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The driving force behind the development of our original middle-school and family production is the concept of “ownership.” The desire to truly relate to young people journeying through the childhood/teen hybrid time of life has its challenges, and if you want the audience to “own” the work, then the work needs to be highly influenced by the authorities who are experiencing the journey — young people themselves. We have had the extraordinary advantage of partnering with students at the Paideia School, our Alliance middle-school campers and playwright/ Paideia teacher Greg Changnon. Also along on the journey were dramaturg Suehyla El-Attar and Paideia student dramaturg Anna Zheng. Many voices were heard. The original production of Slur at the school featured 29 students. Dozens of Alliance camp students made their own contributions. As Greg and I approached an adaptation of this five-person version to be performed by professional actors, we were all charged with the task of retaining the students’ original sensibilities. About halfway through our newest Slur rehearsal process, five members of the original Paideia cast of middle-school students visited us. Every cast member from each production (including understudies) was asked to share what most affected them as they explored the life of their characters. The professional actors were inspired by the honesty and depth of understanding expressed by the students, and the students were astonished to find that the professional actors found the students’ work so relatable and performance worthy. Ownership of the work was shared in a beautiful way. I speak for all the many contributors when I share hope that you, too, may appreciate the work and the play, and the hearts and minds that have worked together to bring it to you.

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Just One Word Slur, the newest entry in the Family Series, looks at identity through middle-school eyes

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“Do we have to be what society says we are?” “Can we discover who we are, and ask society to accept that?” With those questions and some guidance from teachers, seventh- and eighth-graders at the Paideia School last year began to shape and stage an original play. Slur, as it was titled, is about identity, race and religion in middle school, or junior high, if you prefer. After development at Paideia and through the Alliance Theatre’s summer camps, the world premiere of Slur continues the theater’s 2016/17 Youth and Family Series, which began with Pancakes! Pancakes! Let’s rewind a moment. When the process and performances ended at Paideia in March and the applause faded, the work proved too powerful to disappear. Its life continues here now with professional actors on a professional stage. Paideia teachers Greg Changnon and Martha Caldwell have had students read and study a classic text as an annual project for several years. Using class discussions and student writings, Changnon then crafts the first draft of a script. “What’s so great about middle-school kids,” he says, “is that if you give them a safe place and ask them to tell their story, they will be brutally honest and utterly revealing.” In 2015, the classes read William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and created a piece called Only Us, about unsupervised students stuck in a school building during a “snowpocalypse.” Slur began with George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, about an Englishman’s efforts to turn an unrefined Cockney flower seller into a duchess. “The kids wanted to do a story about identity,” Changnon says of Slur. “They wanted to explore the fact that who they are is sometimes dictated by their parents, by other kids and by stereotypes.” ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG

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TOP: Daisy (Zoya Fazal) from the original Paideia School production. AT RIGHT: Alliance actor Daviorr Snipes (from left), Newcott and Alliance actor Michelle Pokopac. OPPOSITE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Alliance understudy Anthony Campbell and Rachel Nadia, who plays Daisy in the Alliance staging; Changnon; Alliance actor Patrick Wade and Paideia student Lorenzo Sacchi; Paideia student Zoya Fazal and Nadia); costume renderings by designer April Andrew.

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As he put a first draft together and roles were assigned, students were asked — as actors often are — to create backstories for their characters and help flesh out the people and the action. It was a powerful way for them to see their stories validated, Changnon says. In the Paideia performances, 29 students had roles and three worked backstage. At the Alliance, five actors in their early 20s play a dozen or so middle-schoolers. The plot centers on a girl named Daisy. As Slur begins, the middle-school characters learn that the word “jihadist” has been smeared on her locker. The paint isn’t even dry. They debate what to do. Should they clean the locker to protect Daisy? Would that be protecting the culprit instead? Should they leave it for all to see? One student is nervous just to know it’s there: “I can’t have that on my record.” The Slur process was “all sort of a blend of method acting and autobiography-memoir,” Changnon says. It also involved a visit by Atlanta theater artist Suehyla El-Attar, who dropped by the class last year to provide input. El-Attar is the dramaturg for the Alliance staging,


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examining the play’s structure and helping Changnon “find the truth of the characters.” El-Attar — who acts, directs and is a playwright herself — has worked with middle-schoolers for years and says that she’s “constantly blown away by the courage they have to be honest and give voice to themselves.” She comes from a Muslim-Arab family but grew up in the Southern Baptist town of Starkville, Miss. While she connects with questions raised in Slur, she wants to make clear that it’s not her story. It springs specifically from the minds of 32 Atlanta students, she says, who have created “an important play for the world we’re in now.” “‘Identity’ is a meaty word,” El-Attar says. “It doesn’t just encompass race or religion or class or what neighborhood you live in. It encompasses someone deciding who they are as a person, beyond those boundaries.” She believes that because of its history, Atlanta has more conversations and awareness about the subject than most places. “That doesn’t mean we’re better,” she says. “I think it’s our identity crisis just in terms of being in the South. That creates an increased awareness.” A ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG 13


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The Development of Slur Before Slur became a play at the Alliance Theatre, it was a class production at the Paideia School. The idea was for the students to develop the play with their teacher, Greg Changnon, through a collaborative process. The students began by writing their own monologues and giving their characters a backstory. Many of the backstories are featured in the Alliance production. At first the students were told that the lead character, called D, just had to be a person of color. Changnon called the characters letters because he didn’t know who would be cast in which part. Either a girl or a boy could be cast as D, so Changnon didn’t choose the names until the roles were cast. As such, the characters took on the gender and personality of the actor playing the role. After auditions, the girl who was cast as D (who then became Daisy) was Muslim, and that’s how the play’s central idea began. Part of Changnon’s responsibility during this process was to adapt the script to fit the Alliance Theatre’s needs. He had to condense characters (the Paideia cast had 29 actors, while the Alliance cast has five). Because of the reduced number of actors, Changnon also had to shorten lines. The Alliance staging had to be 30-45 minutes shorter than Paideia’s.

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What’s in a Word? The word “slur” has many definitions. One is a “derogatory term based on a person’s perceived identity.” In other words, it refers to another based on what or who the viewer thinks that person is. “Slur” also means to talk with your words running together in a way that makes it hard for others to hear or understand what’s being said. Finally, it’s a term in music. A musical slur is a symbol that connects two or more notes so that they are played right after one another, allowing no pause between them. The word “slur” goes back about four centuries to the Middle English word “slore,” which meant “to trail in mud.” There are related words in older forms of German, Dutch and Norwegian, all having meanings related to carelessness or corruption. The musical usage arose about 1746, and the application of the word to muddy speech came about in 1882. In the play, the word occurs in all three of its meanings. Listen for each one.

