Staff and Board

Cookie Harrist, Artistic Director
Cookie Harrist is an emerging choreographer and arts administrator based in Denmark, Maine, since 2013. Cookie’s first time on stage was in the Denmark Arts Center in 1994, one of the “million of cats” in Mary Bastoni’s summer camp play. Cookie began her professional arts career ten years later, as a teenage actress in Boston area regional theater, working at such theaters as Wheelock Family Theater, Stoneham Theater, Riverside Theater Works, and Lyric Stage. She briefly attended New York University Tisch School for the Arts, before transferring to the less traditional and more creative Marlboro College in Vermont. Her college study in dance sprung off her professional career when Cookie was chosen to represent New England colleges in 2012’s National College Dance Festival, held bi-annually at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Since then, Cookie has worked as a professional dancer and choreographer with collaborator Delaney McDonough in Denmark’s own dance company, Hio Ridge Dance. The duo teach dance and tour their work nationally, visiting 3S Artspace (NH), AUNTS (NY), Fresh Festival (CA), and more. Through her position as Artistic Director of the Denmark Arts Center, Cookie combines her artistic and community-building efforts to facilitate great arts programing and education for all Denmark residents.
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Board Members

Jen Deraspe, President
Denmark resident, Director of Nurture Through Nature

Jesse Thompson, Treasurer
Naples Resident, Bridgton Branch of Norway Savings Bank

Delaney McDonough, Secretary
Denmark Resident, Co-director of Hio Ridge Dance

Allene Westleigh
Denmark Resident, Retired Post-Master

Laurie LaMountain
Denmark Resident, Editor-in-Chief of Lake Living Magazine

Suzi Linden
Denmark Resident, Visual Artist and Teacher

Charles Linden
Denmark Resident, Graphic Designer, Longboard maker

Henry Banks
Denmark Resident, Contractor

Kathy Banks
Denmark Resident, Potter and Teacher

Christine Brown
Denmark Resident, Therapist

Ricardo Valentine
Denmark Resident, Co-director of Brotherhood Dance      

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