South Burlington City Center for the Arts

A World Class Creative Arts Facility for South Burlington's City Center District


Tim Barden - Board Chair, Executive Director

Co-Founder Vermont Musical Theatre Academy, Managing Director of Spotlight Vermont. 

A performing arts / innovation complex for South Burlington's City Center is the brainchild of Tim Barden. 

Like several others on this team, Barden got his inspirational start by working in The Champlain Shakespeare Festival in the late 1960's. His love for musical theatre began when he met lyricist Yip Harburg (The Wizard of Oz, Finian's Rainbow, Bloomer Girls, Cabin in the Sky) Barden's extensive resume as a  performer includes regional appearances as Fredrik in "A Little Night Music", El Gallo and Bellomy in "The Fantasticks" (separated by 20 years), Pontius Pilate in "Jesus Christ Superstar", Tommy in "Brigadoon, Captain Von Trapp in "The Sound of Music", Tin Man in "The Wizard of OZ" Mr. Bumble in "Oliver", Max Bialystock in "The Producers" and many more He also spent 25 years as a member of the cabaret performance group "Encore!" appearing in New York and across New England. In addition to his work as a performer he has extensive experience as an administrator, director, designer and performing arts photographer. He is a past president of the Lyric Theatre organization.

In his other life, Barden spent over 20 years in information technology and management for IBM, Bank of Boston, Computer Task Group, Bank of Vermont, City of Burlington and the State of Vermont. He is a graduate of the New England School of Banking at WIlliams College.

Jennifer Barden - Secretary / Treasurer


Director, Spotlight Vermont. Dancer/Choreographer Jennifer Barden has spent her life working in the performing arts field.  A Long Island native, Barden move to Vermont in 1987 after years of teaching and studying dance in New York to establish a dance program in Middlebury. Eventually, having purchased "Donna Antell Dance" in Colchester her business grew to what it is today now including a performing arts education facility with a black box performance space serving over 500 students of all ages. 

Her business has been a beacon of creative arts excellence for 30 years. Partnerships with other organizations including Bill Reed Voice Studio, New York Stage Originals, A Class Act New York and other have resulted in Vermont students working and learning from top professionals in the entertainment business including, Cady Huffman (Tony - The Producers), Andrew Chappelle (Hamilton), Jeremy Holm (House of Cards, Mr. Robot), Robbie Hager (Spring Awakening, Dr. Zhivago, Fun Home) to name a few.

Katie Decker - Board Member at Large

Director - Centerpoint School

Katie Decker, MEd  currently works as Director of Centerpoint School (South Burlington and Winooski, VT), where she will be completing her 15th school year this coming spring. Centerpoint School, who serves students working through emotional and behavioral challenges, has always placed an emphasis on the arts as a vehicle for healthy self expression for teens.  Katie has been interested in dance and performance since a very young age. She studied Jazz at David DeMarie in Buffalo, NY throughout her childhood and performed in a variety of local theater and musical productions. Most recently, she has taken a variety of jazz and ballet classes at Spotlight Vermont.

She really only decided she liked ballet a few years ago- and since then it occupies her mind and her time. In 2015, she took the lead in coordinating the Farm to Ballet Project with Chatch Pregger. This project creates opportunities for adult ballet dancers to perform and raise money for local agricultural groups.  In the project's inaugural year, it received national attention from the Boston Globe, NPR and the USDA blog among others.  Most recently, Katie and Chatch are developing a permanent ensemble of adult ballet dancers, called Ballet Vermont- which intends to provide a path for professional ballet dancers, musicians, and composers in Vermont to collaborate and produce Vermont based original works of ballet dance.

Tom Dunn - Board Member at Large

Information Technology Architect (Ret.) - IBM.  

Tom Dunn has had several careers in his life that started with 18 years of technical theatre / lighting design.  He then worked for 7 years in various technology areas for Bank of Vermont / Bank of Boston.  Tom retired from from IBM after 21 years as a developer and information architect. 

