Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square features first class theater, cutting-edge comedy, music concerts by popular artists and so much more! Dine out before or after the show at one of the many fine restaurants within walking distance of the theater offering a wide variety of the finest cuisine. We are located in Downtown Marietta at 11 Whitlock Ave NW.

Mission Statement

Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square seeks to stimulate your senses with productions that bring you both comedy and drama in a tight-knit proscenium, black box venue. Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square aims to create a legacy of cultural exploration in the North Georgia region. Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square focuses on programs that create educate, and inspire the reflection of the community we live.

Artistic Director’s Statement

Everyone is blessed with three different warning signs within their body; their brain, their heart and their gut. As we age our warning signs are trained to answer to society’s standards. Theatre is supposed to be the reflection and embodiment of change in society. We write language that simulates the warning signs within audiences and ourselves. We use spectacle to simulate the warning signs within audiences and ourselves. Our vulnerability on stage simulates the warning signs within audiences and ourselves. As artists we are responsible for making the statements on stage that the “accountant” continues to ignore even though he sees them every day. We are meant to tell stories of the past and present. We include when the world excludes. We breathe life into those no longer with us for various reasons. We remind each other of what the world looked like when there wasn’t peace, respect, dignity, love or hope. We teach. We share. We give. That is theatre. That is my theatre. My work is simply an exercise of my warning signs. Theatre should match the community it lives in. I am a black man who will create theatre written by, starring and about Black people. I am a Puerto Rican man who will create theatre written by, starring and about Latin people. I am an American who will create theatre written by, starring and about Americans. I am a human who will create theatre written by, starring and about humans regardless of their race, gender, sexual identity, religion, age, or disability. My Theatre will reflect the world I live in honestly, visually, physically, religiously, sexually, politically, and lovingly. I am a source of evolution. It is my intention to constantly evolve with any community of artists that want to make theatre about us, for us, by us.

It is under this umbrella that I will lead Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square to create there that is inclusive of all. Theatre that speaks to audiences from multiple generations. Theatre that is true, fun, caring, and worth the lesson. 30 years of history just doesn’t go out the door. Here’s to 30 more!

Emil Thomas
Artistic Director

Our Team


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 Manager, Graphic Artist

Shay Alexi is a poet, storyteller, teaching artist, and dog enthusiast hailing from western Michigan. She obtained her BFA in Acting from Ball State University, served as an acting apprentice at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and completed workshops held by Peter Kyle Dance Studio and theatrical activist Michael Fosberg. Some of Shay’s favorite roles include the titular character in Hamlet, Lil’ Bit in How I Learned to Drive, and Woman in Lungs. In addition to her work as an actress, Shay is a published poet (featured by Button Poetry, Write About Now, HomeGrown Poetry, The Tempest, Thread, and upcoming in riverSedge). Shay is an active member of the Atlanta slam poetry scene and is currently developing a new one-woman show, along with two 10-minute plays to be showcased on the MNTITS stage this spring.


Maria Powers

Productions 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


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.


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.