Rialto Center for the Arts :: Winter 2019

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official program of

Tomáš Kubínek Miracle Man JAN. 19

Ballet Hispánico Latin-Infused Modern Dance JAN. 26

Farruquito Smoldering Gypsy Flamenco FEB. 16

Joey Alexander Jazz Piano Prodigy FEB. 23

Off the EDGE Revolutionary Contemporary Dance Experience MARCH 2



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8 TOMÁŠ KUBÍNEK — MIRACLE MAN Saturday, Jan. 19 | 8 p.m.

10 BALLET HISPÁNICO Saturday, Jan. 26 | 8 p.m.

12 F ARRUQUITO Saturday, Feb. 16 | 8 p.m.

14 JOEY ALEXANDER Saturday, Feb. 23 | 8 p.m.

16 OFF THE EDGE Saturday, March 2 | 7 p.m.

on the cover Cover image: Company Wayne McGregor’s Autobiography, Photographer Andrej Uspenski


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6 President’s Letter

22 General Information

24 Sponsors

26 Donors 26 Staff & Advisory Committee




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President’s Letter


nnovation is part of the culture at Georgia State University and we are extremely pleased to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the second most innovative university in the nation and second in the country for our commitment to undergraduate teaching and providing our students with an extraordinary education. Long recognized as one of the nation’s most diverse institutions, Georgia State ranks 10th among U.S. News’ most racially and ethnically diverse national universities. The Rialto Center for the Arts exemplifies Georgia State’s values and spirit. Indeed, it is reflective of the extraordinary diversity that is vital to downtown Atlanta’s continued growth. Just as Georgia State is committed to inquiry and exploration and to bringing the very best students, academics, researchers, athletes, and administrators from across the nation and the world to Atlanta, the Rialto is committed to showcasing the finest performers and performances the world has to offer right here in downtown Atlanta. Not only is the Rialto downtown’s leading venue for arts performances and independent film screenings, it is the city’s most eclectic performing arts venue showcasing the unfamiliar and the unexpected alongside the classics and rediscovered gems. The 2018-2019 Rialto Series season is no exception: You can experience classic American jazz musicians; music from India with a modern edge; dance from Spain, Latin America and North America; Mariachi music from Mexico; Afropop from Senegal and much more. Whether you’ve been a Rialto subscriber for the last two decades or you are joining us for the first time, we are thankful you have chosen to spend your time with us to explore new and perhaps unfamiliar artists, and experience unparalleled excitement, wonder and the one-of-akind shows that promise the best the world has to offer!

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Tomáš Kubínek — Miracle Man | 8 p.m. | Saturday, Jan. 19

Tomáš Kubínek — Miracle Man Certified Lunatic & Master of the Impossible


omáš Kubínek plays to packed houses worldwide with performances that defy categorization. He’s been called a comic genius, a virtuoso vaudevillian and an all-around charmer as well as a physical poet, verbal acrobat and needless risk-taker. Kubínek bills himself as a “Certified Lunatic,” “Master of the Impossible” and “Miracle Man.” He promises performances that are joyous, unpredictable and unforgettable.


His live performance style has been honed from a lifetime of performing. He was hooked at age 5, after his parents took him to the circus. By 9, he had done his first performance for a circle of elder magicians. By 13, he had an agent. Kubínek traveled the world and studied with some of the greatest teachers in theater. These disciplines, coupled with his tireless experimentation in the art of live performance, led to his award-winning stage shows.

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On any given night, his show can feature strongman stunts, acrobatics, snake-healings, comedy, mass-hypnosis, music and magic. Regardless of where his madcap muse takes him, audiences follow, and usually leave dazed, beaming and in love with life. As one theater manager put it: Kubínek’s “artistry and his impact are nothing short of miraculous. … His audiences are better people when they leave the theater.”

