About MMAS

Our Mission & History

The Mass Arts Center (formerly MMAS) provides a cultural home for artists, audiences, and aspiring performers of all ages. At our core is a rich schedule of theater productions, performing arts education, art exhibits, and live entertainment. The synergy of these offerings honors individual artistic interests through diverse creative opportunities.

It all started with (now Executive Director) Ken Butler and a few friends throwing $8 and a dream into a coffee can and forming a small theater company in 1993 known as the Mansfield Music & Arts Society (MMAS). Since then, hundreds of artists and volunteers have worked tirelessly to embrace their original vision of providing a home for the arts in southeastern Massachusetts.

In late 2020 The Mass Arts Center moved from 377 North Main St., into a larger, now renovated property at 888 South Main St. in Mansfield.

Today, the organization is known as The Mass Arts Center and operates at 888 South Main Street with three branches of the organization: The Reservoir Stage, the Morini Art Gallery, and The Academy at Mass Arts. The organization seeks to provide a wide array of education, programs, performances, and opportunities for both aspiring and experienced performers, artists, and patrons from across the region.

Who We Are

The Mass Arts Center maintains a sincere belief in the principles of inclusion, diversity, and accessibility. First and foremost, we strive to present events which reflect and educate the broad nature of our surrounding communities.  Our fundamental goal is to promote an increasingly vibrant, diverse and inclusive creative community, leadership structure and working environment.

Audiences come to The Mass Arts Center because they know they will see exceptional productions in the newly renovated 100-seat house of the Reservoir Stage for a fraction of the cost of a ticket in Boston or Providence.

The Mass Arts Center is also home to the Morini Art Gallery which offers exhibitions of works by local and regional artists.
The Academy at Mass Arts is the educational branch that offers a variety of classes and education programs for all ages.

The Mass Arts Center has an annual operating budget of just over $500,000 and attracts about 10,000 audience members, patrons and performers from as far north as New Hampshire and south to Rhode Island and Cape Cod.  More than 2,000 of our patrons live in Bristol County, many of whom eat dinner in local restaurants before attending a show.

The Mass Arts Center is a volunteer organization; our actors, set builders, backstage, and technical people are all volunteers; as is everyone who works the ticket office and concession area for every performance. Volunteers are used in the office, at the arts festival and plan our annual gala. Each year, volunteers give almost 30,000 hours to The Mass Arts Center.

Board of Directors

Brian C. Johnson
President
Building Committee Chair
Board Term ends April 2024

Kara Nail
Vice President
Finance Committee
Board Term ends April 2024

Rick Shaughnessy
Treasurer
Finance Committee

Michael Reardon
Clerk, (pending formal process)

Staff

Executive Director:
Ken Butler
Development Director:
Abigail Brookes Young
Artistic & Education Director:
Dori Bryan-Ployer
Morini Art Gallery Curator:
Glenn Fournier
Technical Associate:
Steve Ide
Office Assistant:
Judi Razee

Directors at Large

Pat McDougal 
Development Committee Chair
Board Term ends April 2022

Glenn Fournier
Gallery Curator, Program Committee, Play Reading Committee
Board Term ends April 2024

Linda Rogers
Governance Committee
Finance Committee
Board Term ends April 2024

Rosemarie Sirois
Program Committee
Governance Committee Chair
Board Term ends April 2022

Evelynne Swagerty
Governance Committee
Board Term ends April 2022

Shannon Stiles
Governance Committee
Gala Committee
Brand and Marketing lead
Board Term ends April 2022

Barbara Kaplan
Development Committee
Gala Committee
Board Term ends April 2022

Tom Quin
Finance Committee Chair
Board Term ends April 2022

Sandy Levine
Board Term ends April 2022

Brian Quinn
Program Committee
Board Term ends April 2022

David Cramer
Development Committee
Rentals Committee

Jasmin Mehovic
Development Committee
Rentals Committee

Terri Biancucci 
Outgoing Clerk
Board Term ends April /2022


MMAS earned a 2021 Gold Seal of Transparency! Now, everyone can view our financial details and learn about the people at our organization. Check out our updated #NonprofitProfile on Candid: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/04-3195414