Our
Mission

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
Our Organization

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. With the grand opening of the anticipated Lawrenceville Arts Center, Aurora Theatre and the City of Lawrenceville continue an innovative model of public/private partnership that was initiated with the theatre’s relocation.

Now in its 26th Season, Aurora Theatre is resident company and manager of the Lawrenceville Arts Center. Theatrical productions are comprised of the biggest Broadway plays and musicals alongside 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. Nestled on the historic downtown square, Lawrenceville Arts Center has FREE attached covered parking and is surrounded by restaurants and shops. Lawrenceville Arts Center is a world-class facility with five venues, with the ability to host performances and community events both indoors and outdoors.

Under the artistic leadership of Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Anthony Rodriguez and Ann-Carol Pence, Aurora Theatre has garnered numerous accolades highlighted by achievements that include a 2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts & Humanities, winner of five 2019 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 2018” for Best Inclusive Programming, Gwinnett Chamber’s 2018 Inaugural Moxie Award for Outstanding Organization, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 President and CEO Award for Excellence in Arts, and Gwinnett Chamber’s 2015 IMPACT Regional Business Award for Hospitality. Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 President and CEO Award for Excellence in Arts, and Gwinnett Chamber’s 2015 IMPACT Regional Business Award for Hospitality.

Our
Staff
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Anthony Rodriguez - Co-Founder/President and CEO
Anthony Rodriguez

Co-Founder/President and CEO

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Ann-Carol Pence - Co-Founder/Associate Producer
Ann-Carol Pence

Co-Founder/Associate Producer

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Katie Pelkey - Managing Director
Katie Pelkey

Managing Director

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Al Stilo - Director of Sales and Marketing
Al Stilo

Director of Sales and Marketing

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Katie Chambers - Director of Production/Resident Stage Manager
Katie Chambers

Director of Production/Resident Stage Manager

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Nikki Toombs - Director of Education
Nikki Toombs

Director of Education

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Jacky Segui - Director of Community Impact
Jacky Segui

Director of Community Impact

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Juan Carlos Unzueta - Graphic Designer
Juan Carlos Unzueta

Graphic Designer

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Daniel Pope - Production Manager
Daniel Pope

Production Manager

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Ashley Hogan - Associate Technical Director
Ashley Hogan

Associate Technical Director

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Amee Vyas - Marketing & Retention Manager
Amee Vyas

Marketing & Retention Manager

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Maxwell H. Breaux - Marketing Associate
Maxwell H. Breaux

Marketing Associate

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Skylar Resna Jackson - Development Associate and Grants Writer
Skylar Resna Jackson

Development Associate and Grants Writer

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Daniel Summers Jr. - Facilities Sales & Booking Manager
Daniel Summers Jr.

Facilities Sales & Booking Manager

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Daisie Akkasha - Front of House Manager
Daisie Akkasha

Front of House Manager

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Jennifer Owens - Director of Patron Relations
Jennifer Owens

Director of Patron Relations

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