Gram comes to PCA after 37 years in the performing arts, starting at Houston’s Alley Theatre and at various times working as an actor, sound designer, carpenter, understudy director, and playwright in residence. As a playwright, he was a two-time winner of a Jerome Fellowship and was in residence at Minneapolis’ Playwrights’ Center from 1985 – 1990. Starting in 1990, Gram jumped to the other side of the proscenium, starting as Programs Manager for the Empire Center in Albany NY. In 1993, he became the first Executive Director for the Community Arts Center in Williamsport PA, where he stayed for twelve years before moving to Aspen CO as Executive Director of the Wheeler Opera House. At the Wheeler, Gram created the Aspen Laff Festival, the 7908 Aspen Songwriters Festival (co-produced with John Oates), and MountainSummit: Mountainfilm In Aspen, a documentary film and social issues festival. Gram is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Denison University and a passionate advocate for the arts and their ability to create and sustain vibrant, healthy communities.
Carly began her work with PCA in 2013 as a Research Assistant for Create Charlottesville: A Cultural Plan for Charlottesville/Albemarle. In 2014, she joined the staff team as Communications & Cultural Plan Coordinator. She is passionate about the power of the arts to contribute to sustainable, vibrant communities built around a shared sense of place. She holds an M.A. in Public Humanities from Brown University.
A lifelong resident of Charlottesville, Danielle keeps close ties to the arts community. She joined PCA’s staff in 2014, having previously worked in publishing after earning her B.A. in English from the University of Mary Washington. She furthers her passion for amplifying the stories of local artists by contributing to C-VILLE Weekly’s Arts section and Events calendar. Outside of work, she pursues fervent interests in literature, dance, travel, and food & wine.
Board of Directors
Bryan Wright, President
Bobbi Dunn, Vice President
Tullia Lynch, Secretary
James Carnes, Treasurer
Jean Wilhelm, Emeritus