Founder/Executive Artistic Director
Benjamin Davis graduated cum laude from The University of Georgia with a B.A. in Theatre and a B.S. in Psychology. He is also a graduate of Aurora Theatre's Apprentice Company. In addition to Aurora Theatre, Ben has appeared on stages at the Alliance Theatre, Actor’s Express, Theatrical Outfit, Horizon Theatre, Arís Theatre, Dad’s Garage, Synchronicity Theatre, Stage Door Players, and The Warehouse Theatre. Ben is a proud member of Actor's Equity. His Film & TV credits include The Fat Boy Chronicles, Fun World, The D.U.F.F., and “Dream Writers.” He has also appeared in commercials & industrials for the Georgia Lottery, The DVI Group, Eli Inc., Ensign Studios, Top Flite, Zaxby’s, Home Depot, Harveys Supermarkets, and RaceTrac. Since 2008, Ben has been involved with the Broadway Dreams Foundation as a production assistant, lead intern, performer, and student under the direction of Annette Tanner, Nicholas Rodriguez, Matt Lenz, and Stafford Arima among others. Ben serves as the Head of Theatre Division for Phoenix 4 Productions where his credits include Associate Producer for Breathe: The Prequel and The Run Saga: Breathe. He was also an Associate Producer for The Last Time We Were Here, an official selection of the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Jessica De Maria
Director of Development
Jessica De Maria is an Atlanta based performer, writer, educator and Arts Administrator. Jessica previously served as the Development Manager at Actor's Express and currently works in Fundraising at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre. Jessica was previously on the staff at Georgia Shakespeare and, for two seasons, as the Young Playwrights Festival Coordinator at Horizon Theatre. She has taught acting, improv, puppet making, playwriting and collaborative arts with Alliance Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, the Center for Puppetry Arts, Serenbe Playhouse and Aurora Theatre. Jessica is the co-writer and co-performer of The Last Time We Were Here, an original work, which was produced at the New York Musical Theatre Festival July of 2015. Currently she and her writing partner, Chase Peacock, have two new musicals in development, What’s Past and Vivian. She has appeared in many productions and projects around Atlanta. Jessica is a proud graduate of Oglethorpe University.
Caitlin Cain is a stage manager and actress in the Atlanta area. After earning her B.A. in Theatre Arts at Furman University, she moved to Atlanta to join the 2015-2016 Actor's Express internship company as a stage management apprentice. Caitlin has worked with the Alliance Theatre, Theatrical Outfit, Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Stage Door Players, Oglethorpe University and Actor's Express, where she is currently on staff. Many thanks to the incredible AMTF team and their mission to bring new works to our lovely city!
Jenny Costantino established KICK Strategy, LLC, a communications and project-management consulting firm, specializing in the arts and entertainment fields, in 2008. The firm’s work includes internal and external communications, strategic planning, and branding. Prior to founding KICK Strategy, Jenny helped launch and build True Colors Theatre Company from 2002 to 2008 alongside friends Kenny Leon and Jane Bishop. Clients include Alliance Theatre, Broadway and film director Kenny Leon, Telluride MountainFilm On Tour, novelist Stephanie Bond, Whole World Improv Theatre, The AIDS Memorial Quilt, among others. Jenny is a graduate of the 2011 Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta class, and she also serves on the boards of Serenbe Playhouse and The Suzi Bass Awards. She holds a B.S. in Marketing and Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University.
John T. Hill IV
John T. Hill IV controls the website and graphic design of all things AMTF. He is an original songwriter, producer, and designer. His first stage appearance was as a guitarist in Fayette County High's award-winning production of Pippin. Graduating from The University Of Georgia's Music Business Program in 2012, he studied a variety of fields including Music Business, Theatre, Studio Art, and Psychology while also organizing a student group to champion a sensible approach to drug policy. His recent projects include design services for Benjamin Davis, Botanical Dreams, Georgia CARE and the Oregon Tech 2015 Solar Decathlon. John is moved by passion to dedicate his life to the arts, sciences, and philosophies that push humanity forward. Born in Atlanta, he currently lives in Oregon where he continues to write and record original music.
Alli Lingenfelter is an Atlanta-based music director, professional musician, accompanist, and educator. In addition to her music directing, Alli is a private voice, piano, and guitar instructor, and she provides audition coaching to professional actors in the Atlanta area. Since moving to Atlanta, Alli has served as music director and pit conductor/performer for theaters such as Actor's Express, Fabrefaction Theatre Conservatory, Musical Theater Center, and Drama Tech, Georgia Tech's theatre organization. Alli was recently nominated for a Suzi Bass Award for Best Music Director for her work on Rent at Actor's Express. Next up, Alli will be conducting and playing piano for Sweeney Todd at Actor's Express, as well as serving as music director for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Drama Tech. Prior to moving to Atlanta, Alli worked in the North Georgia area, serving as staff accompanist for both The University of North Georgia and Brenau University. She was also an adjunct professor of music at Shorter University, and served for eleven seasons as rehearsal accompanist and pit performer for Peach State Summer Theatre, The Official Musical Theatre of the State of Georgia. Alli holds a Masters of Music History and Literature degree from The University of Georgia, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance from Valdosta State University.
