As a resident of Indian Lake since 2006 and a born and raised New Yorker, Christine is thrilled to be the AC's new director. Pouch has 15 years of non-profit resource and business development experience. She has a BA in Liberal Arts and Communications from Purdue University and a certificate in Fundraising Management from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Pouch chose to work in the non-profit field after serving as a United Way Loaned Executive. Former employers include, HG Bass & Co., Horizon Bank, Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County and the Adirondack Museum. Pouch, her husband, Alan, and their black lab, Bosco, enjoy paddling on Lake Abanakee and hiking on various trails throughout the Adirondacks.
Joe Perreault (Technical Director & Production Manager) has been a member of the Arts Center family for seven years now as our resident TD, doing everything from building sets to mounting circus tents through the Adirondack Park. Joe grew up on a small farm in New Hampshire, eventually moved to Florida where he finished high school, and volunteered as a firefighter for Duval County, Florida. Prior to joining the Arts Center, Joe worked with Andy LeBlanc as timber-framer apprentice. Joe is now a resident of Indian Lake and has been for the past six years, and he couldn’t be more thrilled about the new and exciting things happening at the Arts Center. “This job is always bringing something new to the table. It has introduced me to an industry that I didn’t know you could be involved in and still make a living. I’m learning something new every day, whether it’s about a lighting plot in a new venue or a better way for sound to be heard in the back of the house. It has allowed me to meet some amazing people that I never would have crossed paths with otherwise. Having a job like this one in the middle of the Adirondacks is pretty unbelievable.”
Our Artistic Director is George Cordes, who as a singer performed with such companies as the Met, Chicago Lyric and Houston Grand Opera, and more recently has appeared with many Adirondack companies, including Pendragon Theatre and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. As Artistic Director of High Peaks Opera, he and his wife, pianist Liz Cordes, have brought opera, operetta, musical theatre, and American songbook to venues throughout the North Country. He has been stage director for the spring musicals at Tupper Lake High School for 12 years and has taught music in Saranac Lake. George is excited to continue the Arts Center's tradition of bringing a wide range of cultural events to communities throughout the Adirondacks!
Chelsea joined the Art Center in May 2018 as the Decentralization Grant and Marketing Coordinator. She moved to Blue Mountain Lake in November, 2017 with her husband, Tony, and their rescue dog, Addie. Chelsea is from the Finger Lakes Region of New York, but has lived in Washington, DC, Salt Lake City, UT and Lake Placid, NY. Chelsea has her M.S. in Public Policy from American University. Her professional experience is in non-profit development, social advocacy, and child welfare. Chelsea is excited to be a part of the Art Center family and for the opportunity to use her position with DEC to help grow the arts community in the North Country.
Babs, a three-year-old Staffordshire terrier, is the AC's #1 supporter, staff morale booster and mascot. She comes to work with her owner, Joe, and acts as his co-pilot when they travel to various venues to share our performances throughout the Adirondacks. Each morning when she arrives, Babs inspects the building to ensure everything is in order. She is a welcoming committee of one: greeting all AC visitors with a smile and a wag. Stop by the AC and meet Babs! She'll give you a customized gallery tour you won't soon forget!