Find excerpts from the Slur study guide created by the 8th-grade Junior Dramaturgs at the Paideia School via augmented reality. See the full study guide at http://bit.ly/ATSlur or download the Encore Plus app (see Page 6 for instructions), then scan this page.

“Slur” has several definitions, including (from left) 1: A derogatory term used to insult someone of a certain group; 2: Speaking in such a way that sounds run together, making speech hard to understand; 3: Two musical notes played together. ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG 15


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THE ALLIANCE THEATRE Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director presents

BY GREG CHANGNON

SET DESIGN

COSTUME DESIGN

KOREY MICHAEL WASHINGTON

APRIL ANDREW CASTING

JODY FELDMAN

LIGHTING DESIGN

STEVEN LOVE

SOUND DESIGN & ORIGINAL MUSIC

ED THROWER

STAGE MANAGERS

BARBARA GANTT O’HALEY KARA PROCELL

DIRECTED BY ROSEMARY NEWCOTT Created in Collaboration with playwright Greg Changnon and Alliance Theatre middle-school students.

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CAST RACHEL NADIA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daisy LAU’RIE ROACH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kwame/Sage RALPH DEL ROSARIO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Javier/Gus/Brock MICHELLE POKOPAC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louisa/Gigi/Margo PATRICK WADE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quinton/Owen/Axel UNDERSTUDIES ANTHONY CAMPBELL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kwame/Sage MICHAEL FREDERICK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quinton/Owen/Axel JIN HUH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louisa/Gigi/Margo HANNAH HYDE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daisy SKYE PASSMORE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Javier/Gus/Brock

STAGE MANAGEMENT * BARBARA GANTT O’HALEY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stage Manager (Sept. 19-Oct. 30) KARA PROCELL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stage Management Production Assistant (Sept. 19-Oct. 30) . Stage Manager (Oct. 31-Nov. 11) SKYLAR BURKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stage Management Production Assistant (Oct. 31-Nov. 11) PRODUCTION AND DESIGN ASSISTANCE SUEHYLA EL-ATTAR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Play Development Dramaturg MAARIYAH ESPINOZA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant to the Director EMILY KLEYPAS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Casting Assistance PROMA RAY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dance Consultant ANNA ZHENG. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant to the Playwright SETTING An American middle school SPECIAL THANKS Tyler Crow The original Paideia cast of Slur Alliance Theatre Campers Martha Caldwell

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ANTHONY CAMPBELL (U/S Kwame/Sage) is thrilled to be a part of the Alliance team once again in Slur. He attended Kennesaw State University and was part of the original cast of Start Down, another new play at the Alliance. He has participated in the Palefsky Collision Project, the youth project the Alliance holds each summer. He is exuberant and very thankful to be a part of a new play once again. MICHAEL FREDERICK (U/S Quinton/Owen/Axel) graduated from Emory University with a degree in financial economics. He is excited to make his Alliance debut under the direction of Rosemary Newcott. Outside of theater, Michael is a poet, photographer and musician. His first full-length book of poetry will be published in fall 2017. His most memorable credits include I and You (US/P), Wit and Memphis (Aurora Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire and Chameleons (an original one-man show at Emory). Follow @humantrip on Instagram for more. JIN HUH (U/S Louisa/Gigi/Margo) is super excited to be on the Alliance Stage. Other stage credits: Miss Saigon (Serenbe Playhouse), Illusions (Porter Sanford). TV/Film: “Making History,” “Marry Me,” “Drop Dead Diva” and Penance Lane. Hugs to husband Jo and cat Bebe. www.jinjo.us HANNAH HYDE (U/S Daisy) is so excited to work with the Alliance and on such a meaningful play! Favorite Atlanta credits include Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and A Murder Is Announced (OnStage Atlanta); Veils (New Origins Theatre Company). Other credits: Tartuffe, Love Kills (Mercer University Theatre); The Music Man, Meet Me in St. Louis (Theatre Macon). Much love to my family and friends, especially Mom, Dad, Dave and Diane for helping me realize there is always a way to live your dream!

RACHEL NADIA (Daisy) is making her Alliance debut with Slur. A graduate of Georgia State University, she moves from playing Dora in Albert Camus’ The Just Assassins and directing GSU’s first-ever children’s play, Butterfly Shoes, to becoming Daisy in Slur. She is excited to join the cast and be given the incredibly humbling opportunity to perform in this play and help spread its message. Her warmest gratitude goes to Rosemary and Jody and the highest love to James, who has always encouraged her and believed in her, even when she didn’t believe in herself. SKYE PASSMORE (U/S Javier/ Gus/Brock) is excited to make his Alliance debut. Atlanta credits: Miss Saigon (Serenbe Playhouse), Sweeney Todd (Actor’s Express) and Coming at You From the Cockpit, written by Edith Freni. Playwrighting credits: Apathesiacs (Gainesville Theatre Alliance), Young Playwrights Festival (Horizon Theatre). This winter, he appears at Georgia Ensemble Theatre in Topher Payne’s new comedy, Greetings Friend, Your Kind Assistance is Required. Skye is proudly represented by People Store. Visit his page at Facebook.com/ actorSkyePassmore MICHELLE POKOPAC (Louisa/ Gigi/Margo) is ecstatic to be back with the Alliance Theatre on this courageous production. Other Alliance credits include Play the Play With Cat the Cat and Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab: Third Council of Lyon. Other credits include Water by the Spoonful (Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre), The Joy Luck Club (7 Stages) and A Thousand Cranes and Señora Tortuga (Lexington Children’s Theatre). You can catch Michelle in On the Verge, running through the end of November at Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Sending my love to my family, friends and Matthew.

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profiles LAU’RIE ROACH (Kwame/Sage) is an alumnus of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Since returning to Atlanta, he has understudied and performed in the Alliance production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, directed by Rosemary Newcott. He also is part of a new exhibit piece at the Atlanta History Center called “Gatheround.” Other Atlanta theater credits include Let’s Get Joyful directed by Lewis Autor (14th Street Playhouse) and Me and My Boy directed by Keith Franklin (New African Grove Theatre Company). RALPH DEL ROSARIO ( Javier/Gus/Brock) is electrified to return to the Alliance stage. He was last here when understudying in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Favorite Atlanta credits: Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Actor’s Express); Alice in Wonderland and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Serenbe Playhouse); and The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, Complete Works Abridged (Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse). Come see him in February in Exit Strategy at True Colors Theatre Company. Love to Mom and Dad. PATRICK WADE (Quinton/ Owen/Axel) is blessed and honored to share the story of Slur on the Alliance Stage. He has previously performed at Georgia Shakespeare, the Gainesville Theatre Alliance and the Alliance. The impact of theater on children is something truly special, and this show gives us the important messages of hope, forgiveness and acceptance. He thanks Rosemary, the entire Alliance team, and his friends and family. He would like to especially thank YOU for supporting live theater, children’s education and local artists! Have fun! ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION, founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including

