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Skip Adkins first encountered the Contemporary America Theater Festival (CATF) at Shepherd in 1993. He was drawn to the concept of new play development and was interested in getting involved. Using his skills from the electrical industry, he began assisting the theater festival in its exploration of increasing the quality of lighting and air conditioning in the intimate Studio Theater. Thanks to Skip, a powerful new generator was installed, turning the Studio Theater into a comfortable theater space. In 1998 Skip joined the CATF Board of Directors. He has chaired the board's facilities committee and continues his pro bono consulting to CATF on facility electrical needs.
Skip is an active member of the local Shepherdstown community and a supporter of many of the local charitable organizations including Friends in Action, the Shepherd University Foundation, and the Scarborough Library. Skip also serves on various committees of the Fabretto Childrens Foundation, an organization that works to assist the impoverished children and their families of Nicaragua.
Born and raised in Lincoln County, West Virginia, Skip has a special love and commitment to the state. Skip has a beautiful home in Shepherdstown overlooking the Potomac River. He has graciously hosted artists in residence, housed interns, and put on special events in support of the festival. He is also a remarkable cook, sharing meals with playwrights, actors, and other CATF workers during the seasons.
Skip continues his service on the CATF board. In 2009 he was named a vice president, working on the theater board's executive committee. As a major contributor to the Shepherd University Create the Future campaign, he also serves on the campaign strategy committee.
Skip is vice president of Natelco Corporation, one of the fastest growing electrical contractors in the greater Washington, D.C., area. Skip has partnered with Somerset Development Corporation on various projects focusing on revitalization of urban communities in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland.