Georgia Theatre Conference Draws Record Crowd

Jodi and Ray Benson at the 2015 Georgia Theatre Conference.
Jodi and Ray Benson at the 2015 Georgia Theatre Conference.

A record 1,600-plus students and faculty attended the Georgia Theatre Conference, held Oct. 14-17, across several Brenau University and the University of North Georgia locations.

More than 100 students, staffers, faculty members and community supporters came together to organize and run the Gainesville Theatre Alliance event, which featured a keynote address from entertainers Jodi and Ray Benson. Jodi Benson is a Tony-nominated actress best known for voicing Ariel in the 1990 Disney classic The Little Mermaid and Ray Benson is a long-time stage actor whose Broadway credits include Oklahoma!, Singin’ in the Rain and Dreamgirls.

Several Gainesville Theatre Alliance students also received some great news at the conference, as Brenau’s Department of Theatre Chair Ann Demling said 17 GTA stage performers were invited to professional auditions with the Southeastern Theatre Conference.