Director, Chris Grannis
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
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.”
Development Coordinator, Susan Coopersmith
Susan 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.
Tarah Waters, who served as Eastport Arts Center’s Island Institute Fellow in 2015-2016, has returned to do another year with the center. Fondly remembered by community members for her engaging personality, energetic style and can-do attitude, Waters worked extensively with youth groups during her previous tenure in Eastport, and became enmeshed in the year-round Eastport community young and old. She reports on her year away: “After a quick trip to Australia, spending 8 months in Hawaii working as a professional tutor and fruit tree planting foundation manager, and working the last couple of months as a summer camp assistant director in Colorado … I am beyond thrilled to be returning and am looking forward to catching up with old friends, making new ones, and getting back to the Downeast way of life I love so much!”