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Ballet Hispánico | 8 p.m. | Saturday, Jan. 26

Ballet Hispánico


Latin-Infused Modern Dance

allet Hispánico, led by artistic director Eduardo Vilaro, is recognized as the premier Latino dance company in the United States, bringing people and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures. The troupe consists of 12 dancers, described by The Washington Post as “the most technically accomplished and musical dancers you’ll find in the contemporary scene.” Ballet Hispánico was founded in 1970 as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe, and has grown into a renowned world-class institution. Its founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, started the organization to break down stereotypes and give voice to the Hispanic experience. In the past half century, Ballet Hispánico has become a role model in the Latino community and inspired creativity and social awareness in neighborhoods through its innovative performances, access to arts instruction and community engagement. In 2009, Vilaro, a former company member, succeeded Ramirez and became the company’s second artistic director. Through his choreography, performances are designed to capture and convey the spiritual, sensual and historical vitality of Latino cultures. Ballet Hispánico performs the works of Latino choreographers and is “dancing better than ever,” according to Backstage magazine. The company has entertained nearly 3 million people across 11 countries and three continents. 10 Rialto Center for the Arts | rialto.gsu.edu | #RialtoATL

REPERTORY Linea Recta by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (20 minutes) — Intermission (15 minutes) — Con Brazos Abiertos by Michelle Manzanales (27 minutes) — Intermission (15 minutes) — Danzòn by Eduardo Vilaro (26 minutes)


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Farruquito | 8 p.m. | Saturday, Feb. 16



Smoldering Gypsy Flamenco

arruquito — one name only — is considered a superstar in the flamenco world, credited with igniting world stages with “smoldering good looks … technical prowess, dramatic flair and a brilliant sense of invention” (The Boston Globe). Farruquito, the heir to the most renowned Gypsy flamenco dynasty, anchors his performances in improvisation and stays true to the distinctive tradition of the dance style founded by his grandfather, El Farruco, one of the greatest dancers in flamenco history. Farruquito (Juan Manuel Fernández Montoya) made his international stage debut on Broadway at age 4 alongside his grandfather. His began his career at 11 when he was featured with the world’s elite

dancers in legendary filmmaker Carlos Saura’s Flamenco. Throughout his career, Farruquito’s art has been guided by his mission: to preserve and share the purest form of flamenco on stages around the world. His work is praised by both critics and audiences. You’re in for an unforgettable evening with the dancer, described by The New York Times as “the greatest flamenco dancer of this new century.”

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Joey Alexander | 8 p.m. | Saturday, Feb. 23

Joey Alexander Jazz Piano Prodigy


ianist Joey Alexander has the kind of generational talent that makes the jazz world take notice. He’s a prodigy with three studio albums, three Grammy Award nominations and dozens of celebrated performances on stages throughout the world. Alexander was born in Indonesia in 2003 and got his first big break when a YouTube video of his playing caught the attention of jazz legend Wynton Marsalis. In his capacity as artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marsalis invited the 10-year-old Alexander to perform at the organization’s May 2014 gala. The New York Times called Alexander an “overnight sensation.” George Wein, the founder and director of the Newport Jazz Festival — the world’s oldest, most celebrated jazz festival — never had much interest in prodigies. Alexander was different. Wein said he didn’t want to make the same mistake he’d made when passing on a chance to see a 9-year-old Harry Connick Jr. perform. Listening to Alexander play, Wein said, “was an experience I have never encountered from a musician his age.” He cited the young pianist’s individual style and harmonic maturity. And yet, to see Alexander as just a child prodigy undersells him. He’s a sophisticated and vibrant interpreter as well as an accomplished composer and bandleader. He has recorded two Grammy-nominated studio albums and a critically acclaimed album that honors Thelonious Monk’s centennial. His latest release, Eclipse (2018), contains six original compositions. In recordings and onstage, Alexander works to thrill audiences and leave them marveling at the many artistic paths open to him in the years ahead. 14 Rialto Center for the Arts | rialto.gsu.edu | #RialtoATL