Tom's time in theatre included the opening of 2 new arts centers, one in New Jersey and one in Ohio.  He has served on several arts organization's boards including Lorain County Arts Council in Ohio, the Ohio section of the USITT ( Chair ), First Night Burlington, and most recently, Lyric Theatre.  Tom has many production credits as a technical director, lighting and set designer, stage manager and other roles.  Oh... and he loves sailing.

Lisa Hopkins - Board Vice Chair

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Producing Creative Director - New York Stage Originals, Faculty PACE University, Steps on Broadway.  Lisa directed & choreographed the internationally acclaimed "TAP KIDS" (winner of a five star review at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival). “Scrooge”, (Off-Broadway in NYC at The Lambs Theater and Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theatre.) “Dream” and "SING!". Other credits include “Talkies” at the Century Center in NYC, “Murder They Danced“ at Toronto’s Premiere Dance, “1940’s Radio Hour” at The Emelin Theater in New York. Assistant to choreographer Kathleen Marshall on the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” 

Tim Maynes - Board Member at Large

Senior Manager - Business Operations New Jersey Performing Arts Center.  Tim grew up in South Burlington and was an active member of Vermont’s arts community before his move to New York City two years ago. He has a B.A. in Drama from Ithaca College and an M.A. in Arts Leadership from Syracuse University. After graduating from college, Tim dove head first into the vast arts landscape in the Burlington area, with a specific focus and passion for theater education. Tim was an English teacher at Vergennes Union High School, the Drama Director of the South Burlington High School and FHT Middle School drama programs, and the director of many summer theater camps for various organizations. Tim was also an active director and actor with local theater companies, including directing Lyric Theater Company’s productions of Peter Pan in 2010 and Oliver! in 2013. Additionally, Tim served on the Board of Directors for Lyric Theater Company and took on a leadership role as the chair of its Education committee.

In 2015, Tim moved to New York City to join the Education Department of Disney Theatrical Group on Broadway, as the Education and Outreach Coordinator before moving to a management role at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Tim continues to have a deep connection with South Burlington and the overall theater community in the area, and he is excited to continue that connection through his work with the SBCCA Board of Directors.

Andy Pearson - Board Member at Large

IT Support Coordinator, South Burlington School District.  Andy found his start in technical theater as a student in South Burlington Schools.  Since 2002 he has been supporting their performing arts programs as technical director, sound engineer, and lighting designer.  While in high school, Andy was introduced to the Lyric Theatre Company and has been an active member since with production credits including follow spot operator, master electrician and more recently lighting designer.

Outside of the theater, Andy enjoys hiking, biking, and boating with his wife and their two dogs.


Steve Scrivens - Board Member at Large

Producer, Artist Representative - Creative Events. Prior to his establishing Creative Events in the United States, Steve was Programming Manager for the Award Winning Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton, England for 8 years. Responsible for programming across 5 different stages, Steve's experience in programming spans all forms of Theatre, Dance, Music, Comedy and Spoken Word.

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David Schraffenberger - Board Member at Large

U.S. Department of Homeland Security. - Based in Underhill, VT, Mr. Schraffenberger began his professional career at the Champlain Shakespeare Festival in the early seventies. Since then, he has toured with a wide variety of productions. David has been involved in lighting special events from Bangkok to Barcelona and holds Presidential Inaugural credentials for lighting inaugural events for every president from Mr. Carter to Mr. Clinton. Mr. Schraffenberger holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Johnson State College’s External Degree Program, Class of ’07, and an MBA from Norwich University, Class of 09. Formerly the General Manager of Production Advantage, Inc., of Williston, VT, a dealer of quality equipment and supplies to the entertainment industry he is now working in the government sector. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for IATSE Local 919 and is the Past President of the Vermont/New Hampshire Marketing Group. David serves on the ESTA Board of Directors as Dealer Director, ESTA Membership Advisory Committee and the ESTA Business Resource Group. In his spare time David enjoys horseback riding, fishing, camping, and ringing with the United Church of Underhill Bell Choir.


