The Alliance Theatre: A Gift of Love with Adam L. McKnight, December, 2022

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DEC 7–23, 2022
ALLIANCE THEATRE | 1 A GIFT OF LOVE WITH ADAM L. MCKNIGHT FROM THE BOLD ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Between Us ....................... 2 FEATURE The Music, the Village, the Me ...... 4 Adam L. McKnight on music, spirituality, and his journey to the Hertz Stage Story by Ashley Elliott Onstage&Off ..................... 11 Program Notes ................... 13 Your Story, Your Stage ............ 21 Synopsis 22 DEPARTMENTS About the Alliance Theatre 23 Board of Directors 24 Sponsors ........................ 25 Annual Fund 27 Alliance Theatre Staff ............. 31 Page 4 Page 21

Around the time humans started dipping their fingers in ochre and telling stories on cave walls, a group of shamans forged flutes from bone and drums from animal skin. Those shamans were, by definition, healers, and the sounds they made with their flutes and drums were part of the therapeutic benefits they offered to their fellow early men. Many thousands of years later, after World War I, musicians followed in the shamans’ footsteps by performing for wounded soldiers in military hospitals. Music was seen as a valuable path out of the darkness. A century later, that conviction still holds.

Music as healer. As peacemaker. As the sonic mapping of our past journeys and the hopeful anthem for what is ahead. And something happens when we give over to the feeling, the rolling current of emotions a song can evoke, especially up close and personal.

Sidebar: I came late to the game of appreciating and following Tiny Desk Concerts — a video series of live concerts that feel impromptu where musicians gather around a desk to perform intimate arrangements of their work. The vibe is private and playful. It’s unpretentious and reveals what I can only imagine is the soul of an artist who would be performing no matter if they hit it big or not. Because they must. Because music isn’t their choice, it’s their calling. They can no more resist it than will themselves to stop breathing.

Well, tonight you are going to be up close and personal with such an artist — a prolific entertainer with stories that sweep the globe but is decidedly homegrown. Atlanta’s own Adam L. McKnight delivers a powerful message: When we choose love and raise our voice to unite a community, surely peace and joy will conquer hate and strife. And I believe him. McKnight draws inspiration from gospel-style compositions just as effortlessly as he evokes rhythmic-pop celebration in this evening of eclectic musical storytelling.

And while the stories are uniquely Adam’s, the journey is all ours. It is a journey that reminds you to hold onto the good and let go of the bad. A journey that promises redemption before we ever asked. It is a journey of Love. And what a gift it is.

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The Music. The Village. The Me. These are moments in Adam L. McKnight’s show that he believes comprise who he is as a vocalist, songwriter, and musician.

“Actually, [it] was Patdro [Harris]’s idea to present three aspects of my life and career,” says McKnight. “The Music is just a presentation of what I would describe as my versatility as a vocalist and songwriter. It includes music I’ve performed throughout my career by artists I’ve admired. The Village is a segment that signifies my years of collaborations with different artists and groups.” | @alliancetheatre | programfeature 4
Adam L. McKnight on music, spirituality, and his journey to the Hertz Stage

“Actually, [it] was Patdro [Harris]’s idea to present three aspects of my life and career,” says McKnight. “The Music is just a presentation of what I would describe as my versatility as a vocalist and songwriter. It includes music I’ve performed throughout my career by artists I’ve admired. The Village is a segment that signifies my years of collaborations with different artists and groups.”

Community — or the Village he speaks of is important to McKnight because he believes that there isn’t an obstacle that can’t be overcome when people band together to accomplish it for the benefit of all. “I believe that to achieve any goal, no person stands alone. Just like this show, it takes a group or village to get it done!”

When asked to expound on “The Me,” Adam became more introspective, reflecting on his childhood. “Like most young black kids growing up in the South in the 1960s, my music started with singing in the church.” Adam sang in various choirs at church before he was enrolled in schools that had previously been segregated and finally had the opportunity to take music classes.

At school, he learned to play the trumpet, joining marching bands in high school and a performance band comprised of trumpet players. Despite excelling at the trumpet, it was there that he discovered that singing was his true calling.

After his first year of college, he transferred to Tuskegee University on a choir scholarship, where he learned by listening to other accomplished vocalists. “Singing spirituals in the choir there helped me to connect more with my emotions,” he says, “which I can say solidified the base of my musical journey.”

Spirituality has always been important to McKnight. “It’s what makes me who I am,” he says. “What I always want to do is create honest, positive, and inspiring music to hopefully uplift someone’s life or day.” His faith has given him the strength to touch the world through his music, from touring with Elton John, recording with Whoopi Goldberg, performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show with the Children’s Choir and Maroon 5, and serving as the Associate Artistic Director of Ballethnic.

He’s embraced the fact that music is his life and what he’s meant to do.

This is an opportunity to share all of who I am and what I do.
Adam L. McKnight
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“My mother always said to me, ‘Baby, you can be whoever you want to be,’ and she believed this by faith. From the moment I stepped out in faith, there have been no regrets. Music has been a power in my life because I’ve been able to survive doing what I’ve been gifted the ability to do.”

Adam has had many exciting opportunities to share his own music, including three albums of original music, songs for various commercials, a special composition and performance for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and, most recently, two songs with his gospel choir, Voice of Atlanta, for the recently released MGM/Orion film Till.

McKnight says that his writing process varies, with ideas presenting themselves to him while he is driving, cleaning, or watching a TV show. At times, the music and lyrics don’t flow as freely, especially if events happening in his life prevent creative flow, but Adam doesn’t believe in pushing it. “I jot the ideas down and when I’m able to get away to the mountains or the beach with me, God, and nature, I look at those ideas, find a beat, and let the creative process take me wherever it goes.”

McKnight thinks that the music is the easiest part of the show’s creative process but says that, overall, the creation of the show itself has been great due to the show’s creative team, including Co-Producers Amanda Watkins and Kay Nilest, who “have been completely supportive and helpful in guiding me through certain adaptable areas that [he’s] not necessarily accustomed to.” He also thanks Director Patdro Harris and Music Director William Green, as they were with him at the start of his professional career.

“My difficulty,” McKnight says, “is that I have years of stories that have helped me sustain my life as a musician and the day-to-day trials endured to get here. To refine that down to some key areas that portray who I am is the biggest task.”

Despite the challenge to pare his stories down into a 75-minute show, McKnight is thrilled to share his music with audiences who may have only seen him in specific environments that are limited to one aspect of him as a musician, such as gospel music, at nightclub shows, or periodic theatrical performances.

“The most exciting and impactful aspect [of this show],” he says, “is the opportunity to share my voice, my music, and my heart with those who don’t know me. This is an opportunity to share all of who I am and what I do.” | 9


If you type “My Favorite Things” into Google, the first thing that comes up is a video from The Sound of Music. Maria sits on a bed surrounded by the Von Trapp children who have been driven to her side by a raging storm. She soothes them by singing about “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens/bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,” and other things that bring her happiness when she’s feeling down. This scene does more than cement the song as a classic, it demonstrates the power of music and community to provide comfort in hard times.

Although “My Favorite Things” is not explicitly a holiday song, it is featured on many holiday playlists and concerts. The holidays can be a difficult time of the year. When the days become shorter, darker, and colder, it is common to experience heightened feelings of despair or isolation. According to American Family Physician, one in twenty Americans experience Seasonal Affective Disorder, or a “combination of biologic and mood disturbances” during the autumn and winter months1. Combine this with the fact that the holiday season can be a time of loneliness or discomfort, and we have a troubling situation.

For this reason, many people lean on traditions around the holidays. People cook their favorite meals, put up annual decorations, and listen to familiar music because they unlock deep memories of warmth and joy. The act of sharing such traditions with loved ones further alleviates feelings of seasonal isolation.

Songs like “My Favorite Things” are classics not just because of their catchy tunes or nostalgia, but because they light a path through dark times. This message of celebrating that which we love has led many artists to recreate the classic. In fact, if you continue down the Google results, you’ll discover dozens of covers of the song. There is the 1965 version by The Supremes, the 2003 instrumental hip hop cover by the Atlanta group OutKast, the 2017 metal version by Victoria K, and even the performance by Adam L. McKnight today.

This song is a testament to how powerful gratitude for the good things in life can be in overcoming the bad. In the words of the song, “When the dog bites/when the bee stings/when I’m feeling sad/I simply remember my favorite things/and then I don’t feel so bad.”

1 STUART L. KURLANSIK, P. A. (2012). Seasonal Affective Disorder. American Family Physician, 1037-1041.

Not all holiday blues can be cured with your favorite song. If you are experiencing severe mental health concerns, such as depression, seek the care and advice of a trained professional. For access to services and immediate crisis help, call the Georgia Crisis & Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225, available 24/7.

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DIRECTED BY PATDRO HARRIS This production is supported in part by the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle.
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KARAN KENDRICK Guest Artist (Dec 7 — Dec 10)

MYRA WALKER Guest Artist (Dec 13 — Dec 18) MARIA HOWELL Guest Artist (Dec 21 — Dec 23)


WILLIAM GREEN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Music Director/Conductor/Keyboard

JIMMIE HOWELL, JR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Drummer DAVID SCHROEDER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bass Player


SAMANTHA HONEYCUTT Production Coordinator BARBARA O’HALEY Production Assistant (Nov 15 — Nov 26) BONNIE DEVON SMITH Production Assistant (Nov 26 — Dec 23)


AMANDA WATKINS Co-Line Producer KAY NILEST Co-Line Producer JEREMIAH L. DAVISON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Associate Sound Designer MULTIBAND STUDIOS, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Associate Sound Designer ASSATA AMENKEECHI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Casting Assistance HAYLEE SCOTT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . COVID Coordinator



SPECIAL THANKS Myra Walker | @alliancetheatre | encore 14
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The Alliance Theatre operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, an independent national labor union. The Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, and is a member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young Audiences (ASSITEJ/USA), The Atlanta Coalition of Theatres, the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Midtown Alliance.

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This production is approximately seventy-five minutes long and has no intermission. | 15
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ADAM L. MCKNIGHT (Himself) Performing all styles of music, from R&B to Gospel, Pop and even Opera, Adam amazes and astounds audiences with his natural ability to sing. Adam has settled in comfortably as not just a singer, but also an entertainer, putting his heart and soul into every song he sings and enjoying the experience. He and his gospel choir, Voice of Atlanta, were recently selected to record two songs and appear in the upcoming MGM/Orion movie, Till. The legendary Whoopi Goldberg is executive producer and stars as Emmett Till’s grandmother, in this long-awaited film, shot here in Atlanta. As a testament to Adam’s musical ability and vocal talents, he had the extreme pleasure of arranging background vocals & recording with the legendary Sir Elton John, on music for the Broadway musical Lestat, and for his critically acclaimed CD, “Peachtree Road.” In addition, Adam, along with members of Voice of Atlanta, completed a yearlong tour with Sir Elton nationally and internationally, including performances at Madison Square Garden for Katrina victims’ relief, and Live 8 in London. An additional milestone in Adam’s career was his appearance with Voice of Atlanta in the 2019 Super Bowl half-time show with Maroon 5. Today, Adam continues to arrange music to inspire and entertain audiences across the spectrum.

DESIRÉ GASTON (Backup Singer) [she/ her] is thrilled to join the cast of Gift of Love at the Alliance Theatre! Favorite credits include Whitney Houston in Whitney: A Moment in Time (NSU Theatre Co.), Darlene in The Color Purple (ASU Theatre), and Elle in The Forbidden Tour (International tour with Todrick Hall). She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from Alabama State University. Desiré is excited to have her Alliance Theatre debut this season, and would love to thank her friends and family for always supporting her!

COLE HANSBERRY (Backup Singer) is a native of Washington, DC and makes his Alliance Theatre debut in A Gift of Love with Adam L. McKnight Cole’s musical theater career began very early performing throughout the country and on practically every major DC stage, and opening for artist such as Melba Moore, Gladys Knight, and Al Green, all before he entered high school. As a young adult he sang under the choir direction of gospel legend Richard Smallwood. Most recently Cole has garnered attention for his social media content from supporters and notables through various social media and internet platforms.

KARAN KENDRICK (Guest Artist, December 7-10) Hailed for her powerfully nuanced portrayal of Minnie McMillian in the blockbuster Just Mercy, Karan Kendrick is among the artistic elite. Credits range from The Hunger Games (LionsGate), Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox) and dramas like The Hate U Give (20th Century Fox), to Television like “All American: Homecoming” and “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) and Regional Theatre (Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Goodman Theatre, Alliance Theatre). Recent credits include Laura Steinel’s 2019 feature comedy Fam-i-l-y (Naegle Ink), season four of CW’s “The Originals,” and “Greenleaf” on OWN. In addition to her work as an actor, Karan has served tirelessly for the past decade to provide students with an opportunity to build character, discipline, and an eternal passion for the arts. As Co-Founder of The Kendrick Academy in 2010, Karan taught students drama, dance and music while simultaneously pursuing her acting career. Expanding from her hometown of Fort Valley, GA, The Kendrick Academy is now a fullyvirtual academy offering weekly online classes in Acting and Screenwriting to students across the country. | @alliancetheatre | encore 16

MYRA WALKER (Guest Artist, December 13-18) is elated to join the cast of Gift of Love with Adam L. McKnight. She is a musician and producer whose work can be found in motion pictures, television, soundtracks, and live performances. A few of her credits include the motion pictures The Hate U Give (Fox), Madea’s Witness Protection (Tyler Perry Studios), “Ozark” (Netflix), “Genius: Aretha” (National Geographic Television), and, most recently, The Devil Wears Prada (the musical by Sir Elton John). Myra is grateful for the continued support of family and friends. Find her on social media: @iammyrawalker.

MARIA HOWELL (Guest Artist, December 21-23) began her career as an actor in 1985, as the choir soloist, in the iconic Oscar-nominated movie The Color Purple She has appeared in hit TV shows such as “Army Wives” and “Devious Maids” (Lifetime), “Revolution” (NBC), “Criminal Minds” (CBS), “Saints & Sinners” and “Sacrifice” (BET), “The Resident” (FOX). Additional film credits include Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Hidden Figures. She also stars alongside famed actor/singer Keith David in the award-winning short film Bewildered and on the new Hallmark Mahogany movie To Her, With Love As a song stylist in her own right, Maria has shared the musical stage with such legendary artists as Ronnie Laws, George Benson, Ray Charles, Earl Klugh, and Miss Nancy Wilson. As a voiceover artist, Maria lends her voice to numerous TV and radio commercials, video games, audiobook and documentary narrations, as well as animation, most notably as a recurring character on Ellen Degeneres’ “Little Ellen” on HBO Max. She serves on the Advisory Board of SWM (, BOD for Tosco Music (, and also serves as a member of the faculty at Davidson Day School, teaching middle school chorus. Facebook: MariaHowellFanPage Instagram & Twitter: @MariaSingsActs

PATDRO HARRIS (Director) is an award-winning director, Broadway choreographer, and writer. At the Alliance: Ananse, the African Spider-Man, The Boys from Syracuse, and Seven Guitars. He was the choreographer for Stevie Wonder’s world tour. He has worked in film, television, and historical documentaries. Patdro holds to his credit the top theater award in Atlanta, “The Suzi Bass Award,” for the third time.

KAT CONLEY (Scenic Design) is ecstatic to return to the Alliance. She has designed more than 30 Alliance productions, including Courtenay’s Cabaret, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Wizard of Oz. Kat has designed scenery for Arena Stage, Orlando Shakespeare, the Kennedy Center, Georgia Shakespeare, Marin Theatre Company, Actor’s Express, The Atlanta Ballet, The Center for Puppetry Arts, 7 Stages, Theatrical Outfit, Synchronicity Theatre, Theatre in the Square, and Aurora Theatre. She continues to be the Charge Scenic Artist for the Alliance Theatre. Whether dramatically challenging, visionary, or escapist, all theater and art is important; thank you for supporting it in our community.

JASMINE WILLIAMS (Lighting Design) is an Atlanta-based Artist and Lighting Designer for theater, music, dance, opera, and immersive experiences. After a significant time spent as a Stage Manager, Jasmine transitioned to Lighting and Costume Design. As a Lighting Designer, Jasmine has worked with Flint Repertory Theater, Passage Theater, No Dream Deferred’s debut production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s In The Red and Brown Water and Tulane University’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has also worked with the New Orleans Ballet Association, The Nola Project, and Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane. She received her Design MFA from Tulane University in 2020, and her BA from Albany State University in 2016. Jasmine continues to collaborate with theaters, companies, directors, choreographers, and visual artists across New Orleans, and plans | 17

to build a new network in Atlanta. Jasmine appreciates her mentorship with John ”Ray” Proctor and Kathy Perkins and would like to thank her family, mentors, and friends, for their love, patience, and support.

HIDENORI NAKAJO (Sound Design) [he/him] is a New York-based sound designer, mixer and engineer. Design: Dodi & Diana (Colt Coeur), OCTET by Dave Malloy (Berkeley Rep), Other World (Delaware Theater Company), Hold These Truths (People’s Light), Autumn Royal (Irish Rep, Drama Desk nom.), Moby Dick (A.R.T., Elliot Norton Award), Guys & Dolls (Guthrie Theatre), OCTET by Dave Malloy (Signature NYC, Obie Award Special Citation, Drama Desk nom., Lucille Lortel nom., and Henry Hewes Design Awards nom). Associate design: The Kite Runner (Broadway), The Front Page (Broadway), Darlin’ Cory (Alliance Theatre), Benny & Joon (Old Globe). Other Broadway assistant design: The Lightning Thief, Be More Chill, Allegiance, and Gigi. His career expanded as a translator/ coordinator for visiting Japanese theatre companies, such as One Green Bottle by Noda Map (La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club), and several other productions for the Lincoln Center Festival 201517. UPCOMING: mɔːnɪŋ by Gelsey Bell (HERE Arts Center, NYC).

WILLIAM GREEN (Music Director/ Orchestrations/Arrangements) is an extraordinary musical artist that captures and expresses the sentiments of a generation. He is continuously expanding his horizons to make an impact on society by creating a union between music and life. Through his music, he has allowed different genres of contemporary jazz, rhythm and blues, pop and gospel to integrate into a new and unique form. In 2018, in celebration of 40 years in the music industry and a ‘thank you’ to his fans and newcomers, the legendary jazz icon recently held a special 40th anniversary celebration at City Winery Atlanta and performed before a soldout crowd. A full-time musician,

composer, songwriter and producer, Green is passionate about his piano, and he puts his heart and soul into his performances. He delivers funky, upbeat, soulful and contemporary jazz sounds, and exudes unforgettable stage appeal and showmanship. He possesses one of those rare, “instant classic” voices – forceful, yet gentle. Green’s music is beautiful, lyrically refreshing, vocally and melodically unique, timeless, rich and jazzy. His four albums, possessed an exceptionally well-composed body of original songs, written and produced by Green. He released his fourth album on July 11, 2018 and is currently working on his fifth album and will release it in early 2020. “I pride myself on creating timeless music that can be shared with the world for a lifetime,” says Green. “It’s important to me to create timeless music because of recognizing the lack of musical integrity that now exists in the music industry.” He has written and produced for numerous artists. Green has showcased his charismatic charm and keyboard mastery with audiences around the world (Japan, Europe, Africa), while performing nationally with acclaimed artists such as Boney James, Tom Brown, Earl Klugh, Roy Ayers, Mindi Abair, Peabo Bryson, Cameo, Valerie Simpson, Kenny Lattimore, Melba Moore, Jennifer Holiday, Jean Carne, the sons of Otis Redding (military tour), BB King All-Star Band, and Curtis Mayfield. He also had the privilege of appearing with Susan Tedeschi and as the opening act for the Rolling Stones, Spyro Gyra, and The Yellow Jackets. Green was selected as one of the performing artists at the 2010 Atlanta Jazz Festival. In addition, he was co-host of the 2010 Atlanta Jazz Festival Session.

JODY FELDMAN (Producer/Casting Director) began her theater career as an actress in Atlanta before moving into administration as the Assistant General Manager at Frank Wittow’s Academy Theatre. It was at the Academy that Jody realized the importance of theatre to a city’s cultural values and identity. Feldman started her career at the | @alliancetheatre
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Alliance as casting director in 1991 and added producer to her title and responsibilities in 2001. She has cast and produced more than 250 productions at the Alliance, encompassing a range of world premieres that include The Last Night of Ballyhoo by Alfred Urey, Blues for An Alabama Sky by Pearl Cleage, The Geller Girls by Janece Shaffer, In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney, more than 20 years of Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition-winning plays, such world and regional premiere musicals as Aida; The Color Purple; Sister Act: The Musical; Bring It On: The Musical; Tuck Everlasting; Ghost Brothers of Darkland County; Harmony, A New Musical; The Prom; Trading Places, and finally exciting new plays developed specifically for children and families, which is integral to the expansion of audience and mission for the Alliance. Jody is most proud of the thriving Alliance community engagement and partnerships that recognize theatrical work as a catalyst for civic conversation and connection.

