Portland Ovations Welcomes Katelyn Manfre as Director of Ovations Offstage | Community Partnerships

Portland Ovations is grateful to add a new member to the Ovations team: Katelyn Manfre, Director of Ovations Offstage | Community
Partnerships. Katelyn will be moving to Maine with her family from New Hampshire.

In her role, Katelyn will nurture community partnerships and collaborations around Ovations programming and conceive and direct all Ovations Offstage (O2) activity that is based in public, community settings such as lectures, masterclasses, talkbacks, audience development/accessible community tickets. Most recently serving as the Humanities Program Coordinator for the Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, DC), where Katelyn conceived and executed a yearly season of over 25 outreach events, and led the Folger’s efforts in bringing events online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic 

“I am thrilled to be joining the Ovations team,” said Katelyn. “I am continually inspired by the creativity and warmth I have seen in this community—both onstage and off—and I look forward to engaging with Greater Portland in new and exciting ways.” 

An experienced educator, Katelyn has crafted lesson plans and acted as Lead Teaching Artist for El-Hi students at Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington DC); Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD); and Round House Theatre (Bethesda). She holds a BFA in Theatre and Journalism from NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts and an MFA in Acting from George Washington University.[Text Wrapping Break][Text Wrapping Break]We are delighted to welcome Katelyn to Portland Ovations and Maine,” said Aimée M. Petrin, Executive & Artistic Director at Portland Ovations. “With an extensive background in community engagement and arts administration, Katelyn brings a unique set of skills and a fresh perspective to Ovations. Given her family ties to Maine, Katelyn is familiar with and inspired by our state’s dynamic art scene. Ovations is thrilled to be part of the movement attracting new talent, especially cultural workers, to Maine.”