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.
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
As Theatre Manager, Tess has her dream job of keeping the Garfield running smoothly. She is responsible for the general administration, maintenance, educational programing, planning, volunteer management and event set up at the theatre. She most recently directed the fall production of Inherit the Wind, and heads the Playmakers Summer Camp team with Catherine Bushby. In the past, she has worked on many shows at the GCA, including Book of Liz, Proof, Arsenic & Old Lace and Short Attention Span Theatre. This past spring she lead an after-school acting workshop. Tess came to the Garfield from the Maven Academy in Annapolis, where she taught drama for grades 6-12. 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 directing the Garfield’s 2015 performance of “A Christmas Carol” in December, as well as the “Hey, Wait A Minute” plays as a part of this fall’s Short Attention Span Theatre. Tess lives in Chestertown with her family.
Andy Goddard Event Coordinator
Andy is responsible for coordinating theatre rentals, concession management, and facilitating special events. She is a Washington College graduate and long-time proprietor of the now defunct Andy’s, a favorite Chestertown restaurant, bar, and music venue. Little known fact: she spent several years in Baltimore managing a pawn shop on ‘The Block’ prior to returning to the Eastern Shore in 1987 and opening Andy’s. She currently divides her time between the Garfield Center, promoting several regional bands, and all things local.
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.
The GCA’s 2014 Board of Directors:
Jim Landskroener, President
Judy Kohl, Vice President
Morgan Ellis, Secretary
Vic Pfeiffer, Treasurer
Matt Garfield, Honorary Chairman
Beth Anne Langrell
Mel Rapelyea, MD