Staff

Aimée M. Petrin (she/her)

Executive & Artistic Director

Aimée has been with Ovations for 15 years and feels blessed to work in such a creative community alongside incredible colleagues, a committed board, fascinating artists and partners near and far who believe in the power of performance to transform lives. She is grateful to regularly serve alongside inspiring peers on local, regional and national arts boards and grants panels. She is currently a member of the University of Southern Maine Board of Visitors and previously served on the board of the Association for Performing Arts Professionals, the Bates Dance Festival Advisory Board, the Maine Arts Commission, Arts Presenters of Northern New England and as an advisor to the National Dance Project. Aimée is energized most of all by spending time with her 7-year-old kiddo.

Mary Campbell (she/her)

Office Administrator

Mary is a long-time employee of Ovations and has held several roles in the organization during her 16 years. Mary has dedicated her life to non-profit work and her past tenures include work at Maine Public, Hebron Academy, and Vermont Law School. Mary is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and currently serves on the Alumni Board of Directors at the College. She lives in Cumberland with her husband Will and their fat cat Chloe, and has two grown daughters. In her free time Mary likes to craft, read and bake.

Sarah Coleman (she/her)

Director of Ovations Offstage l School & Family Programs

Sarah has been teaching for two decades as a classroom teacher, professor, teaching artist and professional learning facilitator. She has also produced performing arts festivals and new works by theater and dance artists, led curriculum building and partnership development on city-wide arts education initiatives and directed and devised theatrical productions by and for young people. Her career in theater and theater education has led her to call Washington, D.C., Austin, TX, and Baltimore, MD home. Sarah grew up in Portland, graduated from Bowdoin College and earned an M.F.A. in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from UT Austin. She always misses the wide open spaces of Texas and the urban energy of D.C. and Baltimore but loves the coast and forests of Maine best of all.

Casey Oakes (he/him)

Director of Marketing & Development

Casey grew up in Maine and returned to the state after a decade of work and study throughout the United States and Ireland. Highlights of his career include Cape May Stage, Gloucester Stage, Good Theater and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Casey currently serves on the board of directors at the Portland Ballet, Portland Conservatory of Music and Visit Portland. He is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and completed a Master’s in Nonprofit Management at the Muskie School of Public Service. Casey loves tasty restaurants, long hikes, strong martinis, great movies, cute animals and musicals. He lives in South Portland with his adorable dogs Storm and Finn and girlfriend Tanay.

Katie Day (she/her)

Marketing Manager

Katie grew up in Maine, participating in all kinds of sports, including collegiate track and field at the University of Southern Maine. Prior to joining Ovations, Katie worked with MoCo Arts in Keene, NH, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives through theater and dance. It was there that a love for performing arts marketing was discovered and nurtured. Katie lives in Biddeford with her wife and 2 cats, and is always looking forward to the next set of outdoor activities the change in seasons bring.

Eric Hager (he/him)

Production Manager

In the way-back times, before joining Ovations, Eric worked at Lincoln Center in the summers, and toured the rest of the year. To date he has played 49 states (he still needs to do a show in Vermont), and a dozen different countries on six continents. This included a corporate ladder climb at Holland America Line, where he finished as the Dread Pirate Roberts in the entertainment department, managing projects and events and entertainment systems. In that time, he and spouse Carol raised two amazing kids, gardened, parented Fionn the Wheaten terrier and ran a bunch of marathons. His most ardent wish is for a few more hours in the day.

Katelyn Manfre (she/her)

Director of Ovations Offstage l Community Partnerships

Katelyn comes to Ovations after a busy professional life in theater, education and arts administrationShe spent 15 years acting, teaching and generally immersing herself in the performing arts scenes of New York City and Washington D.C. Most recently, she served as the Humanities Program Coordinator for the Folger Shakespeare Library, curating outreach events across the institution. She holds a B.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and an M.F.A. from the George Washington University. Katelyn grew up in southern New Hampshire and is thrilled to be relocating to Maine with her husband Mike and their delightfully chaotic dog, Hooper. She is always on the hunt for great new hiking spots, dining experienceand board games. 

Jamie Barilone (she/her)

Development Manager

A Portland local, Jamie received her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Southern Maine where she served as president of the philosophy symposium and routinely advocated for access to arts and humanities education outside the walls of higher academia. She comes to Ovations after substitute teaching full-time at Portland High School and occasionally facilitates book group discussions for the local non-profit, The Maine Humanities Council. A self-taught dancer, Jamie has a particular love for modern dance and is deeply inspired by the work of legendary dancer and choreographer Martha Graham. For Jamie, every day is an opportunity for philosophical inquiry and creative expression through active collaboration with others.