Act II // at each performance

The Atlanta History Center, Nicholson Gallery

Stick around after each performance for a discussion about the play—these discussions are an integral part of the experience of Native Guard. Each night will be hosted by a different community leader, who will share their thoughts on the show before opening the discussion. Hosts include Sheffield Hale (President and CEO, Atlanta History Center; Dr. Paul Wolpe (Director, Emory Center for Ethics); Pellom McDaniels III (Curator, African American Collections, Rose Library); Doug Hooker (Executive Director, Atlanta Regional Commission); Doug Shipman (President and CEO, Woodruff Arts Center); and more.

Scheduled speakers are subject to change.

  • Saturday, January 13  8:00 p.m. Addae Moon, Director of Museum Theatre, Atlanta History Center
  • Sunday, January 14 at 2:30 p.m. Anthony Knight, Founder, President & CEO, The Baton Foundation
  • Sunday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m. Megan Sexton, Poet, Georgia State University
  • Tuesday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m. Mary Lynn Owen and Rob Cleveland, Atlanta actors and storytellers
  • Wednesday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m. Doug Hooker, Atlanta Regional Commission Executive Director
  • Thursday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m. Doug Shipman, CEO Woodruff with Helen Ho, Founding Partner, HKH Law LLC
  • Friday, January 19 at 8:00 p.m. Jamil Zainaldin, President, Georgia Humanities Council
  • Saturday, January 20 at 2:30 p.m. Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin, Ph.D., University of Georgia Assistant Professor with a Joint Appointment in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies and the Institute for African American Studies
  • Saturday, January 20 at 8:00 p.m. Jericho Brown, Director of Creative Writing, Emory University
  • Sunday, January 21 at 2:30 p.m. Jiréh Breon Holder, Alliance/Kendeda Competition-winning playwright, Playwriting Fellow of the Department of Theater and Creative Writing, Emory University
  • Sunday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. Sheffield Hale, Atlanta History Center President and Chief Executive Offer
  • Tuesday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. Velma Cowen Tilley, Retired Juvenile Court Judge
  • Wednesday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m. Paul Root Wolpe, Director, Emory Center for Ethics
  • Thursday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. Suzanna Jemsby, Head of School, The Galloway School
  • Friday, January 26 at 8:00 p.m. Marium Khalid, Writer, Director, Founder, and Artistic Director of Saiah and Sky Creature
  • Saturday, January 27 at 2:30 p.m. Pearl Amelia McHaney, Kenneth M. England Professor of Southern Literature, Georgia State University 
  • Saturday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m. Derreck Kayongo, Chief Executive Officer National Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Sunday, January 28 at 2:30 p.m. Pellom McDaniels III, Curator African American Collections, Rose Library
  • Sunday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. Carlton Mackey, Ethics and the Arts Director, Emory Center for Ethics
  • Thursday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. Makeba Dixon-Hill, Curator of Education, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
  • Saturday, February 3 at 2:30 p.m. Chandra Stephens-Albright, Managing Director, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company
  • Saturday, February 3 at 8:00 p.m. Lois Reitzes, WABE
  • Sunday, February 4 at 2:30 p.m. Chris Appleton, cofounder and Executive Director, WonderRoot


  • Celise Kalke, Alliance Theatre Director of New Projects
  • Angela Farr Schiller, Kennesaw State University (Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab participant)
  • Suehyla El-Attar, Actor, Director, and Dramaturg
  • Michael Winn, Alliance Theatre Audience Development Manager

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