JENNIFER D. DOBBS
Jennifer D. Dobbs is the Executive Director for the ArtsBridge Foundation at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Since her arrival in May of 2017, Jennifer has acquired over $1.5 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 more. Jennifer hopes to expand outreach at ArtsBridge and encourage businesses, organizations, foundations, and individuals to become invested partners.
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, while ArtsBridge has received two Southeast Emmy® awards for “Special Event Live Coverage” of the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – Shuler Hensley Awards and is a part of the inaugural Atlanta Inno 50on Fire Award.
Most recently, Jennifer was the Executive Director of the Alonzo F. and Norris B. Herndon Foundation in Atlanta, GA since 2015. Prior to that she was the Director of Development for the Center for Ethics at Emory University, where she raised funds for an inaugural international summit.
Before moving to Georgia from Pennsylvania, Jennifer’s previous positions include 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 inaugurated a new 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 B.A. in English/ Writing in 1999 from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She is a 2001 graduate of United Way of Erie County's Project Blueprint minority leadership development program. She was named a 2001-2002 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 MPA with a concentration in Organizational Leadership in 2003 from Gannon University. In 2008 Jennifer 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. Currently, Jennifer is a doctoral candidate at Walden University studying public policy and administration with a specialty in policy analysis.
Jennifer was a charter member and the inaugural Chair of the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA - established in 2008), where she assisted in the distribution of over $20 million into the community for economic development purposes and currently, she is a 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.
ANGELA FARR SCHILLER, PH.D.
Director of Arts Education
Angela M. Farr Schiller, PhD. received her B.A. in theatre from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she completed her final year of study at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She also studied at the University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana and the University degli Studi di Siena, Italy. She received her Master's Degree from the department of Social and Cultural Analysis with an emphasis in Africana Studies from New York University, and completed her Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Schiller worked as a faculty member of KSU's Department of Theatre and Performance Studies as an Assistant Professor, the Resident Dramaturg, and the Coordinator of Undergraduate Research from 2015-2019.
As an artist, Angela works professionally as a director and dramaturg. She has appeared onstage with the Emmy Award-winning Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre Programs, the National Dance Company of Ghana, the Tony Award winning Old Globe Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse, and toured with Stanford Repertory Theatre's production of The Wanderings of Odysseus in Athens, Greece. As a dramaturg and dramaturgical facilitator, she has worked on numerous production such as The Color Purple, Hairspray, Cabaret, Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1,2,&3), Heathers The Musical, and In the Blood, including Native Guard and Goodnight, Tyler with the Tony Award Winning Alliance Theatre. She is also a two time Alliance Theatre Reiser Lab Award recipient as a dramaturg. As a director, her projects have included Lydia R. Diamond's adaptation of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, Tom Eyen and Henry Krieger's Dreamgirls, Terell Alvin McCraney’s In the Red & Brown Water, and Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles 1992. Her production of Dreamgirls was nominated for eight (San Francisco) Theatre Bay Area Awards including Outstanding Direction of a Musical and Outstanding Production of a Musical and she won an award for Outstanding Direction by The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for In the Red & Brown Water.
As a scholar, Dr. Schiller has presented her research at various national and international conferences, including Performance Studies International (PSi) and the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR). She is a member of Performance Studies International (PSi), The American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), American Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Her dissertation The Choreography of Jim Crow: Race, Performance, and the Politics of Touch was awarded a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship. Her areas of research include Performance Studies, 20th century African American History and Performance, Critical Race Theory, Dramatic Literature, Sensorial Studies, and 20th and 21st Century American Drama.
As an artist-scholar, Angela’s work is about revealing the ways that performance can be utilized as a meaningful tool of social engagement and compassion about what it means to be human. As the Director of Arts Education for the ArtsBridge Foundation, Angela is excited about the opportunity to bring the arts to K-12 students throughout the state of Georgia and beyond.
Lizzy Rhodes is the Development Coordinator for the ArtsBridge Foundation at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. She brings years of experience in fundraising and development, and a unique perspective as a former educator with a passion for arts education. Since November 2017, she has executed all digital and print marketing efforts, revitalized the foundation's website, and assisted in fundraising initiatives totaling more than $970,000 of donations to the foundation.
Most recently, Lizzy was the Annual Giving Coordinator for the Art Center College of Design, in Los Angeles, CA, where she inaugurated the school’s first student phonathon program and assisted in annual fund campaigns, and coordinated the creation of the school’s first donor membership program.
Prior to that, Lizzy spent two years in Asia as an English teacher, spearheading a startup elementary afterschool program in China, and teaching learners of all ages in Hanoi, Vietnam. Throughout her college career, Lizzy worked as a fundraiser. She was a Student Manager and phonathon caller for the University of Kansas Endowment Association. She has always had an interest in art, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History with an emphasis in Art Education from the University of Kansas.
She and her husband, Jordan, and their cat, Raven, have been Atlanta residents since 2017, and are enjoying their first home in Marietta near the square.
Audine Crosse is the Program Coordinator for the ArtsBridge Foundation at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Along with a passion for public relations and marketing, Audine has years of experience in various styles of dance and orchestral music.
Prior to joining the ArtsBridge team, Audine was a Public Relations intern at WellStar Health System in Marietta, Georgia where she conducted interviews with patients and physicians, assisted with special events and coordinated photo shoots. She also worked as a Media Relations and Grassroots Outreach intern for the international animal charity – The Humane League. In that position, she was in charge of maintaining reports on media coverage as well as assisting with various social media accounts.
A native to Acworth, Georgia, Audine has benefitted from numerous arts programs in the metro-Atlanta area. She attended dance competitions and conventions around the country from elementary school to high school. She has also played the viola for more than 12 years, performing at venues such as Morgan Concert Hall, the Cobb Energy Centre, Carnegie Hall and the Royal Academy of Music in London, England.
Audine received a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Kennesaw State University. In her free time, she loves to travel, attend concerts and try new restaurants around Atlanta.