2017-18 Intensive Company
Bethany Oliver is a graduate of Covenant College, and got her first taste of directing at a youth group summer camp in high school when she threw together a skit for the talent show. The following school year, she signed up for a directing class and took to it immediately. She went on to direct her own one-act for her high school Senior Project. In college, Bethany continued directing classes and ended up directing for the theatre department’s 10-Minute New Play Festival. Plays she has directed scenes from includes: Harvey, Cheaper by the Dozen, The Glass Menagerie, A Doll’s House, and Twelfth Night. Besides directing, Bethany has dabbled in essentially every aspect of theatre – she has experience dancing, acting, singing, running lights and sound, making props, stage managing, painting sets, and even writing for the stage. She hopes that being a part of the Costume Design Intensive with Live Arts Theatre will open more doors and allow her to continue to master new skills and explore her artistic potential. And in the process, it might make her a better stage manager, technician, and actor, too.
Dawn Davridge is excited be a part of the Costuming Intensive with LAT! Dawn grew up in the world of dance and theatre spending a majority of her formative years either in training, on stage, or helping out behind the scenes. She returned to the stage after a long absence with an ensemble role in LAT production of Fiorello. During that show Dawn rediscovered her love for costuming and design and is excited to be pursuing her goals both on and off stage with LAT!
Kat was introduced to LAT when she was invited to see Stealing Home in 2017. As a designer by trade, she welcomed the opportunity to be set designer for Fiorello that same season. After learning of the need for crew to help with set changes, she immediately jumped on board and hasn’t looked back. Kat enjoyed being behind the scenes and helping everyone out so she engaged in the stage manager intensive as a way to learn more about the theatre world in which she has come to love.
Andre Eaton Jr is a graduate of Georgia State University. He received a taste of directing in the required directing classes for theatre majors where he directed scenes from Doubt, and Harlem Duet. The majority of his experience with directing comes from acting in various show with a variety of different kinds of directors each with their own ways of working. Through this apprenticeship he hopes to discover a new skill set that will help hone his skills as an Actor and as a newfound director.
Live Arts Theatre designer (Cabaret) and Actress Jordan-Yvonne Hermitt has had a busy year. Since playing Eve and Mama Noah in Children of Eden, she graduated from Wesleyan College in Macon GA with a BA in Theatre with concentrations in Acting and Design, and a Minor in Visual Art. She just spent the summer at the Hangar Theatre where she was the design intern. She assisted in five shows and designed the children’s show, all in just 2 1/2 months! She is excited to be a part of the Dramaturgy track in the LAT Intensive program.
D Norris has been involved with performing, directing, and choreographing locally for a number of years. You may remember D as Cecil in Stealing Home, or as Dracula. When not at the theatre, you can find D teaching salsa dance. D is looking forward to honing his skills as a director in the Live Arts Intensive program.
Michael Parker discovered Dramaturgy while at a professional development workshop for theatre teachers and instantly wanted to know more. He is a self professed “research junkie” who is looking forward to learning more about the craft this year. When not at the theatre, Michael teaches chorus and theatre at Sutton Middle School in Atlanta, serves as choir director at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Gwinnett, and sings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. He also is a member of the Live Arts board of directors.
Edward Thompson is a native of Gwinnett County who has a Bachelor’s degree in political science. He has long been a supporter of Live Arts Theatre, and began attending shows in 2013. After a few seasons of supporting the organization as an audience member, he began acting which eventually lead to him becoming a board member for the theatre. He is excited to be broadening his horizons as a director in the LAT Intensive program.