Canton Theatre Events and Facilities Director
What is your main responsibility?
My main responsibility is overseeing the daily operations of the historic Canton Theatre. This includes planning and running events, meeting with artists and community members, and making sure the theatre is cared for and maintained. I also handle film permitting in the city, and I serve as the staff liaison for the city of Canton’s Cultural Arts Commission.
Describe a typical day on the job.
One of the best parts of my job is how wildly different it can be from day to day! Some days are very calm, and I sit at my desk and work on marketing materials, update our website and social media, and attend meetings with my colleagues at City Hall. The very best days are event days, which typically begin with setup around lunchtime. It’s exciting to see the space transformed with sets, lighting and sound in a matter of hours.
I love people and interacting with members of the community, and I am always thrilled to share local and regional artists and Canton Theatre history! During a show, I spend time troubleshooting any problems that may arise, as well as preparing for guests to leave by making sure trash cans are empty and restrooms are tidy. It’s not all glamorous, but it is important to me that the Canton Theatre is treated with care.
What is the most unusual request you’ve gotten or job you’ve done?
I began working as the director of the Canton Theatre in May 2019. One of the funniest experiences I have ever had on the job happened when we were renting the theatre to an independent film crew. They didn’t have enough extras, so theatre assistant Joan Williams and I were asked to sit in and react to the scene. I was pretty successful at following directions, but Joan had a bit more difficulty staying quiet. The very polite director finally said “Ms. Joan, you don’t have any lines. Please stop making lines.”
What are you excited about?
I am so excited we are bringing back the Summer Family Movie Series! Each Thursday in June and July, we will show a family film at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $1 per person. Popcorn is free to anyone in costume.
I am also thrilled by all the work the Canton Cultural Arts Commission is doing. We have a fun Georgia wildflower mural project that is underway, with artist Madison Beaulieu, that will be visible from North Street. It’s exciting to see the arts grow in our community!
What do you like most about your job and the community?
Being a native of Canton, I have a strong love for the community that made me. I love that, even as we grow and thrive and bring new people into the community, we are still able to maintain that small-town feel. I hope I convey that feeling through my work, and that no one ever feels like a stranger when they enter the Canton Theatre!
Tell us about your family and hobbies.
I live in Canton with my husband, Matt, and our four children. In my spare time, I love to work out, read, paint and travel. I am also very excited that I have the opportunity to appear onstage with Cherokee Theatre Company in the upcoming production of “In the Rest Room at Rosenblooms” at the Canton Theatre in June. It has been many years since I performed, and I am so happy to be able to make my return to the stage!
What goals do you have?
Personally, I am working to finish my degree in business management from Kennesaw State University. I will graduate next summer and plan to pursue a master’s degree in arts administration. Professionally, my goal is to grow the arts in the city of Canton. I am so proud our city sees the value in public art, and I am honored to have been chosen to work with our Cultural Arts Commission in growing these initiatives. This is only the beginning!