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.
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.