Laurel Crowe, Education Director/ Scene Study/Improvisation/ Voice/Theatre for Young Audiences Director
Laurel Crowe has the distinct pleasure of being the very first student in the Conservatory back in 1992. Laurel holds a B.A. in Speech and Theatre Arts from the University of West Georgia. She has worked in the Conservatory in every position including Director of the Performance Camp productions Seussical the Musical, Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Willy Wonka Jr., The Little Mermaid Jr., and most recently Shrek the Musical Jr. Laurel appeared as "Mrs. Little" in the 2008 Theatre for Youth production of Stuart Little, and has directed the Theatre for Youth productions of River Rat and Cat, Ramona Quimby (2010 and 2013), James and the Giant Peach (2011 and 2012), Aesop’s Fables, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe, and Stuart Little (Spring 2015). This year she took on the fun and exciting challenge of directing The Giver and The Jungle Book productions. Coming up: Mary Poppins Jr. and some awesome surprises in our 2018-2019 season!
Michael Vine, Education Manager, Stage Combat/Acting
Michael is a proud alumnus of the University of Alabama, where he earned a BA in Communication while double-majoring in Public Relations and Theatre. He then spent a few wonderful years in Abingdon, VA, where he appeared in more than 20 productions at the Tony award-winning Barter Theatre. Since moving to Atlanta, Michael has enjoyed working with The Shakespeare Tavern, Marietta's New Theatre in the Square, Shakespeare on Draught, and the Alliance Theatre. Michael is THRILLED to join the team at Georgia Ensemble Theatre and serve students and audiences throughout Georgia. In his spare time you can find Michael cheering for his Alabama Crimson Tide, playing golf, and asking if he can pet your dog.
Cory Phelps, Education Associate, Acting/Acting for Film
is thrilled to be a part of GET serving as the Teaching Associate. He is a graduate of Western Carolina University holding a BFA in Theatre Performance. He also completed the Aurora Theatre Apprenticeship. His acting credits include: Othello (Iago) at the Warehouse Theatre and while at Aurora you might have seen him in: Singles in Agriculture (Joel u/s), Grace for President (Anthony/Mr. Waller), and a one-man version of A Christmas Carol (Tour). Cory is a director as well as having served as the Assistant Director of Headline Programming at BroadwayCon in NYC under If/Then’s David Alpert at both the 2016 and 2017 conferences. Cory also AD-ed under David at the New York Musical Theatre Festival during the festival's premiere production of Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera. His Aurora assistant directing credits include: Singles in Agriculture (d. Justin Anderson), Three Billy Goats Gruff (d. Justin Anderson), Working, the Musical (d. Jaclyn Hofmann) and Much Ado About Nothing (d.Jaclyn Hofmann). He is also an owner of the film production company, Up the Hill Productions (upthehillproductionsllc.com). He has taught theatre to students in Kindergarten through Post-College Age Adults. Fun fact: He is a proud uncle of SEVEN beautiful nieces and nephews. Website: www.coryphelps.com.
Qate Bean, Improvisation/Puppetry/Acting/Movement
Qate is so excited about teaching with GET since 2007! Qate teaches improv with GET IT! (GET's teen improv troupe) and Improv-A-Palooza (Saturday middle & high school improv). Throughout the year she fills her time as a puppeteer around Atlanta, and House Manager here with GET. She received much of her actor training at Georgia College & State University where she founded the improv troupe The Armed Farces. She is of Kennesaw State University with a degree in Theatre and Performance Studies. Qate had the opportunity to travel with KSU to Morocco to study and perform at the International Festival of University Theatre.
Josh Brook, Musical Theatre/Improvisation/Performance Camp Assistant Director
Josh Brook is always moving and is very lucky to be teaching at such a terrific theatre. All year long, he gets to teach and be taught by the most creative and imaginative kids! When not teaching at Georgia Ensemble Theatre he hopes to act as much as possible. Recent credits: Rocketboys (The Legacy Theatre) Tuck Everlasting (Alliance Theatre), Lyle the Crocodile (Synchronicity Theatre), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Peter & the Starcatcher (GET), West Side Story (Fabrefaction Theatre Conservatory) Red Badge of Courage (7 Stages).
Mark Cabus, Adult Acting/Shakespeare/Scene Study/Movement
A show business veteran of over 47 years, Mark Cabus is a skilled actor, director, and writer classically trained in England, New York, and Washington DC. He is recognized for his stage work with Off-Broadway’s LaMama Theatre Club, New York Theatre Company, and The Cubiculo as well as the Alliance Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Actors Express, Horizon Theatre, the Clarence Brown Company, Nashville Repertory Theater, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, and his own company, Naked Stages. His film and television credits range from the Oscar-nominated Selma and Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride to recurring roles on Fox hit The Resident and AMC’s TURN: Washington’s Spies. An educator of merit, Mark serves on the faculty of Belmont University in Nashville but has taught for the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Georgia Shakespeare Summer Conservatory, the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, the Nashville Film Institute, and been a guest lecturer and teaching artist at Vanderbilt University, the University of the South, Alliance Theatre, and Tennessee Performing Arts Center Education. As a Director of Education, he steered programs at Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit and Nashville’s Green Room Projects. He is both a Tennessee Arts Commission/Ingram Industries Individual Artist and a Tennessee Williams Fellow.
