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!
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!
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.
Erin Vetters has been performing on stage with Hancock Co. Children’s Theater, KidsPlay Inc., Crazylake Acting Co., and Hearts Ablaze Cloggers since she could walk. For the last decade, she has been blessed to be able to perform and stage manage at the H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts. A graduate of Greenfield-Central High School and Ball State University, her love for her community and all aspects of performing arts has brought her to this board.
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.
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.
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.
Randy Sorrell is a patron of the arts, an experienced board member, and the owner of a successful Hancock County law practice.
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.
Chris Cota Vehorn
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.