Formed in 2001 in Provincetown, in the birthplace of American theater, the primary purpose of The Provincetown Theater Foundation (“PTF”) is to encourage, promote, and sustain the performing arts on Outer Cape Cod through a year-round schedule of programming at the Provincetown Theater. The PTF provides performance and educational space for theatrical artists within the Outer Cape Cod community and beyond.
David Drake, Artistic Director
David Drake has been putting on shows since he was a kid. Directorial credits at the Provincetown Theater include It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Sweeney Todd, August: Osage County, Always…Patsy Cline, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Our Town, and his gender-swapped production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
In New York City, David has directed works at Rattlestick, The Flea, Soho Playhouse, and Joe’s Pub. Collaborating with Taylor Mac, he directed and developed The Lily’s Revenge at the Sundance Theater Lab prior to staging its world premiere at HERE in New York (Obie Award). Also with Taylor, David directed the world tour of The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac.
As an actor, David got his Equity card off-Broadway replacing Charles Busch in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom at the Provincetown Playhouse. He appeared in the original New York casts of A Language of Their Own (Public), End of the World Party (46th Street Theater), Pretty Boy (Performing Garage), and The Boys in the Band (1996 revival at Lucille Lortel). Television: The Good Wife, NY Undercover, HBO’s Vinyl, and as a repeat offender on Law & Order. Film: Longtime Companion, It’s Pat, David Searching, We Pedal Uphill, Philadelphia, and opposite Alan Cumming in After Louie. Regionally, David has appeared at A.R.T., Huntington, Barrington Stage, Arena Stage, San Diego’s Old Globe, and numerous others.
David is the Obie Award-winning playwright and performer of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, in which he performed a year off-Broadway (Perry Street) before touring worldwide, and then shooting as a feature film. David has taught at New York’s Abrons Art Center, Baltimore’s MICA, and received artist residencies in New York at The BRICLab, DTW, Clemente Soto, Dixon Place.
Thomas Cover, Technical Director
Derek McCormack, Operations Manager
Sami Williams, Box Office Representative
Linda Ohlson-Graham, Facilities Maintenance
Board of Directors
David Wilson, President, 2016
After earning a B.S. and MBA from Northeastern University, David embarked on a 30-year career with Verizon Communications serving in a number of middle and senior management positions across New England and New York. David began a second career with Spaulding and Sly, Colliers, a National Real Estate Development Company where he served as the Vice President for Facility and Property management services before retiring.
Following his retirement, David and his husband, Rob Compton moved to Provincetown where David joined The Provincetown Theater Board. He was elected President of the Board in 2017. In addition, David has served in leadership positions on The Human Rights Campaign, MassEquality, and the GLAD board.
In 2003 David and his husband earned the right to marry in Massachusetts as one of seven same-sex plaintiff couples in the Goodridge vs. The Commonwealth of MA law suit. David and his husband are the proud parents of five adult children, twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Fermin Rojas, Chair, Events Committee, 2018
A native Cuban who immigrated to the United States as a young child, Fermin attended Florida International University and Miami-Dade Community College. After a long career in finance, theater production, and music, Fermin’s experience and love for all three, as well as his reacquaintance with his home country, led him into filmmaking, producing his first documentary. He made Alumbrones (illuminations), a critically lauded documentary about twelve contemporary Cuban artists. The project was completely filmed on location in Cuba.
This led to the founding of DKR Films in 2013, with an eye on content that is socially relevant. He has written and directed numerous projects for the Wampanoag Tribal Council. With his team at DKR, Fermin produced a six-part docu-series Africa: Untold about community leaders in South Africa. “The Black Mambas,” episode 1 of the docu-series, is currently in film festivals. His next film, Revolutions, the story of Cuba’s first gay men’s singing group is presently in post-production.
Catherine Lewis, Clerk and Chair, Governance Committee, 2019
Cathy Lewis fulfilled a lifelong dream in 2017 moving to Provincetown from Rochester, NY after a 32-year career in information technology leadership at Xerox.
Cathy’s career included senior leadership positions in Business Application Delivery, Contract Negotiation and Management, Strategic Planning, Data Architecture, and Business Process Re-design and improvement. Cathy holds a BS and an MBA from Syracuse University.
