The Dreamland Foundation is staffed with a dedicated team that is devoted to enriching Nantucket with year-round films and educational programs in the evolving world of digital entertainment and education.
Melissa Murphy, Executive Director
Proud to call Nantucket home, Melissa has lived on island since 1982 and was a 1993 graduate of Nantucket High School. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and graduated from Eugene Lang College in Manhattan with a degree in Arts in Context. After living in Portland, Maine for eight years, Melissa returned to Nantucket in 2008 and began her work with the Dreamland in May of 2009. An active member of the Nantucket community, she was elected to the Nantucket School Committee in 2009. While she continues to volunteer her time to various organizations, Melissa values the time spent with her family the most. She is proud and excited to bring the transformative power of film and the performing arts to the Nantucket community.
Donald Dallaire, Director of Theater Operations
Donald graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BFA, Theater Major – focus in performance; Vocal Performance Minor. Upon graduating, Donald spent several summers performing in regional summer stock theaters along the east coast. His favorites have included Seacoast Repertory Theater (Portsmouth, NH), the historic Glove Theater (Gloversville, NY), and of course both Theater Workshop of Nantucket and the Dreamland Theater. In 2007 Donald secured his first lead role in TWN’s production of Moby Dick: the musical. He returned the following summer to perform in Grease (TWN) and then he returned once more to join the Dreamland in their first production of The Sound of Music. Since then Donald has become a year round resident and full time employee with the Dreamland Foundation. He has applied his artistic and organizational skills – which reach far beyond performance – to several community organizations. Donald has served as Co-Chair for the Tim Russet Summer Groove committee (Boys & Girls Club); he has been a judge for the Jr. Mr. Pageant (NHS), and he has been a mentor to and choreographer for students in both the Jr. Miss Pageant and the High School Musical. Donald will continue to be seen both behind the scenes and in the spotlight at the Dreamland Foundation and anywhere else an artistic touch is needed in the community.
Traci Finnerty, Director of Finance and Administration
Traci was born and raised in California, originally arriving on Nantucket in the early 1980s. After attending Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA and Universidad Complutense in Madrid, she graduated with a B.A. in Spanish. While living in Boston, Traci worked as a certified project manager in software development and network services before returning to Nantucket to live full-time in 2003. Upon her return, Traci served for many years as the Business Administrator for a local commercial general contractor and as the Business Manager for a locally-owned lumber company. Traci is proud to be a part of the Nantucket Dreamland Foundation and brings with her an extensive and versatile business acumen. Traci is an avid runner. You may spot her and her Jack Russell Terrier running somewhere on the trails or shores of Nantucket.
Tiffany B. Gallo, Program Manager
Born and raised in Warwick, RI, Tiffany attended Marymount Manhattan College as a Communications Major for two years before transferring to the University of Rhode Island where she pursued a degree in Theater – Directing Concentration. Upon graduating with honors, Tiffany moved to Upstate NY, where she continued to develop her skills as a director and performer. It was here she realized her calling was to share her love of the arts with children. Soon she applied and was accepted to Skidmore College where she began working towards her Masters in “Enriching Education through the Arts”. Before completing her degree, Tiffany landed on the island of Nantucket and never wanted to go back. Over the course of her first five years with the Nantucket Dreamland Foundation, Tiffany worked her way from guest artist, to Education Coordinator and then Program Manager. Tiffany’s position now allows her to collaborate with other artists and educators from around the world, while focusing on bringing the best in quality programming to the Nantucket community.
Grace Hull, Development Associate
Grace Hull, an almost-native of Nantucket, has spent most of her life on island. After graduating Nantucket High School, she headed down south for college and graduated from Elon University in Elon, NC with a degree in Corporate Communications. She returned home to Nantucket after living in Washington DC and Boston. Grace brings over a decade of experience in sales and marketing to her role in development and is thrilled to be part of the team at the Dreamland Foundation. Grace also serves on the Board of Directors at Small Friends on Nantucket, an early education and child care program. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family at the beach and enjoying all that Nantucket has to offer.
Danny Harrison, Technical Supervisor
Danny Harrison, originally from Herndon, Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C., attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia; where he studied Piano Performance. Danny, having moved to Boston, MA in 2005, has been a member of IATSE Local 481 Studio Mechanics Union in the Lighting and Rigging Grip departments since 2007, and has worked on numerous films shot in the Boston area. He has also toured nationally and internationally both as a performer and technician. As a lighting designer, carpenter, fabricator and technician for theatre, dance, film and special events in the entertainment industry for almost 20 years, Danny has worked for many theatre, dance, and opera companies including The Wolf Trap Opera Company, American Repertory Theatre, The Huntington Theatre Company, The Cutler Majestic Theater at Emerson College, Brandeis University Theatre, Theater Workshop of Nantucket, and the White Heron Theatre Company, to name a few. For several years he worked for a prominent Boston/NYC Rigging and Staging company doing design, fabrication, construction, theatre installations and inspections of rigging and safety systems. Despite being the lighting designer for the Dreamland’s productions since 2009, Danny moved to Nantucket in the winter of 2014 to fill the role of Technical Supervisor to bring his years of experience and technical knowledge to support the needs of the many Dreamland Foundation productions and the community.
Paul Berard, Head Projectionist
Originally from Westford, MA Paul started coming to Nantucket seasonally in 2010 and became a year ’round resident in 2012. First hired by the Dreamland to move a pile of sand, when the Dreamland was just a tent, he has worked his way up the ladder to the position that he holds today. Paul studied film at Fitchburg State University, and has been passionate about movies since he first saw Evil Dead when he was 14. When not at the Dreamland he can be found working for the Department of Public Works or spending time with the ducks that live in his backyard.