Broadway in the heart of Sandy Springs!

Staff

Brandt Blocker
Executive/Artistic Director

Brandt was the managing artistic director for Atlanta Lyric Theatre from 2007-2016.  In that time, he reorganized and revitalized the company, making it one of the fastest growing arts organizations in metro Atlanta.  During his leadership, The Lyric grew its subscription base over 720%, and CBS Atlanta recognized the company in 2016 as one of the “Best Theatre Companies in Atlanta.”  For his achievements, Mr. Blocker was recognized in “Who’s Who in North Georgia” and as one of “40 Under 40” by Cobb Life Magazine. Prior to arriving in Atlanta, Mr. Blocker was Producing Director of Brandt Blocker Presents, a full-scale production company that presents large scale, award-winning theatrical entertainments in the south Louisiana area. Before starting his own production company, Mr. Blocker was Director of Development and Marketing of Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, and also served as a stage and music director for the New Orleans company’s main stage musicals. He is a recipient of five Big Easy Entertainment Awards, New Orleans’ premier achievement honoring the musical and theatrical talent of a city world renowned for its outstanding performing arts. He has staged award-winning work for nearly every theatre in the city including, the New Orleans Opera Association and Southeastern Louisiana University’s department of music and dramatic arts.  Blocker has also served as vocal music clinician alongside choreographer Dee Dee Wood, actress Anita Gillette and Broadway legend Chita Rivera.

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Shuler Hensley
Associate Artistic Director

Shuler Hensley is excited to join City Springs Theatre and support the metro Atlanta professional theatre company! Shuler was most recently seen in the New Group’s production of Sweet Charity opposite Sutton Foster. He last appeared on Broadway in productions of No Man’s Land (also Berkeley Repertory Theatre) and Waiting For Godot, in repertory, opposite Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Billy Crudup. He previously appeared on Broadway as The Monster in Young Frankenstein (also the U.S. National Tour), Kerchak in Tarzan, Jud Fry in Oklahoma! (also at The National Theatre and London’s West End- Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Olivier Awards) and Javert in Les Misérables. He has been seen Off-Broadway: Assassins (Encores!) How The Grinch Stole Christmas at Madison Square Garden, Carousel at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic, The Most Happy Fella and Fiorello! (Encores!), The Whale (Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards; Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Drama Desk nominations), Silence! The Musical, Sweet And Sad (Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble), That Hopey Changey Thing, The Great American Trailer Park Musical. His other credits include the Kennedy Center’s production of The Guardsman, directed by Gregory Mosher, Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County (Alliance Theatre), All About Us (Westport Playhouse), The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (Hamburg, Germany), The Most Happy Fella (American Songbook/Lincoln Center). Opera appearances include Wozzeck (Curtis Institute Of Music), Regina (Kennedy Center). Shuler has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the New World Symphony Orchestra. TV credits include: “Murder of a President”, “Shades of Blue,” “Banshee”, “The Americans,” “Ed,” “Deadline,” “Gary Powers,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Criminal Intent,” “The Jury.” Film includes: After.Life, The Legend of Zorro; Van Helsing; Monday Night Mayhem; Someone Like You; The Bread, My Sweet; Opa! Proud Equity member. Shuler was awarded the “Stage Performance of the Year” by New York Magazine in recognition for his work in The Whale.  Upcoming: The Greatest Showman. Shuler is also the namesake of the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

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Natalie Barrow DeLancey
Managing Director, Education & Community Outreach

