connecting art, culture, & community


The Turnage Theatre & Arts of the Pamlico (AOP) provides cultural opportunities through initiation, support, and presentation of artistic programs in Beaufort County and the surrounding region. It is our goal to present a wide range of educational, entertainment, and cultural programs, and to encourage the same by advancing and supporting the efforts of local artists, arts organizations and arts businesses throughout the region.


With a 49-year history of serving rural eastern NC, Arts of the Pamlico is one of the oldest arts councils in the state. Its diverse community encompasses a range of incomes, professions and interests. Housed at its Historic Turnage Theatre, constructed originally as a vaudeville theater in 1913 and expanded with a palace theatre to the rear in the early 1930’s, this community jewel has become the hub for community based arts and culture activities.


Our programs, theater and gallery spaces are supported by funding from a combination of services, fees and private and public sources including state and local government, sponsorships, memberships, ticket sales, fundraisers, facility rentals, concession sales and endowment/investment income.


Beth Strange

Business Strategy Consultant

Bronté Labbé

Visual Arts & Graphic Design Coordinator

Sarah Faircloth Quinn

Performing Arts & Marketing Coordinator

Anthoney Wooden

Operations Assistant



John Parker

Technical Coordinator

Paul Harding

Facility Maintenance




Gayle Watson

Board Chair, 1st Term (Joined 2022) Dance Instructor




Past Chair, 2nd Term (Retired Electrical Engineer)



Heather Thienpont

Treasurer 2nd term (Joined 2021)



Terry Woolard

Secretary 2nd Term (Joined 2021) Senior Branch Office Administrator

Stacy jesso

Member at Large (Joined 2023)




Linda boyer

1st Term (Joined 2023) Retired



Brittany Lane

1st Term (Joined 2022) English Teacher

Sarah Fite

1 st Term (Joined 2022)



Jayne Meisell

1st Term (Joined 2022) Business Owner

John Tate

1 st Term (Joined 2021) Attorney

Steve Barnes

1 st Term (Joined 2022) - WDN Reporter



Gail Kenefick

1st Term (Joined 2023) Real Estate Broker


Beaufort County Schools

Ashley Padgett

Beaufort County Comm College Representative

Clay Carter



East Carolina University Representative

Daniel Shirley



Aurora Representative

Cynthia Crane




Belhaven Represntative

Glaussia Hubers




Honorary Board Member

Sue Nicholson