About The Artistic Staff

LISA ADLER (Director) is Co-Artistic Director of Horizon Theatre Company. She has directed numerous productions for Horizon since co-founding the theatre thirteen years ago with her husband and partner Jeff. Her most recent Horizon projects were last season's Ellen Foster and The Good Times Are Killing Me for the Cultural Olympiad. During the past few years she has directed Escape from Happiness, The Wild Guys, A...My Name is Still Alice, Prelude to a Kiss and The Heidi Chronicles. She was recently nominated for an Arts and Business Council Abby Award for Outstanding Artist/Arts Professional. She occasionally guest directs at other theatres, such as the Gainesville Theatre Alliance and the Alliance Lunchtime Theatre, where she enjoys shedding her producer's role. Lisa holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana where she also returned for post-graduate directing study.

MICHELE MCCULLOUGH (Assistant Director) is happy to be working with Horizon Theatre once again. She is a graduate of Spelman College where she received a B.A. in Theatre and Drama. She has worked with Horizon Theatre most recently as Assistant Director to Vincent Murphy on This Passion Thing and portrayed Eila in Talking Bones. Other credits include work with the Alliance Children's Theatre, Onstage Atlanta, Theatrical Visionaries, National Black Arts Festival, Cultural Olympiad, Ku'Nauka Theatre in Tokyo and currently the Georgia Shakespeare Festival. As always she would like to thank the Almighty for this and all her blessings.

JEFF ADLER (Technical Director) has directed numerous productions for Horizon, from Bonjour la, Bonjour (our very first production in 1983) through this season's Racing Demon. Other Horizon favorites include Voir Dire, Marvin's Room, The Film Society, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Heathen Valley, The Secret Rapture, Full Moon and All in the Timing. He has also directed at other theatres and colleges, most recently LaGrange College. Jeff has been in charge of every set built for Horizon productions, and he also leads the Horizon Senior Ensemble, the acting and playwriting ensemble for senior citizens here at Horizon.

MARISABEL MARRATT (Set Designer) is pleased to join Horizon Theatre for the first time on The Screened-In Porch. She recently moved to Atlanta from Paris, France where she has been involved in theatre design and direction. In Atlanta she has designed the set for the Unseen Hand at Dad's Garage and will soon be designing for Theatre in the Square (Private Lives) and 7 Stages (Whispering to Horses). Marisabel holds a Masters in Architecture from Princeton University.

JAMES WILLIAMS (Lighting Designer) After working in other theatres in the Atlanta area, James is very happy to be working at Horizon for the first time. Past designs have included Da, A Child's Christmas in Wales and Talbot's Box with Theatre Gael. In what seems to be a prior lifetime, he assisted with design on ten years worth of Theater Emory productions.

JOANNA M. SCHMINK (Costume Designer) holds a B.F.A. from the University of Georgia and an M.F.A. from Penn State University. In New York, Joanna has constructed costumes for New York City Shakespeare Festival and Parsons Mears Ltd. In Atlanta she is resident costume designer for Horizon and 7 Stages, as well as resident costume coordinator for the Atlanta Opera. Joanna has had the privilege of working with a number of outstanding artists including Athol Fugard and Joseph Chaikin. Recent projects include Cultural Olympiad shows The Good Times Are Killing Me at Horizon, Blue Monk at 7 Stages and In Stitches.

DUNG NGUYEN (Sound Designer) has worked at theatres in Texas, Maryland, Maine, Wisconsin and California over the last ten years. Locally he has designed for ART Station, Theatre in the Square and five productions here with Horizon Theatre. He is a technician at the Alliance Theatre Company. "Jung" holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

ERIKA WALLACE (Production Stage Manager) is honored to get a chance to work with this wonderful company. During the day she stage manages Let's Talk About AIDS, an AIDS awareness show that tours to area middle schools. Born and raised in Atlanta she returned home after going to Cornell University. Since her return she has stage managed for the Alliance Theatre, Actors Express, Back Stage Productions and the Cultural Olympiad. All of my love to Wes and Alex for allowing me this opportunity.

DEBORAH L. WHITMIRE (Props Design) is learning her way around Atlanta after being away for almost eight years. She had been working in the mountains of Pennsylvania at Mountain Playhouse, Jennerstown. A few of her favorite productions are Little Shop of Horrors, Same Time Next Year, The Pursuit of Happiness and The Glass Menagerie. She gives great thanks to Guy Stroman for baptizing her in the world of props during Forever Plaid.

KIM GHEEN (Master Electrician) is in her fourth season as a Horizon staff member. Previous technical credits include electrical and board operation for several Off-Broadway productions and international work as a dresser for Shirley MacLaine's concert tour Out There Tonight. She attended NYU and the London Strassburg Institute as an acting major, which led to roles in over thirty productions. Kim is currently completing her degree at West Georgia College and owns her own business teaching creative movement.