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Wesley Paulson Wesley Paulson, Executive Director

Executive Director for Clear Space Theatre Company, Wesley Paulson received his bachelor’s degree in accounting (1985) and a master’s degree in finance (1992) from University of Maryland University College.  In 1998, Mr. Paulson 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. 

In 1994, Mr. Paulson was appointed as president of the Maryland College of Art and Design (MACD) where he remained for seven years.  Located in Silver Spring, MD, MCAD offered an accredited two-year associate of fine arts degree and a full program of non-credit classes for all ages.  The College was also home to the Gudelsky Gallery where shows included works by students, faculty, and visting artists.  While president of the College, Mr. Paulson served on the board of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Conference and Visitors Bureau of Montgomery County, serving as president of the latter organization from 1999-2001. 

Mr. Paulson continues to be active in trustee positions at the Methodist Home of the District of Columbia, and the National Capital Trolley Museum in Maryland.  He is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery (1997) and maintains a membership in that organization.  Mr. Paulson has several articles published by the National Capital Trolley Museum, and received a Telly Award (2003) for “This is My Story”, a video history of his church prepared for its 50th anniversary.  Mr. Paulson is married to the Rev. Connie Paulson, a retired United Methodist pastor, and they reside in Ocean Pines, MD.
wpaulson@ClearSpaceTheatre.org


Doug Yetter, Artistic Director

Doug Yetter guides the aesthetic development and oversees the Clear Space Theatre Company while serving as director, musical director, conductor, accompanist and composer for the Theatre Company, and musical director, arranger and faculty member for the Arts Institute. He has been in the musical theatre business for 40 years as a director, musical director conductor, arranger, orchestrator, and composer for hundreds of productions across the country.  His works for the musical theatre stage include SCROOGE!, THE STREETS OF NEW YORK, CRICKET ON THE HEARTH, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, DRACULA and THE WATCHERS.  His opera, THE SCARLET LETTER, premiered in Baltimore in 2002, and two of his musicals - DIVINE TERROR and A CHRISTMAS CAROL - had limited runs in New York City. Doug graduated Summa cum Laude from University of Maryland where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in composition and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing program of New York University.  Doug is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, American Federation of Musicians, American Guild of Organists and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
Doug@ClearSpaceTheatre.org


David ButtonDavid Button, Company Manager

David Button received his B.A. in Theatre from DeSales University, with a focus on Acting and Directing.  He has previous experience in box office management, personal assistance, directing, and acting in regional and university settings, including the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Company, Main Street Theatre, and DeSales University.  He has directed productions for the Main Street Theatre, ACT 3 Children's Theatre, Second Street Players, and he wrote and directed a piece in collaboration with the Rehoboth Beach Chamber of Commerce.  His acting career includes work regionally with the Main Street Theatre, the City Theatre at the Wilmington Opera House, Clear Space Theatre Company, Riverfront Theatre, and Possum Hall.  In addition to his role as Company Manager, Button continues to work as a member of the Clear Space's professional acting company, Arts Institute instructor, and director.
David@ClearSpaceTheatre.org

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Melody Saunders, Administrative Assistant

melody@ClearSpaceTheatre.org

David Button
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Doug Yetter
(Read bio above)


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Melanie Bradley

Melanie Bradley is a resident of Lewes, where she lives with her husband and two boys. She received degrees in piano performance from Ithaca College and the University of Maryland, College Park. She most recently was the pianist for the Clear Space production of HELLO, DOLLY and for the Clear Space Children's and Community Choruses as well as musical director and pianist for the Milton Theatre production of THE FANTASTICKS, the Possum Point Players production of PIRATES OF PENZANCE, and the 2nd Street Players production of CABARET.


David Button
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Elaine Faye

Elaine Faye has been a professional actor for over 25 years and has performed in theatres nationwide. She trained in NYC at the HERBERT BERGHOF STUDIO and with NIKOS PSACHARAPOULOS, ELAINE AIKEN, TONY GRECO, and DAVID BLACK. She has been a instructor for Clear Space adult acting classes since 2010. She has appeared in numerous shows with Clear Space, including THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, THE CRUCIBLE, and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. In NYC: THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT, MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA, ORPHEUS DESCENDING, and GYPSY (national tour). In DC: Kennedy Center Youth Theater’s EAST OF THE SUN and ALICE IN WONDERLAND, directed by Pat Carroll; Signature Theater’s UNIDENTIFIED HUMAN REMAINS (Helen Hayes Award nominee). Elaine is a member of Actors Equity.


