The Aurora Theatre announced that co-founder Anthony Rodriquez will join HUB404 Conservancy, a multi-purpose nine-acre greenspace in Buckhead, as its first executive director. While he will maintain a presence on Aurora’s board of directors, Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director Ann-Carol Pence and Managing Director Katie Pelkey will continue to lead the theatre’s day-to-day operations.

In addition, the Lawrenceville Arts Center is celebrating its first full season in the new Lawrenceville Arts Center, with an expanded mission to “lift up underrepresented voices, develop our internal talent and expand our community impact, in order that we may serve as a beacon of hope for what a community of belonging should be. It may sound serious, but it is joyful work,” said Pence.

Aurora Theatre’s 2022/2023 Signature Series will bring an unbeatable line-up of professional theatre to Gwinnett County, including two returning favorites. Aurora Theatre’s award-winning production of Disney’s Mary Poppins will open the season featuring familiar faces from Aurora’s original 2014 presentation. Galen Crawley will reprise the title role, a performance that earned her the 2014 Outstanding Lead Female Actor in a Musical Suzi Bass Award. She will be joined by fellow Suzi Bass Award recipient Andy Meeks, who will be returning as Bert. 

The beloved Gwinnett holiday tradition Christmas Canteen will also return for its 27th year, bringing its beloved holiday joy and spirit as well as exciting, new twists. New shows taking the stage at the Lawrenceville Arts Center include the award-winning Kim’s Convenience, which is now a popular Netflix series, the biographical Summer: The Donna Summer Musical and the hilarious, Olivier Award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong.