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 Theatre Manager
A longtime Chestertown community member, Bryan is tasked with the general upkeep and maintenance of this historic building. As Theatre Manager, his responsibilities include production design and construction, management of the bar and box office, and management of the GCA’s internship program. Bryan has a solid foundation at the GCA having started as a volunteer in 2013 with the Playmakers summer camp. Bryan has been seen in many productions at both Church Hill Theatre and the GCA. Recently, Bryan was seen on the GCA stage in My Fair Lady (2016) and Sylvia (2017). He has also been a director of the Playmakers’ production of The Princess Bride (2017), and a counselor for The Hobbit (2016), Peter Pan and Wendy (2015), Charlotte’s Web (2014), and James and the Giant Peach (2013). You’ve probably seen him wandering around town with a camera looking lost. Don’t worry, that’s just his face.
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 Executive Director
Tess has her dream job of keeping the Garfield running smoothly. She is responsible for the general administration, artistic & educational programming, financial and staff management at the theatre. She worked as the Garfield’s Theatre Manager from 2014 until 2017, and has directed the past GCA productions of The Princess Bride, Mister Roberts, My Fair Lady, The Hobbit, Peter Pan & Wendy, A Christmas Carol, Charlotte’s Web, Inherit the Wind. 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 2018 Playmakers Summer Camp production of Alice in Wonderland with Catherine Bushby and Bryan Betley. She also proudly serves as the President of the Chestertown Harry Potter Festival.
A life-long resident of Kent County, Tess lives in Chestertown with her husband Matthew and their two daughters, Marian and Ronan.
Rebecca (Becky) Lepter Development Director & Special Events Coordinator
In her role as the Development Director, Becky is responsible for implementing all fundraising activities and coordinating rentals and special events at the the theatre. Understanding that art and theatre have the power to change lives, Becky builds relationships and makes connections between our donors, patrons and our mission. Though she is a native of Queen Anne’s County, where she currently lives with her husband and two sons, she has deep affection for Kent County where she worked for over 13 years to develop a collaborative system of services and resources to improve health, education and community stability outcomes for children and families at Kent County’s Local Management Board. She brings this love of creating partnerships and making a difference with her to the Garfield.
Board of Directors:
Jim Landskroener, President
Judy Kohl, Vice President
Vic Pfeiffer, Secretary
Karen Ferguson, Treasurer
Mel Rapelyea, MD