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health and pension plans. Equity seeks to foster the art of live theater as an essential component of our society. GREG CHANGNON (Playwright) has taught literature, social studies and creative writing at Atlanta’s Paideia School for the past 14 years. His fiction has appeared in the North American Review, Scribner’s Best of the Fiction Workshops and Best New American Voices. His story “How the Nurse Feels,” about a high school production of Romeo and Juliet, was adapted as a musical by the California Conservatory of the Arts and was developed through the ASCAP Foundation/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop. He was featured in Poets and Writers magazine for his innovative work infusing theater and playwriting into his classroom. His original plays Transformation 451, Station X and Only Us, written in collaboration with his students, have all been produced at Paideia. ROSEMARY NEWCOTT (Director) is the Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth and Families and feels privileged to serve a community that believes in the importance of nurturing the next generation of artful thinkers. Favorite Alliance directing credits include A Christmas Carol; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Pearl Cleage’s Tell Me My Dream (premiere); Courage (premiere); James and the Giant Peach; Waiting for Balloon (premiere); Shrek the Musical; Grimm Lives of the Inbetweens (premiere); Seussical; Class of 3000 LIVE (premiere); Einstein Is a Dummy (premiere); The Book of Ruth; The Hobbit; and more. Favorite national directing credits include Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical and Jason Invisible at the Kennedy Center and Frida Libra at La Jolla Playhouse (all premieres). Rosemary also directed the high school Palefsky Collision Project for its first 10 years and pioneered the Alliance’s innovative Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young. She has been named an Atlanta Lexus Leader of the Arts and received the Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship. In 2005 she was named best director of the year by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won the GTC


profiles Distinguished Career Award. She is a 2009 recipient of the Princess Grace Special Projects Award and several Suzi awards including the 2010 Spirit of Suzi Bass Award. She has proudly served on the national board of TYA/USA. Much love to the many families in my life and especially to Tom for sharing the whimsy. KOREY MICHAEL WASHINGTON (Scenic Designer), from Culver City, Calif., has designed environments and scenery for theater, television, film and tours for two decades. He has presented his design work in more than 150 venues, arenas and theaters around the country. Outside of his recent production design projects, including the upcoming Verses and Flow, Toni Braxton’s 2016 tour and Kevin Hart’s LOL and She Funny, he has expanded his experience to create Production Strategies and Design Group. Most recently Korey was on the production design team for the What Now? concert film with Kevin Hart. He was honored to design the world premiere of Pearl Cleage’s Tell Me My Dream at the Alliance. The most prolific and exciting production he’s been a part of is led by his executive producer Tracey, his wife of 26 years, and his associate producers Clark, Jason and Andrew, all of whom are glad to have him as creative director on their lifelong production titled Family. Koreywashington.com APRIL ANDREW (Costume Designer) received her M.F.A. is costume design & technology from the University of South Carolina and has worked with many regional theaters. She has worked in the Alliance Theatre costume shop since 2014 as a costume design assistant, and enjoys doing freelance work around the city. Design credits include Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Clayton State University), Hamlet (University of South Carolina), Home Free! (Williamstown Theatre Festival Workshop) and The All Night Strut (Anderson University). She thanks her family for their support and Rosemary for this opportunity. STEVEN LOVE (Lighting Designer) is excited to be doing his second lighting design with the Alliance Theatre. Partnering with Rosemary Newcott on another wonderful show is a real

treat. Steven is a graduate of Kennesaw State University’s Theatre & Performance Studies program. He has been a member of the Alliance Theatre’s electrics department for five years and would like to thank Pete Shinn for his wit, camaraderie, wisdom and guidance. ED THROWER (Sound Designer/Composer) is an Atlanta area musician who loves theater. Recent musical credits include Company (Actor’s Express); The Light in the Piazza (Theatrical Outfit); The Last Time We Were Here (Synchronicity Theatre); Courage (Alliance Theatre); and The Grimm Lives of the Inbetweens (Alliance Theatre). Much love to Rosemary! BARBARA GANTT O’HALEY (Stage Manager) is excited to be back for her sixth year at the Alliance Theatre, where she has stage managed Tell Me My Dream, Courage and Grimm Lives of the Inbetweens, and worked as stage management production assistant for Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical, James and the Giant Peach, Shrek, Charlotte’s Web, I Just Stopped by to See the Man and two productions of The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta. Other credits include stage managing West Side Story and Cats at Atlanta Lyric Theatre; and In the Heights at Theatrical Outfit; and assistant stage managing The Light in the Piazza, Moxie, A Little Princess and Memphis at Theatrical Outfit. She is thankful to Rosemary for always being a pleasure to work with as well as everyone else who makes Theatre for Youth and Families such a joy every year. Love to Patrick. KARA PROCELL (Stage Management Production Assistant/Stage Manager) has been a stage management production assistant at the Alliance Theatre on numerous productions. Favorites include The Prom, Ethel and Disgraced. This is her third year working on the fall TYA production, and she’s excited to be stage managing this in-house run. She previously stage managed the Alliance Teen Ensemble’s Antigone Presented by the Girls of St. Catherine’s. She also stage manages at Dad’s Garage, is the production manager of Found Stages Theatre Company and a Weird Sisters Theatre Project company member. Kara has a B.F.A. from Catawba College.

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profiles JODY FELDMAN (Producer & Casting Director) began her theatere career acting in Atlanta before moving into administration as assistant general manager at Frank Wittow’s Academy Theatre. Jody is the producer and casting director at the Alliance, where she started in 1991 as casting director. While at the Alliance, she has cast and produced more than 200 LORT B, D and TYA productions, encompassing a wide range of world premieres including The Last Night of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry, What I Learned in Paris by Pearl Cleage, Broke by Janece Shaffer, In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney and more than 10 years of Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competitionwinning plays, plus such world and regional premiere musicals as Tuck Everlasting, Aida, The Color Purple, Sister Act: The Musical, Bring It On: The Musical, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County and Harmony, A New Musical. Jody is most proud of the thriving Alliance engagement activities and partnerships that recognize theatrical work as a catalyst for community conversation and connection.

