Mission, Staff and Board

Chastain Theatre at the Prizery

The Prizery, already a center for community activities, began its renovation in 2002. The 38,000 square foot building includes a welcome center, a performing arts theatre, an art gallery, classrooms and a large space for community functions.

The renovation was accomplished while keeping the look and openness of the building intact. As a centerpiece of the historic warehouse district in downtown South Boston, The Prizery is a magnet for tourism and provides performing and exhibiting space. Its location next door to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center makes its facilities a natural extension for the colleges.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Community Arts Center Foundation, also known as The Prizery, is to enhance the quality of life for the people it reaches through arts and cultural experiences that inspire, educate, and entertain.


  • Provide opportunities for artists to showcase and develop performing, visual and educational arts.
  • Present unique, world-class caliber arts that appeal to a diverse community.
  • Educate and inspire students, teachers, and life-long learners through exhibitions, workshops and lecture/demonstrations.
  • Engage citizens through volunteerism and community outreach.


Catherine Ballance, Managing Director - Email catherine@prizery.com

Christopher (Chris) D. Jones, Artistic Director (read more about Chris) - Email prizery@mac.com

Ernelle Bellamy, Technical Director and Facility Manager - Email audio@prizery.com

Betty Woods, Custodian


Melissa Peacock, President
Carol Gravitt, Vice President
William Hamilton, Secretary
Amy Parikh, Treasurer

Michele Ah 
Doug Bowman
Philippa DeRamus
Greg Donner / Halifax County Little Theatre
LaTonya Hamilton
Winston Harrell / Town of South Boston
Cynthia Haugh / Halifax County Historical Society
Marie Ketchersid
Mike Koch
Robin Mardre-Garrett / Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
Sue Ann Messmer
Bryan Price
Deborah Sizemore