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  WaterTower Theatre's Corporate Council plays an integral support role for the theatre. Dues directly support our award-winning artistic and education programs, and also help us keep ticket prices low and accessible to all members of the community. It is a great opportunity for your business to build contacts and promote brand image while actively supporting the arts.

Derek Blount, Co-Chair (Sovereign Bank) currently serves as President of the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors.  He joined the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors in 2006 and has served in the roles of Board Treasurer, Co-Chair of The Corporate Council, Board Vice President, and in September 2010 was elected President of the Board of Directors.

Professionally, Derek serves as Area President for Sovereign Bank, a Dallas-based financial institution and past corporate sponsor of WaterTower’s annual fundraising Gala. In his role with the bank, Derek focuses on corporate banking including commercial real estate lending, mergers & acquisitions, equipment financing and working capital loans.

A Texas native, Derek received both his BBA in Finance and his MS in Marketing from Texas A&M University. Derek is an active member of American MENSA, an enthusiastic traveler and an avid runner.  He is married to Bethany Blount and they have a son, Harrison.

Carolyn Beebe, Co-Chair (Frost Bank) graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Finance. She began her banking career in Austin, TX as a commercial lending credit analyst. After 2 years in Austin, she accepted a position in Dallas working as an analyst with Frost Bank. In January 2002, she transitioned to commercial lending for Frost Bank in Addison, serving middle market companies. In March of 2012 she became the Market Leader for the Addison location of Frost Bank.

Carolyn enjoys working in the Addison community and is active in several non-profit organizations, including WaterTower Theatre. Outside of work she enjoys tennis, golf, traveling, and spending time with her nephew, Jack Joseph .

Carolyn enjoys working in the Addison community and is active in several non-profit organizations, including WaterTower Theatre. Outside of work she enjoys tennis, golf, traveling, and spending time with her nephew, Jack Joseph  Carolyn enjoys working in the Addison community and is active in several non-profit organizations, including WaterTower Theatre. Outside ThanTh

Thank you to our members:

Ackley Financial Group
Addison – The Magazine of the North Dallas Corridor

Allied Affiliated Funding
American Bank of Commerce
Atmos Energy

Barbara Elliott Interiors
Creative Financial Professionals
Doug Boster Gourmet Catering

Edward Baumann Clothiers
Fogo de Chao
Frost Bank
Gary Daigle & Associates

Hudson Peters Commercial
Joe's Italian Cafe
Kamco Property Management
Lamb Equine International
Liberty Capital Bank
LPL Financial
Methodist Hospital for Surgery

Million Air Dallas
Pinnacle Family of Companies
PlainsCapital Bank
Post Properties
Preston State Bank
Rainmaker Advertising

Sanford Baumeister & Frazier, CPA
Signature Floors and Interiors
Slalom Consulting
Sovereign Bank

Star Medical
Kelly and Craig
United Surgical Partners 
Viewpoint Bank
Whole Foods Addison


Membership Benefits:

  • Four events (one per quarter) where members may enjoy a VIP reception and a dress rehearsal to a WTT performance or other “inside-look” events at WaterTower
  • All Corporate Council events are open to you and up to 7 employees from your Company who want to benefit from the networking and entertainment potential
  • A pair of opening night tickets to two WaterTower Theatre productions. This includes a members' only pre-show reception and an invitation to the post-show “meet-the-cast” opening night party
  • An opportunity to host one of WTT’s opening night VIP pre-show receptions during one of our performances. This includes four complimentary tickets to the show
  • Prominent recognition of your support in all major WTT promotional materials, including the show programs, website and lobby signage
  • WaterTower hosts more than 30,000 patrons on an annual basis
  • A portion of the membership fee is tax-deductible

Membership Sponsorship Fee: $500 per year.

Other direct membership benefits Include:

  • Brand Awareness: Let the public discover you - we offer a number of name recognition opportunities as part of our Corporate Council program.
  • Entertainment: A great way to thank those loyal clients and hardworking employees. Your membership includes discounts on tickets and the opportunity to host an evening at WaterTower Theatre.
  • Networking: Corporate Council events provide access to a virtual Who's Who of the business communities of Addison and Dallas/Ft. Worth.

In addition to supporting and sustaining the performing arts in North Texas, WaterTower Theatre corporate partnerships are a great way for corporations to be associated with the beauty, artistry and excellence of one of the country's top professional theatre companies.

We invite you to join our Corporate Council today for just $500.

Please call Greg Patterson, Director of Development & Marketing, at 972-450-6227 or email

Click here to see the Corporate Council brochure!


WaterTower Theatre is a 501(c) (3) organization as designated by the IRS and as such contributions are tax-deductible to the extent and manner allowed by law. 

Corporate Council Events

Our Corporate Council members have enjoyed many well known guest speakers from the business world since the group was founded in 2009.  Speakers have included:

James Keyes, Former CEO of Blockbuster and 7-Eleven Stores (pictured)

John Ackley, CEO, Ackley Financial Group

Jason George, CPA- Director of Tax and Managing Partner, Price Kubecka

Anne Motsenbocker, President, JP Morgan Chase

Ron Whitehead, Town of Addison, City Manager

The Honorable Todd Meier, The Mayor of The Town of Addison

Steve Tolin, Flim and Stage Special Effects Artist

The Corporate Council meets several times a year at events that typically include a pre-show reception, a special guest speaker from the world of business, and a dress rehearsal or performance of a play at WaterTower Theatre.

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at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, Texas 75001
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