Natalie previously served as the Director of Arts Education & Community Outreach for ArtsBridge Foundation, the arts education outreach arm of Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. During her time at ArtsBridge, Natalie was responsible for the development, design, implementation, and delivery of quality arts education programs targeted to students K-12 and related community audiences. Natalie managed four types of programs including: Field Trips, Master Classes, Family Performance Series & the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – Shuler Hensley Awards. In addition, Natalie produced and directed the annual competition for the Shuler Awards and received a Southeast
Regional Emmy Award for her 2017  Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards production. Prior to ArtsBridge, Natalie served as the Artist Partnerships Manager at Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center. Before joining Woodruff, she served as the Manager on Duty at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in the Cobb County Civic Center complex. Natalie has a performance background in musical theatre and received a BA in Theatre & Performance Studies from Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts. Natalie was a member of Leadership Cobb’s Class of 2016, selected for the inaugural 30 Under 30 program with the International Association of Venue Managers in 2015 and a member of the 2014 Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta class. Natalie was also the recipient of the 2016 Ernest Barrett Award from the Cobb Chamber for her commitment to excellence. Natalie is passionate about arts education and community focused programming and is thrilled to be in a community that fully supports those initiatives!

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Christy Baggett
Business Manager

Originally from Jackson, MS, Christy has called Atlanta home for over 20 years. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Mississippi State University, Christy moved to Atlanta to work for Arthur Andersen where she obtained her CPA license. She also held financial positions at Turner Broadcasting System before joining Acsys, Inc. and subsequently Source Financial Staffing where she honed her business development and sales skills as a Senior Search Consultant. In addition to her extensive business background, Christy has been an active participant in the Atlanta performing arts scene over the years, appearing in productions at the Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre, Theatrical Outfit, Actor’s Express, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Serenbe Playhouse, Aurora Theatre, Horizon Theatre, and Theater of the Stars, among others. An active member of Actor’s Equity Association, Christy served on the Atlanta Liaison Committee for three years where she facilitated the Atlanta Cares-Equity Fights Hunger campaign which raises funds for Project Open Hand Atlanta. Equally committed to arts education, Christy has served as the Business Manager and as a teaching artist for Once Upon a Ballet and Musical Theater Center, as well as an adjudicator for the Shuler Hensley Awards which recognizes excellence in Georgia High School Musical Theatre. She is thrilled to combine her business experience with her passion for the arts with the wonderful team at City Springs Theatre Company.

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Amy Quinn
Patron Services Manager

Amy has extensive theatrical experience as a box office manager, business manager, and stage manager with several Atlanta theatre companies including,14th Street Playhouse, Theatre Gail, Onstage Atlanta, Galaxy Music Theatre, and Atlanta Lyric Theatre. She has served as stage manager for productions of Little Shop of Horrors1940’s Radio HourForever PlaidAnything Goes, Smokey Joe’s Café, andThe Will Rogers Follies. Amy looks forward to working with City Springs Theatre Company’s patrons as they enjoy the spectacular environs of the Byers Theatre!

 

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Bradley Bergeron
Production Manager

Bradley has been an Atlanta based designer and performer since 2005. In addition to Managing the Production needs of City Springs Theatre Company Bradley works as a User Experience Designer and Design Strategist at Thrive, an Atlanta based creative consultancy. Bradley holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from Georgia College & State University. Bradley continues to serve as Technical Director and Production Designer for Broadway Dreams and is a proud member of IATSE Local 479. Bradley was awarded the Ovation Award for Technical Direction by the Cobb County Arts Board in 2011. Some of his favorite Production Designs include Grease at Serenbe Playhouse, Anything GoesRent, and Ain’t Misbehavin with the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Clyde & Bonnie: A Folktale and Academy with the Aurora Theatre, and On Golden Pond with Theatre in the Square. Bradley was the Video Designer for Project DawnFreed SpiritsDa Kink In My Hair, and Avenue Q at the Horizon Theatre, Christmas Canteen 2017 and Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doomat the Aurora Theatre, and Gypsy at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre.

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Marcie Millard
Company Manager

Marcie is excited to join the City Springs Theatre team as company manager. Marcie has lived in the Atlanta area for 18 years, working as a professional performer and a teacher of theatre arts. She has had the pleasure of performing at many local theatres including the Alliance Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Horizon Theatre, 7 Stages Theatre, and the Aurora Theatre. Marcie served as the managing director of Theatre Gael after earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from Berry College in Rome, GA. She was formerly the business manager of MZStageworks for ten years and, most recently, the manager of entertainment at Herschend Family Entertainment’s Stone Mountain Park.