Arielle Geller is an Atlanta based actor/singer/dancer and choreographer. Her credits include Damn Yankees, CATS, Peter Pan (dance captain) and Young Frankenstein (Atlanta Lyric Theatre), Legally Blonde, Hairspray (dance captain) (Cincinnati, OH), The Secret Garden (Mary Lennox), The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne), The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Sunny Freitag) among others. Arielle will also be performing in Carousel at Serenbe playhouse this coming Spring. Arielle has choreographed numerous children's shows at Onstage Atlanta, and is currently choreographing Dogfight at Act3 Productions. She teaches at Dance it Off Studio in Sandy Springs, and was the assistant to choreographer Joshua Bergasse in the world premiere of Bull Durham at The Alliance Theatre.
Austin Tijerina is an Atlanta based actor/director. In 2008, Austin moved to Toronto, Ontario to begin rehearsals for Disney Cruise Line's Magic 21 MainStage season. During this four month rehearsal process he worked under the guidance of Disney's production staff to bring to life several of their iconic tales live on stage for thousands of people. Living on board for eight months, performing 6 nights a week, taught him that consistency and exploration were the two most important things for him as a performer. Once disembarking from the ship, he moved to NYC where he fell in love with the culture and community. Financial strains made Atlanta, Ga, his hometown, become a more viable option for living and pursuing a career as an actor. Upon his return to the city, Brandt Blocker, of the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, offered a job as a part of the Quartet in Anything Goes. Since then he has fallen in love with the Atlanta theatre community. His onstage credits include: The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster #2/The Aurora Theatre), Anything Goes (Ensemble), White Christmas (Mike Nulty/Ensemble), Joseph...Dreamcoat (Issachar/Butler), Barnum (Tom Thumb), Young Frankenstein (Igor), Spamalot (Historian/Drop Dead Fred/Minstrel/French Guard/Herbert), Catch Me If You Can (Ensemble), Guys and Dolls (Angie The Ox) at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre. Oklahoma! (Will Parker), Man of La Mancha (Pedro/Barber), and Carousel (Jigger) at Serenbe Playhouse. RENT (Angel) at Actors Express. The Toxic Avenger (White Dude) at Horizon Theatre Company. In 2014 and 2015 Austin received Suzi Bass Awards for Best Featured Actor in A Musical for his performances in Serenbe's Oklahoma! and Actor's Express' production of RENT. While not onstage, he actively works to get projects off the ground behind the scenes at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre. Brandt Blocker has been an excellent mentor as he stepped into directing Edges: A Song Cycle at th e Lyric Studio Theatre in the Square. This experience gave him the opportunity to design a set, stage manage the show, choreograph the movement, as well as collaborate with my colleagues. The production was a labor of love and was well received by those that joined us. He is looking forward to directing his next project yet to be announced for later this fall!
Becca Potter is a resident dancer, actor, singer, choreographer and film actor/manager in the Atlanta area. She graduated from Kennesaw State University with separate B.A degrees in both Dance and Theatre and Performance Studies. Dancing for over twenty-five years, she has been seen in productions at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre (over 13 shows), The Alliance Theatre's Theatre for the Very Young, Serenbe Playhouse, and most recently Synchronicity Theatre. Her choreography includes Murder Ballad (Actor's Express), The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown (Aurora Theatre), Peter Pan and Wendy (Aurora Theatre), Assassins (Fabrefaction), and most recently Thankskilling at Dad's Garage Theatre Company. Becca has also had the pleasure of teaching children of all ages in summer camps, audition technique classes, or as a dance captain in several Atlanta theatre productions. When she is not onstage, you can find her in front of a camera or managing other actors at Xcel Talent Agency. She is beyond thrilled and grateful to be a part of such a talented team of advisors for AMTF.
Chase Peacock is an actor, singer, composer from Atlanta, Georgia. He moved to New York City at 18 to pursue a career in musical theatre. He climbed the ranks as an equity actor through Disney's High School Musical, starting at Disney's Hollywood Studios performing in High School Musical 2: School's Out! He then went on to cover the role of Troy Bolton on the High School Musical first national tour on which he spent a year. Shortly after he played the role of Troy Bolton in High School Musical at the renowned Papermill Playhouse. Then went on to play the same role in High School Musical 2 at the North Carolina Theatre. He finally got the call he was waiting for and went on to play an ensemble role, as well as cover the leading role of Johnny, in the world premiere of Green Day's American Idiot at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California. The show then went to Broadway and he went with it, assuming the same track as the pre-Broadway production and playing the leading roles of Johnny and St. Jimmy countless times in New York. The show earned a best musical nomination allowing him to perform at the Tony Awards, as well as performing at the Grammy Awards alongside Green Day, America's Got Talent, and a halftime show at a New York Jets football game. While on Broadway, he appeared in multiple television commercials. He also wrote and recorded the entire score, as well as had a supporting role, on the web series Wiener And Wiener. He toured and played countless New York shows with the musician Declan Bennett. After moving to Atlanta he has appeared as Frank Jr. In the Atlanta Lyric Theatre's production of Catch Me If You Can, as well as playing young Joe in their production of Damn Yankees. He also played the role of Migaldi in the Serenbe Playhouse production of Evita, and played an ensemble role in the world premiere of Bull Durham at the Alliance theatre, also covering the role of Jimmy. As a songwriter he has written and recorded many songs as a solo artist and wrote the song "Boomerang" which appeared on Country artist Rachel Potter's album Not So Black And White. He now is putting his full focus on his writing and is actively working on the score for a new musical.
