One of Atlanta’s busiest and most successful freelance directors has a new artistic home. Justin Anderson (Les Misérables, Angry Fags, Petite Rouge and many others) becomes associate artistic director at Aurora Theatre on Jan. 6.
He joins the team led by Producing Artistic Director Anthony P. Rodriguez and Associate Producer Ann-Carol Pence in Lawrenceville.
Anderson is 32 and has been based in Atlanta since 2009. He’s an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre and an artistic associate/casting director at Theatrical Outfit. His work has been seen at the Alliance Theatre; Actor’s Express; Dad’s Garage (Gutenberg! The Musical!, Song of the Living Dead); Fabrefaction (Assassins); Impulse Repertory Company; Pinch ‘N’ Ouch (Body Awareness); 7 Stages (Angry Fags); Serenbe Playhouse (Time Between Us, Ordinary Days); Stage Door Players (It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, The Last Romance); Theatre Emory; and Working Title Playwrights. He is also a faculty member in the theater and performance studies department at Kennesaw Stage University.
In the past two years at Aurora, Anderson has directed Tigers Be Still and Les Miz, the latter winning five 2013 Suzi Bass awards, including best musical and best director of a musical. He’s also directed the Aurora/Synchronicity Theatre co-productions of Petite Rouge and Peter Pan & Wendy. He’s at work now on Lombardi, a drama about the infamous Green Bay Packers coach, which opens Jan. 16 at Aurora, and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, based on the award-winning Grace Lin book, opening Feb. 7 at Synchronicity. The musical The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown follows in March at Aurora.
“Aurora Theatre offers a level of tangible fearlessness, trust and collaboration not seen at every regional theatre here in Atlanta or even across the country,” Anderson said of his appointment. “It is an organization that supports and invests in growing local talent, while endeavoring to continue to partner with talent of national and international caliber. The only direction from here is up, and I couldn’t be happier to be making this my artistic home base.”
Other credits include two seasons of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Synchronicity) and Harabel, A Wrinkle in Time and The Fabulous Lipitones at Theatrical Outfit. Anderson, originally from Detroit, lives in the Kennesaw area with his pots and pans (Atlanta theater artists know him just as well for his cooking and baking as his directing).
Kathy Janich, Encore Atlanta’s managing editor, is affiliated with both Synchronicity Theatre and Aurora Theatre.