Chris Kayser in the 2013 production of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Greg Mooney.

Board members

Our Board of Directors and Advisory Boards are comprised of some of Atlanta's most important business and civic leaders.

Steve W. Chaddick
Mentor Capitalist, Ridgewood Advisors, LLC
Reade Fahs
Board Chair
President & CEO, National Vision
Victoria Palefsky
Immediate Past Chair
Community volunteer, retired/HR

Lifetime Directors

Rita M. Anderson
Community volunteer
Ken Bernhardt
Regents Professor of Marketing Emeritus, Georgia State University
Frank S. Chew
Community volunteer, retired/legal
Ann W. Cramer
Senior consultant; Coxe Curry & Associates
Linda Davidson
Community volunteer
Laura Hardman
Community volunteer
John Hays Mershon
Retired partner, King & Spalding LLP
Richard S. Myrick
Community volunteer, retired/legal
Helen M. Regenstein
Community volunteer
Robert E. Reiser, Jr.
Senior Investment Advisor, Balentine
Jane Shivers
Shivers Consulting
Sally G. Tomlinson
Community volunteer
Benjamin T. White
Partner, Alston & Bird LLP

Board of Directors

Kristin R. Adams
Resident Sales Director, Aon Risk Solutions
James L. Anderson
Senior Vice President, Communications; Turner Broadcasting, Inc.
Kenny Blank
Executive Director, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Laura E. Brightwell
Public Affairs/Communications; former VP Coca-Cola Enterprises
Peter Carter
EVP & Chief Legal Counsel; Delta Air Lines
Jeffrey S. Cashdan
Partner; King & Spalding
Steve W. Chaddick
Mentor Capitalist, Ridgewood Advisors, LLC
Tena Clark
CEO/Chief Creative Officer, DMI Music & Media Solutions
LeighAnn Costley
Partner; Frazier & Deeter
Allison Dukes
President, Chairman, and CEO, Atlanta Division; SunTrust Banks, Inc.
Fred Ehlers
Vice President of Technology Department; Norfolk Southern
Daryl Evans
Senior Vice President, Mobile and Advertising Strategy; MediaLink
Reade Fahs
Board Chair
President & CEO, National Vision
Howard L. Feinsand
Community volunteer, retired/investments
Andrea Freeman
VP of Marketing; Aaron's
Richard Goerss
Community volunteer, retired/finance
Patrick J. Gunning
Partner; Ernst & Young
Virginia Hepner
President & Chief Executive Officer, Woodruff Arts Center
Lila Hertz
Community volunteer
Jocelyn J. Hunter
Vice President and Associate General Counsel, The Home Depot
Erika James
John H. Harland Dean; Goizueta Business School
Christopher Jones
Community volunteer
Anne Kaiser
Vice President, Community & Economic Development; Georgia Power
John Keller
Director, Global Sales Operations; Verizon
Lauren Kiefer
Chief Operating Officer; DocAuto, Inc.
Mary Jane Kirkpatrick
Community volunteer
Malinda Krantz
Community volunteer
Alan McKeon
President, Alexander Babbage
Dori Miller
Executive Director, Office of the CEO; North Highland
Hala Moddelmog
President & CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber
Phil H. Moïse
Advisory Board Vice Chair
Community volunteer, retired/legal
Jane Morgan
Community volunteer, STARS President
Maureen Morrison
Audit Partner, Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Paul Pendergrass
Independent business consultant
Scott Pioli
Assistant General Manager; Atlanta Falcons
Helen Smith Price
Group Director, Global Community Connections; The Coca-Cola Company
Sean Reardon
CEO; Zenith USA, Moxie and Roar
Patty Reid
Community volunteer
Margaret Reiser
Community volunteer, retired/finance
Fran Rogers
President; Checks & Balances, Inc.
Maurice M. Rosenbaum
Founder and President, HealthSystems
Bobby Rosenbloum
Shareholder; Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Surishtha Sehgal
Children's author
Steve Selig
President and Chairman of the Board; Selig Enterprises, Inc.
Pam Sessions
President; Hedgewood Homes
Mark Silberman
COO & Principal; Refrigiwear
Chris Sizemore
Co-founder & CEO; Creative Mischief
William D. Sleeper
Community volunteer, retired/legal/finance
H. Bronson Smith
Community volunteer, retired/finance/investments
E. Kendrick Smith
Partner, Jones Day
Karen Shepherd Spiegel
Retired, McGraw-Hill College Textbook Publishing
Chandra Stephens-Albright
Executive Director; C5 Georgia Youth Foundation
Charlita Stephens-Walker
Vice President of National Field Business Development; The Coca-Cola Company
Jill Thomas
VP Global Marketing; Cinnabon
Rosemarie Thurston
Partner; Alston & Bird, LLP
Benny H. Varzi
Senior Portfolio Manager & SVP – Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.
Cynthia Widner Wall
Wealth Director, PNC Wealth Management
Rebekah Wasserman
Physical Therapist; Turning Point Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
Bradford L. Watkins
EVP & Managing Director, Commercial Finance Group; State Bank & Trust
Jill Wilson
SVP Human Resources; Carter's Inc.
Paul Wrights
Executive Vice President - Investments, Principal; Courtland Partners
Todd Zeldin
President; ACG Professionals, Inc.

