Board of Directors, Executive Director & Executive Committee

Board of Directors

 

Christine Fredriksen, Chair

 

Matt Hecht, Vice Chair

 

Samantha Gordon, Secretary

 

Delphine Brandt, Director

Delphine was born in France in the beautiful and historical town of Vichy.  She was an enthusiastic dancer, in both Classic and Jazz. Growing up she had the opportunity to go to numerous classical and contemporary french theatrical performances with her school. Among her favorites were Moliere’s “The School for Wives” and Feydeau’s “On Purge Bebe”.  She remembers the emotions she felt the first time she saw “La Traviata” and knew that, one day she would want her 3 daughters to experience it too. She knows that through the arts, we share and find a universal language which permits communication among all peoples. She believes that Beale Street Theater will increase opportunities for our community to participate in and understand the arts. She trusts that to fulfill this mission, Beale Street Theater will commission, produce, and present performances reflecting the highest standards of excellence as well as the diversity indicative of the world in which we live.

Art Swanson, Director

A Californian native from Lompoc, Mr. Swanson received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of the Pacific and his Master’s Degree in Performance from The Catholic University in Washington, DC. As member of the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, DC for 26 years he performed as a trombonist and soloist with the Concert Band, led the Brass Quintet, and served as the National Tour Director for its six performing units. In 1975-1976 he toured with the Armed Forces Bicentennial Band where he met his wife Ingrid, a horn instrumentalist. He has performed in every state in the U.S. on national tours as well as numerous performances in the Washington, DC area.
As a freelance musician, he has performed with musicians from the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Fairfax Symphony. He performed regularly in the Washington, DC/Baltimore area in local orchestras, dance bands, brass ensembles, and in recording studios.
After retiring from the Navy in 1996 he moved to Kingman, AZ to teach music on the Hualapai Reservation in Peach Springs. He has also taught band for the Mohave Community College, conducted the Kingman Concert Band for 12 years, and conducts the Mohave Community Orchestra. Mr. Swanson toured for six years with the 1940’s revue “In The Mood”, toured China with the Mantovani Orchestra and recently
performed at the Prescott Jazz Summit.

 

Executive Director and Executive Committee

Kristina Michelson, Executive Director

Kristina is an avid participant and consumer of the arts. She has over 30 years of experience as a pianist, both in performing and teaching.  She loves to accompany other artists as well as solo.  She is also experienced with hand bells, having played in a professional hand bell choir in the Las Vegas area.  Other instruments she plays are the saxophone and clarinet.  In college, she was asked to learn the organ for her church’s worship services, a challenging instrument she soon fell in love with.  Kristina also has 10 years of experience in community dance programs including tap, jazz, ballet and modern dance.  She is the mother of five boys and hopes to bring more opportunities for arts based programs to the city so her boys can share in her passion.

Sara Peterson, Executive Committee Member

Sara Peterson’s vision and enthusiasm to create more arts opportunities in Kingman is the catalyst that started Kingman Center for the Arts. Sara is a third generation professional artist and art teacher. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Art from Southern Utah University, she met and married her husband Nate in 2000 while doing her student teaching. Fifteen years, fifteen moves, and seven children later they moved to Kingman, excited to put down some roots and settle for good. While Nate’s military and medical career was taking them from coast to coast, Sara was able to have some amazing opportunities for artistic growth. These included supervising the Art Club at the US Naval Academy, winning a dueling brushes competition in Annapolis, MD,  and finishing her Master’s degree in painting from Academy of Art University shortly after her 5th and 6th children (twins) were born. Sara is a creative soul with many talents and more interests than she could possibly pursue in a single lifetime. Some of her current passions are gardening, sourdough baking, classic children’s literature and poetry.