Department of Theatre

Lori Arsenault

Performing Arts Operations and Concert Manager

Office Location

207 Corthell Hall, USM Gorham Campus


(207) 780-5142

Academic Degrees

  • Bachelor of Music in Performance


Lori is responsible for the logistics of over 150 music and theatre events each year in the School of Music and Department of Theatre. She manages a work study staff of 40-50 students, and several volunteers. She is also coordinator of the four USM Summer Youth Music and Theatre Camps: USM Theatre Academy, Southern Maine Music Academy, Southern Maine Junior Music Academy, and Southern Maine Youth Band Day Camp.

A 1999 graduate of the University of Southern Maine, Lori holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Classical Guitar). As a work study student under the direction of Mary Snell in arts promotions, she has managed the School of Music Web site since 1995. While continuing to volunteer for the School of Music after graduation, she became Administrative Manager in USM's Office of the Dean in the School of Applied Science, Engineering, and Technology. Following the University's reorganization, she became the Special Assistant to the Dean for Communications and External Affairs in the new College of Science, Technology, and Health, until she accepted her current position in the School of Music in the fall of 2011, and adds the Department of Theatre in 2014.

Since 1998, Lori has been one of the music directors at Sacred Heart / St. Dominic Catholic Parish in Portland, and also directs music for the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Gorham. She freelances in music, communications and website management for several musicians and organizations, including orchestral conductor Lawrence Golan, jazzman Scott Reeves, the MaineFIRST coalition of robotics teams, and several others.

In the community, Lori is clerk on the board of directors of the Regional Transportation Program (RTP); member of the organzing committee for the 2013 Pine Tree District "FIRST Robotics" Competition; a judge for the 2014 district event, mentor for the FIRST Robotics Team 172 Digital Media Group; webmaster and coordinator of the Maine Entrepreneurship Week Coalition; Career Fair presenter for Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce; an organizer and co-founder of CreateMaine, a virtual presentation designed to inspire young people in Maine to start their own business; a volunteer entertainer at the Barron Center, the skilled nursing facility operated by the City of Portland; and a volunteer audio book reader for the world-wide project,

Lori was a participant in the Maine Math & Science Alliance's "Reach Center" design conference; and for several years was the recording secretary for the Governance Commitee of the Community Partnerships for Protecting Children of Cumberland County.

Within the University community, she served two consecutive terms as treasurer of the Universities of Maine Professional Staff Association (UMPSA); and three consecutive terms on the Professional Staff Senate, which included being chair of the communications committee, newletter editor, and professional staff representative to the Faculty Senate. She returned to the service of the Faculty Senate in the fall of 2012 as their official staff recorder of minutes.

In her free time, Lori enjoys playing music, drawing, painting, biking, refinishing wooden furniture, artistic dance roller skating, and most recently, playing the oboe.

"It's all about the music. Whether you dance, or skate, or draw or paint, or sing or play an instrument, create something beautiful or useful, read a book outloud, smile, say a kind word, heal someone who's sick, or fix something that's broken, or just do your work day after day--no matter what it is that you create--you don't really set out just to listen to the music, or play the music. For your hobbies and activities to really fulfill you and those around you, your goal must be to actually become the music."  -Lori