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Off the EDGE | 7 p.m. | Saturday, March 2

Off the EDGE

Revolutionary Contemporary Dance Experience


n 2012, the Rialto Center for the Arts anchored Off the EDGE, a revolutionary dance gathering of some of the world’s most innovative and thrilling companies. Toronto-based Ilter Ibrahimof, whose eclectic influences led to a broader range of dance styles, began curating the event in 2014. This season the biennial contemporary dance experience, presented in partnership

with Kennesaw State University and Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, is back and better than ever. For lovers of dance, sight, sound, movement or the unexpected, experiencing Off the EDGE is spectacular. Off the EDGE 2019 features some of the world’s most innovative dance companies, including Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre, BalletX, Company Wayne McGregor,

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Ephrat Asherie Dance, Kennesaw State University Dance Department and Terminus. It promises to be an unforgettable weekend of artistic expression.

Ilter Ibrahimof, Curator Ilter Ibrahimof has been executive director of Sunny Artist Management (SAM) since founding the agency in New York City in 2004. He was born and raised in Istanbul, studied at Emerson College and graduated in 2001 with a B.A. in theater studies with a dance focus. He moved to New York, working with World Arts Inc. (2001-04), before starting his own company and moving his agency to Canada, first in Montreal and, since 2015, in Toronto. Ilter has remained active as director as SAM evolved from a singular focus on artist representation to a multifaceted boutique dance agency. He and his agency represent and tour select international dance companies, and he has co-founded Joyce Theater Productions, a joint venture between SAM and New York’s Joyce Theater, to commission, produce and tour original work. Ilter has found himself taking on more curatorial roles, including artistic adviser for the Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center in 2013 and 2014, and curator of Rialto’s biannual Off the EDGE festival in 2014 and 2016. Most recently, he co-founded and is artistic director of the Canadian edition of the Fall for Dance Festival (Fall for Dance North — FFDN) at the Sony Centre in Toronto.

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Off the EDGE | Residency Events

THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2019 | 8 P.M.

Off the EDGE at Kennesaw State University

Presented by the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University

Performances: • Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre World premiere by Tara Lee • BalletX Schachmatt by Cayetano Soto Increasing by Matthew Neenan



Off the EDGE at the Westside Cultural Arts Center Presented by the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University in collaboration with Terminus

Three of Atlanta’s premiere contemporary dance companies perform alongside the New York City-based company Ephrat Asherie Dance. Expect an exciting and dynamic slice of Atlanta’s burgeoning and vibrant dance scene including several world premiere works. Performances*: 7 p.m. – Fly on a Wall and Blake Beckham/The Lucky Penny present Byte, choreographed by Nicole Johnson, Nathan Griswold and Sean Nguyen-Hilton (45 minutes). 9 p.m. – Sarah Hillmer/ImmerseATL and Ephrat Asherie Dance presents selections from Odeon and from Riff this, Riff that. * Supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts. rtists’ After Party A 10 p.m.-2 a.m. – Featuring a DJ and light bites at the Westside Cultural Arts Center. $10 with the purchase of a ticket to any Off the EDGE performance, available at the Rialto box office.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2019 | 7–10:30 P.M.

Off the EDGE’s Main Performance at the Rialto Center Presented by the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University

REPERTORY ACT 1 ROSIE HERRERA DANCE THEATRE Carne Viva, by Rosie Herrera (25 minutes) — Intermission (20 minutes) — ACT 2 KENNESAW STATE DANCE COMPANY Pariah, by McCree O’Kelley (14 minutes) — 5-minute pause — COMPANY WAYNE McGREGOR A program designed for Off the EDGE, with excerpts from Atomos (16 minutes) and Autobiography (22 minutes), both by Wayne McGregor. — Intermission (20 minutes) — ACT 3 EPHRAT ASHERIE DANCE Odeon, by Ephrat Asherie, featuring live music (45 minutes)

Founded in 2017, Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre (TMBT) is the newest addition to Atlanta’s thriving contemporary dance scene. Terminus is both a recognition of Atlanta’s founding name and the intersection at which new beginnings are made. By bringing together the classical and contemporary strengths of each principal artist, the company has become celebrated for its creation of daring and theatrical dance works. For Off the EDGE, TMBT reveals its first new work of 2019, continuing to extend its dancers physical and artistic reach in a world premiere choreographed by Tara Lee.

