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Performing Arts During The Pandemic: How Has COVID-19 Affected Music, Dance & Theater In Maine?


From the start of the pandemic, with people staying home, those who work in the performing arts have lost their audiences and, most often, their sources of income. From musicians to actors to dancers to theater staff, it has been a particularly trying time for this creative segment in Maine. We discuss how they are faring, and what ways some have found to pivot.


Lauren Wayne, general manager, State Theatre in Portland

Carol Noonan, Stone Mountain Arts Center

Shoshona (Shoni) Currier (call-in), director, Bates Dance Festival

Spencer Albee (call-in), singer, songwriter, producer

Sara Juli (call-in), contemporary dance artist and leader; arts consultant

Dustin Tucker (call-in), theater, film and TV actor


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.