About Us

The Landmark Studio for the Arts was originally started as a theater group called “The WV Hillbilly Players” in 1978. In 1988 friends and members of the Players (Bill Hopen and Olga Gioulis) purchased the church building. The building originally was the Episcopal Church in 1886 and still has the original stained glass windows and woodwork. Since 1978, over 130 productions have graced our stage.

The mission of the Landmark is to provide a venue for art and cultural events in Sutton that can be enjoyed be all citizens of the county and surrounding areas. Whenever possible, in cooperation with the schools, we have endeavored to present programs to enrich our children, both in school and on our stage. We also seek to support and promote regional artist and provide them with space to exhibit.

Our Board Members


Tim Hoover has been actively involved with the Landmark for the past 6 years. Returning to the stage as Ali Hakeim in ‘Oklahoma’ to Wild Bill in ‘Annie Get Your Gun’. His most recent role was as George Banks in ‘Mary Poppins’. Tim is also an active volunteer with the LYTE program seving in many capacities. From Tech Crew, to musical direction and co-directing, he has become famously known as “Unlce Tim” to the many children who participate in the LYTE program.


MERLEEN CAMPBELL, immediate past president, presently serving as Vice President, is one of the founders of the Landmark theater program when it was known as the Hillbilly Players.  Merleen has been involved in many productions as a director or actor and lists some of her favorites as Dolly Levi in “Hello Dolly”,  Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire”,  Penelope in “You Can’t Take It With You”, Mamma Rose in “Gypsy”,  and her most frequent was the double roles in 2018  as Queen Victoria and Bird Woman in “Mary Poppins”.  Her favorite directorial show was the musical, “Little Shop of Horrors.”


Sara Stewart began her journey at the Landmark first as a theatre mom, but most notable as the stage manager for many LYTE and Landmark productions. She has serves as secretary for the last 2 years. In recent times, Sara has moved about the theatre serving in many capacities, from on stage preforming to running lights.

Chris Allen, Treasurer

After graduating from WVU with a degree in Retailing/Marketing I realized the retail market was not for me. For the last 30 years I have worked as a Paralegal for the Law Firm Barth & Thompson in Charleston. I got involved with the Landmark when asked to play a bit part in The Rose Tattoo and haven’t looked back. Due to “stage fright” I turned to directing 1996 and love to do comedies. My present position on the Landmark Studio’s board is Treasurer, after holding that post with the Landmark Players before the two organizations merged. I am fortunate that my husband Rick is my set builder along with my two great sons, Zack and Kyle.

Rebecca Conrad- Incoming Treasurer


Rebecca’s passion for theatre began at the young age of 12 years old. Working off stage and on throughout her middle and high school career, she never thought it would be such a big part of her life as an adult. After high school, she got married and started having kids. In 2001 Rebecca relocated from New York to Sutton WV where she would make a home and become actively involved in her community, including the Landmark. Her first performance at the Landmark was in 2005 where she played a small role in Huckleberry Finn. After that performance, Rebecca wanted to take a different approach to community theater and be a part of introducing the Arts to the youth in our community. Having come from a school with opportunities for anyone, she felt she owed the kids of our community something they are not offered in their own school system. She paired up with former board member and YTP (Youth Theater Program) director and assisted for almost 3 years with the Landmark Youth helping with workshops, productions and theatre competitions. After the demise of the YTP program, Rebecca found herself back on stage as well as involved as a board member. That not being enough for her, and having kids of her own with a passion for theatre, Rebecca felt the Landmark needed to bring back a program for the youth in our community to experience the Arts. In 2012 She developed the now existing LYTE program (Landmark Youth Theatre Ensemble). Rebecca maintains her position as LYTE director, producing up to two LYTE productions a year while serving as a board of director, actor, and volunteer to the Landmark.


Jamie is no stranger to the Landmark, but is new to the Landmark Board.  Jamie is a graduate of Alderson Broaddus University and was a member of its premier touring ensemble “The West Virginians.” While touring Jamie performed over 700 shows during his tenure at the school.  Jamie has performed at a number of places and has also been employed in Entertainment at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.  Jamie is thrilled to be a member of the board and a performer at the theater he calls home.


As a resident of Sutton for thirty-five years, I have always supported The Landmark and the   fine arts   programs.  As a first grade teacher for thirty-three years, I incorporated music and drama as very important parts of my curriculum.  The arts provide a different avenue for students to express themselves and make all education more relevant.  Braxton County is fortunate to have a local program that has been sustained for many years by caring people. I am honored to be a part of The Landmark to assist in the maintenance and advancement of the arts for Braxton County.


Briar is 27 and has been on stage for over half of her life. She has won acting awards and scholarships along the way and plans to continue to enjoy the stage both on and off as a theatre mom. Her favorite shows include: Cafe Noir Homecoming, Teahouse of the August Moon, Why the Lord Came to Sand Mountain and most recently Grease.

Ginger Crow- Board Member


Ginger Crow has been involved with the Landmark for several years. Most recently, she was seen playing Winifred Banks; the mother in Mary Poppins. She got her start in the Landmark family by auditioning for and receiving the role of “the mayors wife ofWhoville”, in Suessical,. She has enjoyed having large roles as well as small so much she plans to direct a show in the future.


Addi Facemire has been involved with the Landmark and LYTE for a little over 2 years. She began as LYTE mom and made her way to her stage debut as Miss Brill in Mary Poppins. One she hit the stage, she was bit by the theatre bug and has been dedicated to helping in any capacity she is able. She has served as producer, front of the house staff, go-to mom and many more roles. Serving on the board was a no-brainer and she looks forward to watching her kids and herself grow with the arts in Sutton.


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