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 54th year! With cabaret seating at candlelit tables, we offer superior entertainment, so BYO refreshments and join us!

Pamme Jones

Executive director

Pamme Jones had the honor of coming aboard 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 2 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 break from both her career and performing to be home in Ridgefield with her husband, raising their three children for 16 years. She dipped her toes back in the water when she auditioned for a spot in the RTB resident Improv troupe, with whom she has been a performing member 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.
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 (Treasurer)

Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer? 

More of a hunter.  I like to seek out opportunities and rework them for success.

We finish the interview and you step outside and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million.  What would you do?

Quit the job and take a long vacation.  I would eventually return to some form of meaningful employment, probably in the non-profit sector.

What were you like in high school?

I was quiet and a bit of a nerd.  I never quite fit in with the “in crowd”

Tell me something about your last job.  Other than money, what would have inspired you to stay?

I loved the challenge of the work but was not inspired by the atmosphere and the mindset of the employees.  I am primarily self-motivated.

Pretend you’re our CEO.  What three concerns most keep you up at night?

In a fast-changing world product obsolescence is a major concern.  Motivating all employees to do their best work and not losing any key employees.

What inspires you?

Curiosity and learning something new.

How would you rate your memory?

I have always had a good memory.  I can remember details from events that occurred years ago.

A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero.  What does he say, and why is he here?

He’s either looking for the washroom or a Margarita.

 

Alicia Dempster

Board Member (Secretary)

What’s your favorite ’90s jam?
 
That’s easy.  “Sit Down” by James.  Ironically, whenever I hear it, I want to dance.  
 
What’s the last thing you watched on TV, and why did you choose to watch it?
 
Pamela Adlon’s Better Things.  Because she is a sister from another mister and I didn’t have an hour to commit to Billions.
 
What inspires you?
 
Storytellers.  It doesn’t matter if the storyteller is a writer, a director, a composer, a choreographer, a performer or a designer/visual artist.  I am inspired by people that tell a story in a way that has a meaningful, unique, and shared connection with another person (or group of people).
 

Teach me something I don’t know in the next five minutes.

Believe it or not, I am fairly confident I could show you how to fold a fitted sheet in five minutes (or less).

How would you rate your memory?

Not unlike an elephant.

Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday?

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday #boringanswer

If you were to get rid of one state in the US, which one would it be, and why?

Florida.  Because I hate the heat and the headlines that come from Florida are always so disturbing.  As a former resident, I feel I have given an informed response to this question.

 

 

 

Paulette Layton

Board Member (Vice President)

Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer? 

A gatherer.  While I’d prefer to think of myself as a hunter, I don’t have the necessary patience.  Also I tend to be a big “nester”, building my space and tweaking it to make it comfortable, which inherently relies on gathering. I would think a hunter would be so focused on their goal that their environment is unimportant.

What do you think about when you’re alone in your car? 

Ha!  That’s easy.  I’m either rehearsing a scene or a song.  I could win Oscars and Tonys for my car performances! 

What were you like in high school? 

I definitely considered myself a misfit.  

Any advice for your previous boss? 

Give your employees the tools and guidance to grow.  Don’t be afraid you’ll lose your staff because they grow beyond their role.  Be a mentor and employees won’t want to leave.  It will reap rewards for the individuals and the organization as a whole.

Teach me something I don’t know in the next five minutes.

Megszentségtelenitetetlenségetekre is the longest word in Hungarian.  It’s a toast that means, “Here’s to the impossibility of any of you becoming saints”

What are you known for? 

My laugh – it’s loud and enthusiastic!

Wayne Leiss

Board Member (President)

Gregory McLaughlin

Board Member

Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer? 

I like to think I gather the hunters.

How would you rate your memory? 

Spectacular! I even remember answering this question before.  No recollection whatsoever of what I said, but it was both witty and sublime 

How many pennies would fit into this room? 

Marshall or Lane?  

If you were to get rid of one state in the U.S. which would it be and why? 

The state of discontentment.

Who would win a fight between Batman and Spiderman?

The readers

A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero.  What does he say and why is he here? 

Sorry, I thought this was the costume party.  My mistake.

Kat Ray

Board Member (artistic committee chair)

What’s your favorite ’90s jam?
 
Tough call, tie between Hallo Spaceboy and Little Wonder both by David Bowie (anything by Bowie is a home run)
 
Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
 
Hunter and I have the compound bow to prove it.
 
Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday?
 
Yesterday Today Tomorrow
 
What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
 
I have an IQ over 160
 
What do you work toward in your free time?
 
I am currently in early stages of pre-production working with writers and other creatives on four new musicals I am directing. They are all in different phases of development, some still in re-write and I’m busy with dramaturgy, and others ready for workshop in Manhattan. So, technically I don’t have much free time, but its all very exciting and challenging.
 

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Titanium Black Purple Paladin

Lisa Riggs Hobbs

Board Member

What’s your favorite ’90s jam?
 
Can it be an 80s jam instead?  Under African Skies. Graceland.  Paul Simon with Linda Ronstadt
 
What was the last gift you gave someone?
 
A pair of music-themed TOMS to a sick musical therapist friend.
 
What were you like in high school?
 
A shy orchestra geek
 
What’s the last thing you watched on TV, and why did you choose to watch it?
 
Waiting for Guffman, because I should have seen it a long time ago!
 
Any advice for your previous boss?
 
Be mindful of your privelege.  Respect other people’s time, priorities, and personal autonomy.
 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Music therapist by day, music director by night

If I were to hire you for this job and I granted you three promises with regard to working here, what would they be?

Mental health coverage, flexible hours, a commitment to an enriching workplace culture

What inspires you?

Bravery, selflessness, and independent thinking