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

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!


Amy Studabaker

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.

Vice President

Noelle Russell

Erin Jeffries 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. 


Erin Jeffries

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.


Debbie Wilkerson

Jerry Bell is a retired band director from Greenfield Central Schools and currently serves as director of the Brandywine Wind Bands, president of Nameless Creek Youth Camp, INC., and as a member of Sertoma.

Board Member

Jerry Bell

Kathy Hoefgen has put in many, many volunteer hours at the Ricks Centre for the Arts since joining Ricks-Weil Theatre Co. in 2009. Kathy serves the resident stage manager for Ricks-Weil Theatre Co. and also works professionally as a stage manager.

Board Member

Kathy Hoefgen

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

Board Member

Randy Sorrell

Kyle Turpin is an avid concertgoer and travel junkie with a passion for all things performing arts. He is a lifelong Hancock County resident, and the Marketing Manager at the Hancock County Public Library. Kyle's history of theatrical productions and involvement in the local music scene motivated his desire to help preserve the Ricks as the centerpiece of a vibrant performing arts community.

Board Member

Kyle Turpin

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.

Board Member

Chris Cota Vehorn


Email: info@hctheaterfriends.org
PO Box 41 Greenfield, IN 46140

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