Program Type:Author Talk:
Join us for this evening's Author-Talk with Shannon A. Mullen, author of “In Other Words, Leadership”, moderated by Emmy Award winning actor, director, writer and producer, John Shea. "In Other Words, Leadership," is the story of the relationship between Maine Governor Janet Mills and homesteader Ashirah Knapp of Temple, Maine during the first year of Covid.
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Shannon A. Mullen is a journalist, author, screenwriter and film producer, playwright and podcast host. She grew up in the White Mountains and Lakes Region of New Hampshire and studied pre-veterinary medicine at UNH after interpreting her love of storytelling, inspired by James Herriot’s books, as an inclination toward animal husbandry. She then earned a graduate degree in broadcast journalism at Boston University. Shannon went on to report for national programs on public radio for two decades, including Marketplace, Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Her print journalism has been published by The New Yorker and The Boston Globe Magazine, among other outlets. She is also developing multiple projects for the screen and stage through her production company Broad Reach.
Janet Trafton Mills is the 75th Governor of Maine and the first woman elected to that office. She was sworn in for her second consecutive term in January 2023 after winning re-election, having earned more votes than any previous Maine governor. She was also the first governor since 1970 to be elected with a majority of the vote, in her case for both terms. Under her leadership during the global COVID-19 pandemic Maine had one of the highest vaccination rates and lowest death rates in the US, as well as one of the strongest economic recoveries among the states. Governor Mills previously served as Maine's first female Attorney General and its first woman district attorney, as well as in the state's House of Representatives. She is step-mother to her late husband's five daughters and a grandmother of five.
John Shea is an Emmy Award winning actor, director, writer and producer. He has starred in fifty films shot around the world, including the Academy Award and Cannes Palme d'Or winner MISSING. John has performed in twenty-five plays on and Off Broadway and in London. He has also appeared in dozens of television movies and series, including his recurring roles as Lex Luthor in the international hit The New Adventures of Superman and Harold Waldorf in Gossip Girl, and Bobby Kennedy in the miniseries Kennedy, as well as turns in episodes of Law & Order, Sex and the City, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, among many others. John wrote and directed two feature films, GREY LADY and SOUTHIE, both distributed by Lionsgate. He is a founding member of the Nantucket Film Festival and his history with the island stage reaches back to the 1960s and the former Straight Wharf Theater — he has co-produced forty productions for the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, where he is Artistic Director Emeritus, and for ten years he has directed and starred as Ahab in the one act play Moby Dick Rehearsed by Orson Welles, including this season's run at the Nantucket Whaling Museum.