Meet Our Staff

This team values honesty, integrity and respect and works hard every day to leverage the power of the arts to improve lives and the community. 


Laura Helle

Fearless leader, a.k.a. Executive Director
Visual artist
Diet Coke enthusiast
Raising her hand to politely correct the teacher since 1980

“Sometimes you have to take a break from being the kind of boss that’s always trying to teach people things. Sometimes you just have to be the boss of dancing.”
—Michael Scott, The Office


Kelsey Ritchie

Veins run with Margarita Mix
Visual artist
Operations Manager, because Master of the Universe is not available as a job title
Answers phone, "Buddy the Elf, What's your favorite color?"

“I decided to fly through the air and live in the sunlight and enjoy life as much as I could.”
—Evel Knievel


Vic Wylde

To operate, add caffeine
Theatrical tyrant
Crazy enough to get married at work
Paramount Theatre Manager & Emcee
Drives a hard bargain

“There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”
—Will Rogers


Andrea Funke

Visual artist, book maker
Number wizard (a.k.a Accountant)
Creates order from chaos
Dog lover

“Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
—Mark Twain


Jenna Grabau

Education Coordinator
Retail Associate & Special Events
Rocks unusual lipstick colors
The Bee’s Knees
Riverland Community College graduate (2019)

“It is frightfully difficult to know much about the fairies, and almost the only thing for certain is that there are fairies wherever there are children.”
― J.M. Barrie


Lora Lee Bauer

Paints in watercolor and acrylics
Desert dry wit
Paramount Theatre Assistant
First job ever / last job ever: clean the Paramount
Thinks she is Miley Cyrus

“Explain to me how you having a problem with me is my problem.”
—Dan Pearce


Wren Clinefelter

Visual artist
Austin High School student
Bona fide paid chalk artist
Box office / Custodial staff


Blythe Johnson

Box office / Custodial staff
Austin High School student
Jean overall enthusiast
Knows her way around a theatre set