Michael Roberts

Executive Director

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Michael joins the Fine Arts Work Center after three years as the Executive Director of Public Programs at the Asia Society New York where he oversaw a broad range of programs that drew from the fields of visual and performing arts, literature and film, international affairs, business, economics and education. Prior to his role at Asia Society, he served as the Executive Director of PEN American Center in New York – the American arm of the 3,400-member, worldwide literary and human rights organization. Earlier in his career, he spent 16 years working at Harvard University as one of its lawyers, the University Secretary and Assistant to the President.

Sophia Starmack

Writing Coordinator

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Sophia Starmack received an MA in French and Francophone Literature from Bryn Mawr College, and an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Best New Poets and other publications, and her poetry chapbookThe Wild Rabbit was published in 2015. Sophia worked in education for many years, and has taught young people in France, Turkey, and the United States.

Bob Bailey

Facilities Manager Chief Engineer

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Bob received his MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. He studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was twice a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center. He is also a member of the Visual Committee. Bob lives in Truro

Susan Blood


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Susan has worked in the arts for most of her career, including positions in art school administration, gallery management, and music publicity. As a freelance writer, Susan has contributed to the Christian Science Monitor, the Magazine of Yoga, MamaPop, and the London-based BachTrack, among others. Her radio show Opera Betty has aired since 2010 on WOMR, and her first book, How Not to Do Things (Surface Popper Publications), came out in 2017.

Naya Bricher

Administration, Technology and Development Coordinator


Naya joined the Fine Arts Work Center in June 2014 after a summer internship in 2012. She graduated from Smith College with a degree in studio art. Naya is an emerging artist, dancer and freelance curator. She grew up in Kent, Connecticut, and now lives in Provincetown.

Kelle Groom

Summer Program Director

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Kelle joined the Fine Arts Work Center in February 2015 after serving as Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe where she is now on the faculty of the SNC low-residency MFA program. Prior to this, she was a Black Mountain Institute Fellow at the Library of Congress and at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Her extensive nonprofit experience includes five years as Communications & Grants Manager for Atlantic Center for the Arts and three years as Director of Grants Administration for the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. She began her nonprofit career as Associate Director of Development for Orlando Opera. Her work appears in The New Yorker, New York Times, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Best American Poetry. Kelle’s books include a memoir, I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl (Simon & Schuster) and three poetry collections, Five Kingdoms and Luckily, both from Anhinga Press, and Underwater City (University Press of Florida).  She is a 2014 NEA Literature Fellow in Prose and 2014 James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence. A Massachusetts native, she now lives in Provincetown.

Lydia Hicks

Visual Arts Coordinator

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Lydia Hicks’ wildlife photography has been published with National Geographic. Her cinematography has premiered at Sundance. A traveling filmmaker, Lydia’s contributions have taken her across the United States, beyond oceans into South Africa, Ecuador and Qatar. A connection with the animal kingdom and globally oppressive social-economic paradigms have led Lydia to become both educator and activist. She infuses insights into identity politics concerning generational poverty, race, gender and sexual orientation into her work. Current focus is on ‘Black in the Water’. A multi-channel video installation that explores black people and their relationships with water. Lydia was a 2017-2018 Visual Arts Fellow.


Gemma Leghorn

24PearlStreet Program Manager

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Gemma joined the Fine Arts Work Center in June 2010. She graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in English, and previously worked as a freelance writer. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, and now lives in Provincetown.

Cary Raymond

Marketing & Communications


Cary specializes in the creation, implementation and management of comprehensive image development, marketing, strategic philanthropy and public relations programs for corporations and nonprofit organizations. He holds degrees in design from the University of Florida and in architecture from Syracuse University. He has been consulting with the Work Center since April 2011.

Vicky Tomayko

Print Studio Manager

Vicky Tomayko is an artist and printmaker who works with a variety of techniques to create one-of-a-kind prints. She teaches at Cape Cod Community College, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown's Summer Program. She manages the print studio for the Work Center during the seven-month, Fellowship Residency Program, and for the Massachusetts College of Art Low-Residency Masters Program, providing workshops and one-on-one instruction.

Dawn Walsh

Summer Program Manager & Community Outreach Coordinator

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Dawn joined the Work Center in 2015. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Camden, where she served as adjunct faculty and program manager for the English Department and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She also holds an MA in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College, where she created programming for the LGBTQ Studies Program. Dawn has also worked as program manager for Soroptimist International of the Americas. Since moving to Provincetown, she has joined the local theater community and in 2016 founded Provincetown’s Annual Day of the Dead Performing Arts Festival. 

Bette Warner

Associate Director/COO

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Bette joined the Fine Arts Work Center as an independent contractor in 2012, with a focus on event management and production.   She brings 30 years of arts and non-profit management experience to this position including Marketing Director of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Managing Director of the Long Term Research Institute/World Wildlife Fund, Director of Programs and Education at the Cape Museum of Fine Arts and Managing Director of the Boston International Women's Film Festival.

Dawn Zimiles

Designer & Webmaster

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Dawn joined the Work Center in 2002. She received a BFA from Parsons School of Design specializing in sculpture. She has lived in Provincetown since 2001 where she paints and works in mixed media, creates 3D animations, plays guitar and builds websites.