Jon Svetkey and Heather Quay
The Loomersare two-time winners of the Berklee College Of Music “Battle Of The Executive Bands.” They once backed John Mellencamp at a party at the 2004, performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and are two time winners of the Berklee College of Music “Battle of the Executive Bands”.
They have been performing their music for over 20 years and have collaborated with the likes of Dar Williams, Don White and Ellis Paul.
Their albums include Reeling Down A Road (2010), Tomorrow Today (2006), SHINE (2004), Simple As That (1998) and escalation (1997).
The Loomers are; JON SVETKEY (acoustic guitar, lead vocals, songs), EVERETT PENDLETON (electric guitar, harmony vocals), JACK CAVALIER (bass guitar, harmony vocals), MICHAEL CAHILL (drums), ROB LAURENS (keyboards), HEATHER QUAY (harmony vocals), and TOM SIMONS (electric guitar). Occasionally some of our talented friends — like Jakub Trasak (violin), Jeff Isen (guitar, mandolin, trombone), Josh Kantor (keyboards) or Jim Wooster (electric guitar).
About Jon Svetkey: Jon Svetkey is an accomplished singer/songwriter. Jon co-founded End Construction Productions with Ellis Paul, Jim Infantino and Brian Doser. He has released 10 albums of his music and his songs have appeared on CBS, Cinemax, The CW, MTV, NBC, and PBS. Jon performs with his wife Heather Quay as one half of folk duo, The Yellow Room.
About Heather Quay: Heather is an accomplished singer/songwriter and has been on the stage for many years. As one half of Quay & O’Conor, she performed at colleges and clubs throughout the Northeast, including Columbia University, CBGBs and Club. Heather joins Jon performing together in their folk duo group The Yellow Room.
Andy Short is an Executive Director and actor with the Improbable Players. Andy is in long term recovery from Substance Use Disorder. He shares his story the goal of helping people develop an understanding of the nature of addiction as well as identifying resources in the community that can assist with prevention.
About Improbable Players
Improbable Players uses theater performances & workshops to address addiction, alcoholism, and the opioid epidemic. Our performances are 25-45 minutes long followed by a talkback/Q&A. Our workshops give students the space and tools to combat social pressures and find coping strategies that work for them.Our plays are based on true stories and performed by people in recovery.
Our work is appropriate for 6th grade and up. In addition to schools, we’ve performed at conferences, treatment centers, and community events across the country.
Improbable Players have been performing the mission of substance use disorder prevention since 1984. With each performance we collect feedback. The sentiments are clear: our work is uniquely impactful because our actors have lived the stories they perform. These are universally relatable stories.
This feedback is bolstered by research by John F. Kelly, PhD, ABPP with Recovery Research Institute at MGH. His pre and post show surveys show significant changes in attitudes and knowledge of school age audiences. This is evidence based prevention education
Paul is an actor living/working in the Boston area. He is also a free lance writer, an amateur hockey goalie, a proud Dad and grandfather.
Paul lives life with passion; his motto is “what’s around the next corner”… he is quick witted, funny, compassionate and excited about life.
Paul’s life has reflected his values. He started as a salesman at Sears, took a job as a flight attendant and finally took the leap to his real passion, acting.
Paul is a cast member with COAAST www.coaast.org , has appeared in dozens of films, including the leading role in the critically acclaimed movie Sundown which can be seen on Amazon starting April 3rd. He has played everything from serial killers to grandfathers to millionaires and enjoys every single opportunity looking forward to the next adventure “around the corner”.
Reverend Ron Tibbetts is a Deacon in the Episcopal Church. He served as the Executive Director of Neighborhood Action Inc in Boston where he ministered to the homeless for over 17 years.
Following is an excerpt from a 2002 article on his ministry with Neighborhood Action;
“If you happen to be standing on the Boston Common just before 7 A.M. on any given day, you might see Ron Tibbets walking to church. Plant yourself anywhere between the Park Street ‘T’ stop and the State House and you might hear him call out the name of somebody lying on a bench before stopping to talk for a few moments. Then he continues on, making his way up to Beacon Street, then around the corner and down the hill onto Bowdoin Street.
The Rev. Ronald Tibbets, a vocational deacon in the diocese, is the executive director of Neighborhood Action Inc., which operates as the social ministry arm of St. John’s.
