Hampton Coliseum/Hampton Arts Commission

Formed in 2012, this City department manages the day-to-day operation of Hampton Coliseum and Hampton Arts (The American Theatre and The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center).


Terri Vander Vennet, Director

Charlie Gardner, Assistant Director (Operations and Events)

Valerie Clanton, Assistant Director (Finance and Administration)

Richard Parison, Artistic Director

Jennifer Morningstar, Visual Arts Center Manager

Patti Peterson, Finance and Admin Manager (Payables/HR/Procurement)

Julie Dunford, Finance Manager (Accounts Receivable)

Rebecca Hansen, Marketing Manager

(vacant), Box Office Manager

Jessica Stepp Wyatt, Arts Administration Manager

Steven Sayles, Changeover and Housekeeping Manager

Matthew Shufflebarger, Food and Beverage Manager

Hugo Morrison, Hampton Arts Education Manager

Hampton Commission on the Arts

Established in December 1987, this Hampton City Council appointed 13-member citizens board acts in an advisory capacity to the Council to promote further development and awareness of artistic and cultural programs in the City and to provide a coordinated method of City support of cultural organizations and programs. 


Rick Allison Jr. Brian DeProfio
Derrick Brooks Nancy Eason
Eleanor Brown Iris Goode-Middleton
Lynda Burke Aiya Williams
Thomas Cagley Charles W. Winslow II
Vice Mayor Linda Curtis  

Hampton Arts Foundation

The Hampton Arts Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organization created in 1994 as the non-profit arm to support Hampton Arts. The Foundation has completed two successful capital campaigns in the past ten years to renovate, rebuild and expand the Theatre and upgrade the galleries.

Board Members

Steven Hussell, President

Vice Mayor Linda Curtis

David C. Bowen, Vice President

Letia Drewry

Sara Marchello, Secretary

Mark Duncan

Hansford Post, Treasurer

Nancy Eason

Duncan Garnett, Immediate Past President

Dana Gray

Ann Marie Batten

Denine M. Miller

Sheryl Crawley

Martha Mugler 

The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center Board of Trustees

In 1987, the Charles H. Taylor Memorial Library closed when the City of Hampton built the expanded Hampton Public Library right next door. After careful renovation and adaptation and adhering to the guidelines set forth in Mrs. Armstrong’s bequest, the historic building re-opened in January 1989 as The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center. The estate of Mrs. Armstrong owns the building and leases it to the City of Hampton which manages the day-to-day operations through the department of Hampton Coliseum/Hampton Arts Commission.


Debbie Scott, President The Honorable Douglas E. Miller
Richard M. Bagley, Jr. Dr. Linda Schifflette
Sheryl Crawley The Honorable Christopher W. Hutton