Board of Trustees

The Portland Stage Board of Trustees is comprised of 23 community members who are passionate about the arts, and who come from all walks of life, representing many of Maine’s private and public sectors. As the governing body of Portland Stage, the Board of Trustees holds the organization in trust for our community, ensuring the theater’s ongoing artistic mission and fiscal health and responsibility.

If you would like to learn more about Board service or to express your interest in being considered for a position, please contact Development Director Beth Given via email.

2021-2022 Board of Trusteees


President • Darrell Pardy Brunswick • Partner, Aventure Management
VP Finance • Fredric Farber Falmouth • Co-Founder, Maine Craft Distilling
VP Governance • Venita Simcock Scarborough • Retired – Compensation & Benefits Manager
VP Development • Nelson A. Toner Portland • Attorney, Bernstein Shur
Secretary • Sara A. Murphy South Portland • Attorney, Pierce Atwood


Samantha Bowen South Portland • Realtor, Landing Homes
Susan Carter Portland • Retired – Academic Physician, CWRU
Peter Clough Portland • Retired – Professional Theatre Director
Scott Cowger Harpswell • Innkeeper, Maple Hill Farm Inn & Conference Center
Margaret Groban South Portland • Former National Domestic Violence Coordinator, U.S. Deptartment of Justice
Amanda Hannan Portland • Motion Pictures and Film Professional
Edith Iyer-Hernandez Saco • Data Analyst, IDEXX
John F. Leonard IV Woolwich • Portfolio Manager, Spinnaker Trust
Theresa McCarthy Portland • Retired – Federal Government Executive
Todd Nicholson North Yarmouth • Major Gifts Officer, Northern Light Mercy Hospital
Carole Palmer Penacook • Professor, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Cathy Stankard Portland • Director of Teaching and Learning, Cape Elizabeth School Department
Jane Stevens Portland • Finance Advisor, Northwestern Mutual
Robin Talbot Westbrook • Associate Director, USM Stonecoast MFA
Courtney Thorpe Cumberland • Associate General Counsel, WEX Inc.
Daniel Tucker Falmouth • Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial
Anne Wade Cape Elizabeth • Partner, Leader’s Quest