INTRODUCING OUR STAFF . . .
The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre has five staff positions. This team is responsible for providing the organizational infrastructure required to run the theatre and to support all program initiatives. It also supports the Board of Trustees and manages the cadre of actors and program volunteers whose contributions make the center what it is today.
Joyce Benton–Finance Manager
Joyce is responsible for the day to day financial operation of the theatre. She attended Chesapeake College in Para-Legal studies and retired from the State, worked at the Kent Co. State’s Attorney Office as Circuit Court Coordinator and was Office Manager at Church Hill Theatre for 6 years. She loves the theatre and is excited to be part of the Garfield Center.
Bryan Betley Production Assistant
Bryan has long been a volunteer and actor at the GCA and is excited to take on the Production Assistant position. His responsibilities include basic theatre upkeep and tech work. Bryan is currently attending Chesapeake College, working towards his associates before transferring to a four year university where he would like to study dance and fine arts. Bryan has been seen in many productions at Churchhill Theatre including South Pacific (2014), Oklahoma! (2013), Cabaret (2012) and many more. Recently, Bryan was seen on the GCA stage in Inherit the Wind (2014) and before that he was a counselor for the Playmakers Productions of Charlotte’s Web (2014) and James and the Giant Peach (2013). Born in Delaware, raised in Virginia and now stationed on a farm in Galena Maryland.
Butch Clark Technical Director
Butch is the man behind the curtain at every production. In addition to designing and running sound and lights, he builds most of the sets used in the theatre. And he does all of this while holding down a full time job with the US postal service and volunteering for many other productions, concerts and public events held across his home county. Honored as the Chestertown Tea Party Grand Marshall in 2011, Butch also made his stage debut to a delighted audience at the 2011 Women Helping Women fundraiser. Here’s a secret not many people know – approximately 95% of the lighting and equipment used in the theatre is on loan from Butch Clark!
Tess Hogans Theatre Manager
Tess has her dream job of keeping the Garfield running smoothly. She is responsible for the general administration, artistic & educational programming, planning, and event set up at the theatre. She most recently directed the production of My Fair Lady. In the past, she has worked on many shows at the GCA including Peter Pan & Wendy, A Christmas Carol, Red Devil Moon, Charlotte’s Web, Inherit the Wind, Book of Liz, Proof, Arsenic & Old Lace and Short Attention Span Theatre, as well as running an after school acting workshop. Tess teaches drama part time for grades 6-12 at The Maven Academy in Annapolis. A graduate of Wheaton College, she majored in Theatre and Dance Studies and was the recipient of the college’s 2010 award for Excellence in Acting. She will be co-directing the 2016 Playmakers Summer Camp production of The Hobbit with Catherine Bushby in August. In her “spare time” she also serves as the President of the Chestertown Harry Potter Festival, and is excited to see everyone at this year’s festival on September 30th-October 2nd!
Tess lives in Chestertown with her husband Matthew and their daughter Marian..
Sarah Lyle Event Coordinator
Sarah works with the Theatre Manager to coordinate theatre rentals, community partnerships, concert series, and various GCA events. Born in New York and raised in the south of France, Sarah is an artist and teacher of painting, mosaics, and pottery. She graduated from Washington College after attending art schools here and abroad. Her career has centered around art, education and administration, so she’s thrilled to be involved with the Garfield and eager to learn more about theatre arts. A dedicated audience member and parent of occasional GCA actor, Ben Cambier, Sarah’s belief is that Art is an essential part of your diet, and you should have some every day.
Board of Directors:
Jim Landskroener, President
Judy Kohl, Vice President
Morgan Ellis, Secretary
Vic Pfeiffer, Treasurer
Matt Garfield, Honorary Chairman
Mel Rapelyea, MD