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.
Nic Carter Theatre Manager
Nic has been the Theatre Manager since late September 2018. Nic is new to the Garfield, his first show here being Sweeney Todd earlier this season, where he appeared as Beadle Bamford. Nic grew up just down 213 in Centreville, is a n Eagle Scout, and got his start in theatre as a student at Queen Anne’s County High School after appearing as Fred the cowboy, and working on the light crew in a 2004 production of Oklahoma! directed by Shelagh Grasso. That summer, Nic operated the light board for Sylvia Maloney’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Church Hill Theatre. After an illustrious (his words) high school career both on stage and on light crew, with an award-winning (QACHS International Thespian Society award for best supporting actor) appearance as Selsdon in Noises Off!, Nic attended Frostburg State University where he majored in History. The following year he would change his major to Theatre with a focus in Lighting Design and technology. During his tenure at FSU Nic spent several summers working on the Performing Arts Center Crew, and received a Kennedy Center certificate of merit for his lighting design in a 2011 production of Ruined. Since returning to the shore Nic has designed lights for a number of shows around the area. Then in 2014, for the first time since high school, Nic returned to the stage in Is He Dead? at CHT. Since then, he has worked at The Avalon Theater as a Lighting Designer and Bartender. Nic lives locally with his lovely girlfriend Shannon.
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!
Meghan Ferster, Development Director
Meghan is thrilled to join the Garfield Center for the Arts team! A devoted audience member since moving to the Shore in 2009, Meghan is excited to officially be “behind the scenes.” The joy she finds in inspiring others to support what moves them is rooted deeply in her experiences with music and theater. Through performance, Meghan believes we create something both familiar and new – for ourselves and in concert with others. She looks forward to meeting YOU and growing all the wonderful relationships that make the Garfield such a special place. When not at work, Meghan lives on her farmette with her hubby Nate, daughter Edie, 2 goats, 3 cats, 1 rooster, and ___ chickens (specific number of hens subject to change, courtesy of the local fox).
Tess Jones 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 Bee Betley. She also proudly serves as the President of the Chestertown HP Festival.
A life-long resident of Kent County, Tess lives in Chestertown with her two daughters, Marian and Ronan.
Board of Directors:
Mark Sullivan, President
Mel Rapelyea, Vice President
Natalie Lane, Secretary
Karen Ferguson, Treasurer
Jennifer Kafka Smith
In loving memory of Judy Kohl