The Founders

The Cabot’s Historic 1920 Fire Curtain | Photo © Rocco Coviello

A small group of North Shore residents, who were brought together by Rich Marino, Thad Siemasko, Bill Howard, and City Counselor Scott Houseman, founded the Cabot Performing Arts Center in 2014. Their vision was 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 was truly phenomenal as 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.

The Founders

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 Tuscan Restaurant for 23 years, the downtown Beverly bistro and jazz room which not only launched the city’s restaurant boom but was also 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 and restore The Cabot. If you’re inspired by the vision for this wonderful theater, please join us to create an outstanding, 21st Century performing arts center. There are many ways you can help. Click here to learn more.