The Visionaries

A small group of North Shore residents founded the Cabot Performing Arts Center in 2014 to save The Cabot and transform it into a vibrant and vital venue for the arts. With the community's support and a small staff of committed employees, the venue opened on November 14, 2014. 

Over the first 15 months of operations, community engagement with the Cabot has been phenomenal, expressed in donations, volunteer hours, and attendance at live music events and film screenings. 

In October, 2015, the Cabot Performing Arts Center announced the hiring of its first Executive Director, Casey Soward. Previously, Soward worked as Assistant Director for Production and Performance at Boston University's School of Music and also served as Executive Director for New England Philharmonic.

Casey Soward can be reached by email here.


Henry Bertolon, businessperson, philanthropist and founder of NECX, an electronic components trading exchange employing more than 500 people, which he sold in 2001.

Bill Howard, Chairman and former President of Beverly Bank.

Richard Marino, owner of Chianti for 22 years, the Downtown bistro which launched the city's restaurant boom, and which was named Massachusetts 2011 Restaurant of the Year.

Thaddeus S Siemasko, AIA, founder of Siemasko + Verbridge, a leading architecture and interior design firm on the North Shore, and a frequent volunteer in organizations seeking to improve life in the City of Beverly, including as a Board member of Beverly Main Streets.

Paul Van Ness, co-owner of CinemaSalem, winner of the Best North Shore Movie Theater for seven consecutive years.

We need the help of the whole community to revitalize The Cabot. If you're inspired by the vision for this wonderful theater, please join us to create a great, 21st Century performing arts center. There are many ways you can help. Click here to learn more.

The Cabot Performing Arts Center, Inc. is an IRS-recognized tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and donations are tax-deductible as charitable contributions.

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