Meet Our Board

Meredith Jones

Term expires: 8/31/2019
Board member since: 2013
Committees: Executive, Marketing

Meredith has spent three years working with Creative Circus, an advertising school, as their art director. She currently serves as their Creative Director. Meredith also currently serves on the Communications Committees of both McKendree UMC and the Gwinnett GOP. 

IMG_3718andrea Hermitt

Term expires: 8/31/2020
Board member since: 2015
Committees: Executive, Governance

Andrea Hermitt is an Artist, a Writer, and an Education Advocate. She has blogged professionally for homeschooling and other informational websites for over a decade. She has also educated her own children in a way that heavily incorporated the arts. She found Live Arts Theatre through her love for costuming and set work, which is a wonderful application of artistic talents. She joined the board to help further the mission of creating a community focused teaching theatre.

Michael parker

Term expires: 8/31/2019
Board member since: 2016 (previously 2010-2015)
Committees: Executive, Fundraising

After serving in various capacities for several years, Michael Parker is currently serving as Secretary of the board of Live Arts Theatre. Michael served as Co-Chair of the Board from 2010-2015, rotating off the board for the 2015-16 season. Michael has a degree in Music Composition and History as well as Voice from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Michael has performed nationally and internationally both with the ensembles of Shenandoah University as well as various choruses in the Washington DC area such as the Washington Chorus and Choral Arts Society of Washington. He is currently a tenor with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and teaches Chorus and Theatre at Sutton Middle School in Atlanta. Theatrically, Michael has performed onstage as well as various backstage roles. Michael was responsible for mounting the first production granted by R&H Theatricals of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas in a community theatre at the Apollo Theatre in Martinsburg, WV. Michael is a native son of the Buford/Sugar Hill area and has returned to be closer to his family and bring the experience of live theatre to his home town.

Lee Jones

Term expires: 8/31/2020
Board member since: 2017
Committees: Executive, Events

Lee has taught English, including plays for 30+ years and has performed in at least one play every year since 2005. His dissertation deals with post-modern American drama. He is committed to expanding drama opportunities in Gwinnett County as the county grows nearer to 1 million people. He has served as a board member, program chair, and president of two professional organizations. He has also twice served on the board of neighborhood associations. He has served as dramaturg for several shows locally.

snapshotchitra sampath
member at large

Term expires: 8/31/2021
Board member since: 2016
Committees: Governance

Chitra has served on the board since 2016, and is currently chairing the Events committee and serves on the Governance Committee. Chitra Sampath is a financial consultant for over 5 years for public utilities specializing in Accounting, Budgeting, and Finance. She is an Industrial Engineer Graduate from Georgia Tech and holds a Finance MBA from Keller Graduate School. Chitra’s passion for the arts started at 10 years old when she began learning Indian Classical Dance. Chitra joined Live Arts Theatre to help people realize the impact of a teaching arts program on the local community through creative initiatives.

edthompsonEdward thompson
member at large

Term expires: 8/31/2019
Board member since: 2016
Committees: Governance

Edward Thompson is a professional in the field of government contracting and investigation. He brings years of experience with various non-profit and volunteer organizations. He started as a patron, walked on stage, and then decided he enjoyed it so much he would join the board! Ed has served on the board since 2016.