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SUSAN V. BOOTH ( Jennings Hertz Artistic Director) joined the Alliance Theatre in 2001 and has initiated the Palefsky Collision Project for teens, the Alliance/ Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, local producing partnerships and regional collaborations as well as commercial partnerships on projects including Tuck Everlasting; Ghost Brothers of Darkland County; The Color Purple; Bring It On: The Musical; Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away With Me; Sister Act: The Musical; Bring in ’ da Noise, Bring in ’ da Funk and Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL. As a director, she has worked at such theatres as the Goodman, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Stage and Film, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens, Court Theatre and many others. She holds degrees from Denison and Northwestern universities and was a fellow of the National Critics Institute and the Kemper Foundation. She has held teaching positions at Northwestern and DePaul universities and serves as adjunct faculty at Emory University. She is a past president of the board of directors for the Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for the field, and is a trustee of Denison University. Susan is married to Max Leventhal and is the proud mother of Moira Rose Leventhal.


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character profiles

The characters in Slur are all students at a fictional Atlanta area Middle School. The main characters are Daisy, Javier, Kwame, Louisa and Quinton. Here’s what their social media presence might look like. What do you learn about these characters based on these profiles? What assumptions do you make about them from this information? How do you choose items to include in your own profiles on social media? — Created by the Junior Dramaturgs at the Paideia School

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discover us. discover you. discover us. discover you. In Slur, I’m reminded yet again of the power of theater to capture the most human moments in every situation. These middle-school kids are thoughtful and petty, mature and shallow, and powerful and insecure. Having been in their position very, very recently (minus the titular slur itself, of course), these characters were strikingly real. It was quite inspiring seeing them work through many of the same things with which I continue to struggle. Theirs is a story I needed to hear. It’s a story that is, in many ways, my story as well. It’s a story I believe is also that of many middle-schoolers around this country, who, like Daisy, are still trying to figure out who they are and where they fit in this society. Anna Zheng (left, with Alliance actor Michelle Pokopac). Pokopac plays the role Anna created in the original Paideia production.

Anna Zheng Paideia Middle School

synopsis: When a slur is spray-painted on Daisy Ananda’s locker, she is unwillingly thrust into the spotlight and pressured to take a stand by speaking for minorities at her school. Having always tried to fit in, Daisy now has to confront a previously hidden aspect of her identity, while also trying to figure out who she is and how that may differ from what other people want her to be. As the school scrambles to figure out who’s behind the slur, Daisy must come to terms with her identity and how she interacts with society.

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about the alliance theatre The Alliance Theatre is Atlanta’s national theater, expanding hearts and minds on stage and off. Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre is the leading producing theater in the Southeast, reaching more than 165,000 patrons annually. The Alliance delivers powerful programming that challenges adult and youth audiences to think critically and care deeply. Under the leadership of Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, the Alliance Theatre received the Regional Theatre Tony Award® in recognition of sustained excellence in programming, education, and community engagement. Known for its high artistic standards and national role in creating significant theatrical works, the Alliance has premiered more than 100 original productions including Tony Award® winners The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Aida by Elton John and Tim Rice, and Alfred Uhry’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo. The Alliance has developed and premiered important American musicals with a strong track record of Broadway, touring, and subsequent productions, including the world premieres of Sister Act: The Musical, Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away, Bring It On: The Musical, Stephen King and John Mellencamp’s Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, the world premiere of the new musical Tuck Everlasting, and most recently, Born for This: the BeBe Winans Story. The Alliance also creates and nurtures the careers of artists through the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, producing the world premiere for the competition winner as part of the regular season, and the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab, providing developmental support and production resources for three performing arts projects each year. The Alliance’s dedication to providing access to the arts is reflected in its commitment to creating new work for all ages, and to bringing that work into classrooms and communities across Atlanta and throughout the region. More than 50,000 students each year experience age-specific professional performances and participate in acting classes, drama camps, and in-school initiatives through the Alliance Theatre Acting Program and Education Department. The Alliance’s groundbreaking Kathy and Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young performances offer professionally-produced, fully interactive theater for infants and toddlers; the Palefsky Collision Project invites high school artists to create and perform new civic-minded theater based on a classic text; and community acting classes and skill-building workshops engage professional artists, young actors, business leaders, and curious learners of all ages. Twice recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for leadership in arts education, the Alliance Arts for Learning Institute equips classroom teachers with theatrical techniques that link directly to school curriculum and have been empirically proven to improve student learning. These programs include Georgia Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts and Dramaturgy K–12, in which students create research material that informs Alliance productions and prepares peer audiences. The work produced by the Alliance allows locally based artists the chance to create on a nationally watched stage, building and sustaining Atlanta’s artistic community. The vision of the Alliance Theatre is to be a beacon of leadership for the national field, while remaining deeply rooted in and reflective of our local Atlanta community. MISSION Atlanta’s national theater, expanding hearts and minds on stage and off. VISION The Alliance will lead the national field by deeply engaging with its local community, modeling radical inclusion and catalytic experiences on our stages, in our classrooms, and throughout Atlanta. alliancetheatre.org or 404.733.4650

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OPEN HOUSE Saturday, Nov. 12 Kindergarten, 1:00 pm Sunday, Nov. 13 Grades 1–5, 1:00 pm Grades 6–8, 3:30 pm Wednesday, Jan. 25 Grades 9–12, 6:30 pm The Lovett School practices a nondiscriminatory admission policy. Financial aid is available.

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board of directors officers

Chair Reade Fahs Immediate Past Chair Victoria Palefsky Treasurers Steve Chaddick Fran Rogers

lifetime directors

Rita Anderson Ken Bernhardt Frank Chew Ann Cramer* Linda Davidson Laura Hardman* Hays Mershon Richard S. Myrick Helen Regenstein Bob Reiser Jane Shivers Sally G. Tomlinson Ben White

directors

Kristin R. Adams* James Anderson* Kenny Blank Laura Brightwell Peter Carter Jeffrey S. Cashdan Steve Chaddick* Tena Clark Leigh Ann Costley Allison Dukes Fred Ehlers Daryl Evans Reade Fahs* Howard Feinsand* Andrea Freeman Richard Goerss* Pat Gunning Virginia A. Hepner^* Lila Hertz* Jocelyn Hunter* Erika James Christopher M. Jones

