WALDOBORO — The Waldo continues to grow and expand its reach with the appointment of two new members to the board of directors: Chris Cash, of Nobleboro, and Cristina Stirratt, of Bremen. They joined over the Winter months, bringing the number of current members to eleven.
Chris Cash will be working on grant opportunities, data management, and outreach. She 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, Cash 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, she 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.
Cash and her husband and daughter relocated from Monhegan Island to Nobleboro in 2013, becoming active members of their new community. When not working or driving her daughter, Josephine, to theatre and dance practice, Cash 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.
“Chris comes from such a strong background in the nonprofit world. Her knowledge and experience are so valuable to us we get ready to launch our membership program,” said Board President Keri Lupien, in a news release. “We’re excited to have her as part of the team.”
Cristina Stirratt, of Bremen, brings a wealth of experience to the Waldo and is involved in planning events, membership development, and connecting The Waldo to a larger community.
Stirratt 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 nonprofit rock music based education program for children in 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, Stirratt 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.
“Crissy’s super power is production. She has a strong ability to map out large projects and has a keen eye for detail... just such an incredible addition to the Board,” said fellow Board member Liz McGregor. “I’m really looking forward to working with her as we get ready for events at the Waldo.”
The mission of the Waldo Theatre is to revitalize and cultivate the historic Waldo Theatre as a cultural cornerstone that connects, enriches, and entertains the people of our community.
To follow The Waldo’s progress, learn about upcoming events, or to make a donation, go to waldotheatre.org.