Our Story

The Friends of the Theater supports the H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts as a thriving destination for Hancock County residents and visitors.

In 2017, the H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts, a privately owned historic theater at 122 W. Main St. in Greenfield, lost its long-held county funding - a critical source of taxpayer support for the downtown performing arts venue. Fearing the doors might close, the local arts community came together to find a solution. And so, the Friends of the Theater was born.

 

Today, the theater's operation depends on grants and donations from people like you. The Friends of the Theater works with the Hancock County Visitors Bureau, the nonprofit that owns the Ricks, to put those dollars to good use. Your contribution assures the Ricks remains a place for all ages to enjoy. We thank you for your support!

Our Team
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Amy Studabaker

President

Amy Studabaker is a mom to two kids during the day and a choir and voice teacher in the evening. She fell in love with Hancock County after teaching choir at Mt Vernon Schools for six years and moved with her family to Greenfield in 2016. Amy enjoys performing and music directing shows on the Ricks stage and looks forward to the opportunities her kids have in the future to tread the boards of Greenfield’s historic theater!

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Noelle Russell

Vice President

Noelle Russell has enjoyed the Ricks theater both as a performer and as a patron since she moved to Greenfield in 2006. Formerly the editor of the Greenfield Daily Reporter, Noelle now works for the state of Indiana, serving as deputy communications director for the Department of Child Services.

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Debbie Wilkerson

Treasurer

A lifelong resident of Greenfield, Debbie Wilkerson has owned and directed Wilkerson Dance Studio for forty-two years, bringing professional dance instruction and performances to the area.  Her dedication to arts in Hancock County has led her to supporting the preservation of this historic theater.

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Wayne Addison

Board Member

Wayne Addison has been a licensed Indiana Auctioneer since 1979 conducting hundreds of benefit auctions and acting as MC at many charitable events.  Formerly the Chief Probation Officer of Hancock County, Wayne now works as the Pre-Trial Release Probation Officer for Hancock County.

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Rachel Holmes

Board Member

Rachel Holmes lives in Greenfield with her husband and her son. She shares an enthusiastic love of the arts with the Hancock County community by serving as the Art Director of the Greenfield Parks Department. Rachel brings visual artistry and passion to our board, and we're delighted to have her on our team.

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Sandy Miller

Board Member

Sandy Miller, a Greenfield resident for more than 40 years, attended movies at the Ricks theater and later performed in community theater there.  She is retired from Anthem, Inc. where she served as deputy general counsel and then as president of Anthem’s Federal Government Business Division.   She is active in several community organizations and wants to help ensure that the theater remains vibrant.

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Randy Sorrell

Board Member

Randy Sorrell is a patron of the arts, an experienced board member, and the owner of a successful Hancock County law practice.

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David Stillinger

Board Member

David Stillinger has worked in the funeral business since he graduated from high school and is the proud owner of Stillinger Family Funeral Home in Greenfield. He gives back to the community in a number of ways, including serving as the county's elected coroner and offering his time to several local philanthropic organizations. In his spare time, he enjoys remodeling old homes and is also a Corvette and Harley Davidson enthusiast.

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Chris Cota Vehorn

Board Member

Chris Cota VeHorn's nvolvement in community theater, both on stage and off, led her to become a part of the Friends of the Theater board. Chris is recently retired from a 31-year teaching career and currently flipping houses. She is excited to have a part in the preservation and maintenance of this wonderful asset in our community.