Our Executive Director works with a diverse, active, and committed board of directors and a wonderful group of advisors. They are tirelessly offering a breadth of professional skills and a lot of enthusiasm and energy. 

STAFF

Kate Fletcher - Executive Director

Kate has worked in arts administration and development for theatre arts, visual arts, and educational organizations for over 25 years, including the Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven, CT), Maine Media Workshops & College (Rockport, ME) The Strand (Rockland, ME), Legacy Theatre (Branford, CT), and Elm Shakespeare Company (New Haven, CT). She has also been active with Midcoast theatre companies as director, producer, actor, and board member. In 2018 she returned home to Maine from New Haven, CT where she had worked in marketing and communications at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas and served as Managing Director of Orchestra New England, to work at the Camden International Film Festival. Kate is excited to now be collaborating with The Waldo Board to reopen this venue she knows and loves so well.



Janet McMahon

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Keri Lupien

Keri Lupien - President

Keri worked in the fine wine sales department of Pine State Beverage for ten years and now spends her time raising her children and working in her husband's greenhouse business, Moose Crossing Garden Center in Waldoboro.When her eldest child showed interest in theater she realized how important it was to invest time, energy, and money into the Waldo before it was lost forever. Keri sees the theatre as an important piece of Waldoboro’s history and believes the arts are at the very core of our humanity, regardless of color, creed, education, or socio-economic background. She is also actively involved with Midcoast Conservancy.

Liz McGregor - Vice President

Liz brings a background in film and film festivals to the Waldo Board.  The Newcastle resident was a Theater major in college and has worked in all aspects of the film industry over the past 25 years. She hopes to help develop a collection of film series and bring film festival tours to The Waldo as part of the theatre’s future film programming. Liz recently published her photography book, "Portrait of Patagonia - Futaleufú, Chile", with collaborator Alex Nicks and is a Producer/Director of short documentary films with BoonDocs Media. She also runs her family’s Bed & Breakfast, The Osprey Nest, during the summer months. She loves the arts in all forms and strongly believes that creative expression by way of theater, film, dance and music is critical for healthy and vibrant communities.


 Chris Davis - Treasurer

Christa Thorpe - Secretary

Christa is a resident of Bremen, Maine where she has served on the School Board, the Bremen Conservation Commission and the Broadband Committee. After majoring in Anthropology and earning her MA in Teaching ESL from Wheaton College, she worked for ten years as an educator in Chicago, Bangladesh, and Maine, where she taught English at her high school alma mater Lincoln Academy. Since 2019, Christa has worked for the Island Institute in Rockland, currently serving as project lead of Broadband and Workforce Pathways. She plays flute in the Seacoast Community Orchestra and enjoys outdoor adventures, especially those involving woods and salt water.


Barbara Boardman

Barbara Boardman - Board Member

Barbara is an architectural and landscape designer and a certified organic farmer. She fell in love with Maine while attending College of the Atlantic and later did her graduate studies at Harvard School of Design in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Moving to Waldoboro in 2000 with her family she became an active member of the Waldoboro Planning Board, the Comprehensive Plan Committee, and the Waldoboro Farmers Market. As a member of the Building Committee her focus is the renovation and maintenance of the historic structure. She strongly feels that The Waldo’s reinstatement into the cultural life of our community is key to local economic development.


Elizabeth Hickey - Board Member

For the past 18 years, Beth has been a guidance counselor at Miller School, where she works closely with Waldoboro children and families. Originally from Newburyport, Massachusetts, Beth attended Regis College and then went to Kenya with the Peace Corps. Afterwards, she pursued a graduate degree in social work at Columbia University and spent the next five years working in the Bronx and Harlem before returning to Boston to be closer to her family. While in Boston, she worked at a residential treatment program for children. Beth has fond memories of her daughter Rose participating in plays at the Waldo and is excited about the campaign to restore the theatre and bring back programs that provide community members with opportunities to connect with one another. She also looks forward to helping to make the connection between the Waldo Theatre and local schools so students will have the opportunity to participate in musical, theatrical, and artistic programs.

Bruce Metrick - Board Member

Bruce is a Project Manager currently working for Cianbro Corporation. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master’s in Business Administration from Lehigh University. Bruce served on the Waldoboro Budget Committee for three years and did volunteer work for the Medomak Valley Land Trust water sampling program. Bruce is a U.S. Navy Veteran.​Bruce and his wife Margo have lived in Waldoboro for 11 years.

Bruce Metrick

Heidi Sawyer - Board Member

Heidi is a sailmaker with over 30 years of experience in the industry. She has her own sail loft, where she has sewed sails for the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, the schooner Roseway, and as a subcontractor for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and Master and Commander. She is community-minded and has volunteered at Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Wooden Boat Foundation Board, Girls Scouts, Skidompha Library, and many other organizations. A decade ago, Heidi and her daughter helped with many stage productions at the Waldo, where she also served on the board of directors. Heidi wants to help make the Waldo an “active part of our community again and sees it as a big piece of the fantastic evolution Waldoboro is experiencing.” She has worn many hats during her varied career and is willing to sweep floors, balance the checkbook, and even reupholster theatre seats! Heidi lives in Waldoboro.

Lucas McNelly

Ken Stevenson - Board Member

Ken brings a variety of skills and wonderful enthusiasm to the Waldo board. After graduating from Brown University with a concentration in religious studies, Ken pursued several different career paths, including stints as a stock broker and as an executive in several high-tech software start ups. In 2002, Ken became Director of Resident Life at the Hun School in Princeton (NJ), his alma mater, and worked there for ten years. Given the chance to help launch a full residential program at Lincoln Academy in Damariscotta, Ken and his family moved back to the family farm in Waldoboro, which his grandfather purchased in the 1930s. Ken is currently the Design, Engineering and Technology Department Head and head varsity soccer coach at Lincoln Academy. His wife, Ali, is the director for Communications at Midcoast Conservancy located in Edgecomb. They have five children, Andrea, Campbell, Connor, Tucker and Riley, three dogs and a cat. Ken loves coaching soccer, reading and sailing.

Crissy Stirratt - Board Member

Crissy has been a freelance photography producer for the past twenty years producing fashion, advertising, editorial and catalog shoots primarily in New York and Chicago. She has been a board member of Intonation Music Workshop since 2014, a non-profit rock music based education program for children in the City of Chicago. Her husband, John Stirratt (co-founder of the bands Wilco and The Autumn Defense) and their daughter have provided her the opportunity to see the direct impact that the performing arts can have on people’s lives. After living in cities and traveling extensively, Crissy has very happily returned to live in Maine with her family and has been busy doing all the things she loves to do. She looks forward to giving back to her community and is energized by the incredible work and atmosphere at The Waldo.


ADVISORY COUNCIL

Argy Nestor

Educator, Sweetland School


Julie Keizer

Waldoboro Town Manager


Ron Phillips

Founder & CEO, Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (retired) 


Aaron Robinson

Composer, conductor, musicologist


John Stirratt

Instrumentalist in nationally-acclaimed band Wilco



BUILDING ADVISORS

David Brogden

Master electrician, DS Brogden Co. 


Jim Derby

Derby Restorations and Inspections


Bill Evans

William Evans, Fine Handmade Furniture and Antique Restoration 


Paul LaPorte

Theatrical sound designer


Adam Maltese

Architectural Designer, A. Maltese Design 


John Morris

Principal, John Morris Architects


Brian and Amanda Scheuzger

Architects Medomak Design, Architectural & Graphic Design


Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece

Assistant Professor, English and Film Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee