| Annual Staff Contact Information |
Georgia Shakespeare Team
KERI ATKINS, Business Manager
email@example.com or 404.504.3410
for accounts payable &
, Marketing & Development Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.504.3405
for individual donations, reservations to special events, and general marketing inquiries
JENNIFER BAUER-LYONS, Director of Company Initiatives
email@example.com or 404.504.3406
for Intern Company, Globe Circle, Press requests, Special Events, and strategic initiatives
JESSICA De MARIA, Marketing & Development Associate
firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.504.3422
for general donation and marketing inquiries
RICHARD GARNER, Producing Artistic Director
email@example.com or 404.504.3402
for artistic inquiries
KEITH HINZE, Production Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.504.3435
for rentals and production inquiries
HOLLEY MITCHELL, Box Office and Data Manager
email@example.com or 404.504.1473
for Box Office and mailing list inquiries
LAUREN MORRIS, Managing Director
firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.504.3407
for Board of Trustee and Foundation & Corporate Giving inquiries
KATY MUNROE, Costume Coordinator
for costume rentals and inquiries
ALLEN O'REILLY, Education Director
email@example.com or 404.504.3401
for Audition and Education programming inquiries
| Staff Bios |
Richard Garner (Producing Artistic Director and co-founder)
Trained as an actor at the American Conservatory Theater and in theatre administration at Double Image Theatre in New York, Richard has guided Georgia Shakespeare from a 4-week summer season in 1986 to a LORT D company producing year-round mainstage and educational programming. As a director, he most recently directed Much Ado About Nothing, The Glass Menagerie, Noises Off, his world-premiere adaptation of The Odyssey: A Journey Home at Georgia Shakespeare and Tom Key’s adaptation of A Confederacy of Dunces at Theatrical Outfit. As an actor, he most recently appeared as Charlie Aiken in August: Osage County at the Alliance Theatre Company. In addition to numerous shows for the GS mainstage and Shakespeare for Students tours, Richard has guest directed at the Alliance Theatre Company, Theater Emory, Gainesville Theater Alliance, and Springer Opera House. He has served as a grants panelist for Theater Communications Group, Georgia Council for the Arts, South Carolina Arts Commission and is the past president of the Shakespeare Theater Association. He won a 2012 Suzi Bass Award for Best Director, was a 2011 finalist for the Zelda Fichandler Directing Award and has been recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Theater Conference, the Flourish Award for Arts Leadership from Kennesaw State University, the ABBY Award for Outstanding Arts Professional from the Arts and Business Council of Atlanta and as a LEXUS Leader of the Arts in Atlanta. He has a B.A. in English and Theater from Berry College and a two-year conservatory certificate from the American Conservatory Theatre.
Richard lives in Lake Claire with his wife, Karen Robinson, a professor of theatre at Kennesaw State University. In addition to working in the theatre, he is an avid collector of southern folk art, international naïve art, southern folk pottery and enjoys getting in his sea kayak whenever he can.
Lauren Morris (Managing Director)
Lauren was a theatre artist for 10 years in the Midwest before receiving an M.B.A and M.F.A. in theatre management for Cal State Long Beach. She has worked in various roles - from actor to director to manager - at the following theatres: Indiana Repertory Theatre, Shawnee Theatre, Heartland Actors' Repertory Theatre, Arden Theatre Company of Indianapolis, The Phoenix Theatre, Shadow Ape Theatre Company, Indy Fringe, Children's Theatre Institute, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, SummerStage Repertory Theatre, Brown County Playhouse, Summerstock Stage, California repertory Company, Chance Theatre, and California State University. Immediately preceding her role at Georgia Shakespeare, she was Executive Director of Long Beach Playhouse, where she led a major artistic and financial turnaround of the revered 82-year-old institution. Lauren is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.
She is now enjoying living in Atlanta, and when she not at the theatre, she is an avid reader and yoga practitioner.