Anne Kaiser* John Keller Lauren Kiefer* Mary Jane Kirkpatrick Malinda Krantz Alan McKeon* Dori Miller Hala Moddelmog* Phil Moise* Jane Morgan^ Maureen Morrison Victoria Palefsky* Paul Pendergrass Scott Pioli Helen Smith Price Sean Reardon Patty Reid Margaret Reiser* Fran Rogers* Maurice Rosenbaum Bobby Rosenbloum Surishtha Sehgal Steve Selig Pam Sessions Mark Silberman Chris Sizemore Bill Sleeper Bronson Smith E. Kendrick Smith Karen Spiegel Chandra Stephens-Albright Charlita Stephens-Walker Jill Thomas Rosemarie Thurston Benny Varzi Rebekah Wasserman Brad Watkins Cynthia Widner Wall Jill Wilson Paul Wrights Todd Zeldin

advisory board Advisory Board Chair Laura Hardman* Vice Chair Phil Moise*

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Joel Alvarado Shean L. Atkins Maurice Baker Shana Basnight Danny Blumenfeld Keith Arthur Bolden Donna Bowman Heidi Boykin Kristen Wood Burke Tarsha Whitaker Calloway Madison Cario Andrew Chang Greg Changnon Caren Cook Emily Decker Makeba Dixon-Hill Angela Edmond Lisa Ramirez Ellinger David Felfoldi Ashby Fox Patsy Garrett Matt Geller Karen Gentry Barbara Goldman Henry Gonzalez September Gray Lauren Linder Grunberg Nancy Halwig Janet Stovall Harrell Michael Kaluzny Rachelle Kuramoto Mark Lee Carolina Margarella Santiago Marquez Carol Meadows Ryland McClendon Darryal McCullough Liza McSwain Marjorie Mitchell Dedi Mohr Michelle Morgan Valerie Mosley Joan Netzel Gail O’Neill Michael Parver Kendrick Heather Phillips Kathy Portnoy

Almeera Jiwa Pratt Jennifer Schwartz Ron Segal Jibran Shermohammed Nancy Silverboard Robert D. Simmermon Susan Stiefel Chuck Taylor Natasha Trethewey Alexandra Tucci Shawn Tylka Nse Ufot Leanne Van Dyk Avril Vignos Charmaine Ward Amanda Watkins Ellen Adair Wyche * Executive Committee Member ^ Ex-officio

volunteer leadership

President, STARS Jane Morgan Chairman, Theater Advocates Joan Milsap Chairman, Theater Educators Myra Medlin & Faye Windham Chairman, Theater Ushers Mary Wellington Chairman, Hospitality Susan Stiefel


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

★★★★★★★ $250,000+ The Coca-Cola Company Anonymous

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation

★★★★★★ $100,000+ The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation AT&T Delta Air Lines, Inc. The Edgerton Foundation The Home Depot

The Kendeda Fund The Shubert Foundation Spray Foundation, Inc. Turner

★★★★★ $50,000+ Carter’s Fulton County Board of Commissioners MAP Fund North Highland

PNC R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation Wal-Mart Foundation The Zeist Foundation

★★★★ $25,000+ Atlanta Foundation Camp-Younts Foundation City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Georgia Power

Oscar G. & Elsa S. Mayer Family Foundation Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. The Rich Foundation The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust

★★★ $10,000+ The Abraham J & Phyllis Katz Foundation Accenture Allstate Foundation Alston & Bird Cartoon Network CKKO Foundation

Georgia Council for the Arts Georgia Natural Gas Georgia-Pacific Corporation Greenberg Traurig Hire Profile National Endowment for the Arts

NCR Foundation State Bank & Trust Company Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, LLP The Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation Frances Wood Wilson Foundation

John and Mary Franklin Foundation Jones Day King & Spalding The Rockdale Foundation Rotary Education Foundation

Theatre Communications Group Theatre Forward Thompson Hine United Distributors

★★ $5,000+ Aon Risk Solutions Arby’s Foundation Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia DeepStream VR William and Eva Fox Foundation

By attending our theatre, you have made a powerful statement about how important the arts are to you. With the 2016/17 Season, the Alliance Theatre turns 48. Help us celebrate the power of great theatre for 48 years by making another statement of support louder than any standing ovation. Visit our website at alliancetheatre.org and click on Donate.

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sponsors DELTA AIR LINES Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 319 destinations in 57 countries on six continents. Delta is an active partner in supporting community organizations, museums and exhibits that enlighten and inspire people to better themselves and better their world. For more information about Delta, please visit our website at delta.com. Cast and company flowers sponsored by

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government

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.

Major support is provided by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

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annual fund Individual donors contribute more than $2 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 their support. To find out more about the benefits of giving or to make your gift, visit us at alliancetheatre.org/donate or call 404-733-4710. Listed below are pledges and gifts to the Alliance Theatre Annual Fund and special events for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons from June 1, 2015 through October 15, 2016.

$100,000+ Dean DuBose & Bronson Smith Spray Foundation, Inc. $50,000+ Katie & Reade Fahs Starr Moore and the James Starr Moore Memorial Foundation Victoria & Howard Palefsky $25,000+ Barbara & Steve Chaddick Ann & Jeff Cramer Mr. & Mrs. Howard Feinsand David & Carolyn Gould Stephen & Marjorie Osheroff Dan & Garnet Reardon Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation Sally G. Tomlinson Mr. & Mrs. Bradford L. Watkins Paul Wrights Amy & Todd Zeldin $15,000-$24,999 Stephanie Blank Susan Booth & Max Leventhal Linda & Gene Davidson Mr. Fredric M. Ehlers & Mr. David Lile Doris & Matthew Geller Marsha & Richard Goerss Jocelyn J. Hunter John C. Keller Mr. & Mrs. David E. Kiefer David & Mary Jane Kirkpatrick Malinda Krantz Jane & Hicks Lanier Hala & Steve Moddelmog Phil & Caroline Moïse Bob & Margaret Reiser Linda & Steve Selig Charlita Stephens-Walker, Charles* & Delores Stephens $10,000-$14,999 Ms. Kristin R. Adams Chandra Stephens-Albright & Warren Albright The Balloun Family Laura Brightwell Mr. & Mrs. Peter Carter Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Cashdan The Frances and Beverly DuBose Foundation, Inc Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Evans Mr. Patrick J. Gunning

Virginia Hepner & Malcolm Barnes Doug & Lila Hertz Andrea & Boland Jones Mrs. Leslie Joyce James & Lori Kilberg Mr. & Mrs. Angus Morrison Travis Reed & Michael Kriethe of Harry Norman Realtors Sean & Danielle Reardon Patty & Doug Reid Patricia & Maurice Rosenbaum Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Rosenbloum Ms. Pam Sessions & Mr. Don Donnelly Mark & Linda Silberman Mr. & Mrs. Chris Sizemore Dr. & Mrs. Dennis Lee Spangler Karen & John Spiegel Tim & Maria Tassopoulous Rosemarie & David Thurston Mr. Ramon Tomé & Ms. Carol Tomé Waffle House Mark & Rebekah Wasserman Ramona & Ben White Suzy Wilner Mr. & Mrs. Monte Wilson $7,500-$9,999 James Anderson Mr. & Mrs. William Dukes Mr. & Mrs. Adam Fuller Mr. & Mrs. John S. Markwalter, Jr. Mr. Alan B. McKeon & Ms. Evelyn Ashley Dr. & Mrs. R. K. Sehgal Mr. Christopher Jones & Mr. Roger Smith Mr. & Mrs. Benny Varzi $5,000-$7,499 Gene G. Abel, M.D. & Nora Harlow John & Lynn Ayers Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Mr. & Mrs. W. Kent Canipe Franklin & Dorothy Chandler Ezra Cohen Charitable Trust Mr. & Mrs. Chad Costley Eve & Bob Eckardt Dr. & Mrs. Norman Elliott John & Cindy Ethridge Karen & Andrew Ghertner Erin & John Heyman Mrs. Anne H. Kaiser Paul & Rosthema Kastin David L. Kuniansky