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Off the EDGE | 2019 Participating Companies BALLETX (PHILADELPHIA) BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, unites distinguished choreographers with a company of world-class dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion and grace. Founded in 2005 by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, and now under Cox’s direction as artistic and executive director, BalletX challenges the boundaries of classical ballet by encouraging formal experimentation while preserving rigorous technique. The company is committed to producing new works of the highest quality and integrity that bring the combined visions of choreographers and dancers to life and cultivate in audiences a collective appetite for bold, new dance.

EPHRAT ASHERIE DANCE (NEW YORK) Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, a 2016 Bessie Award winner for Innovative Achievement in Dance, is artistic director of Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD), a company rooted in street and social dance. Dedicated to revealing the inherent complexities of these forms, EAD explores the expansive narrative qualities of such street and club styles as breaking, hip-hop and house to tell stories, develop innovative imagery and find new modes of expression. EAD’s first eveninglength work, A Single Ride, earned two Bessie nominations in 2013 for outstanding emerging choreographer and outstanding sound design by Marty Beller. The company has presented work at

the Apollo Theater, Dixon Place, FiraTàrrega, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, La MaMa, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s River to River Festival, New York Live Arts, SummerStage in Central Park and The Yard, among others.

KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY (KSU) DANCE COMPANY (ATLANTA) The KSU Dance Company is one of the few companies in the history of the American College Dance Festival to receive five national invitations to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. This distinction, along with eight regional gala selections, rank the KSU dance department as a leading dance program among peer institutions in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. The mission of the Kennesaw State University Dance Company is to promote an interest in the art of dance within the company, the department, the student body and the community through performance, community and campus outreach programs, and promotion of the Department of Dance. ROSIE HERRERA DANCE THEATRE (MIAMI) Cuban-American dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre (RHDT), Rosie Herrera has more than a decade of experience in dance and cabaret. Since being discovered

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in 2009 by Charles Reinhart, the Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre has become a fixture in Miami’s contemporary arts scene. RHDT is known for its diverse ensemble, consisting of some of Miami’s most brilliant performers and creators from theater, performance art, opera, drag and contemporary ballet. RHDT has done two American Dance Festival commissions, premiering them at the festival, and enjoys unprecedented success in Miami.

COMPANY WAYNE McGREGOR (LONDON) In 1992, Wayne McGregor founded Random Dance, which grew into Studio Wayne McGregor and encompasses his extensive creative output in fields beyond and in dialogue with dance. Studio Wayne McGregor fuels McGregor’s creative work and includes developing and touring signature works on his ensemble of world-class dancers. The ensemble was the instrument through which McGregor first found his distinctive visual style, revealing the movement possibilities of the body in ever more precise degrees of articulation. McGregor has made more than 30 works for the company and, today, it continues to be his laboratory for ambitious and experimental new choreography, for touring his work across the UK and around the world. Company Wayne McGregor is the resident company at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.

TERMINUS MODERN BALLET THEATRE (ATLANTA) Founded in 2017, Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre (TMBT) is the newest addition to Atlanta’s thriving contemporary dance scene. The “Terminus” name recognizes Atlanta’s founding name and the intersection at which new beginnings are made. By bringing together the classical and contemporary strengths of its principal artists, the company has become celebrated for creating daring and theatrical dance works. For Off the EDGE, TMBT reveals its first new work of 2019, continuing to extend dancers’ physical and artistic reach in a world premiere choreographed by Tara Lee.

