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Meeghan Humphrey
Executive Director
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Meeghan received her BA in Art History from Oberlin College. She joined the staff of the Ashtabula Arts Center in 1992 as Visual Arts Coordinator.  In her tenure here, she has taught thousands of classes, curated gallery exhibitions, painted dozens of sets, made costumes and props, managed the permanent collection, partnered with outside organizations, created outreach programs, raised funds, planned classes, hired and managed a teaching staff, and advocated for local artists. Promoted to Deputy Director at the beginning of 2016, Meeghan has taken on an increasing number of administrative duties, and was named Executive Director by the board in June 2016.

Shelagh Dubsky
Shelagh Dubsky
Director of Dance
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Shelagh holds a BA in Dance from Mercyhurst University. She received her dance training with the American Ballet Theatre School, the Joffrey Ballet School, David Howard, Melissa Hayden, and Finis Jung. She danced professionally with Long Island Ballet under the artistic direction of Brett Raphael before moving to Ohio. Shelagh has been the Director of Dance at the arts center for thirty-three years and has served as the Artistic Director of the arts center’s performing dance company, Ballet Theatre Ashtabula. Many of her former students have gone on to dance professionally in companies such as Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, Momix, Alberta Ballet, The Montgomery Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Hubbard Street 2, Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Alvin Ailey II, The Joffrey Ensemble, Verb Ballets, The Ohio Ballet, Elise Monte Dance, and Richmond Ballet. Shelagh’s students have also danced professionally for major cruise lines and in national tours of Broadway shows such as Mary Poppins and Billy Elliot the Musical. Other former students have gotten their degrees in dance from prestigious universities such as The Juilliard School, Butler University, Mercyhurst University, and the University of Cincinnati. Today, many of Shelagh’s former students have become artistic directors of dance companies themselves, or are on the dance faculties of dance schools around the country.

Kimberly Godfrey
Kimberly Godfrey
Director of Theater and Music
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Kimberly Godfrey received her Bachelor of Music in musical theater from the nationally-renowned musical theater program at Baldwin-Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music. Kimberly studied musical theater under director Victoria Bussert and studied voice under Joan Ellison. She has been musically directing children’s choirs, orchestras, and musicals along with choreographing musicals and award-winning show choirs since the age of seventeen. Since 2008 Kimberly has served as an adjudicator for high school choirs and show choirs across northeastern Ohio. She has performed as an actress and soloist in musicals and concerts from Southern Ohio to New York City. She is the current director of the Arts Center Singers, Starlight Singers, and The Showoffs. Kimberly’s recent students that she has mentored are being accepted into the top musical theater schools in the country, such as Boston Conservatory of Music, Syracuse University, and Baldwin-Wallace University.

Ray Beach
Ray Beach
Technical Director
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Ray is back for his second time around as Technical Director with the Ashtabula Arts Center, having returned in 2013.  He previously worked for the arts center from 1987-89. In the intervening years, he has designed and built sets for the Geauga Lyric Theater in Chardon and the Dobama Theater and Ensemble Theater in Cleveland, as well as for Lake Erie College in Painesville and Perry High School. He is a licensed electrician in Virginia, where he also worked for the Barter Theater and Virginia Highlands Community College. As a finish carpenter, he has worked in a cabinet shop for 16 years, including four years of running his own shop in Cleveland. Most recently he served as the Technical Director for Rabbit Run Theater in Madison from 2005-2012, after having also worked there from 1992-94 and 2001-2004.

Linda Merchant
Visual Arts Coordinator

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Linda Merchant holds a B.A. in Archaeology from Youngstown State University and an M.S. in Special Education from National University, as well as teaching credentials in K-12 and Pre-K Special Education.  She has been a teacher since 2003, and has been painting for as long as she can remember.  As a child, she was inspired by the detailed wildlife artwork of Robert Bateman, Carl Brenders, and others. She pursues a realistic approach to drawing and painting, creating detail in meticulous layers. She prefers to work in oils and soft pastels. Linda advocates for the revival of time-honored painting techniques, learning and then teaching painting techniques used by the Old Masters, including grisaille, glazing, and layering. This quality has been recognized in the numerous awards that Linda’s artwork has earned — her very first show entry won Best of Show, and she has since won many other awards for her work. She has exhibited in national and international juried shows.  Visit Linda’s website at lamgallery.com.

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Amanda Frazier
Marketing and Public Relations Director
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Amanda Frazier obtained her BA in English from Kent State University at Ashtabula in 2010, and her MA in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014, focusing on nonprofit and global communications. She has worked as a writing tutor at KSUA, an early writing interventionist for Buckeye Local Schools, and as an English teacher in Germany. She can typically be found writing, editing, or designing in her office, located in an isolated corner not far from the coffee machine, and is considered mostly harmless when well-caffeinated.

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Kristi Morris
Business Manager
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Kristi Morris is a graduate of Edgewood High School in Ashtabula. She has served on the Kingsville Public Library Board of Trustees, and has volunteered with Homesafe and The Dream Center of Ashtabula County. She first became involved at the arts center eleven years ago when her son began exploring the arts. In addition to working at the front desk and box office as an administrative assistant, she has managerial and artistic experience as a house manager, stage manager, and costumer.

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