SAMANTHA HONEYCUTT (Production Coordinator) studied Stage Management at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before beginning her career working across the country. Her credits include: Year of the Rooster, When January Feels like Summer, and Five Times in One Night (Ensemble Studio Theater). Legally Blonde; Hello, Dolly!; My Fair Lady; and Music Man (Cape Playhouse). Frankenstein, Hairspray, Penny Candy, American Mariachi, and Supreme Leader (Dallas Theater Center), Angry, Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous (Hartford Stage), and Trading Places and Everybody (Alliance Theatre).

TINASHE KAJESE-BOLDEN (BOLD Associate Artistic Director) is the BOLD Associate Artistic Director at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Tinashe is a Princess Grace Award 2019 Winner for Directing, and Map Fund Award recipient to develop her devised new work All Smiles centering the experience of children on the Autism Spectrum.

Most recently, she was Co-Director with Susan V. Booth for Everybody. Tinashe held a salaried creative and Director’s Shadow position during the pre-production, pilot and 2nd episode development of the TV Series “Our Kind of People” (Fox Studios) under Lee Daniel’s production company and was Director Shadow on the season finale of “BMF.” Select directing productions include Toni Stone (co-production Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Alliance Theatre), School Girls, Or the African Mean Girls Play (Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre), Ghost (Alliance Theatre), Native Gardens (Virginia Stage Company), Pipeline (Horizon Theater), Nick’s Flamingo Grill (World Premiere at the Alliance Theatre, Hertz Stage), Eclipsed (Synchronicity Theatre, Best Director Suzi Bass Award). Upcoming projects: The Many Wondrous Realities of Jasmine Starr-Kidd (2022/23 Alliance/ Kendeda National Playwriting Competition Winner/World Premiere Alliance Theatre). As a director and actor, she has worked on + off Broadway, including The Imperial Theatre, Primary Stages, 59E59 Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem; and regionally at Yale Rep, Woolly Mammoth Theater Co, Cincinnati Playhouse, The Geva Theatre, CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, among others, as well as recurring roles on TV/Film (Suicide Squad 2, Marvel’s “Hawkeye,” CW’s “Valor,” “Dynasty,” HBO’s “Henrietta Lacks,” Ava Duverney’s “Cherish the Day,” among others.) She proudly serves on the ARTS-ATL Artist Advisory Council. “My mission is the pursuit of what connects our different communities and how we create art that serves that.”

CHRISTOPHER MOSES (Dan Reardon Director of Education & Associate Artistic Director) has been working in professional theatre for 20 years. In January of 2011, Chris took on the position of Director of Education at the Alliance Theatre, overseeing the Alliance Theatre Institute (twice recognized as an Arts Model by the Federal Department of Education), Theatre for Youth & Families, and the Acting Program. Since taking over this position, | 19

Chris has expanded the reach and impact by making the Alliance Theatre Education department a vital resource for advancing the civic agenda of Atlanta. This work is accomplished through deep and sustained partnerships with social service organizations throughout the city. Under his leadership, the Alliance launched its Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young program, which provides fully interactive professional theater experiences for children of all abilities from ages newborn through 5 years old, the Alliance Teen Ensemble, which performs world premiere plays commissioned for and about teens, and Alliance@ work, a professional development program designed for the business sector — the latest offering of which uses theatre practice to create a culture of civility in the workplace. In 2014, Chris added the title Associate Artistic Director, and has continued to expand the Alliance’s education offerings. During his tenure in this position, the Alliance has produced over a dozen world premiere plays for young audiences, including Pancakes, Pancakes by Ken Lin, The Dancing Granny by Jireh Breon Holder, Max Makes a Million by Liz Diamond, and The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Madhuri Shekar. Currently, the Alliance serves over 100,000 students pre-k — 12 each season, as well as over 4,000 adults through its extensive education offerings.

MIKE SCHLEIFER (Managing Director) joined the Alliance Theatre in 2014 as the General Manager and in 2016, assumed the role of Managing Director. During his time at the Alliance, Mike has led the administrative and producing team on over 100 productions including bringing Tuck Everlasting and The Prom to Broadway. He was one of the architects of the “On the Road” season while a multi-million dollar renovation of the Coca-Cola Stage was underway. Mike is excited to have started the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee at the

Alliance and to serve on the board of the League of Resident Theatres and True Colors Theatre Company. Prior to Atlanta, he spent 13 years at Baltimore’s Center Stage working in several roles including Associate Producer, Production Manager and Resident Stage Manager. While in Baltimore, Mike was an adjunct faculty member at Towson University and has guest lectured all over the country. Mike began as a Stage Manager and has dozens of stage management credits between his time in New York and working regionally. Mike is married to theater director and educator Laura Hackman and the proud father of two boys, Jack and Ben. | @alliancetheatre
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Spend an evening with acclaimed musician Adam L. McKnight on a musical journey through uplifting original songs, R&B classics, and holiday favorites. Drawing from his experiences as a back-up vocalist and studio musician for the likes of Elton John, CeeLo Green, Train, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Diana Ross, Gloria Estefan, Bonnie Raitt, Zac Brown Band, and many more, Adam is an entertainer and storyteller who puts his heart and soul into every song he performs. From R&B to Gospel to Pop, Adam will delight audiences with a selection of hits for all musical tastes.


Connect with us and other audience members on your Alliance experience. Share your comments and photos on Facebook , Instagram , and Twitter with hashtags #GiftOfLove and #AllianceTheatre. Plus, search your social media platforms with those hashtags for fun, behind-the-scenes content from our cast, crew, and creative team. alliancetheatre alliancetheatre alliancetheatre alliancetheatre

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Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre is the leading producing theatre in the Southeast, reaching more than 165,000 patrons annually. The Alliance is a recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award® for sustained excellence in programming, education, and community engagement. In January 2019, the Alliance opened its new, state-of-the-art performance space, The Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre. Known for its high artistic standards and national role in creating significant theatrical works, the Alliance has premiered more than 116 productions including nine that have transferred to Broadway. The Alliance education department reaches 90,000 students annually through performances, classes, camps, and in-school initiatives designed to support teachers and enhance student learning. The Alliance Theatre values community, curiosity, collaboration, and excellence, and is dedicated to representing Atlanta’s diverse community with the stories we tell, the artists, staff, and leadership we employ, and audiences we serve.


To expand hearts and minds onstage and off.


Making Atlanta more connected, curious, and compassionate through theatre and arts education.


In the sincerest efforts to gain further understanding of the history that has brought us to reside on this land and to accept the knowledge that colonialism is a current and ongoing process under which we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation, we hereby acknowledge this native land of the Muscogee Creek Nation.