TARA LEE (ATLANTA) A co-founder of Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, Tara Lee is an American-born Chinese ballet dancer, choreographer and actress. She received her dance training from Donna Bonasera of Connecticut Dance Theatre and received a full scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet School. After dancing with Joffrey II in New York City, she met John McFall who invited her to join Atlanta Ballet. She was a principal artist with the company for 21 years. Tara also has been a member of Ballet British Columbia and a guest artist with New Orleans Ballet Theatre and Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre in Houston. Tara has taught company class for Atlanta Ballet and the pre-professional level of Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance

Education, as well as master classes for several schools and universities in Georgia including Emory and Brenau universities. As an actress, she has co-starred in such TV series as TNT’s “Good Behavior” and NBC’s “Game of Silence.”

BLAKE BECHAM THE LUCKY PENNY (ATLANTA) Blake Beckham is a choreographer, performing artist, educator and producer. She co-directs The Lucky Penny, a nonprofit organization that serves as a production outlet for Blake’s choreography and a platform for experimental performance projects. Blake has produced her own choreographic works in Atlanta since 2001. Learn more at blakebeckham.org and theluckypenny.org.

FLY ON A WALL (ATLANTA) Under the co-direction of Nicole Johnson, Nathan Griswold and Sean Nguyen-Hilton, Fly on a Wall is an idea house that presents and supports innovative performance. Its work thrives on artists of all backgrounds coming together to create art that lives at the junction of wit, risk and meaningful experiences. Fly on a Wall shifts audiences’ perspectives by creating an interface of artistic mediums that is guided by a strong theatrical sensibility and an extensive movement vocabulary. Since its inception in 2014, Fly on a Wall has created a body of work that includes

multimedia performance, installation and dance for film. It has offered community classes for dancers and nondancers alike, and has been recognized as Distinguished Fellows by the Fulton County Arts Council with a scholarship to the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. Most recently, the company received a 2016 Idea Capital Grant and a residency at Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery.

IMMERSEATL (ATLANTA) Founded in 2017 by Sarah Hillmer, ImmerseATL serves as a bridge to the professional world of contemporary dance in Atlanta. Through mentorships, creation time and performance, selected artists are prepared to meet the demands, challenges and rewards of life as a professional artist. ImmerseATL educators are steeped in the professional world as creators and as directors of companies. The ImmerseATL platform exposes the artists to vibrant opportunities in the Southeast. Its piece frame shift is an expanded exploration with the 2018/19 ImmerseATL artists.

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General Information

TICKETS Tickets available for purchase by phone at 404-413-9TIX (9849), online at rialto.gsu.edu or in person at the Rialto box office, 80 Forsyth St. NW (corner of Forsyth and Luckie streets). BOX OFICE HOURS Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. WEBSITE Visit rialto.gsu.edu for a complete calendar of events or to purchase tickets 24 hours a day. REFUNDS & EXCHANGES All sales are final with no exchanges or refunds. PARKING The 100 Peachtree Garage (formerly the Equitable Building parking deck) at the corner of Fairlie and Williams streets, provides official parking for the Rialto Center. SPECIAL NEEDS The Rialto Center is fully accessible to patrons with special needs. Wheelchair seating can be reserved in advance. Patrons who are TTY users, hearing impaired, speech disabled or hard of hearing can call us through the Georgia Relay Service at 711. For more information about these services, please call 866-787-6710. You can also email us at rialto@gsu.edu. IN CASE OF EMERGENCY The exit sign closest to your seat shows the shortest route out of the theater. In case of an emergency, please walk to the exit.

