Dr. Lisa Belisle talks with Al Miller, artistic director of the Theater Project in Brunswick, and Lauren Wayne, general manager and talent buyer for Crobo, the company that owns the State Theatre and Port City Music Hall.
Al Miller was born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan. Twenty-one years later, he got his BA from Williams College and later his MA from the University of Michigan. He taught for eight years in Lebanon before he moved with his family to Maine, where he and his wife raised five children who are now trying to raise him. Since then he has been working with the Theater Project, which he founded a long time ago, and teaching workshops in various states, as well as in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Lauren Wayne loves music. As general manager and talent buyer for Crobo, Wayne promotes over 260 concerts in Portland every year. Crobo owns and operates the State Theatre and Port City Music Hall, and the company is the exclusive, live-concert promoter for the new outdoor music venue at Thompson’s Point. Starting as the company’s only employee in 2010, she has grown the company to include eight full-time staff and over 150 part-time employees, and she oversaw the largest music festival ever in Portland (with Mumford and Sons on the Eastern Prom in 2012). She is based in Portland.