Artistic Endeavors

Friday, September 28, 2012

Charles County has a thriving arts community, from community theaters in Indian Head and La Plata to summer concert series like the Sunset Concert Festival in St. Charles , and so much more. Nobody does more to make the arts come alive in Southern Maryland than Therese Thiedeman. And now her website, www.somdarts.com puts you in touch with local arts happenings around the region.

Therese has lived in Charles County, Maryland off and on since 1993. In nearly twenty years in Southern Maryland Therese has been actively involved in the arts community for work and play!  She taught music at St. Mary, Star of the Sea School in Indian Head for three years, and was musical director of the Port Tobacco Players Encore Kids for four years before her Coast Guard family was assigned to New Orleans for a two-year tour.

Upon reassignment to the Washington, DC area, the Therese and her husband, Edwin and their two children  returned to Charles County, and Therese picked up where she left off.  She was back with the Port Tobacco Players as an actor, director, producer, music director, pit musician, Board member, publicist, Encore Kids Director, and Encore Teens Director.  She worked in an arts administrative capacity for the Charles County Arts Alliance for four years, an experience which broadened her horizons and introduced her to the arts community in Southern Maryland and across the state as well.

Currently, Therese is a part time Ticket and Event Sales Specialist at the College of Southern Maryland, volunteer publicist for the Black Box Theatre in the Indian Head Center for the Arts, active member of Port Tobacco Players, music minister (choir member and guitarist) and Christmas play director at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Waldorf, an alto with the Chesapeake Choral Arts Society, and a supporter of the St. Charles Sunset Concert Series.

Her most audacious project is Southern Maryland Arts and Culture, (www.somdarts.com) a website through which she is actively involved in trying to build true community among artists, arts patrons, arts organizations, and arts businesses. Just about everything that is happening in the arts in Southern Maryland can be found on her website, where she collates information about performance times, ticket prices, author readings, gallery openings, and so much more.

Therese is helping coordinate the inaugural St. Charles Fall Festival for the Arts on Saturday, October 13. Stop by and thank her for all she does to make our community a better place to live.