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Cindy Mora Reiser
Resident Choreographer

Cindy received a BFA in dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she was the recipient of the prestigious Pulaski Award. As a professional choreographer in the metro Atlanta area, Cindy has choreographed over 50 musical theatre and dance productions. For more than a decade, she has taught and choreographed for the Cobb County Center of Excellence in the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School. Some of her favorites include Tarzan, All Shook Up, Footloose, and The Drowsy Chaperone. Mrs. Reiser was the recipient of the 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 Shuler Hensley Awards for Outstanding Choreography for her work with the CCCEPA productions of Footloose, Aida, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Hairspray. Cindy has also choreographed for the Atlanta Lyric Theatre. Among the productions she has choreographed for the Atlanta Lyric are Hairspray, The Will Rogers’ Follies, West Side Story, Catch Me If You Can, West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Peter Pan, in which she also performed the role of Tiger Lily. Cindy also received three Suzi Bass Award nominations for her productions of Cabaret, The Will Rogers’ Follies, and Hairspray. In addition to her work at Pebblebrook and Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Cindy has choreographed for the Macy’s Lighting of the Tree, Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts, and has performed throughout the world as dance captain with Holland America Cruise Lines.

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Judy Cole
Resident Music Director

Judy Cole is thrilled to be part of the City Springs Theatre Company team – it’s a life-long dream come true! She has a wide range of musical theatre experience, ranging from playing the solo reed book in a Conservatory production of “Mame” to playing keyboards in touring Broadway show pit orchestras to music directing shows for cruise ships to musically directing shows at Kennesaw State University in the Theatre department. Although known nationally more for her piano playing and accompanying, Judy has performed in musical theatre productions since high school. She earned her Bachelor of Music Performance in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (playing shows with the Carolina Theatre Company each year), then took off a year to play in the band of a national touring show for Georgia Pacific Corporation. She was awarded the musical theatre assistantship while earning her Master of Music in Collaborative Piano at Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where she played for all the shows and auditions in the Musical Theatre Division; she was also the first student to musically direct a main-stage production at CCM. Judy Cole is considered by local area colleagues to be one of the most versatile pianists in the Atlanta commercial music scene. She has performed for corporate presidents, university presidents, and even a former President of the United States, in venues ranging from concert halls to nightclubs and recording studios, as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist. Judy is now a professor at Kennesaw State University as the Artist in Residence in Collaborative Piano, where her duties include playing with guest artists visiting the School of Music, coaching Opera and Musical Theatre, teaching piano and accompanying skills, and playing for campus events as needed. She is also the pianist/organist at The Temple, where she often plays with leading Jewish music composers from all over the nation. A number of years ago she worked with Atlanta Lyric Theatre Company under the baton of founding director J. Lynn Thompson, who declared that “Judy Cole is one of those rare artists who can move effortlessly between styles ranging from opera to Broadway, jazz to rock and roll. She is a conductor’s and singer’s dream of a pianist.” Mrs. Cole has been featured on numerous recordings both as an accompanist and as a soloist, including her own CD “By Request,” and has several solo recordings in process at this time.

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Betty Johnson
Resident Costumer

Betty has been involved in the Atlanta theatre community since 1978, working in wardrobe at the Fox Theatre, Phillips Arena, and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center among others. She has traveled on National Broadway tours such as The King and I with Sandy Duncan and Stefanie Powers, 42nd Street  with Loretta Swit, multiple tours of White Christmas, and most recently in 2017 with Kinky Boots. She was hired in 2015 as wardrobe mistress with the Lyric Theatre.  She would like to thank Brian Frey and Brandt Blocker for believing in her, and her mom Jean Evans for always being there for her.


