JENNIFER D. DOBBS
Jennifer D. Dobbs is the inaugural Executive Director for the ArtsBridge Foundation at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Since her arrival in May of 2017, Jennifer has engaged new donors and volunteers, acquired over $2.5 million for the organization, increased geographic outreach to now 67 Georgia counties and five surrounding states, implemented new performing arts and community outreach programs and partners, and much more.
During her tenure, Jennifer has received the 2019 Woman of Achievement award from liveSAFE Resources and was featured as a “Maker” in the June 2019 Atlanta Magazine. Since her arrival, ArtsBridge became a part of the inaugural Atlanta Inno 50on Fire Award and has received four Southeast Emmy® Awards for the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – Shuler Hensley Awards®.
Most recently, Jennifer was the Executive Director of the Alonzo F. and Norris B. Herndon Foundation in Atlanta, GA. Prior to that, she was the foundational Director of Development for the Center for Ethics at Emory University.
Before moving to Georgia from Pennsylvania, Jennifer’s previous positions include inaugural Director of Development for the nationally-recognized Erie Art Museum; adjunct English faculty for Mercyhurst University at its inner-city Booker T. Washington Center satellite location; Leadership Giving Coordinator for United Way of Erie County, where she initiated a women's leadership initiative, Women In Action; Target Area Local Leaders (TALL) Team Coordinator of the City of Erie's Weed and Seed Program, where she coordinated residential participation in helping to eliminate problems in the city's most impoverished areas; and higher education administration at Gannon University and LaRoche College.
Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English/ Writing from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of United Way of Erie County's Project Blueprint minority leadership development program and is a Jupiter Fellow through the Clarence J. Jupiter Fellowship for Minority Professionals at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), a program that trained her in institutional advancement. She earned a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from Gannon University. Soon after she completed her Resident Fellowship program with United Way of America (now United Way Worldwide), which trained her to be a CEO by developing her professional and personal skills. Jennifer will soon return to her doctoral studies in public policy and administration with a focus on nonprofit management.
Jennifer was a charter member and the inaugural Chair of the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA), where she assisted in the distribution of over $20 million into the community for economic development purposes and is a current member of The Pennsylvania Society.
Jennifer is a devoted mother to three children, Xavier, Roman, and Isis, and a proud grandmother to twins Presley Rose and Peyton Lilly and their newest sister, Piper Violet.
Born in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania, as a soprano, she received classical vocal training under the tutelage of several vocal coaches in the United States: Janice Wilson, Dr. Douglas Miller and Kelly Lemus. She also studied choreography and dance with an emphasis on ballet, jazz and tap.
While in the U.S., her musical theater experiences included leading acting roles in productions of "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown", "101 In The Shade", "Once Upon a Mattress", "Bye Bye Birdie", “Dido and Aenas” and “Pirates of Penzance”. In the Dominican Republic, she participated in professional productions of “CATS”, as Jennyanydots and vocal coach; “Annie”, as Mrs. Pough and vocal coach; “Hansel & Gretel”, as the Dew Fairy and vocal coach; and in “The Fantastic BlueMall Christmas”, as soloist and vocal coach.
In addition to her undergraduate degrees from Penn State University, she also holds a Masters degree in Education from Framingham State University, Boston, MA. Her 30 years of teaching experience has included the position of choral conductor and Fine Arts Department Coordinator of Carol Morgan School, Master Franchise owner and director of Gymboree Play & Music, and founder/director of JAM Academy.
As a producer and director, her credits include Disney's Aristocats! Kids (2011, CCNG Theater), "The Wizard of Oz" (2012, CCNG Theater), "Beauty and the Beast JR" (2013, National Theater); "Oliver!" (2014, National Theater); "Peter Pan" (2015, National Theater); "The Sound of Music" (2016, National Theater); “Madagascar” (2017, National Theater); “Shrek (2018, National Theater); and “Hairspray” & “FAME” (2019, Inauguration of Sala Manuel Ruedas Auditorium). In addition, under its community service division, JAM CARES, she has also produced two benefit musicals: "MM The Musical" with original script written by the JAM Teens group in February 2016 and "Elf Jr the Musical" presented in December 2016 with proceeds donated to the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos. In addition, she has directed and produced JAM students in benefit concerts, such as, “A Night On Broadway”, “Way Off Broadway” and “Lights Up on Broadway”, as well as a short-film project with student written original fairytales during the 2020 pandemic.
