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.
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
Janet McMahon - Vice President
Janet is an ecologist who works with conservation organizations and private landowners to identify conservation priorities and manage their land. She has a BS from Colby College and an MS from the University of Maine. Janet is a founder of the Medomak Valley Land Trust, has served on its board, and currently chairs its Lands Committee. She organized the Kinderkonzert program at the Waldo Theatre for fifteen years and her family volunteered and performed in many productions. She and her husband Chris Davis moved to Waldoboro in 1984 and raised their two daughters there.
Barbara Boardman - Secretary
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.
Chris Cash - Board Member
Chris has over 20 years of experience in various nonprofit roles, most recently working as an Advancement Officer at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay. Before Bigelow, Chris worked as Program Director for the Frances Perkins Center and previously as Outreach Director for the Institute for Broadening Participation. In addition to the nonprofit realm, Chris worked in a variety of commercial fisheries over two decades, including tuna fishing and groundfishing in the Gulf of Maine and as a lobster boat captain on Monhegan Island.
Chris and her husband and daughter relocated from Monhegan Island to Nobleboro in 2013, becoming active members of their beloved new community. When not working or driving her daughter Josephine to theatre and dance practice, Chris can be found with husband Rich Shea renovating their 1850 farmhouse, which they assume will take them the rest of their lives. All three family members look forward to being involved with everything on the horizon for the Waldo Theatre.
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.
Liz McGregor - Board Member
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 has been working as a Producer on the documentary, MOTHERLOAD, for the past year and a half and 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.
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.
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.
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.
Christa Thorpe - Board Member
Christa is a resident of Bremen, Maine where she serves on the AOS 93 School Board and the Bremen Conservation Commission. She has worked for the past decade as an educator since completing her BA in Anthropology and MA in Teaching from Wheaton College. Christa returned home to midcoast Maine in 2013 and worked at her alma mater Lincoln Academy, teaching English and ESL. She is married to Bennett Collins, founder of Harvest Moon, a Waldoboro based farm-to-table catering business. Working in Waldoboro has allowed Christa to reconnect with The Waldo, where she enjoyed performing and watching 3D thrillers as a child. She plays flute in the Seacoast Community Orchestra and enjoys outdoor adventures, especially those involving woods and salt water.
Educator, Sweetland School
Waldoboro Town Manager
Founder & CEO, Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (retired)
Composer, conductor, musicologist
Instrumentalist in nationally-acclaimed band Wilco
Master electrician, DS Brogden Co.
Derby Restorations and Inspections
William Evans, Fine Handmade Furniture and Antique Restoration
Theatrical sound designer
Architectural Designer, A. Maltese Design
Principal, John Morris Architects
Brian and Amanda Scheuzger
Architects Medomak Design, Architectural & Graphic Design
Assistant Professor, English and Film Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee