The Capitol Staff (Photo courtesy of Adam Brockway Photography)
Clockwise from top left: Kate Castle, Executive Assistant; Kylie Pierce, Development Director; Jack Theakston, Assistant Manager; Joe Borasky, Facilities Manager; Art Pierce, Executive Director; and Jamie Hicks, Box Office Manager.
Art Pierce, Executive Director
Art is the Capitol’s Executive Director. He took the helm in September 2004, after serving as theatre historian and member of the Capitol’s board of trustees. He directs and manages all theater operations and activities. Art is a lifelong Roman, and the Capitol was his movie theater while he was growing up. He graduated from Rome Free Academy, and shortly thereafter took a job as a deckhand on a tugboat. The tugboat captain noticed Art frequently reading Dickens and Shakespeare during his down time, and encouraged him to attend college. Art earned his degree in musicology from Oswego State University, and went on to serve as Direct Communications Coordinator at Syracuse Opera and Curator of the WRVO Playhouse, a program featuring vintage radio shows. Art subsequently founded Fair Pickings, a company offering recordings of classic radio shows and vintage popular music. By way of hobbies, Art collects “78″ rpm records and has been an opera fan since high school. He likes to watch movies, particularly those made prior to 1960. Art also enjoys reading popular novels from the ‘teens, twenties and Victorian Era; classic detective fiction; the works of P.G. Wodehouse; and nonfiction of a historical nature (particularly movie history). He walks to work daily, and believes that automobiles are a useless nuisance and had no business to be invented. He co-authored the books “Jean Arthur: A Bio-Bibliography” (Greenwood Press, 1990) and “Lux Presents Hollywood!” (McFarland & Company, 1995), and served as editor of the centennial edition of D.E. Wager’s “Rome, N.Y.: Our City and Its People” (Berry Hill Press, 1996).
Kylie Pierce, Development Director
Kylie is the Capitol’s Development Director. She handles grant writing, funding administration, and donor relations. A native of Oswego County, NY, Kylie came to the Capitol to see “A History of Film” in January of 2005 at the urging of her parents and sister. As a former bassoonist, she was intrigued by the Capitol’s need for organ maintenance volunteers, and signed on to help house organist John Paul a few months later. Though her plans at that point were to attend graduate school in either geology or Irish literature (she earned degrees in English Composition and Geology while at Potsdam State University), they changed quickly. She and Executive Director Art Pierce were married at the Capitol in November 2005, and she became the Capitol’s first Development Director in April 2007. During her time with the Capitol, Kylie has presented at various conferences, including several League of Historic American Theatres national conferences. She is currently a member of the board of directors for the Central New York Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and writes regular features for the Rome Observer and Inside Rome Magazine. In her spare time (what’s that?), Kylie likes to ride horses, and is an avid collector of Hollywood-related recipes and vintage Pyrex and Anchor Hocking cookware. She is currently a Daisy Girl Scout Leader, and a member the Rome Chapter of Zonta International. A vintage clothing and sewing techniques enthusiast, Kylie also loves cooking, traveling, and anything French.
Jack Theakston, Assistant Manager
Aside from being the assistant manager of the Capitol Theatre, Jack Theakston is a leading expert in film restoration and theatrical presentation. His first professional presentations were at the Lafayette Theater in Suffern, NY. There he produced his first film festival at the age of 18—the same year the theater was named by USA Today as one of the “10 Great Places to Revel in Cinematic Grandeur.” Since then, he worked in Lab Operations at Technicolor, Inc., published a number of articles pertaining to film history, including a history of the John Wayne’s Hondo that film critic Leonard Maltin called “the definitive article” about the film, and produced the re-issue of several classic films for home video, most recently the special features for the Flicker Alley release of the 1923 Lon Chaney classic, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” He has given lectures about film presentation for several prestigious schools and organizations, including the Association of Moving Image Archivists and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Mr. Theakston has also organized film festivals across the country, including New York and Los Angeles. He has also been film preservation consultant with The Packard Foundation, Sabucat Trailer Archive, the AMPAS Film Archive and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. When not working at the Capitol, Mr. Theakston is an avid photographer, cook, traveler, and raconteur.
Kate Castle, Executive Assistant
As the Executive Assistant, Kate Castle is the newest staff member at the Capitol. Kate studied literature at Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK, and graduated with a bachelors’ degree in Art History from Ithaca College, where she also worked as the Handwerker Gallery’s Programming Assistant until 2009, assisting in curating such shows as “Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait” and “Water Theory.” After interning at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kate worked at Gooden Gallery, London, UK, were she scouted upcoming artists for their “One Night Stand” series. Having returned to Central New York, Kate first visited the Capitol in 2010 for the Capitol Hitchcock Classics series screening of “Psycho.” Though she attended shows on and off for the next couple of years, it wasn’t until the summer of 2013 that she began volunteering. Her position quickly developed into a full-time job, and, she adds, “I couldn’t be happier to have joined to Capitol ‘family’!” Kate’s “perfect day off” would include baking, crafting, and reading– preferably with her cat Pierre nearby.
Jamie Hicks, Box Office Manager
Jamie Hicks has been the Box Office manager of the Rome Capitol Theatre since 2012. She spends her working hours at the Capitol selling tickets, hatching plans for new initiatives, and blogging about film history. She is excited to be a part of bringing theatre, film, and many performing arts to Rome. Before joining the Capitol team, Jamie volunteered in the office and box office. Jamie has always had a fire-like passion for theatre. She attended Genesee Community College for an associates degree in Theatre Arts. While there, she adopted a taste for not only performing, but for making theatre accessible to all communities. When not working, Jamie is a Girl Scout leader, keeps a personal blog, and plays tabletop games.