Allen O'Reilly (Education Director)
Allen has been affiliated with the company for 23 years as an actor and teacher. He was made an Associate Artist in 1992, and became Education Director in 2004 overseeing Georgia Shakespeare's fourteen education offerings. Since that time he has directed the High School Touring productions and has also co- directed several Family Classic productions and directed The Jungle Book and last summer's The Emperor and The Nightingale. In addition, Allen had written and directed adaptations for Georgia Shakespeare's elementary and residency programs including: Will's Dream, Boot Camp Shakespeare!, A Tale of Two Shrews and Tempest Tossed! For Georgia Shakespeare's school tours he has written Miguel's Shakespearean Adventure and Will's World. Allen majored in Theatre at Northern Arizona University, and received his professional theatre training at Actor's Lab Arizona and at The Alliance Theatre Intern Program.
Jennifer Bauer-Lyons (Director of Company Initiatives)
Jennifer’s career in the arts spans both the creative and the administrative. She most recently worked for Horizon Theatre Company serving as the Managing Producer & Founder/Director of the Apprentice Company. Jennifer has also worked creatively with Theatre in the Square, Essential Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Opera Memphis, University of Memphis, and Waco Civic Theatre; and administratively with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of Chicago. She holds a MFA in theatre Directing from the University of Memphis and BA in Vocal Music performance, Theatre, and English from Ripon College and is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the professional national labor union.
|Julie Andrew (Marketing & Development Manager)
After graduating from college and a brief stint gallivanting around Europe, Julie has returned home to Atlanta in an attempt to utilize the knowledge for which she paid good money to obtain. She began developing an impressive career in healthcare marketing when her love of theatre pulled her back. Holding a BA in Communication from Louisiana State University, Julie is currently the Marketing Director for the Essential Theatre Festival and has volunteered her skills in marketing and PR to Fabrefaction Theatre Company. Julie also loves working with children and is currently serving as Assistant Director for the Atlanta Academy production of The Little Mermaid, Jr.
Julie’s dream dinner guests include Jon Stewart, Christiane Amanpour, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Bono.
Jessica De Maria (Marketing & Development Associate)
Jessica is a two time graduate of Oglethorpe University with a degree in Communications and one in Theatre, Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies. Jessica is an actress and teaching artist here in Atlanta. In these capacities she has worked with Aurora Theatre, the Center for Puppetry Arts, the Alliance Theatre, Pinch N' Ouch Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre and served as the Young Playwrights Festival Coordinator at Horizon Theatre. Jessica also has the joy and privilege of designing and preparing study guides for the Children's Theatre of Minneapolis. She is incredibly excited to be a part of Georgia Shakespeare.
Keri Atkins (Business Manager)
Keri is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She received her B.B.A. in Accounting from Georgia Southern University and her M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School. Since graduating, Keri has enjoyed expanding her knowledge of Accounting in various industries from manufacturing, healthcare, property management, and now non-profit theatre. Keri has been with Georgia Shakespeare since September 2006. Keri's time outside of the office is spent with her husband Johnathan and her sons JJ and Christopher.
Holley Mitchell (Box Office & Data Manager)
Holley is an Atlanta native and has been involved for many, many years in box office and database administration. She worked at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in charge of season tickets and group sales, at the Atlanta Beat women’s pro soccer team, where she designed and implemented the ticketing database for the 8,000-seat stadium at KSU before it was even completed, and headed the Ticket Sales department for over 11 years at the Center for Puppetry Arts, where she learned more about Unix programming than she ever thought she wanted to know. She left the non-profit theatre world a few years back but cannot tell you how happy she is to be back, especially at Georgia Shakespeare. When Holley is not working at GS or Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, she enjoys hiking, camping, photography, jazz and world music, and spending time with her two wonderful sons.
Katy Munroe (Costume Designer & Coordinator) is a graduate of Berry College. Katy has worked with Georgia Shakespeare since its early days. In addition to her work in costuming, Katy creates original art that has been seen at Wimble Designs, on The Christopher Lowell Show, and in Home Companion magazine.
Keith Hinze (Production Manager) is excited to join the Georgia Shakespeare staff full time as Production Manager. He has been involved with the company for many years as far back as working as a carpenter on Macbeth in 1997 and as recently as Technical Director for The Odyssey and A Christmas Story last season. Keith brings a solid background in theatrical production having worked as Production Manager at Aurora Theatre and recently as Technical Director at St. Pius catholic High School and DramaTech, the student theatre at Georgia Tech. Keith currently resides in Newnan with his wife and three children, and, yes, that is a long way to drive to work. He hopes to relocate back to Atlanta soon.
Current Box Office Hours:
Monday through Friday
10 AM to 2 PM