Blainor McGough, Co-Founder and Executive Director 

Blainor McGough is founder and executive director of Mayo Street Arts. Blainor is a puppeteer, musician, and artist who has built MSA programs over the years with a focus on music, puppetry, and interaction with the diverse neighborhood and communities of East Bayside. Mayo Street Arts is now in its 10th year of programming and fills a niche in the cultural and artistic scene of Portland, Maine. Blainor and her husband Brian live with their two boys, one dog, and other wildlife in Gorham.

Vanessa Marcoux, Advancement & Communications Manager

Vanessa Marcoux’s love for music, art, and community brought her to Mayo Street Arts in June 2019, where she currently enacts fundraising initiatives and oversees communications. Prior to joining MSA, she has worked at the Harvard Art Museums and other arts organizations in New Mexico, and Martha’s Vineyard. In addition to working at MSA, Vanessa can be found knitting, reading, drinking coffee, and exploring the beautiful coast of Maine.

Erika Clark-Jensen, Events Manager

Erika Clark-Jensen’s love of puppets originally drew 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 visual and performing arts with others is especially important to her. When not at Mayo Street she can be found animating creature features, performing with her puppet troupe Fat Lion Productions, and going on adventures with her partner Sean and furry friends Balto and Earl.

David Worobec, 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.

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