ETIQUETTE Please turn all cellphones and electronic devices to silent operation upon entering the theater. Late-arriving patrons will be seated at the House Manager’s discretion during a pause in the performance. Please refrain from talking during the performance. SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE We encourage you to share your experience at the Rialto on social media before and after the show using #RialtoATL. Tag us @RialtoCenter. CAMERAS/RECORDING DEVICES The use of cameras or sound/video recording equipment without the written permission of the management is strictly prohibited. LOST AND FOUND For items lost or left at the theater, please call the House Manager at 404-413-9844. MERCHANDISE The Rialto has items available for purchase at the box office including umbrellas, coffee mugs and more. RENT THE RIALTO Our facilities offer the perfect setting for everything from a VIP reception to an unforgettable corporate event. For more information, please contact Jo Costanzo at 404-413-9814 or jcostanzo@gsu.edu. USHERING Interested in volunteering as a Rialto usher? Sign up online or call 404-413-9845.

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The Rialto Center for the Arts gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors.* 2018-19 SEASON SPONSORS

*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 agency – the National Endowment for the Arts.




*This program is supported in part by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs


Dolby® Surround Sound and Projection Equipment in the theater has been provided by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

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hen you donate to the Rialto, you enable us to further enhance and broaden our arts portfolio and educational programming; to maintain and expand the Rialto Series, featuring the best of national and international jazz, world music and dance; and to continue building our educational outreach to high-need public school students throughout Atlanta. With donor categories from $1 to more than $100,000, no amount is too small to contribute! We invite you to become part of the Rialto family, and with your gift, the Rialto will be able to bring the arts to more audiences, more classrooms and transform even more lives. IMPRESARIO | $25,000+ Anonymous (3) Bill & Peg Balzer Mark Becker Charles Loridans Foundation Inc. The Erroll & Elaine Davis Charitable Foundation Fulton County Arts Council Thomas H. & Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Laura Voisinet VIRTUOSO | $15,000-$24,999 City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs South Arts MAESTRO | $10,000-$14,999 The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation’s Audience Building Roundtable Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Georgia Council for the Arts Naomi M. Kirkman-Bey Nancy Nolan & Harold Shumacher Winnifred Smith O’Dell Fund BENEFACTOR | $5,000$9,999 100 Peachtree W. Imara Canady David & Christine Cofrin David & Mary Haddow State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

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William & Mildred M. Cody Christopher Escobar Darryl Holloman & Glynis Williams Harry & Sandra Haisten Katherine Klein Plaza Theater David & Sharon Schachter Karchiek Sims-Alvarado & Joel Alvarado James & Susan Slemenda The Coca-Cola Company Verah M. Turner David A. Webster & Carol Brantley STAR | $250-$499 Anonymous (1) Judith A. Aehle & Andy Weiskoff Monica Barnes James L. Blackburn Darrell W. Daniels Richard P. & Lynn Delage Carlye W. Dooley Christopher D. & Nicole Escobar Ralph & Mary Gilbert Valerie A. Gilbert Richard & Janet Grimshaw Merle I. Hoch James & Mary Lester Susan J. Levy Janet V. Mark Judith Service & Juan H. Montier Ronald & Sara Reams Fred B. Smith John A. Steward & Patricia Riley Michael J. Worley

PARTNER | $100-$249 Mark & Edina Alavi Stephanie Alvarez Thomas P. Blakely Mary Ann Back Thornton Beech Steve Bowser David & Connie Breeser C. Ray Chapman Gregory S. Cherry Carl & Kimberly C. Clifford Jo E. Costanzo Jonathan N. Deitch Richard & Lynn Delange Dorian Denburg Judith Adriana Dlarotta Victoria Inez Dorsey Christopher S. & Sonnet C. Edmonds Ian & Constance Falconer Devon E. Ferguson Henry & Joanne J. Fowler Roger & Cheryl Gelder Stuart Gerber Anna M. Gray William L. Green Christopher E. Harden Larry R. Hilliard Jack & Michal H. Hillman Joyce Jelks Minette Kirkman Walter W. Klein Glenn & Patti Langford Emma Lankford Damien Lawrence Constance M. Lombardo Janet J. Love Lawrence & Ruth P. Menter Rita P. Morrison Jerry & Usha Rackliffe Doug Shipman Eugenia and David Sockel David & Sudie Teszler Celia Till Berit Turner Flor Velarde Gordon J. Vernick

