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Waldo Theatre announces new president, board member

Oct 07, 2020
Photo by: Anna Lupien Waldo Board President Keri Lupien.

Waldoboro — The Waldo Theatre announces the appointment of Keri Lupien as President of the Board and also the addition of Liz McGregor as a new member on its Board of Directors.

Keri Lupien, who joined the Waldo board in 2017, succeeds Janet McMahon who became president shortly after the inception of a new board in 2016. Lupien worked in the fine wine sales department of Pine State Beverage for 10 years and now focuses on raising her two girls and working in her husband's greenhouse business, Moose Crossing Garden Center in Waldoboro. When her eldest child showed interest in theater, Lupien realized how important it was to invest time, energy and money into The Waldo before it was lost forever. Lupien 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.

"Chairing a board with so many talented and inspiring people is an honor - everyone involved has put so much time and effort into making this project a reality and I am so very excited to be a part of this next phase of the Waldo. There is much work to be done, but we are eager, hopeful and very much looking forward to the time when we can all gather again safely to celebrate the arts. We are all glad that Janet (McMahon) is staying on in her new role as Board Vice President. Janet has been instrumental in building both momentum and capacity among the community for the Waldo's reopening."

As the newest board member, Liz McGregor 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.

“The first time I stepped into The Waldo was about nine years ago. I was captivated by its charm and historical significance, but also confused and saddened by the state it was in. I was always curious about the restoration and am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the work. I wholeheartedly believe that The Waldo will become an incredibly important cultural hub for the town, the region and the state. It is one of Waldoboro’s many gems and I so look forward to working with the wonderful group of dedicated individuals that are bringing The Waldo back. I am grateful for the opportunity and just so happy to be a part of The Waldo’s journey.”

The mission of the Waldo Theatre is to serve as a cultural hub, sparking an economic and cultural renaissance in downtown Waldoboro and the Midcoast region. For more information and to make a gift in support of The Waldo’s capital campaign, visit thewaldotheatre.org.

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