Staff Members

The Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation is comprised of a dedicated team committed to bringing you a first-rate moviegoing experience.

  • Katherine Tallman

    Executive Director


    Katherine Tallman was appointed Executive Director in November 2013. In her previous role as a board member of Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation, she served as Vice Chair and member of the Executive Committee. She has extensive leadership and management experience in both nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

    Kathy has been an independent film fan throughout her life and was thrilled to find the Coolidge right around the corner when she relocated to Brookline from the Detroit area in 1987. She is eternally grateful to the dedicated individuals who literally saved the Coolidge from destruction and restored it to its 1933 art deco glory, and is honored to lead this nationally prominent and vital cultural arts and community center into the future. 

  • Andrew Thompson

    Theater Operations Director


    Andrew Thompson never thought he'd "manage" anything, much less a movie theater. Over the years he's seen many changes to the Coolidge itself and the staff, and for the most part thinks it's all gone pretty well. Andrew is a collector of martial arts & fantasy movies, and other things even more trivial. He has a degree in Fine Arts, and occasionally draws pictures, usually on scrap paper while on the phone. Ticket, the theater cat, currently resides at Andrew's place, where she is spoiled rotten.

  • Anne Continelli

    In-House Video Editor

  • Beth Gilligan

    Associate Director of Development, Marketing & Outreach


    Beth grew up in Connecticut, and spent her youth crisscrossing the state looking for VHS copies of Bergman, Preminger, Rohmer and Sturges films. She received a M.A. in film studies from the University of East Anglia (UK) in 2004 and comes to The Coolidge after four years of working at The Hamptons International Film Festival, where she most recently served as Director of Marketing & Outreach, and where she continues to serve as a consultant.

  • Cheryl White

    Outreach & Publicity


    Cheryl White’s marketing experience encompasses writing and editing, public relations, community outreach, and promotions. She was a freelance marketing communications consultant for 13 years, before moving on to produce and promote author events for a Boston bookstore. Most recently, she worked in the Adult Programs Department at the Museum of Science, Boston, researching program ideas, enlisting speakers, handling event logistics, and conducting grassroots outreach.  She is a literature lover, film fiend, baseball obsessive, and Jelly Belly fanatic.

     

  • Chris Kriofske

    Office Manager


    A Milwaukee native, Chris Kriofske moved out East in 1997 to pursue a Masters in Film Studies at Boston University. After completing that program, he drifted for a few years in boring, non-film related work before coming to the Coolidge in April 2004. In the past, he has volunteered for the Brattle Film Foundation, the Independent Film Festival of Boston, and has written for Splendid!, a now defunct music website. He is also on the board of directors for the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film.

  • Connie White

    Film Programming & Booking


    Connie White has been active in the independent film business since 1986, when she started to program films for the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. There, she served as co-owner, operator and film programmer/booker from 1987-2001. Since 1996, she has also been programming and booking art and independent films for the Coolidge Corner Theatre, and, more recently, for the Pleasant Street Theater in Northampton, Mass, the New Art Cinemas in Provincetown, Mass, the Amherst Cinema Arts Center in Amherst, Mass., and the Broadway Centre Cinemas in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    In 1992, she co-founded the critically acclaimed Boston International Festival of Women's Cinema, which ran for 11 years. From 1999 - 2005, Ms. White served as the Artistic Director of the Provincetown International Film Festival in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

    Taking what she has learned first-hand about specialty and art-film exhibition, in 2002 Ms. White created Balcony Releasing, which designs and implements theatrical distribution strategies for independently produced documentary features. Her first release, Daughter From Danang, went on to win an Academy Award Nomination for Best Feature Documentary, alongside Bowling for Columbine, Spellbound and Winged Migration. Other Balcony Releasing films include the acclaimed documentaries The Same River Twice, Love and Diane, Al Franken: God Spoke, So Much So Fast, Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner, and Budrus.

