STAFF + ASSOCIATES
Rachel May, Producing Artistic Director
Rachel is one of Synchronicity’s original founders. She has directed more than 20 productions for Synchronicity, including Ripe Frenzy, Strait of Gibraltar, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play, Exit Pursued by a Bear, Women + War, 1:23, Language of Angels, Three Sisters and Marisol. Her directing work has been seen in and around Atlanta at Actor’s Express, Aurora Theatre, Theatre Gael, Dad’s Garage and the University of Georgia. Creative Loafing named her best director of 2002 for her work on One Flea Spare and Kia Corthron’s Breath, Boom, the production that led to the creation of our Playmaking for Girls program. In June 2004 she was chosen for the highly competitive NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors and was named a Bank of America “Local Hero.” In addition to her executive role at Synchronicity, she actively teaches and leads workshops across Atlanta, and spent eight summers as director of the Ferst Center’s Drama Camp at Georgia Tech.

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Celise Kalke, Managing Director
Celise Kalke joined Synchronicity Theatre as Managing Director in October, 2018. From 2005 to 2018, Celise led the Alliance Theatre’s New Work programs, notably the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwright Competition and the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab. She served as Dramaturg for many Alliance productions and world premieres. Before moving to Atlanta Celise served as the Director of the Literary Department for New York’s Public Theatre producing the New Work Now! reading festival while working as a Dramaturg for Shakespeare’s work. Her career began at Chicago’s Court Theatre and the Juilliard School. Her administrative skills have been displayed as a new work producer, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) conference planner, LMDA Administrator, and administrator in the Brooklyn Academy of Music Education Department. She has been an Artistic Associate at NEXT Theatre in Chicago, an Affiliated Artist with Independent Art HERE in New York, an Advisory Council Member, instructor, and Dramaturg for Working Title Playwrights, and frequent teacher at Actor’s Express. She began her career in Prague, the Czech Republic, working with Misery Loves Company, the Narodni Divadlo, and Divadlo Pod Palmovko. Celise was named a 2009 Theatre Artist of the Future by American Theatre Magazine.

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Dalyla McGee, Development Director
Dalyla McGee is responsible for implementing all fundraising activities to meet annual development goals for the Company. This includes developing an annual plan, coordinating special events, cultivating individual donors, shepherding corporate sponsors, and writing/managing foundation, corporate and government grants. Dalyla was born and raised in Atlanta, and has a B.S. in Anthropology & Human Biology with concentrations in Theatre Studies from Emory University. She has worked with 7 Stages Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Theatre Du Reve, and Horizon Theatre as an artist, teacher, director, playwright, and overall theatre-maker. Previously, she served as Assistant Director of Admission for SCAD, Career Ambassador Program Director at the Emory Career Center, and has had professional ventures in Haiti, Holland, and Australia.

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Jasmine Reese, Marketing Director
Jasmine Reese is a communications strategist with expertise in digital marketing, brand development, strategy and planning, and public relations. She is responsible for developing communication strategies that help advance the Theatre's efforts to catalyze broad impact through the sharing of effective ideas and practices. These strategies include publications, partnerships and relationship development, Web marketing, social media, media outreach, audience development, and increasing brand presence. Prior to joining Synchronicity, she was the Strategic Communications Specialist at Alabama State University in Montgomery, AL, where he helped raise the college's profile and led the crafting of its first strategic plan for athletics. Previously, she was the Communications Liaison of college public relations at Alabama A&M University, and the Sales and Promotions Director at Tennessee State University. Jasmine earned a Master’s of Science in Communications Specialist and Marketing from Alabama A&M University, and a B.S. in Mass Communications and Integrated Marketing from Tennessee State University.

