connecting art, culture, & community


The Turnage Theatre & Arts of the Pamlico (AOP) provides cultural opportunities through the 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 1930s, 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.

Staff Members

Kelly c. shanafelt

Executive Director



Ethan Wolf

Programs & Operations Director

Bronté Labbé

Visual Arts & Marketing Director

Paul Harding

Facility Maintenance



Alayna Boyer

Operations & Marketing Assistant



John Parker

Technical Coordinator


Executive Committee

Gayle Watson

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



Heather Thienpont

Treasurer 2nd term (Joined 2021)



Board of Directors

Brittany Lane

1st Term (Joined 2022) English Teacher

Linda boyer

1st Term (Joined 2023) Retired



John Tate

1 st Term (Joined 2021) Attorney

Jayne Meisell

1st Term (Joined 2022) Business Owner

Steve Barnes

1 st Term (Joined 2022) - WDN Reporter



Gail Kenefick

1st Term (Joined 2023) Real Estate Broker

Sarah Fite

1st Term (Joined 2022)




Beaufort County Schools

Ashley Padgett

Aurora Representative

Cynthia Crane




East Carolina University Representative

Daniel Shirley



Beaufort County Comm College Representative

Clay Carter



East Carolina University Representative

Daniel Shirley



Belhaven Represntative

Glaussia Hubers



Honorary Board Member

Sue Nicholson




2023 Time for the Turnage Season Sponsors


Edward Jones – Rod Cantrell

Beaufort County Schools – Kristin Riddle

County Compass

Lane Blu – Vickie L. Desourdy

Pointe Group Realty – John R. Jesso

Roberson Cleaners 

Sloan Insurance – Lewis Sloan

Manifest Lofts – Janene Lyles

Rodman, Holscher, Peck, Edwards + Hill, PA – Franz Holscher

Mulberry House – Dr. Reem Dakar

Century 21, Realty – Jerry Evans

The Rich Company – Tom Atkins (President)

Pamlico Mini Storage – Tammie Clark

Century 21, Realty – Georgia Brown

Gayle Watson Dance – Gayle Watson

Wilson, Jones, & Griffin, PA – Lewis Jones

BCTMA – Linda Boyer