Consortium Members

900 E Washington St, Greensboro, NC 27401

(336) 316-2000

5800 W Friendly Ave, Greensboro

https://www.guilford.edu/life/arts

(336) 334-4822

601 E Main St, Jamestown, NC

https://www.gtcc.edu/

(336)-841-46730

Montlieu Ave & N University Pkwy, High Point

https://www.highpoint.edu/theater/tickets/

(336) 334-7852

1601 E Market St, Greensboro, NC

https://www.ncat.edu/campus-life/arts-and-culture/paul-robeson-theatre.php

(336) 272-0160

232 S Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401

https://triadstage.org/performance/223/uncg-theatre

Consortium Leaders

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Anne Hayes

Tennille Foust

Doug Brown

Gregory Horton

David McGraw

Beth Ritson

Natalie Sowell

Anne Hayes

Anne C Hayes, Ph.D. is the co-chair of the Amplify Black Voices Festival of Greater Greensboro and serves as the National Endowment for the Arts Grant Project Manager. Dr. Hayes is the Executive Director of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies at Bennett College and is also theater enthusiast. Throughout her career, she’s maintained a passion for interdisciplinary, community-engaged teaching and learning, and social justice projects. Dr. Hayes holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Religion from Emory University in Atlanta,Georgia and a M.A. in Religious Studies from University of Colorado at Boulder. She was a doctoral fellow at the University of Virginia, where she earned her Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education.

Tennille Foust

Tennille Foust serves as co-chair of the Amplify Black Voices Festival of Greater Greensboro as well as the Festival Coordinator. Foust holds a BFA in Acting and Directing from NC A&T and an MFA from University of Las Vegas, Nevada. She serves as Chair and Associate Professor of Theater at Bennett College. In addition to teaching Theater, Directing, Stage Management, and Public Speaking at Bennett College for 16 years, Foust also serves as Bennett College’s Director and Producer of Events and Ceremonies and the Little Theatre Manager. In 2018, she received Actress of the Year from the Greensboro Women’s Alliance. Foust recently directed Mahalia (Barn Dinner Theatre, NC), Sins of a Good Wife, Ms. Mary & the Boys: The Life, and A Woman Like Me (all at Bennett College). During her tenure at Bennett, Foust has also directed The Colored Museum, Lady T’s Shuga Shack, Steel Magnolias, A Tribute to Alma Adams, Steal Away, Crowns, Long Time Since Yesterday and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf just to name a few.

Doug Brown

Doug Brown serves on the Amplify Black Voices Festival of Greater Greensboro Committee and was selected to direct Periphery. Brown is Department Chair and Associate Professor for the Department of Theater & Dance at High Point University. Doug received his received his BFA from Rockford College and his MFA from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. He is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and has received certification in teaching the Meisner Method of Actor Training from Larry Silverberg’s True Acting Institute. A professor ofperformance at High Point University since 2004, Brown has directed over 20 productions in the Triad area including: These Shining Lives, Little Women-The Musical, The Amish Project, Mary Stuart, The Great God Pan, The Diary of Anne Frank, Medea, Peter Pan, The Diviners, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Robber Bridegroom, Steel Magnolias, The Dining Room, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Crimes of the Heart, and The Drowsy Chaperone.

Gregory Horton

Gregory J. Horton serves on the Amplify Black Voices Festival of Greater Greensboro Committee. Horton is an Associate Professor and Interim Director of Theatre at North Carolina State A&T University and Executive Director of the Paul Robeson Theatre. His areas of concentration include Directing and Costume Design. In 2017, Horton received the Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design Award from the National Black Theatre Festival. Mr. Horton has directed such plays as The Soul of Christmas, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Crowns, Pretty Fire, Dreamgirls, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Nunsense, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Tambourines to Glory, Jesus Christ Super Star, Black Nativity, and Godspell. Greg has worked professionally around the country as Director and Costume Designer in theatres including Utah Shakespeare Festival, the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Hampton University, The Ensemble, Houston TX, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Swine Palace, Louisiana, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the St. Louis Black Repertory Company.

David McGraw

David McGraw serves as the Coordinator for Elon University’s Arts Administration program. He worked with the South African State Theatre on a Fulbright Specialist Grant to coordinate an international theatrical tour (pandemic postponed). Field research: Stage Manager Survey (2006-2021, www.smsurvey.info), Research Fellow for the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (2021, www.snaaparts.org), South African Creative Industries Technical Staff Survey (2019, www.sacits.com), SM2030 Project (2020-2022, www.smsurvey.info), and Return to the Stage (2020-2021, www.returntothestage.com). A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, Mr. McGraw has stage managed for over a dozen theatres in his 27-year career. He serves as a Director-at-Large for the Stage Managers’ Association.

Beth Ritson

Beth Ritson is Co-Chair of the Theatre Studies program at Guilford College. She is honored to represent Guilford College in the newly-formed Greater Greensboro Theatre Consortium, and to collaborate on the creation of the first ever Amplify Black Voices Festival. This unique Festival exemplifies the core founding principles of Guilford College: community, diversity, equality, excellence, integrity, justice, and stewardship. Beth is thrilled to be a part of this committed and unique community of people and looks forward to many more projects with the consortium.

Natalie Sowell

Natalie Sowell serves on the Amplify Black Voices Festival of Greater Greensboro Committee and was selected to direct Nick & the Prizefighter at UNC-Greensboro's Triad Stage. Sowell is the Director of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro School of Theatre, and she specializes in applied theatre for social change, creative drama, critical literacy, and oral storytelling. She is a trained Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner who brings the techniques of Augusto Boal into the rehearsal studio to critically examine power structures and social identities. Sowell has conducted applied theatre workshops, classes, and artist residencies in schools, prisons, community centers, and churches throughout the U.S. and in Nigeria. Sowell has directed dozens of socially conscious plays for young audiences including Amazing Grace by Shay Youngblood and Lily Plants a Garden by Jose Cruz Gonzalez and for adult audiences including George C. Wolfe's The Colored Museum, Minstrel Show:The Lynching of William Brown by Max Sparber, Blue Orange by Joe Penhall, and Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage.