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Gala Sponsor – $5,000

  • Recognition from the stage at the gala
  • Billing as presenting sponsor of the gala and after-party
  • Prominent logo display on wall or screen during gala
  • 10 VIP tickets to the gala and after party and 3 reserved tables
  • 16 general admission tickets to use for any Actor’s Express production in 2018
  • Half page advertisement on back cover of the gala program
  • Logo inclusion on all promotional materials
  • Half page advertisement in all AE programs for Season 35
  • Logo placement at gala and after party


After Party-Sponsor  – $2,500

  • Recognition from the stage during the gala
  • Billing as the After Party sponsor of the gala
  • 6 VIP tickets to the gala and after party and 2 reserved table
  • half page advertisement on inside cover of the gala program
  • Logo inclusion on all promotional materials
  • Logo placement at the afterparty


Performance Sponsor – $1,000

  • Recognition from the stage during the gala and in the gala program
  • 4 VIP tickets to the gala and after party and 1 reserved table
  • Logo placement at the gala check in
  • Logo inclusion on all promotional materials


VIP Sponsor – $500

  • Recognition in the gala program (name or logo)
  • 2 VIP tickets to the gala and after-party
  • Early access to the gala auction


Artist Sponsor – $160

  • Recognition in the gala program (name or logo)
  • Purchase 2 tickets so an artist can attend the gala. (does not include tickets for the sponsor)


Transitioned from an apprentice to Technical Director in April of 2022. Her first show as Technical Director was Booty Candy and she continues to grow technically with each set she constructs. Education: AA Theatre, University of North Georgia; BA Theatre, Brenau University; Actor’s Express 2021-2022 Apprentice Company. Special thanks for the many blessings God has put in my life, my friends and family who support me, and my professors for showing me all that theater has to offer. English Brackett Website


Claire Quinn received her BFA in Acting from CCPA at Roosevelt University in Chicago and is currently pursuing her MA from Emerson College in Boston. Her recent credits include Rooted at Horizon Theatre and Flame and Filament at the Atlanta Fringe Festival. Claire is thrilled to be apart of the Actor’s Express team! 


Amanda Washington currently serves as the Associate Artistic Director at Actor’s Express. She joined Actor’s Express as the National New Play Network Producer in Residence from 2020 to 2022. Her AE directing credits include, Crossroads, Sunset Baby, cullud wattah, and Blues for an Alabama Sky. Amanda guides the apprentice company during their one-year sojourn with AE. Other areas of her work include Community Engagement and assisting the playwrights for the AE Playwrighting Commission Program. Amanda received her MFA in directing from the University of Southern Mississippi and her BA from Brenau University. To learn more about Amanda, visit her website at www.washingtonamanda.com.


Marysa Sutton joined Actor’s Express in July of 2021. She has previously worked in the world of campaign finance and public service. Her theatre credits begin and end with Switzer Elementary School’s production of Santa, You’ve Got Mail where she starred as Ms. Walker.


Seamus M. Bourne was a Production Manager and Technical Director at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. He has designed scenery at AE for Company, Wolves, Next Fall and Spring Awakening. He has designed scenery or worked in other production capacities throughout Atlanta, including Theatrical Outfit, Aurora Theatre, Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare and Theatre in the Square.


Freddie Ashley has been Artistic Director of Actor’s Express since 2007. He has directed around 40 AE productions, including The Crucible, Stupid Fucking Bird, Bad Jews, Murder Ballad and World Premieres of Serial Black Face, Broadsword, Albatross and Fair Use

Other directing credits include work with Dad’s Garage, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Jewish Theatre of the South, Theatre Gael and numerous projects with Aurora Theatre. He has been a frequent guest director or lecturer at such universities as Virginia Commonwealth University, Hendrix College, University of Georgia, Austin Peay State University, South Carolina School of the Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Oglethorpe University.

Prior to joining AE, Freddie served as Literary Manager of the Alliance Theatre (recipient of the 2007 Regional Theatre Tony Award), where he served as dramaturg for around 30 productions. He has developed new plays around the country with the Playwrights’ Center, Kennedy Center, New Group, Page 73, and Jewish Theatre of the South. Ashley has worked on new play projects with some of the most compelling and important writers working in the American theatre today, including John Patrick Shanley, Joshua Harmon, Lindsey Ferrentino, Jen Silverman, Kenneth Lin, Janine Nabers, Marco Ramirez and Michael Lew.

He is a four-time Suzi Bass Award winner and has been named Best Director in Atlanta three times by Creative Loafing. He has received the Elliot Hayes Award for Dramaturgy from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Medallion of Excellence. 

Ashley is Assistant Professor of Acting at Kennesaw State University, where he has served on the faculty since 2002. He is President of the National New Play Network Board of Directors and holds an MFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi and a BFA in Theatre cum laude from Shorter College. www.freddieashley.com


Ebony L. Jerry is a former 2017-2018 Actor’s Express Intern. She received her BFA in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. Her credits include Suzi Award Winning for Best Ensemble The Wolves playing #8 at Horizon Theater, and Synchronicity Theater’s The Bluest Eye as the swing. She is very excited to be back at Actors Express, where it all began.


Actor’s Express: 2016-2017 Intern Company. Stage Manager: Blackpool and Parrish (Out of Box Theatre). Director: Shadow Cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Next Fall (Georgia College). Irene Ryan and SDI nominations from KCACTF Region 4. BA in Theatre from Georgia College and State University. So thankful and excited for the opportunity to work with the artists and fellow interns at AE!


Actor’s Express: Sheila has been involved with Actor’s Express off and on since 1992 serving as Casting Assistant, Assistant Director, Props, Stage Manager, House Manager, Dramaturg and Fund Raising Coordinator. Other: She has served in many capacities at many theatres in Atlanta as well as Directing. She joined Chris Coleman at Portland Center Stage where she was Manager of Corporate Giving. Education: Sheila majored in theatre at the University of Texas. Email Sheila at [email protected].


Alex Scollon received his BFA from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama with a concentration in Production and Technical Management, and in 2005 received his Master of Arts Management degree from the Heinz School of Public Policy also at Carnegie Mellon. During the early phase of his career Alex has specialized in leading small theatres and multidisciplinary arts organizations to grow into important cultural centers in their communities while maximizing earned revenue, developing strong boards of directors, and creating partnerships with local government and community organizations. Passionate about community development and engaging the next generation of leaders, Alex has been involved in numerous boards and committees including, downtown associations, chambers of commerce and NEA sponsored emerging arts leadership networks. He is thrilled to join the team at Actor’s Express and looks forward to building on the theatre’s already amazing reputation. When not at the theatre you will likely find him trying a newly opened restaurant, at a terrible movie, or reading about space exploration.