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.
Celise Kalke is excited to become the Managing Director at Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta. Since 2005, 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. Celise will start October 22, 2018.
Virginia (Gin) Nugent is honored to serve Synchronicity’s mission of producing smart, gutsy and bold theatre to spark community connections and uplift the voices of women and girls. Virginia’s 30 years in arts management spans circus, opera, theatre, dance, spectacle, musicals and more. Following a decade in production (before in her native Australia, she has spent twenty years in management & leadership across the Midwest. Companies include Pittsburgh Opera, History Theatre, Minnesota Dance Theatre & the Dance Institute, Jazz Institute of Chicago, Chicago Dramatists and The Actors Gymnasium. (The Alliance Theatre presented the Lookingglass Theatre/Actors Gym production of MOBY DICK in Nov 2016.) Previous leadership experience as Executive Director (The Actors Gymnasium), Interim Managing Director (Chicago Dramatists) and Managing Director (History Theatre) has equipped her to steward the business side of Synchronicity while the board undertakes a search for a permanent Managing Director. Virginia will be working part time and will not be a candidate for the permanent position. Her final day as interim Managing Director will be October 22, 2018.
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 Director. 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.
Growing up in a military family, Maddie Mahood has always been adept to change and ingrained with a love of travel. Although she was raised in the midst of several moves and transitions, one thing always remained constant…her love of theatre. Maddie graduated from Penn State University in May 2017 with a B.A .in Theatre, emphasis in Performance and a B.S. in Community, Environment, and Development, emphasis in International Development. While at Penn State, she appeared in School of Theatre productions and student films, was a member of No Refund Theatre, interned at The State Theatre in State College, PA, and worked at Schwab Auditorium. She was fortunate to further her interest in stage performance and film-acting when she studied abroad in London in June 2016. In December 2017, Maddie moved to Atlanta to pursue an Arts Administration internship through the Leitalift Foundation at Synchronicity. She fell in love with Synchronicity and their strong commitment towards actively producing shows that push creative boundaries and engaging in community outreach and conversation. Fast forward six months and she is ecstatic to transition into her new role as the Marketing Manager! Among her newfound title of Marketing Manager, Maddie is also an actor, avid traveler, ocean-lover, yogi, and adventure seeker.
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.
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
Holly Dickerson is thrilled to join the wonderful Synchro family as the new Tour Producer for the TYA Tour Program. She received her BFA in Theatre Performance from Valdosta State University in 2011 and began working professionally right away. In addition to performing, Holly has a passion and excitement for theatre for young audiences. She served as the Drama Teacher for grades 8th-12th at Valwood Preparatory School in Hahira, GA from 2012-2014. From there, Holly ventured to Minnesota to work for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre from 2013-2017 where she was an actor and director for several seasons before being named their Managing Director. She has recently returned home to North Georgia and has had the pleasure of working with the newly formed Theatre Buford as well as The Weird Sisters Theatre Project as Stage Manager. Holly first had the opportunity to work with Synchro in the Spring 2018 on the Fancy Nancy, the Musical tour and is happy to be a part of this growing and exciting extension of Synchronicity Theatre. She believes now more than ever it is important to continue providing positive, creative, engaging, and challenging works for our youth and is glad to be involved with this platform reaching children across the Southeast.
Justin Anderson, Ryan Bradburn, Jessica Coale, Suehyla El-Attar, Heidi S. Howard, Kathy Janich, Celeste Miller, Clinton Wade Thornton, Lee Nowell, and Elisabeth Cooper