2019 Board of Trustees Candidates

Tom Powers

Tom Powers
Candidate for re-election

Greetings...

I am Tom Powers, candidate for re-election to the Board of Trustees of the Sudbury Savoyards.

I have been a Savoyard since the late 1980s, originally as a set carpenter and errand runner. I first served on the Board in the early 1990s, and again in the early 2000s, when I served as Chairman for three years. I took my first two onstage roles in those years, in Savoyard Summer shows. I created the original Sudbury Savoyards Sandwich Board newsletter, and was its editor and publisher until it went all electronic in 2015.

In 2016, I joined the Board again to assist in our transition to an independent non-profit community arts organization, and in 2017 I was elected Chairman of the refounded group.

Over the past three decades, I have been a carpenter, Technical Director, small-time performer, newsletter editor, Trustee, theater liaison, rental agent, Stage Manager, and more. I was honored to be inducted as a Yeoman of Regard in 2007. I have continued to be a stalwart supporter of the Savoyards and our mission, and I ask your support in that effort.

Thank you.

Marc Abouaf

Marc Abouaf

About me
I play the violin, and became acquainted with the Sudbury Savoyards three years ago. I took part in the violin section in The Mikado (2017), Iolanthe (2018), and The Yeomen of the Guard (2019). I was thrilled to be part of such an enthusiastic group of musicians and actors, thriving for the best performance level while maintaining a volunteering spirit.

The violin was not my first instrument, as I learned piano and guitar during my upbringing in France, so music has always been a significant part of my life, in parallel with my engineering career. I had the opportunity to come to the US in 1994, and I live now in Lowell, MA. Two of my grown-up children live in France, while my youngest son is already a junior in college in MA. So we are all used to an international family!

Why I Am Interested
I have discovered Gilbert and Sullivan high energy, witty, humorous, and beautifully musical style with the Savoyards, and felt transported in a different world. I truly believe in some other participant’s comment heard this year that this group of people is keeping alive an art form that could very well be relegated to vague memories otherwise, and that in itself is a worthwhile endeavor.

I also understand that the group may consider exploring other forms of musical entertainment and has been refining its identity and its processes as it became separate from the church organization it had been with from its start. I would be delighted to be part of helping the organization continue its vibrant activity. As my professional and personal lives are now more settled, volunteering in such an organization is also appealing to me, helping propagate positive vibes and some joyfulness around.

What I Can Offer
My experience has been for over two decades with a large industrial company, operating on several continents. At a Director level, I have had the opportunity to interact with many different cultures, and acquired a strict sense of corporate management philosophy and practices.

In 2015, after another similar position in research and development with another company for a few years, I finally decided that it was time for me to launch on my own, which I did by starting an air charter company, taking advantage of my experience as a pilot for most of my life. This has been a wonderful experience, gave me the chance to learn new skills, and still keeps me busy and happy in my everyday job these days.

I hope that my professional and life experience can be an asset to this organization, in the many facets of its endeavors and more mundane duties.

Andrew Conway

Andrew Conway

About me
I've been involved with the Savoyards since Ruddigore in 2012 - that makes eight years in the pit! I've also been orchestra manager every year since 2016, and I served one two-year term as trustee. In addition to the Sudbury Savoyards, I play with a handful of other companies including the Concord Players and SLOC, where I'm also orchestra manager. I've introduced more than a dozen new players into the orchestra since 2016, and this past year I was recruited my wife Kimberly into the chorus. Other contributions I've made to the company include setting up the free-of-cost phone number, setting up Brown Paper Tickets, and designing and managing the Sandwich Board newsletter.

Why I Am Interested
Why I’m Interested I was a Savoyard trustee when we started the ball rolling to separate the group from the church. I know it was a struggle, but truly believe the company is much better off, and that the future holds exciting things for the Savoyards. Of course, the challenges don't end there - as evidenced by the recent unfortunate spate of community theater groups calling it a day. The great success of Yeomen this year shows the potential of our group to grow and thrive. I have a lot to offer, and I'd really like to help build the Savoyards into an even more robust, engaging, and sustainable organization that fulfills its stated purpose in the community.

What I Can Offer
I've learned a ton since my last stint on the board, and I'd to bring everything I can to the Savoyards. I'm already part of the governance committee and will be leading the execution of our information strategy over the course of this year. I'd also really like to help with development - I recently represented the Savoyards at an EMACT seminar on grant writing. I am also open to taking on a formal on the board if there's a suitable opportunity.

Lindsey Soboleski

Lindsey Soboleski

I fell in love with Gilbert and Sullivan at age 13. I was lucky enough to have a local theater that performed one every year. I found my first theater "family" by doing shows there for the next 5 years. When I moved to Massachusetts a few years ago, I was hopeful to find a new G&S group and through my search I found the Sudbury Savoyards. I was so grateful to find a group that still did G&S every year that was welcoming to all. One of my favorite parts was seeing different generations of families all involved. I feel very strongly that Gilbert and Sullivan shows should continue to be performed and I want to see more young people exposed to them. That is why I am running for the Board of Trustees of the Sudbury Savoyards.

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