Shondelle Graulich


Alison Krauss


Christa Pardocchi

Christa Pardocchi took her first dance calls at age three and a life’s passion was born. She hails from New York, the “Dance Capital”, and brings more than 30 years experience to Long Neck area. Pardocchi was educated at Adelphi University and trained with Martha Graham, Phil Black, Alvin Ailey, Elliot Feld Ballet, and the Eglevsky Ballet. She has performed and choreographed in reginonal productions, as well as bing a touring dancer with National Recording Artists. Assistant teaching and choreographing at the Nassau College and Hofstra University led to being Artistic Director of the Lindenhurst Youth Center and the accomplishment of teaching for 25 years in Long Island. She currently owns Dance Unlimited in Long Neck and lives with her husband and two girls.


Jennifer Schmermund

Jennifer Schmermund is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and writer living in Lewes, Delaware. She earned her MFA in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received the Wanda M. Nettl Prize for choreography. As a dance teacher, she has been on faculty at Marymount School of New York, served as an adjunct at Bucknell University and was a guest artist at Salisbury University. In New York, she trained as a yoga teacher through Om Yoga and with J. Brown at Abhyasa Yoga Center and taught at Cora School for Dance, Poly Prep Country Day School, GREEN SPACE and Friends Seminary. In 2004, she co-founded the dance company FRESH BLOOD with KC Chun-Manning, and has presented work in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Colorado. Her choreography extends to the realms of film and theater; she recently created a piece for the feature film, The History of Future Folk, and is editing her short film, “Wild ____ Yonder,” set in Prospect Park. As a performer, she has danced for choreographers including Sara Hook, Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance, Kimberly Young and Valerie Green and has worked as a puppeteer with playwright Ed Valentine. A former copywriter, she’s now a freelance writer and studies unusual movement moments for her blog, grinbearmove. She is in the process of establishing a Delaware dance organization, DANCE BARN, which will mix local and far-flung choreographers, bringing dance to Delaware stages, schools, outdoor spaces and, of course, barns! Her current movement life includes teaching yoga and facilitating workshops at Soul Yoga Studio in Lewes and teaching dance for the Broadway Bound program at H.O. Brittingham Elementary School which is run in collaboration with Clear Space Theater.


Marian Sunnergren


David Warick

David Warick, a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, has worked as a professional actor, improviser, teacher and writer for over twenty years, and is a member of SAG, Actors Equity, the Writer’s Guild and the Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists Guild.  He trained and performed at The Groundlings Theatre and The Second City in Los Angeles and was a member of Los Angeles Theatresports for over ten years - regularly performing in the groundbreaking long-form show, TRIPLE PLAY.  He later wrote for Paramount, Fox and Walt Disney Television for several years and was a story analyst for Artisan Entertainment, IFC, Avenue Pictures and famed director Michael Mann.  Currently, David teaches high school drama and English at Sussex Central High School in Georgetown.  He was most recently seen acting in Clear Space Production’s MY FAIR LADY as Professor Henry Higgins.  He is also the founder and director of Delaware Comedy Theatre, the First State’s premier professional improv comedy troupe.


Doug Yetter
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Christopher Berg, Board Chair

Chris Berg is a Delaware native and resident of Rehoboth Beach. Chris is a graduate of Seaford High School and was a vocal performance major at the University of Delaware under the direction of Dr. Melanie Dement and currently serves as the VP and Director of Operations for Atlantic Management in Rehoboth Beach. In addition to his work with Clear Space, Chris is the President of the Delaware Choral Society, founding member of the Rehoboth Beach International Student Outreach Program, former trustee of Epworth United Methodist Church and serves on advisory boards and committees for the Rehoboth Beach Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, Southern Delaware Tourism, Delaware Economic Development Office, Lewes Yacht Club Foundation and the Council on International Educational Exchange. Chris’s Clear Space acting debut came in 2011 where he played Mary Sunshine in CHICAGO.


