Theatre Arts Alumni

Anna Carroll Sims Joanna Meyer ('13) is attending graduate school at The University of South Carolina.

D.J. Grooms ('13) returned to Canyon Texas for his second summer (2013) in the company as a featured dancer in the Texas Outdoor Musical Drama. He was most recently featured in Xanadu at the Legacy Theater in Tyrone, GA.

Joseph Thomas ('12) will attend the New School (home of the Actor's Studio) in NYC fall 2013.

Laura Hennesy ('12) attended CAP 21 musical theatre summer intensive training summer of 2012.

Anna Carroll Sims
('11) spent a summer studying at the Stella Adler Academy.

Ali Grieb ('09) was in two Off-Broadway shows: Press #93 for Kosher Jewish Girls in Krakow and A Night in Vegas, which was reviewed by New York newspapers and websites. Ali is also in a band called Alien Surfer Babes. They sing original surf/pop rock music costumed in all silver and painted blue. She is a regular performer at the famous Joe's Pub Cabaret at the Public Theater in New York City.

Mary Duttweiler ('11) is the properties master at the Papermill Summer Theatre, (2013).

Julia Jones ('09) is living and working as an actor in Atlanta. She most recently completed a season as an acting intern at the Horizon.

Samantha Gambino ('10) received her MFA in Theatre Education at NYU where she was a member of NYU's Youth Ensemble.

Katie Betts
('96) got married Sept. 19, 2009, and was also in the World premier of Strange Gods, with Ottawa, Canada's Goya Theatre playing the lead role of Laura in May of 2010.

Ryan McWhorter ('00) is a resident director at the Lafayette Theatre Company in downtown LaGrange. Most recently he directed Romeo and Juliet. Other directing credits include The Odd Couple, Wait Until Dark and Stuart Little.

Nylsa Dunbar
('00) is the new Assistant Property Manager for the Newnan Lofts in Newnan, GA.

Scottie Knollin ('07) is the middle/high school drama/art teacher at a private school outside of Atlanta. In his free time he is also a working filmmaker/actor. In the past year he has worked in front of and behind the scenes on projects such as Due Date, Life As We Know It, The Big Year, The Vampire Diaries, as well as his directorial debut with the short film The Right Point of View.

Whittney Millsap ('07) lives and works in Atlanta, GA. She is a member of Dad's Garage Improv company and is a member of Automatic Improv.

Sarah Conner-Brown ('03) currently serves as the Resident Stage Manager for Bus Barn Stage Company in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area of California. She also works as the Activities Director for Vintage Senior Living, where her programming will be featured in communities across the West Coast. On April 10, 2010, she married Will Brown, an actor leading one of the first educational programs focused on bringing Shakespeare to Abu Dhabi in the Middle East.

Susanna Liveakos Brent
('99), her husband, Lester, and daughter, Zelda, recently moved to Houghton MI, where Susanna serves as the director of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Michigan Technological University.

Caitlin Bruggeman
('07) moved to New York after completing a year-long performance internship with Actor's Express, where she had the opportunity to assistant direct The Last Five Years and understudy the one-woman show When Something Wonderful Ends in the theater's 20th anniversary season. She also appeared in Large Animal Games, an intern showcase production written by Atlanta playwright, Steve Yockey.

Beckett Finn
('03) is in graduate school at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill pursuing an MFA in Technical Direction.

Bobbi Leigh Mullins (Stansky) is teaching first grade in Ellijay, Ga., and is the wife of a minister. She has two children and two step-children.

Mr. Tracy Nunnally has worked in professional theatre since the late 1980's. He is the owner and president of Hall Associates Flying Effects, the president of the North American Association of Flying Effects Directors (N.A.A.F.E.D.), and an active member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). Mr. Nunnally specializes in all aspects of rigging, motion control, pyrotechnics, special effects, and scenery construction, and has designed and executed an extremely diverse range of systems and effects for clients all over the world. Through his company, Mr. Nunnally provides flying effects for over 200 productions per year, including numerous productions of Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Angles in America, Seussical the Musical, and A Christmas Carol. Specific credits include the Broadway production of Curtains, the original Asian tour of Peter Pan, the Broadway Asia production of SpongeBob SquarePants, and original native-language productions of Peter Pan in Mexico City, Mexico, and Oslo, Norway. Mr. Nunnally is also a tenured professor and the Technical Director of the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance, in DeKalb, Illinois. He uses the resources of his company to expose his students to professional environments, and uses the educational setting to further the development of innovative and unique special effects. Please visit for more information about this unique theatre technology program.

Chris Rumery ('00) moved to New York to get her MFA in costume design at Tisch NYU. She now lives in Brooklyn freelancing. This spring Chris spent 4 months in Taiwan designing for parades and just opened a show called Bedbugs!!! the musical.

Eria Vali ('99) is the Director of the Gilmer High School Theatre Depart in Ellijay, GA. She is currently in production for A Midsummer Night's Dream which they will also be performing for the One Act Play festival at GTC as well as for Region One Act Play Competition.

Katie Westbrook ('06) is the Choral Director at LaGrange High School.

Chris Wiley ('06) is a company member of Atlantis Playmakers based out of Billerica, MA. He is currently performing in a stage combat show called FIGHT VI: Return of the Jed-Pie, going to the New England Fringe Festival. He is also a part-time swordsmanship instructor at "GuardUp" working with weapons from foam swords to foils. He is also an infrequent background actor in Boston area movies (If you look, you can see me in Indiana Jones 4...not my most glamorous moment but a lot of fun nonetheless).