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.
Steven J. Arnold Executive Director
Steven J. Arnold is a professional Arts Administrator. Theatre Stage Director, Designer, Playwright and Actor who has worked professionally throughout the Midwest and the East Coast, with over 75 production credits and more than 15 years of administrative posts spanning over more than 30 years of associated work. He holds a B.A. in Theatre from The Ohio State University where he received national recognition as one of only two undergraduates in the nation to present theatre research at the Mid America Theatre Conference in 2003. His directing credits include productions for The Ohio State University, The Players Guild Theatre, The Mansfield Playhouse, The North Canton Playhouse, Church Hill Theatre and Woodford Theatre, among others. As the Artistic Director of The Mansfield Playhouse for three seasons, from 1997 to 2000, he staged 6 productions per season on the Main Stage, developed new works for their downstairs “Second Stage,” and was a founding member of the comedy Improv group Under the Influence, which began in 1998 and is still performing and successful. He founded a second comedy Improv group, ScrewLoose, in Canton, Ohio in 2004. As a playwright, three of his full-length scripts have been produced and he has had multiple produced short plays, including several for The Garfield Center for the Arts’ Short Attention Span Theatre short play festivals. He also penned his own musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, in which he wrote the Book, Music, Lyrics and Orchestrations, which premiered at The Mansfield Playhouse in 1999. As a professional actor, he originated the role of Matthew Elliot in The White Savage at the professional outdoor drama Trumpet in the Land. Other notable professional experience includes roles in tours and resident productions of Oklahoma, Assassins, Carousel, The Succession and Trumpet in the Land. Favorite directing credits include The Rocky Horror Show, 1776, Cotton Patch Gospel, Amadeus, The Will Rogers Follies, Lucky Stiff, Man of La Mancha and The Music Man, among others. Steven currently resides in Chestertown, Maryland, where he is thrilled to be the newly-appointed Executive Director for The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre.
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.
Paul Cambardella, Production Assistant/Educational Outreach Coordinator
Paul, a Chestertown native, returned to his hometown in 2014 after chef stints in southern Florida and mountainous southwest Virginia. Continuing his food and fitness pursuits, Paul also reignited his previous interest in theater at the Garfield, playing the role of the Aviator in The Little Prince, Dolan in Mister Roberts and sundry characters in Short Attention Span Theatre presentations. Gradually, Paul’s interest in community theater expanded to include behind-the-scenes work. He has served as a Playmakers summer camp counselor for children 8 to 15 years of age and has taken on responsibilities as the Educational Outreach Coordinator and also manages set pieces and props as the Properties and Production Assistant. His work with the Garfield can be appreciated on and around the stage; also via a tasty catered dish from Above the Salt Catering. Paul’s community involvement includes work with area homeless shelters. He and his cat Dinah patrol Chestertown in search of Truth and Harmony.
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).
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