Deb Square


ARTBARN 2013  |  Scenographer, Co-Artistic Director
ARTBARN 2014  |  
Scenographer, Co-Artistic Director
ARTBARN 2015  |  
Scenographer, Co-Artistic Director 
ARTBARN 2016  |  
Scenographer, Co-Artistic Director


After spending eighteen years working in a General Motors plant building ECUs (electronic control units) in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, Deb O left to pursue an undergraduate degree in theatre design with a minor in studio art and art history at Marquette University.  From there, she was accepted at the Yale School of Drama where she earned an MFA in Theater Design.

Deb O’s extensive scenography training and range of experiences as well as her background in folk art, dance and gymnastics, clowning and mask making, a bit of puppetry have all lent themselves to an innovative approaches to the creation of unique theatrical events.  Deb O has enjoyed intimate, long-term collaborations with theater directors Brian Mertes, Tamilla Woodard, Alex Harvey, Stephen Brackett, GT Upchurch, Lee Sunday Evans of C Town, Sarah Cameron Sunde, Mia Rovegno, Jess K Smith, Jen Wineman and dance-theatre makers Dan Safer of Witness Relocation, Tami Stronach Dance, Sam Pinkleton, and Diane Vanderhei and Tom Thoreson of Footworks Dance Company.  She has also designed numerous memorable special events.

With directors Brian Mertes and Melissa Kievman and The Lake Lucille Project, Deb O has devised and created large-scale, environmental designs for day-long performances of each of Chekhov’s great works.  With playwright/producer Beau Willimon and directors Brian Mertes and Alex Harvey, the project moved to a giant warehouse in Sunset Park, Brooklyn for an epic environmental staging of Lanford Wilson’s Balm In Gilead.

She has designed a number of new works and new musicals.  Such as The Lacy ProjectJihad the Musical, The Daughters, The Deepest Play Ever, F%#king Up Everything, Bubble Boy Magical History Tourand The Material World (one of Time Out New York’s top 10 shows of 2012). She is currently in the rehearsal room helping to develop Light: A Dark Comedy, a project for The New Victory Theater.

Deb O is a member of the Wingspace design collective and ARTBARN.  She is on the Design Faculty of NYU Tisch’s Playwrights Horizons Theater School, teaches collaboration for the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Program, and has given master classes at Marquette, Fairmont University and Meredith College.  She is a recipient of Yale’s Jay and Rhonda Keene Award, has been featured twice at the Prague Quadrennial, and has received numerous American College Theater Festival Awards including Best Designer of the Year. In 2013, her production of Enemy of the People in an abandoned grain factory in Red Hook was chosen as one of the best theater productions in New York.

Kate Square


ARTBARN 2013  |  Chef, Core Creative Team
ARTBARN 2014  |  Chef, Core Creative Team
ARTBARN 2015  |  Chef, Core Creative Team
ARTBARN 2016  |  Chef, Core Creative Team
ARTBARN 2017  |  Chef, Core Creative Team

Kate Baker Linsley is a Freelance Chef in Denver, CO.  She grew up cooking alongside her parents, had her first apprenticeship at a Buddhist retreat center in southern France, and her second on a tall ship sailing around the Caribbean. She loves most to cook for family and friends, but has enjoyed the thrilling spectacle of cooking for 1,500 people, too.

As an artist, Kate has dabbled in multiple disciplines (music, theater, painting, sculpture, writing, flower arranging, japanese archery and more) and is elated to be bringing artistic nourishment to the creators and audiences of ARTBARN.

Alex Square

ARTBARN 2014  |  Producer, Core Creative Team
ARTBARN 2015  |  
Producer, Core Creative Team



Alex Peterson is the Marketing Coordinator at the Media Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Northampton, Massachusetts that produces and distributes educational documentary films that inspire critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media.  Alex has served on the boards of the low-power FM community radio station Valley Free Radio and the National Media Market, an annual event where educational media producers and distributors connect with librarians.

She has studied theatre at the University of Puget Sound, sang in an a cappella vocal collective, and co-hosted a weekly environmental radio show.  Born in Saudi Arabia, Alex has lived in Singapore, Vienna, Dubai, and Seattle, and now makes her home in downtown Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Clare Square


ARTBARN 2016  |  Lead Producer
ARTBARN 2017  |  
Core Creative Team



Clare Hatlo is a producer and collaborative theatre artist. She is a founding member of the Satori Group. With them she has produced WE REMAIN PREPARED and designed iLove:Tragedy: a tragedyFabulous PrizesreWilding, and has worked on many other projects. She has also designed with PE|Mo, Queer Teen Ensemble Theatre, Seattle Public Theater, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Book-It Repertory and the Know Theatre of Cincinnati. She was the Associate Producer for Williams College Summer Theater Lab from 2015-2016.