Leaders

joani mitchell

joani mitchell (Co-Founder) served on the faculty of Riley School for more than 25 years, teaching music and musical theater. Her family moved to Tenants Harbor in 1973, and she has been a local girl since. She has studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and holds a B.Mus degree in jazz and contemporary music from the University of Maine at Augusta. She teaches private piano lessons in her own studio and plays piano for St. Brendan the Navigator Parish in Camden and Rockland. Her professional music experience over the years has included her own jazz trio, who accompanied the opening vocal quartet for The Temptations. She is the Pit Director for Camden Regional High School’s musical productions each fall, as well as Musical Director and Accompanist for more than fifty local musicals from Lincoln to Northport. She has been the accompanist for The Midcoast Children’s Choir, The Downeast Singers and Midcoast Community Chorus. She does music composition, song writing, and audio recording in her free time, and loves to write poetry and short stories, arrange flowers, play bridge, and spend quiet time with her calico cat.

Scott Anthony Smith (Co-Founder) has been involved in the local film and theatre scene since 1995. He has served as President of Camden Civic Theatre and is currently the Communications Manager for Everyman Repertory Theatre. From 2011-2014, he facilitated Drama & Musical Theatre at Riley School. Recent independent film credits include Beneath the Harvest Sky, Like the Water, and Anatomy of the Tide. Favorite theatre credits include Charlie Brown (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown), Mortimer Brewster (Arsenic & Old Lace), Romeo (Romeo & Juliet), Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Mr. Toad (The Wind in the Willows). Musically, Scott has been a member of the a capella ensemble Impromptu! and is an alumnus of the Mt. View Chamber Singers. Scott is also an avid photographer. He lives in Camden with his two beautiful daughters, Natalie and Scarlett.

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