John Doyle, Storytelling/Elementary Mash-Up
John Edward Doyle Jr., a native of Minneapolis, MN, has been a teaching artist for 10 years in the metro Atlanta area in the theater arts. Upon completion from Morehouse College he has pursued a career as an actor and educator. John is trained in curriculum planning, class management and assessment development. He is also a trained wolf trap certified instructor and a member of Georgia Council for the Arts Teaching Artists Bank. John has had the opportunity to work in over 40 schools in and around metro Atlanta. John has been a teaching artist with Alliance Theatre for 10 years. John has also worked as a actor-educator with Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre. Show topics included HIV prevention, grief and nutrition. Working in this capacity afforded John the opportunity to combine his love for performing and teaching. Other educational out-reach organizations John has worked with are: Horizon Theater, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Georgia State University, Camp Broadway and Upward Bound. His duties as an outreach teacher include but are not limited to: creating and implementing lesson plans, classroom management and creating an assessment model. John is the former program coordinator for Youth Arts Initiative and is the Co-Founder of Arts de Soul.
Shannon Eubanks, Seven Practical Steps to Film and Television Acting/Adult Scene Study Master Class
Shannon's acting, directing, and writing careers have been intertwined for almost 40 years - her directing track started in 1974 with the first staging of THE BOYS IN THE BAND produced South of the Mason-Dixon, continued with 26 productions for eight different theatres over an 18-year span in Los Angeles, winning Drama Critics' Circle Award nominations for ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, RICHARD III, and HENRY V, and included the West Coast premiere of Len Jenkins' dark comedy AMERICAN NOTES, originally produced by the Public Theatre in New York. An actor/director engagement at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival brought her back down South, and visiting Atlanta she reconnected with Bob Farley, for whom she'd worked at Alaska Repertory Theatre. Steven Dietz' BECKY'S NEW CAR, OF MICE AND MEN, SEASON'S GREETINGS, SLEUTH, THE MIRACLE WORKER, and four other shows have opened at Georgia Ensemble Theatre under her hand. This summer she was privileged to stage Lauren Gunderson's fascinating play EMILIE: THE MARQUISE DU CHATELET DEFENDS HER LIFE TONIGHT for The Weird Sisters at Aurora Theatre. Concurrently she's co-written two screenplays, four teleplays, served as a staff writer for the Emmy-winning children's series THE REPPIES, and performed in over 150 plays across the U.S., on soaps, series, and television movies for NBC, ABC, CBS, HBO, PBS, Lifetime and the Disney Channel, and in feature films for Warner Brothers, Columbia Pictures, and Twentieth Century Fox. Recently she's had a wonderful experience appearing as Bastianna Natale on The CW's hit show THE ORIGINALS.
Molly Gilmartin, Improvisation/Storytelling/Acting
This is Molly's seventh year with GET's Conservatory! Molly started as a teaching assistant in the summer program here, and has had the pleasure of being the Education Associate. She is a graduate of Kennesaw State University with a B.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies. She has taught many classes over the years including Improvisation, Scene Study, and D.I.Y. Theatre (Devise it Yourself). Molly is a graduate from Dad's Garage Theatre and was recently see in Mr. Marmalade with The Seedling Project. This year, Molly and her husband Jamie Bullins moved to Nebraska, where she now serves as the Company Manager for The Nebraska Repertory Company.
Cara Mantella, Adult Scene Study/Film and Television for Children and Teens
Cara Mantella has appeared on stages in and around Atlanta including The Alliance Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Theatre in the Square, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Actor’s Express, Horizon Theatre, Stage Door Players, and Théâtre du Rêve. Film: The Founder, The Good Lie, Trouble with the Curve, Premature, 90 Minutes in Heaven. TV: H.R.(Pilot), Army Wives, Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime), Christmas Cupid, My Future Boyfriend (ABC Family), The Game(BET), Royal Pains (USA) and the webseries That’s Educational (www.thatseducational.com). She has her BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She has taught theatre and/or on-camera classes at the Alliance theatre, Drama Inc, GET, and also offers private coaching. www.caramantella.com
Jessica De Maria, In-School Residency Instructor/Curriculum Development
Jessica De Maria graduated from Oglethorpe University with a B.A. in Communications. She then went on to get her Masters in Library Sciences with a specialization in services to youth from the University of South Florida. Jessica served in the public library system for four years developing literature based programming for young adults. Jessica went on to complete a second Bachelor's degree from Oglethorpe in Theatre with a focus in Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies. Jessica is tremendously fortunate to be a working actress with recent credits at Aurora Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Pinch N' Ouch. Jessica also serves as a a teaching artist throughout the city of Atlanta, most notably at the Center for Puppetry Arts, Alliance Theatre, Aurora Theatre and Georgia Ensemble Theatre.
