Horizon Theatre Company Staff

Horizon Staff

Lisa Adler

Lisa Adler - Co-Artistic/Managing Director

Lisa has directed numerous productions for Horizon since co-founding the theatre thirteen years ago with her husband and partner Jeff. During the past few years she has directed A… My Name is Still Alice, The Good Times Are Killing Me, Prelude to a Kiss, Escape from Happiness, The Wild Guys and The Heidi Chronicles. She occasionally guest directs at other theatres where she enjoys shedding her producer's role. She has directed An Act of Imagination and Spring Shorts for the Gainesville Theatre Alliance, as well as a program of short plays for the Alliance Lunchtime Theatre. She was recently named a 1999 Lexus Leader in the Arts. She is a past recipient of a Theatre Communications Group observership to study new play development. She holds a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana where she also returned for post-graduate study in directing.

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Jeff Adler - Co-Artistic/Managing Director

Jeff 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 Marvin's Room, The Film Society, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Heathen Valley, The Secret Rapture, Full Moon, and Let's Play Two. He has also guest directed at other theatres, including Driving Miss Daisy for the Madison Theatre Festival and most recently Educating Rita at the Innsbruck Theatre in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Jeff has been in charge of every set built for Horizon productions and has also appeared on stage a few times for Horizon in Homesteaders, Serious Money, and Prelude to a Kiss. Jeff got his theatre degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and also trained at the Goodman School of Drama.

Kelly Williams

Kelly Williams - Public Relations and Marketing Director

Kelly Williams comes to Horizon with a very diverse background. After graduating from Emory University with degrees in art history and Medieval and Renaissance studies, she became a Development Associate at the Woodruff Arts Center. From there, she became the Festival Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator for the IMAGE Film and Video Festival. As Horizon's Public Relations and Marketing Director, Kelly brings both this unique perspective of having worked for a variety of arts organizations, as well as a keen ability to sell swampland in Florida. Armed with these special attributes, Kelly is ready to wage war against those who haven't yet heard about the mind-searing entertainment presented at Atlanta's hippest theatre--Horizon Theatre Company.

Betsy Yancey

Betsy Yancey - Box Office Manager


Betsy moved to Atlanta in May of 1998 after graduating cum laude from Florida State University with a B.A. in Theatre. While at FSU, Betsy directed "subUrbia," was assistant director for "Brigadoon," and played Cleo in "A Girl's Guide to Chaos." Betsy also worked at the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. in the box office, and as a directing intern for "Hair!" In addition to working at Horizon, Betsy is studying flamenco and is the assistant stage manager for "Marisol," a New Horizons play. Betsy is happy to be with Horizon and working in her field.
Alison Hayes

Alison Hayes - Managing Director


Alison joined the Horizon staff in June. During her life as a poster child for the liberal arts, she earned degrees in French and Theology; lived in England, France, and Zimbabwe; and worked for the Illinois Theatre Center, financial publisher Morningstar, and, most recently, management consultants McKinsey & Company. Flamenco dance is her not-so-secret passion. Alison is thrilled to be able to walk to work from her Candler Park home which she shares with her husband Jim, dogs Buddy and Bru, and cat Fishstick.

Denny Zartman - House Manager

Rosemary Newcott - Artistic Associate

Rosemary Newcott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Jersey City State College. She received a Master of Arts degree in Theatre from Northwestern University, where she taught freshman and sophomore level acting labs. On the high school level, Rosemary taught for the National High School for the Performing Arts, and spent ten summers teaching and directing at the Governor's Honors Program. She teaches annually at the Georgia Thespian Conference and Hartwick College Acting Workshop in New York state. She is co-director of the Horizon Teen Ensemble. As an actress and director, Rosemary has worked on just about every stage in Atlanta. She was last seen at Horizon in This Passion Thing and is currently in Romeo and Juliet at the Alliance.

Rosemary has directed a number of plays at Horizon, notably Our Country's Good, Eastern Standard, and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.