Man or woman, Synchronicity Theatre invites you to its 12th annual discussion of the state of the arts and women and business in Atlanta. Seriously, men are welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be food.

Synchronicity-TheatreThe Women in the Arts Panel Luncheon on Feb. 27, with the theme “Creative Placemaking: The Arts and Economic Development,” will engage five lively panelists in discussion and debate, allowing you to eavesdrop, question and make a difference as well as network with all the fun and important people in the room. Synchronicity’s Producing Artistic Director Rachel May will moderate.

The lunchtime event, running 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fox Theatre’s Egyptian Ballroom, will also take time to honor philanthropist Stephanie Blank and Moving in the Spirit co-founder Dana Lupton for their contributions to culture in our economy.

Blank is founding chair of the Early Education Alliance for Ready Students. Lupton created Moving in the Spirit 26 years ago and continues as its artistic director and chief mover and shaker. The youth development program, rooted in dance, is nationally recognized for its ability to transform the lives of Atlanta children and teens.

The panelists are:

Kristina Christy, director of corporate responsibility for Turner Broadcasting System.

Lee Cuthbert, a film location specialist for the state of Georgia.

Crystal R. Fox, an actor and singer best known for playing Officer Luann Corbin on the TV series “In the Heat of the Night” and Hanna Young on the Tyler Perry series “The Haves and the Have Nots.”

Garnie Nygren, director of operations for the Serenbe Community, home to Serenbe Playhouse, which has, in a few short years, become must-see theater in the region.

Ann-Carol Pence, associate producer at the Suzi Award-winning Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, the theater company she’s been with since 1998.

wiaplTickets to the fundraiser are $65 for individuals and $50 for individuals in the nonprofit world. Corporate sponsorships of tables are available and welcome. Details HERE or by emailing Synchronicity Managing Director Dee Sandt at

Synchronicity Theatre was founded in 1997 by four women with a desire to work collaboratively and bring challenging, meaningful theater to Atlanta audiences. Each year the company produces at least two shows for adults and two for family audiences as well as its award-winning Playmaking for Girls program, which uses theater as a way to give at-risk/at-hope young women a voice. Synchronicity is dedicated to supporting women artists, forging long-term community partnerships and developing new work.

Upcoming productions include Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Feb. 7-March 2), the Chinese folk-tale-steeped piece based on Grace Lin’s Newbery Honors book, and the world premiere of Lasso of Truth by Carson Kreitzer (March 20-April 13), an ambitious story that explores the origins of Wonder Woman, the lie detector test and feminism.

About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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