Eliana Marianes, Viewpoints
Eliana Marianes studied Theater Studies at Emory University (2010), where she specialized in physical theater, particularly movement styles. She has performed with the Alliance Theater, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, ART Station, Aurora Theatre, Stage Door Players, Out of Hand Theater, The Legacy Theatre, Theatre Emory, Emory Dance Academy, Theatre du Reve, and Georgia Ensemble Theatre (Inherit the Wind). She has trained with Out of Hand Theatre as a CORE company member for the past 6 years, creating original new work, directing company Viewpoints sessions, and training with the company in Suzuki, Viewpoints, and clowning.
Kate Johnson, Voice/Music Direction/Musical Theatre/Private Coach
Kate Johnson has recently graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Reinhardt University and is proud to be an alumnus of the 2014/2015 apprentice company here at GET. She has had the privilege to be in the ensemble of The Elephant Man, "Lucy" in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the understudy for "Leigh" in Homers, and "Lucille" in Junie B. Jones the Musical . Kate has also served as a voice teacher for GET conservatory's Triple Threat: Act, Dance, Sing! Camp and musical director for School House Rock Live Jr., Shrek Jr., Annie Jr., and Seussical Jr., and Mary Poppins Jr. performance camps. In spring 2018, catch Kate in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story right here at GET.
Mary Saville, Scene Study/In-School Residency Instructor/Curriculum Development
Mary Saville earned a Master’s degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College and a BA in Language Arts Education from Auburn University. She taught high school theatre for 8 years, and has also taught and directed college students and early-career actors of all ages, spanning more than 15 years. She’s been a part of the Conservatory faculty since 2008. Currently, Mary works at GET full-time as Resources Associate. She’s also an actor, and has appeared in Atlanta with Stage Door Players, Synchronicity, the Shakespeare Tavern, the Atlanta History Center, and at GET in Ramona Quimby. She loves working with young people, and is thrilled to return to the Conservatory team this year.
Karen Shea, Costuming Instructor/Designer
Karen is very happy to be working with Georgia Ensemble for the first time! After attending Columbus State University for Costume Design and Construction, she has gone on to work for theatres such as Weathervane Playhouse in Newark, Ohio and Cape Fear Regional Theatre in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she had the pleasure of working on shows like Annie Jr and Grease Jr. Some of her favorite shows she has worked on are Spamalot, Batboy: The Musical, and The Producers.
Spencer G. Stephens, Music Director/Mash-Up Musical Madness/ Improvisation/Musical Theatre/Puppetry
Spencer G. Stephens is an Atlanta-area actor/singer/puppeteer/composer and educator. He has performed for many theatres in the metro Atlanta area including the 2010 production of The Boys Next Door at Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Spencer is a General Company Member of Dad's Garage Theatre where he had done improv since 2004 and a resident puppeteer at the Center for Puppetry Arts where he has performed since 2003. He is a two time Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre (MAT) Award winner and a Suzi Bass Award nominee. Spencer is currently the Assistant Drama Teacher at St. Martin's Episcopal School in Atlanta where he has taught Elementary and Middle School students since 2006. He also serves as a Teaching Artist at Georgia Ensemble Theatre where he has taught summer camps and workshops for youth since 2005. In 2008, Spencer and his writing partner Robin Seidman won the National Children's Theatre Festival at Actor's Playhouse in Coral Gables, FL with their original musical PAINT!: Marc Chagall's Colorful Musical Adventure. Spencer's music has also been featured in three original mini-musicals at the Imagine It! Children's Museum in downtown Atlanta.
Stephanie Willis, Classical Scene Study/Choreography/Voice/Shakespeare/Residency Instructor
Stephanie Willis is so thrilled to be spending her seventh year with the GET Conservatory! A graduate of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Stephanie has also taught with Georgia Shakespeare, Forefront Arts, Alliance Theatre, and several other metro-area performing arts organizations. A professional actor, she has had the privilege of performing three times in GET's own Theatre for Youth touring productions, with Spider in James and the Giant Peach as a particular favorite. Some career highlights have been Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (Alliance Theatre), touring productions of Metamorphoses and Romeo and Juliet (Georgia Shakespeare), and starring as Hamlet in an all-female production of Hamlet (The Fern Theatre). A voiceover artist, Stephanie often records narration for videos and audiobooks.