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Jocelyn J. Hunter

Immediate Past Chair

Lila Hertz


E. Kendrick Smith


LeighAnn Costley Ex-Officio Hala Moddelmog



Rita Anderson

Ken Bernhardt

Frank Chew

Ann Cramer

Linda Davidson

Laura Hardman

Hays Mershon

Richard S. Myrick

Helen Smith Price

Helen Regenstein

Bob Reiser Jane Shivers Ben White


Kristin Adams

James Anderson

Kim Ajy

Farideh Azadi

Alba Baylin

Kenny Blank

Brittany Boals Moeller

Terri Bonoff

Jennifer Boutté

Jeffrey Cashdan

Jane Jordan Casavant

Steve Chaddick

Madeline Chadwick

Miles Cook

LeighAnn Costley

Joe Crowley

Alison Danaceau

Fred Ehlers

Reade Fahs

Howard Feinsand

Rick Goerss

Latonda Henderson

Lila Hertz

Jocelyn Hunter

Malvika Jhangiani

Anne Kaiser

John Keller

Andjela Kessler^

Jim Kilberg

Jesse Killings

Mary Jane Kirkpatrick

Carrie Kurlander

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy

Robert Masucci

Jean Ann McCarthy

Alan McKeon

Dori Miller

Hala Moddelmog^

Phil Moïse

Allison O’Kelly

Vicki Palefsky

Paul Pendergrass

Jamal Powell Ali Rahimi

Asif Ramji Patty Reid

Margaret Reiser

Matt Richburg Robyn Roberts

Maurice Rosenbaum

Kerri Sauer

Steve Selig Mital Shah

Bill Sleeper Bronson Smith

E. Kendrick Smith

Charlita Stephens

Chandra Stephens-Albright Mark Swinton

Julie Teer

Rosemarie Thurston

Dana Weeks Ugwonali Benny Varzi

Roxanne Varzi

Rebekah Wasserman

Glenn Weiss

Cynthia Widner Wall

Todd Zeldin


Advisory Board Co-Chair

Laura Hardman

Advisory Board Co-Chair Phil H. Moïse

Joe Alterman

Luis Andino

Jonathan Arogeti Kelli Bennett

Johanna Brookner

Merry Hunter Caudle

Elizabeth Wiggs Cooper Candice Dixon

Malaika Dowdell

Anjali Enjeti Everett Flanigan

Mary Beth Flournoy

Les Flynn

Jennifer Foster

Natalia Garzón Martínez

Lula Gilliam Lydia Glaize Meghan Gordon Tevin Goss

Dr. Eve Graves, Ph.D. Shauna Grovell Della Guidry Elizabeth Hollister Zenith Houston Mallika Kallingal Debby Kelly Joyce Lewis Indira Londono Theo Lowe Carlton Mackey Nelly Mauta Monica McLary Jamie McQuilkin Nishant Mehta Juan Meija Caroline Moore

Laura Murvartian

Victoria Necessary Zach Nikonovich Kahn

Amy Norton King

Kathy Palumbo Aixa Pascual Kisan Patel

Marion Phillips Shirley Powell Nancy Prager Alexis Rainey Kristin Ray Daniel Regenstein

Kirk Rich Ryan Roemerman

Fred Roselli

Wendy Schmitt Dr. Shenara Sexton Beverly Brown Shaw Dan Silverboard Maria Storts

Ronald Tomajko Kathy Tomajko Robin Triplett Emily Washburn Angie Weiss Stuart Wilkinson


President, STARS

Andjela Kessler Chairman, Theater Advocates

Judy Feldstein

Susan Stiefel

Chairman, Theater Educators

Myra Medlin Faye Windham

Chairman, Theater Ushers Edwina Sellan

Chairman, Hospitality Susan Stiefel | @alliancetheatre |


Alliance Sponsors are businesses, corporations, and institutions that have supported the work of the Alliance Theatre. We thank them for their generosity and support.


Lettie Pate Evans Foundation

Robert W. Woodruff Foundation


AT&T Foundation

Chick-fil-A Foundation | Rhonda & Dan Cathy The Coca-Cola Company

Georgia Power Helen Gurley Brown Foundation




Delta Air Lines, Inc. The Home Depot Foundation Invesco QQQ

John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Fund Kendeda Fund Norfolk Southern PNC Rich Foundation Shubert Foundation Zeist Foundation


Bank of America Edgerton Foundation Google

Molly Blank Fund of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

National Vision R. Howard Dobbs, Jr Foundation Theatre Forward


Alston & Bird

City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs

Fulton County Board of Commissioners

Georgia Council for the Arts

Georgia Natural Gas

The Imlay Foundation, Inc. National Endowment for the Arts

Newell Brands Rotary Education Foundation of Atlanta SCANA Energy Southwire

$10,000+ AEC Trust

Charles Loridans Foundation

Do a Good Day Foundation

Frances Wood Wilson Foundation

George M. Brown Trust of Atlanta

Georgia-Pacific Gulfstream John & Mary Franklin Foundation

Johnny Mercer Foundation Macy’s

Northern Trust Peach State Health Plan South Arts

Thalia & Michael C. Carlos Foundation

$5,000+ Anonymous Camp Younts Foundation Osiason Educational Foundation

Publix Super Market Charities

By attending our theater, you have made a powerful statement about how important the arts are to you. Make another statement of support louder than any standing ovation. Visit and click on Donate.

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Official Hotel Official Research Partner

Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners


This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agencythe National Endowment for the Arts.

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Individual, foundation, and corporate donors contribute more than $10 million to the Alliance Theatre so that we are able to present exceptional theater and educational programming to our community. We are deeply grateful for your support. To find out more about the benefits of giving or to make your gift, visit us at or call 404-733-5157.

Listed below are pledges and gifts to the Alliance Theatre Annual Fund from June 1, 2021 — November 16, 2022.


Spotlight $100,000+

The SKK Foundation

Spotlight $50,000+

Starr Moore & the James Starr Moore Memorial Foundation

Artistic Director’s Circle $35,000+

The Antinori Foundation

Barbara & Steve Chaddick Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Ivester

Chairman’s Circle $25,000+

Anonymous Around the Table Foundation

Ken Bernhardt & Cynthia Currence

Ms. Stephanie Blank & Mr. David Williams Roxanne and Jeffrey Cashdan

Ann & Jeff Cramer

Katie & Reade Fahs

David & Carolyn Gould Jocelyn J. Hunter

Mr. Wayne S. Hyatt

Anne & Mark Kaiser

The Naserian Foundation

William & Margarita Sleeper

Rosemarie & David Thurston

Benny & Roxanne Varzi

Leadership Circle $15,000+

Farideh & Al Azadi Foundation

Susan Booth & Max Leventhal

Jane Jordan Casavant Ms. Alison Danaceau & Mr. Tim McKinley

Mr. Fredric M. Ehlers & Mr. David Lile

Ellen & Howard Feinsand Heidi & David Geller

Doris & Matthew Geller

John C. Keller

Jesse Killings

David & Mary Jane Kirkpatrick

Brian & Carrie Kurlander

Jane & J. Hicks Lanier

Daniel Marks & Keri Powell

Mr. & Mrs. Barry McCarthy

Phil & Caroline Moïse

Allison & Shane O’Kelly

Victoria & Howard Palefsky Mr. & Mrs. Asif Ramji

Patty & Doug Reid Bob & Margaret Reiser

Patricia & Maurice Rosenbaum

Linda & Steve Selig Dean DuBose & Bronson Smith

Mr. & Mrs. E. Kendrick Smith Dr. & Mrs. Dennis Lee Spangler

Tim & Maria Tassopoulos Mr. & Mrs. Art Waldrop Amy & Todd Zeldin

Director’s Circle $10,000+

Ms. Kristin Adams James Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Asher

