Age 29, Auburn resident

Artistic Director, Cue Zero Theatre Company; Drama Club Advisor, Central High School; Manager, Sowa Entertainment

Birthplace: Auburn

Family: Mother, Father, Sister, two chihuahuas, one cat

High school: Pinkerton

College/post grad degrees: B.A. in Theatre from UNH

What is the best career advice you ever received?

You gotta create your own work and your own opportunities, that’s what will really impress the important people. You cannot control a lot of things in life, but you can control how hard you work.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

We’ve got to take care of each other. People need people. To me, theater is the ultimate tool in creating better humans for the world. Everyone who performs gains empathy for different view points, and everyone who takes in a show should be moved and inspired to take action over something important to them.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

Eight years later, you’re still not going to have any clue what you’re doing, so just follow your heart and bust your butt. It’ll be a bumpy road, but worth it.

What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?

Affordable housing, more arts and entertainment geared towards people too young to remember the Berlin Wall, a strong focus on bettering our education system and quality of living for our future families.

Volunteer activities: Epping Community Theatre Artistic Committee, Kreiva Academy Public Charter School Drama Coach.

Last major achievement: Best of New Hampshire – Best “New” Theatre.

Upcoming Event

March 18, 2020 at the Grappone Conference Center, Concord, NH

A reception for the 40 Under Forty Class of 2020 will be held in March. Network with the best and brightest young leaders in our state.

Registration is now open!

Tickets are $45


4:30 - 5:15 pm - VIP Reception

The VIP reception is only open to 2020 class, past recipients and other guests by invitation only

5:15 - 6:00 pm - Cocktail Reception

6:00 - 7:30 pm - Awards Presentation

View the event recap and photos from 2019


Become a sponsor and be a part of one of the most followed events in New Hampshire. Sponsors receive year round recognition from the nomination process through the special section to the event.  There is no better opportunity for your business to be seen by the most influential Granite Staters. For more information contact Stephanie Baxter at 603-206-7833 or


Since its inception in 2002, the New Hampshire Union Leader's annual 40 Under Forty awards have honored more than 720 outstanding Granite Staters making a difference in their communities and professions. Nominations are gathered from across the state and are followed by a reception in March.

Nominations for 2021 will open in April 2020


  • Candidates should have already contributed significantly to their field, their community and/or the state and should have the potential to do much more in future years.
  • Nominees must not turn 40 before February 1, 2021.
  • Nominees must have lived in the state for the past three years.
  • Candidates may nominate themselves.
  • Previous winners are not eligible.
  • Past nominations that were not selected can be submitted with updated information
  • Selections are not final until announced.
  • The number of nominations received for a person has no bearing on the judging process
  • Additional letters or emails of recommendation will not be accepted
  • DEADLINE: All nominations must be received by October 6, 2019