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, North Carolina Education Lottery, Equifax, 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, Actor's Express, Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Stage Door Players, Oglethorpe University and Theatrical Outfit, where she is currently on staff. Many thanks to the incredible AMTF team and their mission to bring new works to our lovely city!
Marketing & PR Director
Ryan graduated from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, spent one year as a Directing Apprentice at Actor’s Express, five years as Associate Artistic Director at Serenbe Playhouse, and is the current Marketing Director at Horizon Theatre. Director: A Nice Family Christmas(Stage Door Players), ART, Charlotte’s Web, The Secret Garden, The Sleepy Hollow Experience, The Snow Queen(Serenbe). Assistant Director: many at Serenbe; Candide, Warrior Class(Alliance Theatre); Hands On A Hardbody(Aurora Theatre), Detroit(Horizon Theatre); Dividing the Estate(Theatrical Outfit); Equus,Seminar(Actor’s Express); Picnic, Godspell(Stage Door Players). Thanks to my family, friends, mentors. @ryanoliveti.
Elyse is an Atlanta based Graphic Designer and Mural Painter. She has a Bachelors Degree in Studio Art from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. She has worked with local Atlanta breweries including Red Hare Brewing, Sweet Water Brewing and a handful of others. Additional clients include Jack Daniel’s, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Herradura, El Jimador Tequila, United and Atlanta Beverage Distributers. When Elyse is not creating she enjoys travel, baking, and exploring Atlanta!
Social Media Manager
Chelsea Brown is a graduate of Brenau University and the Gainesville Theatre Alliance. She is an Atlanta born and bred actor, educator, and digital marketing specialist. You may have seen Chelsea around town on various stages, screens, and classrooms. She is an educator for Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Children’s Theatre, and Dreambox Theatre. Chelsea has been working and learning about the digital marketing landscape since 2014. She loves to bring her love for theatre (she LOVES new musicals) and the digital world together, which is why she is thrilled to be on the team at AMTF!