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Lubo Fund Anna & Hays Mershon Richard S. & Winifred B. Myrick Scott, Dallas, & Mia Pioli Mr. & Mrs. Solon P. Patterson Bill & Rhonda Rowland Alan & Cyndy* Schreihofer Mr. & Mrs.* Charles B. Shelton III Henry N. & Margaret P. Staats Lynne & Steve Steindel William & Margarita Sleeper Sharon & David Schachter Chuck & Lisa Cannon-Taylor Susan & Tom Wardell $2,500-$4,999 Elaine & Miles Alexander Dr. & Mrs. Raymond Allen Arcus Capital Partners Ellen Arnovitz Karen Beardslee & Susie McGinnis Ron & Lisa Brill Charitable Trust Sara & Alex Brown Frank Buonanotte Frank & Mary Anne Chew Mark & Ruth Coan Susan & Ed Croft Ann & Jim Curry Mr. & Mrs. Edward C. Dobbs Marcia & John Donnell Bo & Eileen DuBose Diane Durgin Eierman Foundation Ms. Elizabeth R. Etoll Diane & Daryl Evans Kathryn T. Farley, PhD Jody & Michael Feldman Viki & Paul Freeman Mr. & Mrs. John D. Fuller Dr. Cynthia J. Fordyce & Sharon Hulette Heidi & David Geller Tuvy Guss Mrs. Carrie G. Hall Burch & Mark Hanson Dr. & Mrs. John B. Hardman Ariana L. Hargrave Henry & Etta Raye Hirsch Foundation Mr. & Mrs. J. Michael Hostinsky Linda & Richard Hubert Mr. Wayne S. Hyatt Jason & Laurie Jeffay Samuel B Kellett, Sr. Foundation Leslie D. Leigh M.D. Kristie L. Madara Daniel Marks & Keri Powell

Mr. Walter W. Mitchell Dedi & Julian Mohr June M. Morrison Susan & David Peterson Sam & Barbara Pettway Helen M. Regenstein Nancy & Charlie Rigby Charlotte & Tom Shields Brian Shively & Jim Jinhong Sonny & Jeanne Seals Nancy & Gerald Silverboard Mr. & Mrs. E. Kendrick Smith Linda & Mason Stephenson Karen & Alex Stickney Susan & Alan Stiefel Mr. Russell B. Still In honor of Carol Jones Maria-Ruth Storts Michael & June Tompkins John Vaught & Karen Gentry Cynthia Widner Wall & James A. Wall J.M. Wilkerson Construction Company Sue S. Williams Lynne Winship The Zaban Foundation John & Kathy Zamer $1,500 - $2,499 Judge Gregory A. Adams & Wanda C. Adams Diane & Kent Alexander Theodore & Andrea Altholz Mr. & Mrs. Brian Anderson Elizabeth & John Bacon Mr. & Mrs. Roland L. Bates Mark & Pam Bell Mr. & Mrs. John Benator Jeff Bergstrom John Haupert & Bryan Brooks Mrs. Lucinda W. Bunnen Aubrey & Carol Bush Candace Carson Melodie H. Clayton Susan & Tom Callaway Brad & Sally Currey Bill Damaschke Phil Delanty Mr. & Mrs. David E. Dermer Diane & Roman Deville Ralph & Ree Edwards Mindy & Mike Egan Tim & Christina Eyerly Andrew & Wendie Fisher Linda M. Garrett Mr. & Mrs. Taylor Glover Lynne & Jack Halpern


annual fund Valerie Hartman $1,500 - $2,499 cont’d Richard & Dorothy Hines Stephen & Taylor Horne Dr. Joyce F. Houser Adrienne Hudson Kay H. & Burke C. Jones Mark Keiser Dr. William A. Kiser Steven & Sheri Labovitz Conchita Heyn & Robert Lichtefeld Gary Lovett Linda L. Lively & James E. Hugh, III Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Metzger Janice & Tom Munsterman Debbie & Lon Neese Bill & Carey Peard Peg Petersen Karen Porch Erin Quinn Don & Rosalinda Ratajczak Dr. Denise Raynor Rebecca & John Reeves Dr. Susan Rifkin & Mr. David Rifkin The Elster Foundation Peter & Alice Rogers Dr. & Mrs. Fredric Rosenberg Mr. & Mrs. Mark Rosenberg Sam Schwartz & Lynn Goldowski Smith, LLC Mr. Scott Sorrels Ms. Martha B. Stephens & Ms. Linda B. August Jim & Janie Stratigos Dr. & Mrs. Alan Sunshine Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth G. Taylor

Kathy & Ron Tomajko Ms. Natasha Trethewey Penn & Sally Wells Barbara A. White Sharon Adams Michael & Andrea Barrett Mr. & Mrs. Billy Bauman Shirley Blaine Mr. & Mrs. Francis S. Blake Thomas Brown Family Charity David Cofrin & Christine TrybaCofrin Ralph & Rita Connell Bryan & Barbara Fields Mr. & Mrs. William C. Fowler Mr. & Mrs. John J. Gillin Mr. & Mrs. Frank S. Goodman James & Vicki Griffiths Warren M. Gump Mr. Walter Henderson Mrs. Elaine L. Hentschel Bruce & Elizabeth Herman Mark Hobson P.J. Younglove Hovey The International Council of Fine Arts Deans Suzanne & Thad King Lucy Kinnaird Mrs. Elizabeth Levine In honor of Billy Levine Richard Long & Sheri Easton-Long William McKay Jim & Jo McLean Carol & Dart Meadows Ann Starr & Kent Nelson Joan Netzel & John Gronwall Mr. & Mrs. Paul Ollinger Mr. Thomas Pinckney Dr. Jerry & Mrs. Linda Richman Roger & Lynn Ritvo in honor of