In addition to her passion for teaching within the performing arts, her greatest loves are her two daughters, Gabriella and Megan, who represent her biggest reasons to continually strive to make a positive impact on the world around her.
Elliott Folds is an internationally published dramaturg, actor, musician, and producer. As the son of two educators and a born-and-bred Georgian, he is delighted to help the ArtsBridge Foundation realize its mission of making arts education accessible to students all over the state. After graduating from Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia, where he was an active member of both award-winning band and theatre programs, he earned his B.A. in Theatre & Performance Studies from Kennesaw State University. Upon graduating from Kennesaw, he returned to Gwinnett County as a member of the Aurora Theatre's Apprentice Company.
As an actor, Elliott's credits include the one-man comedy Buyer & Cellar (Out Front Theatre Company/ART Station), A Year with Frog and Toad (Synchronicity Theatre), The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Stage Door Players), Love's Labour's Lost (Zero Circle Theatre Company), A New Brain (Zero Circle Theatre Company), the Aurora Theatre's Suzi Bass Award-winning productions of The Bridges of Madison County and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. He has provided dramaturgical support to multiple productions around Atlanta, including the English-language premiere of Maybe Happy Ending (Alliance Theatre), the world premiere of 53% Of (Alliance Theatre, winner of the 2019 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition), Mac/Beth (Synchronicity Theatre), A New Brain (Zero Circle Theatre Company), and the world premiere of The Ethel Merman Disco Christmas Spectacular! (Out Front Theatre Company). As a founding member of Zero Circle Theatre Company, he has helped produce such productions as Love's Labour's Lost, A New Brain, and Sixteenth Night, which was produced as part of the 2019 Atlanta Fringe Festival.
Before joining the ArtsBridge Foundation staff, Elliott worked as the Literary Assistant at the Alliance Theatre, where he acted as an in-house dramaturg for all productions and co-coordinated the Alliance/Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, which solicits new plays from emerging playwrights from all over the country. He has also worked as a performer at Georgia Aquarium and a patron services associate at the Aurora Theatre. As a scholar, he presented an undergraduate research project, "To the Evolution: Cultural Dialogue in the Contemporary American Musical," at both the National Conference of Undergraduate Research at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, and the Symposium of Student Scholars at Kennesaw State University. In 2020, his dramaturgical essay for the Alliance Theatre's production of the musical Maybe Happy Ending was translated into Korean by lyricist Hue Park and published in a commemorative book. He has also worked as a trombone instructor for the award-winning Brookwood High School Marching Band.
Elliott is currently pursuing his M.F.A. in Theatre Arts through the University of Idaho's online campus with a concentration in Theatre Pedagogy.
Development & Marketing Coordinator
Lillie Chupp received her B.A in Theatre and a minor in Rhetoric from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. After two years of working in another field, Lillie has journeyed back to her theater roots by working with and supporting the ArtsBridge Foundation's vision of every student having access to the arts all over the state.
Lillie's journey in theater began at the young age of seven at summer workshops offered by the community theater. The love of acting continued through her high school years where she appeared in numerous OneAct competitions and attended the Ga Thespian ThesCon conferences as an officer and a competitor. Her acting career includes performances in A Doll's House, Part 2 (Georgia College and State University Theatre Department), Big Love (Georgia College and State University Theatre Department - KCACTF nomination), Fiddler on the Roof (Madison Community Theater), Big Fish (Madison Community Theater). Outside of performing, Lillie has dedicated many years to working in her community theater in Madison, Ga.
As her high school program was cut from the school day schedule, Lillie advocated and worked with the school system to still have the program before school hours. She found support in her family, friends, community, and GA Thespians. The mission to provide wonderful arts experiences for all Georgia students is very important to Lillie. She is grateful for ArtsBridge giving her the opportunity to live out this important mission.
Before joining the ArtsBridge Foundation staff, Lillie began working as an Associate Wedding Planner, which she continues part-time.