Faces You See at OGT!

The Faces You See at OGT!

It takes a lot of people to bring you the superior experience that you expect when you come to the movies at Old Greenbelt Theatre. From curating the specialty series to serving popcorn, we have a team of talented office staff, warm and welcoming house staff, and a group of very dedicated volunteers who make everything possible.

Dr. Caitlin McGrath

Dr. Caitlin McGrath

Executive Director

Dr. Caitlin McGrath is the founding Executive Director of Friends of Greenbelt Theatre. As Executive Director, Dr. McGrath is responsible for setting the overall direction of the organization and managing most aspects of its day-to-day operations. Most especially, Dr. McGrath curates the specialty series that are shown year-round and works on planning the film programming at the theatre.

Dr. McGrath holds a PhD in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago. Having taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and the University of Maryland, Dr. McGrath sees OGT’s programming as both learning opportunity and as entertainment.

Favorite Movie: Sunrise, F. W. Murnau, (1927)

What I like most about working for OGT: Seeing the impact films have on folks, whether that is seeing the community come together to enjoy a classic on the big screen or just one person sharing with me how a film changed their thinking, made them feel something, or taught them something new.

When I’m not at OGT, I’m… doing laundry? Just kidding…out in nature with my husband and two kids.

Kelly McLaughlin

Kelly McLaughlin

Director of Marketing & Development

Kelly is OGT’s lead staff member getting the word out about this great community asset to the surrounding area (Greenbelt, Prince George’s County, and beyond). On a week-to-week basis, Kelly promotes OGT’s films and special programs, runs the social media and website, and helps to coordinate guest speakers. But on a larger scale, Kelly envisions new ways to promote and support FGT’s mission to make OGT a hub for film history and education.

Kelly holds a B.A. in Spanish Literature and International Studies and a M.A. in Social Justice and Human Rights. While these may seem unconnected, Kelly’s scholarly work focused on the use of film as a medium for advocacy and social healing in post-trauma societies in Latin America. 

Favorite Movie(s): I can’t pick just one, but here’s a sample of my wildly varying taste… El laberinto del fauno (Guillermo del Toro, 2006), Waitress (Adrienne Shelly, 2007), Los rubios (Albertina Carri, 2003)

What I like most about working for OGT: I really, truly believe that film is one of the most critical ways that we create political and social debates within our communities, countries, and cultures, and I think that OGT is one of the few cinema’s that is creating a space to view and experience film the way it was meant to be–in community and in dialogue.

When I’m not at OGT, I’m… running–at the gym, on outdoor trails, or after my toddler. I’m just always running. 

Amy Knesel

Amy Knesel

Office Manager

Amy does much of the behind the scenes work to keep the non-profit side of Friends of Greenbelt Theatre running smoothing. From managing memberships to processing donations to writing grants to bring new opportunities to the theater and its community!

Favorite Movie: The Royal Tennenbaums

What I like most about working for OGT: the popcorn! But really, it’s amazing getting to see everything that goes on behind the scenes to bring you the films and experience you’ve come to know and love.

When I’m not at OGT, I’m… chasing my three kids, swimming, or trying out new recipes.

Brenna Lauer

Brenna Lauer

House Manager

Brenna is the force behind the incredible experience each patron of OGT has when they walk through the door. She works behind the scenes to ensure everything runs smoothly, from projection to availability of concessions choices to the friendly faces you see when you walk through the door.

What I like most about working for OGT: Being able to be a part of such a strong and dynamic team!

When I’m not at OGT, I’m… most likely at home binge watching a new TV series.