The Franklin Park Arts Center operates within the Parks Division of Loudoun County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services. The Arts Center is staffed with 5 full time positions and numerous part-time facility supervisors and instructors. Each member of the Franklin Park Arts Center staff is committed to providing the community with outstanding performing and visual arts programming and services.
We are always looking for qualified instructors and facility supervisors. If you would like to join the Arts Center team, please contact Elizabeth Bracey. Please feel free to contact us by email, or by calling (540) 338-7973 during normal business hours.
Full Time Staff
Elizabeth Bracey has always had a passion for the arts and a commitment to Parks, Recreation & Community Services. She was fundraising for the Franklin Park Arts Center before it was built and says serving as manager of the Arts Center is “like coming home”. She served as manager of the Lovettsville Community Center for 12 years, developing many partnerships in that community. She helped organize large-scale, local events like Oktoberfest, Independence Day Celebration and Movies on the Town Green. Elizabeth has volunteered with VSA Loudoun for more than 20 years and has performed on stage with Main Street Theater Productions, Run Rabbit Run Theater Company, Imagine That! Theater Company and Middleburg Players. She lives in Lovettsville and has one daughter.
Les Thompson has been involved in the technical arts since 1966. As one of the founding members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Les worked on many of the band's early albums, from their debut through the epic Will the Circle Be Unbroken;. Les is a renowned sound engineer and has decades of live performance expertise. Les joined the arts center staff in 2009.
Richard Hamilton joined the staff in late 2014.
Performing arts has played a major role in Kellie’s life for over 40 years. Originally a classically trained ballerina, Kellie ventured into the world of arts administration and contemporary modern and jazz dance; performing and teaching after earning her BS degree in Dance from Radford University. A move to the Western end of Loudoun County in 1999 opened many doors as a musical theatre choreographer for companies Run Rabbit Run (formerly Aurora Studio Theatre), BITWC Imagine That! and the CAPPIE Award winning Loudoun Valley Vikings Players. Accepting a request to teach a jazz dance class for Franklin Park Art Center led her to VSAarts of Loudoun, where she was the choreographer of their annual spring musical for 11 years and director for 1 year. Kellie currently serves as VSAarts and Program Specialist for Franklin Park Arts Center.
Heather Valdez Stillings has performed on stages across the country. After earning both her BA and MAT at Austin College in Sherman, TX, she taught high school theatre for three years in a Dallas suburb, during which time she performed on several Dallas area stages, including Dallas Children's Theater, Theater Three, and Plano Repertory Theater. After a national tour with DCT, she moved to Leesburg, Virginia, and continues to perform regionally on stage and in film. Also a director, teacher, and acting coach, Heather has taught for the Franklin Park Arts Center since 2002.