Ken McNeil Neil & Susan Sandler Chris Schneider Elizabeth Wallace & Christopher Scislowicz Jane E. Shivers Philip Slaughter Ms. Avril Vignos Vogel Family Foundation Mr. Kevin Warren Adrienne Whitehead Sue S. Williams Melody Wilder Wilson Ms. Amy Winokur William & Nancy Yang $1,000 - $1,499 Sharon Adams Michael & Andrea Barrett Mr. & Mrs. Billy Bauman Shirley Blaine Mr. & Mrs. Francis S. Blake Thomas Brown Family Charity David Cofrin & Christine TrybaCofrin Ralph & Rita Connell Bryan & Barbara Fields Mr. & Mrs. William C. Fowler Mr. & Mrs. John J. Gillin Mr. & Mrs. Frank S. Goodman Kevin Greiner & Robyn Roberts James & Vicki Griffiths Warren M. Gump Mr. Walter Henderson Mrs. Elaine L. Hentschel Bruce & Elizabeth Herman Benjamin & Allison Hill Mark Hobson P.J. Younglove Hovey The International Council of Fine Arts Deans

Suzanne & Thad King Lucy Kinnaird Mrs. Elizabeth Levine In honor of Billy Levine Richard Long & Sheri Easton-Long William McKay Jim & Jo McLean Carol & Dart Meadows Raymond & Penelope McPhee Ann Starr & Kent Nelson Joan Netzel & John Gronwall Mr. & Mrs. Paul Ollinger Mr. Thomas Pinckney Dr. Jerry & Mrs. Linda Richman Roger & Lynn Ritvo in honor of Ken McNeil Dr. & Mrs. Charles Rosenberg Neil & Susan Sandler Chris Schneider Elizabeth Wallace & Christopher Scislowicz Rochelle Barker Shinn Jane E. Shivers Philip Slaughter Mrs. Velma C. Tilley Laura Thruston Ms. Avril Vignos Vogel Family Foundation Mr. Kevin Warren Adrienne Whitehead Melody Wilder Wilson Ms. Amy Winokur William & Nancy Yang * Deceased

Alliance Theatre Staff Giving We would like to thank the following Alliance Theatre & Woodruff Arts Center staff members who have contributed to the Alliance Theatre Annual Fund and Transformation Campaign. Emika Abe Brooke Beall Jessica Boatright Susan V. Booth Scott Bowne Kristen Buckley Jamie Clements Jeff Cone Kat Conley Patrick Conley Megan DeWitt Christina Dresser

Jody Feldman Collins Goss Jim Hubbert Rachel Jones Megan Kier Kyle Longwell Liz Lyons Michael Lyons Deb Mayberry Leora Morris Suzanne Morris Victor Mouledoux

Christopher Moses Margo Moskowitz Patrick Myers Rosemary Newcott Mary Alice Nichols J. Noble Courtney O’Neill Elisia’ Parker Thomas Pinckney Rebecca Pogue Melissa Rose Mike Schleifer

Amy Schwartz Brian Shively Vincent Simons Paige Smith Matthew Tanner Laura Thruston Bret Torbeck Caitlin Way Cindy Lou Who Jackalyn Williams Jennifer Williford Michael Winn ALLIANCETHEATRE.ORG 39


CURRENT FUNDERS List as of August 2016 Theatre Forward advances the American theatre and its communities by providing funding and other resources to the country’s leading nonprofit theatres. Theatre Forward and our theatres are most grateful to the following Educating Through Theatre funders: THEATRE EXECUTIVES ($50,000-$99,000) The Schloss Family Foundation Wells Fargo BENEFACTORS ($25,000-$49,999) Buford Alexander and Pamela Farr Steven & Joy Bunson James S. & Lynne Turley PACESETTERS ($15,000 $24,999) Alan & Jennifer Freedman Frank & Bonnie Orlowski National Endowment for the Arts Southwest Airlines† Theatermania/ Gretchen Shugart George S. Smith, Jr. DONORS ($10,000 $14,999) Lisa Orberg RBC Wealth Management Daniel A. Simkowitz TD Charitable Foundation Isabelle Winkles

SUPPORTERS ($2,500 $9,999) Mitchell J. Auslander Paula A. Dominick Dorfman and Kaish Family Foundation, Inc. John R. Dutt Bruce R. and Tracey Ewing Mason & Kim Granger Brian J. Harkins Gregory S. Hurst Howard and Janet Kagan Joseph F. Kirk John R. Mathena Jonathan Maurer and Gretchen Shugart John Thomopoulos †Includes In-kind support Theatre Forward supporters are former supporters of National Corporate Theatre Fund and Impact Creativity. For a complete list of funders visit theatreforward.org

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annual fund legacy society The following are members of the Legacy Society who are ensuring the future strength of the Alliance Theatre through planned gifts to benefit the Theatre. The Legacy Society is the special recognition group for those who have included the Theatre in their estate plans. For more information about making a planned gift to benefit the Alliance Theatre, please contact Caitlin Way, Associate Dir. of Development, Board/Major Gifts at 404-733-4757 or caitlin.way@ alliancetheatre.org. Rita M. Anderson Anonymous Betty Blondeau-Russell Jim & Anne Breedlove Ezra Cohen Ann & Jeff Cramer Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Croft, III Sallie Adams Daniel Linda & Gene Davidson Howard & Ellen Feinsand Laura & John Hardman Glen E. & Nancy Hesler

P.J. Younglove Hovey William C. Hyde Lauren & David Kiefer Virginia Vann* & Ken Large Anna & Hays Mershon Mr. & Mrs. John McColskey Phil & Caroline Moise Richard S. & Winifred B. Myrick Victoria & Howard Palefsky Jan Pomerantz Helen M. Regenstein Margaret & Bob Reiser

Neal & Tricia Schachtel Mr. & Mrs.* Charles B. Shelton, III Jane E. Shivers Wayne & Lee Harper Vason Rick & Terri Western Ramona & Ben White

* deceased

matching gift companies We would like to thank the following companies who have matched contributions to the Alliance Theatre Annual Fund. Please visit alliancetheatre.org/match to find out if your employer will match your contribution. American Express AIG Corporation Aon Risk Solutions AT&T Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Bryan Cave-Powell Goldstein Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Chubb Corporation The Coca-Cola Company Deloitte Equifax, Inc.

GE Energy Georgia Power Home Depot Foundation Honda Motor Co. IBM Corporation JPMorgan Chase Kimberly-Clark Foundation Macy’s Foundation McDonald’s Corporation Microsoft Corporation Neiman Marcus

Norfolk Southern Corporation Plum Creek Prudential Financial Publix Super Markets Sprint SunTrust Foundation Time Warner, Inc. Verizon Corporation Yahoo! Wells Fargo

Do you appreciate live theatre, enjoy meeting new people and trying new things? If so, then get involved with one of the largest volunteer forces in the arts. The Alliance Theatre volunteer STARS program offers a wide range of opportunities, which includes advocating for live theatre, ushering for Alliance productions, participating in and staffing fundraising & hospitality events, and assisting Alliance staff members with daily office tasks. STARS is composed of three committees working together on fundsaving and fund-raising projects to benefit the theatre. The three committees are the Theatre Advocates, the Theatre Educators, and the Theatre Ushers. For more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact Michael Winn at Michael.Winn@ alliancetheatre.org.


