Marcos Stafne


I am gay and I am an executive director of a science museum.//


As a teen, I started working in a museum as a program presenter, performing shows about science for student and family audiences. For a large part of my career I focused on using theater as a method for science communication in various museums while producing science festivals and events. I later completed a PhD in Urban Education from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where, as a social scientist, I studied the career pathways of museum educators. Now, as the Executive Director of the Montshire Museum of Science, I oversee an amazing team that’s committed to bringing the joy of science to the rural communities of Vermont and New Hampshire.

Being gay in a rural environment is a challenge. It requires fighting for visibility and continuously coming out of the closet (often 3X a week) to community members who make assumptions about who I am. Outside of work, I happily serve on an advisory group that funds Vermont LGBTQ+ initiatives as well as a local independent film festival.