Emil Thomas, Artistic Director
Emil is happy to be back home in Georgia after four years in Muncie, Indiana studying Directing at Ball State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance for his Bachelor of Arts degree. Nathaniel is a 2012 graduate of Pebblebrook High School’s Cobb County Excellence in the Performing Arts program. In 2015, Nathaniel won Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region 3, 10-Minute Play Competition for his play Crazy in Love. Along with his KCACTF honors, Nathaniel earned the Choreographer Society Student Fellowship Award (SDC) in January of 2016 and will be attending the national KCACTF festival in April in Washington, DC.
Shay Alexi, Box Office Manger
Shay Alexi is a storyteller that hails from western Michigan. She grew up a lover of stories in all forms—written, spoken, and otherwise—and went on to attend Ball State University as a Whitinger Scholar where she earned her BFA in Acting. In addition to performing in several treasured roles (Woman in Lungs, Echo in Eleemosynary, and Hesther Soloman in Equus), Shay also discovered her footing as a writer, composing a one-woman show and establishing herself as a spoken word poet. Her work has been displayed nationally at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (2016 Best of the Rest Showcase, “Song of the Prettybird”), as well as featured on Button Poetry’s Youtube channel and June 2016 EP. She has most recently acted in Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square’s Hamlet (titular role), and will be releasing a poetry video series in February 2017. In addition to her work in ATG, Shay is an educator of tiny humans in Cobb County. She is an avid enthusiast of arts education, social justice, intersectional feminism, and all dogs.
Maria Powers, Production Manager
Maria Powers’ passion for theatre was ignited when she started dancing as a toddler in Indianapolis, IN. She always loved the arts, but it was not until high school that Maria discovered all the magic that happens backstage. She proceeded to attend Ball State University, where she majored in Theatre Production with a concentration in Production Stage Management. It was here that Maria truely learned that no matter where she is, the theatre will always be her home. She loves the artistic community and the people she gets to work with when creating stories to inspire and entertain. Maria is proud to be a member of ATG and explore the many adventures that await her here in Georgia.
Dee Jordan, Concessions
Dee Jordan is an actor as well as a member of Actor’s Theatre of Georgia. He studied at Ball State University for 4 years in their BFA Acting program where he immersed himself into vigorous vocal and physical training offered at this Top 10 program. As well as gaining professional performing experience he also grew to understand the importance of his craft, learning and recognizing the emphasis that theatre has on the world and how to use the mode of storytelling to have a lasting effect on society. Some of Dee’s favorite roles that he has done range from the iconic Walter Lee in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, to current works such as Lincoln from Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks. Dee also had the opportunity to be a part of KCACTF National festival where he was an Irene Ryan nominee and left the festival with an award for Best Acting Scene Partner. He also was blessed to be a part of Ball State University’s 2015-2016 Chicago and New York Showcases where he made many connections and it gave him more of an incentive to continue pursuing his acting dreams.
Abigale Mitchell, House Manager
Abigale Mitchell is a remarkably eccentric and enthusiastic ATG player from Indianapolis, IN. Her tenacious drive started when her rock n’ roll dad and interior designer mom exposed her to theatre and Hollywood films at a very young age. Growing up, Abbi’s family consistently encouraged her dreams by allowing her to join show choir, perform in plays and musicals, and study acting at John Robert Powers. During her time at JRP, Abbi competed in The International Presentation of Performers (IPOP) and won first place in TV/commercial acting in Los Angeles, California. Abbi received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Ball State University. While attending BSU, she performed in various mediums and spent a summer studying at the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in San Francisco, California. Social activism and making a difference in the world is extremely important to Abbi, which is why she was heavily involved in Ethnic Theatre Alliance (ETA) at BSU. Abigale is extremely elated to be a part of Actor’s Theatre of Georgia partnered with Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square. She believes that this theatre company has so much to offer, and cannot wait to take Marietta by storm. Abbi wishes to send love and good vibes to her family a few states away who exposed her to the magic of art at the perfect moment in her life.
Marissa Novak, Administrative Assistant
Marissa Novak is a proud region rat from Northwest Indiana who studied Theatre Education and Technical Theatre at Ball State University. Marissa’s theatrical experience includes teaching, directing, producing, stage managing, acting, and technical design in various Indiana venues, and her time in Muncie was often split between a local middle school drama club, high school theatre troupe, and the Muncie Civic Theatre. As the Administrative Assistant for the Actors Theatre of Georgia and Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, Marissa is focusing on building the organization as a non-profit and developing youth theatre initiatives. When she is not at the theatre, Marissa can be found exploring the arts with her Cobb County RSP and ASP students.
Ru-Lee Weller-Passman, Community Outreach
Ru-Lee Story Weller-Passman is a playwright, dramaturg, and theatre historian. They graduated from Ball State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in theatrical studies, focusing on playwriting. Ru has a passion for telling the untold story, whether that means exploring topics like nonbinary gender and disability, or just bringing less-common genres to the stage such as fantasy and science fiction. They hope to someday get an MFA in playwriting and perhaps even a doctorate in theatre history and queer theory.
Stephen Reilly, Lighting Director
Stephen Reilly came all this way from Indianapolis, IN, and is very excited to be part of the new staff of the Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square. He is also very honored to be named the Light Shop Director after working four long years at Ball State University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science as a Theatre Design and Technology major. Prior to being the Light Shop Director, he light design Iphigenia 2.0, Merrily We Roll Along, and Lift( an original piece written by Ball State students). Along with working at Ball State, he has also worked at Porthouse Theatre Company in Kent, OH as a Electrician/Follow Spot for one season. Stephen also has gotten an honorable mention in KCACTF’s Design Storm competition for the play, Story Theatre.
Gary Michael Bruce, Producer and Co-operating Manager
Gary served in the US Army at the Pentagon with the Defense Intelligence Agency during the Vietnam War. After being honorably discharged he started his career as a sales rep for General Foods, Inc. and worked his way up through the ranks to National Sales Manager of Toner Brothers Spice Company in Des Moines, IA. He was involved with pioneering the development of remanufacturing toner cartridges for laser printers and founded Laser Cartridge Renewal, Inc. Gary is a Georgia native who brings many years of sales and management skills to The Theater in the Square. In addition to his varied resume, he is an accomplished dance instructor and choreographer. Gary has been with Theatre in the Square since July 2015.