Ho­gans named ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Bet­ley the­ater man­ager

Kent County News - - SOCIAL SCENE -

CHESTERTOWN — The Garfield Cen­ter for the Arts board of trustees an­nounces the se­lec­tion of Tess Ho­gans as the Garfield Cen­ter’s new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

Ho­gans has held the role of the­ater man­ager since she joined the Garfield in 2014.

“As the Garfield Cen­ter for the Arts en­ters its sec­ond decade, the board is thrilled to have Tess as its ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. Her en­thu­si­as­tic lead­er­ship as­sures us that the next decade will be filled with ex­cit­ing events for ev­ery­one,” said Judy Kohl, vice pres­i­dent of the Garfield Cen­ter’s board of di­rec­tors, in a news re­lease.

The board voted unan­i­mously to of­fer the po­si­tion to Ho­gans dur­ing their reg­u­lar meet­ing at the end of 2017.

A life-long res­i­dent of Kent County, Ho­gans at­tended Kent School and grad­u­ated from Gun­ston Day School. Ho­gans went on to ma­jor in the­ater and dance stud­ies at Wheaton Col­lege and was the re­cip­i­ent of the col­lege’s 2010 award for ex­cel­lence in act­ing.

Ho­gans re­turned to Chestertown and be­gan teach­ing drama part time for grades sixth through 12th at the Maven Academy in An­napo­lis as well as run­ning an af­ter school act­ing work­shop at the Garfield.

Along with her ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, Ho­gans will con­tinue to spear­head the Garfield’s Play­mak­ers’ Sum­mer Theatre Camp. Ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease, she over­saw the Play­mak­ers’ pro­duc­tions of “The Hob­bit,” “Peter Pan & Wendy,” “Char­lotte’s Web,” “The Princess Bride” and is look­ing for­ward to work- ing on this sum­mer’s pro­duc­tion of “Alice in Won­der­land.”

The news re­lease stated Ho­gans also is a vol­un­teer di­rec­tor for the Garfield’s the­atri­cal pro­duc­tions. Her past ef­forts in­clude “Mis­ter Roberts,” “My Fair Lady,” “A Christ­mas Carol” and “In­herit the Wind.”

Ho­gans also is in­volved with the Chestertown HP Fes­ti­val. She has served on its board since the fes­ti­val’s in­cep­tion in 2014 and is the cur­rent pres­i­dent of the fes­ti­val board.

Ho­gans lives in Chestertown with her hus­band Matthew and their two daugh­ters, Mar­ian and Ro­nan. Her par­ents, Jonathan and Bev­erly also live in the area as does her brother Ben Jones and sis­ter Marva Jones.

“My main goal is to make this a space that ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity feels like they have own­er­ship of — like it is a part of their home. I am re­ally hop­ing that we can do more part­ner­ships with the com­mu­nity and com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions. We are in the mid­dle of the Arts & En­ter­tain­ment district and we want to be a hub for cre­ativ­ity,” Ho­gans said in the news re­lease.

She said, “I re­ally want this to be a home for artists — wheth- er you are an aspir­ing ac­tor or a painter or a di­rec­tor or a play­wright — we have op­por­tu­ni­ties for you! I want to get the word out that if you have some­thing you want to try — this is the space to try it!”

Bryan Bet­ley will be tak­ing over her pre­vi­ous role of the­ater man­ager. Bet­ley has been a mem­ber of the Garfield staff first as an in­tern start­ing in 2013 and was pro­moted to pro­duc­tion as­sis­tant in Jan­uary 2015.

Bet­ley has as­sisted Ho­gans in the Play­mak­ers’ Sum­mer Program and is set to take on more re­spon­si­bil­ity with the youth camp and pro­duc­tion.

Bet­ley has ap­peared in Garfield pro­duc­tions in­clud­ing “My Fair Lady” and played three dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters in “Sylvia.” He has di­rected sev­eral 10-minute plays in “Short At­ten­tion Span Theatre” the Garfield’s sig­na­ture 10-minute play fes­ti­val.

His next role is that of di­rec­tor in “The Lit­tle Prince” a per­for­mance-art piece based on the book by An­toine de Sain­tEx­u­perey. “The Lit­tle Prince” opens Feb. 16 and is the first the­atri­cal pro­duc­tion for 2018.

Af­ter hav­ing been home­schooled, Bet­ley re­ceived his GED and di­ploma at age 16, and shortly af­ter be­gan classes at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege. Bet­ley cur­rently stud­ies pho­tog­ra­phy and fine arts pri­vately through sev­eral on­line pro­grams.

Bet­ley cur­rently re­sides in Chestertown but spent much of his up­bring­ing in Kent County with his fam­ily on Colch­ester Farm in Galena, and prior to that, in the Blue Ridge Moun­tains of Vir­ginia.

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