Benson Theatre Board of Directors
Lizzie Mensinger, Secretary
John Gessert, Interim Treasurer
Andrea Joy Pearson
Amy Thompson Sunderland
Benson Theatre Staff
Amy Ryan, Founding Executive Director
Amy strives to be a source for good and meaningful impact in the lives of individuals and communities. She’s been involved in Benson for decades, supporting the community, feeding her neighbors, and now, welcoming them into an accessible and equitable space that celebrates arts, education, and human connection.
Maddie ‘Midge’ Radcliff, Deputy Director
Midge leads with an eye for collaboration, creativity, and compassion with a desire to help nurture the artistic communities of Benson and beyond. As a life-long theatre kid and lover of organizational structure, she’s able to merge her creative and business minds at the theatre to be a steward of the mission.
Jason Levering, Program Director
Jason is driven by creativity and connection with a passion for big ideas. He works everyday to be a catalyst for bold ideas and never lose the capacity to dream and create. Jason oversees our programming, invites new artists into our space, and works closely with collaborators to bring their vision to life.
John Forsman, Technical Director
John is the bones of every amazing show you’ve seen at the theatre! His skill in technical work is extraordinary but what’s even better is his hidden passion to uplift the creative visions of new artists. You’ll find John in the theatre for every event, making sure the sound, lights, and technical elements are perfectly on point.
Beaufield Berry, Marketing Manager
Beaufield is a force of action always ready to create something out of nothing. Her vision is to keep creating heart-filled, purposed work, staying true to herself, and never settling for less. She brings that powerful energy to everything she does here at the theatre and helps the marketing dreams of local artists come to life!
Joe Lullo, House Manager
Joe is our trusty house manager, overseeing all operations, event planning, and patron experiences at the theatre. He’s led by authenticity and connection, with a desire to be a vessel for compassion, kindness, and creativity. Joe is a lifelong creator and dreamer who’s expert ability in hospitality makes every person who visits the theatre feel special.
Jenna Lacy, Lead Bartender
Jenna is an absolute alchemist with so many hidden talents that are a constant source of joy at the theatre. Her work goes far beyond the bar, helping bring client’s visions to life and keeping an eye on mission-based worked in the theatre. She works to inspire others to act on their passions and drives for service.
Additional Staff & Support
Box Office Attendant
Michelle Eva Becker