MICHAEL MONROE (Music Director) is happy to return to Horizon after his two previous outings here on A...My Name is Still Alice and All in the Timing. In addition to maintaining a full-time schedule of private theatrical voice students, Michael has had a busy spring and summer preparing two shows for Callaway Gardens summer attractions and a return engagement of Smoke on the Mountain at Theater in the Square, where he has also music directed and played the last nine seasons of the 1940s Radio Hour. Other professional credits include shows with A.R.T. Station, Actor's Express, and the Georgia Shakespeare Festival. As Lee might say, thanks to the universe for providing a wonderful production staff and this incredibly hard-working and adaptable ensemble cast (all from Atlanta!). Enjoy the ride!
PAUL ACKERMAN (Lighting Designer) is pleased to be returning to Horizon for his fourth season. His previous designs at Horizon include: Skylight, Racing Demon, Abducting Hillary, The Good Times Are Killing Me, Voir Dire, Ellen Foster and A Cheever Evening. Paul is the Production Manager at the Fabulous Fox Theatre and previously served as Director of the Georgia Tech Center for the Arts. Paul's design credits include nine seasons as the Resident Lighting Designer of the Atlanta Ballet, as well as work with the Academy Theatre, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Alliance Theatre.
LIZZ EMERSON-DORSEY (Set Designer) Cowgirls marks the debut for Lizz at the Horizon. Working as the resident scene designer for Labyrinth Theatre Company, she has designed Small Craft Warnings and Dark Rapture. Her other credits include Auntie Mame at Actor's Express, The Homage That Follows at Dad's Garage, The Heidi Chronicles for the Georgia State Players, and numerous productions for the Aurora Theatre. She also works on staff for the Alliance Theatre Company as a Scenic Artist.
COLLEEN JANICH (Stage Manager) is happy to return to the Horizon, where she stage managed this season's The Food Chain. She's especially happy to be doing a summer musical. Colleen recently completed her third season at the Alliance Theatre, where she stage manages the company's children's theatre. Her last show there was The Legend of Pecos Bill, which means she's gone from cowboys to cowgirls! Colleen has also stage managed off-Broadway, in the Northeast and the Midwest. Favorite credits include: Damn Yankees, directed by George Abbott and the best musical ever, A Chorus Line. She thanks her sister for her continuing love and support and dedicates her work to the loving memory of her mom.
DUNG NGUYEN (Sound Designer) is delighted to be back at Horizon. Some recent design credits include: Appalachian Strings at Theatre in the Square; Buck-Nekkid with A.R.T. Station; and Dark Rapture for Labyrinth Theatre. He also works as sound engineer for the Georgia Shakespeare Festival and the Alliance Children's Theatre.
JOANNA M. SCHMINK (Costume Designer) holds a BFA from the University of Georgia and an MFA from Penn State University. In Atlanta, she is resident costume designer for Horizon and 7 Stages theatres, as well as resident costume coordinator for the Atlanta Opera and costume shop foreman for the Georgia Shakespeare Festival. Recent projects include: Skylight and The Food Chain at Horizon; Dream Boy at Seven Stages; Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and Jack & Jill at Theatre in the Square.
LAURA THRUSTON (Props Design) has been with the Alliance Theatre Company for eight seasons as their Mainstage Props Runner. Prior to that, she spent two years in upstate New York as the Stage Operations Manager for the Glimmerglass Opera. She recently completed work as the Assistant Production Manager for the San Francisco Opera's national tour of Carmen and as Props Master for Theatrical Outfit's Displaced Person.