Heidi S. Howard (Artistic Director)
Heidi S Howard is 7 Stages’ Artistic Director, previously served as Education Director and Production Manager. Her experience includes creating devised performances with ensembles, directing new and classic plays, mentoring with a variety of emerging and professional artists, teaching original arts-based curriculum in schools, and collaborating with international, national, and local artists and community groups. White Woman in Progress, a collaboration with Atlanta-based actress Tara Ochs, whose life was changed after appearing in Ava DuVernay’s film Selma, premieres March 2017. The production is joined by conversations led by community artists and activists such as Theresa Davis as well as public non-violent training and outreach partnerships with the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Something New and more. Favorite productions include directing Michael Molina’s Mass Transit Muse, Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists, and Suehyla El Attar’s The Doctor The Devil & My Dad. Producing and managing highlights include Dracula: The Rock Opera, A Bird of Prey, Maria Kizito, The Little Prince, and HAIR. She has toured throughout the USA as well as to Israel, The Netherlands, Serbia, and China. She has collaborated with artists such as Joseph Chaikin, Walter Asmus, Dijana Milosevic, Nesa Paripovic, Pearl Cleage, Sean Dorsey, Topher Payne, Eric Ehn, Jim Grimsley, Robert Earl Price, Anna Tismer, Karolina Spaic, Lydia Stryk, Sarah Gubbins, Scott Turner Schofield, and Del Hamilton.
She is the founder and director of 7 Stages’ Youth Creates (YC), a training and performance program for teenagers creating profound original productions each year. Highlights include: Shhhh… Listen to Speak, Lost Creations, (e)MOTION Denied, and Yours Truly, ART. The Holland Exchange was founded in 2007 with a 3-week creative process between YC and ArtQuake youth in Holland, and The Israel and Romania Exchanges were initiated in 2012 with artists and youth in both countries visiting Atlanta and participating in YC. She is a National Performance Network representative, formerly serving as the Southern Regional Desk, organizing the present program at 7 Stages. She has served on the Board of The Atlanta School, is an Artistic Associate with Synchronicity, and has participated in their Playmaking for Girls program for over a decade. Graduating from Stetson University, she studied directing at the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and the DAH Laboratory International Training Program in Belgrade, Serbia. She received a TCG Observership award to study in The Netherlands and a TCG Future Collaborations grant to develop professional artistic/ educational exchanges. TCG International Travel Grants awarded her continued exchange with Serbian artists while support from the Israel Cultural General, Artslink and The Netherlands American Foundation continue to support her efforts in orchestrating cultural exchanges. Her love of theatre and continuing urge to collaborate with new artists has allowed her to create, teach, design, produce, tech, and stage manage with many other companies and artists such as Moving in the Spirit, Georgia Ensemble, The Object Group, Java Lords, the Jamaica Cultural Alliance, Theatrical Outfit, Out of Hand, and angelworks sma.
“Theatre is a collaborative experience, when we reach across the table and create together, we remind ourselves that anything is possible regardless of our differences.”
Mack Headrick (Managing Director)
Mack Headrick has been with 7 Stages in many different capacities for over a decade. Some of the highlights of his career with 7 Stages include working with Joseph Chaikin on several productions, acting as advisor for Stacy Klein and Double Edge Theatre, touring with Dah Teatar for the co-production “Alice and Kafka are Dead; Long Live the Rosenbergs” and travelling to Shanghai for the National Theatre Festival with “The Chairs”. Mr. Headrick first fell in love with the transformative power of theatre in High School and subsequently attended Florida School of the Arts. He has attended many workshops, seminars, and conferences across the country and currently serves on the board of two organizations, Sideways Contemporary Dance and Atlanta Intown Theatre Partnership. In addition to managing the two theatre facility Mack also has had the opportunity to work with and for many of 7 Stages’ renters including Synchronicity, Sideways Contemporary Dance and Project 7. He would like to thank Del Hamilton and Faye Allen, co-founders of 7 Stages for their support and guidance over the years. None of us would be here if it weren’t for your vision and tenacity. Thank you for helping to make Atlanta the thriving arts center it is today.
