Rachel was one of Synchronicity’s original founders. She has directed more than 15 productions for Synchronicity, including 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.
Lee Nowell is a veteran of Hedgerow Theatre, America’s oldest resident rep company, where she was nominated for the New York Drama League’s Directors Lab. She was co-artistic director of her own theatre, Metropolitan Theatre Alliance, and currently serves on the advisory board of the Essential Theatre. A cum laude graduate of Kenyon College with a degree in drama, she has adjudicated plays for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council and has served as a judge for The Governor’s Honors Program. An award winning playwright, Ms. Nowell’s work has been presented at Actors Express (Albatross, Paper House, Obsession), Theatre in the Square (Urban Fairytale), Horizon Theatre (Blue Angels Weekend), 7 Stages (Preacher from the Black Lagoon, The Commission), Ex Somnium at The Big House (How to Survive Being Human), and Play West (The Commission, Blue Angels Weekend), in addition to her commission for Synchronicity (Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Troy Davis Project). She is the recipient of an Inverness Playwriting Award, three Turner New Voices in the Works Grants, two NEA Grants, and has been nominated for The List, a Jennie Award, a Suzi Bass Award, Best Play of the Year by Atlanta Theatre Fans, Top Ten Productions of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and an NEA Distinguished New Play Development Award. Ms. Nowell is also in the vanguard of the burgeoning Salon Theatre movement in Atlanta. In 2015, she was recruited to be the new Managing Director Artistic Associate at Synchronicity Theatre. Prior to joining Synchronicity, she was Senior Coordinator for The SLAM Collaborative for fourteen years.
Hailing from Philadelphia, Chelsea Pedano has been surrounded by a rich cultural atmosphere since childhood. Growing up surrounded by art, music, and all things Italian-American, she found a natural passion in the performing arts. She saw local success as vocalist but after earning a spot at Berklee College of Music in Boston she shifted gears to pursue a career in Arts Administration by earning a Bachelors Degree in Music Business. Post graduation, Ms. Pedano had the pleasure of working as the Marketing Apprentice at The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia before her relocation to Georgia. Since arriving in Atlanta she has jumped head first into as many arts organizations as she can find, including Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre and The Center for Puppetry Arts, and is more than thrilled to call Synchronicity Theatre her new home.
Emma Calabrese started with Synchronicity in the summer of 2015 as a Development and Marketing Intern through the Leitalift Foundation; she is thrilled to transition into her new role as the Development Manager. Emma graduated from Emory University Magna Cum Laude in 2014 with a BA in Theatre Studies and English and a certificate in Arts Management from the Emory Goizueta Business School. While at Emory she was artistic director of Starving Artist Productions, the student theatre organization, and was fortunate to pursue her love of English and literature further by studying abroad at Oxford University. She has also been involved in the Atlanta arts community working for The World Shakespeare Project, as well as performing in many Theatre Emory Shows. In 2014 she was awarded the Friends of Theatre Emory Award for Artistic Excellence and Leadership. Emma is also a play and short story writer who has submitted her work to national competitions. Currently she is pursuing certification in Fundraising and Grant Writing from Goizueta Business School.
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!
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.
Justin Anderson, Ryan Bradburn, Jessica Coale, Suehyla El-Attar, Heidi S. Howard, Kathy Janich, Celeste Miller, Clinton Wade Thornton, Lee Nowell, and Elisabeth Cooper