Kit Worthington Foundation for the Arts


Christopher (Kit) Worthington, President

Mr. Worthington is the creator and owner of the Bistro 45, a successful wine bar and icon in McCall, ID.  Through his business, Mr. Worthington has developed many connections within the community and supported the arts at many levels.

The famous annual Seven Devil’s Playwrights Convention would not miss spending hours before and after performances in the Bistro.

Mr. Worthington is well-liked, respected and trusted across every spectrum of the community and is therefore able to successfully elicit both funds and volunteers.  Mr. Worthington is the founder of the Kit Worthington Foundation for the Arts and is passionate about making a difference to young people and arts in the community.

James Clarke (Shorty), Director

Mr. Clarke is an active community member with a wide-range of professional and volunteer experience. His career as a regional sales manager was marked by a strong belief in community service.

He served on the Executive Committee for a multi-million dollar manufacturing company in charge of industry scholarships.

In the local community, he has served as the Chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee, as a member of the McCall Improvement Committee and the McCall Centennial Committee.  He has tutored at the middle school and high school levels and currently is a volunteer tutor at Donnelly Elementary. Mr. Clarke and his wife have three children and eight grandchildren.

Mr. Clarke has coached numerous youth sports and firmly believes in creating opportunities for young people.

Julie Conrad

Julie Conrad is an Idaho Native who grew up spending much of her childhood and early adulthood in McCall at the family cabin, and now calls McCall her permanent year-round home.

Having always had an interest in music and the arts, she has been instrumental in helping to organize as well as secure auction items for the GIG’s annual fundraiser party.

Julie also enjoys finding ways to help promote local businesses and events, and has her own marketing and public relations business in McCall. She has been an active member of the Board for three years, and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Willamette University.

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Jeff Parnett

Born in Woodstock, NY, Jeff Parnett has been involved in music his entire life. He graduated with a B.S. In music from the University of Idaho and has been teaching instrumental music for the past 31 years for the Meadows valley school system.

He also plays music for a local church, gives piano and instrumental lessons, and is the piano player for the “Merchants of Groove ” a McCall based jazz trio.

He and his wife, a cellist, also play for weddings.

Debra K. Staup

Debra Staup (aka Greek Goddess) MA Education, is a retired teacher who spent over 35 years teaching and coaching students of various ages in Boise, Meridian, New Meadows, and McCall, ID.  From her youth to the present, Debra has loved being involved with the arts (thanks to her beloved mother, Dorothy Mousetis) from dancing, singing, musical performances, to community theatre. She integrated her passion for the arts into the many subjects she taught.

Throughout Debra’s tenure, her students participated in her creative writing and reading projects, classroom and school plays, musical programs, along with exploratory drama classes.

Most notably for over 20 years ending in 2009 with her retirement, Debra’s sixth grade students in McCall performed a dynamic and legendary patriotic musical tribute of songs and dances for the veterans at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise as part of their Adopt-A-Vet Program.

Debra Staup is much respected and has received many accolades and awards for her work with students including recognition from The American Legion, The Idaho State Veterans Home, the VFW’s Teacher of the Year, and The Spirit of Freedom Award from Senator Mike Crapo.

Debra is excited to be a part of the Gig where she can continue to help positively impact the many young people in the community interested in the arts.