Chris Brent Davis
Chris Brent Davis is an Atlanta-born music director, pianist and actor. Off-Broadway/National Tour: Greenwood: the Musical (Young Ronald - Orig. Cast, New York Musical Theatre Festival ’11, starring Andrea McArdle); Della’s Diner (Nat’l Tour - Springer Theatricals). Other Credits Include: Serenbe Playhouse: Carousel, Evita (Suzi Bass Nom.), freeFall Theatre Co.: john & jen, Spring Awakening (Otto/Ulbrecht), The Legacy Theatre: Chicago: the Musical (Mary Sunshine), Children’s Letters to God (Suzi Bass Nom.), Spring Opera House: Les Miserables, Synchronicity Theatre Co.: A Year with Frog and Toad (Snail, Man Bird, and others - ’12 & ’15). Up Next: West Side Story at Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Charlotte’s Web and Miss Saigon at Serenbe Playhouse. In the fall, Chris Brent will begin pursuing his BM in Music Direction for the Musical Theatre at Webster University.
Daniel Burns is an Atlanta based performer, musician, teacher, and carpenter. He has been seen on several stages regionally and in Atlanta including: Serenbe Playhouse, Stagedoor Players, The Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Actor’s Express, The Legacy Theatre, Fabrefaction Theatre Company, and Prather Entertainment Group. When he is not on the stage he teaches guitar, voice, and acting classes at several different theatres and schools. As a carpenter he has built sets and served as master carpenter for many productions.
Edward McCreary is incredibly excited to be an Artistic Advisor for the Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival. After earning degrees in both Theatre and Economics from UGA, Edward spent a year training in the Aurora Theatre Apprenticeship where he first witnessed Ben's enthusiasm for new musical works. He has since been acting around Atlanta. Recent credits include: Billy Bigelow in Carousel and Curly in Oklahoma! (Serenbe Playhouse), Spike in Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike (Aurora/Horizon Theatre), Ensemble in Memphis (Aurora/Theatrical Outfit), Azolan in Les Liasons Dangeruses (Actor's Express). Edward can't express how proud he is to be a part of Ben's dream and to work towards uniting artists in Atlanta by creating a new platform for their gifts.
Jennifer Alice Acker
Jennifer Alice Acker hails from Tolland, Connecticut but is now an Atlanta-based actor and director, as well as the Director of Education for Serenbe Playhouse. She is a graduate of Florida State University, holding dual degrees in Music and Theatre; and has also studied with Theatre Academy London, The Globe Theatre (London), and apprenticed with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. When not working professionally in the Atlanta Theatre scene, she is likely taking far too much joy in organizing things, journaling with brightly colored pens, playing the ukulele, practicing yoga, saving up for travel and exquisite dinners, or hunting through antique stores for that perfect vintage dress. Atlanta Credits Include: Actor’s Express: RENT (Maureen – Suzi Nominated Performance), Sweeney Todd (Ensemble); Georgia Ensemble Theatre: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Camelot (Guenevere), One Slight Hitch (Melanie); The Atlanta Shakespeare Company: Othello (Desdemona); Titus Andronicus (Lavinia); The Fern Theatre: Hamlet (Ophelia); The Essential Theatre: That Uganda Play (Hannah). Directing Credits Include: Theroun D’arcy Patterson’s The Wilderness, Jean Genet’s The Maids.
Randi Garza is an Atlanta based actress, singer, dancer, and writer. You may have seen her in productions at Serenbe Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Actor’s Express, and Stage Door Players. Recently named by Creative Loafing as Atlanta’s Best Female Actor (2015). She is also the co-creator and star of “Gerty and Friends”, an upcoming web series. Go to www.facebook.com/gertyandfriends for more info. Up next: Miss Saigon at Serenbe Playhouse.
Ryan Oliveti is a graduate of Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. Current Artistic Associate at Serenbe Playhouse. Director: The Secret Garden, Charlotte’s Web (Serenbe Playhouse). Assistant Director: Carousel, Evita, A Streetcar Named Desire, Man of La Mancha, The Snow Queen, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma!, The Sleepy Hollow Experience (Serenbe Playhouse); Hands On A Hardbody (Aurora Theatre), Detroit (Horizon Theatre); Godspell (Stage Door Players); Dividing the Estate (Theatrical Outfit), Shakespeare’s R&J (Fabrefaction Theatre Conservatory); Warrior Class (Alliance Theatre); Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Equus, Seminar (Actor’s Express). Thanks to my family, friends, mentors. Twitter: @RyanOliveti. Instagram: @ryanoliveti. #AMTF