Joshua S Benson – Executive Director

Josh 2 webJosh Benson is the Executive Director of the Marion Cultural and Civic Center, which provides our relatively rural population the opportunity for cultural experiences common to more urban communities.  He is responsible for all aspects of the operation for the Marion Cultural and Civic Center under the policies, procedures and guidelines as established by the Board of Directors and Marion, Illinois, City Council. Josh provides support for all of the technical functions of the Marion Cultural and Civic Center which include, but are not limited to lighting and sound setup, set strike for performances and also oversees the general daily operations of the Marion Cultural and Civic Center. He also sits on the board of directors for Marion Main Street Association.
Prior to joining the Marion Cultural and Civic Center, Josh worked as a Sales Representative for Pepsi MidAmerica.  He was Manager of Ntux Tuxedo rentals and sales in Carbondale and Manager of the Grand Theater in DuQuoin.


He was a Lighting Designer for Evansville Civic Theater in Evansville Indiana as well as the Lincoln Ampitheater in Lincoln Indiana. He annually works with the Madison Opera of Madison WI on “Opera in The Park” He was the Scenic Designer for “Disney’s High School Musical” at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Belleville, IL, Lighting Designer for “Grease” at Rend Lake College and Scenic/Lighting Designer for “Les Miserable” for Carbondale Community Arts at Shryock Auditorium.  He was a part of the Technical Staff at Shryock Auditorium at SIU Carbondale, where he did lighting design for Swing Dance America and multiple touring ballet companies and House Master Electrician for the groups KISS, Ted Nugent, Matchbox Twenty, Godsmack and Weird Al Yankovic at the SIU Arena. He was also a carpenter/welder for the Mc Summer Playhouse in 1999 and 2000. Prior to that his experience came from doing many scenic and lighting designs for John A. Logan College, Rend Lake College, Southeastern Illinois College, and the Pyramid Players community theater group.

Vincent G. Elliott – Technical Director


209wVincent Elliott is the Technical Coordinator for the Marion Cultural & Civic Center and a recent addition to our staff.  As the Technical Coordinator, Vincent is responsible for the technical aspects of production in the Civic Center such as Scenery, Lighting, Sound, and any thing else required for our guests.

Vincent is most recently comes to us from Murray State University where he was the Technical Director and Sound Designer for the Theatre Department.  Vincent has an MFA in Lighting Design/Technical Direction from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a BFA in Technical Theatre Production from the University of Memphis.

Vincent has executed Lighting and Sound Designs for Presidential News Conferences to outdoor food festivals. Vincent has enjoyed the theatre for many years.





Derek Hamblin – Administrative Assistant


Derek M. Hamblin is the Administrative Assistant with the Marion Cultural and Civic Center, which provides our relatively rural population the opportunity for cultural experiences common to more urban communities. In this role, Derek supports the administrative operations of the Marion Cultural and Civic Center within budgetary limitations and operational guidelines as established by the Board of Directors and according to the City of Marion guidelines and procedures.

He received his B.A. in Vocal Performance from Berea College in Berea, KY and completed his studies for a Master’s in Music(Music Theatre/Opera Performance) at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.  While attending Berea College, Derek served as the student conductor/composer for the Wind/Concert Ensemble, Featured Jazz Soloist(Sax) in the Jazz Ensemble, and was the Desktop Publishing Technician for the music department(FINALE).    After completing his studies at SIUC, Derek remained in the Southern Illinois area working in the performing arts.  He is currently the Director of Music at First Christian Church of Carbondale, and currently has a private studio for Vocal Instruction and Theatre Performing Arts.

Professionally, Derek has performed regionally across the US, Europe, and served as a casting director for Lincoln Amphitheatre during the 2004 and 2005 Southeastern Theater Conference(SETC).  While being in Southern Illinois, he has music directed, directed, and helped produce numerous production within the surrounding communities.  Company Credits:  Jenny Wiley Theatre(Prestonsburg, KY), McCleod Summer Playhouse(SIU), and Lincoln Amphitheatre(Indiana).





JW Eibeck – Maintenance Manager

202wJW is the Maintenance Manager for the Marion Cultural & Civic Center, where he oversees the maintenance of the building and ensures that everything is in order for the performers as well as the patrons before each show.

JW is a Marion native, and has been involved at the Marion Cultural & Civic Center since he was in high school. He performed in Marion High School’s presentation of “Fiddler on the Roof,” one of the first programs in the new facility. He continued to perform on the MCCC stage in school production a with Paradise Alley Players and Artstarts. JW attended Southeastern Illinois College on a Musical Theater scholarship.  While attending SIC, the debate team he was on ranked 3rd in national competitions.

Before working at the Marion Cultural & Civic Center, JW worked at various restaurants and was assistant manager at Kerasotes Center 8 Theater.



Mike Wade – Custodian

204wMike Wade is the custodian for the Marion Cultural and Civic Center.  Mike joined the staff inOctober 2012.  He is excited to be a part of the wonderful atmosphere provided at the Civic Center. He looks forward to being able to assist in creating a welcoming environment and provide help for all the performers and patrons who frequent the Civic Center.


Before joining the staff, Mike earned an Associates of Science degree in Horticulture from Rend Lake College.  In 2008, he earned the Outstanding Horticulture Student of the Year Award.  In August 2012, he was asked by Rend Lake College to return as an instructor for two of the classes offered in their Horticulture program.  Prior to that, Mike was employed for almost 30 years for Maytag as a Quality Assurance Inspector.