Opera House Committee

Marc Ratner
Select Board Liasion (2018)

Marc used to lead search and rescue operations in the California mountains and now finds that his work with the Opera House is just as exciting! Marc’s background in the music business (Warner Bros. Records, DreamWorks Records etc) has been invaluable to the Opera House, as has his overall commitment to Camden – where he attends as many Select Board meetings as possible, and is also a member of the town’s energy committee. He owns Mishara Music, a management and recording label.

Shannon Herring
Chair (2018)

Shannon comes from a diverse background in performing, arts management, and production. A native Mainer, she received her BFA from the New School University in NYC and her Masters in Arts Policy and Practice at the Huston School for Film & Digital Media in Galway, Ireland. She has worked throughout the US and Europe under several scopes within the non profit sector and within commercial events in Australia. Shannon is the former Operations Manager for the Points North Institute and currently works in publication design with Maine-based firm O’Brien Design.

Elizabeth O’Connor
Member (2017)

When not busy with raising two children and managing Abigail’s Inn in downtown Camden, Elizabeth has been a steadfast help to the Opera House. Beth is a veteran project manager, bringing new ideas and perspectives to the Opera House. Elizabeth found our incredible tour leader, Libby Schrum, who gave the Opera House historic tours this June through September. You may see Elizabeth and family at any of our programs, and especially at the Winter Family Fun Film Series.

Nora Hayes
Member (2017)

Nora has a deep background in the arts, having worked in London and major cities with major arts companies and programs.  Her contributions have resulted in increased funding for the Opera House.  Nora and family worked directly on our Winter Family Fun Film Series.

Rene Hutcheon
Sub Committee – Chair

Community Relations sub committee;  chair.  Rene has lived in the midcoast for over 20 years. Her love for and appreciation for the arts is boundless. Her knowledge of our community and area organizations is broad. Her home is a lovely place that hosts her collection of beautiful art, and wonderful theatrical memories.   Rene oversaw our 120th celebration and continues working with our committee to broaden our community involvement.


Matt Brown
Member (2017)

Matt is a retired global video executive with more than 45 years in and around the entertainment business. Most recently co-owner of Manny’s and Karyl’s in Camden.


Dawn Emery
Member (2018)

After more than a decade working in community engagement and fundraising for a national non-profit, Dawn recently returned to her hometown of Camden. She’s recently been working toward obtaining her Maine teaching certification. A commitment to enriching her community is what truly motivates her. She was inspired to join the Opera House Committee because she feels that the arts offer unique and meaningful opportunities for diverse groups to to come together to explore new ideas, find inspiration, and most importantly to share in authentic and collective experiences.

Joanna Spinks
Vice Chair/Secretary (2018)

Joanna Spinks is the Vice Chair/Secretary of the Opera House Committee. She came to the Midcoast from New York, where she worked as a curator, translator and director of contemporary French theater. Joanna received a NEFA travel grant to represent the Camden Opera House at The Association of Performing Arts Professionals Conference in NYC 2018. She is very excited to work toward invigorating our film and performing arts programs. She is currently the Creative Director at Oyster River Winegrowers in Warren, Maine.

Peter Dembski
Member (2018)

Peter Dembski is a pianist and composer whose work has been heard internationally. In addition to performing with his band, The Pandea Group, he has been active as a musician in the world of dance and theatre. He is the recipient of a number of prizes and grants including the 2007 performing arts fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission, the first improvising musician to win this award. He makes his home in Camden.