While at Xerox, Cathy led the LGBTQ Employee Resource Group and was instrumental in advancing rights for transgender employees in the workplace. Over the past several years, Cathy and her wife Angela Bonazinga have been actively engaged in leadership roles with many
LGBTQ and performing arts organizations, including Garth Fagan Dance, Eastman School of Music, and BOA Editions. Cathy and Angela enjoy theater, opera, art, literature, nature and cultural travels.
Cathy is thrilled to be part of the Provincetown Theater Board and looks forward to supporting the continued success and growth of this incredible asset in our community.
Richard D. McCarthy, Chair, Development Committee, 2019
A native of Boston, Richard “Rick” McCarthy is a veteran of the banking industry with 37 years of banking and financial services experience. Currently Rick is a Senior Vice President for Commercial Real Estate at U.S. Bank and has responsibility for growth in non-credit revenue for the Commercial Real Estate markets on the East Coast.
Rick has always been involved in the community. As past President of GLAD (GLBTBQ Legal Advocates and Defenders), Rick McCarthy spearheaded many civil rights struggles in Massachusetts and nationally. In 2008, then-Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick appointed him to the Governor’s Diversity Advisory Council.
Rick is active in the Provincetown Film Society and most recently was President of the Board of Directors. Having had the pleasure of working in the Ptown community, Rick was most recently honored to become a new Board member of the Provincetown Theater.
Rick’s volunteer opportunities have added to the many leadership skills learned in the banking industry. Rick lives with his husband, Franc Castro, in Boston’s South End and Provincetown, MA.
Hilary McHugh, 2019
Hilary graduated with a BFA and a Graduate Teaching Certificate from the Massachusetts College of Art. Her professional experience includes teaching at The Massachusetts College of Art, Diablo Glass and Metal, Public Glass of San Francisco, and The Crucible in Oakland.
Hilary has dedicated most of her life to helping others. She has worked for many non-profits including Perkins School For The Blind, Victory Programs, AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, and The Soup Kitchen in Provincetown. She currently serves on the Board of The Provincetown Theater and recently joined the committee on Art 2020 Provincetown.
Donald Vaughan, 2013
Donald Vaughan is Partner and Co-Chair of the Real Estate Group for the Boston-based law firm Burns & Levinson LLP. Donald focuses his practice on the representation of parties, including non-profits, in commercial office and retail leases and subleases. He also represents lenders and borrowers in permanent, construction and leasehold financing transactions, many involving tax credits and public or quasi-public financing sources.
Donald’s experience includes commercial/investment real estate sales, acquisitions and like-kind exchanges; commercial mortgage-backed securities transactions; residential real estate sales, acquisitions and development; and estate planning and administration, primarily with real estate as a major asset. Donald has also successfully overseen several difficult and highly visible development projects and foreclosure actions.
Jack Hudson, 2020
Jack Hudson graduated from Fairfield University in 1980 with a BS in Accounting, and passed the Certified Public Accountant exam a year thereafter. After obtaining the required work experience with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Jack joined Avon Products, Inc., in 1984. With the dissolution of a subsidiary in 1989, Jack left Avon for the first time.
Upon returning to Avon in 1993, he was relocated to Avon Mexico/Central America for 3 years. Returning to New York headquarters in 1996, Jack’s focus was on process design initiatives in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. In 1998, he transitioned his redesign skills to global internal audit.
Jack left his Vice President and General Auditor post at Avon in 2002 to join an event production and fundraising consulting company in Los Angeles. Within the first year of employment as COO, Jack bought the company, which he re-named and re-branded OP3. He relocated to Los Angeles where he oversaw all event production and peer-to-peer fundraising consulting services provided to non-profit clients raising money to fight causes such as breast cancer, suicide, multiple sclerosis, intellectual disabilities, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s. The ownership of OP3 transitioned to two employees in 2016, and Jack left the company.
A year after relocating to Provincetown in 2012, Jack embarked on opening one of the first medical marijuana dispensaries in the Commonwealth. The company name is Ermont Inc., located in West Quincy. Ermont began cultivating, producing, and dispensing medical marijuana to patients in 2016, which makes it the 7th licensed medical marijuana dispensary approved by the Commonwealth.
Ermont was sold in 2018 and, since the sale, Jack has been consulting in the marijuana space in Massachusetts.