As Poolyle Productions, Susan Poulin and Gordon Carlisle have collaborated on theatrical productions that have played in theaters and colleges alike, breaking box office records throughout the Northeast. Their plays have also been used as benefits and fundraisers for a wide variety of organizations.
Selected by Portland Magazine as one of the “Ten Most Intriguing People in Maine,” award winning writer and performer Susan Poulin is the author of ten plays, five of which feature her alter ego, Ida LeClair. She was a featured performer in The Mirth of Venus and The Mirth Canal at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, The Maine Festival, the Minneapolis Fringe Theater Festival and Portland, Maine’s Cassandra Project. Seacoast Media Group selected Susan and Ida: Woman Who Runs With The Moose! to receive a Spotlight Award for Best Actress and Play of the Year in 1998. In 2005, they awarded her Best Actress and Best Original Script for Ida’s Havin’ a Yard Sale! As well as touring with her own work, Susan is an actor and facilitator for PowerPlay Interactive Development based at the University of New Hampshire. She writes the popular Maine humor blog and podcast, Just Ask Ida and is the author of Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Living the Good Life and The Sweet Life: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Love and Marriage, both published by Islandport Press.
The other half of Poolyle Productions, Gordon Carlisle, has been actively involved as a visual artist, songwriter and actor in the greater Portsmouth, NH area for over thirty years. A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, Gordon primarily makes his living as a visual artist, creating both residential and public murals, theatrical set design, portraits, graphics and illustration. In 1999, Gordon was awarded a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship for his achievement as a muralist. His most recent commissions include four murals for St. Peters Church in Portland, Maine, a new sky-and-clouds mural for the rotunda of the Portsmouth Middle School, and eighteen illustrations for Douglas Wheeler’s children’s book, Rudolfoletto, A Christmas Operetta for Gifted Reindeer. Gordon’s studio artwork has been exhibited across the US, and was most recently shown at the George Marshall Store Gallery in York, ME.