Friends of Greenbelt Theatre
Friends of Greenbelt Theatre (FGT) is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization managed by a Board of Directors made up of Greenbelt residents and regional representatives who are all dedicated to diverse entertainment and educational cinematic experiences.
FGT was awarded a contract by the City of Greenbelt in Spring 2015 to manage the operations of the Greenbelt Theatre as a community based non-profit.
Our mission is to provide an alternative to the multiplex film experience and be a center for film culture in Prince George’s County. We aim to maximize the theatre’s potential as both an economic and cultural driver by creating a vibrant programing schedule of independent, art house, repertory, and educational content through film series, classes, events, and festivals.
We believe that running the Theatre as a non-profit will make the theater more modern, nimble, and more able to respond quickly to industry and community needs and concerns. That this model represents a return to pioneer Greenbelt ideals is, in our view, a heartening endorsement of those ideals, which in many ways are more modern than ever.
FGT Board Members
Cathy Jones coordinates the International Baccalaureate program and teaches Mathematics at Central High School in Capitol Heights (PGCPS). She has been a Greenbelt resident since 2005.
Tim Murray has been a Criminal Justice reform advocate for over 45 years. Tim was born and raised in Greenbelt & returned here after and extended absence 5yrs ago. Despite his best efforts to retire, he currently serves as Director Emeritus of the Pretrial Justice Institute, an organization he founded, and as Senior Advisor to the MacArthur Foundation, supporting their efforts to reduce the overuse of jails in America.
Tom Mellies has lived in Greenbelt since 2015 and is an aerospace engineer. He serves on the board as a way to volunteer within his community and support the arts in Prince George’s county.
Michael Bloom is a former artistic director of Cleveland Play House. He is now a free-lance theatre director. His productions can be seen at Olney Theatre, Mosaic Theatre of Washington, and other theatres around the country. Dr. Bloom has taught at NYU, Harvard, and University of Texas, Austin. He is author of Thinking Like A Director.
Oliver Gaycken is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and a core faculty member of the Film Studies Program and the Program in Comparative Literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Devices of Curiosity: Early Cinema and Popular Science (Oxford University Press 2015). His articles have appeared in Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television; Science in Context; Journal of Visual Culture; Early Popular Visual Culture, Screen, and the collection Learning with the Lights Off. He has resided in Greenbelt since 2011.
Dr. Caitlin McGrath is the Executive Director of Old Greenbelt Theatre and also sits on the FGT board. Caitlin received a PhD in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago in 2010. She has been a resident of Greenbelt since 2011. In 2013, she revived the Friends of Greenbelt Theatre, which was then incorporated and achieved non-profit status in 2014. Her vision for the Theatre is to transform it into a center for film culture in Prince George’s County.
Supratik Chaudhuri works as Consulting Partner and Head of Digital Services at a leading IT consulting firm. An avid cinephile, his extended family and friends have included several who have been/are engaged in the Indian film industry, both arthouse and commercial. He lives in Greenbelt with his wife and two kids.
Kelly McLaughlin has ten years of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising. She currently works as the Director of Donor Engagement at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Prior to joining CCAN, Kelly served as the Donor Engagement Manager at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), where she tripled annual fund revenue from individual donors. Prior to WOLA, Kelly worked as the Outreach Coordinator for Las Otras Hermanas, an organization that connected women entrepreneurs in Mexico to businesswomen in Arizona. Kelly holds a Master of Arts in Social Justice and Human Rights from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Elon University. Her academic work, including an undergraduate and graduate thesis, focused on the use of art as a tool for advocacy, focusing on film and visual art.