Advisory Board

The Alliance Theatre Advisory Board is comprised of leading members of our local, state, and national communities who serve as ambassadors for the Alliance in support of the artistic vision and mission of the theatre.

Laura Hardman
Darryall McCullough - Joel Alvarado
Director, Community Outreach & Engagement; Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Shean Atkins
Vice President, External and Government Affairs and Corporate Communications; Atlanta Housing Authority
Maurice Baker
Manager, Community Relations; Georgia Natural Gas
Shana Basnight
Program Manager; The Coca-Cola Company
Keith Bolden
Assistant Professor of Drama/Actor; Spelman College
Donna Bowman
Senior IT Project Manager; Department of Housing and Urban Development
Heidi Boykin
Project Manager; Georgia Power Company
Erin Brown
Vice President, Risk and Compliance Consultant; SunTrust Banks, Inc.
Kristen Wood Burke
Senior Brand Manager, Innovation; Georgia Pacific
Tarsha Calloway
Executive Director, Corporate Relations; Emory University
Madison Cario
Director, Office of the Arts; Georgia Institute of Technology
Andrew Chang
Director of Marketing; Stan Johnson Company
Greg Changnon
Teacher; The Paideia School
Caren Cook
Assistant General Counsel; Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena
Emily Decker
Communications Specialist; Cortland Partners
Angela Edmond
President; Angela Edmond & Co.
Lisa Ellinger
Music & The Arts Ministry; North Avenue Presbyterian Church
David Felfoldi
Chief Experience Officer; SHERPA Global
Patsy Garrett -
Matthew Geller
President; GV Financial Advisors
Karen Gentry -
Barbara Goldman
Owner; BG Search Associates
Henry Gonzalez -
September Gray
Founder; September Gray Art
Laura Linder Grunberg
Director, Business & Legal Affairs; The Weather Channel
Nancy D. Halwig
Senior Vice President; PNC Bank
Janet Stovall Harrell
Principal; The Point Communications
Michael Kaluzny - Rachelle Kuramoto
Principal; Watchword Branding
Carolina Margarella - Santiago Marquez
Vice President and CFO; Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Ryland McClendon - Liza McSwain
Managing Principal; Southeast Legal Search, LLC
Carol Meadows - Marjorie D. Mitchell
Director of Admissions and Enrollment Services; The Westminster Schools
Dedi Mohr - Phil H. Moïse
Advisory Board Vice Chair
Community volunteer, retired/legal
Valerie Mosley
Public Relations & Event Director; Rocket Farm Restaurants
Joan Netzel -
Gail O'Neill - Kendrick Phillips
Director of Visual and Performing Arts; Davis Academy
Almeera Jiwa Pratt
Integrated Marketing Communications Professional; Jackson Spalding
Jennifer Schwartz
Executive Director; Crusade for Art
Ron Segal
Senior Rabbi; Temple Sinai
Jibran Shermohammed -
Nancy Silverboard
Administration & Patient Advocate; Atlanta Family and Child Neurology
Robert D. Simmermon -
Susan Stiefel - Charles E. Taylor
CEO; HT Group, LLC
Natasha Trethewey
Robert W. Woodruff Professor; Emory University
Shawn Tylka
Field Marketing Manager; Cable Cisco
Nse Ufot - Leanne Van Dyk -
Avril Vignos - Amanda Watkins -
Ellen Adair Wyche
The Wyche Group


To mark the end of the Alliance Stage as we know it, and to welcome the new era with the start of the big renovation, Pearl Cleage, our Mellon Playwright in Residence, wrote a piece to commemorate this special occasion.

As a spunky gal in touch with nature in the kingdom of Kashoogie, India S. Tyree portrays a unique Cinderella in the world-premiere production of Cinderella and Fella. In between performances, India took a few minutes to give us the inside scoop on her role in the musical.

A quick glance at Magic Negro director Anthony LeBlanc's resume reveals a robust string of achievements likely to be the envy of any comedian in the business. One particular credit to his name may cause others to take pause: a Computer Science and Physics B.S. degree.



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