    Ms. White was awarded The 2000 "Image Award for Vision and Excellence" from Women in Film and Video, New England. She served on the jury for the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

  • Lisa Segall

    Coolidge Administrator


    Lisa is a local Bostonian and has been coming to films at the Coolidge long before she worked here. She has extensive experience in Customer Service. She prides herself on attention to detail to the point where she has been referred to as an "Efficiency Expert". She is ready, willing and able to help out wherever needed. 

  • Maria Marewski

    Program Development


    Maria comes to us with an extensive background in cinema education, youth media, critical thinking and creativity. She was the founding director of the Children’s Media Project, a media arts and technology, youth development and education non-profit organization in Poughkeepsie, NY and has taught at Vassar College, Hunter College and the University of Maryland. She has received numerous awards for her work, has served on granting panels and has given presentations at national and international conferences. Maria loves to collaborate and is excited about being a part of the wonderful Coolidge Corner Theatre and community.

  • Marianne Lampke

    Publicity


    Marianne has over two decades of professional experience in promoting and showcasing independent cinema and has worked with the Coolidge team since 1996. From 1986 to 2001 she co-owned the landmark Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts and developed a national reputation for high quality and distinctive film programming, marketing and publicity. The Brattle won over 50 awards during this period and became one of the highest grossing and most respected repertory movie screens in the world. From 1993 through 2003 Marianne co-founded and produced the Boston International Festival of Women's Cinema, which emerged as a leading showcase of commercial and independent works by women. She helped to launch the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) in 1999 and became the festival's Director of Publicity through 2005, garnering major media coverage in numerous regional and national outlets. Marianne was a recipient of the prestigious Image Award for Vision and Excellence (2000) from Women in Film and Video/New England. She continues to offer marketing and publicity services with a specialty in promoting independent cinema, the arts, and the preservation of theaters as cultural flagships of the community. She currently divides her year between the Boston area and Cape Cod, where she enjoys a balanced life of gardening, renovating Cape Cod cottages, and spending time with her partner, family and friends.

  • Mark E. Anastasio

    Program Manager


    A lifelong cinefile, Mark landed in Boston and immediately fell in love with the Coolidge Corner Theatre during a midnite screening of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s El Topo. His mind was blown, and he knew he had to do anything within his power to keep the Coolidge weird. Wielding his completely unsafe knowledge of genre films, he was appointed to the position of Program Coordinator. Mark’s many duties at the theatre include: programming, promoting, and pulling off the Coolidge @fter Midnite film series, co-curating the Annual Halloween Horror Movie Marathon, and co-programming the Coolidge's various repertory signature film series'. Boston’s NPR station has said of him, “It’s an understatement to say that Mark Anastasio knows horror movies. This guy knows horror movies the way Ted Williams knew hitting and Stephen Hawking knows physics.” He has written for film festivals such as The Independent Film Festival of Boston and the Boston Underground Film Festival, as well as numerous film sites, horror zines, and has even tweeted once or twice. He can be found on stage at the Coolidge each weekend introducing something strange and wonderful.

  • Matt Gabor

    New Media Director

  • Matt Gress

    Head Projectionist


    Before embarking on a career in arthouse cinema projection and management, Colorado native Matthew Gress traveled the United States playing guitar in bands and doing location film sound. He eventually served as manager and head projectionist for The Carolina Theatre in Durham, NC for which he also ran a video store. Having done all he wanted with the Southern United States, Mr. Gress moved to New England. In Providence, RI he was the projectionist at both The Avon and Cable Car cinemas. Upon noticing The Coolidge Corner Theatre’s incredible midnight movie roster, Matt took a job here as head projectionist where he has remained since 2001. He has also freelanced at nearly every local arthouse you can name.
     

  • Nancy Campbell

    Theater Manager

  • Nick Lazzaro

    Projectionist


    Nick Lazzaro grew up in central Vermont. Driven by his love of horror, science fiction, and cult movies, he moved to Boston to pursue his interests in the arts.  At the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University he earned a combined BFA and Studio Art degree with a focus on Film History and Video Production.  He worked as a freelance editor and performed with Kaiju Big Battel for several years before joining the Coolidge Corner Theatre.  A musician at heart, he is a trained percussionist and an avid music geek.  His strong opinions and criticisms of culture are always in liberal supply.