Susan MacNeil - Executive Producer

Susan MacNeil is a writer, media specialist, publicist and an event producer/fundraiser for nonprofits over the last 20 years. Her newest event is Southern Vermont Idol, which replaces Keene Idol, the successful singing competition held in Keene, NH from 2004-2015. She served as executive director of AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region for 15 years, and has experience hosting radio and cable access television shows, including voiceover work for audiobooks and commercials.

Robert McBride - Executive Director of RAMP

A native of California, Robert McBride received his B.A. in Painting from the University of California at Berkeley and then moved to New York City where he received his M.F.A. from Hunter College. He was a founding member in the late 1970’s of PS 122 (Painting Space), an alternative art space on Manhattan's Lower East Side. He purchased a home in Bellows Falls Vermont in 1982.

He currently lives in Bellows Falls Vermont, and is founder of The Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP) committed to integrating artists and the arts into the long-term sustainability of the community by creating effective partnerships that initiate and support: accessibility, affordable housing for artists, artist town meetings and public art initiatives.

Boards of Directors
Preservation Trust of Vermont
Advisor-emeritus to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, currently
State of Vermont Advisory Board for Cultural Heritage Tourism
Steering Committee for the Connecticut River National Byway, currently
Southern Vermont Regional Marketing Program
Great River Arts Institute
Friends of the Rockingham Free Public Library
Main Street Arts
Executive Director of Bellows Falls Downtown Development Alliance
Windham Regional Commission, at-large member, currently
Vermont Performance Lab, currently

Steve Pro - Judge


Wade Garret - Host

Wade the Great was born in Delaware, and raised in New Jersey, but he grew up in New England. Drawing from his lifetime of incredible coincidences, Wade easily communicates with diverse crowds and age groups. This combination performer brings excitement and positive energy everywhere he goes. Whether as master of ceremonies, justice of the peace, comic, singer, dancer, actor, writer, producer, manager, coach, instructor, friend, or any combination, audiences have come to expect to be entertained.