In the Administrative Office...



Tony Rivenbark, Executive Director (Email: trivenbark@thalianhall.org)

Tony is a native of Duplin County, NC. He received a B.A. in History and Theatre from UNCW in 1970 and was listed in Who's Who of American Colleges. He did his graduate work at Chapel Hill and his thesis was on the James Adams Floating Theatre.


He made his theatrical debut in Thalian Hall in 1966 in the Wilmington College/Thalian Association production of Good News and since then has appeared in over 200 productions.


For the past 37 years, Tony has served as Executive Director of the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. He was instrumental in the development of the 1990 expansion and renovation of Thalian Hall/City Hall. For his work with Thalian Hall he as received many awards including the Lower Cape fear Historical Society Cup, the Wilmington Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts, the National League of Historic American Theatres Award, and the Star News Award for enduring Contribution to Theatre.


Tony frequently lectures throughout the country on the history of Thalian Hall. His history of theatre in Wilmington was published in Time, Talent, and Tradition by the Cape Fear Museum in 1990. In 2014, Tony authored Images of America: Thalian Hall, a history of the Hall based on archive photographs.


Click here to read some of Tony's research articles.



Susan Auten, Finance Director (Email: sauten@thalianhall.org)


Susan Auten has lived in Wilmington most of her life, and graduated in 2004 with a BA in Theatre (Performing Arts) from UNCW. She has worked in management for the past 15 years, including living and working in London for 6 months. In her spare time she enjoys acting in, as well as being a patron to, Wilmington’s vibrant theatre community.



Gary Tucker, Marketing Director (Email: gtucker@thalianhall.org)


Gary is a native of Greensboro, NC and moved to Wilmington in 2003 to attend college. While attending UNCW, he received his B.A. of History in 2007 and a Master's Degree in Public Administration specializing in Interorganizational and Public Relations in 2010. Since 2010 Gary has served as the Marketing Director at Thalian Hall.


Gary has previously held positions of General Manager at the Tennis Connection Inc. and Director of Development at The Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministries, Inc.


In his spare time Gary is an avid tennis player and also enjoys fantasy football, cooking, woodworking and taking care of his dog, Toby, who serves as the Thalian Hall Marketing and Morale Intern.


Melissa Miedema, Development Director (Email: melmiedema@thalianhall.org)

Melissa is a native of Greensboro, NC and  moved to Wilmington in 2015. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, she has a long career in non-profit fund development.  Prior to working at Thalian Hall, she held several roles with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Girl Scouts of the USA. Melissa and her daughter love living near the beach and spend as much time as possible on or near the water.


Cole Marquis, Production Manager (Email: colemarquis@thalianhall.org)


Cole spent four years as a Theater Arts major at California State University Chico before switching gears and diving head first into a 20 year career as an 'indie rock' musician, touring the US six times and releasing over 15 records with various groups and solo.


In 2000, Cole returned to the theatrical world when he became the Technical Director of San Francisco's renowned avant-garde Antenna Theater, with whom he spent 6 wonderful years working in the Marin Headlands, where he also lived with his lovely family.


Cole began working at Thalian Hall after moving to Wilmington in July 2006. He can't think of a more incredible venue to work in and learns something new about theater every single day.


Judy Greenhut, Box Office Manager (Email: jgreenhut@thalianhall.org)


Judy moved to North Carolina from New York in 1995. After a Broadway and television dancing career, she began teaching, directing and choreographing. Presently, she is on staff at Cape Fear Academy as well as teaching Theatre Dance & Musical Theatre for Theatre Dance Workshop. Judy began working in the Thalian Hall Box Office in 1996 and has moved up the 'pecking order' to Box Office Manager. Not bad for a dancer that can only count to '8'!



Teri Harding, Box Office Assistant Manager

In House Management...


Michael Morelli, Facilities Manager (Email: mmorelli@thalianhall.org)


Mike is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and ended up in North Carolina shortly before freshman year of high school.  He moved to Wilmington to attend UNCW, where he received his B.A. in Film Studies and Creative Writing.


Before coming to Thalian Hall, Mike had been in the movie theatre business for about eight years, with a brief detour in retail/pharmacy.  In his spare time he enjoys the company of his friends and family, enjoying a wide variety of films and fine television programs, and the occasional round of golf.


Robert Smith, I.T. & Communications  ( Email: rsmith@thalianhall.org)

Originally from Beckly, West Virginia, Robert moved to North Carolina at the age of 16. He has been a resident of the Southport and Wilmington area for almost 10 years. Robert specializes in a variety of different skill sets ranging from hardware and software maitenence to graphic design and web design. Robert is a huge fan of Jeff Goldblum especially his role in The Fly. His all time favorite band is Hall and Oates. His hobbies include: Being a movie buff, listening to and discovering music, playing video games, and tinkering with just about any gadget or computer. He's also freelance web designer and I.T. specialist (will fix your computer no matter the issue).

Jarrett Donmoyer, House Manager