was developed for, and with, Helen Mirren. She has also written for TV, and is co-creator of The System, a TV series about foster care and the department of Children and Families, currently in development. For seven years Tamar was the Director of the Whalebone Mentoring Program on Long Island, where she tutored children ages five to eighteen in math and language arts skills. She currently coaches writers of all ages, and has a special appreciation for the imagination and energy of children.