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:

The mission of the Community Arts Center Foundation, also known as The Prizery, is to enrich lives through the arts. We believe that arts and cultural experiences should be available to everyone, wherever they live and whoever they are.


  • Educate, inspire and engage people through the arts and culture
  • Provide quality programs
  • Recognize and celebrate our diverse community
  • Achieve sustainable support for the arts and cultural experiences


Catherine Ballance, Managing Director - Email catherine@prizery.com

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

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

Betty Woods, Custodian


Melissa Peacock, President
Carol Gravitt, Vice President
William Hamilton, Secretary

Doug Bowman
Philippa DeRamus
Greg Donner / Halifax County Little Theatre
Winston Harrell / Town of South Boston
Cynthia Haugh / Halifax County Historical Society
Marie Ketchersid
Robin Mardre-Garrett / Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
Sue Ann Messmer