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,” writer/performer Susan Poulin has been creating and touring her original theatrical works since 1992. A graduate of the University of Southern Maine theater program, she was a featured performer in The Mirth of Venus and The Mirth Canal at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and at The Maine Festival, the Minneapolis Fringe Theater Festival and Portland, Maine’s Cassandra Project. Her work has been supported by the NH State Council on the Arts, the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council. Susan is also a popular keynote speaker, and has brought her humor and insight to presentations for groups such as Seacoast Women’s Week, the American Cancer Society (New England Division), and the Personal Historians National Conference. As her alter-ego Ida, Susan 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 Livin’ the Good Life, published by Islandport Press. Join Ida on her facebook page.
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 private 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 have been a 100’ square modular mural for the Hampton Beach State Park Sea Shell Complex Conference Center, a four panel, WPA-style mural for The Dance Hall in Kittery, Maine and a Percent for Art commission for the Fourth District Court in Laconia, NH. Gordon’s studio artwork has been exhibited across the US.