Our core team

MICHELLE VELASTEGUI

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Michelle fell in love with theater at the age of 13 when she played an orphan in her schools “Best of Broadway”.  She loved the sound of the audience and the feeling she got when people were “entertained”.  By 8th grade, Michelle was choreographing and costuming and, though her college life took her to the field of business, her heart stayed true to community theater. She became involved with then “The Lynchburg Fine Arts Center” and worked on all areas of production, props, costumes, set construction, stage managing, etc. Now a full time Drama teacher, Michelle is dedicated to providing more opportunities for the Central Virginia community to perform in a family friendly environment through MasterWorx Theater.

DENISE THOMAS

MANAGING DIRECTOR

In 2010, Denise Thomas began to daydream about a community theater organization that would stage family-friendly shows, ones which children and parents would enjoy attending and participating in together. In the summer of 2014, Michelle Velastegui shared her dream to provide performance opportunities for teens and young adults. As Denise and Michelle talked about their visions, the two blended together to become what is now MasterWorx Community Theater. A terrific group of community theater enthusiasts make up the board, and together with our family of volunteers, we are happy to be part of the vibrant Lynchburg area arts community.

AARON HALL

Director of Social Media

Aaron Hall is a recent graduate of LCA and has performed in over 50 local productions in the last 7 years. Tap has always inspired Aaron and is by far his favorite style of dance. Graphic Design is another passion of Aaron’s. He enjoys designing posters, videos, projections and any other creative outlet. Aaron is attending Liberty University as a part of the BFA program for Musical Theater and minoring in Graphic Design. Aaron is thankful for his family and their constant support through the years and for each opportunity God has granted him to grow in the arts. Isaiah 43:19

DEBORAH WARE

Photographer

Deborah Ware moved to Lynchburg in 2016 with her husband, Jay, and their three children. She has a passion for the arts and the community. She is thrilled to be able to support Masterworx through her business, Deborah Ware Photography, to capture images on and off the stage. When she’s not homeschooling her children, you can find her behind the camera at various venues around Lynchburg.