The host of our Opening Night Talkback is known to some as our very first ‘Nathaniel Saltonstall’, having portrayed him for our scene reading in May of 2017 at the Buttonwoods Museum. Otherwise known as Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President for Development at Gordon College, he has served in senior leadership positions, overseeing fundraising for nonprofits including Prison Fellowship Ministries, Promise Keepers, Hawaiian Islands Ministries and, most recently, Wycliffe. Edwards holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is also a multi-talented actor and singer.
Our Talk Back on Friday, Nov. 2 was with Dan Howlett. Dan began working on the Salem Witch Trials for a high school project and never stopped. Salem remained a constant subject of interest during his undergraduate career at The George Washington University where he studied History and Political Science. He produced the history department's first digital humanities thesis, a social network analysis of the Salem Witch Trials on www.salemnetworks.org. After graduating in 2017, he began his Masters in History at George Mason University where he expects to graduate in May 2019. He plans to pursue a PhD in History. His research interests are centered on the social and cultural history of colonial America. He has also presented at several conferences around the country. Dan will present his research on disability during the Salem Witch Trials at the 2019 American Historical Association national meeting.