Board of Trustees

Gary Kingsbury, Chair, is a lifelong Thomaston resident and local educator who has been recognized by numerous local, regional, and national organizations for his advocacy for people with disabilities in the area of arts education. He has been involved with the Thomaston Opera House in numerous production and performing capacities.

Charles M. Stango, Vice Chair, from Middlebury is a Senior Assistant State's Attorney, former Chairman of the Waterbury Republican Town Committee and former member of the Republican State Central Committee. He is a frequent, funny, and talented performer at Thomaston Opera House and has been a driving force on Landmark’s mission to maintain community theatre and the performing arts at the Thomaston Opera House.

Jim Whitney, Treasurer, lives in Waterbury, CT and has served as Director of the Western CT Convention & Visitors Bureau for the last 23 years. Jim has a background and education in Marketing and Arts/Entertainment Management. Jim is past president and treasurer of the CT Tourism Association and has served on the marketing committee of the CT Tourism Council.

Foster Reese, Secretary, is a technical software consultant and private contractor residing in Middlebury. Foster has been involved in several community theatres in the region and sits on other non-profit community theatre boards. At Thomaston Opera House, Foster has participated in over 15 productions as director, choreographer, and actor.

Philip Candito, Member, is a resident of Simsbury and Director of Business Development for Eastern Connecticut Health Network. Mr. Candito has served as a volunteer and development consultant to the Thomaston Opera House. He has volunteered for several productions at the Thomaston Opera House in areas of sound, lighting, video production and directing.

Juan Cardona, Sr., Member, is a retired Chemical Engineer and project manager from Newtown, CT. He is the treasurer for the Connecticut Valley Theatre Organ Society (CVTOS) Mr. Cardona has served CVTOS and the Thomaston Opera House for over twenty years as part of the maintenance crew, restoring the organ and various volunteer capacities.

Alicia Farrell, Member, is a resident of Glastonbury, CT and Assistant Director of Development for Health Sciences at UConn. Alicia holds a degree in Music Management and Vocal Performance from the Hartt School and is a frequent performer on the Thomaston Opera House stage.

John Piscopo, Member, continues the family tradition of volunteer work for the Thomaston Opera House. He is a lifelong resident of Thomaston. He has served as a State Representative since 1988. John holds a degree in History and Political Science from Eastern CT State University. He has also volunteered for several town boards and non-profit organizations.

Rick Rice, Member, is Founder and President of CDR Insurance Group, Inc. in Waterbury CT. He served in the US Navy from 1972-1975 and is a Vietnam Veteran. Rick is a member and former president of Thomaston Rotary. He and his family are residents of Thomaston and past subscribers and donors to the Thomaston Opera House.

Eric Wilczak, Member, originally from upstate New York and currently residing in Torrington, CT. He is a Loss Prevention Zone Supervisor for Price Chopper Supermarkets and has been involved in theater at the Thomaston Opera House since 2006, appearing in the ensemble of Jekyll & Hyde the Musical. He has appeared on stage many times since then, as well as being part of several successful production teams behind the scenes. Eric made his directorial debut last year with Neil Simon's Rumors and also directed this year's spring hit Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot. In his spare time, Eric enjoys hiking, gaming, and watching movies.

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