Essential Theatre Advisory Board

The Essential Theatre has formed an advisory panel to insure we have access to a variety of artistic voices. Advisory board members are asked to suggest new works, assist reading new plays, suggest talented actors for our productions and to inform their friends and acquaintances of our activities. An advisory panel reception is planned as part of the 2008 Power Plays Festival.

  • Rosemary Newcott (Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth at the Alliance Theatre, Actress).
  • Phillip DePoy (Playwright, Novelist, Musician, Actor, Director, Head of Drama Department at Clayton State College).
  • Valetta Anderson (Resident Teaching Artist with the Alliance Theatre Institute for Educators and Teaching Artists, Playwright). .
  • Morgan Timmis (Historic and Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Roswell; Actress).
  • Ann Wilson (Director of Development, Horizon Theatre; Actress).
  • Jill Patrick (Managing Director of Working Title Playwrights Group).
  • Ellen McQueen (Director, Actress, Playwright).
  • Suehyla El-Attar (Actress, Playwright).
  • Bill Gibson (Playwright, Essential Playwriting Award Winner).
  • Karla Jennings (Playwright).
  • Lee Nowell (Director, Actress, Playwright).

If you would like to get involved and join on our advisory panel, please contact artistic director, Peter Hardy. We are still seeking additional board members who wish to share their time, expertise or financial resources to help with the Annual Playwriting Award Competition and the Power Plays Festival.

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Johanna Linden: In Memorium

The Essential Theatre — and many, many other people — have lost a friend and colleague. Johanna Lindemann (whose stage name was Johanna Linden) passed away at her family’s home in Virginia, after a two-year battle with cancer.

Johanna was a fine, intelligent, skillful actress who was also a lovely person and a dream to work with. Atlanta audiences saw her perform with the Academy Theatre, Seven Stages, Theatre Gael, Actor’s Express, Soulstice Repertory and other companies, and we were privileged to have her work with us in MISS MACBETH and, just last summer, playing the title role in MRS. BOB CRATCHIT’S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE. In November she took part in one of our play development reading workshops and, as always, she was at the top of her game, bringing insight and illumination to that process. We’ll all miss her.

Peter Hardy

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