The Old Theater In The News

The Old Theater Needs You!

The Old Theater is a vibrant and meaningful part of Oriental’s history and future as a cultural center in our community. It takes many volunteers to bring those words in a script to life — volunteers who are very active long before the first actor takes the stage.

If you have skills with accounting, project management, grant writing, or websites, or a keen willingness to learn, we especially need your help as we begin our new season. Specifically, we have openings on our Board of Directors for the positions of:

Events Coordinator
Membership and Volunteer Coordinator
Grant Writing
Website Manager

If any of these sound intriguing to you, we ask you to please let us know by contacting any Board member, writing us at, or by contacting me personally at 206-406-1621 for more information.

Not ready for a full time Board position commitment? That’s okay! We still need you! Many of our departments, including Tech Services (lighting and sound), Front of the House (greeters and ticket takers), graphic art design, publicity distribution, chili cookoff volunteers, and sponsorship solicitations also need your help on an occasional or rotating basis. Brother (or sister!) can you spare some time?

Oh, and did I mention that we also need those actors and actresses, musicians, set designers, directors, and wardrobe folks? They are the characters that make us laugh and make us cry, and remind us of just why we need this cultural hub. You can be one! We can teach you through one of our many new workshops we will be conducting.

Still not ready to take that step? You can still be a part of the magic at the Old Theater! After all these other volunteers do their part, we will ask you to do your part by being those “cheeks in the seats” that make it all worthwhile for those who have worked so hard to bring these performances to you! Attend a performance… or two… or ten! Consider a membership in the Old Theater to ensure our ability to continue to bring great programming to you for years to come.

Maybe you are beginning to see that there is a role for everyone at The Old Theater! How might YOU become involved?


Carla Fisher
President, The Old Theater Corporation

Announcing New Leadership at The Old Theater

The Board of Directors of the Old Theater Corp. are happy to announce we have selected new officers, Carla Fisher as President and Teresa Conrads as Vice President. With the resignation of Izzy Keppner, who did an outstanding job as President for the past three years, our search for her replacement resulted in enthusiasm and excitement as we learned that these two accomplished women were interested in serving on the Board. Here is an introduction to these outstanding community volunteers:

Carla Fisher, OTC President
Carla Fisher, OTC President

Carla Fisher has a love for the arts, a keen business acumen, and a holistic approach and vision necessary for effective leadership of The Old Theater. She is the successful business owner/founder of ArtWorks Oriental, the studio for working artists in our local community. She is an award-winning artist (Fiber Art, Big Metal Sculpture, and Glassblowing) who worked as resident artist at the Cherry Street Pier in Philadelphia, PA. One such award was the prestigious international DaVinci Award presented to her in Florence, Italy for her innovation, professionalism, and contributions to the art community. Carla is involved in local community affairs and serves on the Tourism Board in Oriental and the Board of Directors for the Pamlico County Arts Council. Her background in business began at Columbia University and University of Missouri where she earned a degree in finance with minors in accounting and business law. Her 25-year career with Merrill Lynch started in Germany where she worked as a stockbroker, branch manager, and district sales manager. Carla brings to the theater a distinctive set of skills that combine her love of the arts with successful business management, both valuable assets to The Old Theater. She has experience in theater as well serving on the Board of Directors of the Community Theater in Williamsport, PA. Her vision for the Old Theater includes adding more live performances and exploring strategic alliances with schools, organizations, and businesses as well as other theater groups, to publicly promote The Old Theater’s reach and awareness throughout the region.

Teresa Conrads, OTC Vice President
Teresa Conrads, OTC Vice President

Teresa Conrads is a musician, songwriter, and performer with a love for performing arts and a desire to volunteer her time and talent to the Old Theater. Teresa grew up in Eastern, NC the daughter of a US Marine stationed at Havelock. She came by her love of the theater through her mother, a graduate of NY High School of Performing Arts. Thanks to her mother's active participation in productions in Havelock and New Bern, she began her journey into community theater at 6 years old. Teresa was an active member of New Bern Civic Theater and New Bern's Footlight Theater through much of the early 80's, both behind the scenes as well as on stage. Teresa enjoyed a distinguished military sprint in the US Navy for five years. The discipline she acquired in the military helped her become the talented musician she is today. After serving in the Navy in San Diego, Teresa moved up to Los Angeles with her former husband and pursued a music career. She has been performing at festivals and small venues under the pseudonym TerryLynn Melody for over 10 years now. In 2016, Teresa’s Facebook fans voted her into first place in an online contest netting her $10,000 to complete her album. This Americana, singer-songwriter recorded her debut album “Counting Daydreams” which she wrote, arranged, and produced shortly before returning to NC. Teresa loves Pamlico County and is a member of the Pamlico Chorale as well as the Pamlico Band. Teresa’s participation in the Old Theater’s Got Talent virtual talent show in 2020 opened the door to new possibilities with local theater. She highly values the arts and finds artistic expression the perfect way to explore and better understand life.

Two additional volunteers have recently joined the Board, Patrick Nocera as Creative Director and Olga Herman as House/Box Office Manager. The Board is currently accepting applicants for soon-to-be open positions of Theater-Sponsored Events Manager, Treasurer, and Grant Writing. The Old Theater thanks its current members for their ongoing support and welcomes new members. Volunteers are the life blood of the theater and new opportunities to perform on stage or work behind the scenes will be announced soon.

For more information about membership, volunteer opportunities, or open Board positions, please contact Carla Fisher at 206-406-1621 or

The Old Theatre Takes Your Safety Seriously

The Old Theater continues to follow the state and local guidance regarding the Covid-19 virus.

Shows are subject to change and cancellation, based on Covid-19 guidance. The safety and health of our community are paramount and we thank you for your understanding.

Through collaboration with Pamlico Musical Society and grant funding we have installed commercial air purifiers in The Old Theater for the comfort and safety of our patrons. Please direct any questions about other events to the organization hosting that event.

The Old Theater

609 Broad Street

Oriental, NC 28571

(252) 249 – 0477

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