Creative Leadership

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Larry Reitzer

Executive Director

Larry has directed many box office hits like Avenue Q & Beauty and the Beast since arriving on the Big Island in 2017.  Right out of High School, Larry served as directory, Arthur Laurents’ production assistant on the original Broadway production of La Cage Aux Folles.  Larry went on to assist such Broadway directors as Tommy Tune, Michael Blakemore and Herb Ross.  After attending NYU, Larry switched his sights from directing to arts administration/producing and went on to become a company manager on the Broadway, First National and Los Angeles companies of Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera.  While in Los Angeles, Larry switched careers again, to television writing and production, working on such shows as Spin City, Just Shoot Me, Melissa and Joey, and Ugly Betty.  Larry has developed pilots for Disney Channel, ABC, NBC, Universal, Warner Brothers, YouTube Originals and ABC Family.  Larry is founder of HEART and lives in Hilo with his husband of twenty five years, Matthew.

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Charles Bankhead Haines

Artistic Director

Charles Bankhead Haines (Artistic Director) is a lifelong performer and theatre artist. Growing up in Alabama, he was raised within the conservatory program at Red Mountain Theatre Company where he learned from and performed alongside theatrical luminaries such as Jason Robert Brown, Rebecca Luker, Jen Collela, and David Friedman. He then studied Musical Theatre at The Boston Conservatory before moving to Chicago where he began performing in a funk band called whysowhite, with whom he recorded 2 full-length records and toured the mainland United States. In Chicago, he co-created the neo-vaudeville performance art troupe The Haines Sisters with his identical twin brother Davis Haines. Since arriving to Hilo, Charles has performed and recorded an album of original music with The Big Island Banana Band alongside Evan Rock. He has also performed as The Bayfront Buoys, a project in collaboration with Alexander “The Amazing” Knapp. Since meeting Larry Reitzer, they have co-created Songs in the Key of Love and Home for the Hilodays, as well as co-producing Beauty and the Beast, Avenue Q, and Cabaret. When not working in the theatre, he spends his time listening to music, staring into tidepools, and at home with his partner Charlotte and their son Théo.