Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center

As a non-profit performing arts organization, we welcome you as an actor in our plays, a member of our production crews, an audience member at our events, and as an enthusiast who spreads the word to others about our work!  We are directed by an independent board of advisors.  This volunteer advisory board provides guidance as to the strategic operational aspects of the CLCPAC; making sure the organizational goals and mission are followed.  Their support is invaluable and greatly appreciated.


Lisa Wigand, Board Chair

Bremer Bank


Bruce Buxton

Widseth Smith Nolting, Retired


Bri Keran

Community Theatre Representative


Sandra Kaplan

CLC Faculty Member


John Erickson

Attorney, Retired


Patrick Spradlin, Ex-Officio

CLCPAC Director/Presenter


Our Mission Statement:


TO CREATE an environment where local performing artists can develop their craft.

TO SHARE with our community diverse, high-quality arts programming; and

TO GROW a community of practitioners and lovers of the performing arts.



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CLC Performing Arts Center Staff

jean beckmannJean Beckmann

Box Office Manager


Jean is a Brainerd native who’s worked in both business and the non-profit sector in numerous capacities. She oversees the daily workings of the box office as well as marketing, operations management, fiscal management of the annual budget, and is community relations liaison.

Work Phone: 218-855-8253
Work Email: jean.beckmann@clcmn.edu

patrick spradlinPatrick Spradlin

Theatre Director / Producer


Patrick is the director at Brainerd Community Theatre.  He has directed in college, community, and professional theatres in Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota. At CLCPAC he has directed rock operas like The Who’s Tommy and Jesus Christ Superstar, Shakespearean production like The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth, and modern classics from Wilder to Mamet. He holds both an MA in speech and MFA in acting from Northern Illinois University.
Work Phone: 218-855-8255
Work Email: patrick.spradlin@clcmn.edu

george marsolek

George Marsolek

Theatre Technician


George Marsolek was raised in NE Minneapolis where he attended DeLaSalle High School for 2 years before moving to Texas.  He wrapped up high school in Dallas and moved to Austin, TX for college, where he found his passion for technical theatre. While attending St. Edward’s University he worked with many local theatre companies such as Zach Scott Theatre, Zilker Theatre Productions, the Rude Mechanicals, and Palindrome Theatre, where he designed many award-winning productions including a new version of Hedda Gabler which went on to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012.  He moved back to Minneapolis in 2013 and worked as Master Carpenter for the Penumbra Theatre Scenic Studio until 2015, where he built scenery for companies such as the Ordway Theatre, MN Opera, the U of M, and Theatre Latte Da among others.  He is excited to get out of the hustle and bustle of the cities and become a part of the CLC family.
Work Phone: 218-855-8204
Work Email: george.marsolek@clcmn.edu

ben kentBen Kent

Theatre Technician


Ben began his theatre journey as a followspot operator at the Princes Theatre in the British Coastal town of Clacton-On-Sea, and he worked his way through many positions there, including Electrician, Stage Manager and Sound Technician. Bitten by the theatre bug, he then went on to attend The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK. Graduating from their Stage Management and Technical Theatre program in 1998. Following that, he worked in various theatres in the London area, including a three-year position at London's East 15 Acting School as Assistant Technical Stage Manager. Ben moved to Brainerd in 2014 and began working with the Brainerd Community Theatre as Lighting and Sound Designer, where his design credits have included shows such as: Spamalot, The Foreigner, Cat on A Hot Tin Roof, Flowers for Algernon, and The Woman in Black. Ben took a permanent position at CLC in 2017 and is really happy to be part of this great team.
Work Phone: 218-855-8122
Work Email: ben.kent@clcmn.edu

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center
Central Lakes College
501 West College Drive
Brainerd MN  56401

Box Office:
800-933-0346 ext. 8199


Email: clcperformingarts@clcmn.edu


​Our 2019-2020 season is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board operating support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.