John N. "Jack" Chapin, Jr. Director
Financial Management Consultant/Fiorensic Economist

Jack Chapin is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC); past national chair and Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants USA, Inc., (FIMC). Graduating from Washington University in St. Louis in 1955, he completed his MBA at the Olin School of Business, Washington University in 1960. He joined the Data Processing Division of the IBM Corporation, marketing to financial institutions in St. Louis.
 
In 1979, after 19 years in the computer industry, Jack joined Coopers & Lybrand LLP (now merged as PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP) to start the Litigation Services practice in Chicago and the Midwest; becoming Partner-in-Charge in 1986. In 1998 he formed his own firm, CHAPIN Associates Ltd., having reached the mandatory retirement age for partners. He is Senior Consulting Partner (Retired) PwC; closing his consulting firm in 2012 after relocating from Chicago to Lewes.
 
Jack served as president of the Snowmass Resort Association, the Tamarack Townhouses Association, the Fox Meadow Community Association; five years as an elected Trustee of Northfield Village, and director of The Presbyterian Home Chicago.


Curt Christensen, Treasurer

Curt Christensen and his wife, Carolyn, have been coming to the Delaware Beaches since 1976, finally moving from Silver Spring, Maryland to Cadbury at Lewes in early 2012.  After graduating from the University of South Dakota in 1960, Curt served in various financial management positions in the U.S. Government for over 36 years.  He served in the Senior Executive Service (SES) as Controller of both the Community Services Administration (CSA)  and the Agency for International Development (USAID).  He and his wife lived and worked overseas for 10 years - Japan in early 1960s and Indonesia and India in the late 1980s and early to mid 1990s.

In 1985, Curt was one of 32 career executives to receive a Presidential Distinguished Rank Award given by President Reagan in recognition of his many years of service eliminating waste and mismanagement in USAID.  A few years ago, Curt offered his services as a consultant with the International Executive Service Corps (IESC) in supporting Booz Allen’s Millennium Challenge Corporation engagements.  He has always been a singer and musician, currently singing and playing handbells at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth. He is also active in several committees at Cadbury.


Nancy Feichtl, Director


Fred Legge, Director


Janis Lopez, Director

Janis Lopez is a native of Sussex County Delaware.  She grew up in Rehoboth Beach and graduated from Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes.  Lopez attended Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania earning her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs.  After college, Lopez moved to Newark, Delaware, where she began her professional career in higher education administration working for a small college as an Admissions Counselor and eventually as the Assistant Director of Admissions.  Lopez later joined the financial services industry where she worked for 9 years in various roles related to employee recruitment, employee satisfaction, and business support and management.
Lopez returned to Sussex County in 2006 and continued working remotely for Bank of America until she joined the University of Delaware in 2009.  Lopez is currently the Assistant Dean for Graduate Services in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE).  She works on both the Hugh R. Sharp campus in Lewes and the main University of Delaware campus in Newark.  In her current role, Lopez manages graduate recruitment, advisement and funding for students studying Marine Science and Policy, Oceanography, Geological Science and Geography and coordinates the Undergraduate Summer Research Internship program, funded by the National Science Foundation, which is hosted by CEOE.
Lopez resides in Lewes, Delaware with her husband Ernie, and two daughters Anna and Claire.  Lopez and her husband are both very involved with a variety of community organizations as well as the local schools.  Their daughters both attend elementary school in the Cape Henlopen School District.


Kathleen (Kelly) Quinn, Director

Kathleen (Kelly) Quinn is a native of Great Falls, VA and relocated to Slaughter Beach, DE in 2004.  She attended Virginia Tech and received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park.  She spent 15 years in the hospitality industry as a restaurant manager and corporate management trainer.  During her time in the hospitality industry, she was heavily involved in catering both large and small events and event planning before finding a new career in sales and marketing for a wholesale alcoholic beverage distributor.  She is currently employed as a sales representative for United Distributors of Delaware working with businesses in Kent County.  Kelly is actively involved with the Boys and Girls Club Greater Milford Club swim team and is the parent board president for aquatics programs.  