The Balloun Family

Deborah L. Bannworth & Joy Lynn Fields Alba C. Baylin

Terri Bonoff and Matthew Knopf

Brian & Jennifer Boutté Judge JoAnn Bowens

Laura Brightwell

Martha & Toby Brooks Ezra Cohen Charitable Fund Miles and Nicole Cook

LeighAnn & Chad Costley

Madeline Chadwick

Ann & Jim Curry

Linda & Gene Davidson Marsha & Richard Goerss

Doug & Lila Hertz

Malvika Jhangiani

In honor of Carol Jones

Mr. & Mrs. David E. Kiefer

James & Lori Kilberg

Dr. & Mrs. John Lee

Kristie L. Madara

Ms. Evelyn Ashley & Mr. Alan B. McKeon Dori & Jack Miller

Mr. & Mrs. Angus Morrison Paul Pendergrass & Margaret Baldwin Jamal & Tiffany Powell Wade Rakes & Nicholas Miller

Mr. & Mrs. Sean Reardon Matt Richburg Robyn Roberts & Kevin Greiner

Mr. George Russell, Jr. & Mrs. Faye Sampson-Russell Ms. Mital Shah

Carol & Ramon Tomé Family Fund

Dana & Obi Ugwonali Mark & Rebekah Wasserman Waffle House Suzy Wilner




Mr. & Mrs. George Ajy

Lisa & Joe Bankoff Mrs. Juanita Baranco

Mr. & Mrs. Roland L. Bates

Natalie & Matthew Bernstein Lucinda W. Bunnen*

Mr. & Mrs. W. Kent Canipe | @alliancetheatre
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Franklin & Dorothy Chandler

Joe Crowley & Phil Mack

Diane Durgin

Eve Joy Eckardt

The Robert S. Elster Foundation

Kathy & Jason Evans

Dr. Cynthia J. Fordyce & Sharon Hulette

Karen & Andrew Ghertner

Dr. & Mrs. Marvin Goldstein

Tad & Janin Hutcheson

Boland & Andrea Lea Jones

Mr. Charles R. Kowal

Melanie & S. Alan McKnight, Jr. Burrelle Meeks

Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Metzger

Hala & Steve Moddelmog

Steve & Tonya Paro

Sam & Barbara Pettway

Mr. & Mrs. Norman J. Radow

Ms. Kristin L. Ray

Jane & Rein Saral

Sharon & David Schachter Sam Schwartz & Lynn Goldowski

Lynne & Steve Steindel

Charlita Stephens & Delores Stephens

Chandra Stephens-Albright & Warren Albright Maria-Ruth Storts

Chuck & Lisa Cannon-Taylor Kathy & Ron Tomajko Ramona & Ben White


Dr. & Mrs. Raymond Allen Anonymous

Ellen Arnovitz

Ron & Lisa Brill Charitable Trust

Rita & Ralph Connell

Marcia & John Donnell

Tim & Tina Eyerly

Mr. Mark Fogas

Mr. David F. Golden

Dr. & Mrs. John B. Hardman

Ariana L. Hargrave

Henry & Etta Raye Hirsch Heritage Foundation

Mr. & Mrs. J. Michael Hostinsky

Linda & Richard Hubert

Ashley James Jason & Laurie Jeffay

Andjela and Michael Kessler Mr. James Kieffer Stacia Minton

Debbie & Lon Neese John & Helen Parker Peg Petersen

Don & Rosalinda Ratajczak

Dana Rice

Dr. & Mrs. Fredric Rosenberg Mr. & Mrs. Mark Rosenberg

Alan & Cyndy* Schreihofer

Ms. Donna Schwartz

Mr. & Mrs.* Charles B. Shelton III

Brian Shively & Jim Jinhong Henry N. & Margaret P. Staats

Susan & Alan* Stiefel

Dr. & Mrs. Harry Strothers G. Scott Thompson

Stan & Velma Tilley

Ms. Kathy Waller & Mr. Kenny Goggins Ms. Cathy Weil William & Nancy Yang The Zaban Foundation $1,500+

Trent Anderson & Leandro Zaneti

Dr. Aubrey Bush & Dr. Carol Bush

Candace Carson Melodie H. Clayton Susan & Ed Croft Mr. & Mrs. Erik Curns Mr. & Mrs. David Felfoldi Andrew & Wendie Fisher Mr. & Mrs. Paul A. Flexner Andrea and Jerry Freeman Sandeep Goyal and Taylor England

Theo and Della Guidry Mrs. Elaine L. Hentschel Drs. Cathie & Hugh Hudson Randy & Connie Jones

Mark Keiser

Sheri & Steve Labovitz Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Masucci

Clair & Thomas Muller Joan Netzel & John Gronwall

Lynn & Galen Oelkers Mr. & Mrs. Armond Perkins Denise Raynor Helen M. Regenstein

Kashi Sehgal

Mr. & Mrs. S. Albert Sherrod

Jim & Janie Stratigos

Judith & Mark Taylor Ms. Avril Vignos Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Weiss

Penn & Sally Wells Kim Boldthen & Carolyn Wheeler




Dawn & Michael Adamson

John & Lynn Ayers

Dr. Evelyn R. Babey

Mr. Robert L. Blondeau and Mrs. Kristen Nantz Rob & Suzanne Boas

Margo Brinton & Eldon Park David Cofrin & Christine Tryba-Cofrin Celeste Davis-Lane Mr. Derrick Doose

Marla Jane Franks, MD Ms. Lauren Linder & Mr. Jonathan Grunberg

Louise S. Gunn

Ms. Jo Ann Hayden-Miller Ms. Joy Hambrick

Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Kelly Mr. & Mrs. Peter G. Kessenich Mr. Kevin and Dr. Jennifer Lyman

Judith Lyon & Ron Bloom

Raymond & Penelope McPhee

Ms. Jaime McQuilkin Anna & Hays Mershon Ann Starr & Kent Nelson

Susan C. Puett

Lois & Don Reitzes

Ryan Roemerman

Deborah W. Royer

Jane E. Shivers

Amy Speas

Jenny Streeter

Andrea Strickland Wayne & Lee Vason

Caitlin Way

Gail Crowder

Adrienne Whitehead

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We would like to thank our donors who have committed to giving us a recurring monthly donation to the Alliance Theatre Annual Fund. Join today:


