Blainor McGough, Co-Founder and Executive Director
Blainor McGough is a puppeteer, gardener, DJ, and mom, a lover of motorcycles, children, boats, and plants. Blainor was heavily influenced by Shoestring Theater where she built a cast of Sicilian marionettes and several elusive sheep for a puppet production of Homer’s Odyssey. The obsession continues in the form of encouraging the art of puppet theater through Mayo Street Arts programming and youth programs. Blainor was a DJ at WMPG radio and hosted the programs Dreamland, White Noise, Moving Story, and wrote and produced audio pieces for Portland Radio Theater. Blainor grew up working in her parents’ fish market and later fished for elvers, salmon, and giant lobsters in Maine and Alaska, built boats in Key West, and still likes the water. Blainor is now chief cook and bottlewasher at Mayo Street Arts, drawing from nonprofit experiences at the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maine, the Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, and Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District. Blainor and her husband Brian have two mostly good boys Rigel and Cirrus, a rascally dog Marscilla, and no chickens.
Erika Clark-Jensen, Program Associate
Erika Clark-Jensen’s love of puppets originally led her to Mayo Street Arts, where she first started as an intern in 2013. Graduating in 2012 with a BFA in New Media from Maine College of Art, Erika enjoys working in the ever-creative atmosphere that MSA offers. Sharing the joy of art making with others, whether it’s adults in the community or children from the neighborhood is especially important to her. When not at Mayo Street she can be found animating stop-motion creature features with her handmade puppets, renovating her 1976 Airstream “Astrid”, and going on adventures with her partner Sean and dog Balto.
Dylan Rohman, Event & Summer Program Staff