Arthur G. Wasserman Aileen J. Wallace Harrison E. Williams Tiffany J. Wisener Joseph C. Wyvill Gareth J. Young FRIEND | UP TO $99 Letitia Baldwin Walter Bauer Octavia L. Benson Rosiland A. Billingsley Sara Blough Stephanie Blough John D. Bunting Chuline Carson Michael Connor & Cynthia Cindric William Scott Cleland Tonya D. Cook Jacob D. Curtis Vanessa L. Dameron Vernon J. Davis Pinky G. Elliott Kel-Ann & James W. Eyler Diana Farmer Jennifer F. Giarratano Luther & Myra Gooden Ralph & Rachel Greil Martha Hartzell Mattie Hatten John F. Hicks Jr. Matthew J. Igyarto Douglas Jewett Jamie K. Jones Justin T. Jones Alan V. Larson Sharon L. Margetson Michelle Maziar Jason R. McCullough Gene & Gloria McMurren Eric Mintz Donald & Carmen Newton Michelle Osborne Willie M. Oyogoa Yolonda L. Paschall Laverne T. Perry

Alan & Patricia Pinado Joyce Presswood Leslie K. Robins Michael Rohling Benjamin S. Roth Marsha Sargeant Kat Schwartz Charles T. Scott George P. Shoultz III Robert & Camille Simmons Diana M. Smedler Elizabeth H. Smith David S. Stevson Kathy J. Stirne Carla Stocker Yvette S. Strickland Elizabeth Sullivan Josh Swann Robin K. Taylor Allen Ward Martin J. Wildes Harrison E. Williams James M. Williams

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Staff & Advisory Committee ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Leslie Gordon Director Jennifer Staats Moore Associate Director Monica Barnes Arts Administration Specialist Suzy Blough Development Director Nathan Brown Stage Manager Jo Ellen Costanzo Events Manager Willie Gaston Production Coordinator Darlene Hamilton Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications Matthew Igyarto Business Manager Jamie Jones Events Coordinator Chadwick Miller Ticket Services Manager Laverne Perry Assistant Director, Artist Relations and Education Thomas Torrent Front of House Manager Michael Williams Production Manager

ADVISORY COMMITTEE Richard Alterman Sally Cohen Atkins Peg Balzer Ken Bernhardt W. Imara Canady David Cheshier Walter Coffey Elaine E. Davis

TICKET SERVICES STAFF Kaci Casey, Raven Jones, Nika O’Neal, Breion Russell FRONT OF HOUSE STAFF Sebah Abdu, Brian Ball, Michael Clinton, Mikayla Collins, Ethel Hill, Delores James, Evelyn Kemp, Janet Lewis, Vera Mack, Hannah Slater BACKSTAGE CREW Daniel Armbrust, Andrew Brown, Maddie Fay, Bryan Feeney, Nina Gooch, Damien Helms, Christopher Hollis, Nathaniel Kiser, Marshall Moore, Michael Morgan, Sequoyah Murray, Tony Reid, Dave Reiersen, Cameron Rodriquez, Danielle Styles, John Woodson, Catherine Wyrosdick STUDENT ASSISTANTS Maya Glass Emily Louis Grace Olufade Tateanna Rush Vi Truong GRADUATE ASSISTANTS Justin Jones Jasmine Terry

Chris Escobar, Vice Chair George Greenidge JoAnn Haden-Miller Darryl B. Holloman Randy Hyman Shapiro Karcheik Sims-Alvarado Munir Meghjani, Chair Gina Espinosa Meltzer

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