Mopping floors of the parish hall at St. John’s, helping in the kitchen and then putting on the clerical collar to say the blessing at the Thursday evening meal, Deacon Tibbets is, in the words of the prayer book, interpreting “to the church the needs, concerns and hopes of the world.” And he is joined by a dedicated cadre of staff members and volunteers who find that they are humbled, challenged and fed by their involvement with Neighborhood Action.
Leaving theological or liturgical differences at the door, volunteers get to work in creating “a place of trust and certainty,” as Deacon Tibbets put it. Sometimes, when he offers a mealtime prayer of thanksgiving for the presence of all gathered, he gets a round of applause in return.
Deacon Tibbets and others are fed because they are honored to have been trusted by their guests, even if they are sometimes startled by what they hear. And everyone has been transformed.”
Most recently Rev Tibbetts has been an integral part of the #2069 project. This campaign, originated at Trinity Episcopal Church in Wrentham Massachusetts, seeks to reduce stigma and promote understanding of substance use disorder.
Elizabeth Addison is a composer, lyricist, playwright, actor, producer, activist and woman in recovery, and after nearly a decade of active addiction, found her way to recovery through the Arts. She strongly believes in the Arts and their ability to change the world, and hopes that This is Treatment will help de-stigmatize an issue affecting millions of people and empower women to speak their truths and find their power.
I began writing “This Is Treatment” after my year long stay at a women’s residential treatment facility for substance abuse. While I was in treatment, this thought kept popping in my head, ‘something needs to written about treatment.’As a kid, I always loved musicals, and I always wanted to write one, but just never believed that I could. Not having written a song before, I began writing this story about women helping women recover, after a young producer told me ‘”all you need to do to write a song is find a melody”. After hearing that, I immediately go to work. Three weeks later, I had composed my first song and This Is Treatment was born. My musical is about the resilience of the human spirit. We see women struggling to put the broken pieces of their lives back together. The show will have you experiencing a whirl wind of emotions from sadness, pain, love and joy. It is my hope that with This Is Treatment, people will be able to see past the addiction, past the dereliction, past the monster and into the heart and soul of a human being.
Jack Fultz is an elite American long-distance runner, who came to prominence in the 1970s after winning the 1976 Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest and most established marathon race. In addition to his win in 1976 Jack recorded two top 10 finishes in Boston and qualified for three consecutive United States Olympic Trials marathons in 1972, 1976, and 1980. Because President Jimmy Carter called for a boycott of the 1980 Moscow Games, Fultz did not run in the 1980 Olympic Trials. In 1996, Fultz was inducted into the Georgetown University Hall of Fame and on that occasion was invited to the White House to run with then-President Bill Clinton. Also in 1996, Fultz was inducted into the DC Road Runners Hall of Fame
Jack has been an instructor of sport psychology at Tufts University, is currently a fitness consultant and personal coach and a motivational speaker.
Jack serves as the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge team’s Training Advisor, a team that has raised over $85 million for cancer research.
Raye Lynn Mercer, Director
Franklin School for Performing Arts, Franklin Perfomring Arts Company
Founder of the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, Raye Lynn Mercer received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Middlebury College and attended the Vienna International Music Center in Vienna, Austria, where she studied with Maria-Regina Seidlhofer of the Academy of Music. Her teachers included Guiseppe deLellis, Diana Fanning, Gabriel Chodos and Yoriko Takahashi. Pianist, director and choreographer, Raye Lynn has presented 31 seasons of musicals, plays, concerts and dance productions with FSPA and the community-based Franklin Performing Arts Company, established in 1991. Raye Lynn serves as Administrator of the school, oversees the FSPA musical theater program and directs the international touring ensemble Electric Youth. Her FSPA student’s résumés include Broadway, national tours, off-Broadway, regional and touring companies, European concert tours, Fox-TV’s American Idol finals and performances at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris, as well as placement in top college and conservatory arts programs. Combining profession and hobby, Raye Lynn has directed Symphony of Horses productions across the country. Internationally, she has developed Electric Youth’s professional concert tours in Europe and taught musical theater workshops in Austria and Hong Kong. President and Executive Director of the Franklin Performing Arts Company, Raye Lynn is the visionary of THE BLACK BOX, a new performance and event venue located behind FSPA in the heart of downtown Franklin.