Women of the Strand: The Strand Theatre and the Women Who Make it Possible

Co-presented by Midcoast Women Collective Voices and the Strand

Join us for “Women of the Stand” as women leaders tell their stories of making the Strand of yesterday, today and tomorrow, and discuss how they’ve come to work together to ensure a robust future for our community’s Main Street gem. Through their behind-the-scenes story of the Strand Theatre—a local icon and institution since 1923—we’ll hear the stories of women working to make, and keep, Rockland’s gateway to film and the performing arts a thriving and dynamic part of life in midcoast Maine.

The storytelling panel includes Jo Dondis, Maine native and granddaughter of Ida and Joseph Dondis who built the Strand Theatre in 1923. Jo returned to Maine after college and a career in television, she returned to Maine in 2010 with her husband Peter Imber and spearheaded the effort to transition the Strand to a non-profit. Jo chairs the Strand’s Board of Directors.


Liz McLeod is a fourth-generation native of Midcoast Maine who’s been in show business, in one form or another, for most of her adult life. She landed at the Strand Theatre in 2006 where she serves as House Manager and Chief Projectionist.  Most recently she dusted off her performing skills as producer/writer/host of the biennial radio variety series “Strand On The Air.”



Jessie Davis, the Strand’s Executive Director, was born and raised in Maine. After college and before the birth of her daughter, Jessie was the manager, programmer, projectionist, popcorn maker, and chief ticket taker at the Bayview Street Cinema in Camden, Maine. 



Scout Bookham, Strand Kid in Chief, and Jessie’s 11 year-old daughter, is also a musician, actress, humorist, room-cleaner, middle schooler, world traveler.





The mission of Midcoast Women is to provide opportunities for area women of all ages to find and strengthen our individual and shared voices. Visit their website to learn more.

Show Dates & Times:

6/11/19 - Tuesday

6:00 pm,

Free and open to the public

Doors open at 5:30pm

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