Michael Haverty (Co-Artistic Director)
Michael produces, writes and directs multidisciplinary performances combining video technology, puppetry, object theatre and visual spectacle. Favorite productions include ‘The Navigator’, ‘The Breakers’, ‘The Colour of Her Dreams’, and ‘Red Badge of Courage’. Michael served as an artistic associate at the Center for Puppetry Arts (2002-‘12 ), performing in over twenty shows, touring internationally, writing and directing puppet theatre for adults/teens/the very young. Program director of Xperimental Puppetry Theater (2004-’13), supporting and developing the work of emerging puppetry artists in Atlanta. In 2012 Michael founded The Object Group, an ensemble devising interactive performances for the High Museum, Georgia Aquarium, festivals and public spaces. Michael curates the annual Curious Encounters festival of interactive performance at 7 Stages. Grants received from NEA, TCG, Jim Henson Foundation, Irish and Israeli Consulate, Puppeteers of America, and Meet the Composer Foundation. Michael’s productions have been presented at the 2009 and 2011 National Puppetry Festival. TCG Future Leaders grant (‘11). Princess Grace Foundation-USA fellow (’12). MacDowell Colony and Yaddo residencies. Michael has written and directed his original productions for the Alliance Theatre, Actor’s Express, Dad’s Garage Theatre, the High Museum of Art, the Georgia Aquarium, and teaches at Kennesaw State University.
Austin Kunis (Production Manager & Technical Director)
Austin is an Atlanta native who started his theatrical career by working for local haunted houses and drag shows. He received his bachelors degree in Theatrical Design and Production from Georgia State University. After graduating, Austin worked as a member of the Props and Carpentry Department for Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity as well as for Carnival Cruises as the Backstage Manager onboard the Carnival Freedom. Once back in Atlanta, he was the Technical Director for Out Front Theatre Company and worked at Stone Mountain Park as a Stage Manager and Production Team member.
Kacie Willis (Marketing Director)
Kacie is a Detroit native who holds her BS in Music Recording Technology from Hampton University and MFA in Sound Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. She has previously served as a box office and development assistant at The Center for Puppetry Arts, a box office and marketing assistant at Horizon Theatre and has held production internships at Synchronicity Theatre and Theatrical Outfit. Kacie served as a co-presenter at the 2017 National Arts Marketing Project Conference for a session entitled, “Segmenting and Targeting Your Audience Without Breaking the Bank.”
Del Hamilton & Faye Allen (Founders)
As co-founder of 7 Stages, Del has been a part of the company since its inception in 1979. As Artistic Director, he has directed over 70 productions at 7 Stages, including HUSH: Composing Blind TomWiggins, Athol Fugard’s My Children! My Africa!, Susan Yankowitz’s Night Sky, Macbeth, The Tempest, numerous plays by Sam Shepard. He has also acted in such notable plays as Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, and Endgame; Carmen Kittel by Georg Seidel; Der Park by Botho Strauss, Fugard’s A Place With the Pigs, Der Frosch by Herbert Achternbusch, CJ Hopkins’ The Extremists and the original production of Jim Grimsley’s Mr. Universe. Del directed an award-winning production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at Teatr Nowy in Poznan, Poland; and also Blue Monk by Robert Earl Price won numerous national recognitions in Johannesburg; and he has acted and directed at theatres in Atlanta, New York, London, Paris, Belgrade and Amsterdam. Del is the author of several plays and has received numerous awards, including the 1994 Mayor’s Fellowship in the Arts and the 1992 Arts Alive Excellence in the Arts Award and Best Director for 2002 by Atlanta Magazine.
As an actor, Faye Allen has performed: The Little Girl in the Mama Dada Trilogy by Del Hamilton, Josephine in Josephine: the Mouse Singer by Michael McClure, Lucy Brown in Three Penny Opera by Bertolt Brecht, Miami in Seduced by Sam Shepard, Stage Manager in Catastrophe by Samuel Becket, Officer Miller, in Mr. Universe by Jim Grimsley (1987), Witch in Macbeth by Shakespeare, Lulu in The Dutchman by Amiri Baraka, Frau Schaller in Carmen Kittel by Georg Seidel, Hannah in The Park by Botho Strauss, Mrs. Tabori in My Mother’s Courage by George Tabori, Nell in Endgame by Samuel Beckett, Agnes, in A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee and Hallie in Buried Child by Sam Shepard at The English Theatre Berlin, Germany.
Her set design credits include: HUSH: Composing Blind Tom Wiggins by Robert
Earl Price, Maria Kizito by Erik Ehn, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, Master Harold…and the boys by Athol Fugard, Rockaby by Samuel Beckett, Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery and The Extremists by C.J. Hopkins (English Theatre Berlin, Germany) She is delighted to have the opportunity to design Mr. Universe. Most recently she designed All Blues by Robert Earl Price, this past summer at Washington College in Maryland.
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