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© 2019 by Richmond Catholic Theatre

                          a 501(c) 3 organization

Managing Artistic Director

Christine Arena

Stepped down from position of President of the Board on October 17, 2016.

 

Co-founder of Richmond Catholic Theatre.

 

A visionary since directing her first Catholic production at James Madison University 6 years ago, Christine felt the calling to merge her passion for history, culture, theatre and God into something beautiful to benefit others.  A strong woman, fierce friend, and a loving wife, she strives for top tier quality in everything she does, continuously working to learn and grow. 

A graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Graduate Theatre Program, Christine's dramaturgy credits include Tom Stoppard's Arcadia at James Madison University, and Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld (Orphée aux Enfers) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Music Lyric Theatre; her directing credits include assistant director for Henley Street Theatre Company's Julius Caesar, and The Jeweler's Shop: a meditation on the sacrament of matrimony, passing on occasion into a drama both with James Madison University Stratford Players and Richmond Catholic Theatre; her acting credits include STAGE MANAGER (Our Town), MATTHEW (Cotton Patch Gospel), TERESA (The Jeweler's Shop), ANNA (The Jeweler's Shop), and MONICA (The Jeweler's Shop).

Executive Producer

Richard Arena

Stepped down from position of Secretary of the Board on October 17, 2016.

 

Co-Founder of Richmond Catholic Theatre.

A true Renaissance man, Richard is an engineer by trade, but also a comedian, artist, puppy whisperer, actor, husband and the creative-type.  When he is not using CAD and 3D printing, he is with his wife, making spaghetti, playing music, or punning jokes.

Richard is a natural leader, with the rare skill to listen to multiple perspectives and t  guide the group to the best decision.  Always positive and filled with enthusiasm, follow-through, passion and efficient work habits, Richard is ready to spring to action.  As Executive Producer, Richard ensures that each performance goes off without a hitch.  

Resident Playwright

Mary Kay Williams

Mary Kay Williams began writing plays after years in telecommunications in Washington, D.C. Four of her one-act plays, “Saints of the Apostolic Age,” were performed during the Acts of Faith Festival at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond in 2012.

Under a dramatic rights agreement, Mary Kay has developed the first stage adaptation of Myles Connolly’s Mr. Blue, the Catholic classic novel of 1928. The play, “Mr. Blue,” was selected by the Sheen Center in New York in 2015 as the first in their New Works Series and given two Equity readings. The play was also performed at the Dramatists Guild of America to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passing of Connolly. The book has recently been re-issued by Cluny Classics.

In collaboration with Edward J. Keating, Mary Kay has written the book and lyrics for “Sacred City Alive!”, a full-length musical with 20 original songs orchestrated by Keating and composed by Williams/Keating. The contemporary musical is inspired by St. Augustine’s City of God. Recently “Sacred City Alive!” was given a workshop in New York by the St. Genesius Society at St. Malachy’s-The Actors’ Chapel off Broadway, and a presentation at The Lambs, Inc. in NYC. One of the songs from the show was performed before Stephen Schwarz at his Musical Workshop at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. last year.

Mary Kay is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., and the Richmond Playwrights Forum. She lives in Richmond and Paint Bank, Virginia.

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