Dr. & Mrs. Marshall Abes

Mr. Faraz Ahmed Mr. E. Scott Arnold Dr. Evelyn R. Babey Mr. & Mrs. John Bauer Ms. Aparna Bhattacharyya & Mr. Paul Nilsson Dr. Deloris Bryant-Booker Jeff Burnham

Mr. Brandon Bush Karen & Harold Carney Mr. William Carroll David Cashman Ms. Jacquel Chambers Ms. Sarah K. Chester Ms. Mishelle Cirillo & Ms. Bryan Suttles Mr. & Mrs. Joe Colonna Elizabeth Corrie

Mr. Lawrence R. Cowart Mr. & Mr. Christopher Cox Marge & Gray Crouse Nash Ditmetaroj

Derrick Doose Whitney Fahner Edward Feldstein Judy and Stan Fineman Eric Fisher

Brenda Fleming Mr. Ken H. Foskett Christine & Andrew Fry Ms. & Ms. Katie S. Goodman

Mr. Bryant D. Gresham & Mr. Alexander Bossert Shauna Grovell

Lauren & Jonathan Grunberg

Mrs. Jo Ann Haden-Miller & Mr. William Miller Ms. Joy Hambrick Ms. Wynette Hammons Penn Hansa

Ms. Lindsey E. Hardegree Ms. Linda L. Hare & Mr. Gerald A. Barth

Nancy A. Hatfield Dr. & Mrs. David M. Hill Ms. Becca Hogue

Jim Johnson Ms. Jhazzmyn Joiner Karen Jones

Kelley J. Jordan-Monne Mr. & Mrs. Stephen J. Kalista

Mr. Barnabas Kane Amy & Jeremy King Ms. Lynne Kuhn

Sarah Latif

Dr. Andrea Lawrence Mr. Darryl E. Lesure & Mrs. Candice Simon-Lesure Ms. Karen Lightfoot Ms. Alison Main Ms. Jaime McQuilkin

Laurie McLaughlin Mr. & Mrs. James Michael Ms. Jeanette M. Morgan

Victoria Necessary Mr. Steve M. Peck Chris J. Peterson Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan K. Peterson

Ms. Kendrick Phillips

Mr. & Mrs. Marc B. Pickard

Jacqueline Powe

Ms. Shannon L. Price

Mrs. Brenda Pruitt

Alexis Rainey

M. Corwin Robison

Mrs. Peggy Rogers

Mr. & Mrs. Peter S. Savitz

Barbara Schreiber

Eric Schwartz

Mr. Tom Slovak & Mr. Jeffery Jones Ms. Carol Smith Ms. Janet F. Smith Ms. Lynn Stallings Jessica Stewart

Laura Stordy Mrs. Jill Strickland Charles Thompson Stephanie Van Parys

Ben Warshaw

Ms. Caitlin Way Mr. & Mrs. David D. Whitley

Mr. & Mrs. Napoleon A. Williams

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Many companies offer a matching gifts program for employees and retirees. You can double, or even triple, your gift at no additional cost to you simply by asking your employer! Think of how much further your donation can go.

We would like to thank the following companies who have matched contributions to the Alliance Theatre Annual Fund. To find out more about matching gifts, contact Toni Friday at

AIG Corporation

American Express

Aon Risk Solutions

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation AT&T

Bank of America/Merrill BlackRock

Bryan Cave-Powell

Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Chubb Charitable Foundation

The Coca-Cola Company Deloitte Equifax Inc. Foundation


GE Energy

Georgia Power

Goldman Sachs Matching Gift

Goldstein Hearst Foundations

Home Depot Foundation Honda Motor Co. IBM JPMorgan Chase Kimberly-Clark Lynch Macy’s Foundation McDonald’s Corporation McMaster-Carr Supply

Microsoft Corporation Norfolk Southern Corporation

Prudential Financial

Publix Super Markets, Inc. Sprint SunTrust Foundation

Thrivent Financial for Lutherns

Veritiv Corporation

Verizon Corporation The Walt Disney Company Wells Fargo Yahoo!

Celebrating our supporters who have made a legacy gift to the Alliance Theatre.

The Legacy Society celebrates individuals who have made a planned gift to the Alliance Theatre. Making a planned gift is a wonderful way to show your support and apprecia tion for the Alliance Theatre and its mission, while accommodating your financial, estate planning and philanthropic goals. With smart planning, you may increase the size of your estate and/or reduce the tax burden on your heirs. Just as important, you will know that you have made a meaningful and lasting contribution to the Alliance Theatre.

To learn more about the Legacy Society, please contact Lindsay Ridgeway-Baierl at


Rita M. Anderson

Roland & Linda Bates

Kathy* and Ken Bernhardt

Anne & Jim Breedlove

Ezra Cohen

Ann & Jeffrey Cramer

Susan & Edward Croft

Sallie Adams Daniel

Linda & Gene Davidson

Terry and Stacy Dietzler

Diane Durgin

Elizabeth Etoll

Ellen & Howard Feinsand

Laura & John Hardman

Nancy & Glen Hesler

P.J. Younglove Hovey

Lauren & David Kiefer David Kuniansky

Virginia Vann* & Ken Large Edith Love*

Lauren & John McColskey

Anna & Hays Mershon

Caroline & Phil Moïse

Winifred B. & Richard S. Myrick

Victoria & Howard L. Palefsky

Armond & Sharon Perkins

Jan Pomerantz

Helen Regenstein

Margaret & Robert Reiser

Betty Blondeau-Russell*

Tricia & Neal Schachtel

Debbie* & Charles B. Shelton III

Jane E. Shivers

Roger Smith & Christopher Jones*

Lee Harper & Wayne Vason

Terri & Rick Western Ramona & Ben White

* deceased | @alliancetheatre | matching


BOLD Associate Artistic Director

Producer & Casting Director

Tinashe Kajese-Bolden

Jody Feldman

Distinguished Artist in Residence Pearl Cleage

Associate Producer Amanda Watkins

BOLD Producing Associate Kay Nilest

Spelman Leadership Fellows Raiyon Hunter, Assata Amenkeechi

Spelman Leadership Interns Jayla Dyas, Sydney Terry, Mikayla Walters

Kenny Leon Intern KeShawn Mellon

Resident Artist & Allyship Program Director Maya Lawrence

Director of Community Partnerships & Engagement Rita Kompelmakher

Reiser Lab Artists

Round 8 Jeff Mather, John Doyle, Jr., Marquetta Johnson, Dwight Andrews, Louis Massiah, Ben Polite, Frankie Mulinix, Jase Wingate, Humlao Evans