Jeff Macko
Orchestra Manager

Jeff Macko received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Loyola University, New Orleans.  A native of Detroit, Jeff transplanted to Atlanta in 2000 after spending 26 years playing and teaching in New Orleans.  He has been a member of or has played with the following:  the New Orleans Pops Orchestra, the New Orleans Civic Symphony, the New Orleans Ballet Orchestra, the Jefferson Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Crescent City Wind Symphony.  A very active musician in theatre, Jeff has played for over 150 musicals and was the drummer/percussionist for the Jefferson Performing Arts Society Theatre Wing for seven seasons, for the Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre for seven years, for Le Petite Theatre du Vieux Carre for three years, and for Rivertown Repertory Theatre for five years.  Also, being the house percussionist for the Saenger Theatre in downtown New Orleans for six seasons gave Jeff the opportunity to play for many Broadway road shows, including The Will Roger Follies, Crazy for You, Grease, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.  On drum set, he has played with a very wide variety of groups in the Crescent City, most notably “Jubilation,” the New Orleans Saints Band, the 1984 Louisiana World Expo Band, the Jimmy Maxwell Band, and the Jerry Leonard Society Orchestra.  Jeff has been teaching drums for the past 39 years, and was the drum set / percussion instructor at Tulane University where he taught for 15 years, from 1985 to 2000. Some of the artists that Jeff has had the privilege of playing for include: Ray Charles, Regis and Kathy Lee, The Lennon Sisters, Steve Allen, Jodi Benson, Frank Gorshin, Robert Goulet, Marie Osmond, Jerry Lewis, Florence Henderson, the 5th Dimension, the Coasters, the Platters, The Four Preps, Keely Smith, Diana DeGarmo, and Tony Bennett. Since arriving in Atlanta, Jeff has played with The George Carre Band, the Atlanta Wind Symphony, Bob Martin’s Take Note Big Band, “Sparklett,” the Peach Trio, the Mount Paran Church of God Orchestra, the Stage Door Players, the Laigh Langley Band, “Group Therapy,” the Rehoboth Baptist Church Orchestra, “Inquiring Minds,” The Alan Knieter Orchestra, the Button Theatre, The Sugarloaf Community Church Band, the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, “Mixed Company,” the John’s Creek Baptist Church Orchestra, and, now, City Springs Theatre Company.

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Kylie Blank
Social Media Manager

Kylie Blank was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, making Sandy Springs near to home! Kylie is well versed in the arts, on and off stage. She previously worked for Theatre of The Stars, solely performing, and later with The Atlanta Lyric Theatre, as a performer and assistant stage manager. While at the Lyric, Kylie also assisted with some of their social media platforms. Kylie also works at Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Emigrant, Montana.  She is thrilled to be joining City Springs Theatre Company; and while she is young, she knows her social media! She is excited to bring a youthful aspect, while providing high quality service to the audience of City Springs Theatre Company.

 

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Brandon D Hunt
Graphic Designer

Nationally recognized and award winning designer, accomplished artist and professional nice guy, Brandon Hunt has been energizing and revitalizing his clients’ brands and communications for years. He has worked for large household names, global brands, ambitious startups and inspiring non-profits. He has won many awards, including: Inside Business’ “Best Marketing Campaign”, PIA (Printing and Imaging Association) National Award, PIA Georgia Award as well as the American Graphic Design award, among others.

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Jennifer Wilkes
Director of Media Relations

Jennifer is the CEO of JDW Integrated Marketing and is thrilled to be joining the incredibly talented City Springs Theatre Company (CSTC) team. A native of metro Atlanta, Jennifer has been involved in the arts for more than 25 years. She is a former board member of Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre and the Cobb County Center of Excellence in the Performing Arts. A graduate of Auburn University, Jennifer is also an alum of the Cobb Leadership program, a past board member at Dominion Christian Schools, and a current board member of YMCA Atlanta. She has created and executed successful marketing and social media campaigns for small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. Along with CSTC, a few of Jennifer’s other clients include Dale Murphy’s Murph’s restaurant and Walt Disney Park and Resorts. At Disney, she has worked as a contractor on their social media/public relations team for more than seven years. As the media relations director for CSTC, she looks forward to combining her public relations talents with her love of the arts to promote Sandy Springs’ premier performing arts center.

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