THE WOODRUFF CIRCLE Woodruff Circle members each contribute more than $250,000 annually to support the arts and education work of the Woodruff Arts Center, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and High Museum of Art. We are deeply grateful to these 38 partners who lead our efforts to ensure the arts thrive in our community.

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Terra Foundation for American Art Wells Fargo

$400,000+ Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation The Douglas J. Hertz Family PwC, Partners & Employees

Patty and Doug Reid The Rich Foundation The Sara Giles Moore Foundation

$300,000+ Mr. and Mrs. C. Merrell Calhoun The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. Deloitte, its Partners & Employees Forward Arts Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Keough King & Spalding, Partners & Employees UPS Mr. and Mrs. Edus H. Warren, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wood

$250,000+ EY, Partners & Employees Invesco Ltd.

KPMG LLP, Partners & Employees wish Foundation

Woodruff Circle & Patron Circle donations made: June 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016 Beauchamp C. Carr Challenge Fund Donors

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alliance theatre staff ARTISTIC Jennings Hertz Artistic Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan V. Booth Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth and Families . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rosemary Newcott Producer & Casting Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jody Feldman Director of New Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Celise Kalke Playwright in Residence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pearl Cleage Yale Directing Fellow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leora Morris Artistic Support Associate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emily Kleypas Kenny Leon Fellow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olivia Matthews Yale Theater Management Fellow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Melissa Rose Reiser Lab Artists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Justin Anderson, David De Vries, Patricia Henritze, Matt Huff, Derreck Kayongo, Hank Kimmel, Vynnie Meli, Mary Lynn Owen, Naima Carter Russell, Kendall Simpson

Properties Properties Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Liz Lyons Master Artisan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Suzanne Cooper Morris Props Artisan and Buyer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kimberly Townsend Props Artisan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruce Butkovich Scenery Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kyle Longwell Assistant Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Megan Kier Shop Foreman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrick Conley Lead Welder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Lyons Lead Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Victor Mouledoux Jr. Carpenters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manny Abreo, Cassie Garner Charge Scenic Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kat Conley Scenic Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brooke Beall

Production Management Director of Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Victor W. Smith Assistant Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Margo Moskowitz Sound Resident Sound Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clay Benning Costumes Production Sound Engineer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Michelle Jarvis Costume Shop Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jeff Cone Sound Engineers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kris Meyer, Emma Lipsitt, Holly O’Reagan Assistant Costume Shop Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April Andrew Design Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jordan Jaked Carrier Stage Management Drapers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julie Kennedy, Cindy Lou Who Resident Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bret Torbeck Craftsmaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Diana L. Thomas Alliance Stage Managers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . lark hackshaw, Liz Campbell, Barbara O’Haley, R. Lamar Williams Stitchers/1st Hands . . . . . . . . . . Laury Conley, Lyudmila Fesenko, Brett Parker Wig Master . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lindsay Ewing Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jayson T. Waddell Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hauzia Conyers, Katy Munroe, Niki Traxler Stage Management Production Assistants . . . . . . . . . . . . . Britney DeRosa, Kara Procell, Skylar Burks Electrics Staff Electricians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gabby Ide, Steve Jordan, Stage Operations Steven Love, Jennifer Nakahara Stage Operations Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Bowne Crew Chief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vincent Simons Flyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Willie Parks Properties Stagehand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Courtney O’Neill Additional Load-in Crew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ricky Coca, James McBrayer, James Schlachter, Haley Scott, John Underwood EDUCATION Dan Reardon Director of Education Teaching Artists (cont’d) . . . . . . . Taryn Carmona, Katie Causey, Greg Chagnon, & Associate Artistic Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christopher Moses Hannah Church, Jaehn Clare, Steve Coulter, Nakeisha Daniel, Benjamin Davis, Administrative Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rachel Jones Theresa Davis, Shelli Delgado, Jorge Donoso, John Doyle, Rachael Endrizzi, Jessica Espinoza, Sharon Foote, Daryl Funn, Allison Gardner, Trevor Goble, Database & Content Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christina Dresser Neeley Gossett, Al Hamacher, Robert Hindsman, Jeremiah Parker Hobbs, Family Programs Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olivia Aston Bosworth Catherine Dee Holly, BJ Hughes, Rachel Jones, Ameenah Kaplan, Adam King, Early Childhood Program Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristen Buckley David Kote, LeeAnna Lambert, Clayton Landey, Bethany Lind, Nicole Livieratos, Teen & Adult Programs Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sarah Wallis Cara Mantella, Gloria Martin, Marielle Martinez, Tiffany McGettee, Bryan Mercer, Institute Program Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Alice Nichols Karin Mervis, Sarah Newby Halicks, Donal Noonan, Mary Emily O’Bradovich, Institute Program Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Pogue Lee Osorio, Tafee Patterson, Tawny Powell, Eric Prather, Julie Puckett, JL Reed, Education Sales & Customer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nicole Kang Rebeca Robles, Julissa Sabino, Viviana Sawyer, Linda Sherbert, David Sterritt, Camp Coordinator & Family Programs Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . Aierelle McGill Barry Stewart Mann, Suzanne Stroup, Ebony Tucker, Jeremy Varner, Communications Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .J. Noble Jose Miguel Vasquez, Rachel Wansker, Andrea Washington, Davia Weatherill, Education Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kevin Bunch Corinne Weintraub, Stephanie Willis, Vallea E. Woodbury, Melissa Word Kathy and Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corinne Weintraub Teen Ensemble Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sherifa Abudulai, Ampith Anderson, Gillian Baker, Caroline Caden, Austin Geter, Kyla Hunter, Jalexis James, Teaching Artists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Abyss, Nikki Adkins, Karen Aguirre, Isake Akanke Slaughter, Ricardo Aponte, Olivia Aston Bosworth, Isabel Jordan, Taylor McKinney, Alexis Mpezo, Jade Nixon, Justice Pate, Kim Bowers Rheay Baran, Kati Grace Brown, Danye Brown, Kyle Brumley, Jordan Powell, Laughton Berry, Adirah Robinson, Rachael Simpson, Lon Bumgarner, Daniel Burns, Amy Cain Lucas, Kirstin Calvert, Kara Cantrell, Marquavious Smith, Ever Taylor, Evita Walch, Amira Williams MANAGEMENT Managing Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Schleifer Company Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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