Meet the Staff!

Counselor and Instructors Summer 2018

*All positions have not yet been filled


Kaite Auletti-Smith - Instructor - My name is Katie Auletti-Smith and I am so excited to be teaching the choreography for Broadway on Second Street for a 4th year. I have been teaching/instructing dance classes for 12 years and I am Carolina Dance Masters certified. I love to teach kids of all ages and there is nothing better than watching a child's face light up when they have accomplished something new.

Classes: BOSS The Jungle Book (Dance) and BOSS Cinderella (Dance)

 Maria Chandler
Maria Chandler - Full Time Counselor - Maira is Wilmington native and is happy to be apart of her second year of Creative Arts Camp. Maria is a very active member of the Wilmington theater community and loves children's theater. Maria is very excited  to meet the future superstars that will be coming to the camp! She loves working with children and  teaching them new things, and she also enjoys learning new and creative things from them. See you all at Creative arts camp!
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Jeanne Casper - Instructor - Jeanne is originally from Boston but has called Wilmington home for over 10 years. She studied fine art (Drawing, Painting & Printmaking) in undergraduate school at Ohio State University and went on to receive an MFA in Electronic Visualization from Mississippi State University. She continues to enjoy working in both the fine arts and the digital realm.  She works professionally as a web designer and also runs a small business designing and creating custom pillows and Christmas stockings. Jeanne is a creator and loves to make things, she is super excited to be working with the campers this Summer at the Community Arts Center!

Classes: Comic Book Advenures

 Kayla Hager

Kayla Hager - Instructor - Kayla was born and raised in West Virginia and has recently made Wilmington her home. She is 24 years old, loves the beach, and has a strong passion for teaching the performing arts! She began learning music and performing when she was 11 years old and eventually fell in love with sharing and teaching music and the arts to others. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in English from Marshall University, Kayla decided to branch out and bring her talents to Wilmington. She specializes in teaching voice, dance, music, and acting. With over five years of experience directing her own show choir program, volunteering her vocal coaching and choreography skills to local children's theaters, and giving private lessons, Kayla is ready to have some fun at camp this summer!

Classes: Rising Stars Morning Camps


Courtney Harding - InstructorHello Campers! My name is Courtney Harding, and this is mythird year as an instructor at Creative Arts Camp. I grew up in the area with a true passion for theatre! I was even a camper here in this building when I was younger! I’m now a theatre teacher at New Hanover High School by day and an actor/stage manager/director by night! I look forward to sharing my love of theatre with you all and can’t wait to get things started!!

Classes: BOSS The Jungle Book (Director),  BOSS TEEN Edition (Director), Classes TBD

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Samantha Herrick - Camp Director and Instructor - I am thrilled about my fourth year at Creative Arts Camp! I hope that campers will have fun through creative expression and learn to love the arts just like I do! If you have any questions about any of the camps please email me directly or call me at 910-341-7860.

Classes: Film Camp: Let's Make a Movie


Lance Howell - Instructor - Lance L. Howell is a Wilmington native, contributing over 30 years to theater and film, in Wilmington and Southeastern North Carolina, Lance is a theatrical designer specializing in makeup, hair, set, costume design, as well as, show and pageant lighting. Lance also serves as the Technical Director for the HBHUSO/CAC and the Red Barn Studio Theater, both managed by the Thalian Association, as well as Technical Advisor for the Thalian Association Community Theater. Lance was a Wilmington Theater Award nominee for Best Costumer, for his design of the Thalian Associations 2013 production of Xanadu, and was awarded the Best Actor award for lead actor in a play, as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, by the Thalian Association in 2015.

Classes: Behind the Curtains


Sara Penna- Instructor - Bio coming soon

Classes: Stranger Things, Rock and Roll Art Camp, Magical Muggles


Stacie Smith - Assistant Director/Instructor- My name is Stacie Smith and I am so excited to be back at Creative Arts Camp again this year. Camp is my favorite place to be during the summer, except for the beach! I have lots of experience working in the Wilmington Theater Community, both being onstage and behind it. I can't wait to meet all our new campers and to see some familiar faces. See you all this summer!

Classes: BOSS Cinderella (Director), Classes TBD


Cathy Street - Instructor - I have just moved to Wilmington from Nashville, TN and am so excited to work with the young artists here in this beautiful city!  When I was 11, I started performing in the arts and it changed my life.  I was shy and performing helped me find my voice and a way to express myself.   I believe in creating a supportive and nurturing environment for young people to develop their skills.  I live here with my husband, JJ, and two ‘kids’; my pug, Alex, and my Siamese cat, Raja.  I can’t wait to work with you all this summer!

Classes: BOSS The Jungle Book (Music), BOSS Cinderella (Music)

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Our Management

The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is managed by the staff of the The Thalian Association, the Official Community Theater of North Carolina.

The Thalian Association is a non-profit, membership organization founded in 1788 to provide arts education and bring the excitement of the performing arts to Wilmington. The organization has its offices and holds auditions at the Community Arts Center.  The Center also hosts the Thalian Children's Theater classes and performances.

Contact Us




Getting Here

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Parking Information



Patrons of the HBHUSO/Community Arts Center can park in the surface lot conveniently located next to the building.

Parking Rates:

- Hourly: $1.25
- Daily: $7.00
- Monthly: $50.00


Paid parking is enforced 24/7 unless otherwise noted.  Visit the City of Wilmington's website for more information about downtown Wilmington parking.