Ian Bannon (he/him), Executive Director
Ian Bannon has been longtime supporter, volunteer, and performer here at Mayo Street Arts. He most recently served as the Managing Director of Celebration Barn Theater in South Paris, ME, where he honed his skills in arts administration. Ian has performed and taught puppetry in all sixteen of Maine’s counties (and beyond!) as a member of Freeport-based Figures of Speech Theatre, since 2005. His current community-based artistic endeavors focus on fostering intergenerational creative exchanges between students and residents of nearby retirement communities.
Nicole Byrne (she/they), Advancement & Communications Manager
Nicole Byrne arrived in Maine by way of Kansas, by way of Maine, by way of New Jersey. Prior to joining Mayo Street Arts, she supported Maine’s local food economy through marketing and community engagement work at the Portland Food Co-op. Nicole has earned their BFA and MFA in Creative Writing, focusing on poetry. Don’t ask them who their favorite writer is—it changes all the time. Nicole brings nearly a decade of writing, editing, and marketing experience gathered from positions and freelance projects in the fields of literary publishing, journalism, and teaching, just to name a few. Her work has spanned across wide and varied topics including storytelling festivals, luxury Italian yarn, and humanitarian causes. Outside of MSA, you can typically find Nicole enacting culinary experiments, messing around with indie games, or befriending neighborhood cats.
Daniella Mawika (she/her), Community Outreach Staff
Daniella Mawika is a Congolese-born, South African-raised immigrant now living in Maine. Before joining MSA, Daniella has served communities in Greater Portland through volunteer roles with Preble Street Resource Center and the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP). She has also supported Westbrook’s Congolese community by assisting adult New Mainers with language accessibility and transportation, and by providing academic and career guidance to youths. Daniella is a USM alumni with a BS in Business Management. Aside from her community involvement, she enjoys exploring her passion for theatre and music by attending shows, concerts, or simply singing along to rumba music, especially Papa Wemba.
Katie Page (she/her), Program Manager
Katie Page returned to her home state of Maine following an interlude in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Before joining Mayo Street Arts, she worked at Creative Portland, the local arts agency for the city, promoting Portland’s artistic talents and cultural assets. Katie brings years of experience in program planning to MSA from a previous role at Knock Knock Children’s Museum, where she oversaw the art studio, spearheaded an artist residency, and facilitated classes ranging from papermaking to cyanotype photography, and of course, puppets. Katie graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio where she studied Art History and Studio Art. She is often tinkering with new hobbies, but you may find her trying to manifest a green thumb, gilding her ceiling, or enjoying a good book.
David Worobec (he/him), Event Staff
Dave Worobec supports MSA’s events by running the box office, lighting, sound, and set up, but you are likely to recognize him as Portland’s premier expert and practitioner of the art of miniature theater. A classically-trained Opera singer and a talented pianist, Dave is the founder and principal artist of Tophat Productions, where he delivering visually-stunning renditions of popular stage shows on a micro scale. Everything, including dialogue, stage movements, and musical numbers are performed live, in real time. Dave graduated from The Boston Conservatory of Music in 2011 with a degree in vocal performance with Opera emphasis in the studio of Victor Jannett.