Facilities Manager and Technical Director, Benjie White grew up on a farm in Cambridge NY. He attended Wesleyan University where he received a B.A. in Theater (1966) and a M.A. in Theater (1969). After 10 years of teaching theater at the Putney School in Putney VT (1967-69), at Wesleyan University and Middletown High School’s Alternative Program (1969-75), he heard that the 1878 rural opera house in his home town was for sale. He took a job as Technical Coordinator of Bennington College’s new 120,000 sq. ft. Visual and Performing Arts Center for a year while putting together the not-for-profit organization, Hubbard Hall Projects, Inc. (HHP) that would buy Hubbard Hall to restore it and operate it as a community arts center. While working part time as HHP’s first ED he made a living working as a General Contractor. As HHP grew and the job of ED became full time he was able to put his builder’s skills to use restoring the Hall, rewiring it, adding restrooms, a rear addition and an elevator addition. In 2000 Benjie collaborated with Broadway actor, Kevin McGuire, to form a professional theater company, the Theater Company at Hubbard Hall (TCHH) serving as producer, technical director, conservatory instructor and frequent actor. In 2001 he became a member of the board of a new NFP, a consortium of Village, HHP and private interests that engineered the purchase of 2.2 acres of land and five buildings adjacent to HHP (the Cambridge Freight Yard). With three of buildings becoming the property of HHP he again put his builder’s skills to use restoring and adapting their use for HHP programs. In 2009 he welcomed the addition of a professional opera company, the Hubbard Hall Opera Theater (HHOT) to the family of arts activities operating under the umbrella of HHP. Benjie has served as a founding member of and chair of the board of the New York Multi Arts Center Consortium, as a grants review panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts and the Vermont Arts Council, as a consultant for emerging arts organizations, as a theater auditor for the Vermont Arts Council, and as a committee member of several local planning committees.