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The Team

Who We Are

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Mary Adair Trumbly

Executive Director

Mary Adair Trumbly has a spent a lifetime cultivating her love of the arts - both performing and visual. Majored in Ballet at the University of Oklahoma. As an adult, Mary Adair taught dance and was involved in community theatre wherever she lived. She was recruited to be the Director of Retail Operations for the Columbia SC Museum of Art — and a love affair with the visual arts took root. After moving to Highlands in 1999, Mary Adair’s admiration and knowledge of the visual arts led to her founding and opening Summit One Gallery in 2001. In July 2010, Mary Adair became the Executive Director of the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. “This is where I’m meant to be!” she exclaims.

She feels very fortunate to be part creating the new Highlands Performing Arts Center; and meeting so many talented artists, many of whom have become good friends.

828-526-9047 ext 103

Audience Services Manager

Lee Trevathan

Lee Trevathan is a classically trained actor with nearly 20 years professional experience as an actor and teacher in London, New York, Chicago and Houston. She received her B.F.A. (Hons) in Acting from London’s International Drama School, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.  Along with acting, Lee found great joy being a Teaching Artist for the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX. She taught Voice and Movement technique in their Conservatory program and worked with foreign doctors in the Houston Medical Center with Alley Articulated. Lee is very happy with her move to the beautiful town of Highlands and looks forward to the exciting and creative opportunities it will bring through work with the PAC.

828.526.9047 ext. 102

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Erik Bishop

Technical Director and Facility Manager

Erik Bishop started his life in the Theatre Arts over 30 years ago in Los Angeles, CA.  He attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts. After spending 8 years in New York City pursuing his career as an actor as well as multiple aspects of design and the technical Theatre Arts; he then moved to Savannah, Georgia helping to found the Savannah Repertory Theatre, eastern Georgia’s only Actors Equity affiliated Theatre Company.  He was the theatre companies Technical Director for six years before moving to Highlands to become Technical Director and Facility Manager of the new Highlands PAC.

828.526.9047 ext. 109

Owen Leslie

IT Director

Owen Leslie moved back to his hometown of Highlands, NC in 2021. Before his return, he was a contractor for the Department of Defense supporting missions in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar and Germany as a Network Application Engineer and Knowledge Manager. Now he enjoys life in Highlands with his wife, Jean, and their son’s. Aside from his position at PAC, Owen is also the I.T. Manager for Old Edwards Hospitality Group.


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