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Aurora Theatre flourishes with the addition of two new staff members

Aurora Theatre flourishes with the addition of two new staff members

Lauren Robinson and Renita James join the growing team!

In preparation for an ambitious 2016-17 Season, Aurora Theatre proudly announces the addition of two new members, Renita James and Lauren Robinson, to its full-time staff! With this addition, Aurora Theatre now boasts a staff of 16 employees and more than 300 part-time and contract workers.

“Renita and Lauren are two people with a tremendous passion for the arts and how we serve the community here at Aurora. As we look to the future, our successes demand we expand our programs and maximize the use of the physical space,” says Anthony Rodriguez, Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director. “These individuals, along with the rest of our top-notch team, will help Aurora Theatre reach new heights, now and in the future.”

James will join the education staff and serve in the role of Education Coordinator, where she will help to expand the scope of Aurora’s already successful community outreach program. An alumnus of the inaugural class of Aurora Theatre’s Apprentice Program, James’ work in theater has taken her all over the country. In the past three years, she has become extremely passionate about education and theater for social change.

“I have a passion for using the arts as a tool to help build community and address social issues,” says James. “I can’t think of a better place or people to help me fulfill my life’s work than Aurora.”

Lauren Robinson is no stranger to Aurora Theatre, previously serving as spotlight operator on many Aurora smash-hit musicals like Memphis and Into the Woods. Robinson has worked in almost every aspect of technical theater while attending Kennesaw State University. In addition to her studies, she has worked professionally with many of Atlanta’s top theaters serving as a carpenter and electrician. Robinson will now serve in the role of Assistant Technical Director, helping Aurora to continue to raise the bar on its award-winning production values.

“Aurora Theatre is allowing me to turn my passion into a career. Working with Aurora technical director Daniel Terry over the past few years has been great because I know we already make a great team,” says Robinson. “I’m very excited to take on the challenges of making one of the busiest theaters in the county shine.”

About Lauren Robinson

Lauren Robinson is a recent graduate of Kennesaw State University (KSU). While at KSU, she worked as a carpenter, master electrician and technical director for the KSU Theatre Department. Professionally, she has worked as a carpenter and electrician for Aurora Theatre, Actor's Express, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Horizon Theatre, 7 Stages and Dad's Garage. Robinson also works as a spotlight operator for Aurora Theatre, the Cobb Energy Center and Theatre in the Park at Piedmont Park.

About Renita James

Renita James began at Aurora as an apprentice in the inaugural Acting Apprentice Company. It was during that year that she furthered her love of educational theater while performing in Unnecessary Monsters and teaching several classes and workshops. Upon completion of the apprenticeship, James pursued work that used theater as an avenue for education and social justice. She spent time performing and teaching in a variety of settings including an educational tour with the National Theatre for Children and a starring role in FML: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life, a piece that deals heavily with issues affecting teens and their loved ones. Most recently, James was a Teaching Artist Fellow with Metro Theater Company in St. Louis. In this fellowship, she taught theater in residencies and school-based classes, as well as developed and performed in a Theatre for the Very Young piece. Her work focused on using arts integration to address social justice issues and to build community – work that she is excited to bring to Aurora.

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About Aurora Theatre

Under the artistic leadership of Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Anthony Rodriguez and Ann-Carol Pence, now in its 23rd Season, Aurora Theatre produces professional live entertainment to suit everyone’s taste. Aurora Theatre is home to over 850 events each year. Two series of theatrical productions, the Peach State Federal Credit Union Signature Series and the Harvel Lab Series, are comprised of the biggest Broadway plays and musicals alongside exciting contemporary theatre. Additionally, Aurora produces concerts, stand-up comedy, children’s programs, metro Atlanta’s top haunted attraction Lawrenceville Ghost Tours, as well as Atlanta’s only professional Spanish language theatre, Teatro Aurora. Aurora Theatre is a world-class theatrical facility with two performance venues. Nestled on the square in historic downtown Lawrenceville, Aurora has FREE attached covered parking and is surrounded by restaurants and shops. Aurora Theatre has garnered numerous accolades highlighted by recent achievements that include a 2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts & Humanities, winner of ten 2017 Suzi Bass Awards, Creative Loafing’s “2010 Best Theatre Company,” Georgia Trend Magazine’s “2011 Best Places to Work in Georgia,” Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “2012 Best Places to Work”, Atlanta Magazine’s “Best of Atlanta 2013”, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 President and CEO Award for Excellence in Arts, and Gwinnett Chamber’s 2015 IMPACT Regional Business Award for Hospitality.

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128 East Pike Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046