1932 CRITERION THEATRE

A historic space for the performing arts & cinema

The Criterion is a nonprofit cinema, theatre, multimedia art producer and venue committed to safeguarding this historic space for stories, storytellers, and audiences.

Featuring movies, theatre, dance, music, and more. 

STAFF

Executive Director, Heather Martin loves her job. Having spent her career working as a community organizer, she now gets to harness the arts to bring community together for meaningful discussions, shared memories, or just to watch a great performance.  While often accompanied by her two sons at the theatre itself (they are fantastic volunteers!) Heather spends her time when not at the theatre on long walks through the park, watching her dogs pounce in the ocean, reading good books, making block prints, driving to check out new art and musical acts, or being beaten by her sons in a board game.  Heather is also completing her Masters of Museum Studies and takes great joy in applying lessons learned on information presentation.

Production Manager, Chuck Colbert grew up in Concord, MA but was “called to come to the Criterion by Fate and self-determination conspiring to present me with a job I had dreamed of for many years.”  Chuck is the man you see running the boards, loading the films and generally keeping the place running, and performers happy.  “I want to be the glue that allows the Criterion to be the voice and home of stories of lives lived and loves lost, of all of humanities hopes and dreams, and of life’s frustrations and challenges. Stories told and feelings shared of our common humanity.”  When he’s not at the theatre, which is rare, chances are he is serving as a firefighter, caring for our elders, playing guitar - all with his partner Toby whenever possible.

Media Manager, Kristin Leffler grew up next door in New Hampshire.  Since leaving home, she has travelled widely and lived all sorts of places including Argentina and Alaska, gathering experiences and expanding her own perspectives, all of which shine through in her approach to telling the story of The Criterion.  “My ultimate goal is to tell the Criterion's story through collecting community memories. I want locals and audience members to feel as though they have a say and stake in the future of this beautiful historic arts space by connecting them to the rich and storied past.” When not at the theatre, Kristin is often found making documentary films (her college work “Following Flame” earned her an Emmy!), writing, practicing piano, hiking, dancing around her kitchen and seeking out new board games to convince her friends to play.

Concessions Manager Nathanael Lee grew up in Bar Harbor and came home after college looking to fight the winter doldrums, and ended up getting more than he bargained for! Nathanael was an instant fit for the Criterion family, posing with a high jump, mid-air heel click to celebrate “Singin’ in the Rain” during his first night at the theatre.  Always dressed to the hilt (“wearing bow ties” is, in fact, listed as an activity by Nathanael), he is currently engrossed in bringing concessions to its full potential.  “I would like my job to bring a welcoming efficient space, where patrons feel like a part of the theater and the theater feels like a part of the community as a result!”

The Criterion Staff competing in the 2016 Bed Races as the 1932 Rum Runners! They lost, but they lost with style. Photo credit: Carrie Jones

The Criterion Staff competing in the 2016 Bed Races as the 1932 Rum Runners! They lost, but they lost with style. Photo credit: Carrie Jones