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Julian Wiles, Founder and Producing Artistic Director
Marybeth Clark, Associate Artistic Director

January 17, 2013

Meet New Members of Our Board of Trustees

Filed under: Back Stage Blog — julianw @ 1:28 pm


What drew you to Charleston Stage?
My wife Char and I have been members of the Director’s Circle for a long time, and we have always enjoyed the performances.  When asked to join the board, I thought the time was right for me to become more involved.


What makes you most excited about being on the Board of Trustees?
The quality and professionalism of the board members.  Everyone is involved and willing to support the organization with their time and talents.


How does being on this board differ from other boards?
I have been on a number of non-profit boards, and they have all been different.  This board works in close support, of what I believe, is an exceptional artistic and business management and staff.


What made you passionate about the arts? 
I have always enjoyed live performances, but for many years, I only volunteered with social service type organizations.  As I have participated more with the arts, I have learned how dedicated and hard-working the performers and staff are and how much they give to the community.  My enthusiasm just continues to grow.


Please share a little more about yourself.
I’m married to my wife Char, who is a big participant and supporter of the arts.  I have three children and three grand children.  We’ve lived in Charleston for 16 years, and I’m currently the chairman and co-owner of The Real Buyers Agent, although semi-retired.  I was formerly the Vice President of Employee Relations and Administration for ICI Americas.  My hobbies include:  travel, golf, family activities and bridge.



Featured Left:  Mary Pat and the Donnellon Family.

What drew you to Charleston Stage?
I have served on nonprofit boards in both education and in human services.  I love theatre and the arts and am thrilled to learn more and contribute more to this extremely important part of the nonprofit world.


What makes you most excited about being on the Board of Trustees?
As I am new to this beautiful city, I am really looking forward to meeting, collaborating and contributing with fellow theatre-lovers.


How does being on this board differ from other boards?
It’s an intimate, hands-on, working board.  If you’re on the Charleston Stage Board, you have real, tangible responsibilities.  I like that.


What made you passionate about the arts?    
I think it’s because my parents enjoyed and supported the arts, so I grew up with an overall appreciation.  Now, my 21-year-old daughter is a passionate Broadway and musical fan, and the two of us are “theatre buddies.”  I can’t think of a better way to spend my time.


Please share a little more about yourself.
Our family moved to Charleston in June, 2012 from Lancaster, PA, for my career at Blackbaud.  My husband Tim and I have 3 children, Laura, Sam and Will.  Laura and Sam are both in college (Xavier University and Ohio State University), so you’ll see me at all the shows with Will, who’s a 7th grader at Charleston Catholic.  I am working hard at cultivating another art-loving citizen!   We all appreciate the warm welcome Charleston has given us.





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