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

Executive 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.


Nic Starr

Artistic Director

Nic (N.L.) Starr is a performing artist, writer, director, and producer, who constantly looks to the hills because he knows that’s where his help comes from.  He has been blessed to have a well-marked following in metropolitan Atlanta and its surrounding areas.  Nic has graced the Atlanta stages with varying ranges of characters from those of the prolific playwright, August Wilson, to Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol.

His directing credits include such short films as Dap Paxton’s “What If” and Denise Black’s “Things Not Forgotten”, featuring the renowned stage and tv actor, Taurean Blacque.  He has co-produced the award-winning short film “Unconditional”, which focused on the challenges  LGBT youth.

His love for the arts and children motivated him to become an educator for 10 plus years.  This ultimately led him to establish a non-profit youth organization which would teach life skills through performing arts: Young Voices United, affectionately referred to as YVU.  YVU has established itself as one of the premier youth organizations in Atlanta, focusing on nurturing the talents of underprivileged youth, who otherwise would not have an opportunity to have their talents recognized.

Regardless of his role, whether its actor, director, writer, producer, spouse or father,

Nic counts it more than a blessing to be chosen and set apart to make a difference in the lives of people he works with, lives with and loves with.


Prodan Dimov

Associate Artistic Director

Prodan Dimov has been known as director to the Atlanta theatre audiences since his first show Diary of a Madman, by Gogol, at 7 Stages in 1998, which Creative Loafing’s annual review mentioned along with the ten best shows for the year. He came to Atlanta with considerable experience as actor, director,  and educator in Bulgaria and Russia where he continued to be invited multiple times as director in repertory theaters.His most acclaimed American productions have been The Chairs and The Bald Soprano, by Ionesko, The Gin Game, by D. L. Coburn, The Proposal, The Bear, and The Harmfulness of Tobacco, by Chekhov. Some of these shows brought back awards from international festivals. According to AJC, the 7 Stages production of The Chairs (2003) was the first show in the history of Georgia to go to China.After 3 years of teaching at Kennesaw State University, in 2005, Prodan Dimov founded Metropolis Theatre where he directed many shows and developed collaborative relationships with emerging playwrights and theatre directors.

The latest success abroad was with Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, directed on the stage of the legendary Russian theatre Kolesso.


All his professional life, Prodan Dimov has been closely connected to the field of education. He has BFA, MFA, and PhD in Theatre Arts and has worked at secondary and post secondary institutions in the US and abroad. Quite a few of his students have become well-known theater, TV, and film actors.


Joel P.E.King


Joel P. E. King’s BIO

Joel P. E. King, “JPEK”, is a native of East Saint Louis. Graduating from SIU Edwardsville, Joel attained a B.A. in Studio Arts with a minor in music and theater.King is an entrepreneur, performer, writer, director and producer. Traveling across the nation, King “purposefully” finds himself back in St. Louis, using his artistic skills to entertain and inspire. His production company, JPEK CreativeWorks, has had great success bringing quality, original productions. As a result of his business endeavors, he has hired and assisted in developing some of St. Louis’s finest talents. Through his courageous, socially driven stage plays, monumental events have been given a “fresh” voice. He has received three city proclamations, two cover stories (Riverfront Times and Zoom Magazine) and massive support for his stage works: Real Life, Issues of Love and Stand Your Ground. It has become a standard to include celebrity talents to his bill as a way of audience attraction and artist development for the performers. King is “Broadway bound” with his works being compared to the late August Wilson.

Joel King is a talent with Talent Plus Agency and part of the Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA, yet he still finds himself exercising his talents on stage as an performer as well. Theater credits that precede Joel are: Spunk, Knock Me a Kiss, Raisin in the Sun, Colored Museum, Immigrant Project, In the Blood, Dutchman…. Musical credits are: Real Life Hip hopera, Big River, Damn Yankees, Bubblin Brown Sugar, Ain’t Misbehavin, The Color Purple, The Sam Cooke Story, Complancency of Silence in which he received a Kevin Kline Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical. Joel has world premiered in operas; Ruth and Joshua’s Boots, just to name a few. He toured with gospel show A House Divided where he performed before BET-Comic Award Winner Tyler Perry who complimented on a “job well done”. Joel King has attained leading and supporting roles in independent films such as: Pieces of a Dream to star Raz B, Ishmeal Meet the Grave of Haagar and award winning movie Ruzzian Roulette. His recent movie credits include MMG’s “Stratosphere” and Kim Conner’s “Before I Do” to also star Jensen Atwood, Omar Gooding and Andrea Kelly. Joel is  back at Marietta’s Theatre in the Square for the 2018-2019 seasons Directing a few classics and new work written By Emil Thomas” The Gift of the Magi” November 2018  and his own musical stage Play “Real Life” in April of 2019 under the Artist Direction of NikK Starr.” What a season we are going to  have

“I aim to inspire the world.” -JPEK


Philip Wray

Lighting Designer

Philip Wray (Lighting Designer)- Philip has been in the field of theatre for six years. With a bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Georgia College and State University in 2016, Philip currently works as a freelance electrician and lighting designer all around theaters in Atlanta. Some of Philip’s main places of work are at Brookwood High School, Infinite Energy Center, Rubicon Studios, and Performer’s Warehouse. You can also find him as an electrician at Theatrical Outfit, Center for Puppetry Arts, Synchronicity, and Horizon. We are happy to welcome  Philip to our team with his amazing talents and skills. Philp will take on the role of Lighting Designer for the end of 2018 & 2019 Season.


Kathryn Allen

Sound Designer

M. Kathryn Allen is a local Audio Engineer and Musician. Drawn to the work that Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square has been producing, she is thrilled to be part of such a dynamic and enthusiastic team. She has been studying and performing music for over 25 years, and has always been interested in how things sound. Kathryn began working with sound reinforcement almost 20 years ago and has since worked in live music venues and with theatrical productions all over North Carolina and Georgia. Kathryn holds a BA in Theatre from Meredith College and studied Audio Engineering at UNC-A.


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.