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Lisa Green, Facilities & Production Manager
Lisa has been the Facility Manager for Synchronicity Theatre since September of 2014, and added the role of Production Manager in October, 2014. Having previously worked in the music industry as a booking and tour manager, and as an assistant manager in the special event decor industry, Lisa has been in the Entertainment Industry her entire career. She has traveled the country with a band in a Volkswagon van, dropped balloons on the Queen of Norway, and spent a couple years as part of Margaret Cho's management team in Santa Monica, CA. Lisa also worked at the Woodruff Arts Center as a stage hand for the Atlanta Symphony for a couple years, before moving over to the 14th Street Playhouse in 2004, where she worked on many amazing productions, including running follow-spot for the filming of Leslie Jordan's "My Trip Down the Pink Carpet". Lisa's love of theatre is matched only by her love of her family. And riding her bike!

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Susie Spear Purcell, Playmaking for Girls Program Director
Susie has been acting and teaching theatre arts for over 30 years. She was program director for 9 years for The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company in Los Angeles where she developed curriculum for helping imprisoned East LA boys to write plays and perform them. She also worked as a lead teacher for 7 years with The Imagination Workshop in Los Angeles where she helped teach theatrical arts therapy to neuro-psychiatric patients throughout the city. She is currently the Program Director for Synchronicity’s Playmaking for Girls. This position has allowed her to share empowerment through the theatrical arts with teen girls in Georgia’s DJJ Regional Youth Detention Centers, DFACS group homes and Atlanta’s Title 1 middle schools over the past 10 years. She represents Synchronicity Theatre as an Arts Now Learning presenter where she teaches Georgia’s public and private school educators how to incorporate theatrical arts curriculum into non-artistic disciplines. Susie has performed in theatre productions in Atlanta, Los Angeles, DC and on Broadway. She has appeared in commercials, movies and television projects. Susie currently resides in Decatur, GA with her husband and two children.

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Taryn Carmona, Playmaking for Kids Director
Taryn has over 18 years along of hands-on experience and a passion for educating and inspiring students through the arts She has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to perform, teach, and work administratively in the theatre before and since graduating with a BFA (musical theatre, 2007) and MBA (management, 2009). Since moving to Atlanta she has been blessed to have many opportunities to work in arts education and management, including as the head of the Atlanta Jewish Academy theatre department, and, most recently as the founder of 360 Arts Blvd, Inc, an organization dedicated to uplifting creative entrepreneurship by supporting both young and professional creatives. Her work with refugee and group home girls and challenging populations has inspired me to become a mentor to young students well after they have left her classrooms. Through the years she has gained valuable knowledge i instruction and arts management and, more so, an unwavering appreciation for the sweat equity it takes to produce not only beautiful works of art, but strong, beautiful, well-rounded individuals as well. Taryn has been a part of the Synchro family since 2011 as an actor and teaching artists and his thrilled to take the Playmaking For Kids program- a program she helped develop and launch-to the next level. In 2016 she founded 360 Arts Blvd, inc, helping creatives have the confidence to live out their dreams. 360artsblvd.com

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Vallea E. Woodbury, Production Manager
Vallea oversees all elements of production, including coordinating all designers, schedules and production needs, while facilitating communication between the director and design team, and managing the production budget. Vallea has managed theatre productions for several years in Chicago and Atlanta. Most recently, she produced Hands of Color at Synchronicity and the Fall Battle of the Sexes season for Impulse Repertory Company. She is also a familiar face on Atlanta stages, having performed in Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds, as well as in notable productions at Actor's Express, Theatrical Outfit, Aurora Theatre, Out of Box Theatre, and the Alliance Theatre. Vallea holds an M.F.A. from the University of Georgia, is a Northwestern University graduate, and trained at the School at Steppenwolf and The Second City Chicago Improv Conservatory.

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Artistic Associates, the Synchronicity extended family
Justin Anderson, Ryan Bradburn, Jessica Coale, Suehyla El-Attar, Heidi S. Howard, Celeste Miller, Clinton Wade Thornton, Lee Nowell, and Elisabeth Cooper

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