Production Management

Director of Production

Lawrence Bennett

Associate Directors of Production Phil Baranski, Courtney O’Neill


Costume Director

Laury Conley

Design Assistant Kayli Warner

Drapers Tonja Petersen, Cindy Lou Who

Crafts Master Diana L. Thomas

1st Hands/Stitchers

Lyudmila Fesenko, Brett Parker, Mary Cruz Torres

Wardrobe Supervisor Hauzia Conyers

Wardrobe Monica Speaker

Wig Master Lindsey Ewing


Director of Lighting & Projections

Rachael N. Blackwell

Associate Director of Lighting & Projection Joy Diaz

Head Electrician Steve Jordan

Staff Electricians Neil Anderson, Gabrielle Drum, Benjamin Strickland


Props Department Director Suzanne Cooper Morris

Props Artisans Kathryn Andries, Bruce Butkovich

Props Artisan/Buyer Kimberly Townsend


Interim Technical Director Kyle Longwell

Assistant Technical Director Rigel Powell Shop Supervisor Patrick Conley Lead Welder Chris Seifert

Carpenters Kevin Dyson, Parker Ossmann, Marlon Wilson Charge Scenic Artist Kat Conley Scenic Artist Brianna Bass


Sound Department Director Clay Benning

Sound Engineers Tamir Eplan-Frankel, Emma Mouledoux, Graham Schwartz

Stage Management

Resident Stage Manager Liz Campbell

Stage Managers R. Lamar Williams

National Vision Stage Management Fellow Kacie Pimentel

Stage Management Production Assistants Samantha Honeycutt, Amanda Perez

Stage Operations

Stage Operations Manager

Scott Bowne

Assistant Stage Operations Manager Kate Lucibella

Flyman Willie Palmer Parks

Automation Stagehand John Victor Mouledoux Jr.

Crew Chief Bryan Perez Properties Stagehand Skylar Burks


Dan Reardon Director of Education

& Associate Artistic Director

Naserian Foundation Head of Early Childhood Programs

Head of Youth & Family Programs

Christopher Moses

Hallie Angelella

Olivia Aston Bosworth

Head of Secondary Curriculum & Partnerships Liz Davis

Education Administration & Finance Assistant Dacey Geary

Administrative & Adult Program Manager Robert Hindsman

Head of Strategic Initiatives Aierelle Jacob

Alliance@Work Creative Director J. Noble

Head of Elementary School Programs Rebecca Pogue

Artist in Residence & Teen Program Manager

Teaching Artists

Jae Ahn, Jimez Alexander, Will Amato, Chase Anderson, Jasmine Anthony, Ricardo Aponte, Imani Banks, Kim Bowers-Rheay Baran, Olivia Aston Bosworth, Jared Brodie, Chelsea Brown, Lon Bumgarner, Sara Burris, Dan Caffrey, April Andrew Carswell, Katie Causey, Lina Chambers, Hannah Lake Chatham, Hannah Church, Megan Cramer, Kelly Criss, Nakeisha Daniel, Peyton McDaniel Davis, Theresa Davis, Shelli Delgado, Sarah Donnell, John Doyle, Laurin Dunleavy, Suehyla El-Attar, Amitria Fanae, Shelby Folks, Sharon Foote, Spencer Ford, Daryl Funn, Allison Gardner, Neeley Gossett, Ilasiea Gray, Meg Grey, Amber Hamilton, Meg Harkins, Robert Hindsman, Julissa Sabino Hobbs, Deja Holmes, Renita James, Meg Johns, Kendra Johnson, Carole Kaboya, Ashe Kazanjian, Chris Lane, Maya Lawrence, Antonia LeChe, Anja Lee, Kathleen Link, Amy Lucas, Ansley Lynn, Christian Magby, Barry Stewart Mann, Cara Mantella, Gloria Martin, Mari Martinez, Dalyla McGee, Candy McLellan, Karin Mervis, Erika Miranda, Mary Moccia, Courtney Moors-Hornick, Amanda Wansa Morgan, Jenna Jackson Morris, Kevin Moxley, Audrey Myers, JD Myers, Patrick Myers, Amor Owens, Mary Michael Patterson, Tafee Patterson, Sydney Patton, Zuri Petteway, Rebecca Pogue, Michelle Pokopac, Samantha Provenzano, V Reibel, Morgan Rysdon, Daniela Santiago, Riley Schatz, Erin Schaut, Avery Sharpe, Caitlin Slotnick, Alexandria Joy Smith, Lucy Smith, Taryn Spires, Destiny Stancil, Autumn Stephens, LeeAnna Lambert Sweatt, Megan Tabaque, Jasmine Thomas, Callie Timme, Sariel Toribio, Ebony Tucker, Julia VanderVeen, Jeremy Varner, José Miguel Vasquez, Rachel Wansker, Megan Wartell, Andrea Washington, Davia Weatherill, Ayana Williams, Jay Williams, Vallea Woodbury, Melissa Word

Teen Ensemble Members

Caleb Vaughn, Sam Yates, Caroline Chu, Naia Morgan, Cydnee Waltower, Andrew Holmes, Aria Armstead, Reagan Kelley, Adler Horstemeyer, Julianna Pillsbury, Anna Schwartz, Tomi Fawehinmi, Bailey Rodgers, Francesca Fogle, Morgan Stamper, Zariya Hargett, Monteze Sutton, Isabela White, Jada Gorgor, Amari Lewis, Imari Welcher, Tylia De’Armond


Sam Provenzano

Head of Education Advancement Kristen Silton

Youth Programs Manager

Jasmine Thomas

Education Production Manager/COVID Coordinator Haylee Scott

BIPOC TVY Stage Management Fellow Autumn Stephens

Camp Administrative Manager Jayson T. Waddell

Managing Director

Mike Schleifer Company Manager Laura Thruston Assistant Company Manager Thomas D. Powell

Administration & Finance

Director of Finance & Administration

Brian Shively

Controller Elecia Crowley Accounting Coordinator Julie Hall Accounts Payable Specialist Kenterill Boden Senior Data Analyst Christina Dresser Management Assistant Jessica Charlton


Trent Anderson Associate Director, Strategic Institutional Advancement Collins Desselle Associate Director, Corporate Partnerships & Donor Engagement

Director of Development

Toni Friday Manager, Annual Fund & Donor Relations Lindsay Ridgeway-Baierl Manager, Donor Experience & Community Engagement Jo Lopez Development Coordinator for Board Relations & Special Events Kailan Daugherty Coordinator, Development Operations & Institutional Giving

Director of Sales Operations


Tanesha Ferguson

Danielle Hicks

Patrons Services & Memberships Manager Corey L. Smith

Box Office Supervisor James G. Smith

Box Office Supervisor Nicholas Johnson

Box Office Associate David Posada

Season Ticket Concierge Ken McNeil

Season Tickets Associate Ethan Padgett

Membership Sales Associate Quintara Johnson Group Sales Coordinator Jocelyn Rick


Director of Marketing & Communications

Kathleen Covington

Associate Creative Director

Social Media Manager & Content Producer

Marketing & Public Relations Manager

Ashley Elliott

Talia Bromstad Marketing Coordinator

Aniska Tonge

Mashaun D. Simon

Manager of Web & Digital Communications Anna Birtles

Lead Front of House Manager Sydney Patton

Part Time House Managers

Brittany Mangham, Robyn E. Sutton-Fernandez, Bryshan White

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