Don Wildsmith, Cultural Arts Director: Retired from the U.S. Navy after over 30 years, Don Wildsmith holds degrees in Theater Technology & Design from the University of Georgia, Allied Health from the George Washington University, and Nursing from the Georgia Technical College System.
He has traveled extensively - making the world safe for democracy, as well as designing, directing, stage-managing, and/or appearing in dance, stage and film productions literally world-wide. In 2003, Don served as Technical Director for UGA’s Core Concert Dance Company during their extended exchange tour of the People’s Republic of China.
He is a founding member of the Winder-Barrow Community Theatre and served as its President for four years. In 2006, Don received the Community Service Award from the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce for his work in bringing live theater and the performing arts to Barrow County.
In April of 2007, Don was hired as Winder’s first Cultural Arts Director. In addition to role as a promoter for all forms of art and artistic expression in Barrow County, he also serves as the Facilities Manager for the Winder Cultural Arts Center.
Don is a Life Member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Disabled American Veterans, Alpha Psi Omega (The National Theater Honor Society), the U. S. Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), and the Georgia Arts Network. In his spare time, he likes to write about himself in the third person and try to find time to sleep.
Don and his wife - poet, educator and 2011 Georgia Author of the Year Finalist Dana - live on a 40+ acre farm in Bethlehem, GA with two generations of family, one dog and - at last count - four (or is it six?) cats.