Maine USA’s Creative Team

Marty Pottenger, Executive Director of Terra Moto Inc. a 501(c)(3) from 2001 to 2018
Maine USA: Executive Producer, Playwright, Creator
Plays: OBIE-winning “City Water Tunnel #3″; ABUNDANCE: America & Money; #PhillySavesEarth (2016). TEDx talk/YouTube. Founder Art At Work, a national initiative to increase cities resilience through strategic art partnerships with governments, unions, communities – Portland, Philadelphia, Boston, Broward County, New York City.


John Farrell, Puppetry Director. Graduated from Yale with studies in African history, Vedanta Mysticism, the anthropology of law, and Sioux religion. Cofounded Figures of Speech Theatre based in Freeport Maine.
Current Board of the Jim Henson Foundation and recipient of the New England Theater Conference’s award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theater. Figure of Speech Theater



Daniel Minter is a painter and art educator, born and raised in Ellaville, a small town in south Georgia. Minter’s paintings, carvings, block prints and sculptures have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at galleries and museums. Minter’s work on Malaga Island Trail is a tribute to the Black, European and Native American residents of the island who were forcibly removed by the state of Maine in 1912. Minter serves on the Maine Arts Commission.



Christopher Akerlind is an American lighting designer for theatre, opera, and dance. He has won two Tony Awards for Lighting: Indecent (2017) and Light in the Piazza (2005), and an Obie Award for sustained excellence for his work Off-Broadway. Longtime Portlander, he trained with Jennifer Tipton at Yale School of Drama. He was Head of Lighting Design and Director of the Design & Production Programs at the CalArts School of Theater.



Sebastienne Mundheim – Puppet Creator, Designer, Team Leader.  Founder, Artistic Director of White Box Theatre; EdM Harvard. An interdisciplinary storyteller, installation artist, and educator for 20 years, her performance installation ‘Sea of Birds’ was presented by MASS MoCa. She received a Philadelphia Theatre Initiative Fellowship to study with the Handspring Puppet Company in South Africa and worked on the original puppets for ‘War Horse’. In 2010, The Barnes Foundation commissioned White Box Theatre to create an on-going education program that featured the Navajo Textile collection.


Past President of the American Folklore Society and Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress. Jo Radner holds PhD from Harvard University. Books: Anglo-Irish drama, and women’s folklore, and articles on New England social history. After 30 years of teaching literature, American Studies, folklore, and storytelling as a professor at American University, she moved back to western Maine to focus her work on her family’s ancestral home.



Gretchen Berg. Maine USA School Coordinator: Workshops, Performances. Performs with Portland based dance company, Berg, Jones & Sarvis. She has taught performance art, playwriting, improvisation, and feminist theater at Bowdoin College and Bates.




Ian Bannon. Maine USA Elders Coordinator: Workshops, Performances Worked in the arts with elders for last 15 years, retirement communities, Assisted Care Faciliities, Certified TimeSlips Leader, Puppetmaker, puppet filmmaker and arts educator. Figures of Speech Theater




Dave Remedios – sound designer and composer who has designed extensively for theatre and dance.  He is Assistant Professor and Program Head of Sound Design at Boston University’s School of Theatre and lectured for Bowdoin College, Emerson College, Boston Conservatory, and ART/Harvard. Awards: Connecticut Critics’ Circle Award, Helen Hayes Award nomination.



Heather Augustine. Mi’kmaq Nation. Coordinator of Wabanaki Council. Performed as herself in ‘home land security’ community play after a Border Patrol Raid in 2004. “There are so many natives here in Maine. We never left. We’ve been here forever. And no one even knows this. Our stories need to be heard.”




Ellen McCartney – Costume Designer – Ellen McCartney is a freelance designer, studio artist and an educator dedicated to innovative teaching practices.  Ellen has 30 years of professional experience  as a costume designer in the theatre industry.  Ellen is the Director of Design and Production and Head of Costume Program at the California  Institute of the Arts. Owls Head, Maine.



Mike Romanyshyn – Composer, Music Director

Composer, theater director, clarinet & reed player, Founder of NYC’s International Toy Theater Festival, birch syrup tapper, baker. Temple, Maine.



Mihku Paul – Wabanaki Dramaturg – Mihku Paul, is a Native American poet, visual artist, and storyteller, living in Portland Maine. She is a Maliseet Indian, a member of Kingsclear First Nation in New Brunswick, Canada. Presented at Maine-Wabanaki Reach’s Genocide and Maine conference, her “A Song for Machigonne” has reached international audiences. 



Marsha Ginsberg, Trained as an artist, with extensive experience in European avant-garde theater, Marsha Ginsberg, 35, describes her work as “a cross between architecture and art installations, not traditional theater design.”




Cindy Thompson, Scenic Consultant, CEO and owner of Transformit. M.F.A. in sculpture at the Museum School, Boston. She has been a visiting artist at Arizona State and a teacher at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. As well as building Transformit for the last 30 years, she serves on the Board of MECA and the governor’s Creative Economy Steering Committee.




Jeremy Frey, Passamaquoddy Basketmaker, Puppet Consultant. He comes from a long line of native weavers. He specializes in ash fancy baskets, a traditional form of Wabanaki weaving. His work has been featured in the Changing Hands exhibit at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City. He has pieces in the Smithsonian as well as many other prominent museums around the country.