Board Members at Large
Sheila Lynne Bolda has been active in theater arts for over three decades and has been the Executive Director of the Sturges-Young Center for the Arts, a 950+ seat auditorium and event center in Sturgis, Michigan since February 2019, where she kickstarted expansive restoration projects and reinvigorated annual programming and community engagement, despite the challenges of the recent pandemic. Sheila currently sits on the Downtown Development Authority Board (DDA) as well as the Sturgis Historical Society (SHS) Board and is active on the event committees for both. Sheila holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Design from Western Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Cinema Studies from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, GA. At SCAD, she was the Programming Director for the college’s Trustees Theater, an art deco 1100+ seat historic theater and the annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival, now in its 24th year. From 2002 to 2017, Sheila’s role with SCAD involved production and execution of hundreds of live theatrical and music events annually, including the award-winning Savannah Music Festival, encompassing everything from box office to backstage and more. Sheila also co-founded Savannah Shakes in 2015, producing two community theater productions of Shakespeare annually. Returning to her Michigan roots in 2017, Sheila continues to program the SCAD Savannah Film Festival in an ad hoc role, and volunteers for other festivals such as the Ann Arbor Film Festival and Cinetopia, while also pre-screening films for the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City since 2017. Sheila’s stage experience includes acting, directing, producing, writing and scenic and costume design, and love for live musical events, both in front of and behind the scenes.
Cate Foltin has been the Business Manager with the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts since 2008 and currently oversees all financial aspects of the Macomb Center including budgets, contracts, box office and concessions. In addition, she works with front of house, marketing and education/outreach as well as the foundation on annual and special events. Prior to joining the Macomb Center, Cate had more than 20 years of experience as an executive director for regional and local arts organizations overseeing production, presenting, grant writing, marketing and fundraising, and six years as a legislative analyst in DC for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting playing a significant role in annual appropriations and line item funding for public telecommunications.
Owen is currently one year into his position as the executive director at the Cheboygan Area Arts Council, which manages the historic Cheboygan Opera House, a 582-seat municipally-owned theater. Their audience pulls from the Straits region of Northern Michigan — think Eastern UP and Tip of the Lower Peninsula. As the leader of a small organization, his duties include quite a range of activities: fundraising and grant writing, programming, public outreach, basic communications work, employee and volunteer management, and even some manual work on occasion! Some of Owen's goals include creating a long-term funding plan for our organization, implementing a new capital campaign for much needed restoration of the theater, and building relationships with other arts non-profits in our region and across the state.
Working at the Opera House is incredibly rewarding, as it brings Owen back full circle to his first engagement with the arts. He grew up in Cheboygan and took full advantage of the scholarships and programming our community offered, but left home in 1993 for college. His studies led to an academic career in the field of Classics which took him around the country, teaching at several research universities. But in 2016, Owen and his wife decided to move back home, in part to be able to care for his aging parents. Arts management is thus his second career, and he is am still very much learning about the field. That is why Owen is so happy to be part of the MI Presenters Network, especially considering the geographically remote location of the Cheboygan Opera House. He hopes to share with the MI Presenters the perspective of a small and rural-based arts organization, and is eager to help increase the reach of this network even further!