About Us

Ridgefield Theater Barn History

In 1965, a handful of Ridgefield residents banded together to form a small theater group dedicated to providing community theater. This not-for-profit organization grew into the Ridgefield Workshop for the Performing Arts, Inc. Housed in a rustic converted dairy barn leased from the town of Ridgefield, the Workshop continues to produce an ongoing series of comedies, dramas, and musicals. We maintain a production schedule of four shows per year, with performers chosen through open auditions. The cast and crew of every show run the gamut from raw amateurs to seasoned professionals.

All participants, whether on stage or off, are volunteers. We are actors, dancers, musicians, seamstresses, carpenters, singers, electricians, and individuals who just offer willing pairs of hands to do anything from painting scenery to taking tickets at the door. Our compensation comes in the form of good times, camaraderie, and the satisfaction gained from learning new things, being part of a team, and staging a quality production. The Ridgefield Theater Barn is excited about its upcoming season—its 58th year! With cabaret seating at candlelit tables, we offer superior entertainment, so BYO refreshments and join us!

Pamme Jones

Executive director

Pamme came onboard as Executive Director in September 2017. Prior to being Executive Director, her service to the RTB included two years as President of the board of directors and two years as the box office manager. Her transition from a career in flowers and wedding/event planning into theater full time was natural.  As a lifelong performer, the marriage of flowers and theater as a profession was a rare blessing where two passions could be served. Pamme took a 16-year break from both her career and performing to be home in Ridgefield with her husband, raising their three children, Sophie, Evan and Grant.  She has been a performing member in the RTB resident Improv troupe since 2008. She and her husband John are not quite empty nesters, and Pamme continues to perform as an actor, improviser and singer on a regular basis. In 2019 she launched her one-woman cabaret show. Pamme is the event coordinator for and serves on the artistic advisory board of The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival, a member of Compassionate Ridgefield and the Ridgefield Arts Council, an active member of the Western Connecticut Cultural Alliance and was named to Ridgefield Magazine’s “Ridgefield’s Top 25 in 2019.” Her commitment to the RTB grows as an extension of her fierce belief in their mission and being able to incubate a space where tolerance, inclusion, education and growth are fostered through participation in live theater. To be able to do this in our beautiful theater in the culturally rich and idyllic town of Ridgefield, CT is icing on the cake.

Read Ridgefield’s HAMLETHUB interview with Pamme!

Board of Directors

Peter Authier

Board Member (President)

Peter joined the RTB board in 2016 after retiring from a business career where he managed business development and global marketing for several companies. In 2017, Peter became RTB Treasurer and in 2018 moved into his current position as President. From 2002-2008 he served on the board of directors for the Ridgefield Library.  From 2005-2008 he served as treasurer and on the finance & planning committee.  Peter also served as the treasurer for the library’s capital campaign and expansion. His interest in theater and business skills, combined with his experience with the Ridgefield Library provide a solid background for the Capital Campaign. 

Jennifer Engel

Board Member 

Jennifer is a 20+ year veteran in the Market Research industry, and currently holds a position as SVP of Market Development, where she consults with clients on best-in-class marketing research programs. An avid theater-goer, she developed her passion during her childhood and has since instilled a similar enthusiasm to her children, both of whom are actively involved in the Barn’s theater programs. She moved to Ridgefield in 2012, moved by not only the beautiful New England aesthetic, but also by the sense of community and strong arts culture that it emanates. Jennifer holds a BA in Psychology and a minor in Spanish from Lehigh University, and could not be more thrilled to join the Board of Directors to serve her community and collaborate with this incredibly talented team at RTB.

Lisa Riggs Hobbs

Board Member

Lisa is a graduate of Ridgefield High School, Class of ’86. A musician with 45 years’ experience, she has worked as a music director, vocal accompanist, school music teacher, private piano teacher, and performer.  For six years, Lisa worked as a substitute music teacher, accompanist, and theater music director at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan. Lisa holds a BA in English Literature from Fairfield University, an MAT in Music, K-12 from Manhattanville College, and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Music Therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Lisa credits her experiences playing cello in the Ridgefield Youth Orchestra and the school musical “pit” orchestras under Ridgefield’s Music Man, Charles Spire, as seminal to her passion for the arts. Lisa has served on the boards of the First Presbyterian Nursery School of New Canaan, the United Way of New Canaan, the Summer Theater of New Canaan, and the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield  County. Lisa serves as the RTB Fundraising Chair and lives in New Canaan, CT with her husband Scott and children Jack, Charlie & Ellie.

Paulette Layton

Board Member (Vice President)

With over 25 years of experience in the corporate world, Paulette is a Project Manager and Certified Healthcare Constructor. She has an MA in Humanities from New York University and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Paulette has been on the board of the Ridgefield Theater Barn since 2009 and serving as the Vice President since 2011. However, her non-profit experience began in 1992 when she spent a year teaching community English classes in Transylvania. Upon her return to the states, she co-founded the Hungarian Hope Gala Ball (Reménység Bál), an annual fundraising event which she co-chaired for 10 years, that recognized local leaders of the Hungarian community and benefited educational organizations in regions abroad where Hungarians live as minorities. Paulette has resided in Ridgefield since 2012 and cherishes the sense of community the town offers, as well as the overwhelming cultural life, of which she is proud to be a part.

Jill Maguire

Board Member (Treasurer)

Jill received a BS in General Business from University of Connecticut and is a Certified Financial Planner.  Jill worked for Fairfield County Bank for 19 years in various capacities including branch manager, financial advisor, and business development.  She worked for Matson Financial Advisors as a 401k specialist. Jill has been the branch manager of the Ridgefield office of Union Savings Bank for 4.5 years. A longtime resident of Ridgefield,  she is a past president and current member of the Ridgefield Rotary Club, current board member and former chairman of the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, current board member of MCCA, past board member of Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, past board member of the Lounsbury House and past member of the St Elizabeth Seton advisory council.

Gregory McLaughlin

Board Member (Secretary)

Greg is Lead Senior Counsel and Market General Counsel for IBM’s US State & Local Government Market, where he manages and advises on transactions with US publicly owned entities outside of the Federal space. Greg has over 14 years as an IBM lawyer, as both transactional and litigation counsel.  As outside counsel before joining IBM –first at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, then at Wiggin and Dana LLP –Greg litigated or otherwise provided representation in a wide variety of substantive legal disciplines, ranging from antitrust and intellectual property to securities and white-collar criminal defense. Greg also clerked for Judge (and fmr. US Secretary of Homeland Security) Michael Chertoff on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Kat Ray

Board Member (artistic committee chair)

Katherine is an award-winning visual artist equally at home in theater, film and broadcast genres. She spent 15 Years as Coordinating Producer/Director for Disney, MGM, Lionsgate, and their subsidiaries, where she directed east coast, national and international press junkets, behind the scenes, making of docs, and film premiers. She has worked with many great directors like Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Spike Lee, John Waters and Lloyd Kaufman.  For 11 years, Katherine was director of photography and camera operator for Bravo’s Inside The Actor’s Studio. Katherine’s experience in theater spans more than two decades.  Her passion for actor’s advocacy and creating safe, accepting creative spaces led her to train to become a certified Intimacy Director. Katherine has worked as the Artistic Director for various festivals, and indie events in NYC.  As the Co-Producing Artistic Director of Planet Connections, she has presented 207 productions, 75 Staged Readings, 47 films and 67 bands.  She has been recognized with many awards including an EMMY, and multiple independent theater and film awards. Katherine is a member of the League of Professional Theater Women and a proud member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers Union.