Mission, Staff and Board

Chastain Theatre at the Prizery

The Prizery, already a center for community activities, began its renovation in 2002. The 38,000 square foot building includes a welcome center, a performing arts theatre, an art gallery, classrooms and a large space for community functions.

The renovation was accomplished while keeping the look and openness of the building intact. As a centerpiece of the historic warehouse district in downtown South Boston, The Prizery is a magnet for tourism and provides performing and exhibiting space. Its location next door to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center makes its facilities a natural extension for the colleges.

Mission Statement:

To establish a regional community and fine arts center. The purpose of the center is to provide, promote, and preserve the performing arts, visual arts, and literacy arts for multicultural and historical education of the region. In addition, the building will serve as a welcome center attracting visitors to our community.


Christopher (Chris) D. Jones, Artistic Director (read more about Chris) - Email prizery@mac.com

Theresa Coleman, Administrative Assistant -E-mail theresa@prizery.com

Ernelle Bellamy, Technical Director and Facility Manager - E-mail audio@prizery.com

Betty Woods, Custodian


Blair Toner- President
Barbara Speece-Past President
Matt Leonard-Vice President
Melissa Peacock - Secretary
Wayne Stanfield-Treasurer
Martin Beekman
Kirk Compton
Winston Harrell
Ben Fincher
Marie Ketchersid
Susan McKee
Erin Thackston
Doug Bowman
Beverly Crowder
Greg Donner
Boo Evans
Douglas Powell
Patricia Ward