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


Photo by Robin Farrin of Coastal Maine Photography

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, Mark Macey

A graduate of Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Mark also holds a BA in Theatre Studies from the University of Utah. He is the founder and producer of Suckerpunch, a performance research collective whose productions range from multimedia installations to short films.