Philip David Stern - Board Member at Large

Composer, Executive Director New York Stage Originals. Philip has composed original music, scores and orchestrations for live theatre, film, television, concert and dance.  His scores for live theatre have played Off-Broadway "Scrooge" (Lamb's Theatre NYC and Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theatre), toured nationally ("Scrooge", "Dream") and internationally, including the highly acclaimed show "TAP KIDS" (winner of a five star review at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival).  Film and television credits include multiple-Gemini award-winning series The View From Here, Human Edge and Saturday Night at the Movies. Masterworks, Sunday Night at The Cinema, History, From the Heart, Vista, as well as "The Spacewatch Club" Series for Houston PBS. 

Freda Tutt - Board Member at Large

Operations Manager and Compliance Officer, Hickok & Boardman Financial Planning - Freda was born into a theater family in North Carolina. Her parents were the founding members of a community theater that has since grown into a thriving regional theater.  Freda was involved in theater in high school and college at North Carolina State University while pursuing a degree in Marketing and Public Relations.  After taking a hiatus for many years, Freda joined Lyric Theatre Company in 1998 and has never looked back.  In that time, she has performed on stage with Lyric, Co-Produced, has many production credits and has worked on every crew except Promotions and Hair.  She has Stage Managed fifteen shows for Lyric, including Mary Poppins and Titanic, where she got to sink a ship on the Flynn Center stage every night.  Freda recently assistant directed Lyric Theatre’s production of 9 to 5, the Musical and hopes to direct for Lyric in the next two years.  She served two six year terms on the Board of Directors (Board Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Development Chair) In addition to her volunteer activities with Lyric Theatre, she also donates time to the Vermont Lake Monsters as a host family.   


Advisory Board

Ilona Blanchard - SB City Liaison

Director of Special Projects - City of South Burlington


Peter Filichia

Author, theater critic, Broadway historian and playwright Peter Filichia is the former New York-based theater critic for The Newark Star Ledger newspaper in New Jersey and New Jersey's television station News 12.

In addition, Filichia has two weekly columns at Masterworks Broadway and Kritzerland, and also writes regular entries for the Music Theatre International Marquee blog. He wrote a regular column, "Peter Filichia's Diary," for the website from November 2001 until October 2011, and previously for the website BroadwayOnLine.

He is the author of the books Let's Put on a Musical!: How to Choose the Right Show for Your School, Community or Professional TheaterBroadway Musicals: the Biggest Hit and the Biggest Flop of the Season, 1959 to 2009Broadway MVPs 1960-2010: The Most Valuable Players of the Past 50 Seasons, Strippers, Showgirls and Sharks: A Very Opinionated History of the Broadway Musicals that Did Not Win the Tony Award and The Great Parade: Broadway's Astonishing, Never-to-Be-Forgotten 1963-1964 Season. He served four terms as president and chairman of the nominating committee of the Drama Desk, and has also been a member of the nominating committee for the Lucille Lortel Awards, He is currently head of the selection committee of the Theatre World Awards and has hosted the annual award ceremony for a number of years.

Don Hirsch

Founding Director - Don Hirsch Design Studio, LLC. Don has been involved in the art of design for more than thirty years in a career centered on the importance of creating and preserving performance spaces. Don is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, and lectures extensively on performing arts center design, historic theatre restoration, and on the business of entertainment.

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Jeremy Holm

Actor / Educator

Jeremy Holm is best known for portraying 'Agent Nathan Green' on  the Golden Globe© nominated Netflix series "House of Cards" and as 'Mr. Sutherland' on the breakout USA series "Mr. Robot." 

Jeremy was raised in the Rocky Mountains where he received a B.A. from Colorado State University, and later earned an M.F.A from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Since then, he has performed onstage at BAM, Cherry Lane Theatre and Mint Theatre in New York City, internationally at The Shanghai Theatre Center in China, and in major regional houses like Arena Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and The Cleveland Playhouse to name a few. He has appeared on multiple television shows including "Limitless" (CBS) "The Blacklist (NBC) "Unforgettable" (CBS), "Happyish" (Showtime), "The Americans" (FX), "American Odyssey" (NBC), "Law & Order" (NBC), and five seasons of "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (ABC). His feature film, The Judge, is available on Blu-Ray and features an all-star cast including Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton and others.