Meet Our Staff

Please click on the staff name for contact information and a more detailed bio.

Wesley Paulson

Wesley Paulson
Executive Director

Executive Director for Clear Space Theatre Company, Wesley Paulson received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in finance from University of Maryland University College.  Mr. Paulson also attended the Harvard Institute for Educational Management.  Prior to accepting the position at Clear Space, Mr. Paulson was employed for six years as Chief Financial Officer for the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church in Washington, DC.

David Button

David Button
Artistic Director

David Button received his B.A. in Theatre from DeSales University, with a focus on Acting and Directing. He has worked in regional theatres in the Pennsylvania area before returning to Delaware and collaborating on projects throughout the state.  David previously worked in Theatre Administration as an intern to the Artistic Director of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. 

Beginning in 2007, Mr. Button became a member of Clear Space Performing Arts Institute Faculty and was hired as the Company Manager in 2008. Button helped create the Theatre Arts Academy curriculum and afterschool programs at Cape Henlopen High School and the Spotlight on Young Performers series.

Lara Bellistri

Lara Bellistri
Box Office Manager

Lara Bellistri is a graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  She has recently performed in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, CARDBOARD STORIES, and in ANNIE as a member of The Legends of Broadway class. She and her husband Joe reside in Bethany Beach with their 3 children Hannah, Finn and Lena.

Sharon Smith

Sharon Smith
Director of Development and Outreach

Sharon Smith was the Director of Development for the ARC of Caroll County (Maryland) from 2012-2015 where she was responsible for internal and external communications, collateral materials, website updates, e-newsletter, grant writing, fundraising and event planning for human services nonprofit with an annual budget of $11 million. 

Sydney Gray

Sydney Gray
Company Manager

Sydney Gray has worked with Clear Space since 2006 and is now the acting Company Manager. She studied Acting at Shenandoah Conservatory, and has directed Clear Space productions of MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, RENT and AVENUE Q.  

 In addition, Sydney has also worked as an instructor for the Broadway Bound and HOB Afterschool programs, directed the Musical Theatre Summer Intensive camps, and co-founded the Summer Acting Intensive camp.

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