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About Our Organization


Aurora Theatre is committed to producing quality, professional theatre for the Southeast, North Georgia, and our most ardent supporters—the residents of Gwinnett County. We will serve these communities by offering entertainment that nurtures a love of theatre and develops a new generation of theatergoers.

About Us

In 1996, Aurora Theatre was established in a converted hardware store in the suburbs of Atlanta. The City of Lawrenceville, GA recognized the positive economic impact the arts have on its community and invited Aurora Theatre to serve as the cornerstone for their revitalization plans. In a unique partnership between city government, private development and a non-profit charity, the city purchased a 100-year-old church and together with Aurora Theatre transformed the space into a $7.5 million theatre complex, which opened in May of 2007. Now, Aurora Theatre houses 2 performance spaces, boasts 4,600 season ticket holders, produces over 600 events annually and entertains 70,000 visitors. Currently in our 20th Season, Aurora Theatre has become the largest arts organization in Gwinnett County and the fastest growing professional theatre in the state of Georgia.

The Peach State Federal Credit Union Mainstage Signature Series is comprised of the biggest Broadway plays and musicals. The GGC Harvel Lab Series produces exciting contemporary theatre. Additionally, Aurora produces concerts, stand-up comedy, children’s programs, Metro-Atlanta’s top haunted attraction Lawrenceville Ghost Tours, as well as Atlanta’s only professional Spanish language theatre, Teatro Aurora. Always grateful for our loyal patrons, Aurora provides FREE attached covered parking and a city booming with restaurants and shops. 

Under the artistic leadership of Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Anthony Rodriguez and Ann-Carol Pence, Aurora Theatre has garnered numerous accolades highlighted by recent achievements that include winner of seven 2013 Suzi Bass Awards, Creative Loafing’s 2010 Best Theatre Company, Georgia Trend Magazine’s 2011 Best Places to Work in Georgia, Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2012 Best Places to Work, Atlanta Magazine’s Best of Atlanta 2013, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 President and CEO Award for Excellence in Arts and the Gwinnett Chamber’s 2015 IMPACT Regional Business Award for Hospitality.

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Aurora Theatre, as the consummate professional arts organization in Gwinnett County and Northeast Georgia, broadens the minds and souls of local and regional audiences by attracting world-class artists vested in producing inspiring work. We will be the theatre that:

Reflects Our Community

We will continue to evolve into a cultural arts center that reflects our region’s diversity. We will create a new generation of theatergoers, by continually creating new work, and seeking artists and board members that reflect the interests of a changing community.

Furthers Our Commitment to Education

By incorporating multiple venues, implementing new technology, and fostering innovative education programs, we will create profound partnerships with Gwinnett County Schools, Georgia Gwinnett College, and other educational institutions.

Builds Sustained Growth

We will maintain substantial growth by continuing to be a leading economic development partner. This will strengthen our bond with the arts and business communities, providing corporations and foundations a place to invest now and in the future. Our successful efforts will serve as a model of community pride and engagement.

Board of Directors

Lisa Anders
Explore Gwinnett

Marshall Boutwell
Peach State Federal Credit Union

Theresa Bullock, Chair
Metro Waterproofing

Randy Foster, Vice Chair
Foster Construction

Homero Gonzalez
ULTIM Marketing

Nicole Love Hendrickson
Gwinnett County

Barbara Howard, Member Emerita
Suzanna’s Kitchen

Dr. Daniel Kaufman
Gwinnett Chamber

Santiago Marquez
Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Dan Nolan
Georgia Gwinnett College

Ann-Carol Pence
Aurora Theatre Co-Founder

Anthony P. Rodriguez
Aurora Theatre Co-Founder

Mark Tyrrell
Lanier Outdoor Equipment

Chuck Warbington
City of Lawrenceville

David Welden, Treasurer
Gwinnett Technical College

Angela Woo, Secretary
Cisco Systems