Director, Chris Grannis

Photo by Robin Farrin of Coastal Maine Photography

After moving to Pembroke from the hills of western Massachusetts with three babies 26 years ago, Chris and her husband Steve  got involved with Stage East in all areas of backstage work. This association moved with the organization to EAC’s home on Washington Street  where she became Facilities Manager of the arts center and on to be the present Director. The ability to direct all that goes on at the EAC comes from raising five rugged individualists in Downeast Maine.

 

Education and Outreach Coordinator, Alison Brennan

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Alison’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Music Education from Plymouth University, a Master’s in Education degree from UMO and a 38-year career as a music teacher for the Calais school department. Growing up in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, she is happy to have settled in our beautiful area of Downeast Maine.  She and her husband, Tom, were committed to raising their three children with many cultural opportunities.  She now continues this passion for enhancing arts educational experiences for EAC through organization of our many varied workshops and outreach activities.

 

Publicity Director, Lauren Koss

Lauren graduated summa cum laude from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, in 2000. She moved to Washington County in 2006. She has held a diverse array of jobs—running a café; doing layout and design for a weekly newspaper; singing with jazz and rock bands;  compiling an arts and culture guide and planning a music series. All of these experiences are linked by her urge to communicate—whether through the flavor of the soup of the day, the way a print ad might pop as you page by, or in a turn of phrase that might stand out in the barrage of weekly emails. She enjoys applying her communicative fervor to the needs of the EAC, whose lineup of events gets her “all jazzed up.”

 

Island Institute Fellow, Naphtali Fields

img_7007-2napthaliNaphtali Leyland Fields is a writer, director, educator, and commercial fisherman from Kodiak, Alaska.  She recently received an MFA in Directing and Public Dialogue from Virginia Tech and is passionate about telling the stories of rural, coastal communities. Recent projects include Setnet, an a capella musical written about commercial salmon fishing in remote Alaska and Icara, a feminist re-telling of the Icarus myth.

Development Coordinator, Susan Coopersmith

13903279_1211302245568778_5181140552254628029_nSusan was born and raised in Massachusetts. As a young adult she found “home” in coastal Maine on Mt. Desert Island, where she raised her daughter and created handcrafted jewelry for thirty years. In the early 2000s, after completing graduate work in Anthropology, she headed off to East Africa, spending the past decade as a manager of human development projects. Recently returned to Maine and encouraged by a longtime friend, Susan has chosen to settle in Eastport and looks forward to sharing her passions and experience as Development Coordinator at the EAC.

Business Manager, Jaime Mitchell

jaimeJaime graduated from the University of Maine at Machias with a B.S. in Business Management. She has more than 10 years of experience ranging from budget creation and grant reconciliation to Quickbooks and bookkeeping. Jaime is the mother of a lively little boy and strives to provide her son with a childhood similar to the one that she had growing up in Eastport. Community-minded pastimes include participating on the City of Eastport’s recreation committee, assistant-coaching t-ball, and acting as Treasurer for both Cub Scout Troop # 4631 and the Friends of the Boat School.