Mary Kay Ryan, Vice Chair

Mary Kay Ryan is a retired lawyer having served 30 years as a senior executive in federal and state regulatory agencies overseeing staffs of attorneys and investigative professionals.  Before attending graduate and law school, Mary Kay served overseas with the U.S. Department of State in Sri Lanka and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Volunteer community activities have included service as president of a local development corporation, staff work for an arts festival and founder/president of a professional woman's organization. She remains active in public policy issues both nationally and locally.  Mary Kay has extensive experience as a public speaker and holds a law degree from Harvard, an MBA from Boston College, a BA from Emmanuel College with a language major.


Carl M. Schloegel, Director

Carl M. Schloegel is a native of Chester, Pennsylvania where he graduated from Chester High School.  He attended Pierce College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania graduating with an AA degree in Business Automation Management.   Carl started his career working for Lee Tire and Rubber Company in Conshohocken Pennsylvania as a Computer Operator/Programmer.  After four years he moved on to Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Chester, Pennsylvania as a Programmer Analyst where he spent an additional four years.  In 1978, Carl accepted a position at Alco Standard Corporation in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania where he acted as a Consultant/Project Manager for ten years.  The next twenty years were spent working in Wilmington Delaware where he held various positions as Senior Business Analyst, Systems Engineer, Manager of Electronic Data Interchange, Senior Business Manager in Operations and most recently Director of IT Facilities Management and Procurement.   The positions were held with one company that had a number of transformations over twenty years.  ICI Americas/Zeneca/Syngenta /AstraZeneca. 

In 2008, after a thirty eight year career in Information Technology he retired from AstraZeneca and moved from Wilmington, Delaware to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware where he currently resides.   In 2009 Carl joined the Epworth United Methodist Chancel Choir and in 2012 began singing as a tenor with the Camp Rehoboth Chorus here in Rehoboth Beach.


Joan E. Thomas, Secretary

Joan E. Thomas is a native of Michigan, lived and worked in Maryland, and for the past 10 years Bethany Beach has been her home.  Joan graduated from the Detroit Business Institute prior to moving to Maryland where she worked for eleven years as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Development at Georgetown University Medical Center.  After retiring and moving to Bethany Beach she reentered the work force once again as the Development Assistant to the Executive Director of the Beebe Medical Center Foundation until her second retirement.  In these two positions her primary responsibilities included prospect management, identification and cultivation of prospects, and coordinating sponsorship and underwriting efforts for major fundraising events.

She is a member of the Friends of the South Coastal Library Board of Directors and was the Co-Chair of the Library’s successful $2.5 million campaign to rebuild and expand the existing facility.  She is and has been a member and committee chair of the Beach and Bay Cottage Tour committee, a major fundraising annual event, supporting the library programs. 

Currently she is the president of the AARP South Coastal DE Chapter with over 500 members working to identify essential social needs or projects in the community and to stimulate appropriate Chapter involvement of resources to meet the needs or assist the projects. She is a member of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and was a member of their Fundraising Committee.  She has volunteered as an ambassador for the Middle Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. 


If you are interested in serving on the Clear Space Theatre Company Board, please contact Info@ClearSpaceTheatre.org

All other Board inquiries should be sent to Info@ClearSpaceTheatre.org

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Ken Skrzesz

Ken Skrzesz was a co-founder of the Clear Space Theatre Company. He resigned from his position in January, 2012 and currently resides in Edgewater, Maryland where he works as a Visual and Performing Arts Teacher Specialist at Annapolis High School.


Doug Yetter

Doug Yetter is a co-founder of the Clear Space Theatre Company and guides the aesthetic development of the company serving as director, musical director, conductor, accompanist and composer for the Theatre Company, and musical director, arranger and faculty member for the Arts Institute. He has been in the musical theatre business for 40 years in any number of capacities for hundreds of productions across the country.  His works for the musical theatre stage include THE STREETS OF NEW YORK, CRICKET ON THE HEARTH, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, DRACULA and THE WATCHERS.  His opera, THE SCARLET LETTER, premiered in Baltimore in 2002, and two of his musicals - DIVINE TERROR and A CHRISTMAS CAROL - had limited runs in New York City. Doug graduated Summa cum Laude from University of Maryland where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in composition and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing program of New York University.  Doug is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, American Federation of Musicians, American Guild of Organists and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
Doug@ClearSpaceTheatre.org

This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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